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Health & Wellbeing

You can take your light therapy, and stick it in your ear

Many readers in the Northern Hemisphere are likely already starting to experience seasonal affective disorder, appropriately enough known as SAD. For those people fortunate enough not to be familiar with it, SAD is a mood disorder that is brought on by the shorter day-length experienced in winter – less sunlight results in gloomier people. One of the most common treatments involves regular exposure to bright artificial lights, that appear to psychologically serve the same purpose as sunlight. Now, one might assume that such light therapy would require that people see the light. According to the Finnish designers of the Valkee device, however, light also does the trick if you shine it up your ears.Read More

Mobile Technology

Wait nearly over for ASUS Transformer Prime tablet powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 3 processor

NVIDIA has been promising to put some impressive processing power in the palm of our hands with its Tegra 3 processor – previously known as Kal-El – for a while now. Teasing us with demos of dynamic lighting enabled by the chip’s quad-cores and impressive energy efficiency statistics made possible by a fifth “companion core.” While ASUS led us to believe that it would be launching the first tablet to be powered by the Tegra 3 – the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime - on November 9, it appears we’ll have to wait just a little bit longer. ASUS has, however, provided the remaining details on the tablet to tide us over until the tablet’s worldwide launch in December.Read More

Around The Home

Philips's beehive concept - an urban home for the 21st Century bee

The collapse of honey-bee colonies is bad news. Seventy-four out of 100 different crop types that account for 90 percent of the global food output are pollinated by bees, but the direct cause of the phenomenon called the Colony Collapse Disorder remains unknown. Efforts are being made to bring the bee population back to a healthy level with city councils around the world encouraging the 3000 year old practice of keeping bees in cities. While not proclaiming to solve large scale crop pollination problems, Philips has turned its know-how to the equation with this futuristic concept catering for the needs of the urban beekeeper. Read More

Good Thinking

Fitted Fashion using 3D scanners to make custom-fit jeans

By now, you may be familiar with body-scanning systems that take peoples’ measurements, so those people know what size of clothes to shop for. Such systems include the recently-launched Bodymetrics, along with the more-established Intellifit. Well, startup company Fitted Fashion is taking the concept a step farther. Not only would each client get scanned to obtain their precise measurements, but the company would then make each client one or more pairs of custom-fit jeans, and mail those to their home.Read More

Automotive Feature

LA Design Challenge 2011 competitors imagine "Hollywood's hottest new movie car"

Hollywood is not only famous for movies, but for showing us motor cars as they should be. James Bond's gadget-laden Aston Martin DB5, the magical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bullitt's indestructible Ford Mustang, Marty McFly's time-traveling Delorean and all of the incarnations of the Batmobile - these are the cars we walk into the dealer's showroom hoping to see, but never do. They exist nowhere except on the screen or as movie props. So what will become "Hollywood's hottest new movie car"? That's the question posed to automotive designers in the 2011 L.A. Auto Show Design Challenge. Drawing on the latest technology, decades of design experience and a healthy dose of imagination, here's how designers from major car companies have met this cinematic challenge.Read More

Music

Laser "sound visualizer" may lead to better loudspeakers

We've been following the quest for the world's best speakers for some time but remarkably, there's still room for improvement. A key issue that plagues proper sound reproduction (and thus its perceived quality) is a phenomenon known as deconstructive interference. This occurs when audio signals overlap and cancel one another out, creating dead spots which, until recently, have been very difficult to track. Now, a team from Britain's National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has figured out a clever way to make speaker sound "visible" - and they do it with laser light. Read More

Mobile Technology

Pocket Projector for iPhone 4 projects 50-inch images

Not so long ago, it seemed that a projector might become a standard feature on smartphones, like GPS or a camera. LG and Samsung released projector-equipped devices, but many manufacturers – including Apple – have not followed this path so far. If you need a projector in your iPhone though, it is now possible via a dedicated accessory, such as the Pocket Projector for iPhone 4 from Texas Instruments and Brookstone.Read More

Bicycles

Campagnolo FINALLY launches electronic shifting system for high-end road bikes

For the past couple of years, the only major bicycle parts manufacturer to offer electronic gear shifting has been Shimano, with its Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrain. That changed this Monday, however, as renowned Italian components-maker Campagnolo launched electronic versions of its two highest-end shifter/derailleur groups. The new products are called Record EPS and Super Record EPS, with the tacked-on acronym standing for Electronic Power Shift. Read More

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