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by Josiah Motley
Does a weekend of hiking and kayaking followed by campfires and good music sound like your kind of adventure? Do you like being in nature but still enjoy having certain creature comforts? The ECOXBT by Grace Digital is a waterproof, shockproof Bluetooth speaker system that might be perfect for your next outdoor romp.
by T Goodman
Biomimicry has again inspired a creative team of scientists. This time it's the Ormia ochracea, a tiny fly with exquisitely acute directional hearing ability, that has become the model for the next generation of hearing aids being modeled by engineers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.
by Laurie Kay Olson
If there is one battle we all engage in every year it is the one with those nasty, pesky biting insects. While bug zappers are kind of fun, they aren't as effective as we'd like them to be and they really can't be used indoors -- and boy, are they noisy! The InaTrap Electronic Insect Killer and Elegant Night Light is the perfect alternative with a soft glow and noiseless trapping.
by Steve Levenstein
Got Danboard? The adorable cardboard box robot from the manga Yotsuba&! has been adopted by digital camera photographers as it adds a timeless sense of wonder to almost any scenic background. Revoltech's Danboard (or Danbo) Mini Yotsuba&! Action Figure is ideal for such pursuits thanks to its flexible joints and light-up eyes.
by Ron Callari
Still in its infancy, the Internet of Everything, aka IoE (the interface of our things with data, people and process) is already being threatened by hackers. While Cisco has predicted that 25 billion units of things will connect to the Internet by 2015 and will double in five short years, this rapid growth has given pause to reflect on the perceived risks.
by Rey M.L.
KingSing's new tablet might offer acceptable performance, a port payload better than Google's Nexus devices, and a full-fat version of Windows. The best part? It's supposed to be cheap. Really cheap.
BMW has introduced the i DC Fast Charger, a lightweight EV charger just half the size of current DC Combo fast chargers. The new chargers are fully compatible with Ford, GM and VW electric vehicles and at $6,500 each they're much more affordable as well.
by Boomer Babe
Heel pain, particularly sharp and often excruciating, may be due to plantar fasciitis (PL), a condition caused by over-stretching the soft tissue that cushions the bones of the heel and the arch of the foot. Many runners get PL from pounding on the heels of their feet when they run, but most cases of PL are caused by inactivity, like standing on your feet all day without much movement. It is most common in middle-aged to older persons who are overweight and/or inactive.
Incorporating a lithium battery pack charged by regenerative braking, the “smart”, innovative, environmentally-friendly and easy-to-install Copenhagen Wheel gives bicyclists a boost as they pedal based on how hard they're pedaling.
by Laurie Kay Olson
Having clean air to breathe is an issue that affects all of us. As industry expands it becomes a larger and farther-reaching concern -- especially in countries like China where pollution legislation is limited. How can you deal with making sure you have clean air to breathe? Designer Michal Pospeich of Poland's Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts has created the UrbanCONE -- a personal drone that purifies the air around a person.