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The DIY storytelling kit is designed to bring families together at bedtime under the mosqu...

In an effort to bring parents and children living in poor communities closer together, Supaksirin Wongsilp has designed a toy that promotes interaction at one of the times and places families are sure to come together – bedtime inside the mosquito net. Her DIY Storytelling Kit lets parents narrate a story as they assemble story characters along with their children to hang inside the net. Instead of passively waiting to fall asleep, parents and kids get a little play time together that doesn't break up their routine.  Read More

2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Twenty years of bleeding-edge supercars, nostalgic classics, soaring bikes, grumbling racers and motorsport royalty were celebrated at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed. Goodwood shared its anniversary with a number of friends, including Aston Martin, McLaren and the Porsche 911, in an event that saw a record 196,000 visitors enjoy a warm weekend filled with tire smoke, hill climbing and auto sightseeing of the highest order.  Read More

The GoCan Drainer offers a simple way of draining the juices from canned food

Some of the simplest household tasks are also the most annoying, and draining the juices from canned goods is definitely on the list. You can either use the newly removed lid, which risks you cutting your hand to pieces, your fingers, which leaves you with sticky digits, or a full size colander, which just adds another bulky item to the washing-up. The GoCan Drainer offers a neater solution.  Read More

Nike's Free Hyperfeel shoes were developed using pressure-mapping technology

Inspired by Nike’s “Nature Amplified” design ethos, the Free Hyperfeel shoes are the company’s latest sports footwear designed to mimic the working of the human foot. By using pressure-mapping technology and high-speed film to analyze the foot in motion, the designers say they were able to provide padding and protection only where it is needed. The result is a shoe made up of only seven components, which contrasts with the 57 components that go into a typical Air Pegasus running shoe.  Read More

The XO Tablet from non-profit One Laptop Per Child is to make its US debut through Walmart

For the last few years, non-profit One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) has been steadily producing rugged, low-cost, low-power connected laptops for children in the developing world. 2.5 million units and 60 countries later, and its latest learning package is headed for decidedly First World hands courtesy of Walmart. Made by Vivitar, the 7-inch XO Tablet features a unique Dreams interface that organizes content by aspirational topics rather than by apps. Everything has been checked for age-appropriateness by Common Sense Media, and parents get to control what their offspring are able get up to on the Android device, as well as keep tabs on learning progress.  Read More

HTC has officially announced the heavily-leaked, mid-ranged HTC One mini

After narrowing the focus of its product line down to a singular flagship, HTC is ready to tackle the mid-range. So following months of rumors, HTC has pulled back the curtain on its new flagship designed for smaller budgets and smaller hands, the HTC One mini.  Read More

Gizmag compares the specs (and other features) of the new HTC One mini, and its big brothe...

When a company announces the budget version of a popular device, things often go in one of two directions. On one hand, there are devices like the iPad mini and iPod nano, which strike a chord and become more popular than their pricier predecessors. But then you have phones like last year's Galaxy S3 Mini, which used a valuable brand to sell some pretty underwhelming hardware. Which side of that fence does the new HTC One mini fall onto? Let's put it up against the standard HTC One, and see how its specs (and other features) compare.  Read More

US Government drones may not be welcome in Deer Trail, Colorado come Aug. 6

Deer Trail, Colorado (population 600 or so) is to vote on a local ordinance that would allow drone hunting licenses and bounties for shooting down UAVs, according to ABC affiliate KMGH-TV.  Read More

The Be.e electric scooter (Photo: Waarmakers)

Flax is undoubtedly one very useful plant. The seeds are both tasty and nutritious, its fibers have been used to protect our delicate skins for thousands of years, and it's helped us express ourselves through art and music. Now it's about to play a supporting role in quickly zipping us through busy city streets. The Be.e electric scooter designed by Dutch firm Waarmakers has a monocoque body made from NPSP's natural fiber-reinforced composites, a modern take on glass-fiber composites where the glass has been replaced by Flax and then mixed with bio-resin. Project partner Van.Eko launched the first models on June 27, and is now readying the funky-looking two-wheeler for full commercial production.  Read More

Newhall Be, Harlow, Essex by Alison Brooks Architects (Photo: Paul Riddle)

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has whittled down the 52 winners of its National Awards and EU Awards to six. One of those will take this year's Stirling Prize, and be declared the best building of the year. Gizmag takes a look at the nominees.  Read More

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