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Laser-based Device Creates 3D Images in Midair: Plasma is Dead, Long Live Plasma!

Laser-based Device Creates 3D Images in Midair: Plasma is Dead, Long Live Plasma!
Terry McGinnis hated the Bat-Signal, but he might consider Aerial Burton’s True 3D Display. The Japanese company’s proof-of-concept device creates three dimensional images by reflecting a laser beam into the air. When air molecules are hit…
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WriteBoard Electronic Whiteboard: Quantum Note Taking

WriteBoard Electronic Whiteboard: Quantum Note Taking
Whiteboards and blackboards are great for group discussions. But they also take attention away from the speaker, especially for participants who insist on writing down everything that’s on the board. That’s where the WriteBoard concept comes…
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Electronic Typewriter with E Ink Screen: Hemingwrite

Electronic Typewriter with E Ink Screen: Hemingwrite
Unlike most artforms or professions, writing needs the most basic of tools. Even if you’d rather work with a word processor instead of pen and paper, you can just get a cheap laptop and be all…
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Programmable Materials Move without Electronic or Mechanical Parts

Programmable Materials Move without Electronic or Mechanical Parts
A few years ago we saw a custom fabricated material with embedded actuators and magnets, which enable it to autonomously fold into a predetermined shape when subjected to electricity. MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab is working on creating…
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FlexSense Thin & Transparent Sensor: It Will Bend

FlexSense Thin & Transparent Sensor: It Will Bend
Apple is catching a lot of flak lately for its bending smartphone. This device developed by Microsoft Research and the University of Applied Sciences in Austria on the other hand is meant to bend. It’s called…
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VRClay Virtual Reality Sculpting: Unchained Modeling

VRClay Virtual Reality Sculpting: Unchained Modeling
Here’s an app that adds another meaning to Ghost in the machine. Currently in development, VRClay lets you create 3D shapes in virtual reality with the help of the Oculus Rift and the Razer Hydra controllers.…
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Nixie Wearable Drone Camera: Fashionable Photographer

Nixie Wearable Drone Camera: Fashionable Photographer
If Team Nixie has its way, drones might someday become the selfie addicts’ best friend. One of the finalists in Intel’s Make It Wearable Challenge, the team is working on Nixie, a camera-toting drone that’s thin,…
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Hack Allows Android Apps to Run on Google Chrome: Play Store Unchained

Hack Allows Android Apps to Run on Google Chrome: Play Store Unchained
To bolster the software library of Chrome OS, Google made App Runtime for Chrome (ARC), which allows Android apps to run on the lightweight operating system. Software developer Vlad Filippov aka Vladikoff went beyond what Google…
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THAW Lets Smartphones Interact with Computers Through Their Displays: Actual Drag and Drop

THAW Lets Smartphones Interact with Computers Through Their Displays: Actual Drag and Drop
Last year MIT’s Tangible Media Group went viral because of its real time shape-copying machine. But one of its latest efforts blows that machine out of the water. Called THAW, it’s a software system that allows…
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3&DBot Robot 3D Printer: The World is Your Build Platform

3&DBot Robot 3D Printer: The World is Your Build Platform
Like ink printers, the size of a 3D printer limits the size of the objects it can print. Until now. Researchers from two different labs in Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) worked together…
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Jetpack to Increase Speed & Agility: Slightly Advanced Warfare

Jetpack to Increase Speed & Agility: Slightly Advanced Warfare
Swiss pilot Yves Rossy is known around the world as Jetman because he made – and flies with – his own jet-propelled wing. Arizona State University (ASU) student Jason Kerestes also made a jetpack, but it’s…
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Cicret Smart Bracelet Projects Your Phone’s Display on Your Arm: Remote Armtop

Cicret Smart Bracelet Projects Your Phone’s Display on Your Arm: Remote Armtop
If you think that Google Glass’ and smartwatch displays are too small for you, keep an eye on the Cicret Bracelet. French company Cicret claims its gadget can project your mobile device’s display on your skin.…
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Google Project Wing Drone Delivery Service: An Endless Waltz of Packages

Google Project Wing Drone Delivery Service: An Endless Waltz of Packages
Like Amazon, it appears Google has been mulling the use of drones to deliver goods. The company recently unveiled its Project Wing, a system that uses drones with the goal of delivering goods within two minutes…
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Chrome Extension Lets You Watch Netflix in a Small Window: The Death of Productivity

Chrome Extension Lets You Watch Netflix in a Small Window: The Death of Productivity
Earlier this year we featured a project from Netflix’ Hack Day; it automatically paused the service’s video player if it detected that you fell asleep. The company recently held another Hack Day, and one of the…
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Microsoft Fingertip Haptic Concepts: Hooked on a Feeling

Microsoft Fingertip Haptic Concepts: Hooked on a Feeling
Until now, touchscreen device makers still have not properly addressed their products’ lack of tactile feedback. If Microsoft senior researcher Hong Tan her way, in the future touchscreen-equipped devices will let us feel clicks and more.…
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Extra Robot Fingers Could One Day Help the Disabled, Elderly & StarCraft Pros

Extra Robot Fingers Could One Day Help the Disabled, Elderly & StarCraft Pros
Last month we saw MIT’s prototypes for wearable robot arms. Two mechanical engineers from the same university recently presented a similar robot, but on a smaller scale. Made by mechanical engineering professor Harry Asada and his…
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