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With US$15 million up for grabs, XPrize is hoping to inspire a revolutionary set of educat...

Having tasked technologists with challenges as diverse as Ted Talkin' artificial intelligence and bringing Star Trek's iconic tricorder to life, XPrize has now turned its attention to an equally ambitious task. Millions of children around the globe don't have basic literacy skills, presenting a problem that cannot be solved without some big picture thinking. Launching today, the Global Learning XPrize offers US$15 million in prize money for the development of software that teaches children these vital skills in the space of 18 months, without the presence of a teacher.  Read More

Hybrid Play fuses playground time with mobile games by turning swings and slides into game...

Playgrounds may seem old school to some kids when compared to the latest video games, but Hybrid Play’s interactive game system turns swing sets and seesaws into games controllers through a mobile app available for iOS and Android devices. The company hopes this open-source, customizable toy will encourage kids to play outside more and spur social interaction.  Read More

A tri-level alert system notifies drivers of a tire's condition and informs if the tire be...

The days of guessing how much air is in that one leaky tire may be over. Paired up with an Android or iOS device, Fobo’s new Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) uses Bluetooth 4.0 and individual tire sensors to actively monitor pressures and provide real time data to user’s smartphones on a 24/7 basis.  Read More

The Deska Board is a surf-inspired three-wheeled skateboard, that can also be used for lan...

Over the years, various skateboard manufacturers have designed boards intended to simulate the feel of surfing. One of the latest, the Deska Board, sets out to do so via a low, wide deck and three smooth-rolling 200-mm wheels, plus it even has an input for a user-supplied windsurf sail. It additionally features a unique foot retention system, and a rear disc brake.  Read More

The ZEN smart thermostat aims for simplicity in terms of both form and function

The team behind the Zen thermostat believe that competitor devices that attempt to simplify things for users by taking into account various data actually end up being more complicated and overloaded with features that go unused. To that end, the Zen thermostat has been designed with real simplicity in mind, in both form and function.  Read More

The low-drag aerodynamics of the Acabion Da Vinci give it a huge efficiency and top speed ...

Peter Acabion, of Acabion GTBO fame, has released details of his next concept vehicle – an ultra-efficient, 1,200 mpg, 650 km/h, solar electric successor to the car. With four enclosed wheels, a transforming aerodynamic tail, a jet fighter style cockpit and a self-loading trunk capable of storing a whole washing machine, the four- to six-seater Acabion Da Vinci would use extreme aerodynamic profiling to squeeze vastly more speed and efficiency out of its available energy than any car currently available.  Read More

Aalberg Audio's Ekko and Aero

Norway's Aalberg Audio has developed what's billed as the world’s first remote-controlled effects pedal for electric guitars. The first part of the equation is a delay pedal named Ekko that's cabled up somewhere between the guitar and amp pretty much like any other floor stomp. Things get interesting when its Aero companion enters the picture, which can be mounted onto a guitar or attached to a strap or belt and wirelessly controls the Ekko effects on the fly.  Read More

According to the designers, they have produced and flown a scale prototype of the blimp

Using a tethered airship floating high up amongst the clouds, the Air HES concept claims to yield both clean water and electricity by harvesting and condensing water vapor which it uses to spin up an electric turbine generator to create power. According to the creators, they have built a prototype to test their theory and have also conducted feasibility studies into upping the scale of their device to produce economically viable levels of water and power.  Read More

The Oval sensor tracks motion, light, temperature, moisture and proximity

We live in a world where more and more of our stuff is connected to the internet. However, some things just can't be connected for various reasons. You can't connect cookies to the internet, you can't connect a stuffed animal or a medicine cabinet, but you can monitor them thanks to trackers. A new one, called Oval, aims to offer a small, affordable motion, light, temperature, moisture, and proximity sensor to the masses.  Read More

The Towter Transporter can reportedly be towed by any vehicle equipped with a standard tra...

When someone has a powered wheelchair that needs to be transported, the purchase of a wheelchair-accessible van is often required. Canadian inventor Len Wideman, however, doesn’t think that people should have to go to such an extreme. That’s why he created the Towter Transporter. It’s a climate-controlled trailer that’s designed for the easy loading and unloading of wheelchairs, and it can be towed by any standard-hitch-equipped vehicle.  Read More

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