Kinograph: saving cultural memory with a DIY camera

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By Kuan Huang in New Products on Wednesday 21 August 2013

Kinograph is an open source project that makes film digitization affordable and scaleable. Using components available on the internet, a few 3D printed parts, and a consumer level camera, the machine digitizes 35mm, 16mm or 8mm film at high definition resolutions with sound. The project is based on the philosophy that cultural memory should not […]

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Modern sensory deprivation chamber

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Tech on Tuesday 20 August 2013

We get it. Sometimes you just want to get away from the world. Seems to us like this sleek and modern isolation chamber should do the trick. Once floating inside the chamber, brainwaves transition from alpha or beta to theta, which supposedly increases one’s creative capacities. You can float in the chamber for as long […]

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Choose Your Own Adventure goes online, makes it impossible to cheat

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Tech on Monday 19 August 2013

Remember those books you loved as a child that let you choose your own ending? Well now, Chooseco has brought that idea into the digital age with Choose ‘Toons, an interactive cartoon app that allows children to create their own personalized animated adventure. With the help of Kickstarter, Chooseco hopes to raise $130,000 to fund […]

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HOLHO: hologram generator for smartphone and tablet

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Tech on Monday 19 August 2013

You know those digital picture frames that display a slideshow of your favorite photos? Well this takes that same concept and actually makes it cool. HOLHO is a hologram generator for your smartphone or tablet that uses a reflective pyramid shape to project incredible 3D images. Available in 5 different styles, HOLHO projects an ever-growing […]

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Yes, we’d like to soak up our hot bath and have it as a touchscreen interface

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 16 August 2013

This blows our minds: a team from the Koike Laboratory at the University of Electro-Communications have developed a prototype for a projection system that uses milky, soapy bath water as the surface for an interactive touchscreen interface. The liquid screen works by detection of fingers and hands via Kinect (yes, that Kinect). It looks crazy.

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Fact: It’s a lot cheaper to go into space dead than alive

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 14 August 2013

While we’re talking about exorbitant prices for a ticket to go into space, a company based in San Francisco is now offering the opportunity of, er, the end of a lifetime, to get a space burial for a wallet-friendly US$1,990. The memorial spacecraft carrying a ‘symbolic portion’ of the cremated ashes will orbit Earth for […]

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Need to type? Try this lightweight laser-beamed keyboard

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Tuesday 13 August 2013

This is by far the lightest keyboard we’ve ever encountered. The Laser Virtual Keyboard is a functional full-size QWERTY keyboard that can be projected onto any flat surface via a modestly small device. It can also be used with any bluetooth-enabled device (no USB connections there, duh), such as tablets and smartphones. Versatile.

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Levitation bicycle has that minimalistic appeal

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Saturday 10 August 2013

Designed by Michael Strain, Ramerio Diaz and Brandon Hartley, the Levitation bicycle is an eco-friendly powerhouse that charges gadgets via a USB port using energy generated from zealous pedaling. It can even serve as a WiFi hotspot as well. The unusual angular design really gets us.

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Meet your new sex toy: Super-powered fingertip vibrators

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 9 August 2013

Could this be the world’s most minimalistic sex toy ever? Hello Touch, the silicone fingerpad vibrators “optimized for both internal and external stimulation of all and any erogenous zones”, are the brainchild of San Francisco-based manufacturer Jimmyjane. It comes with a wristband dock and has decent battery life too, lasting up to 6 hours on […]

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This breakfast sandwich maker is ridiculously cool

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Friday 9 August 2013

What trickery is this? Oh, Hamilton Beach’s breakfast sandwich maker for lazy people to waltz through homemade brekkie, that’s what. It comes with a bottom layer to toast the bottom half including your bread, while an egg layer cooks an egg right inside your sandwich. The top plate toasts the bread on top and holds […]

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Incredibly realistic virtual reality roller coaster simulation

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Video on Wednesday 7 August 2013

This poor guy was trying out the Oculus Rift virtual reality roller coaster ride, which is incredibly realistic. Jacob, the victim, is terrified of rollercoasters, so his friends did what any good friends would do; they strapped him into the simulation. It does make for quite an hilarious video, but it also demonstrates how realistic […]

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Gravity-defying shower shoots up from the ground

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Monday 5 August 2013

So, showers. They’re either handheld or rain showers, right? Wrong. The Viteo Shower designed by Danny Venlet is an outdoor shower that shoots jets of water from the ground. To activate the shower jets, all you need to do is to step on it, then witness these jets shooting up and meeting over your head […]

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New device breeds fly larva for protein

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Tech on Thursday 1 August 2013

If you’re squeamish, this new device isn’t for you. Industrial design student Katharina Unger created this fly-breeding machine that traps larva to use as a sustainable food source. She hopes that her invention will help increase the planet’s food supply by adding larva to Westerner’s menus. The sleek device allows for the fly’s life cycle […]

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Tooth-embedded device can tell when you lie through your teeth

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 31 July 2013

Can you truly get away with fibbing? It depends. A bunch of Taipei researchers from National Taiwan University have been experimenting on one such tooth-implanted device that recognizes jaw motion patterns and can eventually be small enough to fit into a cavity or crown. This sensor potentially has uses in dentistry such as assessing the […]

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This teddy bear will have a conversation with you

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 31 July 2013

A talking teddy? Don’t know about you, but haven’t we seen this in Seth MacFarlane’s film, Ted? True, you can get one of these Ted soft toys to deliver ready punchlines like ‘I wuv you’, but the Supertoy teddy, which is now appealing for funds on Kickstarter, actually lets you have a conversation with it.

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