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CES 2016: MyCaptR app 3D-scans homes using an iPad

A start-up is developing an app that can 3D-scan a room in about three minutes.<p>MyCaptR can then be used to decide how best to remodel a home or office before calling in the builders and buying new furniture.<p>It will be demonstrated this week by Levels3D at the CES tech show in Las Vegas.<p>The company …

CES

A breakthrough may make the mega flow battery commercially viable in the near future

With renewable power becoming more common, researchers are increasingly focused on figuring out how to safely store and discharge large amounts of energy. Expensive lithium-ion batteries don't do this well. Flow batteries, on the other hand, show a lot of promise — and a new design from researchers …

Batteries

E-paper sneakers change your style on the fly

ShiftWear's e-paper shoes can change designs on a whim.<p>If you're the sort to buy multiple pairs of sneakers just to make sure your footwear is always fashionable, you might soon have a way to save a lot of money. David Coelho is crowdfunding ShiftWear, or sneakers that have color e-paper displays …

Sneakers

Innovative or impossible? Airbus patent detaches the cabin from the airplane

<b>(CNN) —</b> Squeezing out a net profit is tough in the airline business. And while straining to do so, plane manufacturers have come up with some interesting ideas.<p>The latest: Turn cabins -- the part of the plane where you sit -- into detachable modules separate from the planes. Then mix 'em and match …

Patents

GoTenna Keeps Your Cell Phone Connected, Even When You Don’t Have Cell Service

GoTenna co-founder Daniela Perdomo knows that her startup has been “quiet for a long time,” but she said it’s for a good reason — the team has been busy turning its prototype into something that could be “manufactured at scale.”<p>The company aims to help users to communicate even when they don’t have …

Hurricanes

Nike confirms self-lacing sneakers from 'Back to the Future' are real

<b>Update: 10/21/15, 3:30 p.m. ET</b>: The Michael J. Fox Foundation has confirmed the self-lacing Nike Mag sneakers will be released in 2016.<p>Marty McFly's self-lacing Nikes from <i>Back to the Future</i> are finally real.<p>Nike has confirmed to <i>Mashable</i> the "first pair of self-lacing Nike Mag shoes is in New York …

Nike

3D Printer Reviews | Best 3D Printers 2016

If you're looking for the best 3D printer to meet your needs, it helps to...<p>February 29, 2016<p>Read our Ultimaker 2 Extended review and learn about …

3D Printing

Tesla’s $3,000 Powerwall Will Let Households Run Entirely On Solar Energy

You almost certainly associate Tesla with cars — very cool cars — but the company has an even grander vision beyond that. Today, CEO and founder Elon Musk unveiled ‘Tesla Energy’ — a new business arm that is focused on ending our dependence on grid power and switching instead to solar energy.<p>The …

Energy

What if we could mount a bike on the wall?

Need your city to have more space? Then how about a bicycle rack that fits on a wall and makes space for pedestrians. The Wall-Hanger Bike Rack is …

Design

'Dongle' turns smartphone into mobile lab to diagnose HIV, syphilis

Engineers have taken an ordinary smartphone and made it a whole lot smarter.<p>They created a compact, handheld device that plugs into an iPhone and turns it into a mobile laboratory that can diagnose HIV and syphilis in just 15 minutes.<p>The diagnostic device – the engineers call it a “dongle” – was …

Mobile

Bend it like Sammy

The Samsung BEND is a tablet concept that integrates various existing experimental screen technologies like flexible touchscreens and more. <i>“The BEND</i> …

This Drone Ambulance Is Totally Wild, And Totally Inevitable

Want to get an ambulance through urban environments faster? Give it propellers and space for one passenger.<p>In emergencies, seconds count. An estimated 1,000 "saveable" lives are lost a year because of slow emergency response in the nation’s biggest cities. But in traffic-jammed urban environments, …

Drones

FBI and US Marshals stock up on radars that can see through walls

"Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?"...with radars that can "see" through walls. Because according to <i>USA Today</i>, at least 50 law enforcement agencies in the US, including the FBI and the US Marshals, have been stocking up on handheld radars for the past …

FBI

Jesse Draper Talks About Growing Up On The Valley Girl Show, Silicon Valley Gender Issues And Moving To TV

Jesse Draper, the daughter of VC Tim Draper and former Nickelodeon star, grew up right in front of everyone on the Internet. She started The Valley Girl Show as a web series in her parents’ garage in her early 20s. It was full of hula hoops, pink and what some have called “ditzy” antics.<p>Draper, now …

Gender

These GIFs Show the Freakishly High Definition Future of Body Scanning

Doctors at a Florida hospital get up close to bones, organs and veins, without making a single cut<p>General Electric released images on Wednesday from its first clinical trial of a next generation body scanner that captures bones, blood vessels and organs in high-definition.<p>The patients ride into the …

Medicine

Stretchy Prosthetic Skin Feels Pressure, Temperature

Researchers in South Korea and the U.S. have developed what they call a “smart” prosthetic skin embedded with heat, humidity and pressure sensors …

Cyborgs

Finally, a fitness tracker you wear on your head

The latest wearable gadgets from Israel-based LifeBeam include a hat and visor that track heart rate, calories and other data fitness nuts care about.<p>…

Fitness

Hey, McFly! Hoverboard available on Kickstarter for $10,000

Want a hoverboard before Marty McFly (who looks just like Michael J Fox) arrives in October 2015 to fly one around his town square? Arx Pax, a small company from Los Gatos, California, is now offering the real thing - although don’t expect to do much travelling on it.<p>Ever since Michael J Fox took …

Hoverboards

Carl Zeiss unveils its sub $100 virtual reality headset for iOS and Android

Carl Zeiss has just recently announced the VR One virtual reality headset for use with iOS and Android smartphones. While it still feels like a bit of stretch to get people to put these things on their heads, the typically steep price point of early contenders does’t help. The VR One is a similar …

Virtual Reality

Kick, Scoot, Carry!

A scooter with a built-in luggage… or luggage with a built-in scooter. Whichever way you look at it, OLAF is simply hybrid-awesomeness! The …

Design

Sous-Vide Style Trail Cooking

Trail (freezer bag) cooking has never been easier than with the Al Fresco Eleven. Perfect for overnight camping trips, the lightweight, portable pot …

Lifestyle

Perfectly Illuminated IV Line

Given the high number of patients hospitalized and nurses being overworked in some countries, there is a high chance the IV drip being ignored and …

Design

Visualized Biking

Love this integration of mobile devices and Bluetooth, to make a cycle ride the most techie experience. We have moved into the era of wearable tech, …

Wearable Tech

Drying With Light

Because the rainy season doesn’t agree with fresh laundry, the YOGA “light dryer” is here to help prevent mildew, water stains and bad smells when …

Design

Odd inventions: meet the man behind the plant pot umbrella

When Dominic Wilcox left art college, he had a notebook full of sketches – inventions, as he calls them. Most served their full purpose as drawings – they are, he says, “little comments about everyday life” – but he selected six of the ideas to turn into physical objects, among them a bed shaped …

Inventions

We Need Illumination Everywhere

Light tabs that you can tear off just like a pill on a strip – that is what the Enlighten Self-setting OLED Sticker is all about. This innovative …

Solar Panels

Next-generation lithium cells will double your phone's battery life

The lithium ion batteries in your mobile devices are inherently limited by the "ion" part of their name; they can safely use lithium only in the part of the cell that supplies ions, wasting a lot of potential energy. It's good news, then, that researchers at Stanford have developed a new lithium …

Batteries

Continental offers cheaper head-up displays for cars

With the company's simpler "combiner" HUD, more cars could overlay information like driving directions atop drivers' view of the road. But …

Distracted Driving