Lightweight, wearable tech efficiently converts body heat to electricity

Researchers have developed a new design for harvesting body heat and converting it into electricity for use in wearable electronics. The experimental prototypes are lightweight, conform to the shape of the body, and can generate far more electricity than previous lightweight heat harvesting technologies Source: Lightweight, wearable tech efficiently converts body heat to electricity — Read more about Lightweight, wearable tech efficiently converts body heat to electricity[…]

USB Killer – ESD Tester to test and disable USB devices

When plugged into a device, the USB Killer rapidly charges its capacitors from the USB power lines. When the device is charged, -200VDC is discharged over the data lines of the host device. This charge/discharge cycle is repeated many times per second, until the USB Killer is removed. Simply put: used on unprotected equipment, the Read more about USB Killer – ESD Tester to test and disable USB devices[…]

The Superbook: Turn your smartphone into a laptop for $99 by Andromium Inc.: The Palm Foleo resurrected!

The Kickstarter project allready has $1.5m of the $50k goal invested. At the time most people didn’t ‘get’ the Palm Foleo – this has always been a bit of a problem for Palm: they were always too far ahead of the curve, allowing companies like Apple to steal their brilliant ideas and polish them up Read more about The Superbook: Turn your smartphone into a laptop for $99 by Andromium Inc.: The Palm Foleo resurrected![…]

SkinTrack Turns Your Arm Into a Touchpad.

n the project video, a finger swipes and pokes at skin like it’s a touchscreen. As the finger navigates a hairy forearm, a cursor reacts to the movement on the smartwatch screen. There’s no projection and little lag between the finger’s movement and movement on the screen.[…] the researchers developed a ring that sends a Read more about SkinTrack Turns Your Arm Into a Touchpad.[…]

Cheap USB-C Cables Could Kill Your Phone or Laptop – especially Type-A -> C, type C -> C is safe.

Benson Leung, an engineer on Google’s Pixel team, was doing God’s work by risking his Chromebook Pixel, which charges via USB-C, to test every single USB-C to USB-A cord available to general consumers. One crappy cord, and his $1500 computer would be fried. Source: Cheap USB-C Cables Could Kill Your Phone or Laptop There’s a Read more about Cheap USB-C Cables Could Kill Your Phone or Laptop – especially Type-A -> C, type C -> C is safe.[…]

Axis VIDIUS ™ – The World’s Smallest FPV Drone at $95

The all-new Axis VIDIUS Drone is the World’s Smallest First Person View Drone™, capable of flying up to 100 feet away, performing 360 degree flips and rolls all while streaming and recording live video! You can control the VIDIUS from your Android or Apple device or the included 2.4 gHz controller. The live video feed Read more about Axis VIDIUS ™ – The World’s Smallest FPV Drone at $95[…]

Philips Hue – strip lighting connected to wifi that changes colour

Philips Hue combines brilliant LED light with intuitive technology. Then puts it in the palm of your hand.Together, the bulbs, the bridge and the app will change the way you use light. Forever. Experiment with shades of white, from invigorating blue/white to cozy yellow/white. Or play with all the colors in the spectrum. Source: Meet Read more about Philips Hue – strip lighting connected to wifi that changes colour[…]

Translucent Li-ion Battery Charges Itself by Using Sunlight, could be used as smartphone screen

A Japanese research group prototyped a translucent lithium-ion (Li-ion) rechargeable battery that can charge itself by using sunlight. With the battery, the group aims to realize a “smart window,” which is an almost transparent window that functions both as a large-area rechargeable battery and as a photovoltaic cell (when the window receives sunlight, it is Read more about Translucent Li-ion Battery Charges Itself by Using Sunlight, could be used as smartphone screen[…]

Solar Paper, the world’s thinnest and lightest solar charger by YOLK — Kickstarter goals funded!

Solar Paper measures just 9 x 19 x 1.1 cm when folded, and weighs only 120g (4 oz). Watt-for-watt, it is 85 percent smaller than our closest competitor and 75 percent lighter. Most importantly, Solar Paper is just 1.1 cm deep, at its thickest point, compared to 3.8 cm for our competitor, which also weighs Read more about Solar Paper, the world’s thinnest and lightest solar charger by YOLK — Kickstarter goals funded![…]

Recon Jet finally ships – HUD sunglasses, not as creepy as Glassholes and works better

Jet’s display is equivalent to a 30” screen viewed from 7 feet (2 m) away. It’s crisp and vibrant in all lighting conditions—and thanks to our patented Glance Detection technology, it wakes up instantly when you glance down, then turns off again when you look away, minimizing distractions and maximizing power efficiency. Only $699 Recon Read more about Recon Jet finally ships – HUD sunglasses, not as creepy as Glassholes and works better[…]

Unpowered ankle exoskeleton takes a load off calf muscles to improve walking efficiency

The result of eight years of work begun by Steve Collins and Greg Sawicki when they were graduate students together at the University of Michigan in 2007, the device has been shown to reduce the metabolic cost of walking by around seven percent. The researchers claim this is roughly equivalent to taking off a 10-lb Read more about Unpowered ankle exoskeleton takes a load off calf muscles to improve walking efficiency[…]

SnapPower Charger: A USB charger in a coverplate – no wiring

SnapPower Charger Overview Powerful 1-amp USB charger built into an outlet cover plate. Charges any USB device (phones, phablets, tablets, hotspots, etc.) and eliminates the need for bulky wall warts. Installs in seconds over any standard outlet in your home. There’s no wiring to mess with, and no batteries to sort out. Just bring a Read more about SnapPower Charger: A USB charger in a coverplate – no wiring[…]