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With ingenuity and a 3-D printer, group changes lives

Rebuilding limbs with ingenuity and a 3-D printer<p>Led by a film producer with no engineering background, Not Impossible helps people overcome physical limitations through technology, including making prostheses with 3-D printers.<p>Mick Ebeling arrived in Sudan with little more than a toolbox, rolls of …

Apple’s New Patent Wants To Make Texting And Walking A Little Safer

Sick of colliding with lampposts and the elderly whilst walking and texting? A new Apple patent for ‘Transparent Texting’ might be right up your alley, using your iPhone’s video camera to pipe through a live feed of what’s happening in the real world behind your Messages window.<p>Here is the abstract …

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Intel's SD card-sized computer may not be so tiny after all

Back at CES, Intel made a big deal of the fact that it could squeeze a Linux-based PC with Bluetooth and WiFi into the size and shape of an SD card. However, with just a few months to go before the launch of these miniscule Edison development boards, it looks like the chip-maker has changed tack. …

Ryan Seacrest’s Typo keyboard for iPhone earns its first prize: A sales injunction

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>BlackBerry earned a preliminary sales injunction against the Ryan Seacrest-backed Typo keyboard attachment for iPhone(s aapl), …

Thermodo turns your smartphone into an instant thermometer

Today’s smartphones offer countless apps to check the weather, find out upcoming forecasts, or even get alerts when it’s about to rain or snow. But no app can tell you exactly what the temperature is right where you stand. That’s why Robocat, the developers of Haze and other smartphone weather …

Lingvist Raises €1 Million To Reduce The Time It Takes To Learn A New Language

Estonian startup Lingvist, which is developing “adaptive” language learning software that it claims significantly reduces the time it takes to learn a new language, has raised a €1 million round of funding. The investment comes from SmartCap (the investment arm of the taxpayer-funded Estonian …

Are carrier-free SIM cards on the way?

Does the fact that current SIM cards are tied to specific carriers actually benefit anyone other than the carriers? What if device manufacturers like Samsung and Apple could sell you smartphones with SIM cards already in them? Your network connection could change on the fly, or you’d have the …

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Google's 3D-sensing phones are taking a trip to the International Space Station

It's arguably cool enough that Google is working on smartphones that can scan your surroundings, but now those devices are slated to take a spin in space too. How's that for living in the future? NASA first started sticking smartphones to machines back in 2011 when it used Samsung's Nexus S as the …

Could Google Glass Make Football Safer? Chris Kluwe Thinks So

Reducing the frequency and severity of injuries, particularly concussions, is priority No. 1 for the NFL right now. Punter Chris Kluwe, who in his playing days was never hesitant to say what he thought the league ought to be doing differently, thinks he might have a solution.<p>At the TED conference …

MachineShop raises $3M to get existing sensor data onto the internet of things

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>MachineShop, a Boston-based startup, has raised $3 million in first round funding from its customers and partners including …

Now You Can Make Your Own Internet-Connected Gadgets, No Engineering Skills Required

The littleBits Cloud Module–debuted at TED–lets you create your very own objects that are part of the larger Internet of Things.<p>Why pay $250 for a Nest Wi-Fi-connected thermostat when you can build your own? It sounds complicated–the kind of thing that might require at least a little bit of …

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The Nex Band: Part of a New Modular Tech Trend?

The term ‘modular tech’ used to invoke thoughts of synthesizers from the 1970s. Now it’s making a comeback, not least because of Google’s Project Ara smartphone. Beyond that though, there’s Mighty Cast’s upcoming Nex Band.<p>Aimed at teenagers and young adults, the Nex Band is a charm bracelet that …