technology

Marble WiFi router lets you grow a small plant on its surface

Marble WiFi router lets you grow a small plant on its surface

As technology ever-encroaches into our daily lives, it can be harder to stop and smell the flowers, both literally and figuratively. The Consortium for Slower Internet is aware of such an issue, and wants to make you aware of it, too, via its marble and wood router. With this router, which to the naked eye appears to be an organic brick with a couple antennas coming out the rear, you can grow a small plant that serves as a reminder to unplug every so often and enjoy nature.

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Sony SmartWig patent app surfaces with, among other things, a laser pointer

Sony SmartWig patent app surfaces with, among other things, a laser pointer

In what is quite possibly the oddest wearable device that has ever been proposed, Sony is attempting to patent a device it calls the SmartWig, which -- as the name suggests -- is a wig with technologies embedded. The idea is that the wig will communicate with a "secondary device" like a smartphone to give indicators for certain things like incoming messages. In addition, it is also proposed the SmartWig could house a camera and a laser pointer.

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SeaOrbiter unveiled, will be the ISS of the ocean

SeaOrbiter unveiled, will be the ISS of the ocean

The ocean is a vastly unexplored world that is all around us, and as technology continues to be refined, we frequently discover more oddities and fascinating creatures from its depths. Such research attempts are soon going to have a massive boon in the form of an ocean-based research laboratory called the SeaOrbiter, which will be the first vessel of its kind that facilitates long-term on board habitation.

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Researchers create most waterproof material in history inspired by butterfly wings

Researchers create most waterproof material in history inspired by butterfly wings

Researchers around the world are constantly working on projects that seem strange at first glance, but often have suppressing practical applications. A group of researchers in the US have been working on creating waterproof materials. One of the most waterproof materials in nature is the lotus leaf and a group of researchers in the US says that they have surpassed that material.

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Philips BeardTrimmer Series 9000 launches as first trimmer with integrated laser guide

Philips BeardTrimmer Series 9000 launches as first trimmer with integrated laser guide

Just in time for the soon-to-be-over month of Movember, Philips has launched the world's first facial hair trimmer with an integrated laser guide to help keep lines straight and even. Called the Beard Trimmer 9000, this small device has a variety of adjustable settings, and uses the laser to provide an instant, accurate, hands-off approach to avoid skewed lines.

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HydroDrive washing machine uses efficiency tech to make laundry a 12 minute activity

HydroDrive washing machine uses efficiency tech to make laundry a 12 minute activity

Technology makes navigation, entertainment, finance, and all sorts of other matters easier, and has found its way into the household in a variety of ways, a la the Roomba vacuum. Laundry is another regular activity, and while no longer taking as long as it did in pre-washing machine days, is still time consuming. The HydroDrive has tackled this issue, and offers a cycle that takes only 12 minutes.

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SlashDeals: Tuesday, Week 47 – AT&T, Dell, Toshiba, HP, and a Seiko watch

SlashDeals: Tuesday, Week 47 – AT&T, Dell, Toshiba, HP, and a Seiko watch

If you're in the mood for a smartphone from AT&T for half the normal price or you need a new laptop, convertible notebook/tablet, or monitor this afternoon, SlashDeals has you covered. We've even got an eye on a fabulous Seiko Men's solar wristwatch for good measure - what more could you want? Today's deals include a Toshiba Satellite laptop (with a 1-day deal), HP ENVY 23 monitor, Dell XPS 12 convertible touchscreen tablet/notebook, and a Seiko SNE210 Men's Solar Watch with free shipping.

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ALARMclock dishes sobering stats to get you out of bed

ALARMclock dishes sobering stats to get you out of bed

Getting out of bed when the alarm clock goes off is sometimes an unattainable goal, and everyone has found a legitimate excuse to hit the snooze button at least once. This is arguably because an annoying sound is not incentive enough to drag one's self to the coffee maker, and such is where the ALARMclock comes in. Having about tripled its Kickstarter goal with a week remaining, the idea behind the device seems to be popular: offering up sobering information as incentive to wake up.

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Designer develops smog “vacuum cleaner” to make cities breathable

Designer develops smog “vacuum cleaner” to make cities breathable

Smog is a concern for all big cities, with some being plagued with it on a continual basis, both decreasing the quality of life for residents and posing a health risk. Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has decided to tackle this program and designed an "electronic vacuum cleaner" that eliminates the pollution. Presently, the designer is in talks with Beijing government to have the technology installed in a city park.

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Scientists reveal self-healing electrodes for boosting lithium-ion battery lifespans

Scientists reveal self-healing electrodes for boosting lithium-ion battery lifespans

Battery technology is continually evolving, with modern batteries being both more resilient and longer-lasting than batteries from days gone by. There is still quite a bit of improvement that can take place with them, however, one of which concerns the longevity of the batteries -- that is, their lifespan before no longer being usable. Scientists at a couple big-name universities have revealed an accidental breakthrough in this area.

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