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The Couchlet is designed to make it easy to charge devices from a couch or bed

Almost everyone has a device that needs to be charged. Whether it's a phone, tablet, or otherwise, the need for USB power is always looming. A new device called the Couchlet aims to take put USB power in the places where people spend a lot of time – their furniture.  Read More

A new e-paper display can be written and drawn on with a magnet (Image: Yusuke Komazaki/Un...

By repurposing and updating an e-paper technology from the 1970s, researchers from the University of Tokyo have created a cheap but tough new electronic display that can be written on with a magnet. This new e-paper could be used in low-cost, lightweight electronic whiteboards as well as traditional classroom blackboards, and its creators hope that it will eventually reduce our dependence on real paper.  Read More

Researchers claim to have created a molecule-sized electrical switch and proven its operat...

In the pursuit of ever-shrinking circuitry for nanotechnology electronics, increasingly smaller devices and components are being developed. Now researchers at the University of Konstanz and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) claim to have micro-miniaturized the humble electrical switch all the way down to molecule size and proven its operation for the very first time. Unable to flick such a tiny switch mechanically, however, the researchers instead used light to turn it on.  Read More

Creator Mike Moffat says that the Yggdrasil is the best DAC he knows how to make

No need for a second take, the company is indeed called Schiit Audio and it's pronounced just as you'd expect. Though rather suggestive of audio products best avoided at all costs, the company actually has excellent pedigree in the shape of Mike Moffat. The firm's co-founder is the inventor of the DS Pre, the first DSP-based outboard digital to analog converter on the market. Moffat and company have spent the last five years researching digital filter algorithms, a quest that has ended with Yggdrasil, a flagship multi-bit DAC with a true closed form filter.  Read More

A laser in the fabric printer burns shapes into material suspended by a vacuum (Photo: Dis...

We're used to 3D-printed objects being hard and unyielding, or perhaps a little rubbery. Thanks to work being done by scientists at Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University, however, we may soon be seeing things like soft and squishy 3D-printed teddy bears, made from layered pieces of fabric. What's more, those items could be electrically conductive.  Read More

The glove features burning lasers on the top and in the palm

German cyberweapons hobbyist Patrick Priebe is apparently a big fan of Iron Man. Previously, he's created a laser gauntlet and a rocket-launching gauntlet based on those worn by the superhero. Now, he's built a one-off dual-laser Iron Man glove, complete with sound effects and a "shell" ejector.  Read More

The WiFO system developed by researchers at Oregon State University uses both Wi-Fi RF and...

The vast range of Wi-Fi-enabled devices available today means that anyone could have several personal electronic devices all trying to connect to a network simultaneously. Multiply this by many hundreds of people in a busy public place with Wi-Fi connectivity and this often means that available bandwidth is greatly reduced. To help address this problem, researchers at Oregon State University claim to have invented a new system called WiFO that incorporates infrared LEDs to boost the available Wi-Fi bandwidth by as much as ten times.  Read More

The nabi Big Tab is a huge kids' tablet that's great for multiplayer family fun

If you're in the market for a big family tablet, the nabi Big Tab more than delivers with your choice of a whopping 20-in or 24-in touchscreen, supported by a child-friendly selection of educational and entertaining games and apps. Read on, for Gizmag's review of Fuhu's nabi Big Tab.  Read More

The Eye2TV makes use of Eyeteq image enhancement technology to make video content more enj...

Spectral Edge has unveiled a smart HDMI adapter that's designed to enhance the TV viewing experience for colorblind users, without significantly impacting what "color normals" see. The company is hoping to bring the product to market via a crowdfunding effort.  Read More

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