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How to charge your phone with apples and potatoes

Intrigued Londoners looked on today as a mobile phone was charged by a strange contraption made of 800 apples and potatoes connected with nails and copper wire<p>Intrigued Londoners looked on today as a smartphone's battery was charged by a strange contraption made of 800 apples and potatoes connected …

No Glasses Needed: Prototype Smartphone Display Accounts For Your Bad Vision

People with vision problems, rejoice: A team from Microsoft, U.C. Berkeley, and MIT has created an experimental screen technology that would allow you to view your devices clearly without your glasses. The technology is still far from a commercial product, but the prototype–which uses an iPod …

This App Wants You To Share Your Leftovers To Fight Food Waste

In the developed world, most of us buy much more food than we can eat. Or that we <i>should</i> eat – just think, more than one-third of Americans are considered to be obese. A lot of stuff gets thrown away: according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Counciil, 40% of the food produced in the …

The Coming Human Body On A Chip That Will Change How We Make Drugs

No more animal testing and no more guesswork about whether drugs that work on animals might also work on humans. Scientists are making an entire electronic set of organs that can test our drugs quickly and easily.<p>Over the last century, animal welfare advocates have protested the rising use of …

Biotechnology

This Company Is Turning The Desert Green — And It Could Radically Change the Future Of Food

To meet the needs of a rapidly growing population, the oil-rich country must rely on imports for about 90% of its food. But there's a radical idea that's growing — against all odds — in the middle of Qatar's vast Arabian Desert.<p>It's called the Sahara Forest Project (SFP for short).<p>SFP was created …

Snorkeling

Lost your house keys? Just 3D print another...

Your house keys are a mechanical anachronism in a digital world, but if you lose them you’re still stuck outside in the rain. A clutch of startups is now offering services that allow you to scan your keys with a camera, store a 3D model and print off temporary plastic copies at the click of a …

This Electric Bicycle Could Be The Future Of Transportation

The bike wasn't just moving, it was <i>pushing</i>, adding extra propulsion to my own pedaling, giving me a boost with every revolution of the pedals. Faster than expected, I reached the end of a quiet block leaning into a corner. I took a straightaway for a few blocks and pushed 20 miles an hour without …

Electric Vehicles

Smartphones to replace hotel room keys

Watch Out Google Glass, Smart Shoes Are On The Way

In India, you’ll be able to wear technology somewhere completely different: On your feet. Lechal is the world’s first interactive haptic feedback …

Google Glass-Like Devices That Look As Natural As Sunglasses Are Closer Than You Think

However, in the near future, companies like Google may not have to try as hard to make their wearable displays fit in.<p>Soulaiman Itani, co-founder and Chief Scientist at Atheer Labs, told Business Insider that wearable computers as natural-looking as sunglasses are only about three or four years …

Wearable Tech