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Made from ceramic and American Walnut, Swich uses micro-suction caps to hold your phone in...

While we've seen many notable wireless charging innovations of late, sometimes a little elegance can be all it takes to stand out from the crowd. Slovenian-based Lutman Design has developed Swich, a functional wireless charging stand made from sustainable materials, with a stylish design inspired by crashing ocean waves.  Read More

The PocketScan portable wireless scanner

Portable scanners have been around for a while now, with devices like the Magic Wand and Doxie Go, and they continue to shrink in size. With its new PocketScan, Swiss-based software company Dacuda is now claiming to have developed the world's smallest wireless scanner.  Read More

The glass-fibre cows at the Glastonbury Festival act as WiFi hotspots

Running on and off since 1970, Britain’s Glastonbury Festival is famous for hosting such acts as David Bowie, The Who, Coldplay, and Beyoncé. It’s also famous for its sea of mud and streams flowing through tents thanks to the typical English weather. This year, high tech meets the bucolic at the Festival as visitors are greeted by a herd of life-sized, glass-fiber cows that double as free Wi-Fi hotspots to keep them connected.  Read More

The Caseboard is an electric skateboard that folds in half for carrying like a briefcase w...

Electric skateboards can be a great way to get around town, but it's a different story when it's time to get off the board. The battery and motor that make things so cruisy when the board is underfoot have the opposite effect when its tucked under your arm. And it's not just the weight, with electric skateboards generally featuring a longboard form factor that can be unwieldy to carry. That's why Adam Riley of Epic Skateboards has developed the Caseboard, an electric skateboard that folds in half for carrying like a briefcase when not getting users from A to B.  Read More

SmartStop is a new wearable electronic device designed to help smokers give up the habit

Kicking the cigarette habit is no picnic. It’s a full-on resistance effort against an overwhelming craving. That’s why smokers sometimes need more than will power alone to quit. Now a new device has been developed to add extra ammunition to the fight in the form of the SmartStop, an electronic wearable from U.S.-based Chrono Therapeutics that takes nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to a new level and adds behavioral support, thanks to the possibilities of digital, wireless technology.  Read More

Livv wireless headphones are designed especially for use when training

There are lots of headphones that are designed for listening to music while jogging. Higher impact training, however, can result in headphones being dislodged and broken. Former American footballer Mark Clayton has designed some headphones to combat this.  Read More

The Earin wireless earphones are similar in size to your typical in ear-headphones, but wi...

A team of engineers has developed what they are claiming is the world's smallest wireless earbud. In creating Earin, the vision of the team, led by mechanical and design engineer Olle Lindén, was to produce earbuds that not only did away with the messy wires and cables, but fit unobtrusively in the ear to provide a high quality listening experience.  Read More

Here's how to make your iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android phone a Wi-Fi hotspot

If you find yourself in a situation where your smartphone is your only connection to the web, turning it into a Wi-Fi hotspot will come in handy. Here's a look at how to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot on Android, iOS and Windows Phone, and connect your tablet or laptop to it.  Read More

A nationwide rollout will see every Starbucks store in the US fitted with wireless chargin...

You might already be used to dropping into Starbucks to recharge your batteries, but now the ubiquitous caffeine merchant is looking to power more than just your mental energy. Today it announced plans to install wireless charging mats in every one of its US stores, meaning searching under tables and chairs for that elusive power outlet could become a thing of the past.  Read More

The Portable SIM is a prototype device developed by NTT Docomo that forgoes the need to in...

NTT Docomo has announced the development of a wireless Portable SIM prototype that can be waved in front of a compatible smartphone to provide network authentication information. The device could provide an easier way of switching between handsets in the future.  Read More

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