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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 ]

Boeing’s Black is a Self-Destructing Smartphone

Boeing Black Phone

 

 

 

Boeing has a top-secret phone in the works, and unfortunately it’s going to stay top-secret until its completion because it’s only going to be sold to government agencies. Dubbed as “Black,” it’s a smartphone that has a self-destruct feature when it’s tampered with, so the secrets and data it holds will remain a secret forever.

Boeing’s Bruce Olcott explains that the phone “will be sold primarily to government agencies and companies engaged in contractual activities with those agencies that are related to defense and homeland security. The device will be marketed and sold in a manner such that low-level technical and operational information about the product will not be provided to the general public.”

The phone will reportedly come with dual SIM card slots, a removable battery, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities. The phone will be able to operate on the GSM, WCDMA and LTE networks.

VIA [ Dvice ]

What You Can Buy With $2.2 Mil: An Abandoned Amusement Part in Berlin

Abandoned Park on Ebay

 

If you’re filthy rich and have always wanted to own an amusement park, then here’s your chance to get one for cheap. At only $2.2 million (or 1.62 million euros), Spreepark is a steal. But here’s the catch (there are two, actually): it’s a fixer-upper and it’s located all the way in Berlin.

It comes with all the thrills and frills that most amusement parks have: a Ferris wheel, a swamp, a roller coaster, and a bunch of other rides and attractions. However, they’re probably not the safest rides around because they haven’t been operated since the park shut down over a decade ago. In fact, most of the park looks pretty messy and desolate, with the exception of select areas that are open to tours and a recently-opened cafe.

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US Military Creates Pizza That Lasts Up to Three Years

Military Pizza

 

Three-day old pizza tastes like crap, so I can’t imagine what three-year-old pizza will taste like. Granted, pizza is one of the most popular fastfood dishes, and while you and I take it for granted most of the time, there are others out there who have to do without–like deployed soldiers, for instance. In fact, the US Military has received numerous requests from soldiers about pizza MREs (meals ready-to-eat), which prompted them to start working on ready-to-eat pizza two years ago.

Pizza prototypes have begun leaving their ovens, with projected shelf lives of three years. Topping options include pepperoni and turkey pepperoni, and those who have tried the early prototypes compare it to pan pizza. Michelle Richardson, who is a food scientist at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, explains: “You can basically take the pizza, leave it on the counter, packaged, for three years and it’d still be edible.”

Sounds pretty awesome, doesn’t it?

VIA [ Dvice ]

Looking for Love, But Have No Time? Part Time Love is What You Need

Part Time Love Website

Some people look for love in all the wrong places. That doesn’t mean to say that they’re flirting up a storm at funerals or anything. It could also apply to those who’re looking for a potential mate in the wrong dating pool. All relationships need time, effort, and mutual respect to flourish. While you might be ready for love, your schedule might not be.

So why not try and find someone who’s in the same boat as you? Part Time Love is a dating site that helps you do just that. It promises to hook people up with a mate who want love but can’t commit as much time to a relationship because of busy careers or whatever other reason. A meaningful romance without everyday commitment? You might just find that right here…or not.

Either way, if you want to give it a try, head on over to Part Time Love to check it out.

VIA [ C|NET ]

‘Wingman’ App Hooks You Up with Other Singles On Your Flight

Wingman App How do you spend your time in a plane? I usually read or sleep or talk with whoever I’m traveling with, but if you’re the type who wants to meet new people and eventually ask them out by the time you land, then you might find the Wingman app useful. Currently in development, the app was thought up by Buzzfeed copywriter Gabe Whaley.

He explains: “I’m pretty sure that at some point, anyone who’s flown has had a thought, like, ‘I wonder what it would be like to talk to that person. Too bad it’s never going to happen, because the seating arrangement didn’t provide for that.’” Presumably this app will be able to help you out by introducing you somehow to that person. No specifics have been revealed yet aside from its premise, but Wingman definitely sounds interesting.

If you’re down to fly, reserve a seat by signing up for their beta launch here.

VIA [ Geekosystem ]

Share Your Thoughts, Read People’s Secrets With the ‘Secret’ App

Secret App

 

Secrets. Everyone has them. There’s a reason why they’re kept hidden–to keep a relationship going, to keep a business running, to keep a family together. But keeping it in will eventually take its toll on the secret keeper. If you find yourself in a similar situation but want to express yourself somehow, then you can always talk about it in ‘Secret.’

It’s an app that lets people share their innermost thoughts and read other people’s secrets, too. What makes it different from other apps is the fact that only people in that person’s list of contacts can see the secret.

Your secrets are delivered anonymously to the people in your Contacts who are on Secret. They can view, love and comment on your post. When friends love your secret, it will be shared to their friends. If they love the post, it can reach even further. When your secret travels beyond two degrees, it will be marked with your general location, like “California”. People beyond two degrees will be able to love your post or comments, but won’t be able to add comments to the conversation.

While it’s anonymous in the sense that it won’t reveal your name or identity, you might want to be careful about revealing too much details because some people in your address book might figure it out and realize that it’s you.

You can check the app out here.

VIA [ Laughing Squid ]

Finally: LEGO Ghostbusters Set is Coming

Ghostbusters LEGO

Bill Murray’s greatest wish has been granted, assuming that what he wants the most in the world is a LEGO Ghostbusters set. This has been a long time coming, seeing as how the movies were released three decades ago. In fact, the franchise’s 30th anniversary was what prompted Brent Waller to put together a Ghostbusters-themed set, which included minifigs of the Ghostbusters, their headquarters, and of course, the Ectomobile.

Waller posted his project up on Lego’s fan site CUUSOO, where it easily gained the support of over 10,000 other Ghostbusters fans and LEGO lovers. Since it reached the 10,000 mark, LEGO checked the set out and gave it their seal of approval.

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Scratch-and-Sniff Jeans Will Have You Smelling Minty Fresh

Naked and Famous Jeans

If you’re too lazy to change your shirt every day, then Wool & Prince’s shirt might just be the thing you need. But if jeans are the problem, then you might want to check out Naked & Famous’s line of scratch-and-sniff jeans. Each pair has layers of micro-capsules on the surface that can be scratched to reveal the scent within.

Their latest pair boasts of a minty-fresh scent to throw people off when it comes to your jeans-changing habits. Designer Brandon Svarc explains: “We designed ‘scratch-and-sniff’ jeans because we love fun and unique things. If I can make my customers smile, then I’m doing my job correctly. We love innovations and will continue to make unique and crazy fabrics of all kinds.”

And unique they are. This isn’t the first time Naked & Famous forayed into the unusual side of fashion, as they’ve debuted glow-in-the-dark jeans and pants that change hues with changes in temperature.

The mint-scented jeans are priced at $158. 

[ Product Page ] VIA [ C|NET ]