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The AthleTitti Turns Dads Into Walking Jungle Gyms

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A fair number of professionals agree that it’s beneficial for your kids’ development to play with you in a physical manner. Roughhousing, doing flips, horsing around, and generally being a cute little monkey is apparently good for them. What better way to do this than to give them the ability to climb you like a Jungle Gym? Created by Atsushi Shiraishi, a graduating senior at Tama Art University, the AthleTitti is a special harness that lets young children climb around and hang off you in an easier manner. The name itself is portmanteau of the words athletic and chichi (or titti), which is Japanese for father, and we think it’s a great idea. Sure, you’re giving away some dignity in the process, but when it comes to raising and loving your children, that should be the least of your concerns.

Unfortunately this doesn’t seem to be available commercially, since it was a part of Apsushi’s graduating thesis. Still, we imagine given enough interest, it could fairly easily be made.

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Lernstift Linux Smart Pen Vibrates When You Spell Something Wrong

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If you’re particularly bad at spelling, then this pen can help you out. It’s the Lernstift smart pen, and it vibrates gently whenever its user makes a spelling error. It looks like a regular pen on the outside, but it packs some pretty unique and sophisticated tech on the inside. The Lernstift actually has an embedded Linux inside it’s tiny frame, which is equipped with a motion sensor, memory, and processor, along with a WiFi and vibrating module.

The pen can be used as a learning tool all by itself or in conjunction with apps. The Lernstift has two primary functions: orthography mode, which recognizes and points out spelling errors, and calligraphy mode, which points out any flaws in penmanship form or legibility. The pen will need to be calibrated during its first use

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Periodic Table Gets a New Element You Can Scan(dium) for More Info

Periodical Table of Elements with QR Code

I love chemistry in ways that few people would understand (unless they also happen to be a huge science geek like me.) It’s the central science, after all, with the rules of order and disorder both working for it at the same time. So what’s note to like?

Unfortunately, school sometimes takes all the fun out of the it by making kids memorize the periodic table and quizzing them about what color flames a certain element causes when it burns. Learning doesn’t have to be such a drag, though, and it doesn’t have to be so taxing either. That’s probably what Yiying Lu had in mind when she came up with interactive QR-enabled Periodic Table of Elements. Aside from each block containing the element’s symbol, name, atomic number, and atomic weight, it’s also got a teeny weeny QR code printed to the side. When you scan the code of the element you’re interested in, you’ll automatically be directed to the Wikipedia entry of that element where you can read all about it and get the bigger picture.

The best part? Lu has made her interactive periodic table free for everyone to download. You can get it here.

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Arizona School Bus Gives Free Wi-Fi To Students

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By Chris Scott Barr

You know how your parents and grandparents always told you how much better you had it than they did as kids? I’m still in my 20’s and I’m already thinking those exact same things. For instance, when I rode the bus to school I generally just read books. Eventually I got a portable CD player which would drown out the noise while I read. What do some kids do now? They get on their laptops and surf the net thanks to the 3G Wi-Fi router installed on the bus.

Alright, so that isn’t exactly the norm, only one bus out in Arizona has this convenience. The idea was to transform the hour-long bus ride into more-or-less of a study hall. The 3G router has been in place since last fall and the driver said that the it has made a huge impact on the students. Instead of the usual rowdy school bus activities that you generally see, most kids are simply typing away on their laptops. Sure, plenty of the kids are probably on Facebook or playing games, but it doesn’t upset the district officials. They’re just happy that it keeps them quiet. Not to mention there are students actually using it to get their homework done before getting dropped off.

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Ritmo Advanced Sound System Is Like Your Fetus’ First Cellphone

Ritmo Advanced Sound System (Images courtesy nuvo)
By Andrew Liszewski

Technically it’s just another speaker system designed to be strapped to a pregnant belly to provide the fetus with music to further its mental development before it’s even born. But the Ritmo Advanced Sound System can also be used to talk to your baby while it’s still in the womb with your iPhone, so in a roundabout way, it’s kind of like your fetus’ first cellphone. Sure, the only response it can give is a kick or two, but to be honest there are plenty of times when I’d love to be able to kick someone on the other end of a cellphone conversation as well.

The device, or at least the speakers, can be later removed from the belly straps and attached to a crib or stroller after the baby is born, providing enriching or soothing music and sounds while they’re sleeping or playing. The Ritmo Advanced Sound System is available now for a special introductory price of $129.99.

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