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    Shaped by Time

    You may have seen some of the most abstract time pieces in the past, but the "Shaped-by-time” from Studio Toer is a self healing clock that literally comes out of the ashes like a phoenix to take its shape. Moving through the matter to take an organic form, the self-effacing clock keeps altering its shape, with slow and steady movement of time, until it finds a perfect shape. In initial phase, when the clock start moving or running, it’s hard to read the time due to the asymmetrical shape of the clock, but as soon as the clock gains momentum, it comes out of the matter and takes an appropriate shape to tell the time like your regular clock in the course of the time. And, if you want to take a break from your monotonous routine work, you can slightly shake the clock to start the same process all over again. Measuring 15cm in diameter, the 4.5cm tall clock is available for €79 (around $102). [gallery] Via: Core77

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    USB2USB_03

    Usually you need to plug into a notebook, laptop or computer to transfer files to and from external cards or flash drives, but the “USB2USB” by a bunch of designers from MIMOS Berhad, Malaysia's national R&D center, is an innovative device that doesn’t require an external system to transfer files from one USB or SD card to the other. The USB2USB, as the name suggests, includes two USB connectors and an SD card slot to allow an easy transfer of photos, videos, music and other files to and from any storage device without wasting any time. The USB2USB is just 3 millimeters thick that easily slips into your wallet. Featuring an OLED touchscreen, the card-sized device can read almost all types of external memory cards and flash drives available in the market. To view the files and folders, all you need to do is plug in the external cards or flash drives. After getting the preview of the files on the touchscreen, you can simply drag-and-drop the content from one USB or SD card to another. You can hook up the USB2USB directly to the USB connector for quick and easy charging. [gallery]  

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    Der Klick mit dem Blick

    Created by researchers from the Fraunhofer Center for Organics, Materials and Electronic Devices Dresden (COMEDD), the new pair of data glasses comes integrated with an OLED micro-display to let you scan the virtual world with ease. For, users can turn the pages of an online manual or digital document, presented on OLED display, using their eyes only. Ideal for professionals, such as mechanics, technicians and surgeons, the OLED data glasses allows hands free document navigation. Incorporating a combination of photodiodes and OLED pixels, to work as a camera to register direction and as a display respectively, within the lenses, the data glasses let the user see what they are doing while performing a task. To go through the document, you need to look up at the sky where the data is being projected on one meter (3.3 feet) virtual display, while you can turn the page with a glance on an aero visible on one side of the display. Developed in partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation and near-the-eye tech firm TRIVISIO, the revolutionary glasses let the user send and receive information to and from a linked, LINUX or Windows, computer. Via: Gizmag

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    Gadget Jackets

    Gadgets are fast becoming an integral part of modern life and you cannot imagine life without gadgets even when you are on the go. But carrying an additional bag or backpack with you all the time, to protect your precious gadgets, sometimes becomes a matter of concern even for the most avid gadget users. Addressing the issue industrial designer Federico Rios has designed a series of jackets that let the user carry different devices without the need of extra sleeves or bags. Developed in collaboration with Nick Hagelin, the jackets elegantly hide the storage pockets to go with the latest trends in the fashion industry. The creative project comprises six fully finished jackets, each presenting distinctive characteristics, which not only offers adequate space to carry a variety of gadgets with ease but also attracts different users. The Gadget Jackets project was awarded an Undergraduate Research Grant from Carnegie Mellon University. [gallery] Via: Federico Rios

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    02 Magnetic Dumbbell

    In this fast moving world, where people are cramped with their tight work schedules, we hardly get time for daily work out to keep our body fit and healthy. Addressing the issue, South Korean designer Suhyun Yoo has designed a magnetic dumbbell that lets you do different exercises anywhere, anytime. Hailed as “O2 Magnetic Dumbbell,” the portable exercise equipment comes embedded with electromagnets which let you adjust all kinds of training schedules. All you need to do is switch the polarity of electromagnets and perform different exercises with ease. Developed in collaboration with Hongseok Kim and Juhyeon Lee, the hi-tech dumbbell strengthens electromagnets with simply adjustments of the electricity level according to the workout intensity required by the user.  Presenting eight circled bars, each representing an additional weight of 3kg, on the display, the Magnetic Dumbbell lets the user adjust the right training weight, from 3kg to 24kg, within no time. In addition, the device saves or stores different training sets performed in the past, in the middle of the display, so whenever required the user could repeat them with ease. With O2 Magnetic Dumbbell, now you need not to carry various dumbbells for different work out levels, for it lets you increase the weight or intensity of your work out with simple adjustments. [gallery] [Cheers Suhyun]

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    Shellphone Loudspeaker_02

    Designed to expand your phones' musical capabilities, the “Shellphone Loudspeaker” from WAAM Industries, a new collaborative design effort between Andrew Vomhof and Karl Zinsmaster, is an artistic speaker that other than amplifying the sound of your Smartphone also gives a natural look to your space. Based on the principle of cupping the hand around a speaker to direct and amplify its sound, the scrupulous loudspeaker presents a functional and elegant form to attract the attention. Using the Whelk shell, a native species of the North Atlantic coast harvested for food, as a base material that is further shaped, custom fitted and cut with hands to receive your mobile phone, each Shellphone Loudspeaker features an exclusive craftsmanship to entice the buyers with its unique form. [gallery] Via: Kickstarter

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    mind controlled robotic arm

    Giving a new life to amputees, researcher Max Ortiz Catalan, an industrial doctoral student at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, has developed an artificial limb that the user will be able to control much like their own biological hand or arm. Claimed to be the world’s first mind controlled prosthetic, the implantable robotic arm makes use of the nerves and remaining muscles of the amputee to allow natural movement with ease. Using a new bidirectional interface with the human body, together with a natural and intuitive control system, the bone-mounted robotic arm lets the user control several joints and motions simultaneously, while giving direct neural feedback on their actions. A patient who had his limbs amputated long ago will have the first mind controlled robotic arm implanted by Brånemark in January or February 2013. Via: Chalmers/ Wired

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    Stilt stylus

    Stilt stylus Key chain locks have never been as stylish and functional as this metal key-wrangler called the “Stilt” that doubles as a conductive stylus and triples as a kickstand for your iPhone 5 or any other Smartphone. Featuring the body finished in polished zinc for an everlasting aesthetic, the trendy key chain integrates a spring-loaded latch that shuts firmly to keep your keys intact. You can remove the latch to use it as a kickstand to hold your iPhone in landscape mode for better viewing anywhere, anytime. In addition, the Stilt includes conductive tip to be used as a stylus, making it a highly functional product modern users.  Made using Zinc, thermoplastic rubber (conductive) and plastic, the utility key chain measures 73 x 18 x 10mm (LWD) in dimensions to make it ideal for the users on the move. [gallery ids="3154,3155,3156,3157,3158,3159"] Via: Quriky

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    AfterShokz Bluez_02

    AfterShokz Bluez_02 Performance, comfort and safety are possibly the most important aspects that one consider while purchasing headphones to enjoy clutter free acoustics. Combining the performance of Bluetooth wireless connectivity with the comfort and safety of open ear bone conduction technology, AfterShokz Bluez is an open ear wireless headphones makes use of bone conduction technology to deliver sound through the cheekbones to the inner ear, allowing users to make and receive calls without interrupting their music and connection to the outer world. Sitting comfortably in front of the ears to allow a stereophonic sound experience to listeners, the Bluetooth headphones is built around one-piece warparound headband, which is not only ergonomic and stable but also presents an elegant yet simple design.  The AfterShokz Bluez is extremely comfortable and stable, even when you use it for longer duration, thanks to the lightweight and open ear design.  Scheduled to be launched in January at CES 2013, the AfterShokz Bluez can be can pre-order for $100 from the company's website. [gallery ids="3163,3164,3165,3166,3167,3168,3169"] Via: Engadget

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    Gift Interactive Speaker

    Gift Interactive Speaker Music systems can never get as interactive as this interactive speaker named the “Gift” that follows the rule of dart game to produce music. Created by a bunch of designers, including Wooseok Heo, Yeseol Jang and Jihyun Park, the interactive speaker needs users to throw the ball at the board to turn on the music. Developed in collaboration between Motorora Global Studio and Northumbria University (UK), the music player with interactive interface gives the opportunity to set or play the music to only those players who hit the centre point and win the dart game. So better practice the dart game first to play favorite tracks on the interactive music player. [gallery ids="3260,3261,3262,3263,3264"] Via: Eunjinjung  

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    LG HECTO Laser TV

    LG HECTO Laser TV Slated to be displayed at CES 2013, LG has come up with a massive 100-inchprojector dubbed the “HECTO” Laser TV that definitely needs huge walls to project pictures or movies on big screen. Developed to attract dedicated home theater enthusiasts, the giant Laser TV makes use of a specially designed screen and an Ultra Short Throw (UST) projection unit (fixed at 22″). Presenting 1080p Full HD resolution, 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and cost-effective dual 10W speakers, the HECTO system also includes a trio HDMI ports, audio out and a RS-232 interface, together with Smart TV function and LG’s new Magic Remote to control the device with ease. With HECTO Laser TV, now you need not to mount your projector on your ceiling or maintain an uninterrupted line between the device and projection surface (wall), for users can set up the system like a normal flat panel display. [gallery ids="3276,3277,3278"]   [showhide] ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Dec. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- LG Electronics (LG) announced the launch of its 100-Inch class (100 inch diagonal) Laser TV featuring both Smart TV and Digital TV capabilities. An impressive home cinema system, the 100-inch class LG "HECTO" Laser TV comprises a special screen and an external Ultra Short Throw (UST) projection unit. The unique system, which will be demonstrated for the first time next month at the 2013 International CES®, offers Full HD 1080p resolution and incredible contrast as a result of LG's advanced laser-based illumination system. "LG's 100-inch class Laser TV takes projection technology and makes it perfectly suitable for both the boardroom and the living room," said Havis Kwon , President and CEO of the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. "In the coming year, LG will continue to introduce innovative TV products to provide an outstanding productivity and entertainment experience for our customers." Brilliant Home Theater Experience Between its picture quality and large screen, LG's 100-inch class Laser TV offers an uncanny theater-like experience at home, but without the difficult installation required by previous projector-based systems. A standard projector system requires a considerable distance from the screen to create a large image and typically needs to be installed on the ceiling. However, LG's Laser TV makes installation and viewing easier by allowing users to place the lens a mere 22 inches (approximately 56 centimeters) from the screen, while having the flexibility to position it near the floor or fasten it to the ceiling. LG's Laser TV offers 1080p Full HD resolution and 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, rendering vivid and crisp images that pop out in dark as well as lighter environments. LG's Laser TV has a digital tuner and two 10W built-in speakers embedded in the projection unit to support virtual surround sound for a more authentic cinema experience at home. A complete complement of inputs, including 3 HDMIs, allow for connection of other source devices. An optical audio output, as well as RS-232 interface, will allow for integration into virtually any home theater environment. The device itself features LG's understated yet stylish Dynamic Arc Design, creating subtly curved surfaces that reach a mere 5.7 inches in height. The 100-inch class screen adopts LG's CINEMA SCREEN Design aesthetic which limits the bezel and makes it suitable for any interior decor. Smart TV Capabilities The Laser TV supports LG's Smart TV platform, which includes a host of impressive features, from built-in Wi-Fi, premium content providers, like Netflix or YouTube, Smart World app store, to the easy-to-use Magic Remote*. The system also allows consumers to manage personal content, such as pictures, home videos and music libraries via USB or LG Cloud. LG's Smart TV platform provides a customizable dashboard and smart connectivity features that streamline access to content from compatible smartphones, laptops, storage devices and the Internet. With built-in WiDi and Wi-Fi direct (Miracast), content from any compatible external device can be wirelessly shared with the TV. Navigation of services and external devices via the dashboard is made easy with the Magic Remote which utilizes four modes of control – voice, gesture, point and wheel. Better Reliability The laser-based illumination system uses specialized lamps embedded in the projection unit, delivering superior picture quality. This system can run for up to 25,000 hours without replacement, roughly five times longer than mercury-based lamps. *Smart TV devices include HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc Players and Network Home Theater Systems. Internet connection and certain subscriptions required and sold separately. Content and services vary by product and are subject to change without notice. *Designs, features and specification subject to change without notice About LG Electronics USA LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $49 billion global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. In the United States, LG Electronics sells a range of stylish and innovative home entertainment products, mobile phones, home appliances, commercial displays, air conditioning systems and solar energy solutions, all under LG's "Life's Good" marketing theme. For more information, please visit www.lg.com. About LG Electronics, Inc. LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances. With 117 operations around the world, LG achieved global sales of USD 49 billion (KRW 54.26 trillion) in 2011. LG comprises four business units – Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, and Air Conditioning & Energy Solutions – and is one of the world's leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators. LG Electronics is a 2012 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year. SOURCE LG Electronics USA [/showhide]

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    iPad backpack

    iPad backpack With the advancements in science and technology, modern gadgets have become so versatile that they help users in one way or the other to make their life easy. Have a look at the latest iPad backpack by South Korean designer Soohun Jung that assists modern bikers through packed city roads. All the user needs to do is put the iPad into the backpack and open blue cover to make the display visible, so the vehicles moving behind could read signals on the screen and drive accordingly to ensure safety. Bikers can attach their iPhones to the handlebar of the bike and connect it with the iPad via Bluetooth for easy controls on the move. To indicate the left and right turn on the iPad display, you will have to swipe to the left and right accordingly on your iPhone screen. In case, you want to stop, iPhone’s speed sensor recognizes the use of break and display slow down message on iPad’s screen in the backpack. In addition, iPad’s cam transmits the rear view to the iPhone screen to make the rider aware of the surroundings. You can search bicycle course through community maps or recommendations, you can recommend a course to other riders as well. Moreover, riders can chat with their friends and other community members in a preset radius. Last but not the least, you can choose a message to display on your iPad’s screen. [gallery ids="3314,3315,3316,3318,3319,3320,3321"] [Cheers Soohun]

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    Camera Lens Stainless Steel Travel Mug

    Camera Lens Stainless Steel Travel Mug Love trekking and are often on the move, you are surely going to admire and carry this functional travel mug with you on challenging excursions to relieve you with a heavy dose of caffeine. Looking more like a high quality lens, the “Camera Lens Stainless Steel Travel Mug” is just ideal for modern nomads who don’t compromise with style, no matter if they are at home or traveling around deserted places. The travel mug not only looks modern and stylish but it is also leak proof and lets you maintain the temperature of your beverages for a longer period, so you could enjoy them fresh even at abandoned places. Allowing an ergonomic grip, the insulated travel mug comes with a carrying case for safe and easy transportation. [gallery ids="3372,3373,3374"] Via: ThinkGeek  

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    Veam Tablet PC with Projector_05

    Veam Tablet PC with Projector_05 Businessmen have to carry a number of devices with them on business trips for superior presentations to spread their trade. Addressing the issued, South Korean designer Jongha Lee has come up with a multifunctional system that becomes a tablet, PC or a projector to accommodate the varying needs of the user. Hailed as “Veam,” the Tablet PC reflects the image of a suit and touts a modern and sleek design. Featuring the body finished in black anodized aluminum and the cover in soft/matte silicon type material to prevent any scratches, the tablet PC with projector presents a slightly tilted design to offer better use of the touchscreen. In addition, you can lean its cover backwards to be used a tablet PC, while the built-in projector lens turns any flat surface into a touchscreen or virtual control interface. So you could drag down a program or memo out of display and use it on the surface. Users can easily aim and project with the “automatic projection,” for the perfect angle and focal point on the target wall is calculated with the help of a sensor to project secondary screen onto the wall mechanically.  The projector allows a dual screen function, as you can watch movies on the projected screen and surf around the net on the physical touchscreen. [gallery ids="3446,3447,3448,3449,3450,3451"] [Cheers Jongha]

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    Cynaps headset

    Cynaps headset Slated to be showcased at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), scheduled from January 8-11, in Eureka Park, the “Cynaps” from Max Virtual is a fashionable headset that lets you receive a call and enjoy music, on your cellphone, tablet or computer, handsfree as well as earsfree, for it offers quality  audio without the need of earpieces. Resembling an ordinary baseball cap, the Bluetooth device makes use of bone conduction to transmit sound to the inner ear through two small vibrating modules placed in the lining. Claimed to be the world's first Bluetooth enabled, bone conduction headset, the Cynaps gives an easy access to important functions, like taking a call, regulating volume and navigating the playlist, using a control panel located under the flap. Removal of earphones makes the Cynaps much safer for bikers or car drivers, as they can react spontaneously during emergencies. [gallery ids="3480,3481,3482,3483,3484,3485"] Via: PRNewswire

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    SPIN AGE FRONT LEFT_06

    SPIN AGE FRONT LEFT_06 Spreading out the hoerboard family with the third design DJ workstation, the “Spin Age” is a sleek and stylish DJ table the present state of the art technology complemented with an exquisite design to rock your parties. Featuring the body finished in laser cut metal frame, comprising two equal parts, the turntable is slightly curvilinear in the middle, like a flight deck, to allow a comfy DJ position, ensuring better performance. Presenting different spaces to accommodate compact monitor speakers or other DJ devices, the Spin Age elegantly integrates power and audio wires into the corpus and audio jacks below the desk to ensure a clutter free space to the DJ. Comprising the turntable, two audio connectors and a six-plug power point, the hoerboard Spin Age is available for €2,190 (about $2,855). [gallery ids="3539,3540,3541,3542,3543,3544,3545"]

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    PowerDock 5

    PowerDock 5 If the clutter of the charging cables of your gadgets is hampering your work flow on your workstation, Griffin has come up with a compact docking station that nestles all your iOS gadgets elegantly to juice them from a single power outlet. Hailed as “PowerDock 5,” the compact charging station as the name suggests can dock at least five tablets (or a mix of gadgets) to charge them simultaneously while removing the clutter of wires away from your workspace or side table. Offering a separate charging port to each gadget, the power dock offers ample space to charge the tablet lying within the protection case to eliminate scratches. As soon as the status light illuminates, you can dock your gadgets with USB ports for charging. Compatible with all Apple mobile devices, the PowerDock 5 will be available by this spring for $100. [gallery ids="3557,3558,3559"] Via: Gizmodo

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    CST-01 E Ink watch

    CST-01 E Ink watch Developed in collaboration with Central Standard Timing and E Ink, the “CST-01” is a 0.80mm thin flexible wristwatch that features an E Ink screen encased in a piece of stainless steel. Laminating different components into a 0.5mm pocket, the flexible wristwatch removes buttons or knobs for a minimal design. Users can set or change the time with an integrated base station. Weighing about 12 grams, the super slim watch runs on a micro energy cell (MEC) that the user can recharge 10,000 times to last over 15 years. Capable of running for a month on a single charge of 10 minutes, the CST-01 is free from toxic chemicals or heavy metals to make it safer for the users as well as the environment. Claimed to be the world's thinnest E Ink watch, the trendy E Ink watch is driven by a Seiko Epson Microcontroller to attain the desired battery life and let the user do everything he/she expect from a super slim watch. Worn around the wrist like a bracelet, the CST-01 looks more like a fashionable accessory than a wristwatch. [gallery ids="3605,3604,3603,3602,3601,3600"]

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    PaperTab

    PaperTab The pace gadgets are getting thinner and lighter, the day isn’t too far away when we have paper thin devices at our dispose. Check out the “PaperTab,” an ultra-thin and ultra-flexible touchscreen device, which is sure to change the way people use tablets and computers. Developed at Queen’s University in collaboration with Intel Labs and Plastic Logic, the PaperTab features a high-resolution, 10.7” E-ink touchscreen display. Running on the second generation Intel Core i5 Processor, the flexible tablet doesn’t use different apps or windows on a single display, instead it comes with ten or more interactive displays or PaperTabs, each working with a separate window or application, while remaining in close proximity (interacting) with each other. In addition, the user can form a big screen by positioning two or more PaperTabs next to each other, so he/she could drag objects across multiple screens. Thought the PaperTabs will have to cover some distance for commercial availability, but you can have a closer look at the flexible tablet prototype at CES 2013 in Las Vegas. [gallery ids="3625,3626,3627,3628"]

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    Precision Guided Firearms_01

    Precision Guided Firearms_01 When you are at war, be it in the virtual world or real, you simply want to end up on the winning side, by hook or by crook. Drawing inspiration from the virtual world (gaming), Austin-based startup has come up with “Precision Guided Firearms” that bring “auto-aim” to the real world, assisting the shooter to aim and bring down the opponent without giving a second chance. Featuring intelligent digital tracking scopes, powered by Linux, to capture a video image from the objective lens of the scope, the hi-tech arms let the shooters tag the target, so they could track the target as it moves around, before finally knocking it down without any mistake. All the shooter needs to do is bring the reticle point and the target in a straight line to deliver a deadly shot. Opening at around $17,000, the precision-guided rifles from TrackingPoint turns an amateur into a trained sniper. [gallery ids="3640,3641,3642,3643"] Via: Arstechnica  

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