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The LittleBits Arduino Bundle

Last year, my daughter and I had the opportunity to try out Littlebits – magnetic circuits that make it easy for kids to create a variety of simple projects – for a few weeks. She's been talking about it ever since. Now the company is offering a new Arduino module that allows kids to not just make cool circuits, but to program them too.  Read More

New Matter has launched what it calls an 'end-to-end 3D printing system' made up of an ine...

If you don't want to spend a whole heap of cash on a 3D printer, the OneUp looks like a pretty sweet deal. But, will it look anyway near as good on your desk as the similarly budget-friendly MOD-t from New Matter? This Wi-Fi-enabled device boasts some novel tech designed to produce quality 3D-printed objects at an affordable price, while also tapping into an online shopping and sharing portal for MOD-t-optimized models.  Read More

iStrategyLabs has created a sign that displays commuter information in its offices

Ever dashed to catch your train only to get to the station and realize it's running late? Or left home without an umbrella when you need one? iStrategyLabs came up with a solution for just such problems. Transit is a conveniently-placed sign displaying real-time commuter info from the internet.  Read More

The Scribble pen produces ink based on color samples of real-world objects

If you want to sample a color that you encounter in the real world and then reproduce it on your computer, you might already be interested in devices like the SwatchMate Cube or the NODE Chroma module. Sometimes, though, you might just want to do some freehand pen-and-ink drawing using such "captured colors." That's just what Scribble's upcoming Ink color picker pen is designed to let you do.  Read More

WORM displays can be imprinted with words or pictures using UV light (Photo: UMP)

Scientists at Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) have developed displays that can be written on and erased with light. The WORM (Write Once Read Many) display is an optical storage device whose molecular geometry can be altered by shining light on it, allowing information in the form of words or pictures to be impressed on it in as little as 20 seconds. The environmentally-friendly display is also easy to dispose of, the researchers report, as users only have to scratch its surface to remove its protective coating and dip it in water to dissolve it.  Read More

Structural supercapacitors could allow energy to be stored directly in structural material...

Imagine using a mobile phone powered entirely by its casing, or an electric car that runs off power stored in its chassis. Researchers at Vanderbilt University have created a structural supercapacitor that could, they believe, bring this closer to reality, making batteries and power cords obsolete. The structural supercapacitor could make it possible to store energy directly in structural materials, allowing them to deliver power long-term while surviving the real-life mechanical stresses they're bound to experience.  Read More

An image captured using the new lens

Night-vision security cameras could be getting a lot less costly, thanks to the discovery that their lenses can be made from silicon. Ordinarily, thermal infrared camera lenses are made from materials such as germanium and chalcogenide, which are much more expensive.  Read More

German company Metaio is using an infrared camera and AR technology to turn any surface in...

Augmented reality company Metaio is developing "Thermal Touch," a technology that combines infrared and visible light cameras to detect the heat signature from your fingers and turn any object into a touchscreen. The technology could be embedded in the smartphones and wearable devices of the future to offer new ways of interacting with our environment.  Read More

Google's Project Tango lets this simple quadrotor autonomously navigate its environment

We’ve seen a lot of eye- and brain-catching robotics fun from the GRASP lab at the University of Pennsylvania, including a swarm of nano quadrotors playing the James Bond theme and a quadcopter swooping raptor-like onto prey. Dr. Vijay Kumar now gives us proof of concept of the utility of Google’s Project Tango in aerial systems by outfitting a quadrotor with the device to provide autonomous navigational capabilities.  Read More

Zoom's new H5 Handy Recorder

Zoom North America has announced the forthcoming release of the H5 Handy Recorder, which can make use of the same interchangeable microphone and expansion heads as the company's flagship H6, but comes in at roughly half the price. The new multi-track audio road warrior also sports a roll bar to help prevent accidental changes to input gain levels, is capable of recording broadcast quality audio files, and features two XLR/TRS combo inputs with phantom power at three different voltages.  Read More

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