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Toshiba's Dynario portable fuel cell

Fuel cells are the cleanest and the most efficient generators of energy and now you can have one in your backpack. Dynario, a portable fuel cell power generator recently launched by Toshiba Corporation, weighs just 280 grams, measures only 15cm wide x 2.1cm deep x 7.45cm high and can produce enough power in 20 seconds to charge two mobile phones. The power is stored in in-built lithium ion batteries and can be transferred via a USB cable to your mobile phone or digital media player when needed.  Read More

sugru can be used for just about anything, such as improving the grip on this Wacom stylus

sugru is an extremely versatile, moldable silicone modeling clay that sets to a tough, flexible silicone allowing users to modify or repair just about anything. Coming in a range of colors this Play-Doh-like material boasts the potential to be used to modify a wide range of objects as it is self-adhesive, waterproof, flexible, dishwasher-proof and is highly temperature resistant.  Read More

The Scubacraft speedboat submarine

Screaming around on the surface of a lake or the ocean is great fun, but anyone who's had a crack at scuba diving will understand that it's a whole new world below the surface. Which is why the Scubacraft is such a sensational invention, even if you're not James Bond. It's a fully functional speedboat that'll scream along the surface at up to 50mph, but at the touch of a button it submerges and becomes an open-top electric submarine. Awesome.  Read More

The Texthook attaches to the handle bar of your stroller, shopping trolley or exercise equ...

The Texthook has been created by a stay-at-home mum who likes to keep in touch with the outside world. It’s a phone-holder that clips to your stroller’s handle bar and makes it easier for you to text or email while you're out and about (though the makers recommended you wait until the stroller is stationary before conversing electronically).  Read More

A sort of 'honeycomb airbag' created to cushion future astronauts may end up in helicopter...

According to NASA, the way to make a helicopter safer is to crash it – under strict guidance, of course. In order to test the effectiveness of a new "airbag" system - which is actually an expandable honeycomb cushion called a deployable energy absorber - NASA aeronautics researchers at Langley loaded four crash test dummies into a small chopper and, well, dropped it.  Read More

Projectiondesign's F35 WQXGA projector makes the dream of a home drive-in a possibility

Projectors have come a long way in the last decade, making true home theaters a reality for many cinema buffs. But why not think a little bigger and build your own drive-in? With Projectiondesign’s F35 WQXGA projector you can do just that. With its ability to project a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution image measuring up to a whopping 65 feet (19.8m) wide it will make the neighbor’s home theater efforts look decidedly lacking.  Read More

Scientists are hopeful that the weathering evident on marble gravestones can provide clues...

By gathering volunteers' measurements of marble gravestones of different ages around the world, scientists hope to produce a map of the weathering rates of those gravestones and thereby better understand how the atmosphere has been changing. The study, called EarthTrek, is developed and managed by the Geological Society of America's (GSA) Education and Outreach group in partnership with organizations around the globe.  Read More

The first flight of the Block 40 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft, which will help warfighter...

The first of the next generation of Northrop Grumman’s Block 40 configuration RQ-4 Global Hawk has successfully completed its first flight. The two hour flight took the aircraft from Northrop Grumman’s manufacturing facility in Palmdale, California to Edwards Air Force Base, California. Designated AF-18, the Block 40 configuration of the high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) will carry the Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program (MP-RTIP) active electronically scanned array radar that will help warfighters detect, track and identify stationary and moving targets.  Read More

The Ooms Rollator ... finally you can get somewhere on a treadmill

If you like treadmill exercise but are tired of running up and down on the one spot, or find you don’t have enough time to exercise because you’re constantly wanted elsewhere, this piece of equipment could be the answer. Looking more like a cross between a walker and a treadmill, why not "ride" the Rollator to your next appointment? It's is also ideal for people looking for a low impact way to exercise in the great outdoors but don’t fancy themselves as cyclists.  Read More

The Seagate Pulsar solid state drive.

With the solid state drive market predicted to reach the $1 billion mark in 2010, it seems timely that Seagate has announced its first foray into this rapidly growing sector. Built using single layer cell technology, the Pulsar line of SSDs feature a SATA interface and promise read and write speeds of up to 240MB/s and 220MB/s respectively.  Read More

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