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The Ridersmate connects you to your ride, and sends an alert if you fall off

If you regularly take off into the hinterlands on a motorbike, mountain bike or horse, there are no doubt times when you wonder, "What happens if I crash and hurt myself, and no one knows where I am?". You might be able to phone for help, although that wouldn't be the case if you were knocked unconscious. That's why British telecommunications engineer David Coleman developed the Ridersmate. If you fall off your bike/horse, it automatically sends a text message to let other people know that something's amiss.  Read More

The tower is rated as lasting up to 10 years and will require that locals are trained in o...

As water shortage is a serious issue in many parts of the world, a means of efficiently harnessing safe drinking water from thin air without the need of expensive infrastructure could be a real lifesaver. Italy's Architecture and Vision is developing an off-grid bamboo tower called Warka Water that promises just that: the firm says it could collect an annual average of up to 100 liters (26.4 US gallons) of water per day.  Read More

The Chop-E is laid back, in more ways than one

For some people – adults included – there's nothing quite as cool-looking as a chopper bicycle. The things aren't all that practical for commuting, however. Well, that's where the Chop-E comes in. It's a semi-recumbent electric scooter, modeled after the chopper bikes that would have made you the hero of the 7-11 parking lot.  Read More

The Ampere wireless charging sleeve aims to make it easier to keep devices powered on the ...

Novelsys' Ampere wireless charging sleeve is intended to make charging a smartphone on the go easier than ever. A leather sleeve with a 2,700-mAh battery tucked inside of it, it's equipped with a wireless charging element – so a user simply needs to slide their phone inside, and it will charge.  Read More

Light & Motion's Sidekick is designed for use with the GoPro Hero actioncam

For all the things that it's able to do, the GoPro Hero still isn't much better than other video cameras when it comes to shooting in the dark. That's why Knog introduced its made-for-GoPro Qudos camera light last year. Now, not surprisingly, the Qudos has a competitor – in the form of the Sidekick.  Read More

Prototype of I Am Cardboard's XG VR, a consumer-grade VR headset built on the company's ex...

Virtual reality headsets are becoming a lot like smartwatches: anyone and everyone who can possibly make one is trying to get a piece of the pie before they go mainstream. I Am Cardboard, one of the most popular assemblers of Google Cardboard headsets, is now asking for crowdfunding dollars to make a consumer-grade headset that builds on the foundations of Google's cheap developer kit.  Read More

Imagine laser tag with a million players – with iTager, it's theoretically possible

Imagine laser tag with a million players all on the one battlefield. It's ridiculous to even think about, but the creators of iTager claim that their system makes it possible. It's a ground-up reimagining and re-engineering of laser tag replete with fully-wireless, remote-controllable systems that work in all weather conditions over a whopping 2,500 ft (760 m) and that can easily be mounted onto existing laser tag weapons (or even your hand or a bicycle) or purchased preinstalled on rifles the creators made themselves.  Read More

The Nanoarcade aims to bring the classic arcade feel to a small form factor

Arcade machines are not generally known for their portability – the thought of moving one around is enough to cause a back ache. Nanoarcade pushes those notions aside with a device that looks like a classic arcade machine, but scaled down to 1/10th the size.  Read More

Can't see the faces in this photo? Check out the shape of the black background where it me...

If you're a fan mind-bending illusions, then chances are you're familiar with Rubin's vase. It incorporates the facial profiles of two people, which can be seen in the negative space along either of its sides. Should you like the idea of owning such a vase, but that features the profiles of you and people you know – well, that would be the fahz.  Read More

WobbleWorks has announced a new version of its 3Doodler 3D-printing pen (Photo: WobbleWork...

When WobbleWorks announced its 3Doodler pen a couple of years ago, it caused quite a stir. The device allows users to sketch in three dimensions, using strands of molten plastic that harden on contact with the air. Now, the company has announced an updated version. The 3Doodler 2.0 is said to be slimmer, lighter, quieter and easier to use.  Read More

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