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SIG says the new spec can deliver robust and reliable IoT connections, making full-home and outdoor use a lot easier to implement.   Almost every new mobile device features it but most of us really never think about it until there becomes a connection issue. I am, of course, talking about Bluetooth- the wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances. It’s been in its current form, version 4.2 since December of 2014 and has since been officially replaced by versi ...
Researchers from IBM and ETH Zurich have developed a liquid battery that uses prior “flow” technology and applies it to small computer chips. Computer chips can be stacked with alternating layers of chips and flow batteries that would both power and cool them at the same time. (via IBM Research Zurich)   Heat is a byproduct of the work done by batteries, computers, and computer chips, and overheating is a problem that is often tackled with fans and various systems of ventilatio ...
Russian artist Vtol used his own blood as a power source for his latest electric sound exhibit. Vtol draws his blood onstage to help power his creation (photograph via Vtol)   Blood is a life source and important for our daily functions, but did you ever think it could power other things aside from our bodies? Russian artist Vtol (Dmitry Morozoy) showed just how powerful blood is with one of his latest projects. Titled “Until I Die,” Vtol built an electronic sound installation ...
A pair of researchers from Columbia University and the New York Genome Center (NYGC) have found a way to code information using nature’s storage system: DNA. Yaniv Erlich and Dina Zielinski: the duo that worked on the DNA data storage technology. (image via New York Genome Center)   Deoxyribonucleic Acid, or DNA, is the material that composes all humans and almost every other living organism. It contains the instructions for how we are to be assembled and maintained, and is coded us ...
Hasbro introduces new Disney doll that allows you to program her dance routines with companion app. Parents will be glad to know that this doll can sing, dance, and say over 100 phrases (Photo via Hasbro)   With a live-action remake of the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast on the way, you can expect a new line of toys to come with it. Hasbro revealed a new Belle doll to tie in with the film ahead of Toy Fair 2017. It talks, moves, and dances all on her own, making it stand out from all t ...
Researchers from the University of Maryland and IBM have pitted their quantum computers against each other to determine which is the superior technology. (image) An IBM Quantum Computer Chip. (via MIT Technology Review)   Quantum physics refers to the laws that govern and explain the behaviors of quantum particles (smallest possible discrete objects), and this branch of scientific theory allows for particles to exist in two physical states simultaneously (i.e. particle and wave). Essenti ...
The Freestyle uses a black LCD screen, stylus, and knobs that create stamps for the updated version. The new Etch-a-Sketch dubbed Freestyle (via Spin Master)   My immediate reaction to this toy was, "how could I do this with a Raspberry Pi?"   No matter how old you are, you’ve played with an Etch-a-Sketch at one point in your life. The toy has been a staple of childhood since it was first introduced in the late 50s. However, for years the design has stayed the same: red plastic ...

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