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Dogs Trained to Sniff out Storage Devices: Scentsitive Data

Dogs Trained to Sniff out Storage Devices: Scentsitive Data
The security dog training firm Tactical Detection K9 has an unorthodox and cute way to find all the thumb drives and microSD cards you’ve misplaced. The company recently started training dogs that can find storage devices by scent. Speaking with IB Times, Tactical Detection K9 said it had scientists isolate “a common by-product” that is present in storage devices such as hard drives, SD cards and even iPads.

Raspberry Pi Retro Console with Two Halves: Game Boy SPlit

Raspberry Pi Retro Console with Two Halves: Game Boy SPlit
Inspired by Adafruit’s PiGRRL, Thingiverse member Jooxoe3i made his own Raspberry Pi retro console. But he wanted to make it as small as possible, so he came up with a two-part build. The upper half of the console contains the Raspberry Pi and the PiTFT 2.4″
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Teen Invents Baseball Strike Laser Sensor: Perfect Pitch

Teen Invents Baseball Strike Laser Sensor: Perfect Pitch
Baseball players have pitching machines for batting practice, but what about pitchers? Thirteen-year old Nick Anglin’s Strikey Sensor could be a solution. It uses an array of lasers to detect whether a pitch is within the strike zone. Nick says his current prototype is controlled by an Arduino and has 11 lasers and photosensors arranged horizontally and seven lasers and photosensors arranged vertically within its rectangular frame.

LEGO-compatible Artificial Arm: LEGOpunk

LEGO-compatible Artificial Arm: LEGOpunk
We’ve seen how superhero-themed children’s prosthetics can benefit their wearers beyond just giving them a functioning limb. Industrial Design student Carlos Arturo Torres also recognized that artificial limbs can turn a disability into an opportunity for children to play, learn and gain confidence, so he partnered with CIREC and LEGO to create Iko. Iko is a modular prosthetic arm that’s made partly with LEGO and LEGO Mindstorms parts, allowing the wearer to have fun modifying his or her limb.

Solar Paper Thin & Light Charger: Diet Solar

Solar Paper Thin & Light Charger: Diet Solar
Portable solar cells are notoriously slow to charge compared to external batteries, but you might not mind if you get the Solar Paper. Yolk says its device is the world’s thinnest and lightest solar charger, and you can connect multiple units together to increase their output and reduce charging time. Each Solar Paper panel measures 3.5″x

ePawn Arena: The Smartphone of Board Games?

ePawn Arena: The Smartphone of Board Games?
We first heard of ePawn and Arena, its hybrid board game system, back in 2012. Since then Arena has undergone many changes, not least by transforming from a monitor into a portable roll up game board.

Janitor Satellite Will Gobble Smaller Satellite Pac-Man Style

Janitor Satellite Will Gobble Smaller Satellite Pac-Man Style
In 2012, we found out about CleanSpace One, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne’s (EPFL) mission to retrieve its small satellite SwissCube in order to reduce space debris. The university recently released an update on their plans, including their projected launch date of 2018. Originally, the plan was to equip the CleanSpace One satellite with a grappling arm to retrieve SwissCube.

GoPro HERO4 Session Goes Anywhere Thanks to Its Tiny Size

GoPro HERO4 Session Goes Anywhere Thanks to Its Tiny Size
There’s no question that GoPro dominates the action camera market, offering outstanding image quality, durability, and versatility. Now, the company is launching a new camera that’s substantially smaller than its others. The new GoPro HERO4 Session is roughly half the size and 40% lighter than of a standard HERO4, meaning it can fit in even smaller spaces, and offers greater mounting flexibility. It’s waterproof and durable, so it’s great for skiing, surfing, kayaking and more.

Microsoft SemanticPaint Creates Labeled 3D Models of Real Objects Splatoon-style

Microsoft SemanticPaint Creates Labeled 3D Models of Real Objects Splatoon-style
Microsoft Research’s Shahram Izadi and Philip Torr of the University of Oxford have come up with an intuitive way of teaching computers the names of objects while simultaneously creating 3D models of said objects. Their SemanticPaint system learns the names of objects by simple voice commands and can then automatically identify similar objects. SemanticPaint uses a Kinect or a similar multi-sensor.

Tooli 4-in-1 Desktop CNC Machine: Draw It, Cut It, Paint It, Engrave, Dispense, Pick & Place It

Tooli 4-in-1 Desktop CNC Machine: Draw It, Cut It, Paint It, Engrave, Dispense, Pick & Place It
Last year, we featured the Nomad, a desktop CNC mill. Toolbotics’ Tooli is also a desktop CNC machine, but it’s meant for arts and crafts. Its four optional heads lets you automate a variety of tasks, from drawing to assembling small items. Tooli’s plotter head lets you draw with pens or markers as well as cut with its knife.

Explorer 360º Tactical Camera: Ball of the Beholder

Explorer 360º Tactical Camera: Ball of the Beholder
Back in 2012, we featured Bounce Imaging’s concept for a throwable camera that could stream a 360º image to a mobile device. The device is now on sale, and while many of its proposed features didn’t make the cut its basic functions are intact. The Explorer is equipped with six 800×480 black and white cameras.

History of the Sony Walkman (Infographic)

History of the Sony Walkman (Infographic)
If you can believe it, The Sony Walkman has been around for 36 years now. In fact, the player was born on July 1, 1979. In celebration of the Walkman, Sony put together this handy infographic which shows the evolution of the music player.

DM Blade Supercar has 3D Printed Chassis: The Arduino of Cars

DM Blade Supercar has 3D Printed Chassis: The Arduino of Cars
Last year we saw Local Motors’ Strati, a compact car with a 3D printed body, seats, windshield and support structures. Divergent Microfactories’ (DM) Blade prototype supercar looks much better – and is apparently much more powerful – than the Strati, but DM’s pride and joy is what’s inside the car. The DM Blade has a 700hp four-cylinder engine and weighs just 1400lb.,

Review: Torque t402v Customizable Headphones

Review: Torque t402v Customizable Headphones
If there’s one thing that’s frustrating about headphones on the market today, it’s that each pair seems to be designed for a very specific individual’s taste and comfort. This is especially true of large headphones that are worn over or on the ears.

BlueLounge Posto Headphone Stand: Give Your Ears a Rest

BlueLounge Posto Headphone Stand: Give Your Ears a Rest
Since I work with a lot of audio and video content, I wear headphones all the time so as not to bother everyone around me while I’m getting my job done. I’m a bit of an audio geek, so I prefer to wear big, over-the-ear headphones for the best sound.

Ford’s Smartbike Can Warn You Before You Hit a Pothole

Ford’s Smartbike Can Warn You Before You Hit a Pothole
Ford has announced its latest smartbike: the MoDe:Flex. The idea behind this concept electric-assist bicycle is that it will warn cyclists of upcoming road damage and potholes using a built-in vibration system. The bike works with an app that comes with an Apple Watch extension that can detect potholes on the road. Basically, when you are approaching dangerous hazards, you will feel the handlebars vibrate.
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