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Tag Archives: Innovation

DigniCap Helps Prevent Hair Loss During Chemotherapy

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Getting the dreaded cancer diagnostic isn’t only traumatic for what it entails for your survival chances, it also brings with it a host of realities that are inevitable even if you’re lucky enough to be treated early and make it out alive. One of these is learning to cope with the hair loss that comes with the chemotherapy treatments. In an effort to reduce this unwelcome side-effect, a company called DigniCap has invented a special silicone cap that contains channels for cooling fluid to flow through. Cooling your scalp during treatment constricts the blood vessels, allowing less of the drug to reach the hair follicles and minimizing the damage. It’s not a perfect solution, since 7 out of 10 patients still lost about 50% of their hair during the company’s US clinical trial. Still, the FDA-cleared device does offer some improvement over doing nothing at all, which could give already-traumatized patients the extra boost of morale that they desperately need.

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So Now You Can Buy A Self-Drying Jacket, You Know, Like On BTTF…

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It was Back to the Future Day not so long ago, and the entire Internet was talking about it. But we’ve moved on apparently, so perhaps news of The SDJ-01 by Falyon Wearable Tech is a little passé. The SDJ stands for Self Drying Jacket, and that’s exactly what this garment claims to be able to do. It integrates a battery and a blower fan that pressurizes the inside of the jacket and dries it from the inside out in a couple of minutes at the press of a button. Of course you could just get a jacket with a waterproof coating, but then you wouldn’t be able to tell people you have a Marty McFly-style self-drying jacket from the future. Apparently the batteries will provide up to 30 minutes of drying time, and the circulating vents near the neckline not only allow pressurized air to escape, they’ll provide the wearer with a gentle breeze that could prove pleasant when hot. It’s a $149 pledge with shipping in April 2016.

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PumpTube Uses A Wheels Rolling Motion To Inflate, Stay At The Right Pressure

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We like ideas that use clever ingenuity to accomplish something that hasn’t been done before. At least, we think something like the PumpTube hasn’t hit the market, but we could be wrong. It’s a system that uses a special valve and an inner tube to inflate your tire at the exact pressure just by using the rolling motion of your wheel.

Air is drawn in from the atmosphere through a one-way valve, which sits in the valve stem. Instead of going directly into the inner tube, however, the air goes into one end of the tube-like pumping mechanism, which runs along the outside perimeter of the main inner tube. As the tire rolls against the ground, the pumping mechanism is compressed, forcing air into the inner tube. The resulting absence of air in the pumping mechanism creates a vacuum effect, drawing more air in through the valve.

That said, if the inner tube is already at its desired pressure (which can be set on a dial on the valve stem), no additional air is pulled in.

It’s a smart idea, and the better feature is that it can be used with your current tires. It is compatible with third-party 700c and 26-inch tires, and plans are for it to retail for US$30 to $55 per unit. You’ll have to wait for their Kickstarter to launch next year though, once they’ve perfected the design.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Gecko Gives Any Smartphone Wireless-“Style” Charging Capabilities

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Notice the word “style” in that headline. That’s because Gecko isn’t true wireless charging… but it’s pretty darn close. The system consists of three parts: a dongle that goes into your smartphone’s charging port, a dongle that goes into a USB port, and an adapter that goes over the business end of your existing charging cable. Once set up, the strong magnets on the surface of each connecting dongle align themselves so that you can casually set your phone down and it’ll start charging. Yes, there’s still a physical connection, so it’s not really wireless, but it’s close in the sense that you don’t have to take the extra step to manually plug a cable in. You’ll laugh and say “how lazy are we that we can’t even plug a cable in?”, but then you’d be missing the fact that tons of people love the convenience that wireless charging has brought them. It’s cool to simply toss your phone down on a surface as you walk in from work and have it start charging without needing to pause even for one second. At least, that’s what the folks behind Gecko hope you’ll believe. It works with iOS and Android mobile devices, and the best part is how cheap it is: a $9 pledge on IndieGogo.

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Japanese Company Makes Sliced Chocolate

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Your cheese (or cheese “product”) comes in convenient, individually-wrapped slices. So why not do the same with chocolate? That’s the thinking behind Japanese company Bourbon’s “Nama Chocolate”. Each slice is about 2mm thick (0.08inches) and offers “a rich, creamy confectionary that’s not as sweet as fudge, but more intense in flavor than ordinary milk chocolate”. You’re free to make pretty shapes with it, or simply slap it between two pieces of bread. It’ll save you the step of having to spread your chocolate, and gives you a bit more freedom to do stuff that you wouldn’t normally be able to do with regular hard chocolate. It’s 3,240 yen, or US$27 for bulk packs.

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Lytro Immerge Can Take VR To A Whole New Level

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We’re big fans of everything Lytro makes, because they bring true innovation to the field of digital photography. Where most progress comes in the form of more megapixels, slimmer designs and other marginal improvements, Lytro brings “Ray Field Technology” that lets them capture more information per image than normal cameras. Now with the Immerge, they’re hoping to do the same to the field of VR. It’s a 360 degree camera that captures the world around it in a way that’s never been done, giving the VR viewer six degrees of freedom. So, whereas a VR user can now look both ways horizontally and vertically, with Immerge you’ll be adding up/down and left/right freedom, for a true immersive experience. It’s a complex system aimed a professional storytellers who want to create a complex virtual environment, and it’s still under development so there’s no price or availability information. If you’re in the creative game, you can apply to test a prototype.

Lytro Immerge from Lytro on Vimeo.

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Luma WiFi Router Will Get Rid Of Dead Spots, is The Last Router You’ll Ever Need

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You know how it is: your Internet works just fine from the bedroom, but step into the bathroom for, uh, some quality reading and suddenly your signal drops out. It’s a reality of using a single Wifi router in a larger home, since dead spots will appear in the strangest and most unpredictable of places. But Luma does things differently. It’s a router that uses several repeaters placed around the house in order to automatically create a mesh network that gives you consistent access from any part of your home. Luma will tell you where to place the units for best coverage, after analyzing signal strength in different rooms. Additionally, you get tons of app-controlled options, like the ability to pause the Internet, schedule time-off periods, grant or deny access to single devices with a swipe, set up a firewall and restrict access to chosen devices, and monitor and track different devices’ usage. It’s a brilliant system, and since it’s on pre-sale, you can get three Lumas for $249, a 50% reduction on its expected retail price.

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Athena: Aims to Reduce Sexual Assaults

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The following article is brought to you by The Tech Info Group – Ed

Athena helps protect women from sexual assault with one push of a button.

Sexual assault is a serious issue in every country. When founder Yasmine Mustafa came to realize the severity of the issue after a South American solo trip she decided to use her time and energy for the development of a solution for change. It was with this goal in mind that ROAR for Good was born, along with their flagship anti-assault device, Athena.

The Athena is a state-of-the-art device designed specifically to be as effective as possible while maintaining a level of inconspicuousness. The idea behind Athena is to ward off an attacker before any damage can be done while simultaneously calling for help from the authorities and any other contacts you wish. When Athena is activated it releases a powerful alarm and will send text message containing the individual’s location to emergency contacts.

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Mogees Turns Just About Anything Into An Instrument

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Finding yourself always tapping away on surfaces, creating a beat from stuff that wasn’t meant to be musical? Well then, Mogees is just for you. It’s a special vibration sensor that attaches to anything, and allows you to map different vibration patterns to different instruments. This way you can turn your living space into a whole percussion set. You first have to program the app and tell it which vibrations correspond to which instrument (eg. tapping with open palms on a door could be the snare drum, using the knuckles could be the high hat, and hitting it with a key could be the kick drum), it’ll then recognize the vibrations and communicate the signal to your phone, which in turn emits the corresponding sound. Imagine sitting at your desk at work and kicking out a whole drum set by tapping on your drawers, your stapler or anything else that comes to mind. It sounds ridiculous, but you really have to watch the video to see the potential.

It’s not limited to drum sounds, incidentally. Mogee outputs MIDI signals, so you can map just about any instrument to your vibrations and get creative. It’s a fully-funded Kickstarter, and a £96 ($147) pledge will get you one with delivery in November!

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