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The Bamboo Lakou proposal calls for sustainably-sourced bamboo to be used to jump-start a ...

Architectural Association School of Architecture student John Naylor has envisioned a new and sustainable future for suburbs of Haiti's capital Port au Prince, following the earthquake which devastated the country three years ago. Dubbed "Bamboo Lakou," Naylor's proposal calls for sustainably-sourced bamboo to be used to jump-start the creation of a new infrastructure which is wholly Haitian in character.  Read More

With a design modeled after an old Viewmaster, the Poppy uses an iPhone's own camera to ca...

There are several methods for creating 3D images with an iPhone, and most of those involve just altering an existing image using an app. With the Poppy, you'll be able to shoot your own 3D images and video instantly with just your iPhone. According to the developers, the stereoscopic images produced with a Poppy and an iPhone's HD camera lend a true sense of immersion to your typical snapshots.  Read More

A few minutes of spinning should be enough for a quick phone call

It's always the way. Just when you have to make that important phone call, your smartphone tells you it's time to recharge your battery and then promptly dies. Little wonder then that the backup charger market has become such a crowded space. Arguably the most appealing battery blocks available are those that can also offer off-grid emergency power from sources like PV panels or kinetic energy. The Voltmaker takes the latter approach, providing your smartphone with enough juice to make a quick phone call with a flick (or more accurately, several flicks) of the wrist.  Read More

Recon Instruments' Pilot Edition sunglasses will come loaded with applications aimed at cy...

To highlight the potential of its Recon Jet for cycling, Recon Instruments is marking the Tour de France by launching the Pilot Edition of its high tech sunglasses. While the glasses won’t ship until sometime “before the end of the year,” early birds can shave US$100 off the regular pre-sale price by pre-ordering before the end of the Tour de France.  Read More

The quadcopter itself fit nicely in the palm of my hand, measuring just 14.5 x 14.3 cm

As the largest distributor of radio-controlled models in the US, Hobbico has produced its fair share of innovative, small-sized vehicles over the past few decades. So when we learned the company recently released a new quadcopter that features a self-stabilization system and on-board camera, we were only too happy to take it for a spin. After spending some time with the Heli-Max 1SQ V-Cam quadcopter, we've gained both a new-found respect for aerial photographers, as well as a new toy that's eaten up hours of free time.  Read More

The WearIT smartwatch is aimed at sports and outdoors users

Although smartwatches have been around since the 1980s with devices such as Seiko’s Data 2000 watch that could store 2,000 characters in its user-programmable memory, there has recently been an explosion in the number of devices vying for wrist real estate. One that caught our eye at CE week in New York is the WearIT smartwatch targeted at outdoorsy and sporty types.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the Cynaps bone conduction hat

Walk into any electronics store and you'll see a wide variety of headphones. From tiny earbuds to high-end cans, they come in all shapes and sizes. They all have one thing in common though: they deliver sound directly to your ears. "Duh," right? But bone conduction goes in another direction: it skips the outer ear and takes the scenic route into your inner ear. Let's take a look at an accessory that plays your skull like an instrument, Max Virtual's Cynaps bone conduction hat.  Read More

Gizmag compares the specs (and other features) of the Xperia Z Ultra and Galaxy Note 2.

Just a few years ago, 4.3-inch smartphones were considered to be big. My, how things change. Somewhere along the way, having the biggest screen became a selling point, and thus began the great screen size arms race. Now we're to the point where we can have a gigantic phablet like the Galaxy Note 2 completely dwarfed by the upcoming Xperia Z Ultra. Are they bigger and better, or just out of control? Let's take a look, as we compare the two gigantophones from Sony and Samsung.  Read More

The Wall House was completed in 2013 (Photo: Bryan van der Beek and Edward Hendricks)

A retired couple based in Singapore who wanted to live in close proximity to their adult child turned to local architecture firm FARM to help bring this about in style. The company came up with The Wall House: a lot containing two homes which caters for ample privacy, while also incorporating shared elements such as a common courtyard, and pool.  Read More

When fully extended, The Roost lifts the top of a 13-inch MacBook Air screen to 19.25 inch...

It's no surprise to learn that prolonged use of a laptop is bad for your posture. The solution has long been to use a laptop stand, but many of stands don't provide adequate height, and when it comes time to hit the road, they tend to stay on the desk at home. The Roost is a new take on the laptop stand that aims to address these issues.  Read More

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