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If you're like a lot of phone junkies and replace your phone as soon as the latest thing comes along, you'll know that often the hardware in the old phone is perfectly fine, even the battery. But fancier new screens and more powerful processors mean that battery life usually remains a problem, making battery packs a popular accessory. Enlighten's Better Re lets you get some more use out of your old phone's battery, by allowing it to slot into an adjustable external battery charger for your new phone.

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When it comes to inflating bike tires on the road, there are two options: a compact hand pump that requires some exertion, or a single-use CO2 cartridge. New York-based DesignAir Innovations, however, has created another one. It's called RideAir, and it's refillable portable compressed air pump.

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From the company that brought us Otto, the gif-capturing camera, comes CHIP, the US$9 computer. Its endowments of 1 gig processing, 4 gig storage, and 512 MB of RAM would only be average, were it not for the price, and the fact that it's ready-to-go despite its svelte stature – small enough to fit on a Post-It note. As with Otto, the company is seeking funding on Kickstarter and is also offering PocketCHIP, an enclosure to turn CHIP into an affordable smart device with touchscreen and keyboard.

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Microscopes can be expensive pieces of gear, making access difficult – or non-existent – for students and medical staff in isolated and poorer locales. To help address this, researchers at the University of Houston (UH) have fashioned a lens designed to fit on almost any smartphone. It has the ability to magnify images up to 120 times their original size, and at an estimated production cost of just three cents per lens.

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A London-based startup is looking to bring yet another level of refinement to the kitchens of coffee aficionados by launching a smartphone-controlled micro-roaster. Billed as the world’s first digital micro-roaster, the Ikawa countertop machine can roast green coffee beans in 3-10 minutes, ready to be dropped in your smartphone-controlled coffee machine.

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Pain in areas such as the neck, butt and knees cause many cyclists to switch to recumbents. A lot of other people shy away from the low-slung bikes and trikes, however, as they have concerns about visibility. That's why Australian manufacturer Hiele has created the Trivek. It's a semi-recumbent delta tricycle that lets its rider sit back in a comfy seat while still sitting tall enough to be seen by motorists.

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In response to the success of the iFetch device that allows small and medium-sized dogs to enjoy a game of fetch by themselves, the iFetch team has upsized things for the imaginatively named iFetch Too, which lets bigger dogs get in on the fun.

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Some hobbyists might already be familiar with micarta, a solid material made from layers of denim that have been bonded together with resin. While it's usually carved to create objects such as knife handles, UK startup Mosevic is using a micarta-like substance to make something else – blue jeany-looking sunglasses.

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Drones may have gone mainstream, but it's not everyday that you see an entry to that marketplace from a veteran technologist with a history of popularizing clever little robot vacuum cleaners. Having already built a pair of industry-oriented drones, Roomba co-designer Helen Grainer's startup CyPhy Works has made its first flirt with the consumer space with a moderately priced six-rotor drone that takes flight with a swipe of the smartphone screen.

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There is already a way of running with your young children – you push them in front of you, in a running-style stroller. With your arms holding onto its handle, however, your form isn't exactly ideal. That's why a group of entrepreneurs from Bend, Oregon has created the kidRunner. It's a kid jogger that you tow.

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