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Panny offers an alternative to the traditional keychain

Keychains do the job they're meant to do perfectly adequately. But is there a better way of carrying keys and other small objects? Tamir Bar-Ilan and Kobi Hazum from Las Vegas believe there is, and that it comes in the form of Panny.  Read More

The BuffaloGrid is a solar charging hub for mobile phones

Mobile phones have proven invaluable for connecting communities in developing countries where there is no wired telecoms infrastructure. Often, however, there is no electricity infrastructure either, making device charging problematic. BuffaloGrid solves this by providing solar charging hubs to communities, and sharing its profits.  Read More

The toolsets of the MyTask slide in and out of the back of the case

TaskLab's original TaskOne iPhone multi-tool case packs a variety of tools and implements, but apparently the company feels it doesn't offer enough. It's back with an even more versatile iPhone multi-tool. The MyTask could effectively be called a multi multi-tool, giving buyers two sets of tools for different activities.  Read More

The ÖKO Odyssey six-in-one water bottle/light

Most water drinkers are satisfied if their bottle does its single function – holding water for the occasional sip – effectively. Occasionally, an H20 aficionado is spoiled by two bottle functions, something like a built-in UV purifier or lantern. The new ÖKO Odyssey water bottle, on the other hand, blows bottle expectations up with six functions, including two filters, a flashlight, a lantern and a storage compartment. It's much more than just water.  Read More

Three Over Seven was the overall winner of Virgin Media Business' Three New Things competi...

Virgin Media Business has announced the winners of its inaugural Three New Things competition. The contest was launched as part of the company's search to uncover new technologies that have the potential to change the way we live. This year's winning tech includes shoes, solar power and satellites.  Read More

Bitcoin replaces trust with cryptography to provide a monetary system without surprises

Bitcoin, the digital cryptocurrency designed to enable anonymous peer-to-peer financial exchanges without the involvement of third parties, is having serious teething problems. However, most such problems are associated with bitcoin storage or conversion, and should settle down as the currency is more widely accepted. Assuming this happens, let's look at the strengths and weaknesses of a mature Bitcoin currency in a modern economy.  Read More

The heated bus shelter in Montreal that encourages commuters to reach out to each other

With the mercury in Montreal lucky to make it above 0° C at this time of year, Duracell has provided city commuters a way to keep warm by literally reaching out to each other: a bus shelter that will only turn on the heat if travelers hold hands.  Read More

The closed-system Blue Diversion toilet is designed for off-grid use

Two years ago, an off-grid closed-system toilet known as the Diversion won an award at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's "Reinventing the Toilet" fair. Created by the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) and now called the Blue Diversion, it recently also won the title of Most Innovative Project (Europe/West Asia), as bestowed by the International Water Association. So, what makes it so special? Well, for one thing, the same water that flushes it is subsequently used in its hand-washing sink.  Read More

The team behind Print the Legend saw in 3D printing what they refer to as a 'Macintosh Mom...

3D printing is on a roll. Led by start-up companies like MakerBot and FormLabs, as well as the big-name companies like Stratasys and 3D Systems, the next industrial revolution has well and truly taken root in the last couple of years with the arrival of affordable desktop systems and a greater public awareness of the potential of the technology. This year at SXSW, the producers of The King of Kong and Freakonomics have premiered Print the Legend, a documentary focused on the rapidly expanding world of additive manufacturing and 3D printing.  Read More

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