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Snap Shot Instant Print Camera

The Polaroid Snap instant digital camera is expected to be available in black, white, red, and blueThe Polaroid Snap instant digital camera is expected to be available in black, white, red, and blue (Credit: Polaroid)

Back in the old days, the instant-sharing of photos typically followed the click of a button, whirring of gears, and quiet swish as excited hands waved Polaroid film about while images resolved. The advance of the digital age has certainly redefined how we preserve and share memories with friends and family; many cameras and smartphones make it easy to upload images online for all to see. read more

The Car Battery You Can’t Kill

The Ohm is designed as a smarter form of car batteryThe Ohm is designed as a smarter form of car battery

It’s a terrible feeling. You’re already late for wherever you’re going, so you rush into the car and slam the door shut. You put the key in, give it the usual twist and … nothing, not a peep. Dead battery. Many a driver has experienced this issue at one point or another, and most would prefer not to repeat it. The Ohm smart battery was designed to help make sure you never do.

The car battery is one of those items that most people really don’t want to think too much about. They want to replace it as infrequently as possible and then have it just work, every time, without fuss.

It’s no surprise, therefore, that the car battery is largely the big, heavy, electrochemical block that it was generations ago. It does its job pretty well, and you don’t really have to think about it much. read more

Augmented Reality for Cyclists

Riding a bike while looking at a smartphone is not the brightest idea. Now, I’m not a hi-tech guy by any stretch of the imagination, but these “augmented reality” glasses are cool. Chinese tech manufacturer Insenth is offering augmented reality glasses designed specifically for cyclists. Called Senth IN1, they not only let riders place and receive phone calls, but they also let them select music, take photos, navigate, and more, all through a virtual heads-up display.

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Miniature Weather Satellites

Artist's concept of a CYGNSS SatelliteArtist’s concept of a CYGNSS Satellite (Credit: NASA)

What is small enough to fit in an airliner carry-on bin and has the potential to save thousands of lives and millions of dollars worth of property? The answer is the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) – NASA’s next-generation hurricane-observing microsatellites, which are now being assembled at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas. read more

Virtual Reality Treadmill

The Kat Walk VR treadmill provides greater freedom of movement without supports or harnesses getting in the way

The Kat Walk VR treadmill provides greater freedom of movement without supports or harnesses getting in the way (Credit: Kat VR)

Virtual reality headsets, such as the Samsung Gear VR, are becoming more commonplace as manufacturers augment hardware, researchers improve technology, and designers create more virtual experiences. But if you want full-body virtual immersion, treadmills are one way to go. And the latest omnidirectional treadmill, the Kat Walk, provides greater freedom of movement with less constraints. read more

Tent – Sleeping Bag All-In-One

The Polarmond sleep system is designed as a warm, cozy shelter for one

The Polarmond sleep system is designed as a warm, cozy shelter for one (Credit: OutDoor Friedrichshafen)

A waterproof shelter, sleeping bag and sleeping pad are three of the most important pieces of kit you’ll need when bedding down in the great outdoors on a cold night. Usually those three things are purchased, packed and set up separately, but Swiss startup Polarmond has a different idea. Its All-In-One sleep system rolls all three components into one unit with the goal of delivering a warmer, more comfortable night of sleep in temperatures down to -22° F (-30° C).

The primary component of the All-In-One sleep system is what Polarmond calls the sleep shell. This unit blends the features and functions of a bivouac sack, sleeping bag and sleeping pad. When compared to the tight confines of a mummy bag, the design opens things up with a multi-layered inner chamber. read more

Inflatable Space Elevator

The Thothx inflatable space tower would extend to 20 km above the Earth's surface

The Thothx inflatable space tower would extend to 20 km above the Earth’s surface (Credit: THOTHX.COM)

In space travel, the first step is always the most expensive, but why blast-off in a rocket if you can catch a ride on a space elevator? Canadian space firm Thoth Technology has received a US patent for an elevator to take spacecraft and astronauts at least part way into space. If it’s ever built, the 20 km (12.4 mi) high Thothx inflatable space tower holds the promise of reducing launch costs by 30 percent in terms of fuel, and may even replace some classes of satellites. read more

Google’s Cardboard VR Gear

By now you’ve probably heard about virtual reality. (Heck, the technology has even found its way into a Hot Pockets commercial!) But while some of the more famous virtual-reality devices include the Oculus Rift ($350 for version two of the development kit) and the Gear VR ($200), you’ll find an intriguing device at the other end of the price spectrum.  -

Enter Google Cardboard. Originally introduced at the company’s developer-focused I/O conference in 2014, this device is made of (you’ve guessed it) cardboard, and is essentially a mount for a smartphone. read more

Now You Time Traffic Lights

The EnLighten app allows BMW drivers – or anyone else – to know how long green or red lights will lastThe EnLighten app allows BMW drivers – or anyone else – to know how long green or red lights will last (Credit: BMW)

As of this week, drivers of BMWs may be a little less frustrated by traffic lights. No, they don’t now have the power to change red lights to green, but they can at least find out how long it’ll be before lights change color. This feature comes courtesy of a partnership with Orgeon-based startup Connected Signals, which makes an existing app known as EnLighten. read more