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The bionic bird that can be flown using a smartphone
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The bionic bird that can be flown using a smartphone

October 06, 2014A company from France have come up with the Bionic Bird, a light radio-controlled bird that can be controlled via a Bluetooth capable smartphone. It relies on an accelerometer and magnetometer to stabalise the flight. At the moment the project is in the prototype stage and is on Indiegogo.

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CoeLux brings sunlight to rooms without windows

June 04, 2014Everyone knows that if experienced responsibly, sunlight is good for you, but in some cases people don’t get enough. For instance, this could be those who work in rooms that are windowless or people who live in the north during winter. A lack of sunlight has been attributed to a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder.
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Any surface could become a touchscreen thanks to Metaio

June 02, 2014We have seen surfaces become transformed into large touchscreens on movies, but now it seems that this tech may not be too far into the future in real life thanks to Metaio, an augmented reality company. They have revealed plans of work they are doing on what they have called Thermal Touch.
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20 pound objects can hover thanks to the CLM 2 floating shelf

June 05, 2014Shelving comes in useful in our homes for storing gadgets, books, our electronic gadgets and much more. However shelving doesn’t always look cool, in fact it can look downright boring. That’s unless you have the CLM 2 levitating shelf that is a great looking floating shelf, which allows you to show off your prized possessions in a unique way.
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Use your iPad as extra display for your computer

June 05, 2014Anyone who wants more space for their computer screen may be interested in how to use your iPad as a second display for your monitor. Of course there is a way to do it with Air Display, but this is a totally different way of doing it, you will also have to have some knowledge of what you are doing as it makes use of just the screen component of the iPad.
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ChargeAll: small portable wall plug outlet

June 05, 2014There& 39;s plenty of portable solar chargers and battery packs for your USB powered devices but there& 39;s yet to be a truly portable wall plug outlet. It& 39;s still called a wall plug outlet or a wall socket because we are so used to searching walls in airports and homes to juice up our laptops and other devices.
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New Robocop suit was 3D printed

June 06, 2014I3D printers remove the boundaries set by traditional engineering allowing for ease of custom complex shapes. It has been revealed that the suit that featured in the latest Robocop film, which came out not so long ago, was in fact made by 3D printing. Image Source: Legacy Effects Robocop is an updated version of the classic Robocop from 1987.
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Scientist discover new method for shatter proof phone screens

June 04, 2014A lot of us have experienced the dismay of dropping your phone to pick it up with a shattered or cracked screen. The dilemma can be an unexpected blow to the wallet. Now, scientists from the University of Akron have found a new way to make phone screens shatter proof.Assistant professor of polymer science Yu Zhu and his team discovered that, by adding a (fully transparent) layer of electrodes to a polymer surface, it makes the surface way more durable and flexible.
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HitchBOT gets a thumbs up on highways in Canada

June 14, 2014While in some countries it is not advisable to pick up hitchhikers there is one exception to this rule for a cute but odd looking robot that goes by the name of HitchBOT is trying to hitchhike its way over Canada. Image Source: Hitchbot HitchBOT is a robot that can talk and it is around the same size as the average 6 year old.
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World's first e-spliff being rolled out in the Netherlands

June 20, 2014Dutch company E-njoint BV has taken e-cigarettes one step further and are starting to roll out the world& 39;s first electronic spliff. The company claims that the e-Joint is completely harmless and contains no dangerous substances like nicotine, tobacco or even THC, the active chemical ingredient in marijuana, however, there is a version that allows users to use their own supply of marijuana.
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The Haiku smart fan turns itself on when necessary

May 12, 2014Summer is here and the weather is getting hotter by the day, depending on where you live of course. Even if you are not suffering from stifling heat, it can get a bit stuffy if you are indoors and it can help to turn on the fan. Having to turn on your fan could soon be a thing of the past though as there is the Haiku smart fan with SenseME technology.
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TrackR Bravo is the world’s thinnest tracking device

June 05, 2014If you often lose your keys, your phone or any other belongings that you typically carry around with you, you might be interested to hear about the TrackR Bravo. This is what the makers claim to be the thinnest tracking device in the world and it could help you to locate whatever you have lost providing you have attached the tag.
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Kibo robot for budding engineers of the future

June 13, 2014KinderLab Robotics has come up with a new type of programming and robot building program that goes by the name of Kibo. There is nothing like starting children off early and the system could be a great start for budding engineers of the future to get them on the right track at an early age.
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Amazon enter the smartphone battle with the Fire Phone.

June 14, 2014Last month we reported on some leaked images of the upcoming Amazon smartphone and now it is official after Amazon made a press release of their Fire Phone at a packed event in Seattle, Washington on Wednesday. Amazon have stepped out of tradition here and brought in some features never seen before in smartphones, but first lets look at the standard specs.
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Put your phone on a leash with the ChargerLeash

June 29, 2014The number one item that people most often lose is their umbrella. Closely followed among the items that are most forgotten by people are phone chargers. This is when a company came up with an idea to invent the ChargerLeash. This is a very simple device that will help people to remember to take their phone charger with them before they leave to go out.
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MIT's smart morphing surfaces that work to minimise drag

June 27, 2014Over at MIT researchers are working on a new surface that is able to smart morph itself so as to reduce the amount of drag. The surface is able to generate small dimples that are evenly spaced, much the same as the pattern on a golf ball. It was said that the tech could come into use for minimizing the amount of damage caused by hurricanes on buildings along with making cars more aerodynamic and more fuel efficient.
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'Cozy Room' is the perfect place for some alone time

July 03, 2014While we all like to have friends and family around at home, and of course there are colleagues at work, there does come a point when it’s nice to enjoy some alone time. This is an isolation chamber that comes with everything you need. Image Source: KaguCozy The Cozy Room is a Japanese invention and it has been described as a relaxation room for women and men.
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3D joystick will make animation artist’s job easier

July 03, 2014Computer software animators have to move the limbs of the characters they are making for animations by using a computer mouse or stylus. They have to tediously move the limbs into place one key frame at a time. However, their job could be made much easier as researchers at ETH Zurich in the Interactive Geometry lab have now designed a different way of being able to move virtual characters via 3D joysticks.
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Books and magazines read to the blind through the Finger Reader

July 17, 2014Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have been working on a device for the blind and visually impaired which they can wear on their index finger, giving them the ability to read to printed books and magazines. The device has appropriately been named the Finger Reader and has been 3D printed as a prototype.
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Siconi silicone sticky tablet mats stick everything to your fridge

July 05, 2014There are silicone pads on the market that you can put on your desk, counter top or even on the dashboard when you are driving. These are meant to stop such items as your phone from sliding from the dashboard or off the counter top. Now there is a more updated version of the silicone pads as a company by the name of Siconi has come up with a design of silicone sticky tablet mats that you can stick to your fridge, or indeed any other flat surface.
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