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Hands-Free Cleaning: Remote Control Mop

RC Mop

Can’t afford a Roomba? Well, here’s an alternative: the Remote Control Mop. You won’t be able to leave it alone and do the cleaning for you, but you will be able to clean your floors without bending over or doing any manual labor. The mop head has a small handle attached to it, though, for easy pick-up and for when you might want to push it manually into hard-to-reach areas.

It comes with a controller that looks like the ones that come with video game consoles. If you’ve ever played games or drove R/C cars, then you probably won’t have any trouble controlling the mop and making it clean the spots that you want it to.

You can check out a video of the mop in action after the break.

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High-Tech Beauty: Activate Gadgets With a Wink and a Smile

Conducive Makeup

How you control your devices might soon change, thanks in part to these developments by computer scientist Katia Vega. Instead of actually manipulating your device or using a remote control, Vega envisions that people–specifically those who wear makeup–will be able to unlock or activate their devices by moving a certain part of their face. Not just any part, but parts where specialized makeup has been applied.

Apparently, Vega was able to come up with a method to integrate sensors and conductive elements to makeup. For example, when eyeshadow is applied to both the top and bottom of the person’s eye where metalized lashes have also been affixed, then a longer-than-usual blink will allow the sensors in the eyeshadow and lashes to connect, completing the circuit.

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‘Hana Yakiniku’ Brings the Smell of Meat to Scentee

Can’t afford to buy meat for dinner? Then you’ll just have to pair that bowl of rice with the smells of meat instead.

Apparently, that’s the idea behind the Hana Yakiniku, which is actually Japanese for “nose grilled meat.” It’s the newest cartridge that’s being offered by Scentee, which is an app that basically brings the concept of smell-o-vision to smartphones. In the case of the Hana Yakiniku, users will be able to take a whiff and breathe in the delicious smells of grilled short ribs, ox tongue, and buttered potatoes.

The scent cartridges and Scentee phone attachment is meant to be used with the Scentee app. Once it’s fired up, users can choose the scent they want to smell. The promo video that they’ve released for the meaty cartridge instructs users to eat plain white rice after breathing in the mouthwatering meat scents. As ridiculous as it seems, I can imagine people who would actually do it.

The Hana Yakiniku will be available on November 15, 2013.

VIA [ Laughing Squid ]

iSketchnote: From Your Pen and Paper to Your iPad


Stylus pens make it easier for you to scribble notes or doodle on your iPad, but what if you wanted a physical copy of it, too? The last time I did this, I had to take screenshots of my work, transfer the files to my laptop, and arrange everything on a Word processor before I could print it. It took up a lot of time and I didn’t really end up with the kind of printed notes that I wanted.

If you do this a lot, then you might want to check out the iSketchnote. It’s smarter than your average smart iPad cover as it integrates a new digitizing technology called ISKN technology.

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World’s Cheapest? Peachy is an Amazingly Affordable Laser 3D Printer

Peachy Printer

3D printers normally don’t come cheap. Aiming to change that and 3D printing as a whole is Rylan Grayston, who’s behind the Peachy laser 3D printer. The project was recently launched on Kickstarter, where it raised over $140,000 in a span of 48 hours.

Peachy boasts of open-source hardware and software, which is just one of the reasons why people seem to pledging like crazy. The printer combines photolithographic printing, which uses a powerful laser beam to mold resin, and a saltwater-based drip process that changes the printed object’s height gradually.

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AWAD Robo-boots Give You a Boost of Strength


Need help walking? Then strap on the Ankle Walking Assist Device (AWAD for short) and go. It’s a robotic exoskeleton developed by Yaskawa Electric that’s designed to help people who have trouble walking. They’re geared towards the elderly who can’t walk at the pace that they used to, due to their age and all.

The AWAD system comes with two robo-boots and a battery pack that’s mounted around the waist. When the boots detect that its wearer’s heel has hit the ground, it gives a small boost of strength that helps maintain balance and keeps the person moving at a good pace. The system is adjustable based on the level of assistance its wearer needs.

People won’t be able to use AWAD to run like Usain Bolt, but it will help a lot of older folks walk and do their errands at a faster pace. Yaskawa plans to release AWAD into the market by 2015.

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The RepRap Project: 3D-Printed 3D Printers

3D Printed 3D Printer Photo credit: Raymond Wong/DVICE

The time has come. 3D printers can now be used to print 3D printers. At least, that’s the case with RepRap, which is short for “replicating rapid prototype.” The project was started by engineer Adrian Bowyer in 2005, and he was quickly joined by others who wanted to take the 3D printing movement to the next level.

One member of the RepRap team, Nicholas Seward, recently created a couple of 3D printers that are almost vitamin-free.

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Kickstart This: Primer Kinetic Sculpture That Generates Prime Numbers


You can’t deny that prime numbers are fascinating. Each one of them is unique from the other, yet similar because of that one property that they have in common. Taking prime numbers to another level is Karl Lautman, who’s behind Primer, a kinetic sculpture that generates prime numbers.

Bored with the current prime that’s on display? No problem. Just press the button and Primer will count up to the next one.

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Scan and Print in 3D with Zeus


You can’t do much with just a 3D printer. The same can be said for a 3D scanner. But the possibilities are endless if you put both together, and that’s what AIO Robotics has done with Zeus. It’s a 3D scanner and 3D printer in one, so you can scan whatever it is you want to print and then print it in a jiffy.

It offers convenience that other gadgets already available in the 3D printing sphere don’t offer. Zeus has been in development for the last five years, so you can be sure that a lot of thought and work went into it.

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