• 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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  • VR For The Masses: Zeiss VR One Is A $99 Smartphone-Based VR Headset

    VR For The Masses: Zeiss VR One Is A $99 Smartphone-Based VR Headset

    Based on feedback from everyone who’s played around with the Oculus Rift, it might indeed be the future of VR.  Or it might also be Sony and their upcoming Project Morpheus, which we’ve been hearing huge things about.  But that’s the future.  For the next year or so, VR might very well belong to the Gear VR and the Google VR Headsets of the world.  Well, here’s another one of the lot: the Carl Zeiss VR One. Yes, that Carl […]

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  • Generate Free Power From Your Walks And Runs With Ampy

    Generate Free Power From Your Walks And Runs With Ampy

    Capturing the kinetic energy of everyday, walking movements isn’t exactly a novel undertaking.  So far, though, we have yet to see a viable commercial product capable of mainstream appeal.  The Ampy is hoping it has the right formula to make that happen. A small device about half the size of a smartphone, it can be strapped to the arm, leg, or hip, where it will generate energy using nothing but the wearer’s succeeding movements.  If you’d rather not wear it […]

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  • HTC RE Is Hands-Down The Goofiest-Looking Action Cam Ever

    HTC RE Is Hands-Down The Goofiest-Looking Action Cam Ever

    We’re not exactly sure what inspired the design of the HTC RE, the Taiwanese company’s newly-announced entry into the action camera market.   Whether it’s a periscope, an asthma inhaler, or some other object, it’s definitely a unique take.  Sorry, Polaroid Cube, someone just did you one better in the “cute and just a bit goofy” department. But why does it look like that?  We’re guessing so you can easily hold the camera by hand in a way that would require […]

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  • Panasonic CG-320 Is A Tiny Rechargeable Battery That Will Power Future Wearables

    Panasonic CG-320 Is A Tiny Rechargeable Battery That Will Power Future Wearables

    This tiny pin could be the battery in your next wearable gadget.  At least, that’s what Panasonic is hoping for with their new CG-320 battery, a tiny pin-shaped rechargeable battery built to target the growing wearables market. Measuring just 20mm long and 3.5mm in diameter, it’s about 1/20th the size of AAA batteries, making it ideal for use in small electronics like smartwatches, fitness bands, and smart glasses.  With its compact size and low weight, the battery modules are expected […]

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  • RoomAlive Turns Any Room Into A Video Game World

    RoomAlive Turns Any Room Into A Video Game World

    Sure, you can slip on a pair of VR glasses to transport yourself into another world.  But why bother when you can turn whatever room you’re in into another world all by itself?  That’s what happens with RoomAlive, an interactive gaming platform created by Microsoft Research. Pairing an Xbox Kinect with projection mapping, the system, essentially, pulls the display out of your TV and beams it all over the room’s walls.  Whether the game involves piloting a space-faring battleship, waging […]

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  • Viewing Wide Excel Spreadsheets Will Be A Breeze On LG’s 34-Inch Curved Ultrawide Monitor

    Viewing Wide Excel Spreadsheets Will Be A Breeze On LG’s 34-Inch Curved Ultrawide Monitor

    Curved TVs don’t work for a lot of people, mostly because you tend to watch TV with the rest of the people in the household.  For monitors, though, curved panels do make a lot of sense, since you’ll be staring at it all by yourself for an overwhelming majority of the time.  And while I’m not sure if my wallet is ready to fork out cash for one, this LG 34-Inch Curved Ultrawide Monitor is definitely sweet-talking its way into […]

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  • Darma Is The World’s First Inactivity Tracker… Wait, What?

    Darma Is The World’s First Inactivity Tracker… Wait, What?

    Many of the best office chairs are designed to encourage movement while you’re sitting, using adjustable position, tension, and cushioning to keep people active even while they spend the whole day cooped up in a cubicle.   But how do you know you’re really moving enough to offset the potential problems of a sedentary life?  Simple fact is, you don’t.  That’s the problem Darma is meant to solve. Described as “the world’s first inactivity tracker,” it’s a smart cushion that lays […]

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  • Ghost Gunner CNC Mill Lets You Build Unserialized, Untraceable AR-15 Rifles From Scratch

    Ghost Gunner CNC Mill Lets You Build Unserialized, Untraceable AR-15 Rifles From Scratch

    We’re not really sure if it’s a good idea or a terrible one, but someone just made it possible to build your own untraceable, unregistered semi-automatic rifles at home.  Called the Ghost Gunner, it’s a desktop CNC Mill that’s dedicated to nothing else but producing the lower receiver of an AR-15 rifle. To the unfamiliar, the lower receiver connects the stock, barrel, and other parts of the AR-15 together, making it the essential component in building the firearm.  As such, […]

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  • Replace All Your Candles With Playbulb

    Replace All Your Candles With Playbulb

    Candles are great for setting the mood in a room.  Like everything else we’ve been using for a long time, though, it’s terribly inefficient.  With the advent of modern smart lighting, it’s high time we get a suitable replacement for the old ball of wax with a wick in the middle.  That’s exactly what Playbulb represents. Made by Mipow, it’s a small LED-based lamp in the shape reminiscent of a tealight holder.  That way, it still looks like a candle, […]

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  • Levitron Levitates Your Cocktails So You Can Lick Them Out Of Mid-Air

    Levitron Levitates Your Cocktails So You Can Lick Them Out Of Mid-Air

    What if, instead of sipping your rum and coke from a glass, the cocktail itself can float so you can simply slurp it out of the air?  That’s the idea behind the Levitron Cocktail Machine, an ultrasonic levitator that sends small drops of alcohol into a floating state. Created by Bristol entrepreneur Charlie Francis (the same guy behind that wonderful Glow in the Dark Ice Cream) and Bristol University professor Bruce Drinkwater, the machine produces supersonic sound waves that create […]

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  • Autothysis SSD: This Hard Drive Has A Self-Destruct Sequence You Can Trigger With A Text Message

    Autothysis SSD: This Hard Drive Has A Self-Destruct Sequence You Can Trigger With A Text Message

    Losing a hard drive full of personal stuff will probably leave you upset.  Losing one filled with confidential world domination plans (or sensitive corporate data), on the other hand, will probably leave you paranoid as heck.  If you’re handling more of that latter type of content, stop using regular hard drives and keep them in an Autothysis SSD, instead. Made by SecureDrives, you can install it in an open drive bay on your laptop or desktop, as well as put […]

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  • Blackout Buddy H20 Emergency Lamp Runs On Water

    Blackout Buddy H20 Emergency Lamp Runs On Water

    Stocking up on supplies for a potential apocalypse future (or just a run of the mill catastrophe) is always a good idea.  If you’re going to throw in some emergency lamps in there, then you have to make sure it’s one that’s going to light up when you actually need it.  That’s the preparedness the Blackout Buddy H20 is designed to provide. Unlike conventional emergency lamps and flashlights, it doesn’t use batteries that, due to their limited shelf life, can […]

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  • Build Smartwatches And Other Wearable Gadgets With TinyScreen

    Build Smartwatches And Other Wearable Gadgets With TinyScreen

    When building your own electronic devices, whether for a personal project or a product prototype, the size of your screen usually dictates how big the device ends up being.  And when it comes to building wearables, small displays are key.  That’s exactly what TinyScreen brings to your electronic toolset. Designed for electronics makers and tinkerers, it’s a thumb-sized screen that measures a hair just under one inch diagonally.  The small size makes it ideal for integrating into lightweight wearable gadgets, […]

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  • Level Up Your Home Monitoring With Notion

    Level Up Your Home Monitoring With Notion

    We’re still a long way from finding the limits of what we can do with smart homes.  Surely, though, we’re getting there, especially with new products that deliver more advanced functionality than ever.  For instance, this new monitoring system called Notion, which opens up a whole load of possibilities for keeping tabs on everything that goes on around the house. Described as a “home intelligence system,” you can probably think of it as the next generation of home security.  More […]

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  • Tethercell Turns Any AA-Powered Device Into A Bluetooth-Controlled Gadget

    Tethercell Turns Any AA-Powered Device Into A Bluetooth-Controlled Gadget

    Clocks, smoke alarms, remotes, flashlights, toys – we still use plenty of things that rely on good old AA batteries.  And while they work well enough, wouldn’t you rather be able to control them over Bluetooth just like your smart bulbs?  That’s exactly the convenience that Tethercell brings. A small adapter case with an onboard computer chip, it comes with a slot to hold a traditional AA battery.  The idea is, to put it in the battery compartment with a […]

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  • New Windows 10 Will Run On PCs, Tablets, And Phones

    New Windows 10 Will Run On PCs, Tablets, And Phones

    Windows 8.1 is a really good operating system that boots fast and looks pretty.  However, it ended up universally panned, largely because Microsoft arrogantly decided to force everyone to use the tile-based Metro UI.  Lesson learned, apparently, because for the just-announced Windows 10, the newest iteration of the OS (yes, they skipped a number because 7 ate 9 and all that), the company is bringing the Start Menu back. Just like Justin Timberlake brought sexy back around a decade ago, […]

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  • Nope Privacy Shield Puts An Elegant Cover On Your Laptop Camera To Prevent Unauthorized Snooping

    Nope Privacy Shield Puts An Elegant Cover On Your Laptop Camera To Prevent Unauthorized Snooping

    Sure, it sounds like a worry reserved for the overly paranoid, but malicious individuals really can switch on your laptop’s camera and film you using sneaky software tricks.  Even if there’s a very small chance you’ll fall victim to such snooping, why not eliminate the possibility?  Nope does that in the most elegant way possible. While you can cover up your laptop’s camera with tape, it’s hardly the nicest solution.  Tape leaves residue, apart from looking like an absolute eyesore […]

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  • Nixie Selfie Drone Can Strap On Your Wrist When Not In Use

    Nixie Selfie Drone Can Strap On Your Wrist When Not In Use

    We’ve seen small quadcopters before, even ones so small that you can carry them in your pocket.  The Nixie does them one better by actually being wearable, strapping on your wrist for convenient portability when not in use. More than being a super-compact drone, it’s programmed to function as a dedicated selfie machine.  Any time it’s launched, the drone will automatically detect your presence and autonomously hover around your perimeter, filming your exploits full time (it comes with a camera […]

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  • Scientists Invent Recyclable Lithium-Ion Batteries That Work At 99% Potency Post-Recycling

    Scientists Invent Recyclable Lithium-Ion Batteries That Work At 99% Potency Post-Recycling

    A team of researchers from Uppsala University is claiming to have found a new method for producing lithium-ion batteries that allow them to be easily recycled.  The process uses alfalfa seeds and pine resin as biomaterials, with a recycling system that uses low-energy input and non-hazardous chemicals (specifically, ethanol and water). The new method claims to produce lithium-ion batteries with the same content capacity as current-generation systems, so there’s no degradation in power nor effect in size.  It does that […]

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  • GoPro Hero4 Black Brings Pro-Quality 4K Video At 30 FPS

    GoPro Hero4 Black Brings Pro-Quality 4K Video At 30 FPS

    Daredevils, adrenaline junkies, and drone pilots, rejoice! The new GoPros are here.  And the star of the show, the GoPro Hero4 Black, boasts some serious features upgrade from its best-selling action cam predecessor. Fans of 4K video, double rejoice!  The new flagship camera doubles the frame rate of the outgoing model’s ultra-HD video captures, allowing you to record up to 30 fps, making it a compelling option for professional-quality 4K recordings, with 2.7K video maxing out a 50 fps and […]

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  • Mirror Your Phone On Any HDMI Display With Microsoft’s Wireless Display Adapter

    Mirror Your Phone On Any HDMI Display With Microsoft’s Wireless Display Adapter

    We’re huge fans of the Google Chromecast, but there are some situations where it may not be the best way to stream content onto a TV.  Like when you’re in a hotel and don’t have access to the WiFi, for instance.  Those are the situations where the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter will come in handy. Since it doesn’t require a WiFi connection, you can simply plug it into the hotel room’s HDTV and instantly send content from your tiny phone […]

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  • Haven Reinvents The Door Lock Into Something Way Stronger Than Deadbolt

    Haven Reinvents The Door Lock Into Something Way Stronger Than Deadbolt

    Smart locks are great, but they still use the same old locking mechanism that’s prone to giving out when someone brute forces their way through your door.   That’s why Haven, a new smart lock, does things an entirely different way. Rather than be situated along the height of the door, the redesigned lock sits on the floor, where it’s wedged right under the door, the strongest point of the entryway.  It’s, basically, a doorstop.  Except, instead of simply serving as […]

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  • Power Sharing Cable Lets You Share Battery Charge Between Different Gadgets

    Power Sharing Cable Lets You Share Battery Charge Between Different Gadgets

    At long last, someone made a cable that lets you draw power from one mobile device to another via microUSB.  That’s right, no more relying on external batteries or scrambling to find an outlet when your phone drains at an inopportune time.  Just ask someone with a freshly-charged phone if you can siphon a little of their juice using the Samsung Power Sharing Cable. The catch?  It only can only draw power from Samsung’s mobile devices.  Even worse, it will […]

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  • 10 Coolest, Funkiest, Most Interesting Things We Saw At Maker Faire NY Over The Weekend

    10 Coolest, Funkiest, Most Interesting Things We Saw At Maker Faire NY Over The Weekend

    Self-described as “the greatest show and tell on Earth,” (and we agree with that statement) Maker Faire returned to  New York this past weekend, bringing with it a wide array of fascinating new technology, impressive DIY projects, and oddball curiosities that have all become a trademark of the ever-growing maker movement. Like every Maker Faire, the event brought together a wide cross-section of people, including engineers, craftsmen, educators, tech enthusiasts, artists, science fans, and the occasional indescribable figure. Most importantly, […]

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