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MIT FingerReader Reads Printed Text Aloud: Talk to the Hand

MIT FingerReader Reads Printed Text Aloud: Talk to the Hand

Braille helps visually impaired people read, but there is a lot of printed material that is never converted to that writing system. Blind people also miss out on using mobile devices because obviously they can’t feel…

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Trinity Portable Wind Turbine Goes with the Wind

Trinity Portable Wind Turbine Goes with the Wind

There are already portable battery packs that have solar panels for recharging. The Trinity is a new kind of portable charger that uses a different renewable source of energy: the wind. It recharges its 15,000 mAh…

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Virtual Cane Helps Blind People Move Around with Voice Prompts

Virtual Cane Helps Blind People Move Around with Voice Prompts

Last year we saw a robot cane for visually impaired people that warns its user of obstacles with an audible alert. The Virtual Aid for the Visually Impaired or VAVI by grade 10 student Roman Kozak…

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Parrot AR.Drone Controlled with Head Movement Using Oculus Rift: OculusDrone

Parrot AR.Drone Controlled with Head Movement Using Oculus Rift: OculusDrone

Last year we saw a drone camera system that streamed live 3D video that can be viewed through the Oculus Rift headset. Diego Araos wrote a program that not only lets you use the Rift to…

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Festo BionicKangaroo: Energizer Joey

Festo BionicKangaroo: Energizer Joey

After creating a robot bird and dragonfly, automation company Festo shows off with another impressive animal replica. Like real kangaroos, Festo’s BionicKangaroo is not only great at jumping and keeping its balance, it can also store…

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Flexible Stick-on Electronic Patches: Skinnables

Flexible Stick-on Electronic Patches: Skinnables

Wearable technology is just about to take off, but we can already take a peek at what’s coming after smartwatches and the like. A team of engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern…

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Diffuse Laptop Light Makes Screens Easy on the Eyes: Ambif.lux

Diffuse Laptop Light Makes Screens Easy on the Eyes: Ambif.lux

Carolina Ferrari, Ilaria Vitali and Mengdi Xu designed Diffuse, a lamp designed to make laptop screens easy on the eyes in two ways.  Diffuse can provide complementary ambient light or it can compensate for a dark…

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Gravity Augmented Reality System Lets You Sketch in 3D: Airbrush

Gravity Augmented Reality System Lets You Sketch in 3D: Airbrush

3D modeling software is often used to visualize and develop concepts – anything from a piece of furniture to a video game. Those programs make it easy to transition from idea to prototype and to refine…

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Steam Controller Touchscreen Replaced with Buttons: Button Diamonds are Forever

Steam Controller Touchscreen Replaced with Buttons: Button Diamonds are Forever

When Valve unveiled its Steam Controller last year, I was quite skeptical about the value of its built-in touchscreen. It turns out many of Valve’s testers had the same opinion. This January, at the 2014 Steam…

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Origami-based Paper Microscope Costs Less than $1 to Make: Foldscope

Origami-based Paper Microscope Costs Less than $1 to Make: Foldscope

High quality microscopes cost thousands of dollars and can be hard to operate and maintain. A group of researchers from Stanford University are close to changing that with a microscope that’s made mostly out of paper…

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AllSee Low-power Sensor Uses Ambient Radio Signals to Detect Gestures

AllSee Low-power Sensor Uses Ambient Radio Signals to Detect Gestures

Many gesture detection devices, including the Kinect and the Leap Motion, use infrared cameras to sense movement. They also have dedicated chips that process the data from the cameras. These components are power-hungry, especially if they’re…

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Lian-Li PC Case Doubles as a Desk

Lian-Li PC Case Doubles as a Desk

We’ve featured a couple of PC casemods that incorporated a computer’s hardware into a desk. If Lian-Li pushes through with its prototype, you won’t need to be a modder to have a desk and PC case…

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Netflix & Fitbit Hack Pauses Video When You Fall Asleep: How Sweet

Netflix & Fitbit Hack Pauses Video When You Fall Asleep: How Sweet

Netflix recently held a Hack Day for its engineers to come up with tweaks to the popular streaming video service. Even though the activity was made primarily for fun, one of the resulting hacks is quite…

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Cloudwash Smart Washing Machine Prototype: Shut Up and Take My Laundry!

Cloudwash Smart Washing Machine Prototype: Shut Up and Take My Laundry!

Washing clothes shouldn’t be rocket science, but you’d be forgiven for thinking that when you look at the controls of modern washing machines. So when cloud services company Berg set out to create a prototype for…

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Fujitsu Tablet Prototype Lets You Feel Rough and Smooth Textures on Screen

Fujitsu Tablet Prototype Lets You Feel Rough and Smooth Textures on Screen

Fujitsu has rolled out a prototype tablet that has a cool bit of tech inside. The tablet has haptic sensory technology inside that allows you to feel images on the screen. Users are able to feel…

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Google Project Tango Smartphone Lets You Make 3D Maps: DIY Street View

Google Project Tango Smartphone Lets You Make 3D Maps: DIY Street View

Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP) recently unveiled Project Tango, a smartphone that lets users make 3D models of their surroundings. ATAP is also working on development APIs that will let developers use those 3D…

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