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Fine-Tune the World with 'Augmented Reality' Earbuds
Here Active Listening Earbuds
February 4th, 2016
New earbuds from the Here Active Listening can now instantly transform sounds from your surroundings. These wearable devices seek to "augment reality" — in this case, your soundscape.
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New Foldable Battery Takes Cue from Chinese Calligraphy
Calligraphy-Inspired Foldable Battery
January 26th, 2016
Scientists in China have developed a flexible, rollable, foldable battery inspired by traditional Chinese calligraphy involving ink on paper.
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Self-Filling Water Bottle Converts Humid Air into Drinkable H2O
Fontus Self-Filling Water Bottle
January 16th, 2016
When water is scarce, why not pull it out of thin air? An industrial designer in Austria is hoping to do just that (well, sort of).
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Smartphones Could Generate Own Power with New Coating
Touch Screen
February 2nd, 2016
A transparent material that can be attached to a smartphone's touch screen could help the device generate electricity whenever anyone taps it, researchers in China say.
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Color-Morphing Clams Could Inspire New Smartphone & TV Screens
Giant Clam Iridescence
January 23rd, 2016
Iridescent cells in the flesh of giant clams could one day help scientists design more efficient solar panels, and television and smartphone screens that are easier on the eyes, researchers say.
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Magnetic Device Lets Smartphones Test Your Blood
Man Holding Smartphone
January 14th, 2016
Smartphones equipped with portable devices that magnetically levitate cells might one day help diagnose diseases in the home, clinic or lab, researchers say.
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Pocket-Size Device Turns Smartphone into a High-Powered Microscope
The microscope attached to a phone.
December 24th, 2015
A new pocket-size microscope could give you a closer look at the world around you.
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Gadget That 'Eavesdrops' on Water Warns You of Waste
Droppler Water Gadget
January 30th, 2016
A sleek, white gadget that looks more like a trendy speaker than a tool for water conservation could stop people from wasting precious H2O, said one Silicon Valley startup.
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Dissolving Implants Could Monitor the Brain One Day, Rat Study Shows
Brain Activity
January 19th, 2016
Tiny, wireless, electronic implants that melt away in the body could one day help doctors monitor the brain, new research in rats suggests.
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Sex Toys & Coffee Art: Obscure (and Fascinating) Tech Takes Over CES 2016
Little Bird
January 12th, 2016
From fuzzy robotic tails for humans to "literary" sex toys, here are some of the most obscure (and, arguably, the most fun) tech products from this year's consumer electronics show.
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