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Batteries from old laptops could find new life ... in UrJars (Photo: Shutterstock)

A study by IBM researchers has revealed that many discarded laptop batteries have the potential to provide enough power to keep the lights running in homes in poorer countries around the world. The India-based team conducted a small study to test the viability of the idea, with work now focused on streamlining a prototype system.  Read More

The Uno Noteband is the first wearable to make use of Spritz speed reading technology

The Uno Noteband is the first wearable to make use of Spritz, a technology that aims to increase reading speed by showing individual words in quick succession. It connects via Bluetooth to Android and iOS devices, offering notifications, fitness tracking and (allegedly) long battery life.  Read More

An artist's impression of the E-ELT (ESO/L. Calçada)

The ESO has given its European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) the final green light, allowing construction to go ahead at the Chilean site. The telescope is expected to take around a decade to complete, with the final installation expected to facilitate discoveries in fields such as galaxy composition and exoplanets.  Read More

The Pinto wristband lets users carry their files on their wrist, and offers password prote... Pinto is a wrist-worn storage device that lets users securely and conveniently store their files. It’s being pitched as an alternative to cloud storage, connects via Bluetooth and even makes use of wireless charging.  Read More

The Space Data Highway, also known as the European Data Relay System (EDRS), allows for fa...

The European Space Agency (ESA) has successfully linked up the Sentinel-1A and Alphasat satellites via laser, transmitting data across almost 36,000 km (about 22,400 miles) of space. The link allows for the delivery of data to Earth in near real time, and will be used for a wide range of applications including the timely monitoring of natural disasters.  Read More

The Wall Street Journal has reported that Sony is behind the innovative e-paper FES Watch ...

Last week saw an electronic paper-toting wearable, known as the FES Watch, return to Japanese crowdfunding site Makuake. Having already succeeded in a previous funding effort back in September, the renewed project is being pitched as an opportunity for those who missed out first time around to get their hands on the product. While the campaign is well on the way towards its funding goal under its own steam, a Sony spokesman has revealed to the Wall Street Journal that the product is actually an undercover effort from the struggling Japanese electronics giant.  Read More

Windows 8.1 has well and truly arrived in the budget tablet space, with prices starting as...

Windows 8.1’s tile UI makes it better suited to touchscreen input than other desktop operating systems, and by now we’re used to seeing hybrid systems, like Microsoft’s own Surface 3 Pro, that offer both tablet and notebook functionality. Over the last six months we’ve seen the OS expand into a new category – the budget tablet. These devices combine functionality and low prices, and can serve as alternatives to the wealth of wallet-friendly Android tablets available this Christmas.  Read More

Unlike its original wearable, Hexoskin's new Arctic shirt is designed for use in cold weat...

Hexoskin has announced a new version of its crowdfunded smart fitness vest. The Arctic smart shirt doesn’t make any changes to the already solid fitness tracking specs, but offers a new design and custom material designed to keep the user warm in more extreme environments.  Read More

Unlike other VR headsets, Pinć is designed for tasks like shopping, social media and watch...

While most virtual reality headsets place an emphasis on gaming, Canadian company Cordon Media believes that the technology is suited to everyday computing tasks such as browsing the web or watching video. It intends to bring its vision to the masses via the Pinć (pronounced “pinch”) VR headset, which is designed for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and folds right up to fit in your pocket.  Read More

Samsung's Eyecan+ is designed to allow users to perform simple computing tasks with only t...

Samsung has announced a new, updated version of its eye-tracking mouse. Known as Eyecan+, the technology uses a combination of hardware and software to allow people with disabilities to browse the web, as well as compose and edit documents.  Read More

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