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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.

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.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lexus Slide Hoverboard: Please Let This Be Real

Lexus Slide Hoverboard: Please Let This Be Real
With 2015 halfway over, it seemed like we’d fail to meet Back to the Future‘s prophecy of a hoverboard. The hero of destiny, Mattel, has practically given up. And then Lexus brought this thing out. Now for the bad news.

Relio Portable Photography Light: Chroma King

Relio Portable Photography Light: Chroma King
Photographers looking for an affordable and portable lighting solution should check out the Relio. It’s a microUSB-powered LED light with a high color rendering index (CRI) in a very small package. Relio’s outputs over 200lm of light with a CRI rating between 90 to 96.

Ford Camera Tech Can See Around Corners

Ford Camera Tech Can See Around Corners
I’ve had a backup camera in all of my cars for the last five years or so, and I think it’s a godsend for backing out of tight spaces, and for parallel parking too. As the technology matures and cameras continue to get smaller and cheaper, car companies are starting to expand their usage beyond simple rear view images.
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