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Silent Power PC Uses Copper Foam For Cooling Instead Of Noisy Fans

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Have you ever turned off all the electronics in your room? Notice just how much quieter everything is? Despite being able to tune these droning sounds out after a while, they’re quite real and it’s only once they’re completely gone that we realize how loud they were. If you manage to get your hands on a Silent Power PC, however, you’ll have that much less white noise to deal with. Its salient feature is its use of an innovative copper foam to dissipate heat, instead of the traditional fans. Since the foam presents such a high surface area and copper is so conductive, the PC never reaches excessive temperatures during regular use. The lowest end setup you can get comes with an Intel quad-core i7-4785T 2.2 GHz processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a 500 GB hard drive and should cost around $935. The company’s plan is to be on the market in 2015, after they’ve reached their crowdfunding goals. A post on their blog, however, suggests that Paypal is putting up some roadblocks and have seized their account pending clarifications on their business model. This is standard practice for Paypal, unfortunately, so hopefully the company will clear that up soon and resume work on bringing this innovative PC to market.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Bullets That Curve In Mid-Air? Yep, The Military’s Got That

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This tech is still in its infancy, but as the video below appears to show, the US military has developed bullets that curve in mid-air. Remember that stupid movie with Angelina Jolie, Wanted? Yeah, it’s like that, only for real this time.

DARPA’s Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program recently conducted the first successful live-fire tests demonstrating in-flight guidance of .50-caliber bullets. This video shows EXACTO rounds maneuvering in flight to hit targets that are offset from where the sniper rifle is aimed. EXACTO’s specially designed ammunition and real-time optical guidance system help track and direct projectiles to their targets by compensating for weather, wind, target movement and other factors that could impede successful hits.

The EXACTO program is developing new approaches and advanced capabilities to improve the range and accuracy of sniper systems beyond the current state of the art.

When you’re trying to hit a target nearly a mile away, even the slightest mistake compounds into a huge miss, so this kind of tech is definitely useful. How much it cost to develop and how much of that money could have been used for something far less grim than ending lives… is a discussion best left for another day.

[ DARPA ] VIA [ Engadget ]

You Can Now Control Google Glass With Your Mind

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Love it or hate it, Google Glass is still around and kicking. For those of you happy enough to plunk down a hefty $1,500 to acquire the status of über nerd, you’re aware that the main way to navigate the Glass interface is through the touch sensitive panel on the side. But now with the creation of the MindRDR (pronounced “mind reader”) application by a London company called ThisPlace, you could start controlling some functions with your brain waves alone. You’ll first have to purchase a Neurosky MindWave Mobile headset and connect it to your Glass. After you’ve downloaded the free app, you’ll eventually learn how to take pictures and share them without so much as touching a single thing. Yes, it’s limited to picture taking and sharing at the moment, but the company is working on developing the software to allow you to do more. Limited as it is, it’s still pretty impressive.

Of course this setup also means you’ll be seen walking around with not only the nerdiest set of glasses on the planet, but with a mind reading headset as well. If there were a crown given out to the alpha nerds of this planet, you’d be wearing it proudly. And we, my friend, salute you.

[ MindRDR ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Some Day, Microwaves Will Count Calories For You

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Whether you’re trying to get fit by counting calories, or you’re just curious about what the damage will be from that home-made double-dipped deep-fried triple bacon burger, there are a number of tools on the market to come to your aid. But none of these will directly measure the amount of calories present in your food; they instead rely on databases of known values in oder to estimate the caloric content of your meal. GE, however, is working on a microwave that will be able to analyze the specific portion it heats, measuring the caloric content exactly.

Matt Webster, the senior scientist in diagnostic imaging and biomedical technologies at GE Research determined that it’s possible to get an accurate calorie estimate using just three pieces of data—fat content, water content, and weight. The calories from all the other constituents of food—such as sugar, fiber, and protein—can be approximated by subtracting the water and fat weight from the total weight.

In this fashion your oven could determine the caloric content of your food as it heats and send that information to your smartphone for tracking. The tech currently only works with blended foods, though the company is trying to develop their technique to work on everything. If successful, it would be more accurate than some other similar products recently introduced into the market that only analyze the surface of a dish, a method that works great with an apple but not so much with something like a burrito. There’s no word on when or even if this will ever see the light of day.

[ MIT Tech Review ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Let the Books be Hanged!

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Looking for a creative and appealing way to free up some space in your house? The all-new hanging book rack will allow you to do just that, or at least to get rid of your current bookshelves and racks, and give a unique appeal to your drawing room. You can hang up to twelve books along the wall, giving you a fresh perspective on space management. The strings that hang from the rack are wax-cottoned, and can act as bookmarks, too. You can either hang and display the books like in a normal book shelf, or swivel them a bit to display their titles; and if you adjust the position of the wooden plates, books can be uniformly hung in a straight line. With tons of varieties and wood types to choose from, the hanging book racks are sure to add some flair to your home. Available at Etsy in two variants – the MINI for $110 and the Standard for $210.

[ Etsy ] VIA [ TheGreenHead ]

Sole Power: Charge your Phone by Walking!

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Everyone’s heard of green energy sources – solar power, water power and the like; but have you heard of footstep power? This new gadget is the brainchild of a 15-year old boy from the Philippines – Angelo Casimiro. Unveiled at the Google Science Fair 2014, this piezoelectric device uses the pressure generated in the sole of the shoe while walking, to charge your electronic device. A clever idea, no doubt, but quite similar to inventor Rajesh Adhikari’s idea of a ‘shoe charger’ revealed a few months ago. Unfortunately, you can only get about 10 minutes of battery power after a two-hour game of basketball, but it’s definitely a promising technology for the future. Getting the gadget into production might be quite a challenge, so you may not be able to buy one just yet – but at least you’ll know you saw it first on OhGizmo!

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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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[ Amazon ] VIA [ Firebox ]

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 ]