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Is Wireless Power the Future for Charging Smart Devices?
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Is Wireless Power the Future for Charging Smart Devices?

Electronic waste is expected to exceed 50 million tonnes by 2020. That number simply isn& 39;t sustainable.A few companies are aiming to get rid of one of the main culprits in e-waste: the electronic cable. Wi-Charge, Energous, and Ossia, are developing methods for powering devices wirelessly using safe and efficient infrared technology.

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Foodini is a 3D food printer that could change the way we prepare food

April 17, 2014Foodini is a 3D food printer kitchen appliance that is able to create sweet and savoury dishes and along with the people behind it, Natural Machines, they claim that it could change the way that we prepare food altogether. Image Source: Kickstarter Foodini will include a built in 3D scanner, which the company say they have been working with partners for a long time to get the hardware installed into the first units of the Foodini to ship.
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Auto balancing B-shoe could stop the elderly from falling

April 22, 2014B-Shoe Technologies have come up with an idea that could help to prevent falls in the elderly by way of technology fitted into standard shoes, the auto balancing B-Shoe assist the elderly in maintaining their balance.Statistics have shown that one out of three people over the age of 65 suffer from a fall each year.
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M-Blocks: Robotic cubes that can build themselves

April 16, 2014M-Blocks are small robotic cubes that are magnetic and which can roll around, climb and tumble, make leaps through the air, and move when they are upside down suspended. They are the brain child of John Romanishin, a student at MIT.The M-Blocks are both mobile and stable and one day it is hoped that they will be able to work together and self-assemble themselves into furniture and equipment.
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Charlie the robot makes eye-contact with humans

This $400,000 robot called Charlie can pick up an object, glance at it and then offer it to a human whilst making eye contact.April 29, 2014For decades there has been a constant effort to try and make robots more human like with techniques to mimic our behaviour through technology. There are hyper-realistic robots that have been designed to resemble humans, robots that can learn languages and now a new robot from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at British Columbia University called Charlie that makes eye-contact and mimics the behavior of human hands when gesturing and offering objects.
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US Military is working on restoring lost memories with brain implants

April 30, 2014DARPA is working on development of a black box brain implant under the directive of the US Department of Defense. The brain implant could be wired into the brain of a soldier and record memories. Should that soldier suffer loss of memory resulting from an injury to the brain, the brain implant would be used in order to restore the memories.
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Wireless charger can charge 40 phones at 15 feet away

This is just what a wireless charger that has been developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology has done.April 27, 2014One of the in-things when it comes to charging a mobile device these days is wireless charging. While it does sound pretty cool that you can use a wireless charger to bring life back to your phone, what would be even cooler would be to charge 40 phones while they were 15 feet away.
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Let there be colour! Glasses let colour blind people see colour

May 17, 2014Did you know that there are 300 million people in the world with colour vision deficiency? Now there is hope for them to see the world as the majority do as Enchroma in Berkeley, California, are offering glasses that offer colour blindness correction. Image Source: Encroma The most common form of colour blindness is red-green colour blindness that makes red and green colours appear & 34;crossed& 34; becoming more overlapped due to the absence of the red or green retinal photoreceptors.
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Sony magnetic tape drive puts your hard drive in the shade

May 07, 2014Would you like a storage device with a capacity that would put the majority of traditional hard drives to shame? If this sounds like something you need then you should take a look at the magnetic tape drive of Sony, made in collaboration with IBM. Their new tape drive has the highest areal recording density, which means that one single drive is able to hold as much as 185 TB of data.
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SCiO molecular scanner can count your calories for you

The SCiO molecular scanner offers results in real-time which are sent to an app on the user’s smartphone through Bluetooth.May 03, 2014Anyone conscious about what they eat will be happy to hear about a device in the making from Consumer Physics that can tell you how many calories are in that piece of food you are thinking of eating.
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The Waterfall Swing is a thrilling piece of art from form and function

May 14, 2014Made out of steel, this Waterfall swing is a piece of art from form and function that allows those swinging to go through a wall of water without ever getting a drop of water on them. This is thanks to the fact that as the person swinging approaches the flow of water, there becomes an opening which allows them to pass through, before closing, and then opening again to allow them back through on the backwards swing without getting wet.
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Nintendo NES set to make a stylish comeback

May 13, 2014Old school gamers will know that modern video games just don& 39;t quite offer the challenge of retro games. They required some serious hand-eye coordination, problem solving skills and pattern recognition. Now, hardcore Nintendo fans will be pleased to know that Analogue Interactive is set to bring back the NES in stylish fashion.
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OutRunner is the world’s first remote control running robot and it can beat you

The world’s first running robot with legs, the OutRunner, made available to the public and it could beat you on the running track.May 16, 2014There are many remote control robots out there, usually in the shape of cars, trucks and even animals. Now we have seen the world’s first running robot with legs, the OutRunner, made available to the public and it could beat you on the running track as it is able to run up to 20 mph.
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Navigate stores and libraries by barcode

May 16, 2014Researchers Simon Robinson, Jennifer Pearson, and Matt Jones from the Future Interaction Technology Lab at Swansea University have come up with an app that can help you navigate large stores and libraries via barcodes. We& 39;ve all been there, lost in the depths of library shelves, struggling to find the item you& 39;re after at a supermarket.
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The camera that doesn’t miss a thing thanks to a 360 degree view

May 24, 2014EyeSee360 are well-known for producing panoramic cameras for military use, they have been doing it and doing it well for the past 16 years. They have now branched out and adapted the technology they use and introduced the360Fly. This is a video camera that will be offered to consumers in the fall and will allow them to capture a whole scene in 360 degrees.
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Recreate the StarTrek Holodeck with the Infinadeck

June 01, 2014Fans of StarTrek will no doubt have drooled over the Holodeck, which for those who don’t know is a form of entertainment for the crew of the Starship Enterprise. The Holodeck can turn into anything the crew member desires thanks to virtual reality. The surroundings can be transformed into a sunny beach complete with ocean for example, and it’s just like the person is really there.
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The world's first 3-D printer drone

This quadcopter drone is essentially a flying 3-D printer which can deposit material that hardens to form a sticky foam during flight.May 30, 2014Mirko Kovac of Imperial College London and his team have merged two technologies that are seeing rapid growth in the commercial world this decade - drones and 3-D printers.
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Children can play with objects in the real world with Osmo and the iPad

May 25, 2014The Apple iPad can be a great educational system for older children and it is soon to become even better thanks to a Crowdsourced app from Tangible Play that aims to encourage real world play. Osmo is able to turn any Apple iPad into a brand new gaming platform that children can use by combining objects in the real world alongside digital games.
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Legion Meter USB device offers 92% faster charge for your device

June 01, 2014Have you ever had that dreadful feeling of pure panic when taking your phone out of your pocket and finding that the battery has died on you? Have you missed a call, did someone text you, did an email message arrive or have you missed a Tweet and you don’t know? It’s a terrible feeling when the phone we have come to depend on ups and dies on us.
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Aircraft may soon be thought controlled

June 01, 2014Professor Florian Holzapfel along with Tim Fricke, an aerospace engineer and researchers at the Technische Universität München are working on Brainflight, thanks to funding from the EU. The project is aimed at allowing pilots in the future to fly aircraft solely using their thoughts. Image Source: A.
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