Scientists at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed an omnidirectional wireless charging technology that can charge multiple devices at once, at a distance and, crucially, at peak efficiency regardless of which way the devices are facing. The technology, said to be safe for humans, is set to be trialled in cafes and offices and could allow for much more convenient charging of mobile devices.
Attempts to move beyond password authentication look to have just received a nice little boost, with interface-specialists Synaptics announcing its new Match-in-Sensor, billed as the first self-contained fingerprint matching device. The solution promises new degrees of security by isolating the entire process from a host device like your phone or computer, minimizing the chances of somebody else getting their fingers on your prints.
It's no secret that Star Trek fans are extremely into the technology
offered in the franchise. It's with that in mind that The Wand Company
has launched a Bluetooth replica of the Star Trek Communicator, just in
time for San Diego Comic-Con. Not only does it look just like the
beloved piece of technology, but it works.
If you need to stay connected, it is only sensible to pack a backup battery. The Intocircuit Power Castle offers a capacity of 15,000mAh and dual USB ports in a pocketable package. Right now, it has 73% off.
Take it from someone who knows, attending press conferences can sometimes be a bit of crush. Imagine the disappointment of finding enough room to finally sit down and type up some notes from a handheld audio recorder, only to find that the words are muffled behind sounds of rustling clothes or are not loud enough to register on the device. Olympus says that its pocket-friendly VP-10 audio recorder makes both issues a thing of the past.
While some people have moved to doing all of their writing on a computer, there are many situations in which a pen and paper are necessary. Livescribe’s Bluetooth pen was the first to really make waves, and now the Neo Smartpen N2 is aiming to give it a run for its money with slick improvements to the formula.
A new device is aiming to do for audio recording what the GoPro did for video recording. The Instamic is a small, self-contained, high-quality sound recorder. It is aimed at musicians, filmmakers, journalists, bloggers and other people who need a simple and effective means of capturing sound.
Your smartphone may have great specs, but it is utterly useless if it runs out of power. The ZeroLemon SolarJuice is a backup battery which can recharge your handset several times over, and refill itself using the power of the sun. You can currently get one at 40% off.
Nest has announced updates to its entire product line: the Nest thermostat, Nest Protect, and Dropcam, which is now going to be called Nest Cam. The company also unveiled a new version of its mobile app that ties all three together.
A foldable, inexpensive paper battery that can generate a small amount of electricity brings a new sense of power to origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. An engineer at Binghamton University in New York has developed a battery that creates power through the process of microbial respiration in a drop of dirty water on paper.