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Ben Coxworth

Ben Coxworth

An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.

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— Around The Home

Adorn makes up makeup, custom-colored to its user

Finding the right foundation makeup can be a real chore – or at least, so we're told. Users have to select a shade that looks like a close-enough match to their natural skin tone, perhaps just to find out later that it isn't. Additionally, even if it is a match when they buy it, factors such as tanning of the skin can change that fact over time. That's why Adorn was invented. It's a portable "3D makeup printer" that creates foundation makeup, custom-toned to the user.

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Coleco resurfaces with retro Chameleon gaming system

If you were a child of the 80s, then perhaps you once lusted after the ColecoVision home video game system. Well, instead of searching eBay for ratty old units, you'll soon be able to buy your own new Coleco setup. Named Chameleon, the platform will play reproductions of games from days gone by, along with new titles that look like they're from days gone by.

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— Around The Home

Makeup mirror mimics lighting conditions that you provide

Although light-equipped mirrors are currently used for applying cosmetics, they can only show users what their makeup will look like in that one type of light. This means that if you're going to be spending your day in a fluorescent-lit office, for example, then a mirror with halogen lights isn't the best way to go. That's why simplehuman created the Wide-View Sensor Mirror. Its full-spectrum LED lighting can replicate a variety of color temperatures, on demand.

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— Robotics

Search-and-rescue robot could give locusts a better name

Despite the fact that locusts are held in fairly low regard by us humans, there's a chance that you may one day be rescued by one … or at least, by a robotic locust. Working with colleagues at Israel's Ort Braude College, researchers from Tel Aviv University have created a tiny locust-inspired robot that can reportedly jump over twice as high as other similarly-sized devices. They say that it could ultimately find use in search-and-rescue operations at disaster sites.

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— Bicycles

FUBifixie looks like most bikes, but folds up in seconds

When most people think of a folding bicycle, they likely picture something with small wheels and a funny-looking frame. That's why several years ago, Finnish designer Ulf Laxström created the FUBi – it's a folding bike with full-size wheels and a more-or-less traditional-looking frame. Now, his son Zakarias has introduced the FUBifixie. It's even more normal in appearance, plus it offers some other advantages over the original.

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Salt-impregnated asphalt de-ices itself

Living someplace that gets snow in the winter may have its perks, but the ice-melting salt that's spread on the roads isn't one of them. Besides the fact that it gets all over our cars and clothing, it also has to be reapplied throughout the winter, harming the environment in the process. If a new type of asphalt reaches production, however, salt-spreading may become a thing of the past.

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— Good Thinking

Hornet system aims to sting noisy drivers

We already have photo radar systems that automatically snap photos of cars that are speeding, but what if a vehicle is being too noisy? This could include cars with loud stereos, illegal mufflers, or horns that get honked just a little too often. Well, if Hornet Industries has its way, its Hornet Advanced Noise Control System will soon be taking care of those, too.

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