• HP Sprout Bundles 3D Scanner, 3D Projector, And Touch-Sensitive Work Mat In An Entirely Fresh Take On The All-In-One Computer

    HP Sprout Bundles 3D Scanner, 3D Projector, And Touch-Sensitive Work Mat In An Entirely Fresh Take On The All-In-One Computer

    HP Sprout is a desktop PC in all-in-one form factor.  That’s not what makes it interesting.  Instead, it’s unique in that it integrates a 3D scanner, a 3D projector, and a touch sensitive 20-inch mat right in front of the display that allows users to interact with digital objects in a physical manner. What can it do?  You can use the 3D scanner to create a 3D model of any object you place in the mat, as well as manipulate [...]

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  • Sorry Smartwatches, The Microsoft Band Might Actually End Up Being The Next Big Thing In Wearables

    Sorry Smartwatches, The Microsoft Band Might Actually End Up Being The Next Big Thing In Wearables

    Microsoft may get as many misses as they get hits, but when they hit, they really nail it right.  That seems to be the case with the Microsoft Band, Redmond’s own take on a fitness tracking wearable. While all the other big guys are busying themselves with smartwatches, Microsoft is fixing its attention on fitness monitoring.  Sure, this will have some basic smartwatch capabilities as well, but the real focus is tracking health and activity. The Microsoft Band is a [...]

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  • Aerial Burton’s True 3D Display Projects Images That Float In Mid-Air Using Lasers

    Aerial Burton’s True 3D Display Projects Images That Float In Mid-Air Using Lasers

    If beard clippers can be better with lasers, then it only follows that everything is better with lasers.  No, really, that’s sound logic right there.  That’s why Aerial Burton’s True 3D Display technology, which projects images that float in the air the way we always imagined our holograms will look like, is so much better than glasses-aided fake 3D that mostly just makes me dizzy. Yep, this is 3D that uses the air around us as its display panel.  They, [...]

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  • Kodak PixPro SP360 Brings 360-Degree Capture To Action Cams

    Kodak PixPro SP360 Brings 360-Degree Capture To Action Cams

    While the Kodak PixPro SP360 isn’t the first 360-degree action camera to show up, it’s definitely the first to make it to a large consumer market. Sorry, crowdfunded 360-degree action cams, you got beat to the punch by an established pro. Clad in the shape of a compact cube, it has a fixed domed lens on top that allows it to capture a 360-degree angle of the action.   Whether you like speeding down on bicycles downhill, jumping out of planes, [...]

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  • Fitbit Surge Adds Smartwatch Functions To The Fitness Tracker

    Fitbit Surge Adds Smartwatch Functions To The Fitness Tracker

    We’re slowly seeing smartwatches and fitness trackers combine into a single device.  It makes sense, after all, considering both wearable devices want to take space on our wrists.  The latest to make the leap is the Fitbit Surge, which combines multi-sport tracking with notifications and music control. Billed as “the ultimate fitness super watch,” it’s really best described as “feature-packed.”  Sure, it won’t have the breadth of apps available on full-fledged smartwatches like Pebble and Android Wear, but it’s about [...]

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  • Keys-To-Go Is The Water-Repelling Portable Keyboard Your iPad Longs For

    Keys-To-Go Is The Water-Repelling Portable Keyboard Your iPad Longs For

    When it comes to buying keyboards, you can always go one of two ways: buy multiple cheap ones that you replace as soon as it breaks or buy more expensive models that are meant to last.  If you’re going the latter route, it better be fortified enough to survive the ravages that lay ahead.  Logitech’s Keys-To-Go does seem like it’s really up to that challenge. A portable keyboard designed for iOS devices, it’s duly rigged to withstand the bumps and [...]

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  • Alienware Graphics Amplifier Turns Portable Laptops Into High-End Desktop Gaming Rigs

    Alienware Graphics Amplifier Turns Portable Laptops Into High-End Desktop Gaming Rigs

    Even the most powerful gaming laptops aren’t likely to let you play the most resource-hungry games with all settings on high.  High-end gaming and reasonably portable laptops are just mutually exclusive things.  At least, that was the case before the Alienware Graphics Amplifier. Released alongside the Alienware 13 laptop, the Graphics Amplifier is a chassis that houses a powerful desktop-grade GPU that can plug into your laptop to give the computer access to its graphics processing capabilities.  Essentially, it turns [...]

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  • A New Type Of LCD Can Retain Images For Years Without Power

    A New Type Of LCD Can Retain Images For Years Without Power

    The power consumption of e-paper is one of its greatest advantages, using up the battery only when changing what’s displayed on the screen.  A new LCD, billed as Optically Rewritable Liquid Crystal Display (ORWLCD), might finally be able to bring that same power-saving capability to laptop monitors and smartphone screens. Developed by researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the screen will only use up power while “writing” the display, then retain the image after disconnecting from [...]

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  • Amazon Launches Fire TV Stick, A Chromecast Competitor For $39

    Amazon Launches Fire TV Stick, A Chromecast Competitor For $39

    A large part of the Google Chromecast’s success can be attributed to its low price, which makes it an easy decision to purchase if you have no current way of streaming content to the TV.  Amazon knows this, so the giant e-commerce company is embracing the same low pricing with its own streaming dongle, the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Just like other streaming dongles, it plugs into a TV’s HDMI port to connect it to the internet.  Pick up the [...]

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  • A Japanese Team Just Built A Real-Life Robot That Transforms Into A Car

    A Japanese Team Just Built A Real-Life Robot That Transforms Into A Car

    Sure, a few bucks can get you a Transformers toy that can shape-shift from a robot into a car.  But how about a real drivable car that can shape shift from a robot?  Apparently, we’re a quarter of the way there with the unveiling of the J-deite Quarter, a real-life transforming robot. The product of a cooperative partnership between Brave Robotics, Asratec, and Takara Tomy, it’s not quite the massive robots that appeared in the Transformers movies.  Instead, it’s about [...]

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  • Homeboy Simplifies Home Monitoring For The Rest Of Us

    Homeboy Simplifies Home Monitoring For The Rest Of Us

    Your fake security cameras may look awesome and all, but with the accessibility of modern home monitoring systems, it might be time to get something less non-functioning.  And while existing products like the Dropcam certainly make the process easy, the Homeboy promises to make things even easier. Like many modern security cams, it’s a self-contained IP camera that can be stuck to a wall and operated wirelessly, allowing you to stream feeds and receive alerts directly on a smartphone (iOS [...]

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  • Hemingwrite Revives The Typewriter As A Dedicated Writing Computer That Can Run Six Weeks On A Charge

    Hemingwrite Revives The Typewriter As A Dedicated Writing Computer That Can Run Six Weeks On A Charge

    Distraction-free writing on a computer is easy enough.  Just disconnect it from the internet, turn off your phone, and launch nothing other than your word processing application.  Easy.  But we’re complicated people and, sometimes, we need more complicated solutions to maximize our productivity.  Enter the Hemingwrite. A single-purpose writing device, it’s a portable computer whose sole function is to let you write.  You do so by typing on a mechanical keyboard packing Cherry MX switches, with the words appearing in [...]

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  • SAM Lets You Build Internet-Connected Electronics With Drag And Drop Ease

    SAM Lets You Build Internet-Connected Electronics With Drag And Drop Ease

    Similar to LittleBits, SAM is a modular electronics kit that lets you build functioning tools by combining different hardware modules.  Unlike it, you don’t need to snap the SAM modules together.  Instead, each one comes with its own power source and wireless connection, so you simply gather all the modules in one place and use the app to define each module’s function.  No wiring, no soldering, no snapping things together. Described as “the first electronics development kit that seamlessly integrates [...]

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  • This Guy Turned His Retired Power Mac G5s Into Functional Home Furniture

    This Guy Turned His Retired Power Mac G5s Into Functional Home Furniture

    There have been a lot of awesome computer cases that came out over the years, from PC boxes that look like kitchen appliances to animal-shaped cases to entire desks that serve as a computer chassis.  When it comes to your run-of-the-mill desktop tower for business, few can claim they looked better than the body on the Apple Power Mac G5.  Simply put, it was a big fan favorite.  Apparently, Klaus Geiger loved them so much that when it came time [...]

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  • VisionTek Pocket SSD Puts Ultra-Fast Solid State Storage On A Stick

    VisionTek Pocket SSD Puts Ultra-Fast Solid State Storage On A Stick

    Sure, these VisionTek Pocket SSDs aren’t the most compact thumb drives you can get.  But, man, these are SSDs.  On a USB stick.  That can fit inside tiny pockets.  It’s awesome. Described as “the pocket-sized, bus-powered SSD,” it gives you the speed, performance, and storage capacities of a regular SSD built into a laptop.  Whether you’re copying large media files, launching a software installer from USB, or running a portable build of Windows 8 from a stick, these drives will [...]

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  • Carvey Might Be The Best-Looking Desktop CNC Mill We’ve Seen

    Carvey Might Be The Best-Looking Desktop CNC Mill We’ve Seen

    The Carvey isn’t the first desktop CNC mill to come out, as we’ve seen products like the Nomad 883, the Handibot, and the Othermill over the course of the last two years.  Heck, we’ve even seen one dedicated to producing nothing but unmarked and untraceable AR-15 rifles.  We have to say, however, this is exactly the kind of sleek-looking device we wouldn’t mind sitting next to our desk in the office. Made by Inventables, it’s designed with the help of [...]

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  • This Tiny Implantable Chip Is Powered By Ultrasound Waves

    This Tiny Implantable Chip Is Powered By Ultrasound Waves

    In the future, we can all have chips inserted in our bodies that do not need to be hooked up to a power source in order to function.  Instead, you simply beam ultrasound into wherever it’s implanted to keep it up and running.  That’s the promise made by these new tiny chips being developed by engineers at Stanford University. Rather than use conventional sources of power, the chips include a piezoelectric material that reacts to ultrasound by compressing and decompressing [...]

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  • Hendo Hoverboard: It’s Real, It’s Awesome, And It Kinda Works

    Hendo Hoverboard: It’s Real, It’s Awesome, And It Kinda Works

    It’s not quite the hoverboard we wanted, but given the absolutely barren list of choices, the Hendo Hoverboard is the one we want anyway.  Yes, someone finally made a real hoverboard that can lift a short distance off the ground while supporting the weight of an adult on top. Unlike the one Marty McFly rode in the Back to the Future movies, you can’t exactly take this one out for a spin around the neighborhood.  That’s because it can only [...]

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  • ShotGlass Is A Wearable HUD For Hunters, Soldiers, And Alien Resistance Forces

    ShotGlass Is A Wearable HUD For Hunters, Soldiers, And Alien Resistance Forces

    Smart glasses may be an unnecessary technology at this point in time for a lot of people.  When your daily life involves carrying big guns and shooting it at aliens trying to invade the planet, however, it can become an indispensable tool in your survival.  At least, that would be the case with the ShotGlass, a pair of smart glasses that will let you shoot at targets without having to look at them. Made by TrackingPoint, it’s a dedicated-function wearable [...]

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  • Dyson Hygienic Mist Is A UV-Blasting, Air-Multiplying Humidifier

    Dyson Hygienic Mist Is A UV-Blasting, Air-Multiplying Humidifier

    Dyson’s bladeless fan is, easily, one of the most beautifully-designed appliances of the past decade.  It’s just brilliant.  Which is why we can’t blame them for integrating that stylish design into other products, like the previously-released Dyson Hot.  This time around, they’re bringing the same thing to humidifiers with the Dyson Hygienic Mist. Basically, it’s an Air Multiplier, with a large water tank in its base.  Like other portable humidifiers, it takes water from the reservoir, which the fan then [...]

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  • Track Your Surf Sessions Like You Track Your Runs With The Glassy Pro One

    Track Your Surf Sessions Like You Track Your Runs With The Glassy Pro One

    If you spend more time catching waves at the beach than hitting the trails for a run, then a general purpose fitness tracker isn’t likely to do you a lot of good.  For the most part, they just aren’t rigged to keep track of the things you’re likely to care about most.  So ditch the Fitbit and get that wrist ready to strap a Glassy Pro One instead. A dedicated sportsband for surfers, it ditches the “calories burned” and “steps [...]

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  • Lumu Turns The iPhone Into A Light Meter For Film Photography Buffs

    Lumu Turns The iPhone Into A Light Meter For Film Photography Buffs

    Modern cameras come with advanced sensors and algorithms that allow them to automatically measure light and take optimal shots.  If you’re working with film, however, those things still need to be done separately, making a light meter indispensable when it comes to choosing the right exposure for each shot.  The Lumu is a small accessory that lets you turn an iPhone (iOS 6 and newer) into one. Designed to measure incidental light, the device will give accurate readings on the [...]

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  • Ubi: Like Having Siri In Your Wall Outlet

    Ubi: Like Having Siri In Your Wall Outlet

    What would happen if you took Siri (or Google Now or Cortana) out of the smartphone and put it in a box that plugs directly to a wall outlet?  That’s the question being answered by the Ubi, a black-box computer designed to serve as a one-stop information assistant for homes and offices. Like the above-mentioned mobile services, the device lets you ask it questions and give it commands, which it executes using a connection to your home’s WiFi network.  Rather [...]

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  • Pronto Can Charge 12 Times Faster Than Regular Batteries

    Pronto Can Charge 12 Times Faster Than Regular Batteries

    External battery packs make charging on the road very convenient.  What isn’t convenient, however, is just how long it takes to fully charge those large battery packs when you plug them in at home.  The Pronto is a new type of external battery charger that can top up from a wall outlet at a rate that’s 12 times faster than conventional batteries. Created by Power Practical, the battery can draw up enough power to fully charge an iPhone 5 in [...]

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  • This FES Watch Is How E-Ink Watches Should Have Been Done All Along

    This FES Watch Is How E-Ink Watches Should Have Been Done All Along

    E-ink watches have been around for a while.  And they’re pretty awesome, with their long battery life, customizable dials, and reasonably slim watch cases.  The FES Watch steps up the game for e-ink watches, using electronic paper not just on the dial, but across the entire strap. Just like other e-ink timepieces, you can customize the faceplate to a variety of digitally-rendered dials, allowing you to change watch designs any time you want.  Unlike them, it comes with digitally customizable [...]

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  • World’s Thinnest Electric Generator Is Two-Dimensional, Transparent, And Very Bendable

    World’s Thinnest Electric Generator Is Two-Dimensional, Transparent, And Very Bendable

    The mechanical generation of electricity has previously been predicted on molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), an anatomically-thin material that’s transparent, lightweight, and highly bendable.  However, it hasn’t been produced in an actual lab setting.  Until now, that is, with Researchers from Columbia Engineering and the Georgia Institute of Technology developing the world’s thinnest electric generator. On the report published in the journal Nature, the team demonstrate the piezoelectric effect in the two-dimensional material, making it the thinnest object in the world to [...]

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  • Ryobi Phone Works Collection Turns Your Smartphone Into A Bona Fide Job Site Tool

    Ryobi Phone Works Collection Turns Your Smartphone Into A Bona Fide Job Site Tool

    Looking for an excuse to bring your smartphone to the construction site, so you can play some Geometry Dash when you need a quick break?  Look no further than the Ryobi Phone Works, a set of eight on-site tools that are designed to work with a tethered smartphone app. No, you won’t be digging ditches or welding steel beams using your smartphone any time soon.  Instead, these are devices that can actually take advantage of the mini-computer-in-your-pocket’s awesome processing powers. [...]

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