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Navdy Heads-up Navigation System Review

Navdy Heads-up Navigation System Review
Unless you have a late model car with a factory heads-up display, the Navdy is definitely a device worth considering. It adds a heads-up display to any car, and is capable of displaying navigation and other useful information without you having to take your eyes off the road.

Digital Weasley Clock: Muggle Magic

Digital Weasley Clock: Muggle Magic
Back in 2009, we checked out a real-world version of the Weasley’s locating clock. Redditor tbornottb3 recently made his take on the time– er spacepiece, but instead of mechanical hands he used an LED strip. The clock is powered by the Particle Photon, which gets data from the smartphones of tbornottb3 and his relatives via the powerful app If This Then That.
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Miniature Autonomous Blimp is No Airhead

Miniature Autonomous Blimp is No Airhead
Instructables employee DJ aka Aleator777 – the genius behind the Apple II and retro phone watches – recently promoted the Intel Edison by creating the Miniature Autonomous Blimp. This brainy balloon can stay afloat and avoid obstacles on its own.

World’s Largest Model Railway Captured by Google’s Tiniest Street View Vehicles

World’s Largest Model Railway Captured by Google’s Tiniest Street View Vehicles
Located in Hamburg, Germany, Miniatur Wunderland is the world’s largest model railway, occupying nearly 14,000 sq.ft. and inhabited by more than 200,000 Lilliputian citizens. Now we can check out its sights and details at our leisure, thanks to Google’s first ever mini-Street View.

Ehang 184 Drone is Designed to Ferry Humans: Optimus Prime Air

Ehang 184 Drone is Designed to Ferry Humans: Optimus Prime Air
While Amazon is figuring out how to airdrop Three Wolf Moon t-shirts, Chinese drone maker Ehang has its sights on a much bigger goal: delivering people. Behold: the Ehang 184, a “low-altitude aerial autonomous vehicle.” Ehang’s CEO Huazhi Hu was motivated to develop a passenger drone after two of his friends passed away in separate aircraft crashes.

Using Sound Localization for Navigation: Over Hear!

Using Sound Localization for Navigation: Over Hear!
Voice-guided navigation makes it a lot easier for drivers to follow directions for map applications. But a group of Electrical & Computer Engineering students from Cornell University have come up with a more intuitive solution. They created a hat-mounted navigation device that guides you by producing sound that appears to come from the direction of your destination.

Walking Robot Has Drone Scout: Banjo-Kazooiebot

Walking Robot Has Drone Scout: Banjo-Kazooiebot
A couple of weeks ago we checked out ETH Zurich Autonomous Systems Lab’s walking robot that had a drone launching pad. That combos nicely with one of the Lab’s latest projects: a similar pair working together to navigate unknown terrain.

RePhone DIY Cellphone Kit: Your Call

RePhone DIY Cellphone Kit: Your Call
If you want to make your own cellphone, you can source the parts yourself, or you can support Seeed Studio’s RePhone, a ready to assemble kit. The heart of the RePhone kit is the MediaTek MT2502A (pdf) system-on-a-chip, which gives you GSM, GPRS and Bluetooth connectivity in a stamp-sized form.

Smartphone Controlled Boat: App the Creek

Smartphone Controlled Boat: App the Creek
In 2012, the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) teamed up with Royal College of Art product design students to create functional and innovative chairs out of American hardwood. So Thomas Gottelier and Bobby Petersen made a boat.

Animotus Shape-changing Navigation Device: Compass-nion Cube

Animotus Shape-changing Navigation Device: Compass-nion Cube
Last March, the performing arts group Extant held a unique rendition of the novel Flatland. The installation was set in complete darkness inside a disused church. But the audience members were able to make their way around the set with the help of the Animotus, a haptic navigation device that points to the destination by changing its shape.

Review: Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K Drone

Review: Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K Drone
It’s rare that I get my hands on a gadget these days that lives up to my expectations, let alone exceeds them, but Yuneec did both with their incredible Typhoon Q500 4K drone. This is no toy quadcopter.

Google Maps Brings New Meaning to a Search for Nessie

Google Maps Brings New Meaning to a Search for Nessie
It is perhaps the most famous monster photo of all time. Appearing in England’s Daily Mail on April 21, 1934, it was snapped by London physician Robert Kenneth Wilson and became known as the “Surgeon’s Photograph.” We’ve all seen it countless times – a creepy snake-like head jutting out of the dark waters of Scotland’s Loch Ness.

Lumoid Lets You Try Wearable Devices Before You Buy: Fit Tester

Lumoid Lets You Try Wearable Devices Before You Buy: Fit Tester
Lumoid is an online store that rents and sells consumer electronics, from prosumer cameras to the Google Glass. Recently the store opened up a new kind of service that’s solely for wearable devices. Lumoid can ship you up to five fitness or sleep trackers so you can try them out for a week.

The Motorola Scout 5000 Lets You Track Your Dog Like The Canine NSA

The Motorola Scout 5000 Lets You Track Your Dog Like The Canine NSA
What’s your dog’s name? “Viktor Erstmann von Drakenhoff IV?” That’s a bit much… oh, you call him “Vicky” for short. Still weird, but whatever. Has Vicky ever escaped from your yard? Have you ever wanted to spy on him from the comfort of your computer?

DIY Dog Tracker Sniffs out When & Where Your Dog Poops

DIY Dog Tracker Sniffs out When & Where Your Dog Poops
Pet locators are nothing new, but Eric Tsai’s homemade dog tracker not only tells him where his dog is, it can also tell him if and where it’s pooping. Or if it’s just sitting down somewhere.

Cuddlr App Finds You Someone to Cuddle With

Cuddlr App Finds You Someone to Cuddle With
There are so many people on planet Earth, but sometimes, all you need is one. But if you’re far away from home and are down in the dumps, your best bet to get a hug or two or a cuddle, if you’re lucky, is through Cuddlr.
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