• 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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  • Pi-Top Kit Lets You DIY A Raspberry Pi Laptop

    Pi-Top Kit Lets You DIY A Raspberry Pi Laptop

    Sure, the Raspberry Pi is a severely underpowered mini-computer, but who says we have to keep using them to build tiny computers?  Not the guys behind the Pi-Top, a kit that lets you build a 13-inch laptop using the credit card-sized rig. Aimed at individuals keen on learning some basics about building electronics, the kit lets you put together a functioning laptop.  As in, a full-fledged, albeit underpowered, Linux computer that you can drop in a laptop bag for taking […]

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  • ASUS ZenWatch: Wow, These Smartwatches Are Starting To Look Really Good

    ASUS ZenWatch: Wow, These Smartwatches Are Starting To Look Really Good

    Sorry, Apple, the Moto 360 is still the prettiest-looking smartwatch we’ve seen.  Just when we were willing to concede that the Apple Watch deserved second spot, though, this gorgeous ASUS ZenWatch showed up to make it an even tougher call.  Yeah, this thing looks sweet. Running Android Wear, it can do all the things other smartwatches using Google’s wearable platform can do, all while looking way less geeky than the limited choices currently in the market.  Seriously, it looks like […]

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  • Pioneer Rearview Mirror Telematics Unit: Your Rearview Mirror Is Now A Connected Infotainment System

    Pioneer Rearview Mirror Telematics Unit: Your Rearview Mirror Is Now A Connected Infotainment System

    Today’s current connected car tech is pretty amazing, especially with Carplay and Android Auto on the way.  Which makes it heartbreaking when you have an older model that runs perfectly fine, but doesn’t have any of those modern bells and whistles.  If you’re in Japan, Pioneer might have you covered with their Rearview Mirror Telematics Unit, an aftermarket replacement that turns the rearview mirror into a connected display panel. At first glance, it looks like any regular rearview mirror that […]

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  • Bosch Wireless Charging System Brings Induction Technology To Power Tools

    Bosch Wireless Charging System Brings Induction Technology To Power Tools

    Induction charging has made topping up your gadgets just a little more convenient than traditional means.  Bosch is hoping the same convenience will translate when it comes to power tools, as well, rolling out the new Bosch Wireless Charging System. A market first, the system consists of a special battery module that’s compatible with all of the company’s existing 18-volt cordless tools and an induction charging station.  Just use it in place of traditional batteries and enjoy the convenience of […]

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  • This New Lithium-Ion Battery Will Warn You When It’s About To Explode

    This New Lithium-Ion Battery Will Warn You When It’s About To Explode

    Sometimes, batteries explode.  Sure, it occurs rarely enough that we don’t have to use our phones in fear, but the off-chance that it happens can certainly be disastrous.  A new battery design developed by Stanford University scientists can help eliminate those risks by giving users ample warning as soon as it detects the malfunction that causes overheating and explosion. Described as “an early-warning system that saves lives and property,” the new technology is meant to serve as a security reinforcement […]

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  • Want To Build A PC With 22 Hard Drives?  Now You Can With The ASRock X99 Extreme11

    Want To Build A PC With 22 Hard Drives? Now You Can With The ASRock X99 Extreme11

    Whatever weird, specific requirements you have for the next PC you’re building, chances are, there’s a part in the market that can accommodate even your most inane ideas.  Yes, even if that idea involved housing 22 different drives inside a single PC case.  If that’s what your heart dictates, simply include this ASRock X99 Extreme11 in the next month’s shopping list and you’ll be set. That’s right, a whopping 22 drives on a single board.  We’re not sure what kind […]

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  • This New Bionic Sensing Hand Can Touch Objects And Feel Their Texture

    This New Bionic Sensing Hand Can Touch Objects And Feel Their Texture

    Robotic prosthetic hands allow amputees to gain back some of the functions that go away with the loss of their hands.  You know, like holding a sandwich or hitting buttons on your mini-arcade.  But they’re still robotic limbs, so you can’t exactly “feel” your way through.  Instead, you’ll have to look intently and make sure the hand is moving in a correct manner the entire time.  That could soon change with this bionic sensing hand, which allows people using them […]

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