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Kiwi Choice portable solar charger borrows effective technology

The U-Powered solar charger is a backup power source or charger for portable electronics s...
Canada’s Kiwi Choice has announced the release of a strangely familiar-looking portable solar charger for mobile devices. The three-panel photovoltaic fan design first used by Solio has found its way to Kiwi’s U-Powered charger. Featuring a powerful battery, LED flashlight…

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Win the back-yard arms race with the Saturator AK-47 Automatic Water Gun

The Saturator AK-47 Automatic Water Gun can shoot a continuous stream of water bullets up ...
If you’re really looking to shine in any water-based hostilities this summer then the Saturator AK-47 Automatic Water Gun could be just what the aquatic arms dealer ordered. This weapon ups the ante on any previous manually powered water guns…

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The Magnetic Suspension Device – for all your home levitation needs

Use the force Lu.. ah, Magnetic Suspension Device
Ever wanted to levitate a can or bottle inside an illuminated ring? Of course you have. Well, this device from Chinavasion uses the force to do just that. Unfortunately it uses force of the magnetic variety and not the Jedi…

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SAIC SheLL concept car: it’s an automobile … and a bedroom, office and gym

SAIC SheLL concept car: it’s an automobile ... and a bedroom, office and gym
SAIC is already one of China’s biggest automotive manufacturers, which means that by 2050, when China will have 500 million automobiles on its road, it will become one of the largest automakers in the world. Beyond its potential for growth,…

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Fleet-of-foot robots could win $200,000

Honda's stair climbing ASIMO could be a contender for the US$200,000 'W' Prize
A prize of US$200,000 is being offered for the first robot that can successfully move 10 km (6.2 miles) within 10,000 seconds. Sound easy? Well, to claim the “W” Prize the robot must also negotiate four sets of obstacles that…

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‘Skyscraper of the Year’ completed in Chicago

The Aqua tower in Chicago
James McHugh Construction has officially completed construction on Aqua, the Chicago high-rise that was named 2009 Skyscraper of the Year by international building database Emporis. Aqua beat out over 300 competitors worldwide for the honor, thanks in no small part…

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X-51A Waverider breaks supersonic flight record

U.S. Air Force graphic of the record breaking	X-51A Waverider
Boeing’s X-51 WaveRider has made aviation history by completing the longest ever supersonic combustion ramjet-powered flight. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flew for almost three and a half minutes in the skies off the southern California coast on Wednesday, reaching…

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Student creates cost-effective self-healing concrete?

Michelle Pelletier with her self-healing concrete
Self-healing “smart building materials” have the potential to reduce structure repair costs, lower cement-production carbon emissions and even save lives. One barrier that has kept these materials from being commercialized, however, is their potentially labor-intensive and thus expensive production process.…

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ASUS gives Computex product release sneak preview

A new Lamborghini VX looks like it's going to get a Computex 2010 release from ASUS
Rather than wait for the blogosphere to come up with its own rumors with varying degrees of accuracy, ASUS has opted to start its own pre-Computex 2010 rumor mill. The company’s online technology magazine has hinted at the event release…

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Scientist infects himself with a computer virus

A UK researcher has infected his RFID implant with a computer virus as proof of principle ...
A researcher from the UK’s University of Reading has warned of possible future infection issues for recipients of medical implants. The cause for concern is not biological, though. Dr. Mark Gasson’s disquiet relates to the fact that as implants become…

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Canon releases compact “Scan-tini” scanner for Mac workers on the move

The Canon imageFORMULA P-150m Scan-tini personal document scanner
With so many mobile workers and executives lured in by the lightweight appeal of the MacBook, it seems crazy there isn’t already a raft of compact, Mac-specific scanners on the market. Now, Canon is putting things right with the launch…

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Pandigital 7-inch color e-reader gets B&N eBookstore integration

The first e-reader from digital photo frame manufacturer Pandigital sports a 7 inch color ...
Digital photo frame manufacturer Pandigital has announced its entry into the world of the e-reader with the 7-inch full color Novel. The multi-touch Android-based reader features a gigabyte of internal memory, is powered by an ARM Mobile processor and has…

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Tasuke I hobbyists aim to develop next generation cycles

Tasuke I hobbyists aim to develop next generation cycles
Continuing our reports from Tokyo Make Meeting 2010, here’s a fascinating group of bicycle hobbyists who brought some very creative bike designs to the show. The Tasuke I group were set up in the far corner of the exhibition hall,…

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Facebook caves to pressure and tightens privacy controls

Facebook caves to pressure and tightens privacy controls
Facebook has caved to pressure from users and privacy advocates and overhauled its privacy settings. The site and its social networking brethren have come under increasing fire from users, privacy advocates and lawmakers, so in an attempt to address such…

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MIT unveils colorful solution for cheap, accessible gesture-based computing

MIT researchers have unveiled a cheap and easy to use gesture recognition system which use...
They’re not a failed attempt at Belgian jigsaw camouflage or a trophy from clown school, these colorful lycra gloves are the vital component in a new gestural user input system developed by researchers at MIT. When used with a standard…

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Phoenix Mars Lander succumbs to Martian winter

Phoenix Lander self portrait - a vertical projection combining hundreds of exposures taken...
Almost two years to the day after it landed on the red planet NASA has announced its Phoenix Mars Lander has officially ended operations after repeated attempts to contact the spacecraft were unsuccessful. Phoenix was not built to survive the…

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Lockheed Martin to develop advanced rifle scope attachment

Lockheed Martin to develop advanced rifle scope attachment
Lockheed Martin has won a $3.93 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop high-tech rifle-scope attachment. Designed to improve marksmanship over distances of between three and 600 meters, the Dynamic Image Gunsight Optic (DInGO) system…

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Roll up! Roll up! Sony develops super-flexible OLED screen

Sony's rollable OTFT-driven OLED display
The miniaturization of electronic components has seen mobile devices shrink to the point where screen size is a major limiting factor. That could be set to change with Sony announcing it has developed a super-flexible full color OLED display which…

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Nissan EV quick charger to hit the market

The Nissan LEAF electric car
In preparation for the December release of its much-anticipated all-electric LEAF automobile, Nissan announced this week that it will be selling in-house-designed EV quick chargers. The company plans to install 2,200 standard non-quick chargers in Nissan dealerships throughout Japan, with…

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H-Cell 2.0: Hobby market hydrogen fuel cell gets an upgrade

The H-Cell 2.0 hydrogen fuel cell, installed in a chassis
If you’re into R/C vehicles, there’s just the slightest chance that you might be interested in a power train that runs three to four times longer than regular battery-only systems, and that requires nothing but sunlight and water to recharge.…

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