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Oombrella, a French smart-umbrella that notifies users when it is raining, successfully met its Kickstarter goal. The product is expected to ship to early backers in October of this year. (All images via Wezzoo)   Oombrella, the ‘unforgettable umbrella’ just successfully hit its Kickstarter goal with a handful of hours to go. The smart umbrella promises to revolutionize the way people use umbrellas, by sending users notifications when it is going to rain, and when it has been ...
The Razzmatazz, heat sink case for the Raspberry Pi 2. Overclocking a Raspberry Pi 2 allows you to get the most out of the hardware, with performance boots of at least 50%, however it steadily increases the internal chipset temperature. The new Razzmatazz case is a heat sink that keeps the Raspberry Pi 2 internal temperatures at optimal levels, even when overclocking at turbo levels.  (via razzmatazz.io)   A recent Kickstarter campaign is out to help Raspberry Pi uses get the most out ...
Mock-up of the intended research into a wearable sleeve for the rehabilitation of stroke patients. The University of Southhampton recently received a grant of almost one-million pounds over two-years to develop a wearable sleeve with first-class sensor technology to help stroke victims recover. The sleeve will track progress and ensure that patients complete their necessary therapy every day. (via University of Southampton)   New research has been funded which will take a new, high-tech ap ...
This sensors only measures 2 square millimeters in length. Researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology have created a tiny sensor that never needs a battery. (via Eidnhoven) Having all these smart devices in our hands – in the field – is convenient, fun, and efficient except when it comes time to recharge the battery. Maybe you don't have enough outlets or maybe you're out and forgot your battery bank at home. We're always looking for faster, better ways of charging up; ...
Sentiri sits on your head and guides you through the environment. Chaotic Moon's Sentiri uses haptic feedback to help guide the visually impaired. (via Chaotic Moon) For years the visually impaired have been relying on service dogs and cans to help them navigate in their daily life. But with all the technology making our phones and refrigerators smarter, isn't it about time for an upgrade? The company Chaotic Moon is working on something that promises to help the visually impaired. Their inv ...
Dr. Phil Kennedy, the ‘father of cyborgs.' Dr. Phil Kennedy is a neurosurgeon who has contributed to mind-controlled technology. Now, he is using his own brain to understand how speech is connected to neural signals in the brain to help ALS sufferers. (via Neuralsignals & MIT) Think you could do this? Dr. Phil Kennedy, a neuroscientist dubbed the ‘father of cyborgs,’ made a self-sacrifice in the name of science and recently shared his findings and experience at the ...
ETwater's Hermitcrab smart irrigation control system. (Left) Functional flow (Right) The actual system. See the attached PDF to this post. (via ETwater) With smart technology infiltrating everything from our televisions to our refrigerators, it's about time lawn care tools get the digital upgrade. Sure, there are different timers out there to set and forget your sprinkler, but with unpredictable weather it becomes less efficient. There's also the chance you'll flat out forget to set the time ...
This laser has a wavelength of only 0.15 nanometers. A research team in Japan have built a new laser that's the new record holder for the world's shortest wavelength. (via UEC) A laser developed by a team of Japanese scientists is now the new record holder for having the world's shortest wavelength. Based out of the University of Electro-Communications in Toyko, the team, led Hitoki Yoneda, created a new atomic x-ray laser with a wavelength of only 0.15 nanometers making it ten times shorter ...
The Tzoa Tracker is a multi-purpose wearable that monitors air quality, UV exposure and more to give users real-time information about how the atmosphere is affecting their health.  (via Tzoa)   If you’ve ever wondered if the air you’re breathing might be harmful to your health, now you can test your air quality with the Tzoa tracker. The tiny wearable gauges air quality real-time, humidity, atmospheric pressure and light/UV ray exposure to help you be the healthiest you c ...
If you’ve ever thought the architects who plan grocery store aisles intentionally create impenetrable mazes, you’ll be happy to hear about Phillips’ grocery store GPS. The Dutch-based lighting company created an LED lighting system and app duo that directs any customer with a smart phone or tablet to their grocery store destination.   The technology is based on a visual light communication system (Similar to this) that pairs directly with an app. In theory, a grocery stor ...
New soundwave powered button from Disney. Physical buttons are usually powered by electric circuits, but Disney Research Labs have different ideas. They are using audiowaves via your phone’s audiojack and microphone to trigger anything from opening an app to taking a photo. (via Disney Research/Carnegie Mellon)   The folks at Disney Research Labs have come up with an interesting new concept that could turn into something in the future. They are calling them “Acoustruments” ...
People are usually smuggled illegally in containers like these. Franklin Felber has invented a sensor that can detect sound behind metal walls. (via Franklin Felber) Human smuggling is still a prominent issue in various countries around the world. Since people are usually smuggled in trucks, train compartments, or shipping container made of metal it becomes difficult to detect them. While politicians and authorities all over are searching for solutions to prevent human trafficking, Franklin ...
The DADSS programs hopes to put an end to drunk driving, with a technology that prevents a drunk driver from driving when intoxicated. The project involves the development of a car that tests blood alcohol content (BAC) and prevents ignition-start up when a driver’s BAC is at or above 0.08. Will you be stranded every weekend? (via dadss.org) We all know we are not supposed to drive drunk, but people still do. According to the CDC, in 2013 roughly 31% of all traffic-related deaths invo ...
These drum pads and foot pedals fit over and under your clothes. DrumPants 2.0 has new features and will be open source? (via Drumpants) Rhythm games such as Rock Band and Guitar Hero are making a triumphant return this year. But if you want to feel like a rock star without holding plastic instruments and pressing buttons, then DrumPants may be what you're looking for. First introduced in 2007 by Tyler Freeman, DrumPants are a set of accessories made of two elongated drum pads and two foot ...
TU Wien Researcher. A research team from the Vienna University of Technology and Vienna Medical University recently developed a polymer-based artificial blood vessel that promotes the natural growth of a new one, so that when the polymer dissolves and a patient is left with a brand new, healthy blood vessel. (via TU Wien)   As a nation plagued by heart attacks and heart disease, there is no lack of demand for emerging technology that can save lives. That’s why the Vienna University ...

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