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Latest Martin jetpack wants to send you sky high in 2016

Latest Martin jetpack wants to send you sky high in 2016

If you've ever wanted to soar in the sky like The Rocketeer, you'll soon have your chance. The New Zealand based company, Martin, created its Martin Jetpack which it claims to be the world's first commercially available jetpack. So, just about anyone will be able to buy it--if they have and extra $150,000 USD to blow on the whimsical transportation method. Despite its appeal to James Bond wannabes, the jetpack's main purpose is to aid emergency response teams in hard to reach areas.

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Roost smart battery for smoke detectors now up for pre-order on Amazon

Roost smart battery for smoke detectors now up for pre-order on Amazon

The era of the Internet of Things (IoT) is upon us. Roost's new smart battery gives you a chance to jump on the interconnected band wagon without having to buy entirely new smart appliances. Roost's smart battery is designed to give a new dimension to an ordinary smoke or carbon monoxide detector, letting you monitor your alarms from anywhere via wi-fi. The smart batteries are also designed to last five times longer than ordinary 9V batteries, so you'll only need to change them once every five years.

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Garmin Edge 20 and Edge 25: GPS and tracking for cyclists

Garmin Edge 20 and Edge 25: GPS and tracking for cyclists

Garmin has announced the latest additions to its lineup for cyclists, the Garmin Edge 20 and Edge 25 “bike computers”. These are bid as the smallest GPS cycling computers available thus far, with the Edge 25 being the higher-end of the two with connectivity features. Both enables cyclists to gather and store data metrics on their rides, such as how far they travel during a ride and how long they spend cycling, how fast they were going during a session, where all they travelled, how high they ascended, and more. In addition and depending on the model, the data can be shared with others.

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SoloCam takes selfie sticks to next level with built-in microphone

SoloCam takes selfie sticks to next level with built-in microphone

With Periscope and such offerings, being a whenever-you-feel-like-it reporter is pretty easy, but producing a stable video with good audio isn't when you're on your own. Enter the new SoloCam "selfie stick", which functions the same way as other smartphone-centric monopods, but with a big microphone on the end that doubles as a handle for the selfie stick. When using it, the resulting footage shows a microphone in the user's hand and stabilized footage. Joining the microphone are a few other features.

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Flying tricycle passes manned test flight with flying colors

Flying tricycle passes manned test flight with flying colors

What looks like a cross between a drone, a tricycle, and a Star Wars speeder bike from Endor? This insane ride hails from Hungary; it's dubbed the Flike (flying tricopter) and designed by a team from Bay Zoltan Nonprofit Ltd. (which sounds like an evil genius conglomerate for charity). The Flike is an all-electric vehicle and uses a coaxial Y6 layout. This isn't a supersized remote control vehicle. Flike boasts a "full authority flight management computer" to control flight stability, lateral position, and altitude, making flying, "as easy as riding a bicycle."

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Awair monitors your home or office’s air quality

Awair monitors your home or office’s air quality

Your home’s air quality might be suffering thanks to the traffic or businesses around you, but you might not realize it. Many of the problems in the air can’t be detected without help until they reach fairly serious levels, and so to prevent them from reaching that point we turn to air monitoring technologies. Fortunately, those technologies have become relatively inexpensive over the years and as such have found their way into homes. Awair is the latest example of this, serving as a stereo-like device (it looks like a stereo, is all) that keep tabs on nasties in the air.

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It’s time to give these gadgets a try

It’s time to give these gadgets a try

Technology's here and it's there, and if you'll forgive the Dr. Seuss-ism, it's everywhere. You cannot avoid it, even if you haven't tried some aspect of it for yourself. Odds are high you've at least a little technology in your personal life, but haven't found a use for some of the latest and greatest gadgets of the modern world. It's time for that to end. Innovation is happening faster than ever, and if you don't get on board soon you'll get left behind. It's time to give these gadgets a try if you haven't yet.

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New, detailed Star Wars Millennium Falcon drone hits the skies

New, detailed Star Wars Millennium Falcon drone hits the skies

We saw designer Olivier C. create a veritable army of Star Wars drones. From an Imperial Star Destroyer to a TIE Fighter, to the Millennium Falcon, we've wanted to play with them all. Now, the drone-master is back with a new Millennium Falcon drone that is bigger than any of his previous creations.

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Futuristic robot chef uses hands to help in the kitchen

Futuristic robot chef uses hands to help in the kitchen

Everyone loves a home cooked meal, but would it taste the same if it was made by a robot? Moley Robotics just revealed its robot-chef, which uses sophisticated robotic hands to cook just like a human. It doesn't cook any faster than a human, so it's not going to revolutionize the industrial side of cooking. This bionic-chef is designed for home kitchens. The robo-chef has the aptitude to learn from a real chef's delicate movements. Motion capture technology relays all the actions of an actual person preparing the meal and translates the actions into moves for the robotic hands.

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Meld retrofits your dumb stove for smart home cooking

Meld retrofits your dumb stove for smart home cooking

As the lackluster take-up of WiFi-connected refrigerators suggests, upgrading kitchen appliances with their smart equivalent is still a small market, but how about if a simple retrofit could give your stove some intelligence? Meld attempts to do just that, a combination replacement knob for your stovetop and a wireless temperature sensor that, together, can automate the cooking process according to a recipe running on the iPhone app. Meanwhile, it's counting on fashionable methods like sous-vide to give it some kitchen geek appeal.

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Neobase gadget offers a private social network

Neobase gadget offers a private social network

Social networks have their benefits, but for some the downsides -- lack of privacy chief among them -- is too big of a downside to risk it. The folks behind the new Neobase have come up with something they bid as a solution. This "Private Network Device", as they call it, allows the owner to create their own private social network that is entirely within the owner's control. There's no cloud involved; all the content on the Neobase's social network -- which can be shared with others -- is stored on the device itself, cutting out all the middle men and, theoretically, proving more secure because of it.

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Hyperkin SmartBoy concept turns iPhone 6 Plus into Game Boy

Hyperkin SmartBoy concept turns iPhone 6 Plus into Game Boy

There's no shortage of mobile game pads, and likewise there's an emulator to meet every nostalgic gaming need. Form is as important as function, however, and Hyperkin's latest concept -- the SmartBoy -- is an exciting prospect, one that the maker is teasing plans to actually produce. The SmartBoy is a device that houses one's smartphone, providing Game Boy-like controls with a similar design, while providing compatibility with existing Game Boy cartridges -- meaning you'll be able to play classic games sans ROMs and hassle, and with a pleasantly retro twist.

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