Category Archives: Technology

Magic Leap One

It looks like something out of science fiction. In a way, it is. One of the most hyped tech releases in years, the Magic Leap One uses proprietary technology to blur the line between the physical and digital like never before.

A bevy of sensors in the Lightwear headset maps the surfaces, planes, and objects surrounding you. The belt-mounted Lightpack computing puck then generates digital light at different depths to produce lifelike digital objects that not only appear in but interact with the real world. The first developer units will start shipping 2018.

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Retro Patents

Retro Patents lets you buy prints of famous patents to hang on your office wall or at home.

The patent prints for sale include games consoles, such as the original Nintendo Gameboy and Sony PlayStation, mobile devices, including the Apple iPhone and original BlackBerry, and more ubiquitous inventions like the humble calculator or computer mouse.

Each patent has been designed and printed using HDR ink-jet technology on Ultra Premium Luster Photo Paper with a basis weight of 180 gsm.

To get your own patent print, just visit the Retro Patents site, choose your favorite design, the size that you want, and complete the checkout process. Shipping is worldwide with an estimated delivery time of 3-7 business days.

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LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox


Combine the versatile LEGO building system with advanced technology to boost your creativity with the awesome LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox.

Download the free tablet app to your device and follow the step-by-step instructions to build and code any of the 5 multifunctional models. Experience Vernie the Robot—a moving and talking robot; the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4)—a robust, versatile rover with 4 different tool attachments including a spring-loaded shooter; the Guitar4000—a musical instrument with pitch bend and sound effects; Frankie the Cat—an interactive pet that plays, purrs and expresses its mood; or the AutoBuilder—an automated production line that really builds miniature LEGO models!

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Bring your creations to life with the app’s intuitive, icon-based coding interface and complete an array of exciting activities designed for each model. This set also includes a playmat for use with specific activities, and a LEGO BOOST wall poster!

Take your LEGO play to the next level with the amazing LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox. Build and code interactive, motorized robots, models and creations with distance, color and tilt sensor technologies.

– Includes over 840 LEGO pieces, plus a LEGO Move Hub, Interactive Motor and a Color & Distance Sensor.

– Move Hub features Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity, two encoded motors, activation button, internal tilt sensor and a light.

– Interactive Motor is an encoded motor.

– Color & Distance Sensor detects distance, motion and color, and can also function as a light.

– Rotate Vernie’s head to activate its shoulder-mounted spring-loaded shooter.

– Build the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4) and try out the different tool and customization attachments to prepare the vehicle for an array of exciting activities.

– Learn how to play a song and rock out with the Guitar4000.

– Look after your own pet with Frankie the Cat. Be sure to feed it the right food—or it might get upset!

– Construct, code and operate the AutoBuilder to produce real miniature LEGO models.

– Build and code robots and models, and complete exciting activities with the playmat and intuitive LEGO BOOST app, available for iOS and Android tablet devices.

– Easy-to-use intuitive software with icon-based drag-and-drop coding interface.

– Building instructions for all 5 models are included with the free LEGO BOOST app.

The Boost Creative Toolbox will be available August 2017 and retail for $159.99.

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Ori Robotic Furniture


Whether you’re looking to use your space more creatively, or just get the most out of your studio apartment, Ori Robotic Furniture is a great solution. The name of the product gets its name from Japanese Origami and the tech comes out of the MIT Media Lab.


Each unit has the ability to slide gracefully in your space by simply pushing a button on the Ori dial, which then transforms the room from a bedroom to a living room, to a office in seconds. As apartments in the city get smaller and smaller, products like Ori become more important to making a smaller space comfortable and classy.

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Meet DRU, The Domino’s Robotic Unit


DRU (Domino’s Robotic Unit) is an autonomous delivery vehicle and is set to take the world by storm. With sleek, refined forms combined with a friendly persona and lighting to help customers identify and interact with it, DRU is a world first in the space of commercial autonomous delivery.

He is a four wheeled vehicle with compartments built to keep the customer’s order piping hot and drinks icy cold whilst traveling on the footpath at a safe speed from the store to the customer’s door.


DRU is able to navigate from a starting point to his destination, selecting the best path of travel. His on-board sensors enable him to perceive obstacles along the way and avoid them if necessary.


While he won’t be taking the to the streets tomorrow, DRU is a big step forward in the work Domino’s is doing in the future commercialization of this technology.

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Nike’s “Back To The Future” Self-Lacing Shoe, The HyperAdapt 1.0, Will Ship In 2016


Nike has announced the HyperAdapt 1.0, the first performance vehicle for Nike’s latest platform breakthrough, adaptive lacing.

“When you step in, your heel will hit a sensor and the system will automatically tighten,” explains Tiffany Beers, Senior Innovator, Nike, Inc., and the project’s technical lead. “Then there are two buttons on the side to tighten and loosen. You can adjust it until it’s perfect.”


The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 (Price TBD) will be available ONLY to members of Nike+ beginning Holiday 2016 in three colors. To become a Nike+ member and sign up for notifications about the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, go to

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An Incredible Working Handmade Custom Fender Stratocaster Guitar Made Out of Cardboard


In the latest episode of the video series “Cardboard Chaos“, the ever-creative company Signal Snowboards partnered with the Fender Custom Shop to make a working Stratocaster neck and body (“Strat”) completely out of cardboard. While various talented employees at Fender proclaimed the finished project to be a “real Strat”, Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson gave the cardboard axe final approval.

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The Best Home Gadgets Funded Through Kickstarter


Kickstarter has raised huge amounts of money through the course of its lifetime, with a grand total of $529 million pledged across all projects in 2014 alone. The sheer volume of money spent underlines the diversity of the platform, as projects are launched across multiple sectors on a daily basis. The home and residential market has served as the inspiration for a number of innovative and successful Kickstarter projects, especially as smart technology has become increasingly commonplace.

With this in mind, we have collated six of the best and most innovative Kickstarter projects that are related to the home.

Here’s a list of three of the coolest currently-running projects on Kickstarter that will help you improve life around the house. Whether you are looking to sell your house or simply want to create a more comfortable living space, these products can add considerable value: –



If there is one common feature that binds smart technology, it is the capacity for wireless connectivity. Blink is a wire-free, high definition monitoring and alert system, which helps home-owners to incorporate modern security elements into even traditional properties. This battery powered system is flexible and entirely energy-efficient, meaning that it can be repositioned easily and offers a lifespan in excess of a year. Starting at just £30 in the UK market, this is an affordable piece of innovative technology that can instantly add value and security to your home.


Lighting is a crucial aspect of any smart, energy-efficient home, and while we are now in the fifth generation of LED fittings it can be difficult to replace every fixture within your home. Emberlight can help with this transition, however, as it enables you to control any interior bulb through your smartphone and even works with standard, non-LED fittings. Installing it is as easy as screwing your bulb into an Emberlight adaptor and then connecting the device to an existing Wi-Fi network, and this product has helped thousands of households to gradually adapt energy-efficient lighting.

iSensor HD

This is arguably one of Kickstarter’s most famous projects, as the iSensor HD had emerged as the world’s most trusted and reputable home security system. It offers a different function that the previously listed Blink product, adopting a narrow focus on camera security in order to offer the most in-depth protection to home-owners. It is also compatible with Wi-Fi, however, while it also communicates through Skype and delivers data directly to residents in real-time. The images captured by the iSensor HD are also high definition in their nature, although one of its most unique selling points is the fact that it consumers less power than any comparative HD IP camera device.

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Barnes & Noble Announces Mini Maker Faire, November 6–8, 2015


If you’re a tech enthusiast, educator, tinkerer, hobbyist, engineer, science club member, author, artist, student, entrepreneur, crafter, or maker of any kind—then this will be of special interest to you!

In partnership with Make: Magazine, creators of the Maker Faire, Barnes & Noble is putting on a Mini Maker Faire in all stores nationwide from November 6 through 8.

The Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire will show up in three ways at each store:

– The Make Workspace: An area to experience the latest technologies in 3D printing, robotics, coding, programming, and more.

– Meet the Makers: A special area will be set up in each store for Makers to showcase their projects. You’ll also be able to  apply to get more deeply involved with the Maker community.

– Make & Collaborate: Get hands-on with Making, sharing, and collaborating.

To learn more about the Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire and to submit an application to present your project at your local store, visit the Mini Maker Faire page. The application deadline is Friday, October 2, 2015. If you are selected to participate in this inaugural event, you will be notified by someone from the Barnes & Noble team by Friday, October 9, 2015.


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Walk Car


Meet Walk Car, a transporter that’s small, light and apparently easy to use! The product is battery powered and is about the size of a laptop. And can hold 265 pounds. Walk Car can go up to 6.2 miles per hour for up to 7.4 miles and needs three hours to charge.

Creator Kuniako Saito told Reuters in an interview, “‘What if we could just carry our transportation in our bags, wouldn’t that mean we’d always have our transportation with us to ride on?’ and my friend asked me to make one, since I was doing my masters in engineering specifically on electric car motor control systems.”

The WalkCar could soon be seen on the streets of Tokyo. It will launch later this year on fundraising site Kickstarter and if successful, its developers say it will ship next year, with a price tag of about 800 dollars.

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