One of the most unusual wearable ideas has been cooked up by a group of PhD students from the MIT Media Lab and researchers from Microsoft Research. It’s a temporary tattoo concept dubbed DuoSkin - both functional and fashionable – that can turn into a touchpad, remotely control a smartphone, or share data using NFC (Near Field Communication). The students shared their innovative idea on MIT’s website. Their DuoSkin concept will be presented in full at a wearable symposium in…
A Turkish inventor claims to have created a phone with a screen that can only be seen when using a specific special pair of smart glasses. It’s the perfect privacy solution for anyone storing sensitive information on their device, in an age where people carry around smartphones and tablets everywhere they go, making it increasingly difficult to keep things private. The inventor, 40-year-old Celal Göger from Diyarbakir, Turkey, is said to have come up with the idea for the private…
The world is plagued by the scars of war. Landmines famously outlast conflicts that led to their deployment years before. In current and previously war-torn regions of the world, landmines are triggered every day by innocent civilians. But a Kickstarter-backed drone project could be the solution to end all risk of exploding landmines. Dubbed the Mine Kafon Drone, the Kickstarter project is designed to fly across minefields, detecting the explosive devices, and clearing them without putting anyone in harm’s way.…
French tech startup Devialet has created a one-of-a-kind egg-shaped Bluetooth speaker that is able to compete against most high-end sound equipment. The Phantom blasts out sounds at an incredible 99 decibels (close to what you would hear sitting on a motorcycle) via a streamlined sound system that combines all of the components of a home audio setup into an egg-shaped shell. It’s no bigger than a regular bowling ball. It sells for $1,990. Devialet started up in 2007, engineering amplifiers…
The new Mercedes-Benz E Class has been dubbed the world’s most hi-tech vehicle, with more autonomy than any other vehicle before it. The car can steer itself for up to 60 seconds, switch lanes at the press of a button, and the dashboard has a 25-inch widescreen with the same resolution as an Apple iPad. But it doesn’t come cheap, selling for roughly US$600,000. The technology embedded in the new Mercedes E Class is expected to be implemented in other…
Pokémon Go, the recently released free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices, has taken the world by storm. A New Zealand man reportedly quit his job to catch Pokémon full-time. For all the tips and tricks that have amassed on the internet to aid Pokémon Go players in their quest to “catch ‘em all”, a new innovative product from Vixole has emerged to help improve your game through interactive sneakers. Vixole have come up…
Edward Snowden, a former Central Intelligence Agency employee, who famously copied and leaked classified information from the National Security Agency in 2013 without permission, has helped develop plans for a smartphone case that could prevent digital surveillance. The plans are outlined in an online paper called ‘Against The Law: Countering Lawful Abuses of Digital Surveillance’. In the paper, Snowden and Singapore-based hacker Andrew ‘Bunnie’ Huang, outline plans to create a smartphone case that is able to display a notification and…
The first approved U.S. drone delivery, approved by aviation officials, has been made. Drone startup company Flirtey collaborated with 7-Eleven, the chain of international convenience stores, to make the delivery happen. The drone successfully delivered a chicken sandwich, hot coffee and donuts from a 7-Eleven store in Reno, Nevada to its destination on July 23, according to phys.org. Flirtey chief executive Matt Sweeny said: “This is just the first step in our collaboration with 7-Eleven. Flirtey’s historic drone deliveries to…
Two teams of scientists from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the University of California Berkley created an insect-computer hybrid robot using a live beetle. The group of engineers came up with a way to remotely control insects, which they believe could provide an alternative to remote-controlled drones. Since beetles are agile and require no engineering to keep them in the air, the scientists believe their technology could realistically provide an “improved alternative to remote-controlled drones.” The researchers published a…
Microsoft’s free Windows 10 update is scheduled to release in less than two weeks, and to encourage users to update their computers, Microsoft is offering a seemingly exciting deal. Microsoft users can expect to receive a free Inspiron 15 laptop from Dell if they are unable to update their computer to Windows 10 with same-day service. But like all deals, there’s a catch. To be eligible for the prize, your PC has to be compatible with Windows 10 in the…
Vi, not to be confused with the AI named Viv, is a self-learning ‘hearable’ device that works as a personal trainer. The device adapts to each person who uses it and features real-time coaching based on the user’s own physiology. The personal trainer features aerospace-grade biosensors including heart rate and heart rate variability, motion, elevation and other environmental sensors. It has the ability to interpret the data to deliver “actionable insights such as weight loss optimization, exhaustion level management, injury…
Nura is the world’s first headphone set that’s able to integrate unique sound-wave technology to automatically measure your hearing from the outer ear all the way to the brain, creating an impressive, unique sound. The headphones use a microphone that listens to the sound-waves that enter and exit the ear to detect your hearing signature. This takes about 30 seconds by calibrating once with the tap of a button on the smartphone app. The concept originated in Melbourne, Australia in…
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