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Fire Blanket uses spaceship tech to protect forest-firefighters

Last June, a wildfire near Yarnell, Arizona overtook and killed 19 firefighters even though they had set up fireproof shelters. This inspired Phoenix-based SunSeeker Enterprises to develop a shelter that's ... more
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[NSFW] The Handie simulates a quiet night alone for Tony Stark

Some machines are so perfect, so ingenious and so fit for their purpose that they endure, unchanged, for centuries. Millennia, even. The wheel. The bucket. The knife. The human hand. ... more
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Wireless Yardarm Sensor monitors firearm use in real time

Anytime a police officer draws their weapon, it's likely to be a tense, confusing situation where split second decisions can be the difference between life and death. In an attempt ... more
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Ear-IT project: How listening to the sounds of a city could make for smarter living

As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to gather steam, we're seeing the emergence of gadgets equipped with all kinds of sensors to help improve our daily lives, from energy-saving ... more
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Six finalists of the 2014 Electrolux Design Lab competition revealed

When it opened for entries in February of this year, the Electrolux Design Lab competition challenged students from around the world to come up with innovative appliance concepts for the ... more
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Semi-finalists in Electrolux Design Lab 2014 announced

The annual Electrolux Design Lab competition for 2014 has reached stage three of the judging, and 35 semi-finalists remain. Many of the entries are innovative, some are quirky, and others ... more
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wolffepack lets you access your backpack without taking it off

Backpacks are certainly a convenient way of schlepping your stuff around, but they do have at least one shortcoming you have to take them off to get at what's in ... more
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D-Shape 3D printer can print full-sized houses

The growing popularity of 3D printers, such as the Printbot or MakerBot's Thing-o-Matic , testify to the fact that additive manufacturing is slowly entering the mainstream. The devices are now ... more
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Rocking-Knit chair knits hats as it rocks

If the idea of knitting your own hat has always appealed in theory, but you dont know your double pointed needles from your garter stitch, then you may wish to ... more
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SightCompass uses Bluetooth beacons to inform visually impaired of their surroundings

With their GPS capabilities and navigation apps, smartphones have undoubtedly made it easier for us to find our way around. The good news is we are starting to see these ... more
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