Stu is a tech writer based in Liverpool, UK. He has previously worked on global digital estate management at Amaze and headed up digital strategy for FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology). He likes cups of tea, bacon sandwiches and RSS feeds.
There are all sorts of health wearables to make sure we're exercising right, but what about to make sure we're sitting right? The Prana focuses on breathing and posture to promote relaxation. It is said to be the first wearable designed to monitor and train diaphragmatic breathing – although the makers of the UpRight sensor might disagree.
A software developer from Kansas has developed a robot that can seemingly solve a Rubik's Cube in nigh on one second. Jay Flatland and his friend Paul Rose use a setup that includes a Linux-powered PC, an Arduino, webcams and stepper motors. They are targeting a world record.
Almost two years ago, we featured a prototype device that would turn a sports or motorbike helmet into a speaker. The Headway stuck to the outside of a helmet and used surface transduction to transmit audio waves into the helmet. Now it's all grown up and it's called the Headwave Tag.
Noise cancelling technology, which is widely used in headphones, lets users drown out background distractions to hear their music better. But what if you don't want to hear anything at all? Standard earplugs often don't cut it (or bring inconveniences of their own), so the new QuietOn earplugs use active noise cancelling (sans music) to minimize what users can hear.
Anyone who's dealing with the current snowstorm in the US will know that clearing snow is hard work and futile if there's another dump. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Chris Tuan may have put an end to the need to shovel snow, however. His conductive concrete simply melts any snow that lands.
Graffiti looks cool, but it requires a lot of practice to produce anything half decent. The SprayPrinter, however, will let you create your own slick design at home using spray paint to create large artworks from images on a smartphone.
The recently-released Jurni and G-RO suitcases are designed to make travelling easier. So too is the new Néit case, but it's also aimed at making life easier once you reach your destination. It can be both collapsed and hung in a wardrobe, so as not to take up too much storage space.
When you work away from your home, packing nutritious lunches can be a real chore. The Prepd Pack, however, is a lunchbox that's been reimagined to make your day's middle meal more manageable. It boasts modular containers, magnetic cutlery and a tasty look to boot.
Among the risks to our toothbrushes are germs that come from flushing toilets, not drying out between uses, cross-contamination with other brushes, and other external threats. Toothbrush covers can be used to mitigate these risks – and the Brushield is designed to be the best toothbrush cover available.
Looking to address the lighting needs of city dwellers who often find themselves moving from one small apartment to another, Matthew Lim has developed Tack, a portable LED lamp that can be easily installed without tools and can be dimmed and flipped to suit various lighting scenarios.