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Cycling to work is good for your health and the planet, but being caught in an unexpected downpour and arriving at the office soaked to the core is no fun. A team from Denmark has created a pair of waterproof pants for cyclists that use a unique fastening system to make them faster to put on and take off … 77.5 percent faster, to be precise. From the outside, the Legs Jacket looks like any other pair of rain pants. There are two different versions available, one of which uses a regular waterproof material and another made of Sympatex. The…

https://youtu.be/36WCHfGwusc The 2016 battle of the tech giants is in full force after Microsoft and Apple unveiled their new products a day apart. If you’re still struggling to choose a winner based on the announcements alone, have no fear. You can now compare and contrast the MacBook Pro and Surface Studio through a visually stunning split-screen video montage, set to Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’s “Pure Imagination.” On the left, check out Apple’s new and improved MacBook Pro featuring the Touch Bar. On the right, Microsoft’s transformative Surface Studio and Surface Dial. Though very different products, the similarities in…

The shapes and sizes of drones have changed a lot in recent times, but most serious quadcopters are still controlled by way of a dual-joystick controller (autonomous flyers notwithstanding). A new crowdfunding campaign is coming at it from a different angle, by developing a drone that can be flown with a single hand using a stick and thumb ring. It is true that getting up to speed as a drone pilot using joystick controllers can take some time. The team behind Shift is aiming to give novices an easier way to earn their wings through what it claims is a…

The future of prosthetics is fast arriving, with 3D-printed construction, advanced materials and embedded sensors replacing the unadorned wood and plastic of yore. But like the rest of the future, it’s not equally distributed. In order to bridge the gap for users who can’t afford or get at these fancy new prostheses, Austrian researchers propose smartening up dumb prosthetics with sensor-packed garments. The proCover, from the University of Applied Sciences in Linz, was presented at the Association for Computing Machinery’s UIST conference, where it was selected as one of the best papers. “The design and construction of prostheses that can…

Ford engineers are working on a system that would allow vehicles to collect and recycle condensation produced by vehicle air conditioners, turning waste water into potable drinks on hot days demanding AC use. water dispenser The On-The-Go H2O prototype unveiled by the company is a much simpler version of the envisioned device, but does basically the same thing: humidity is turned into drinking water stored in a tank and ready to dispense. car dispenser Drivers and passengers will be able to tap into the system via a dispenser faucet situated between the front pair of seats. The technology can generate…

iFixit gave Google’s Pixel XL a middling repairability score of 6 out of 10 partly because its display was poorly assembled. Still, the team found a lot of modular components that can be easily replaced when they cracked Mountain View’s new flagship open. They also noted that HTC acted as the perfect silent partner, barely leaving a mark on the device despite manufacturing it for the tech giant. The only indication that HTC was involved is a logo on the XL’s battery, which you can peel off — it’s right in the middle of a tab you need to pull…

https://youtu.be/5C4njOzxHOQ?t=64 Outfit missing that final touch? Try Rovables: pocket-sized robots that live on your clothes. The bots, developed by a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University, look like miniature cars with a custom-designed circuit board for a roof. With the help of magnetic wheels that pinch the fabric, they can roam freely up and down clothing for 45 minutes at a stretch, stopping in place to pose as a brooch or a bracelet. “I’ve never actually seen a robot that can independently drive itself around your clothing,” says Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman, an associate professor at the…

While babies are great in most ways, they’re not exactly conducive to getting a full night’s sleep. Realizing this, pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp joined forces with Swiss designer Yves Béhar (of the Fuseproject firm) and a team at MIT’s Media Lab to create a solution. Five years later, the automated Snoo baby bed is the result. Throughout the night, Snoo rocks the baby and plays back soothing in-the-womb-like white noise. When the integrated microphones detect that the baby is crying, the bed starts jiggling the infant and increases the white noise – it keeps this up until the crying stops,…

Game controllers have been rumbling since the Nintendo 64 days, but a new wearable device is designed to take that kind of haptic feedback out of gamer’s hands. Worn around the neck, different parts of the OmniWear Arc will vibrate at different intensities to give a 360-degree indication of enemy and teammate positions beyond a player’s field of view, and it may even find applications outside of the gaming world. With eight haptic motors built into the band, the OmniWear Arc doesn’t exactly give players a sixth sense, as the company claims, but it does make use of one of…

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