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Dave Parrack

The lamp that's not a lamp

Billed as the "first lampless lamp," the UpLamp ditches a conventional bulb or LED in favor of your smartphone's LED camera flash. The "lamp's" optics scatter the light from the flash throughout the device's interior and onto a resin imbued with a fluorescent additive that forms the device's surface to produce a soft glow.Read More

DIY socks pause Netflix when you nod off

Netflix has released a step-by-step guide to making socks that are designed to do more than just keep the feet of binge-watchers warm and cosy. The socks detect when the wearer has fallen asleep and pauses the currently playing program to prevent them from losing track of their favorite show.Read More

Biology

Your gut bacteria could be the key to fighting obesity

Obesity is on the rise around the world, and if left unchecked this could have serious consequences for our overall health in the decades to come. However, it turns out that the bacteria living in your gut can help control how much food you eat ... which could change the way we all control our appetites in the future.
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Smartwatches

This strap Shifts your smartwatch's viewing angle for workouts

One of the key reasons to own a smartwatch is its use as a fitness tracker. From the Apple Watch to the Moto 360 (and everything in-between), smartwatches come with a range of neat tricks designed to help you train and track your fitness levels. There's just one problem: your wrist isn't necessarily the best place to wear a smartwatch when you're training. Shift is a (currently crowdfunding) attempt to fix that.Read More

Longboardstroller lets you skateboard with your kid, literally

When you have kids, everything changes. Going for a short walk in the sunshine becomes an epic adventure, and doing anything as exciting as skateboarding is pretty much off the agenda. If only there was a way of combining skateboarding, getting outside in the sunshine for a while, and spending some quality time with your child. It turns out there is, and it's called the Longboardstroller.
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The Shadowplay clock requires a human touch to tell the time

Shadowplay strips the clock back to its basic elements, with an empty clock face bathed in light from the LEDs embedded in its plywood frame. There are no numbers, and no hands, at least until someone touches the clock face, at which point the time is picked out in two shadowy streaks which extend past the edge of the clock.
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