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— Wearables

Enjoy the silence? QuietOn's active noise cancelling earplugs skip the music

Noise cancelling technology, which is widely used in headphones, lets users drown out background distractions to hear their music better. But what if you don't want to hear anything at all? Standard earplugs often don't cut it (or bring inconveniences of their own), so the new QuietOn earplugs use active noise cancelling (sans music) to minimize what users can hear.

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— Health & Wellbeing

NutriRay3D uses laser light and your phone to count calories

There are already plenty of apps that let people estimate how many calories are in the foods they're eating. However, most of these programs require users to either guess at their portion sizes, or actually weigh the food. That's where the University of Washington's NutriRay3D comes in. It's a smartphone device/app combo, that uses lasers to ascertain how many calories are sitting on the plate.

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— Around The Home

Portable bluetooth lamp glows like a sunset-filled accordion

The internet of things has brought an abundance of connected lighting options, most of which can be operated via mobile device. But what about those times when you want to create a cozy mood that's free from power outlets and wireless networks? The Bluetooth-enabled, origami-inspired Orilamp is designed to unfold and provide up to seven hours of LED light from a single charge.

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— Music

SenCbuds earbuds know when to stop the music

If you're listening to music from your smartphone via earbuds, there are currently two ways of pausing the playback: you can hit pause on the phone, or use the button controls on the earbud cable. New Zealand-based Vivnnovation Limited, however, has come up with a third alternative. Its SenCbuds automatically pause your music when they're removed from your ears, then resume it when you put them back in.

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— Wearables

Optinvent's hybrid headphones function like a wearable tablet

With mobile media consumption growing fast, companies are looking for novel ways to enhance entertainment experiences. The latest in augmented reality blurs the line between real life and audio/video hardware. Optinvent's Android-powered Ora-X headphones are designed with an adjustable virtual display that allows users to listen to music, watch videos, or play games on the go.

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