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FDA Approves World’s First Bionic Eye: The Second Sight Argus II

FDA Approves World’s First Bionic Eye: The Second Sight Argus II

The FDA just gave official approval to the world's first bionic eye! Developed by Second Sight Medical Products, the Argus II is a bionic eye that bypasses damaged rods and cones in the retina. A

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13-Year-Old Maker Uses Weather Balloon to Send Hello Kitty Into Space

13-Year-Old Maker Uses Weather Balloon to Send Hello Kitty Into Space

Pencil boxes, t-shirts, jewelry, stationary—Hello Kitty seems to be everywhere on earth. Thanks to seventh grader Lauren Rojas' science project for Cornerstone Christian School in Antioch, California,

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Marcus Thymark’s Open-Source FilaMaker Shreds and Recycles Plastic for 3D Printing

Marcus Thymark’s Open-Source FilaMaker Shreds and Recycles Plastic for 3D Printing

German engineer and inventor Marcus Thymark is developing a filament-producing machine that allows 3D printing enthusiasts to grind up and reprocess discarded printed objects and other scrap plastic for

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Mr. Ghost Will Detect Any EM Radiation Being Given Off By Your Gadgets

Mr. Ghost Will Detect Any EM Radiation Being Given Off By Your Gadgets

Curious about the amount of EMF your electronics give off? Concerned about overexposure? Or maybe you're just interested in ghost encounters? Check out Mr. Ghost, a new device that helps you figure out

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Ultra Compact ‘Petit Laundry Swoosh’ Washing Machine Cleans Clothes With Only a Gallon of Water

Ultra Compact ‘Petit Laundry Swoosh’ Washing Machine Cleans Clothes With Only a Gallon of Water

As far as washing machines go, the pedal-powered GiraDora and the Laundry Pod are pretty small - but the new ultra compact Petit Laundry Swoosh can fit on a countertop! Designed by Japanese company King

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The Biobot 20 is a Tabletop Biodiesel Processor for Waste Cooking Oil

The Biobot 20 is a Tabletop Biodiesel Processor for Waste Cooking Oil

Now there is something better you can do with that viscous mess of cooking oil instead of sequestering it in a can or pouring it down the drain. The UK-based company Biobot offers the Biobot 20, a

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Apple Files Patent Application for Solar-Powered iPhone

Apple Files Patent Application for Solar-Powered iPhone

Apple’s iPhones and iPads could someday self-charge with the use of integrated solar cells. The company has filed a patent application titled “Integrated touch sensor and solar assembly,” which

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3D Printers Could Some Day Feed Astronauts in Space

3D Printers Could Some Day Feed Astronauts in Space

Like a scene out of Star Trek, imagine one day being able to create an entire meal with the push of a button. For astronauts headed to Mars, 3D printers could potentially be their mechanical chefs, thanks

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The PowerPot Uses Heat to Charge Your Electronics as You Cook

The PowerPot Uses Heat to Charge Your Electronics as You Cook

Even when you are trying to get away from it all during a camping trip, chances are you will still need to charge an electronic device. To keep those cell phones and head lamps powered up, the PowerPot

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Transparent, Flexible Transistors Pave the Way for Renewable Printed Electronics

Transparent, Flexible Transistors Pave the Way for Renewable Printed Electronics

Flexible, thin electronics are making strides to revolutionize the way we interact with our devices. From peel-and-stick solar cells to recyclable paper USB drives, the future is trending towards thin and

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Automate Your Garden With HavestGeek’s Plant Monitoring Technology

Automate Your Garden With HavestGeek’s Plant Monitoring Technology

The urban gardening movement is quickly entering the Information Age. Designed by Mike Alt, HarvestGeek is a program that monitors the condition of your fruits and veggies in order to produce the greatest

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The Voltmaker Charges Your Gadgets Off-Grid With Kinetic Energy

The Voltmaker Charges Your Gadgets Off-Grid With Kinetic Energy

Sick of your batteries dying at the very moment you need to make a call, flick on a flashlight, or find your position on a GPS when you are lost in the outdoors? Introducing the Voltmaker - an innovative

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Pwdr’s Open-Source Technology Could Enable Full-Color 3D-Printing

Pwdr’s Open-Source Technology Could Enable Full-Color 3D-Printing

A project by a student at the University of Twente (Enschede, Netherlands) has resulted in an open-source 3D-printing technology that could enable four-color printing, according to medical-device designer

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The DIY BioPrinter Hack Lets You Print Biomaterials From an Old Inkjet

The DIY BioPrinter Hack Lets You Print Biomaterials From an Old Inkjet

With large companies such as Organovo and Autodesk teaming up to fabricate living tissue, you might think that bioprinting is out of the scope of the average DIYer. But when it comes to technology, human

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InMoov is an Open-Source Humanoid Robot You Can Make With a 3D Printer

InMoov is an Open-Source Humanoid Robot You Can Make With a 3D Printer

Gael Langevin, a French sculptor and model-maker, is developing a design for an open-source humanoid robot that you can make with your own 3D printer. Langevin calls his robot InMoov, and he is making

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Samuel Bernier Designs a Collection of 3D Printed Lampshades

Samuel Bernier Designs a Collection of 3D Printed Lampshades

Bernier’s collection of lampshades, dubbed Dentelle, come in twelve different delicate designs and several colors. After sketching up designs with swirling edges, cutouts, folds and other patterns,

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South Korean Scientists Develop World’s First Bendable Lithium-Ion Battery

South Korean Scientists Develop World’s First Bendable Lithium-Ion Battery

South Korean scientists just developed the world's first imprintable and bendable battery - and it could pave the way for flexible mobile devices in the near future. According to the researchers, the new

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America’s First Bookless Library Coming Soon to Texas

America’s First Bookless Library Coming Soon to Texas

A new library is getting ready to open in Bexar County, Texas, but it won't look like a traditional library. The new library will be small, devoid of traditional paper books, and judging from the

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Lumio: Hard-Bound Book Unfolds to Unveil a Low-Energy Lamp

Lumio: Hard-Bound Book Unfolds to Unveil a Low-Energy Lamp

A bit of light reading anyone? The Lumio may look like a hard-bound book on the outside - but open the cover and it unfolds into a beautiful modern light! Lumio was created by industrial designer Max

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A Beautiful and Mysterious Rose Created by an Earthquake and a Pendulum

A Beautiful and Mysterious Rose Created by an Earthquake and a Pendulum

When there is an earthquake, we may feel as though the world has been thrown into a state of chaos. Yet even the most violent of shifts in the earth's crust have a sort of rhythm and order. On February

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Cloud Machine Changes the Weather High Up in the Atmosphere to Help Combat Climate Change

Cloud Machine Changes the Weather High Up in the Atmosphere to Help Combat Climate Change

Like death and taxes, we once thought that the weather was out of our control - however technology could one day enable us to manipulate the skies above. The Cloud Machine, created by interdisciplinary

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The Filabot: Desktop Machine Turns Recyclable Plastics Into Filament for 3D Printers

The Filabot: Desktop Machine Turns Recyclable Plastics Into Filament for 3D Printers

Now that desktop 3D printers are more affordable and compact, the world of DIY fabrication is quickly transforming the way we produce durable goods. Yet the filaments that 3D printers use to assemble

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3D Systems’ New CubeX 3D Printer Can Print Objects as Big as a Basketball

3D Systems’ New CubeX 3D Printer Can Print Objects as Big as a Basketball

3D Systems launched a new 3D printer at the 2013 CES, which boasts “the largest print volume in its category,” according to an announcement from the firm. Called the CubeX, the printer is able to

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Specimen’s Hand-Crafted Horn Speakers Are Made from Recycled Newsprint and Dryer Lint

Specimen’s Hand-Crafted Horn Speakers Are Made from Recycled Newsprint and Dryer Lint

Not only are Specimen's horn speakers visually intriguing with their flared newsprint protrusion, but they project larger-than-life sound using only 3 watts of power. The technology employed was common in

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Flower Power: A Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Sensor That Monitors the Needs of Your Plants

Flower Power: A Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Sensor That Monitors the Needs of Your Plants

Now and again, even the best green thumb could use a little help taking care of their plants. French electronics company Parrot just unveiled a new gizmo at CES 2013 called the Flower Power that makes it

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MakerBot Unveils Next-Gen Replicator 2X 3D Printer at CES 2013

MakerBot Unveils Next-Gen Replicator 2X 3D Printer at CES 2013

Here at Inhabitat, we can’t get enough of 3D printers, and MakerBot’s Replicator 2 is one of the finest examples of consumer-level 3D printing. That’s why we were so excited about the release of

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RoboSmart Bulb: An Intelligent Wireless LED Light Bulb You Can Control With a Smart Device

RoboSmart Bulb: An Intelligent Wireless LED Light Bulb You Can Control With a Smart Device

Smart Home Labs recently released a revolutionary LED bulb called RoboSmart. The innovative, new bulb has an integrated Bluetooth that enables you to control your lights using nothing but your phone or

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Miniature Sofant SmartAntenna Could Double Battery Life of Smartphones

Miniature Sofant SmartAntenna Could Double Battery Life of Smartphones

Edinburgh-based Sofant just unveiled a new micro SmartAntenna at CES 2013 that could potentially double the battery life of today's smartphones while easing network congestion. The tiny antenna is

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The ZoneGuard is a Disaster Radio From Eton That Keeps You Informed of Emergencies

The ZoneGuard is a Disaster Radio From Eton That Keeps You Informed of Emergencies

When an emergency strikes and the lights go out, it's essential to have access to a reliable off-grid source of news. At CES 2013 Eton just unveiled their new ZoneGuard weather radios, which are equipped

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Belkin Unveils WeMo Light Switch That Can Be Remote Controlled By Your Smartphone

Belkin Unveils WeMo Light Switch That Can Be Remote Controlled By Your Smartphone

Remote home appliances are the biggest things to hit the household market in a long time. Just witness the success of the Nest Thermostat and remote-control light bulbs like the iLumi. Consumer

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