Category Archives: Technology

Ori Robotic Furniture

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.”

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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 Nike.com.

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

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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

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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: –

Blink

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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.

Emberlight

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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

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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

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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

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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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Tesla Charger Prototype

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No, this isn’t Doc Ock’s arm….Tesla showed off a prototype of a new type of charger that uses snake-like appendage to automatically reach out towards a vehicle, and plug itself into the car’s charging port!

Elon Musk hinted at the charger project back in December by tweeting about it, likening the as-yet-unseen device to a “solid metal snake.” In October 2014, Tesla noted that it is working on an “electrically opening, self-closing charge port door on Dual Motor Model S.” The hands-off door would work nicely with the automated charger.

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The Lexus SLIDE Hoverboard

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Luxury car company Lexus has just released this new video for SLIDE, a Hoverboard they have developed that uses magnetic levitation and nitrogen-cooled superconductors to float above the ground.

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Creating SLIDE required re-engineering core technologies and uncovering true technical innovations. From assembling maglev technology into a board, to finding the right combination of superconductors, magnets and liquid nitrogen – every step pushed the team to stretch the possibilities of technology.

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The hoverboard is constructed from an insulated core, containing HTSLs (high temperature superconducting blocks). These are housed in cryostats – reservoirs of liquid nitrogen that cool the superconductors to -197°C. The board is then placed above a track containing permanent magnets. When the board is cooled to its operating temperature the track’s magnetic flux lines are ‘pinned’ into place, maintaining the hover height of the board.

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Apple Announces WWDC Keynote Live Stream For June 8, 2015 & Updates Apple TV Channel

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Apple has announced that it will be live streaming the Worldwide Developers Conference kickoff keynote, which starts at 10 AM Pacific/ 1 PM Eastern Time on June 8, 2015. The company has updated its Apple Events application on the Apple TV to feature next week’s streaming video.

At the conference, Apple is expected to introduce iOS 9, OS X 10.11, Apple Music and new Apple TV hardware.

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