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Spark Internet Button lets you interact with the Internet of Things

Spark Internet Button lets you interact with the Internet of Things

The internet of things is growing rapidly and is a sort of hidden network that all sorts of devices from your car to your refrigerator can use to communicate with each other. A company called Spark.io has unveiled a product that allows people to interact with the internet of things and it's called the Spark Internet Button.

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Upp hydrogen fuel cell charges your gadgets

Upp hydrogen fuel cell charges your gadgets

There have been several hydrogen chargers that have hit the market over the last few years seeking to keep your gadgets charged without needing a battery or a power outlet. A new hydrogen charger has turned up called the Upp and it has a higher power capacity than similar chargers that have come before it.

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Skydio schemes smarter drones that dodge and follow

Skydio schemes smarter drones that dodge and follow

Smarter drones that can auto-pilot around obstacles, track people as they walk, run, or even do extreme sports, and all by mimicking human vision could help take the buzzing camera platforms mainstream, one startup insists. Skydio is hoping to bypass the existing - and for the most part confusing - controls drones use with more onboard intelligence, processing a 2D view of the terrain around into a 3D map of what could get in the way. The result is not only a drone that could spot a tree and swoop around it, but the possibility of more intuitive navigation that requires little more than flagging a person or area as being the subject of interest.

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NuDown NuTech jacket insulates using air

NuDown NuTech jacket insulates using air

A typical jacket that is used in cold weather is filled with down or something called Primaloft. The catch with jackets that use either of those materials for insulation is that the jackets tend to be puffy and bulky. A company called NuDown has unveiled a new jacket that is available for men and women that is very thin and uses air as the insulation material.

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Nanoplug invisible hearing aid looks like an eraser

Nanoplug invisible hearing aid looks like an eraser

If you have ever known anyone that had to wear a hearing aid, you probably remember them as bulky beige devices that protrude obviously from the ear. A new hearing aid has been unveiled that claims to be the world's smallest. In fact the Nanoplug is so small its makers claim that it is invisible once inside the ear.

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Casio ClassWiz fx-991EX scientific calculator has a spreadsheet function

Casio ClassWiz fx-991EX scientific calculator has a spreadsheet function

Casio is one of the biggest names in scientific calculators. Students and professionals all around the world are familiar with the Casio name when it comes to calculators. Casio has announced a new calculator called the fx-991EX that has a first for the industry, a spreadsheet function. The new calculator will launch in Q1 2015 and brings with it a high resolution LCD.

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Flic wireless buttons control smartphone functions at a click

Flic wireless buttons control smartphone functions at a click

Controlling all the features of a smartphone can be difficult for someone new to smartphones. People who have had a smartphone for a long time sometimes wish for shortcuts that can perform a specific action with a single press. For either of those groups there is a new product called Flic. Flic is a smart button that can be mapped to specific functions on a smartphone.

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Doxie portable scanner lets you go paperless

Doxie portable scanner lets you go paperless

Many people have a drawer in the kitchen where they shove all sorts of receipts and papers that you may not want to throw away, but know deep down you probably won’t need again. A pair of new portable scanners have launched that are aimed at helping you to go paperless with receipts and other paper so you can toss them and still keep records. The scanners are the Doxie Go Plus and the Doxie Go Wi-Fi.

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Neo Smartpen N2 mirrors writing into smartphones and tablets

Neo Smartpen N2 mirrors writing into smartphones and tablets

We have talked about smartpens before, such as the Livescribe 3, these devices are able to write on paper and have what you write recorded on mobile devices or a computer. A new smartpen has turned up called the Neo smartpen N2 and like most smartpens, it does require special notebooks for the pen to be able to recognize your writing. The developers of the notebooks promise that they are the same price as regular notebooks.

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One Fast Cat keeps your cat in shape

One Fast Cat keeps your cat in shape

I love fat cats, they are cuddly and reminded me of Garfield, but if you have cats as pet, you want them to be healthy and fit – A Kickstarter project called One Fast Cat has raised over $250k to create an exercise wheel for cats aimed to keep your furry ones in shape.

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These are Acton’s Rocketskates, and they’re insane fun

These are Acton’s Rocketskates, and they’re insane fun

We may not have hover boards yet, but we can have motorized shoes, and Acton is leading the charge with its RocketSkates. Already a Kickstarter hit, the futuristic electric skates are controlled by your feet and can push you along at potentially four times the average walking pace. Risking life and limb (not to mention being laughed at by onlookers), I caught up with Acton to try out the latest prototype.

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Don’t trust the calorie count on that Big Mac? Try scanning it

Don’t trust the calorie count on that Big Mac? Try scanning it

Admit it, some of you are in the calories counting game; Yes, I am guilty of it too – but does the number on food packaging really accurate? There is a startup based in Israel called Consumer Physics Inc that is developing a laser-based gear called SCIO that would scan your food and tells you the chemical compound that is in the food, it will then return details of nutrition value including calories to user’s smartphone.

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