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    Looking for a portable music system to rock your outdoor parties, check out the “Boompack” by Italian designer Max Battaglia, which is a powerful source of music and video that turns every space into a perfect stage for all who simply want to dance and party anywhere, anytime. Ideal for street performers, the compact music system is not [...]

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    Robots are gradually replacing human beings in almost every field, barring the artistic or creative areas like music that require intellect to go beyond the set patterns of the physical world. Robots may not be able to create new compositions, but they are capable of producing as good music as any other rock band has [...]

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    Due to the lack of supportive gadgets or technology, visually impaired people have to live an isolated life, in this so-called hi-tech world, and rely on others to get informed about the things going on around them. Perceiving a bit better life for the visually impaired, Indian designer Sumit Dagar has come up with a [...]

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    Getting late for office, but not able to find your car keys and mobile phone that you placed somewhere last evening. Check out the smart digital pet, called the “Marco,” by Mac Funamizu that remembers the location of different objects and search for lost items within the room for its owner. All you need to [...]

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    Love to play guitar (wherever you go) to entertain people, but don’t have adequate equipments to rock your street performance? Check out the new guitar case that not only protects your cherished instrument but also doubles as a trendy speaker to boost your performances down the street. Hailed as “Rockase,” the utility guitar case comes [...]

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    Don’t have enough time to check the price of your stocks throughout the day, check out the “Arduino Stock Market Tracking Lamp” by Ali Reza Kohani that illuminates a LED light to let you know if your share is performing good or below par in the stock market.  Called the “Stocker,” the LED lamp tracks [...]

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    Are you tired of working on your regular computer? Check out the latest Touch Screen Camera that turns your standard desktop screen into a touch sensitive screen to let you experience Microsoft’s newest touchscreen operating system. Compatible with Windows 8, the new Touch Screen Converter lets you browse the net with a gentle finger touch. [...]

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    Can’t afford a personal drone, check out the fully autonomous UAV (drone) named the “LA100” from Lehmann Aviation that can capture high-quality images and videos from a bird’s eye view. Claimed to be the world’s first aircraft for users with no piloting background, the LA100 is designed to mount your GoPro in two different positions, [...]

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    You may have seen some flexible and portable computing systems in the past, but what about a computer that you can wear and wash like your other regular clothes. Bringing wearable, washable computers one step closer to be real, Researchers at Nottingham Trent University’s Advanced Textiles Research Group have developed clothing with light emitting diodes [...]

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    If you are the user of a tablet, then you would probably understand an individual’s woes when he complains about the battery draining faster in his tablet when compared to feature tablets. And we are not complaining either! For with the countless numbers of applications that run on these tablets, it won’t be surprising if they last through a single day without shutting down. However, there are certain ‘tricks of the trade’ that can help you extend the life of the battery in your tablet. And here are some of them. avantree_tr202_min Charge the Tablet Fully Never opt to remove your tablet half way in between charging. This way, you would be draining the battery faster and reducing its life due to repeated charging. So make it a point to avoid using the tablet when it is charging unless you get call. Plug the charger back into the tablet after finishing the call too. Also make it a point to charge your tablet only when the battery comes down to 20% or less. This way, you would avoid repeated charging which again would reduce the life of the battery. Let your tablet breathe Remove your tablet’s case or cover before charging it. Opting to charge the tablet without removing the cover would generate heat within the device which would in turn reduce the life of the battery extensively. 167336236 Disable Internet Based Applications Enabling the internet based applications on your android tablet only when you want to use them is a really smart way to saving battery life. Disabling mobile data like 3G or 4G networks, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth applications when you don’t use them can save you plenty of battery power. Of course, it would save plenty of money on your mobile internet bill as well! Stay Away from Live Wallpapers and Screens Live themes, wallpapers and screens can reduce the power and life of your android’s battery by nearly half. Try to stick to stationary wall papers and screens as much as possible in order to prevent this. Screen Timeouts and Background Settings If your android’s screen has a multitude of colors to display, try to dim the backlight so that the tablet does not need to use too much power to display these colors. Setting screen timeouts to short intervals (possibly less than a minute) would also save you plenty of battery power on your android tablet. get-rid-of-unwanted-apps-with-uninstaller-pro Get rid of unwanted apps Your android tablet can get burdened with the apps that you downloaded or installed along the way and forgot about later. And booting all these applications every time you open the tablet could have a toll on the battery life. So browse through these applications and get rid of the ones you don’t want. In addition to saving battery power and life, you would be saving plenty of disk space on your tablet as well.

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    Terrafugia Transition flying car

    A decade ago, one could hardly relate cars with acquiring flying capabilities anytime soon. However, with the likes of Terrafugia Transition, the AVX (TX), etc. forcefully substantiating that the craze for seeing cars flying was not a figment of imagination alone, now there are horde of flying cars (concepts and actual flying versions) to keep you interested. Aside from flying, these new generation cars do equally well on roads too. Both modes can be operated manually and automatically as well. Pricey…? Obviously, these are! Hit the jump to know about seven best roadable aircrafts that should attract the attention of excited flying car buffs: Terrafugia Transition The brainchild of a team of MIT aeronautics engineers, including Terrafugia co-founders Carl Dietrich and his wife Anna Mracek Dietrich, the Terrafugia Transition is a $279,000 roadable airplane that can fly two passengers just over 400 miles at a cruising speed of 115mph. On road, the prototype street-legal aircraft promises to deliver up to 65mph. The airbag-and-parachute-equipped, 970 pounds flying car requires at least 518 meters of runway before it actually takes to the sky. Fuel economy (in air) is about 35 mpg, while on-road range reads in excess of 600 miles. Just recently, it moved into Phase 2 of its six planned Phases of flight-testing. AVX (TX) Developed by AVX Aircraft, the AVX (TX) flying car can fly four passengers at the speed of 140mph, aside from running at 80mph on road and 30mph on rough terrains. The Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) SUV switches from car to aircraft mode in less than a minute. With its capacity to fly at 10,000 feet, the AVX (TX) flying car can cover 250 nautical mile range on one tank of fuel. Touting coaxial rotor and dual ducted fans, the concept aircraft promises unmatched propulsion to ensure that perfect flight and on the ground commute. Other features include highly intuitive non-pilot operator control and navigation systems. Skyblazer Just the perfect vehicle for highway and skyway transportation, the Skyblazer concept seeks to expand your local neighborhood into a 1,000-mile space. The concept roadable aircraft is capable of carrying four adults with minimum 50lbs of baggage at 310 mph cruising speed. It can automatically transform between both modes without requiring manual labor. Skyblazer fits in regular parking space thanks to its retractable wings. While it’s in road mode, the flying surfaces and avionics sensors lie hidden. With first flying prototype surfacing in 2015, the initial cost of a production Skyblazer is calculated at more than $1,000,000. Moller M400 Skycar The prototype personal VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) aircraft dubbed Moller M400 Skycar is an outcome of Paul Moller’s forty years of dedicated efforts. Designed to cruise up to 360mph for a distance of 750 miles, the revolutionary flying car will cost $500,000 thanks to the use of eight inexpensive Rotapower Wankel rotary engines instead of jet engines. At a 4,800 ft/min rate of climb, it will have a service ceiling of 36,000 ft (10,973 m). A prototype is supposed to be flying in 2012, with certified versions "a few years later". PAL-V flying car Conceived and created by Dutch company PAL-V Europe NV, the Pal-V roadable aircraft just recently conducted its successful maiden flight. The two-seater PAL-V flaunts an aerodynamic tilting three-wheeler design. Powered by a 160 kW flight certified gasoline engine, the flying car can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in less than eight seconds to a top speed of 180 km/h (112 mph). The vehicle touts estimated fuel economy figures of 12 km/l (28 mpg US) and a range of 1,200 km (750 miles) on road. In the air, it manages to cruise at a maximum speed of 97 kts (180 km/h/112 mph). The PAL-V requires a runway of 165 m (540 ft) to get into the flight mode, while 30 m (100 ft) suffices for landing it. The vehicle has specifically been designed to operate below 1,200 m (4,000 ft). Parajet Skycar The Parajet Skycar, a Yamaha R1-engined, biodiesel-powered flying car, developed by folks at the Skycar Expedition, flaunts a commuter model, so you will not need a pilot's license to fly it. The world's first carbon-neutral flying car is a steel-framed all-terrain vehicle with a 0-60mph time around 4.5 seconds on road. A cross between a dune buggy and a paraglide, the Parajet Skycar can convert from fly-mode to drive-mode in three minutes. The Skycar requires 200 meters space to take off at 35mph, and to maintain a top airspeed around 70mph and a range of just over 180 miles. The expedition prototype, which will justify its roadable status, is expected to cost only UK£35,000. LaBiche Aerospace FSC-1 Conceived by creatives at LaBiche Aerospace, the FSC-1TM flying sports car promises to hit airspeed more than 275 mph thanks to a pair of retractable wings. A Chevrolet and Porsche twin turbo engine will provide the much-needed thrust to the flying vehicle. What you actually need to add wings to your flying fancy is a $175,000 build-it-yourself kit (being developed as of now). However, 1/10th scaled remote controlled prototypes have been built already so you need not to wait that long to see it go past the prototype stage. The LaBiche Aerospace FSC-1 is supposed to accommodate five passengers comfortably.  

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    Rat Torture

    With nothing like human rights commissions to help them out, prisoners in middle ages had to undergo blood-spattered tortures in the hands of barbarous rulers and executioners. While we agree that torture is necessary to reprimand wrongdoers, criminals and persistent offenders, still the level of inflicting torments upon them was inhumane to say the least. The intensity of pain was unbearable for anyone, especially with the kind of torture equipments used for punishing and extracting confessions. Here, we’ve listed seven most horrendous torture methods used in the Middle Ages: Torture By Saw Used mainly for torturing – killing rather – those accused of blasphemy, adultery, murder, theft or witchery, the method involved tying the victim upside down to a tree and then, cutting him using a saw in half or up to the abdomen. The upside down position of the offender caused blood to rush to head, thus killing him ultimately but not before he has suffered pain for several hours. Brazen Bull Devised in ancient Greece, the brazen bull, bronze bull, or Sicilian bull was a torture device designed by metalworker Perillos of Athens. Perillos presented it to Phalaris, the ruler of Akragas, for executing criminals. After setting the fire under it, the victim was locked inside it. The excessive heat in the metal structure caused the person to die. Judas Cradle Devised by Germans, the Judas Cradle was a brutal torture method where the victim was made to sit naked over the pyramid-shaped cradle with the intention that the point of cradle penetrates into the anus or vagina. Later, the person very slowly lowered using ropes. When put some more weights on ankles, the downward pressure caused the orifice to stretch to unbearable extent. Since all victims were made to sit on the unsanitized cradle, they used to catch infection. The Rack Used in Medieval Britain, France and Russia, the Rack was a torture device that consisted of a wooden, rectangular frame with a roller each on both sides. While the victim’s ankles were fastened to one roller, his wrists were chained to the other. As the executioner used to pull the handle and the ratchet, it applied tension on the chains, thus causing tremendous pain to victim. A rotating wheel was used to make situation more gruesome for the victim. The strain of the ropes caused sufferer’s joints to dislocate or separate. Chinese rat torture method A common practice in ancient China, the Rat Torture method was a dreadful method of torturing victims. The naked (waist upward in most cases) victim had a metal pot tied – in a inverted position - on his belly. Later, when this pot was heated, the rat, in his desperation to be free, makes his way through the victim’s body by gnawing the abdominal part. Thumbscrew Also known as pilliwink, the thumbscrew torture instrument had protruding studs on its inner surfaces. It was used to crush the fingers and toes of the prisoners. Certain sharp metal points used to puncture the nails for puncturing nail beds and thus, inducing more pain. Rectal, Oral, and Vaginal Pear When forced into the mouth or rectum or vagina of those charged with blasphemy, sodomy, adultery or heresy, the expandable device caused them tremendous pain. The Rectal, Oral and Vaginal Pear torture device had an attached screw to help it expand to its maximum size.    

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    Chinese farmer’s DIY chopper

    Since Icarus’s maiden flight, the inclination to soar high into the sky has inspired millions to design and create aircrafts. While aircraft manufacturers like Virgin Atlantic and Excalibur Almaz have all the means to create high-end airplanes and, accordingly, aspire to reach lunar surface soon, we have avid DIYers, on the other hand, who have put their experience to construct homemade helicopters from whatever limited resources they had at their disposal. Here we’ve listed five homemade helicopters that speak volumes about modern Icarus-wannabes’ ingenuity and inventiveness: Nigerian makes helicopter from junk Made from discarded car and bike parts, the 12-meter-long aircraft can actually fly at 15 feet for three hours at a time. Mubarak Muhammed Abdullahi, a physics student has created this chopper by using disused parts from a crashed 747, a secondhand 133 horsepower engine from a Honda Civic, couple of Toyota car seats and a lot of creativity. The functional helicopter takes off once it reaches 300rpm. Vietnamese farmer’s homemade helicopter Two Vietnamese farmers, Tran Quoc Hai and Le Van Danh, have created a helicopter that flaunts a 300 horsepower engine. Made from sturdy components, like homespun metal alloys and strong rotor blades, the chopper awaits permit for low-level flights. The investors who have raised around $20,000 for the project believe that the DIY helicopter may be usable in aerial observation and spraying pesticides over crops. Chinese farmer’s DIY chopper You don’t need to be a mastermind for creating a chopper. Even a person with basic high school education can make his own helicopter provided that he can recall the physics lesson delivered to him in school. Wo Zhongyuan, a Chinese farmer utilized elm tree branches, a motorcycle engine and a frame reinforced with steel pipes to fashion his own helicopter. Gao Hanjie's homemade helicopter Another Chinese DIYer Gao Hanije has come up with a 350kg, three-meter-long aircraft. The DIY chopper flaunts short rotor blades that complement the chopper design brilliantly. Chen Zhao Rong’s DIY helicopter Well, we’ve yet another Chinese DIYer who has conceived and created a $10,000 chopper that, aside from fulfilling his dream of owning a helicopter, also helped him resume his academics, with a mechanical touch though. However, his endeavor ultimately ended in a crash, an irate wife and enquiring police officers.

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    NRG51 Gaming Concept

    If you love gaming and can do anything to grab that perfect gaming gear with all ingrained paraphernalia to satiate a gamer’s needs, you should seriously have a look at some cool gaming devices and accessories we’ve listed below. Though you will not be able to lay your hands on any or some of these concept gaming devices anytime soon, still they succeed in tickling your fancies by providing you a distinct view of what could be the future of gaming. Hit the jump to know about some of them: Xbox 720 Concept Designer: Federico Ciccarese The Xbox 720 concept resembles a pyramid that comes integrated with two stereo Kinect cameras and a Windows Phone 8 Smartphone to present a revolutionary design for trendy gamers. Aside from featuring a sparkling Metro UI style Xbox Live Dashboard, which possibly is a part of Microsoft hardware, to remove all the clutter and work wirelessly, the concept gaming device flaunts a vibrant phosphorescent green theme, which is quite identical to the white and green theme of the Xbox. The hi-tech Xbox concept may appear too advanced to go with current standards; however, the radical design goes on to show how the futuristic gaming consoles would look like. PS4 Game Console Designer: Tai Chiem The PS4 concept flaunts an embedded OLED touchscreen, a neatly placed CD ROM with gloss cover and matching PS4 controllers with touchscreen capabilities. When mass produced – only if Sony agrees to do so – the PS4 will attract enough buyers for sure. The designer says that the gaming device will be available (not now, obviously) in Black and White variants. Sony PSi concept console Designer: Anh Nguyen Featuring wand-like motion controllers, the Sony Psi concept console combines a seemingly sound design with superb controls for fitness game lovers. Other accessories include tug ‘o’ war, integrated microphones, musical instruments (unspecified) and retractable wrist straps. Well, the cool concept makes one wonder about the endless possibilities that could be associated with this console. Xbox 720 Portable Console Designer: Tai Chiem The Xbox 720 portable console is a strange looking gaming device that features a flexible, roll-out OLED screen, motion sensing, shape-changing capabilities, touchscreen and enough internal memory. Those who still ask for more will sure appreciate the inclusion of accelerometer, a web browser, media playing capabilities and Wi-Fi. NRG51 Arcade Game Tool Designer: Netali Hernandez The innovative arcade gaming tool allows pinball lovers to generate renewable energy while playing. The transparent gaming device relies on its wheel, handle, pulley and the ball’s motion to produce energy in six different ways. When you release the ball, it hits the antenna, rolls on the playing surface, makes contact with bumpers, turbines and switch gates, and thus, converts kinetic power into usable energy. Energy, thus generated, is stored in its clear base. Despite it being a classroom-teaching project as of now, the gaming tool, when realized, could help students in developing a better understanding of power generation, harnessing and storing. Interactive Reality gaming device Designer: Nico Klaeber, Debbie Poon and Hanson Wong Presenting an ergonomic design, the Interactive Reality gaming device allows gamers to enjoy a remarkable interface, GPS, internet and communication, along with required settings for a particular fitness-related games. The perfectly mobile and easy to use gaming device promises to provide a wonderful gaming experience to health-conscious gamers.

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    Santi Steampunk goggles

    When it comes to adding a retro feel to modern things, artists often derive their inspiration from the Steampunk era. Accordingly, they come up with Victorian-themed gizmos, apparels and accessories to amaze Steampunk lovers. Steampunk goggles, with a fair bit of ingenuity involved, definitely take that retro craving to its next level. Just to appease the sensibilities of avid Steampunk fans, we’ve enlisted some coolest Steampunk goggles that deserve a fleeting glance for sure: Steampunk Goggles Goth Industrial Brass Cosplay The one-of-a-kind goggles are made of solid brass. Draped in genuine leather, these goggles add a sure element of art to your collection of steampunk stuff. Featuring a show-stopping telescope, the Steampunk goggles go beyond being mere eyewear. The goggles include perfectly hand-assembled, hand-polished and hand-engraved parts, except for steel-lined lenses and leather eye cups. Double A Stitching Steampunk Goggles Available in different colors, these hand-sewn goggles flaunt screen covering over the glass. Created by folks at Double A Stitching, these goggles come in different styles. A hard plastic body neatly surrounds thinner leather straps, further reinforced with metallic attachments. Santi Steampunk goggles Russian artist Santi has created the Steampunk goggles out of various metals, shapes and textures. The goggles include accurately placed bolts and perforated metal attachments for providing Steampunk fans with an exhilarating experience. Sleepy Hollow Glasses The above-pictured goggles make a perfect Steampunk / Cyber Goth / Sleepy Hollow / Mad Scientist Gear. Made from a durable and flexible plastic base and hand painted throughout, the goggles flaunt a fully adjustable, customized five-lens system. Its fully adjustable vinyl strap has real brass bolts for added durability. Each side of the goggles feature a large flip down magnifier and a fully opposable arm with two smaller flip down brass lenses. Steampunk solid brass goggles These handmade goggles touts precisely cut frames and thick olive green transparent Perspex lenses to ensure clear vision and clients’ safety. Created by Mann & Koryaki , the Steampunk goggles make sumptuous use of rich brown leather and come finished with bee-wax. Fancy steampunk goggles Avid Steampunk fans would like the goggles that, undeniably, seek to revive that forlorn Victorian charm. Flaunting tightfisted use of leather and brass, the vintage-looking goggles seem to have come straight out of sci-fi fictional world. Binoc styled steampunk goggles These binocular styled steampunk goggles speak volumes about the artist’s craftsmanship. Aside from having a metal eyepiece, green (or blue or red) hard plastic lens, unique leather eye cuffs and brass or chrome fittings, the unique steampunk accessory features brass or silver color springs and leather head piece as well.  

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    logitech washable keyboard

    Jittery folks with shaky hands won’t ever care about those huge bucks you have spent in creating your electronic gadgets’ armory. Even you never know how a little carelessness on your own part – when you spilled coffee or some other liquid on any of your precious gadgets – will have you repenting on what you did unknowingly. With its aim to save you this agony, Logitech came up with the K310 Washable Keyboard which you can clean under the sink without worrying about it getting damaged or dysfunctional. However, the K310 is not the only washable electronic equipment that can hit the sink defiantly. We’ve dozens of them already available in the market. Here we’ve listed some washable electronics which you can wash under the faucet with soap and water or wipe them clean. Wetkeys Washable Full-Size Wireless Keyboard Compatible with Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, the Wetkeys washable wireless keyboard can be immersed in water and sanitized frequently. With its dimensions reading 17.5"X5.3"X0.6" (LXWXH), it has ample space to accommodate 126 keys with function, number pad and media buttons. Its waterproof design offers maximum resistance to liquids, so you’re free to spill a beverage on it while working in kitchens, restaurants, laboratories or industries. The perfectly waterproof, portable and flexible keyboard comes with the CE, FCC and RoHS certifications.   Belkin Washable Mouse The Belkin Washable Mouse is a water-resistant gadget that you can wash to keep clean or put directly under the tap. Priced at £10.22, the mouse comes sans a click wheel. Instead, a strokeable, sensor-embedded strip acts as a track pad tool, which makes handling and controlling it a bit more difficult. Moreover, the soft rubber finish catches dirt, which you can wash off completely though. Washable illuminated pushbutton switch Available in four LED colors, the TME 82 series washable, illuminated Pushbutton Switches from knitter-switch are designed for a wide variety of applications including office automation, games consoles, vending machines and measuring instruments. Designed for through-hole mount, the pushbutton switches have a minimum lifetime of 100,000 cycles. Moreover, the switches incorporate silver plated contacts with terminals rated for 12VDC at 50mA. Emano Tec MedTab Developed by Emano Tec, the MedTab is a washable, pocket-sized tablet specially designed for use in healthcare industry. Since people involved in medical field know that germs are everywhere, it’s but necessary for them to have such sterilizable gadget at their workplace. Weighing at just 12 ounces, the $4,995 tablet allows doctors to access their medical records as it comes packed with Bluetooth and 802.11/g Wi-Fi. Powered by an Intel 624MHz processor, the tablet features voice recognition as well.

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    flexible chip

    Currently, most of the electronic appliances available in the market are too rigid to withstand or bend to the needs of modern consumers that keep changing with each passing hour. Addressing the issue, Belgian institute Imec has introduced an ultrathin, flexible chip with bendable and stretchable interconnects that will bring about a revolution in medical and lifestyle applications. The futuristic ultrathin chip is capable of stretching and bending like rubber or skin, so it could adapt to curving and bending surfaces. The chip took shape by thinning the microcontroller, available in the market, down to 30µm and inserting it in a 40 to 50µm thick polyimide package at the University of Ghent. Then the stretchable electrical wiring, fabricated with patterning polyimide, was integrated to the radical circuitry to ensure completely flexibility and give a new twist to the electronic appliances. Thereafter, the package was embedded in an elastomeric substrate, i.e. the polydimethylsiloxane, to act like two dimensional springs and without hampering the conductivity. Currently on display at the 2012 ESTC conference (Electronics System Integration Technology Conference in Amsterdam, the Ultra-Thin Chip Packages (UTCP) with its futuristic design promises enhanced medical applications and even intelligent clothing, to track the movement of the user, in the days to come. Via: RDmag

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    like-a-hug jacket

    You may have thousands of friends on social networking sites, but you cannot feel the warmth of true friendship from your virtual friends. In an attempt to bring your distant friends closer to you, MIT student Melissa Chow has come up with an innovative jacket that lets you feel the love and warmth as soon as any of your friends hit the “Like” button on your Facebook page. Hailed as “Like-a-Hug,” the trendy jacket literally lets the user “feel the warmth, encouragement, support or love that we feel when we receive hugs” from loved ones. Designed to work with a Smartphone, the Facebook jacket includes air pockets that inflate, as soon as your mobile phone sends a new Facebook “like” alert, to receive hugs through wireless technology. Users can not only receive hugs, but they can send hugs back to their friends as well.  To send back the hug, all they need to do is deflate the jacket by squeezing it. Via: Odditycentral

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    Heated ski gloves

    Winters are round the corner and it’s time to gear up your winter sports kit to hit the slopes and enjoy the thrills of adventure sports. To keep you safe and warm in freezing winters, Chaval Outdoor, a new tech-driven outdoor apparel company, has come up with hi-tech ski gloves that features a radically different heating technology. The Heated ski gloves make use of a paper-thin, polymer film, layered in all of the glove fingers (including the thumb),  which has a proprietary nanotech “programming” that enables it to quickly react to temperature deviations to maintain a specific warm temperature evenly across the film surface. As soon as the cold fingertip slips into the glove, the properties of the film start changing by drawing more power automatically to increase heat production only at that fingertip. As the fingertip warms, the film changes its properties again to reduce power draw.  The “micro-regulation" allows independent automated regulation of temperature in each individual finger, ensuring a feeling of perfect steady warmth, excellent power conservation and a significant reduction of required electrical components. Priced at $390, the high-end, all-leather heated ski glove not only remain warm three times longer than other gloves, but also adds style to the user. [gallery] [Cheers Mark]

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    X1 exoskeleton

    Space technology has always something special to offer that helps in sustaining human life on earth. Developed by the U.S. space agency (NASA) in collaboration with Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) has come up with an exoskeleton help astronauts exercise in zero gravity, while assisting the paraplegics move on their own. Dubbed “X1,” the new robotic exoskeleton is essentially developed as an in-space exercise machine to supply resistance against leg movement, but it could also be worn by the disabled to move without any assistance. Based on the Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot in space, the X1 is worn over legs with a harness mounting to the back and around the shoulders to keep the body in shape. Featuring four motorized joints at hips and knees, the 57lb device also includes six passive joints and multiple adjustment points to move the body in different directions with ease. Capable of measuring, recording and streaming the data back in real-time, the robotic device not only provide additional force or power boost with a spacesuit to astronauts but also gives a better insight into the crew's exercise to doctors on earth. Via: Dailymail

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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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    iPotty iPad stand_01

    iPotty iPad stand_01 Toilet training of kids is possibly the most demanding task, for parents usually struggle to convince toddlers to sit on the potty for a longer period when responding to the call of nature. Providing a solution, CTA Digital has developed a potty dubbed “iPotty” that as the name suggests integrates an iPad stand to keep kids engaged while relieving themselves. Now parents can take a sigh of relief, as kids can watch videos or play games to give proper time to their morning rituals. Displayed at Consumer Electronics Show 2013, the plastic training toilet comes with a built-in splashguard to protect the screen of expensive tablet. The iPotty also includes a seat cover to become a regular chair for kids, when not in use as potty. Priced at $40, the colorful potty cum iPad stand will be available by next month. [gallery ids="3668,3669,3670"] Via: Cnet

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    world's smallest arcade machine

    world's smallest arcade machine We often see people playing video games on their mobile phones while traveling to and from their workplace by bus or train. It may allow a good time pass on the go, but it doesn’t offer the thrill of playing games on a real arcade device. Check out the world's smallest arcade machine by computer engineer Mark Slevinsky of Alberta, Canada that the users can carry with them to enjoy the thrill and satisfaction of a regular arcade machine anywhere, anytime. About the size of a Smartphone, the small arcade machine lets you enjoy Tetris, Space Invaders and Breakout clones on the move. Showcased at the new the Guinness World Records 2013 Gamers Edition, the compact arcade game just measures 124 x 52 x 60mm (4.88 x 2.05 x 2.35 inches) in size that the can carry in his/her pocket with ease. Via: ShortList