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Blue Freedom: A mini hydropower plant for charging mobile devices

By - March 24, 2015 9 Pictures
The all-new Blue Freedom kit offers yet another alternative to solar panels, fuel cells, muscle-powered dynamos, wind turbines, AC-charged back-up batteries and other portable power solutions. "The world's smallest hydropower plant" transforms the power of running water into phone chatting, internet browsing, music listening, GPS navigating and other mobile device activities, and it does so from a package built to fit in a backpack. Read More
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Smart Sensors: Enabling Detection and Ranging for the IoT and Beyond

The IoT has started interconnecting all types of devices across numerous industries. With its expected growth comes an anticipated explosion of the sensors market. Smart sensors may represent a small part of the overall IoT infrastructure, but they definitely play a vital role in its implementation, by gathering critical environment data and represent a key enabler for many new applications. Read More
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Terminator-inspired tech could give traditional 3D printing a run for its money

By - March 18, 2015 5 Pictures
A new approach to 3D printing promises to drastically speed up the 3D manufacturing process by "growing" objects out of a pool of resin rather than printing them layer by layer. Carbon3D announced its Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP) on stage at the TED conference this week, claiming it can produce commercial-quality objects from a range of polymer-based material at speeds between 25 and 100 times faster than conventional 3D printing. Read More
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Rocketbook digitizes your notes, just microwave it to start over

By - March 15, 2015 3 Pictures
With touchscreens and keyboards never far from our fingertips these days, paper notebooks might not be as essential as they once were. But there's still something pleasant, if not always convenient, about putting pen to paper. The latest book to join a growing library of digitally inspired writing platforms is Rocketbook, and it does so with an interesting twist. In addition to shooting handwritten notes and doodles to the cloud, when it fills up users can stick the book in the microwave to wipe its pages clean. Read More
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Silk-derived material could boost battery performance

By - March 12, 2015 1 Picture
Next-generation lithium-ion batteries may hold more charge for a greater number of cycles thanks to a new material derived from natural silk. Scientists at the Beijing Institute of Technology found that not only does their regenerated silk fibroin material work for over 10,000 cycles but it also stores five times more lithium than graphite, which is the most common choice for the anode (negative electrode) in lithium-ion batteries. Read More
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X-Carve machines custom 3D pieces from wood, metal or plastic

By - March 11, 2015 7 Pictures
3D printing promises to be the gateway to a world where a person's ideas are literally made manifest. Draw it up on a computer, hit the print button and a short while later, there's what you just designed, sitting before you in the real world. However, 3D printing isn't suitable for everything, with materials issues and desired finish quality to take into account. Enter the X-Carve, a domestic device aimed at the emerging maker market that allows the home-based enthusiast to work in more than just extruded plastic. Read More
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