Handheld Spectrometer Identifies Allergens, Nutrients, Ingredients in Food


The world of modern food can be confusing, and sometimes dangerous, depending on your dietary and nutrition needs and allergies, especially when eating prepared foods without any labeling. But a new handheld device could enable us to make better and more informed choices, by sniffing out the ingredients, nutrients, and allergens that may be hiding in those items. TellSpec is a handheld spectrometer capable of allowing more transparency in eating, whether you’re counting calories, avoiding certain ingredients, or just trying to keep track of the nutrients you’re eating (or trying to eat more or less of). “TellSpec is a three-part… read more

The iPhone Charger with a Built-In Battery


One way to make sure you never miss a cell phone call or a photo opportunity or the chance to play Angry Birds at the spur of the moment is by carrying your charger, as well as a backup battery for your smartphone with you wherever you go. And with this portable USB charger, the Bolt, you get both in one small package. It’s billed as “the world’s smallest portable iPhone USB wall charger”, and it can not only charge up your phone, but because it’s combined with a built-in 3000mAh rechargeable backup battery, can also be used for powering… read more

This Machine Revolves Every 2.3 Trillion Years


Along the lines of our perpetual motion machines article, here’s another mind-blowing device: a machine whose final gear won’t complete its rotation for 2.3 trillion years. It’s a study in energy, specifically the science behind creating an energy source with the ability to run forever. We encourage you to read the article on perpetual motion, as it explains just how the theory collides with the 1st and 2nd law of thermodynamics (unfortunately). Perpetual energy, if ever fully realized, has the potential to completely revolutionize how we harness electricity, kinetic energy, etc. Imagine planes, trains, and automobiles that never run out of juice. … read more

Gadgets that Will Self-Destruct on Demand

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With a little help from Pentagon funds, Darpa, the Defense Advanced Research Agency, has been developing devices that will be able to self-destruct on command. In order to render themselves inactive, and effectively transform into thin strands of mush, devices begin to biodegrade when exposed to water. And thus, biological fluids and other liquids. Such transient electronics would prove useful in multiple applications, including use for medicinal and military purposes. In healthcare facilities, devices could be placed within post-operative wounds to monitor for signs of infections, dissolving into the patient’s bodily fluids over time. During military missions, the technology could… read more

Motorola Is Creating The Future Of Smartphones


Earlier this year, we saw the debut of the ‘Phonebloks‘ concept, and dreamt of a day when such a device might exist. I’m excited to say that through Motorola, this reality may be coming to a store near you next year. It’s called ‘Project Ara‘, and Motorola claims to have been developing the idea for over a year (Ha, please). Anyways, they’ve teamed up with the creators of Phonebloks and will be sending developers a kit in a few months to start working on a beta version of the phone. So what’s the big deal? Essentially, the concept allows for… read more

Hi-Tech Stroller Folds Itself Up, Charges Phones

Hi-Tech Stroller Folds Itself Up, Charges Phones

This stroller could be the ultimate in kid-hauling, as this new high-tech stroller has running lights, an LCD dashboard, and generators in the rear wheels, plus it folds itself up with the push of a button. The Origami stroller, from 4Moms, is so packed with features that it’s almost over the top. But if you’re looking for the quintessential buggy for the 21st century, this just might be it. The Origami folds down from its full operating size into just 38″ by 14″ by 21″ with the touch of a button, thanks to an automatic three-way folding configuration, making packing… read more

Watch These Fascinating Perpetual Motion Machines


Perpetual Motion is a pipe dream. So far, we’ve had zero success creating machines capable of putting out more energy than they take in, and what’s even worse is that science tells us perpetual motion would probably break the 1st or 2nd law of thermodynamics. So what is perpetual motion, exactly? In laymen’s terms, it’s an energy source that never stops putting out energy. Imagine a windmill that never stops spinning, even if the wind isn’t blowing, or a train on a loop that never, ever stops moving. Gravity, friction, and inertia have prevented science from creating a workable perpetual… read more

Turn Your Smartphone into a Universal Smart Home Remote

Turn Your Smartphone into a Universal Smart Home Remote

A new app and control hub can allow you to turn your house into a smart home, and control all the appliances from your smartphone. One of the huge advantages of moving away from standalone ‘dumb’ appliances and toward connected smart devices in our homes is not just the increased energy efficiency that is possible, but also the convenience of being able to remotely control and program every connected device for a more comfortable home. And with Dymotics, that capability is easier than ever before. With the Dymotics app, your smartphone becomes a universal automation remote to control any of… read more

Powerpot Charges Your Devices While You Cook

Powerpot Charges Your Devices While You Cook

When you run out of juice for your mobile devices, and the nearest outlet is miles away, what are you gonna do? If you own a Powerpot, you’ll just start cooking your meal, and turn some of the heat from your stove into a charge for your gadget. Weighing just 12 ounces, this little device is one of the lightest methods of providing a charge on the go, and can be used with any heat source, including a camp fire. “The PowerPot is a thermoelectric generator designed to work with a wide variety of stoves and fuel sources. It turns… read more

Chill Your Drinks With This ‘Reverse Microwave’


Oh, happy day! Someone has FINALLY created the ultimate cooler: a “reverse microwave” of sorts that can chill your drinks in roughly 45 seconds. We’ll definitely be seeing this at tailgating parties, house raves, video game marathons, and pretty much anywhere drinks are served. Sure, you may be thinking to yourself, “Isn’t that called a fridge?” No, my friend, this invention is much more magical. The gadget can cool wine, beer, and fizzy drinks without losing any carbonation. Colour us astounded. Are you a “pics or it didn’t happen” type of person? Check it: Sure, the larger version probably won’t… read more