Photokina 2014 highlights
John Kundzins of the Kidney Research Institute in Seattle models the Wearable Artificial K...

In 2009, we had a look at the Wearable Artificial Kidney (WAK) concept that promised patients suffering from kidney failure an alternative to conventional dialysis. Now the tool-belt sized prototype has been granted approval for human testing in the United States by the FDA with clinical trials scheduled to take place in Seattle later this year.  Read More

The Qimini Deuce aims to make wireless charging portable

Wireless charging is still a relatively new technology in the portable electronics arena, but it is rapidly gaining steam. As a result, plenty of companies are embracing it and making use of it in creative ways. Once such firm is Qimini, which is launching a wireless charging device called Deuce that also features its own battery packed in its tiny form factor, allowing it to charge devices without wires while on the go.  Read More

Students at Cal Poly Pamona have reimagined the state park cabin

Students at California Polytechnic Pomona have been reinterpreting the cabins used by visitors to US state parks as part of a program by the Architecture Department Studio. Revamp the Camp aimed to make the cabins in California State Parks cheaper and greener, as well as more appealing to a wider range of park users.  Read More

A cut-away view of a car door with the Slamstop device installed At some point or another, you've probably half-heartedly swung your car's passenger door closed, only to see the "door ajar" light come on once you're on the road. In some cases, this can even result in the door swinging open while driving. Slamming the doors shut is one option, although Slamstop is designed to be a quieter alternative.  Read More

SideSwipe is said to be far more energy-efficient than camera-based gesture recognition sy...

Imagine if your smartphone was ringing away in your bag or pocket, and you were able to silence it simply by waving your hand in the air – without even taking the phone out. Well, that could soon be a reality, thanks to technology being developed at the University of Washington. Known as SideSwipe, the experimental system allows a phone to recognize gestures via the manner in which the user's hand reflects back the phone's own wireless transmissions.  Read More

The C-HR has a low, sporty cabin

The floodgates have opened, and the rushing waters of pre-Paris concept car previews are flowing strongly. Toyota has released a first look at its all-new C-HR Concept, which provides a sneak preview of new design language Toyota plans to bring to production.  Read More

Illuminated lampshades take to the air (with a little help from a drone inside each one), ...

Fans of the Disney classic Fantasia will no doubt remember the Sorcerer's Apprentice segment of that film, in which a hapless Mickey Mouse accidentally brings an army of mops to life. Well, Cirque du Soleil has teamed up with ETH Zurich and spinoff group Verity Studios to create a somewhat similar video entitled Sparked – instead of mops, however, it features a fleet of lampshade-clad quadcopters.  Read More

Artist's impression of MAVEN orbiting the Red Planet (Image: NASA's Goddard Space Flight C...

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has successfully completed a maneuver designed to place the robotic explorer in Mars orbit. The achievement is the crowning moment in a 10-month journey through deep space, representing the culmination of millions of dollars and over a decade of planning and hard work by NASA mission operators.  Read More

The EnGo charging station at Webster University

Students, faculty and staff at Webster University in St. Louis don't have to worry too much if their mobile gadgets run out of power. Volta, a sustainable technology company, has installed its EnGo Public Charging Station on campus, that can recharge up to 14 mobile devices at a time without taking electricity from the grid. The Webster installation marks EnGo’s public debut in the US. Besides providing an alternative charging point to fall back on, EnGo does so without taking an extra toll on the environment.  Read More

The Collar Perfect iron aims to be portable and flexible

The humble iron, while an incredibly useful device for keeping clothes looking their best, has not seen very many major changes over its history, at least from a core functionality standpoint. Collar Perfect is aiming to make that happen, by making it portable and allowing it to get to hard-to-reach places more easily.  Read More

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