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SparkFun Rogue Router Solar-powered File Server Lives, Dies, Lives Again

SparkFun Rogue Router Solar-powered File Server Lives, Dies, Lives Again
SparkFun Electronics came up with a neat idea for a set and forget file server. The Rogue Router can power itself using one of SparkFun’s new solar panels, so you can place it even in remote locations.

SmartRemote Contextual Remote Control for Smart Appliances: Faceshifter

SmartRemote Contextual Remote Control for Smart Appliances: Faceshifter
For better or for worse, our appliances are getting smarter. But like their simpler ancestors, they usually come with their own remote controls, be they physical controllers or apps. French startup Sevenhugs thinks it has the answer with SmartRemote, a touchscreen universal remote control for connected devices.
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Showing Virtual Reality Games in 2D Video: Mixed Reality

Showing Virtual Reality Games in 2D Video: Mixed Reality
It’s hard to demonstrate or promote virtual reality experiences with our current devices and interfaces. The people who upload VR videos often resort to point-of-view footage, but as Northway Games’ Sarah Northway said, that perspective gives us a cropped and distorted view of the virtual world.

TinyLab Arduino-based Prototyping Board: Test a Sketch

TinyLab Arduino-based Prototyping Board: Test a Sketch
Prototyping has become very easy and affordable these days, but it still can be messy. Startup Bosphorus Mechatronics got tired of wiring, soldering and stacking shields too, so they came up with TinyLab. Put simply, TinyLab is an Arduino Leonardo paired with a variety of commonly used components, all packed into a 8″x 5″ slab.

MesoGlue Room Temperature Metallic Glue: Universal Solder

MesoGlue Room Temperature Metallic Glue: Universal Solder
Welding and soldering form strong bonds that conduct electricity and heat, but they require high temperatures that can be dangerous to both people and equipment. A new company called MesoGlue claims that its eponymous metallic glue has all the advantages of welding and soldering but with the ease of use of polymer adhesives.

Mcor Arke Full Color Desktop Paper 3D Printer: Stack Over a New Leaf

Mcor Arke Full Color Desktop Paper 3D Printer: Stack Over a New Leaf
Back in 2013, we found out about Mcor’s Iris, an industrial 3D printer that can print objects in full color, thanks in no small part to the fact that it uses paper as its main component.

Samsung Modular Display & Transformable TV: Literal Splitscreen

Samsung Modular Display & Transformable TV: Literal Splitscreen
At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the snazziest TVs boasted HDR and 8K resolution screens. But perhaps the coolest ones at the show won’t ever go on sale. Made by Samsung, these two concept TVs consist of borderless displays that can split into smaller displays.

100 Dancing Drones: Space Pixels in Flight

100 Dancing Drones: Space Pixels in Flight
Intel and Ars Electronica Futurelab recently set a Guinness World Record for most UAVs flown simultaneously. They made 100 drones dance and put on a light show, set to music from a live orchestra. To accomplish Drone 100, Futurelab created their own software to choreograph the drones, control their lights and complement the live music.

Segway Robot: Proto Autobot

Segway Robot: Proto Autobot
It’s no Optimus Prime or Hot Rod, but the Segway Robot does have a vehicle mode and a robot mode, and maker Ninebot hopes it will be useful whether you’re on or off the machine. The Segway Robot is a variant of Ninebot’s Mini Pro, which works much like the trendy self-balancing “hoverboard” transport devices.

VUZE Camera is an “Affordable” VR Movie Makers Dream

VUZE Camera is an “Affordable” VR Movie Makers Dream
So you got yourself a VR headset and have decided this medium is for you. Now you want to make your own 360-degree virtual reality video content. It’s not a cheap proposition to get into making your own VR content because you need some very specialized hardware and software to do it properly.

Nikon’s Tiny KeyMission360 Action Camera Shoots 360º Video: Annuit Surf Vids

Nikon’s Tiny KeyMission360 Action Camera Shoots 360º Video: Annuit Surf Vids
Nikon’s New Year’s surprise is the KeyMission 360, a hybrid device that combines the ability to take 360º videos and still photos with the size and durability of an action camera. As of this writing, Nikon hasn’t revealed a lot of specifics regarding the device.

Zombait Robotic Fishing Lure Makes Dead Bait Move: The Swimming Dead

Zombait Robotic Fishing Lure Makes Dead Bait Move: The Swimming Dead
Live bait makes it easier to catch bigger predatory fish, but they’re more expensive than dead bait and obviously need to be kept alive until they’re used. That’s why veteran commercial fisherman Rink Varian thought of Zombait, a device that makes dead fish move underwater.

Derby the Dog Gets New 3D Printed Legs

Derby the Dog Gets New 3D Printed Legs
Sadly, Derby the dog was born with a deformity that left him without the ability to walk without some sort of assistance. Derby had an initial set of 3D printed prosthetics that allowed him to get around, but weren’t perfect.

Gesture Control App for Wearable Devices: Watch This!

Gesture Control App for Wearable Devices: Watch This!
A few years ago, we saw that Microsoft’s Kinect sensor could be used to control a quadcopter with hand gestures. In the future, we might be able to do that and more using wearable devices, thanks to Taiwanese company PVD+.

LG Betting Big on OLED TV for 2016

LG Betting Big on OLED TV for 2016
CES 2016 starts this coming week, and it looks like LG will be doubling down on OLED as the next big display technology for the living room. In preparation for the upcoming electronics show, I like to do some preliminary research, and came across numerous LG OLED display models which recently were granted Wi-Fi certification.

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.
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