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Power Brick Battery Pack: Charge It, Build It, Brick It, Mod It

Power Brick Charger

This is probably the coolest smartphone charger that we’ve seen in a long time. Built from lightweight materials, the Coi+ Power Brick comes packed with a 4,200 mAh battery pack and four official LEGO bricks that can be attached onto it to transform it into a stand for your device. The entire thing is compatible and connectable with minifigs and the other bricks that you have in your LEGO stash.

Put a LEGO Mario on your Power Brick or customize it with your initials using LEGO bricks. The possibilities are endless–as long as you’ve got the bricks for them, that is.

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μGO Provides Expandable SD and Micro SD Storage for Android

uGo Expandable Storage

Need some extra storage space for your pictures, movie files, documents, and MP3s? No problem. If you’ve got an Android device, then μGO has got you covered. It’s a small device that promises to extend your phone or tablet’s storage capacity via SD or micro SD. The µGO itself comes with both an SD and microSD card slot so you can transfer data between your phone storage and memory card without any trouble and without having to hook it up to a computer.

Additionally, µGO also lets you charge and sync without having to remove it, as it also comes with an auxiliary micro USB port. It seems like they thought of everything, doesn’t it?

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In Potholes, There is Power: Tech Harnesses Vibrations to Charge Your Phone

Vibration Tech Charges Phones

 

Nobody likes driving on roads filled with potholes. Not only is it a huge pain to everyone on board, but it can also damage your car (and ruin people’s moods), especially on long drives. There’s nothing that can be done about car damage, but this concept might just change people’s perceptions towards potholes.

This wasn’t the goal of Dr. Xudong Wang from the University of Wisconsin when he teamed up with researchers researchers from Sun Yat-sen University in China. Rather, their goal was to come up with something that’ll make the most of all the bumps and humps, and they did so by developing a novel material that generates energy every time it’s jostled or moved.

The nanogenerator takes advantage of a common piezoelectric polymer material called polyvinylidene fluoride, or PVDF. Piezoelectric materials can generate electricity from a mechanical force. The researchers incorporated zinc oxide nanoparticles into a PVDF thin film to trigger formation of the piezoelectric phase that enables it to harvest vibration energy. 

No timeframe yet for when this concept will actually be released commercially.

VIA [ Dvice ]

Play NES Games On Your iPhone, No Jailbreak Needed

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Up until recently, if you wanted to get in on the sweet, sweet retro NES gaming action on your mobile device, you either needed an Android or a jailbroken iPhone. But now, thanks to Conrad Kramer, Jared Wright, Bogdan Vitoc and Evan Klein, you can have a full emulator directly on a web page, which is called WebNES. Simply visit the site at the link below and try any of the available games; better yet, load a ROM into your Dropbox account and play it. WebNES was made during the 2014 PennApps hackathon and while it’s a giant step forward for anyone looking to keep their iPhone in factory mode while playing some old school Nintendo games, it is far from perfect. You won’t be able to run the games at full speed, and some of them are quite slow. Additionally, if you want sound, you have to plug in some earphones.

Still, for now at least it’s better than nothing.

[ WebNES ] VIA [ Technabob ]

iWatch Concept is the Smartwatch That People Are Waiting For

iWatch Concept

 

As far as smartwatches go, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear was pretty much a disappointment. While rumors are currently flying around about the second generation of the Galaxy Gear, Apple has yet to unveil a smartwatch that integrates with their line of iPhones. So Todd Ham took it upon himself to come up with a concept design for the device while everyone waits for the official announcement.

Unlike most other concepts, Todd has come up with something that a lot of people would actually want in the actual iWatch. For example, it’s thin and sleek, and since it’s made from rubber, it’s light and not at all taxing on the wrist.

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Elektra Nails Are Styluses That You Can Wear On Your Fingertips

Elektra Nails

If you’re looking for a stylus that’s as compact as they come, then look no further than Elektra Nails. These are styluses that you can wear on your very own fingers. They’re actually shaped like fake fingernails, only they’ve got capacitive tips instead of being all sharp and pointy so you can tap, write, and doodle on your smartphone or tablet’s screen easily.

They come in a neutral color, which makes them appropriate for use by both men and women. The latter group of users will be happy to know that the nails are easily customizable, as the surface can be painted over with nail polish.

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May The Force Be With Every Recharge: Star Wars Lightsaber Power Bank

Star Wars Darth Vader Lightsaber Battery Charger

Bored with the usual crop of power banks that are available in the market? If you’re a huge fan of Star Wars and are looking for something other than the usual rectangular power banks, then you might want to check the Star Wars Darth Vader Lightsaber Battery Charger. It essentially looks like the handle of a lightsaber, with the microUSB ports located at its base.

Since it is a lightsaber charger, it also has LED light that glows red with the flick of a switch. So you can, you know, play pretend once in a while when you’re bored and when you need to recharge the power bank or charge up any of your devices.

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CES 2014: Razer Nabu Smartwatch is Also a Fitness Tracker

Nabu Smart Fitness Band

 

There seems to be a huge influx of wearable tech on CES this year. The latest of these is Razer’s Nabu, which is a smartwatch-slash-fitness band that gives you the best of both worlds. As Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan explains, the Nabu is a “cross between a smartwatch and a fitness band,” adding that its “a wearable device focused on helping [people] live smarter.”

The Nabu comes with two displays: one which displays a watch face, and another which displays notifications from your smartphone, such as calls or messages. The latter display also shows fitness stats and wellness-related data, such as the number of steps walked and distance traveled.

Razer’s Nabu is currently available to developers for only $49. No word yet on the official release of the device for consumers.

VIA [ Tweaktown ]

Power Pillow Lets You Get Comfy While Charging Your Stuff

Power Pillow

 

A lot of people use their phones or tablets when they’re on the sofa or lying down in bed. How many times have you left your phone or tablet by the nightstand while you lie in bed, itching to use your device but finding it difficult to get up or use it by the nightstand because of the wire?

I’d say one too many, especially with the advent of the Power Pillow. It’s a pillow that comes with a built-in battery so you can lie back, relax, and charge your gadget while you use it by hooking it up to the pillow!

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