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A Stanford University researcher and his team are applying the concept of parity-time symmetry to effectively combine the charger and device-to-be-charged so that charging can occur at greater distances without suffering a loss in charging power. This technology could enable phones to charge while in use and at great distances, and perhaps this concept could be applied elsewhere and yield an even greater payoff.   The trend of wireless charging is growing, and consequently, scientists are ...
VirZoom took the idea of their $400 exercise bike and created an affordable sensor to make any bike VR enabled. All you need is this sensor and a VR headset to workout in various environments (Photo via VirZoom)   If you only thought VR was for video games, VirZoom is ready to prove you wrong. VirZoom is a VR exercise company that came into the market with its VR exercise bike. The bike put you inside different VR environments for an immersive experience. It also let you play games to make ...
Researchers from Rice University and Texas Heart Institute have created a small, wireless pacemaker that uses microwaves from an external battery to power the device. This pacemaker is smaller than a dime (image via Rice University)   Pacemakers have been saving the lives of those with heart conditions for roughly 85 years, and researchers are constantly on ways to make them better. They’ve gotten smaller over the years, but now a team of researchers at Rice University and the Texas ...
The new sensor system can discriminate between different brands, ages, and tastes of whiskey, specifically, but could eventually be more broadly applicable. The ‘artificial tongue’ can be used to determine whether a glass of whiskey is a counterfeit.    People often worry that they will lose their job to a robot, as they are often cheaper, more efficient alternatives to human labor, but now people might also worry about losing their friends to a highly cultured robot wit ...
Walabot is a smartphone add-on that snaps on the back of your phone and lets you spot studs, pipes, and other obstacles in walls. Walabot shows how it helps you find pipes hidden behind walls (Photo via Walabot)   Ever wanted the ability to see through walls? Now, you may just be able to do so with a new sensor dubbed Walabot. The add-on doesn’t exactly give you the power to see through everything, but it can see through objects, liquids, and materials. Made with the DIY crowd in min ...

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