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Smart High Heel Shoe boasts of an e-Ink display

Not all displays are created equal, this is for sure, and for those who are keen to check out just how much more fashionable clothing can be with the advent of technology, you would most probably be keen to see these Volvorii shoes become reality. Right now, it happens to be an Indiegogo campaign, where it is a shoe that boasts of an e-Ink display alongside a Bluetooth module. The reason behind these implementations on a piece of footwear is this – one will be able to alter the way the shoe looks in terms of its external pattern with but a single press of a button.

Imagine hooking up your shoes to a smartphone that has a compatible app running on it, where you will then make your choice of available patterns in order to match whatever you happen to wear that day. While color panels are out of the question at this point in time, leaving us with just black and white choices, it ain’t too shabby, either. After all, it is not as though the entire shoe is covered in an e-Ink display, but just partially. The Volvorii shoes will come with a pair of fasteners (one in front, the other in back) so that you can bring the level of customization even further. A $249 pledge accompanied by a December delivery date are what you can look forward to if it is realized.
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Delsey Pluggage Prototype typifies the Internet of Things

This year’s recently concluded CES saw the Internet of Things being one of the mainstay features – and it is not surprising, really, especially when one takes into consideration the direction in which the consumer electronics industry had been moving toward in recent years. Having said that, how does one improve on something as “boring” as luggage? Well, apart from the rather obvious points such as better and more durable material which will not add to the weight, the inclusion of a strong backbone and four spinning wheels, how about throwing in some “brains” to the entire get up? This is what Delsey intends to do with their Delsey Pluggage prototype.

Travelers are requested to cast their vote online for a favorite feature to end up in the final version of the Pluggage – which would be a decent example of democracy being the tyranny of the majority in this case. French brand Delsey has thrown in a couple of years of research and development into the Pluggage, and ultra-connected travelers would be the ones to benefit at the end of the day.

The Pluggage connected bag prototype will come with a possible feature that I am sure frequent travelers would love to have – that it has an overload indicator so that you can avoid nasty surprises concerning overweight baggage whenever you check-in at the airport. Apart from that, how about having a built in charger that will juice up your smartphone regardless of where you are – thanks to the Pluggage? Apart from that, how about the possibility of having the app confirm the presence of your luggage on board, which is one of the “must have” features especially when one takes into consideration that 82,000 bags are lost each day, and that translates to 26 million pieces of luggage worldwide per year.

Integrated speakers would also enable the traveler to listen to their favorite music on the go, now how about that? There will also be an interior lighting system that makes it easier to search for personal belongings in a jiffy, while there is an opening and closing digital fingerprint system – although a TSA lock would also come in handy. Which of the mentioned features would you like to see make the cut?

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EDAG Light Cocoon is a brilliant conceptual take on a car

Not all vehicles are created equal – there is such a thing known as supercars, whose performance are legendary and would leave just about everyone else in its wake if the throttle is opened to the maximum and one steps on the gas pedal all the way down. Having said that, how about taking a different look at the car, with the EDAG Light Cocoon being one of them? The Light Cocoon is touted to be the ultimate in lightweight construction where vehicles are concerned, and it is set to premiere at the Geneva Motor Show next year – carrying a very important capability to boot, which is to sport a backlight that makes the entire ride look as though it has just driven off from a Tron-like movie set.

Being more than just a concept study of a compact, dynamic sports car, the Light Cocoon will also hopefully, pave the way for future lightweight construction in vehicles where this complete, bionically optimized vehicle structure would merge with a weatherproof textile outer skin panel. The entire shebang ushers in a new dimension for lightweight construction and automobile aesthetics, where the backlight technology involved would illuminate the skeleton-like, organic structure, hence making this ride all the more impressive to anyone who lays their eyes on it.

EDAG’s head designer, Johannes Barckmann, shared, “We are pursuing the vision of sustainability – as demonstrated by nature: lightweight, efficient, and without any waste. The result: the ‘EDAG Light Cocoon’ presents a stable, branch-like load bearing structure from the 3D printer, which only uses material where it is absolutely necessary.”

It will grant you a whole lot more mileage with whoever you come into contact with while driving this, far more than what the Transparent Canoe is capable of offering. This is definitely one concept that I would love to see become reality.

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Close Sisters Bra changes color when your BFF touches you

Who would have thought that something as intimate as the bra would eventually end up with its very own technological boost? We have seen that with the Sensoria Fitness Bra some time last year which was capable of monitoring one’s heart rate, and this time around, one would be presented with something that is more fashionable and yet relies on technology to attract attention to itself. As to whether it will be able to take off or not, that remains to be seen. I am referring to the Close Sisters Bra by Triumph, a lingerie maker from Japan.

One can more or less say that the Close Sisters Bra must have somehow been inspired by Disney’s “Frozen” movie, where it boasts two princesses in the cartoon that happen to be BFFs – and love each other deeply. With the Close Sisters Bra, it will require a couple of ladies to touch each other – while wearing their very own Close Sisters Bra of course, in order to have the high tech bra actually change colors and patterns.

In fact, the models wearing the Close Sisters Bra also demonstrated how it worked by bumping their hips against one another, and this close physical proximity resulted in the electronic paper that make up the bras to change their respective colors. Apart from that, the bras will also remember their ancient calling – by coming with tiny padded pink hearts which will be able to include additional bust volume.

This is not Triumph’s effort entirely, as they have worked alongside a company known as Fashion Entertainments in order to come up with these prototype bras. Unfortunately for the masses who might think that these bras would be fun whenever there is a sleepover with your BFFs, the Close Sisters Bra will not go on sale according to Triumph, as they remain a proof of concept. Hence, if you would like to own a pair, it is time you brush up on your engineering knowledge, get in some DIY skills, and obtain the relevant material such as a color-changing electronic paper, among others.

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The Nixie Wearable Camera – Your Life from a New Perspective

Let’s face it, taking pictures or ourselves, and our stuff, has become an icon of our times. Social media has taken over, and we are obsessed with posting images of our best selves, our supposedly ideal lives, and sharing this info with our “friends.” Most of the time, these images of our us with our lunches, or us in the mirror, well, they’re just boring… I want to see some real action! How about a few “Selfies” actually worth looking at?

It might be worth checking out Nixie, a tiny little camera you can wear on your wrist, that transforms into a miniature quad-copter. Nixie allows you to throw the camera out into the air, where it will snap shots of you, even follow you, or take some panoramic pictures, and eventually fly right back to you, boomerang-style. How nifty is that?

Invented by a PhD in experimental physics, and with a team of genius engineer types devoting time to the project, it looks extremely likely that a personal picture-taking wrist drone could be in your future. The Nixie can capture HD images and sync with your smartphone while you’re mountain biking, golfing, skateboarding, or hitting the slopes. So forget about close up head shots of you, with your best friend at the beach, and let us in on some action.

Sadly, the Nixie is just in the development stages, so she wont be flying behind you anytime soon, but as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait… and I’m thinking this could be a very good thing. Visit flynixie.com for videos, and to sign up for updates and information. In the meantime, skip the pictures of your sandwiches, and cocktails… no offense, but you know who you are.
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Dronies – Dancing Airborne Robots for All!

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The Heated Butter Knife is scientifically proven to spread butter better

By this point, we get it, I’m fond of innovative ways to put butter on bread. It’s just so delicious when done right that it’s hard not to be excited when you see a new way of doing things. While you can grate your butter, heat it manually, or just sit it out and wait, there are very fast ways to get things done that will still give you an even spread. Everyone’s passionate about something, right?

Everyone handles the dairy aspect a little differently, but Warburton’s conducted a poll with a little under three thousand people and found the most common practices were using a microwave, heating a regular knife, putting butter on a plate on top of the toaster, or using a hairdryer to get the butter to the exact desired temperature. The Warburtons Heated Butter Knife is the best option, and is backed by scientific fact. The amount of knowledge they have about toast is astounding. They talk about the “butterability” of the bread, and how the perfect temperature that the butter should be at is 41.8 degrees Celsius coming at the bread at an angle of 24.5 degrees, and how you should use short strokes rather than long when spreading.

While I kind of doubt the information, the copious amounts of it on their site (which is about baking) is almost too thorough to not believe. The handle of this knife will remain cool while the edge of the blade can heat inside of 30 seconds to start spreading that dairy goodness. While this is a hilariously neat idea, it’s only a concept at this point, though it likely wouldn’t cost more than $20 should it hit the market. They certainly seem reputable enough to make this sort of device, but we will have to wait and see.

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ARCHOS Smart Home revealed to help make life easier at home

Archos, a company that deals mainly in portable media players many years ago, has since moved on with the times, having a decent number of tablets on offer for the masses like the Archos 80 Xenon tablet, as well as an Android-powered netbook like the Archos Arcbook. Well, this time around, it seems that Archos will be ditching both product niches, and concentrate instead of its highly-anticipated Smart Home that boasts of unique technology within to give Archos a chance at competing in the Connected Home market, helping transform users’ houses along the way.

Thanks to the Archos Smart Home, connectivity has taken a big leap into the future, since users are now able to define actions that will be based on specific triggers in order to meet their individual needs, resulting in the creation of as many possibilities as one is able to imagine. Take for instance, a program that snaps a photo whenever someone enters the room right after opening the door, before sending you a notification alongside the snapped photo on your smartphone. Thieves, beware!

Right smack in the middle of it all for the Connected Home lies the Archos Smart Home Tablet that will control the Connected Objects, and has the ability to be tied to the Archos Smart Home application on any Android and iOS device so that users will be able to remain connected from just about anywhere.

For those who would want to turn their regular house to a Connected Home, the Archos Smart Home starter pack will comprise of one Archos Smart Home Tablet to manage the Connected Objects, a pair of Archos Mini Cams to snap photos, a couple of Archos Movement Tags to detect movement and door openings, and another two Archos Weather Tags which will help measure temperature and humidity.

Interested parties would have to be willing to part with $249.99 for the Archos Smart Home starter pack, while those who want to purchase stand-alone products will be able to do so from $24.99 onward. Expect other connected objects to arrive throughout the summer, including a smart plug to control power supply, a siren to serve as an alarm and a motion ball to detect movement.

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oPhone gets oSnap scent-based mobile messaging platform

When it comes to our five senses – sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing, which one do you value the most? It is one particular question that is difficult to answer, especially if we were to give up even one of them. Technology has advanced to such a point now where it is getting more and more common to incorporate different kinds of ways to engage our different senses with consumer electronics devices, such as scent-emitting LCD displays and video game peripherals. oSnap is one such advancement, being a delivery system for scents.

The oSnap app intends to transform message delivery by enabling iOS users to tag different photos with more than 300,000 scents to choose from. Vapor Communications is the company behind the launch of oSnap, where the scent-tagged images that are known as oNotes are able to be electronically sent and received via email, Facebook, and Twitter in select hotspots which happen to have the oPhone. Needless to say, the oPhone happens to be the hardware required in order to emit the scent.

oSnap is now available as a free download in the Apple App store, where users will gain the ability to snap a photograph and tag any object in the photograph with scent compositions. In order to concoct your very own scent, you can do so in a scrolling window which presents up to 32 unique scents. Users will then make a pick from one to eight, which results in more than 300,000 combinations. From there, you can name the scent-tagged image and send it electronically to friends.

When you have received the oNote, you can then tap the oNote icon before being sent to onotes.com, where you will be able to check out the image as well as associated scents. Should you happen to own an iPhone in Bluetooth proximity to an oPhone, you can also download the aromatic message and smell the scents. The first commercial oPhones will be available for delivery in early 2015, where it will cost $149 thanks to a 25% discount on ultimate sale price.

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The Beach Vault – Keeps Your Treasure Buried

The days are getting longer and warmer, and thoughts have turned towards the summer. Time to start unpacking your bathing suits and flip-flops, and start planning for some long and lazy beach days. I love everything about the sea, well, almost. Sometimes, my day of relaxation gets a little annoying, while I swim, (or doze off on my beach towel) I worry about my wallet, phone and car keys… I worry they’ll be lost, or damaged by moisture, sand, or worse.. swiped by a criminal who could care less about ruining my perfect day.

So how do you take everything you need with you, and still keep it safe? Check out the Beach Vault. A nifty little plastic bucket, with a twist… a real twist! The bucket has been designed to screw into the sand, through the included beach towel, and the lid incorporates a rubber O ring to help prevent water and sand from getting to your stuff. Once “installed” the Beach Vault also hides your valuables from view, and even keeps your towel from blowing away.

The Beach Vault was a Kickstarter project that did NOT make its goal, however the inventors of the Beach Vault are still intent on bringing it to market. They already have in place a manufacturing company to make the capsules, and if their funding goals are met, you could still have one in your hands by summer, if you want to watch the video, or buy/invest in the around 30 dollar Beach vault, visit thebeachvault.com, and don’t forget your sunscreen.

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