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ZANO: a tiny drone that tries to think on its own

ZANO: a tiny drone that tries to think on its own

If you have had nightmares of dozens, if not hundreds, of intelligent drones swarming towards you, then perhaps ZANO is a nightmare come true, at least to some extent. The brain child of Torquing Group in the UK, ZANO is a nano drone smaller or just as small as the palm of your hand. It's small enough to take with you anywhere and whip out in an instant for a splendid shot. And it's smart enough to know where its going. All you really need is your smartphone.

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Mikme wireless mic offers studio quality, mobile mixing

Mikme wireless mic offers studio quality, mobile mixing

Mikme is a portable wireless microphone offering musicians and other audio hobbyists a way to capture studio-quality audio without setting up a recording station. The idea behind the device is that users should be able to start recording whenever the moment strikes without having to put the moment on hold to set up a quality microphone -- or, alternatively, without having to settle for a lesser-quality smartphone recording. The microphone is joined by a smartphone app that offers, among other things, mobile audio mixing and sharing.

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Helios Bluetooth headphones use solar power to juice up

Helios Bluetooth headphones use solar power to juice up

Bluetooth headphones offer the distinct convenience of shedding the audio cable and allowing users to listen to their music unshackled. That convenience disappears, however, once the battery runs low, which requires you to plug them back in until there's enough power to go wireless again. Exod's Helios headphones address this by adding solar charging into the mix, allowing users to leave the device in sunlight when not in use to charge back up the internal battery, no cables necessary.

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HashKey: a USB hashtag key to expedite your tweets

HashKey: a USB hashtag key to expedite your tweets

The world is full of devices that seem less than practical for every day use, and the HashKey can probably be counted among them, as it seems like little more than a novelty. HashKey is exactly what it sounds like: a key dedicated solely to typing a hashtag without all of that multi-button combination nonsense. It's aimed at the social media lovers among us, those who can't stand straining their hands to repeatedly hit multiples keys, and for those who, perhaps, take offense to the hashtag being denied its own dedicated spot on the keyboard.

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Brio smart outlet only turns on when you need it

Brio smart outlet only turns on when you need it

Electrical outlets pose different sorts of threats, most notably being to small children who poke objects inside them out of curiosity. The go-to method for avoiding this unfortunate scenario is using plastic outlet plugs that block the ports, but that's not always effective. A California company called Brio has addressed this issue with a smart outlet likewise called "Brio" that only goes live when a valid object is plugged into it. In doing so, the company hopes to mitigate the typical hazards associated with outlets.

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Blood Sport game controller collects blood when you’re hit

Blood Sport game controller collects blood when you’re hit

A Kickstarter campaign for "Blood Sport" has been suspended, according to its page. The reasons for the suspension aren't yet known, but the product itself has caught quite a bit of attention: a game controller that draws blood from gamers when they're hit during gameplay. This is achieved using a regular blood collection machine wired to a game controller so that every time the controller rumbles the blood collection machine briefly turns on. The reason for such a device, according to the makers, is for blood donation events.

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Hush smart earplugs block out unwanted sounds while still letting you hear

Hush smart earplugs block out unwanted sounds while still letting you hear

There are many reasons that people need earplugs, and not all of them are reasons you might expect. People need earplugs in very loud situations, such as shooting guns or at a loud racetrack for sure, but there are other reasons in the home that people use them as well when it's important that you still be able to hear sounds around you, such as sleeping. For situations like this, a new set of earplugs called Hush smart earplugs have debuted.

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Snapjet prints your phone photos without wires or apps

Snapjet prints your phone photos without wires or apps

Despite the growing number of smartphone photography enthusiasts, there is also a growing resurgence in interest with "instant film" printing started by Polaroid. There are many solutions out there, ranging from a dedicated camera, a bulky photo printer, or an insanely bulky smartphone case (we're looking at you Prynt). What if you could throw out all that bulk and still have printer that works with any smartphone of any size? Well, you could do that with this Kickstarter called Snapjet, that prints instant film photos without wires, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, or even apps.

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Aura Christmas bulbs offer wireless decorative lights

Aura Christmas bulbs offer wireless decorative lights

For some, decorating the Christmas tree means first untangling the mess of last year's light strands. As with many things, however, that will soon be a tradition of the past, and to help usher in our new wireless reality comes Aura, a Christmas tree decoration with an integrated LED light. Unlike similar products, each bulb is wirelessly powered using a ring that wraps around (or beneath) the tree, eliminating the risk of fires, and controlled using a smartphone via a related mobile app.

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BikeHUD Adventure augments your motorcycle rides

BikeHUD Adventure augments your motorcycle rides

Drivers have no lack of options when it comes to head-up displays (HUDs), but those who use a motorcycle to get around are less fortunate. Though we've seen some options for motorcyclists, not many are presently available on the market, and so any addition is a welcomed one. The BikeHUD Adventure is one of the newest models to surface, and as you'd expect it works in the same way as HUDs for cars, displaying things like speed and, in this case, gear so that users don't have to look down at the speedometer.

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