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Snooze the Night Away With an Acoustic White Noise Machine
Snooze the Night Away With an Acoustic White Noise Machine

Never worry about restless nights again, SNOOZ is a proprietary fan that provides a sound both soothing and peaceful

Sleep is the body’s natural process for resting. But more often than not, sleep is now a premium commodity, one that you have to fight for sometimes. To that end, doctors say to get at least eight hours of sleep every night but how can you when the apartment next to you plays loud music in the middle of the night? Thankfully, SNOOZ, an acoustic white noise machine is here to give you the best sleep of your life.

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Hearing Children’s Voices on GPS Helps You Slow Down
Hearing Children’s Voices on GPS Helps You Slow Down

Swedish insurance company has a clever idea against reckless driving: children-voiced GPS that triggers in areas dense with kids

Slow Down GPS is an app that turns a smartphone into a GPS navigation device for driving with one unique quirk. When you get to roads around schools, playgrounds or other areas dense with children, the voice on the app changes into a child’s.

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Sleep as Cool as the Flip Side of the Pillow
Sleep as Cool as the Flip Side of the Pillow

Beat the heat with an HIBR pillow that cools itself through a bead-injected foam that remains cooler than body temperature

If you’ve ever tried to sleep on a hot summer night, you know the experience of flipping over your pillow to feel the wonderfully cool reverse side. HIBR pillows use high-tech components so you don’t have to flip them.

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3D Printing Lends a Helping Hand to Prosthetics
3D Printing Lends a Helping Hand to Prosthetics

Open-source software developer Open Bionics receives James Dyson Award for an innovative and affordable prosthetic hand

Since its 2007 inception, the James Dyson Award recognizes and awards an up-and-coming designer for their exceptional work in design or engineering. This year, an open-source software development team Open Bionics has received notoriety for its development of a 3D-printed prosthetic hand. Unlike many current offerings in the prosthetics industry, the team has solved many financial and timing issues that face consumers in the market today.

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Where GPS Fails, A Shape-Shifting Cube Can Guide You Home
Where GPS Fails, A Shape-Shifting Cube Can Guide You Home

A Yale University engineer builds a small cube that acts as a tactile compass for the visually impaired (or those caught in the dark)

Compasses and GPS help people without disabilities find their destinations every day, but are of less use to the visually impaired, or even sighted people in the dark. Adam Spiers, a Yale University engineer, has built a shape-shifting cube that indicates direction by its shape independent of sight.

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Reassess Your Tablet Relationship with Keyboard That Rolls to a Stick
Reassess Your Tablet Relationship with Keyboard That Rolls to a Stick

The fit-in-your-pocket LG Rolly Keyboard works with a tablet through a Bluetooth connection

South Korea’s LG Electronics is set to unveil a full-size Bluetooth keyboard that rolls into an ultra-portable stick. The device is meant to change the way we interact with tablets or smartphones. The KBB-700 or the LG Rolly Keyboard can give the tablet a chance at being a power tool without sacrificing portability.

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Record Digital Notes with an Old Fashioned Pen
Record Digital Notes with an Old Fashioned Pen

The Orée Stylograph lets you write longhand and saves digital notes through a micro camera that tracks pen strokes on patterned page

Love writing by hand but hate transcribing the digital version? The Orée Stylograph is an elegant ballpoint pen that pairs with a refillable notebook to record digital notes, making the transition from paper to digital nearly seamless.

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Instantly Recognizable, Stephen Hawking’s Voice Is Now Open-Source
Instantly Recognizable, Stephen Hawking’s Voice Is Now Open-Source

Anyone can freely download Intel's ACAT to build upon the framework with new user interfaces and sensing modalities

Stephen Hawking’s iconic robotic-voice has been opened up for developers and anyone with a smartphone or Windows computer to download. The Assistive Context-Aware Toolkit, ACAT, allows Hawking to speak, by detecting the movement of his cheekbones. Intel has built on the program over the years, and are opening the project for other developers to apply or improve upon.

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Autonomous Motorcycle Designed Purely for Recreation
Autonomous Motorcycle Designed Purely for Recreation

The Chance is a concept vehicle that aims to humanize the auto pilot system

Industrial designer Siriphong Roongruengvuthikul, who is from Thailand and currently residing in London, came up with the concept for Chance, an autonomous recreation vehicle that provides a thrilling riding experience for both beginners and pros.

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Female-Dedicated Forum Empowers Women with Comfort and Information
Female-Dedicated Forum Empowers Women with Comfort and Information

Glow Community, within their Ruby app, helps bring women together for genuine care and sympathy through comforting chats and more

Once a month, women go through the trouble of the much-dreaded menstruation. The bloating, the cramps, the back pain, etc. can really make any lady feel down and out. How can you combat this feeling? Glow offers a female-dedicated forum for all women where they can share their menstrual rants as well as indulge on information about their reproductive health.

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Forget the Walking Tour, Incoming Scholars Fly Over Campus
Forget the Walking Tour, Incoming Scholars Fly Over Campus

Deakin University makes virtual reality a shared experience so as to give a glimpse at campus life

It’s that time of year again—the beaches are clearing out and universities are filling up. But while most incoming freshman are getting introduced to school grounds the old fashioned way, students at tech oriented Deakin University are flying around campus. Well, virtually that is.

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Did Anyone Get the License Plate of That Drone?
Did Anyone Get the License Plate of That Drone?

LightCense project proposes visual ID system of flashing colored lights for UAVs

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), otherwise known as drones, have all but taken over the skies lately. In May, a photography drone struck two people at a parade in Marblehead, MA, luckily with only minor injuries. And in August, a drone struck the Great American Tower in Cincinnati, OH, shattering glass on the 29th floor but causing no injuries. While the operators of both vehicles were identified, LightCense believes that drones need their own “license plates” to bring accountability to the skies.

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