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5 Bits of Future Hearing Technology

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The following article is written by Sophie Davidson in collaboration with Hidden Hearing. -Ed.

Hearing aids have been around for centuries, but they weren’t always as high-tech and sophisticated as the ones now available. While horn-style devices were popular back in the 1800s, the first electrical hearing aid was created in 1898, which led to hybrid aids using combined digital and analogue circuitry being patented in 1977. Digital signal processing chips also revolutionised the hearing aid industry and these days you only have to visit a site like Hidden Hearing to see sleek inner ear models that offer those with hearing impairments a more discreet alternative.

Technology has greatly enhanced the hearing aid world, but what’s next? Here are five bits of future hearing technology we might expect to see over the coming years:

1. Ear-lens
Currently at clinical trial stage, the ear-lens could soon be a common form of treatment for those with hearing problems. Essentially, it’s a transducer mounted on the eardrum that receives a laser signal from the external part of the aid mounted behind the ear. The transducer converts the laser signal into a physical vibration on the eardrum itself and has a much wider frequency range than many of the more conventional hearing devices.

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Deal Of The Day: 77% Off On Car Plug-In Air Purifier

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There’s all kinds of things that you can plug into your car’s cigarette lighter socket. But it’s the first time we come across the Car Plug-In Air Purifier. It turns out that instead of charging your devices, you could be purifying the air you breathe.

Leave your car smelling fresh and clean with this Car Plug-In Air Purifier. Its built-in ionizer will boost your vehicle’s air quality, zapping foul odors and filtering out irritating allergens like dust and pollen. With this purifier eliminating unhealthy pollutants, you’ll breathe much easier while cruising down the highway.

– Quickly improves air quality w/ the built in ionizer
– Removes odors left behind by pets, sweat, food, exhaust, etc.
– Scrubs allergens from the air, like dust, dander, bacteria, pollen, etc.
– Eliminates cigarette & cigar smoke within seconds
– Plugs into your car’s outlet
– Produces no fragrances while cleaning the air

Considering how foul-smelling some cars get get in a hurry, it might be a worthwhile investment. The best part is that it’s super cheap at $19.99, down from $89 that it was at some point.

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Kuju PourOver Means You Get A Real Coffee In The Woods

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The Kuju PourOver is a product for making real coffee while you’re away from the grid or far from a traditional coffee-making machine. It’s an alternative to using instant coffee, which some see as an inevitable reality in many cases. It uses a specially designed origami-style pouch that anchors on the side of a cup of pretty much any size, holding the already-ground beans in a small filter bag and allowing you to simply pour hot water over them to make your brew. Let it steep for a bit then simply throw the pouch. Sure, the beans aren’t freshly roasted and ground, but don’t forget you’re trying to make the best of a typically coffee-restricted situation.

It’s not the first such product on the market, but Kuju PourOver tries to distinguish itself with quality beans, and a nitrogen-flushed pouch that displaces oxygen in order to keep oxidation to a minimum. It’s a $30 at the moment for 6 Kuju PourOver pouches, which is a lot of money for coffee, but you’re being asked to keep in mind that 1% of the proceeds will go to One Percent for the Planet, an environmental conservation outfit.

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Werewolf Dog Muzzle Will Scare Old Ladies, Make You New Friends

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This is a dog muzzle shaped like a giant set of rabid teeth. It’s badass. With this muzzle on, your dog is sure to turn heads, for reasons good and bad alike. The old, frail, and nervous will not take the time to realize it’s a muzzle, and will run away screaming, likely calling authorities of some kind in the process. Most of the rest will probably look at the owner (that’s you) with a mix of apprehension and curiosity. And some will walk up to you and want to shake your hand because, well, damn if that’s not the creepiest looking canine they’ve ever come across. The best part is that it apparently is up for purchase, at $30 on some Russian website. Whether they ship stateside is anyone’s guess at the moment. Any Russian speakers want to clear that up for us?

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Acer Announces Modular PCs

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Modular computing appears to be a rising trend, with Acer being the latest major manufacturer to throw its hat in the ring. Having easily replaceable and upgradable parts is a much smarter way to build your electronics, and Acer’s Revo Build M1-601 seems to be a worthy entrant in this field. It’s a Windows 10 PC that features a series of stackable blocks with varying functionality. The base block houses “a super small form factor PC that only occupies 125 millimeters square on your table and comes with a low-power Intel Pentium or Celeron chip.” The other blocks can house things like hard drives, “audio modules (for using Cortana), projectors and a wireless charging plate that pulls double duty as a mobile battery.” Each block is connected to the others with magnets and pogo pins, so it’s really easy to remove and swap for something else.

The result is a PC with an unusual form factor, but one which will give consumers added options and functionality… provided Acer doesn’t get greedy in its pricing. These start at €199, or about $223, with an expected launch around October in EMEA and December in China.

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Nest Thermostat – 3rd Generation

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Nest thermostats have been saving families from high cost energy bills ever since 2011 and now with the 3rd gen Nest Learning thermostat, things are going to be even better. This design is slimmer and sleeker than the previous versions and comes with a sharp, crisp display. One new feature you’ll get to enjoy in this new version is Farsight. It will make the thermostat light up to show you the temperature or the time if you’ve set the clock face on. The thermostat is smart enough to adapt to your life and will learn your habits and season changes. Together with the mobile app, it will be your best investment to save those energy bills at home.

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Deal Of The Day: 60% Off On UDI HD Discovery Drone & Crash Pack

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To say that the market is being flooded with drones would be an understatement. But that’s fine, because more competition means better choices for you, the customer. The UDI HD Discovery Drone & Crash Pack seems like a nice option, combining fun features with useful ones:

Looking for a drone that does it all? No matter if you’re a beginner or expert, looking to stunt or capture a soon-to-go-viral bird’s eye view, the UDI HD Discovery Drone is the answer. Learn the ropes in beginner mode, then graduate to stunt mode and start pulling off seamless flips and rolls through the sky. This hawk-like quadcopter is about to take your day from average to adventure, and stamp a smile on your face in the process.

– Fly w/ ultimate precision thanks to the 6-axis gyro control
– Enjoy stable flight & easy operation w/ 4-channel functionality
– Capture HD-quality still & motion footage w/ a bird’s eye view
– Easily recharge via USB
– Soar through the sky for longer w/ the unique high-capacity battery
– Perform impressive flips & rolls
– Switch between beginner & expert flight mode
– Flash the LED lights on the drone
– Crash pack with extra blades and batteries

Considering its feature pack, we can see its normal $225 as being justified, so it’s very nice to see it being reduced to $89.99 in today’s deal.

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Finally: A Nutella Lock

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Wake up in the middle of the night with a Nutella craving, only to find your jar nearly empty because your significant other got to it before you? Yeah, it happens, but you can put a stop to this nonsense. The Nutella Lock is an acrylic contraption specifically designed to accommodate the iconic jar. It’s being sold on eBay Germany, and doesn’t ship stateside. It started out as a bit of a joke by Daniel Schlobloch, a German furniture designer who was tired of his kids stealing the sweet concoction, but now over 250 of these have been pre-oredered and it seems to be taking a life of its own. It’s €9.99 (approx. $11 USD).

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Underwater Mask With Integrated GoPro Mount

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It’s very often not until you actually have to do something that you realize just how hard it is to accomplish. Like… how often have you thought about how complicated it could be to get a decent HD-POV video underwater? Like, where will you attach your GoPro, at least for a reasonable amount of money? Thanko Japan often has answers to these kinds of questions, and in this case doesn’t disappoint with the $49 GoPro Underwater Mask. As you can tell, it’s a simple mask for tasks like snorkelling, and comes with a standard GoPro mount, which will work with any version from the Hero2 onwards. It sure beats holding the cam in one hand and trying to swim with the other.

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