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This Mirror Takes Your Selfies and Posts Them Online

Selfie mirror

Take a selfie every day? Then this mirror is for you. It’s aptly called the S.E.L.F.I.E.–which is the abbreviation of the “Self Enhancing Live Feed Image Engine.” It seems kind of forced, but at least they made it work with the acronym. Staying true to its name, the Selfie mirror takes your selfies without your outstretched arm or that monopod showing up in the frame.

It’s powered by a Mac Mini computer hidden on the other side. The mirror is equipped with a webcam and LED lights that are connected to an Arduino chip, which functions as your timer. All you have to do is say cheese, and voila! The mirror takes a snapshot and posts it to your social media profile in a snap.

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3D-Printing Pen CreoPop Doesn’t Use Hot Plastic As Its ‘Ink’

CreoPop 3D-printing pen

Th 3D-printing pens we’ve seen thus far work by melting plastic “ink,” which then harden as it cools into whatever shape the user chose to draw or form. Think of it like a glue gun in pen form that extrudes plastic instead of glue, and there you go. Bringing something different to the table, however, is CreoPop.

CreoPop takes the heat out of the equation, and it’s all possible thanks to the type of plastic that it uses: a light-sensitive resin that hardens upon exposure to UV light. Since it doesn’t use heat, it opens the door for many more applications and makes it safer to use for those who are normally clumsy and for kids, too.

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Robotic Limbs Give You An Extra Pair of Arms

Robotic Arms

Ever wished you had an extra pair of arms so you can do more things simultaneously? Well, that’s what these Supernumerary Robotic Limbs (SRLs) will give you. The SRL is a strap-on robotic pair of arms that you can wear and control to do your bidding. They’re longer and stronger than your regular human arms, so you can use them to reach for something that would normally be out of reach or lift heavy loads that you normally wouldn’t be able to manage.

The SRL comes with a system of gyro and accelerometers that are hooked up to your wrists so it can determine what your arms are doing. The entire system weighs about 10 pounds, so they might find some use eventually in construction sites and other similar environments down the line.Continue Reading

Jins Meme Sensory Glasses Alerts You When You’re Too Tired to Drive

Jins Meme

Most wearable tech focuses on the external and social aspect of things. For instance, Google Glass comes with an impressive facial recognition system that could let you identify and look people up while you’re literally looking at them. And that’s fine, if you want to spend most of your time wearing smart glasses that let you do more with what you’re seeing.

But if you want to start looking within, then you might want to check out the Jins Meme sensory glasses. These smart specs make use of electro oculography, which is the process of sensing electrical potentials vie eye movement, thanks to its six-axis acceleration sensor. It also has three additional sensors on the frame on the touch points of the wearer’s face in order to detect and monitor changes in body physics.

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Cefaly Electric Headband Zaps Away Your Migraines

Cefaly Migraine Zapping Headgear

Headaches are a pain, both literally and figuratively. Much as you’d like to work, exercise, or even just watch a TV show, oftentimes a headache will compel you to either rest or sleep because it makes doing whatever become a huge challenge. But how awesome would it be to have an instant cure to headaches without having to pop any pills?

That’s what Cefaly is here for. It was recently approved by the FDA and it’s basically a battery-powered plastic headband that sends electric pulses to one of your nerves (specifically, the trigeminal nerve). A randomized study reported that participants experienced fewer headaches with such electrical stimulation–about 71%, which is an impressive figure.

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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.

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If You Like It, Then You Better Put a Smarty Ring On It

Smarty Ring

If smart watches are too bulky for your taste, then how about a smart ring? That’s what the folks behind the aptly-named Smarty Ring are working with. Currently in development, the ring connects via Bluetooth to your iOS or Android smartphone. Alerts for new messages, calls, new email messages, and the like will be flashed on the ring’s display. For social media addicts, updates from Facebook, Twitter, Hangout, and Skype can also be displayed.

Aside from connectivity, it allows users to track the location of their device (if it goes missing) and control it remotely. The Smarty Ring raised about $300,000 on Indiegogo last December, with delivery slated for April 2014. If you missed out on the campaign, then you can still pre-order the ring for $175.

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Social Garbage Can Encourages Kids to Put Trash Where They Belong

Social Trash Cans

No one is truly incorrigible, including litter bugs. Sometimes, all it takes to change someone’s attitude is a little prodding and a bit of encouragement. For people who don’t really mind where they’re throwing their stuff, there’s the Social Trash Box aka STB. It’s an interactive garbage can that twists, bends, and reminds people not to litter and to throw their trash where it belongs: in the bin.

STB was developed at Toyohashi University’s Interaction and Communications Design Lab. The robot comes equipped with a microprocessor, a video camera where it spots would-be litterers, and a speaker to chide aforementioned litterers.

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Plate Cooker Heats Meals for One in a Jiffy

Plate Cooker

Life can get pretty hectic sometimes–so hectic that you might even forget to eat lunch or choose to skip dinner, simply because you didn’t have the time. But don’t use time as an excuse, because you’re going to be paying for skipping meals with poorer health. A lot of people don’t have time to cook every day, so they prepare large batches of food over the weekend to be frozen and reheated throughout the week. While fresh is still best, this alternative is better than not eating altogether.

Something that could make the cook-freeze-and-reheat process better is the plate cooker. It looks like a sandwich grill, expect it has a bunch of compartments instead of grills when you lift the cover.

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