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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.

The …


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 …

Mount Fuji

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

Engineers have taken an ordinary smartphone and made it a whole lot smarter.

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.

The diagnostic device – the engineers call it a “dongle” – was …


Bend it like Sammy

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


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.

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, …


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 USA Today, 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 …


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.

Draper, now …


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

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.

The patients ride into the …

Human Anatomy

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 …

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.


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.

Ever since Michael J Fox took …


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 …


Al Fresco Eleven by Lai James

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


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 …

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 …


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 …


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

The New Power Generation: This Fuel Cell Startup Could Spark a Revolution

There’s more than one way to get energy out of natural gas. For decades, one of the most promising methods – and also most difficult to pull off ‑ …

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 …


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 …


The 10 Best Things From August 2014

Luc Besson

No service? goTenna hardware and iOS app let you text off-the-grid

If you’ve ever been on a hike, out of the country, or at a crowded concert with no service, goTenna is aiming to be your connectivity solution. The hardware accessory combined with an application for both iOS and Android says it will allow you to create a local network that works reliably. The …

MoJoe Personal Mobile Coffee Maker On-The-Go

Don’t underestimate the power of coffee, coffee lovers would understand this. Designers always try to come up with new method to brew delicious …


This Glove Makes You Beethoven

“Have you ever seen the Matrix?” Thad Starner excitedly asks me over the phone. “There’s that scene where they need to fly a helicopter and Trinity just says, “hang on” and then uploads the instructions to her brain. That’s the future of what I’m doing.”

What started as a wearable experiment for the …

Classical Music

Are We There Yet? The Vessyl Uses Molecular Analysis To Tell You What You're Drinking

Quick and easy molecular analysis is, by most accounts, still a long way off. Many a project claiming the ability to scan an object and report its …


Never Touch Gross Stuff In Your Drain Again With This Ingenious Strainer

The Tweak strainer protects your delicate fingers from touching the horrific stuff in your tub and sink drains.

Even if you’re not squeamish, you probably still flinch when you touch the disgusting stuff that accumulates in your sink’s drain strainer. (The bathroom, we can't even talk about.) For …