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The Vessyl Smartcup Tells You How Many Calories are in Your Drink!

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Not every wish gets fulfilled, but some dreams do turn into reality. For those of you who have long been dreaming about utensils that can tell you how good or bad a particular food is for you, you have just been invited to come one step closer to realizing your deepest desire. Yes, there’s a new smartcup called Vessyl that can recognize a beverage from among thousands of drinks and tell you exactly how many calories it is holding at a given moment. The container has been designed by Yves Béhar and holds 13 ounces of liquid. It’s not only calorie-smart, but it can even tell you whether you’re properly hydrated – and it sends all the information to a special app on your smartphone. Tilt the cup and the display tells all. Not a bad bargain at a pre-order price of $99.

[ Vessyl ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Sound Sleep, Guaranteed

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We all long for peaceful sleep, but how many of us actually get it? The all new iMusic pillow is designed to give you peaceful and sound sleep. The Bluetooth-powered pillow, when connected to a Bluetooth-ready device, will play your preferred songs and audio tracks to soothe you into slumber. No wire, no hassles and no stress; the iMusic pillow has a speaker fitted deep inside it, allowing you to doze off peacefully to your favorite sounds. The speaker is designed in such a way that the volume does not disturb others in the room. Currently on sale on Amazon at $37.95.

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Suitcase Turns Scooter Turns Suitcase!

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Dragging suitcases about has always been a hassle for most of us; but now, things are about to take a dramatic turn. He Liangchai, a Chinese entrepreneur, has come up with a unique concept of a suitcase that can be transformed into a scooter. The scooter, which is capable of transporting two people, is a multi-functional commuter that is equipped with features like a GPS navigator, a horn and even a burglar alarm. The handle of the suitcase is the scooter’s handlebar, which, when pulled up, allows drivers to use it as a steering input, brake and throttle. It features a built-in lithium-ion battery that can cover a maximum distance of 37 miles at 12 miles per hour. When it hits the market, the price estimate is between £380 (about $640) and £2,800 (about $4,700), depending on the type of model.

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VIA [ Damngeeky ]

Stay Hydrated with the Timer-equipped Vittel Water Bottle Cap

 

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It’s summer, and one of the main concerns for all of us is to stay hydrated, and popular French bottled water brand Vittel has come up with a unique and efficient way for customers to do just that. The company has introduced a water bottle cap with an integrated timer that reminds people every hour to drink water. As an hour passes, a plastic flag pops out from the cap indicating users to drink water and stay cool and healthy. After you’ve had a few sips, the action of screwing the cap back on resets the mechanism and another hour starts ticking down.

Initially released in France as a consumer test, there’s no word on whether the ‘technology’ will make its way stateside anytime soon.

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VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Bike Unchained: Introducing the Chainless Foldable Bike

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Ever imagined a bike without a chain? If the answer is yes, then you’re probably a psychic or something because the IzzyBike is that unique bike that does not need a chain to operate. Despite the absence of a chain mechanism to propel the bike forward, the bike is equipped with gears. The agile bike offers better balance and more convenience to riders and allows them to take sharp turns as well. One of the other best features of the bike is that it can be folded and kept under your desk and other small spaces. The procedure takes just seconds to complete, and before you know it the urban commuter will have turned into a compact gadget that you can take out and use wherever and whenever you want.

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It Turns Out It’s Possible To Reinvent The Axe

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Oldie but goodie here.

Axes have been round for quite a while; after all, what’s simpler than driving a sharp metal edge into a piece of wood? Unlike the wheel however, the tool’s longevity doesn’t mean its design can’t be improved upon. Take the Vipukirves axe pictured above. It helps you split wood more easily by offsetting the center of mass to the side. This way, each time you drive the axe down onto your log, you’ll also generate some rotational torque. This torque, applied to the part of the axe that’s already in the wood, acts as a lever and splits the wood down its fibre, reducing the amount of force needed to accomplish the same results. It’s ingenious and simple, and if the video below is anything to go by, does actually appear to improve on the old design. Sadly, innovation often doesn’t come cheap, and the Vipukirves is no exception. Owning one will set you back €155.74 or about $215, plus €47.26 ($65) in shipping.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

Would A Transparent Hood Be A Feature You Want?

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Say you’re off-roading and it’s critical to know exactly where your wheels are landing; common sense says that experience is paramount and that if you don’t know exactly where your wheels fall, maybe you shouldn’t be going into treacherous terrain. But a little bit of visual encouragement never hurt anyone, and Land Rover seems to think a grille-mounted camera system coupled with a Heads Up Display should do the trick for those of us with more guts than skills. With this system you’ll be able to virtually see right through your hood, straight to the road below, along with a visualization of where your wheels are and are pointing. That big rock you shouldn’t roll over? It’s right there.

It’s an ingenious solution, though it’s one that’s only at the prototype stage at the moment. It’ll be shown off at the New York International Motor Show next week, but there’s no word on when or if it might actually make its way onto new models.

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VIA [ Engadget ]

Thermo-Electric Element Will Harness Your Body Heat To Power Your Gadgets

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Your body is using up energy every second you’re awake. Some of that energy is translated into your muscles moving, and some of it is lost as heat. Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a wearable strip of material that can easily be woven into clothing and can convert your body heat into usable electric power. A thin strip about 4 inches in length can produce 40mW of power, which isn’t much, but is enough to power a semiconductor chip. Increase the strip to 20in.-40in. and suddenly you’re looking at 2W, which is enough to charge your phones or other electronics. The material is made from fibreglass, which makes it flexible, unlike current ceramic-based thermo-electric solutions. It’s also claimed it has a 14-fold efficiency improvement over other methods. According to Professor Jo Byeong-jin, the lead researcher, this technology could be commercialized within the next 2 to 3 years, pending “issues concerning element integration process optimization and mass-production.”

Gadget-charging jackets with thermo-electric strips woven into the sleeves? Yes, please!

[ Press Release ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

Smartphone Batteries That Charge In 30 Seconds May Be Just Around The Corner

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StoreDot is an Israeli startup that’s been working on making our batteries better. They’re created a prototype that can go from 20% to 100% in about 30 seconds, and then discharge at the same rate as a regular battery. This is accomplished by using organic “nanodots”, or 2 nanometer wide “bio-organic peptide molecules” that fundamentally alter the way the batteries work. The company has even received $6 million in funding from an undisclosed Asian smartphone manufacturer to further work on the technology, because as exciting as this is, it isn’t ready for prime-time. For one, the current prototype is huge. Secondly, capacity is still an issue, since even at this size the battery doesn’t even equal that of a Galaxy S4. But these are hurdles that could potentially be overcome, and StoreDot is hoping to have something commercially viable by 2016.

Stay tuned.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geek.com ]