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Ironing boards, or ironing tables as they used to be called, have remained largely unchanged since around the mid 1800s, but now consumer electronics startup Sharkk has unveiled the Flippr, an ironing board with one simple difference: it flips over, so you can iron both sides of the garment without moving it. The tedious task is further sped up with the help of accessories like pants clips, a wire shelf for the iron, and a detachable detail board for sleeves and collars. Most of the innovation in the exciting world of ironing has been in the iron itself, with things…

Just like the selfie stick before them, tiny drones are giving those concerned with self-portraiture more reach than ever before. The AirSelfie is the latest flying camera to zoom into the arena, and may just be the least cumbersome one we’ve seen, with the ability to slide away into the user’s smartphone case when not in use. When all you really need is a decent enough camera to hang in the air for a few moments and capture a memory or two, the necessary hardware can be packed into some pretty small packages. A number of interesting takes on the…

To help you with buying decisions (especially holiday gift giving) we’ve rounded up the year’s leading 2-in-1 tablet/laptop hybrids at a variety of price points. Let’s take a closer look at these boundary-blurring convertibles. For the sake of this comparison, we are including some devices that are essentially tablets with extra functionality, and others that are laptops first.  The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro fall into the former category. They’re standalone tablets with sold-separately keyboard attachments (the Type Cover for US$130 and Smart Keyboard for $169, respectively) that propel them into laptop territory. On the other hand, the…

A groundbreaking new technology unveiled this week could enable paraplegics to walk again by sending signals wirelessly from the brain to the lower part of the spine. The neuroprosthetic interface, developed by an international team of scientists and technicians, acts as bridge between the brain’s motor cortex and the spine. Brain signals are picked up by an implant in the skull and then translated by a small computer, which relays the information — wirelessly and immediately — to electrodes implanted in the spine. The spinal electrodes are placed in the lumbar region, below the injury or lesion that otherwise prevents…

Deep-ultraviolet (deep-UV) lights are used for the heavy-duty purification of drinking water and the rigorous sterilization of medical equipment. Unfortunately, they are also usually made using large and heavy mercury lamps not particularly suited to portable use in battlefield or emergency field situations. In an effort to overcome this problem, engineers at The Ohio State University have created a flexible, lightweight, LED-based, deep-UV foil prototype that can be wrapped around items and energized to kill harmful microorganisms. “Right now, if you want to make deep ultraviolet light, you’ve got to use mercury lamps,” said Roberto Myers, associate professor of materials…

Apple will release three variants of its iPhone next year according to a report from the (usually reliable) analytics company KGI Securities. One of the new iPhones will have a 5.5-inch OLED screen, the report (caught by 9to5Mac) says, while the other two will have LCD displays, just like the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The dual camera will only be offered on the larger, 5.5-inch models, while the 4.7-inch iPhone will have a single camera. The report doesn’t say much about current rumors of a radically new, bezel-less iPhone. However, KGI has reported on multiple occasions that Apple…

The virtual whole-Earth model that Google has been perfecting for over a decade has finally reached its next big step: Google Earth is now available in virtual reality. For the first time, users can walk through real city streets, fly through canyons and teleport to anywhere in the world all in an completely immersive VR experience. Google Earth VR covers the entire 196.9 million square miles of the planet, so if you can’t decide where where to take your first virtual trip, Google has helpfully included cinematic tours and curated destinations through places like the Amazon River, downtown Manhattan, the…

If you are into large smartphones and market’s current offering in India aren’t cutting it for you, Lenovo’s new phone in the country may be something worth considering.  Lenovo today launched the Phab 2 Plus in India, which sports a massive 6.4-inch full-HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) display. The smartphone starts at Rs 14,999 ($225) and will be sold exclusively through Amazon India. The company says it is trying to offer full immersive experience with the Phab 2 Plus. It is doing so by upping the camera and speaker experiences. There’s a dual 13-megapixel Futjitsu Milbeaut sensors on the back,…

Google is letting users peek into some of its most experimental artificial intelligence projects. The company unveiled a new website Tuesday called A.I. Experiments that showcases Google’s artificial intelligence research through web apps that anyone can test out. The projects include a game that guesses what you’re drawing, a camera app that recognizes objects you put in front of it and a music app that plays “duets” with you. Google says the goal of the site is to make some of its machine learning technology more accessible to people who are interested in artificial intelligence but don’t have the technical…

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