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Fraunhofer's solar-powered radio sensor chip, mounted in a window

Although it may be handy to have sensors in your windows that remind you if you've left them open, running electrical wiring to all those sensors (or regularly changing their batteries) could be a hassle. A new window-monitoring radio sensor chip, however, gets all the power it needs from the sun.  Read More

Kisha is a smart umbrella that uses an app to predict the weather

There have been several attempts to improve upon the basic umbrella in recent years – the Rain Shield, which offers shelter from the wind; the Air umbrella, which uses a fan to stop the rain; and Nubrella, which is worn like a space helmet. Now, we have the smartphone-connected Kisha.  Read More

The selfie-focused X-A2 is the headline attraction of the new Fujifilm cameras

Fujifilm has revealed a number of new cameras, with the headline attraction being the X-A2. The new interchangeable lens camera is designed for selfie-obsessed photographers who don't want to compromise on image quality, and is the first X-series model to feature a 175 degree tilting LCD screen. Other selfie-friendly features include Eye Detection AF, and a Portrait Enhancer mode which makes a subject's skin look brighter and smoother.  Read More

The Verizon Vehicle Bluetooth speaker, with its one-touch controls

While you may or may not be a fan of General Motors vehicles, the automaker's OnStar roadside assistance service certainly looks like it could be useful at times. Well, US-based consumers with other makes of cars should soon be able to take advantage of a similar setup, when the just-announced Verizon Vehicle system launches.  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

Researchers have increased the lifespan of the common fruit fly by activating a gene repso...

Using a technique in which better cells in the body to be selected at the expense of more damaged ones, researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland have managed to significantly increase the lifespan of the common fruit fly. Although most people would like to see flies living shorter, not longer lives, the development could have implications for increasing the lifespan of humans.  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

The new HQ for Ben Ainslie Racing is expected to meet 90 percent of its projected electric...

As a sailor, Ben Ainslie has a vested interest in the climate. Now, he is doing his part to combat climate change by moving his team into a new sustainable facility. Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) HQ will generate its own power and be a showcase for clean energy.  Read More

The Sonata PHEV economy numbers break down to 93 MPGe combined in EV mode, based on intern...

Hyundai is rolling out a its first plug-in hybrid vehicle. Shown in Detroit, this week, the Sonata PHEV can can travel 22 miles before you even have to start burning fossil fuels.  Read More

The next frontier in human-computer interaction will be all about making you feel the virt...

Tactile feedback is nothing new. It's been used in telecommunications and in entertainment for decades, and it became a standard feature in the late 1990s in mobile phones and video games – where vibrations alert you to new messages or help you "feel" the forces exerted on your avatar. Haptic technology has been very much a bit player in the fields that it's infiltrated, though, and only now are we seeing it begin to take its place alongside visual and audio tech as a key element in human-computer interaction.  Read More

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