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AeroVelo's human-powered helicopter

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The American Helicopter Society has officially declared AeroVelo winner of the Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition. The AHS Sikorsky competition began in 1980, and the prize was destined for anyone able to stay at least 10 feet in the air for at least 60 seconds within a  30' x 30' space using a flying machine powered solely by a single human. No team has ever managed to meet all of the requirements — until now. AeroVelo Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter captured the long standing AHS Sikorsky Prize with a flight lasting 64.1 seconds and reaching an altitude of 3.3 metres.
Canadian Todd Reichert and his team have just been awarded $250,000 and the honor of building something that really worked. Reichert said:
"This isn't something that you’re going to commute to work in any time soon, but it’s an exercise in really pushing the limits on what’s physically possible, and what you can do with lightweight materials and really creative design. Winning this competition really is a catalyst to keep doing the things we love. Our goal is to take on projects that really inspire people to follow big dreams.”
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DARPA’s real-world Terminator, Atlas

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DARPA and Boston Dynamics, of BigDog, Petman, and Cheetah fame, have unveiled their most advanced humanoid robot yet: Atlas. At 6’2″ (188cm) and 330lbs (150kg). with 28 hydraulically actuated joints, Atlas can replicate almost every degree of human motion, watch the video above. Atlas has an on-board, real-time computer — but it hasn’t yet been loaded up with its software brain. As it stands, Atlas is a shell, and more than a dozen teams will now compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) to see who can create the best brain for Atlas.
"In December 2013, each team will load up an Atlas with its software and compete in a series of disaster response trials. The best teams will receive continued funding from DARPA, and will then compete in the DRC finals in December 2014. Whoever wins that will receive $2 million from DARPA, and presumably a big contract for the commercial production of Atlas robots.”
As you can see in the video, Atlas has no problem walking over rough terrain...
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World's Slimmest Smartphone Screen

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Korean LG announced that it will unveil the world's slimmest Full HD LCD panel for smartphones. The state-of-the-art 5.2-inch panel is only 2.2mm thin with a 2.3mm bezel. It is both slimmest and narrowest among existing Full HD LCD panels designed for mobile devices. Besides, the panel will make devices easier to grip as well as lighter in weight.
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Samsung's bendier phone concepts

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Young Sohn, a senior executive from Sumsung, unveiled a lighter and bendier phone concept on Tuesday in San Francisco. "We think the health area is a really key area of innovation," said Sohn. The concept shows off future of wearables and phone displays. Its wearable sensors that allow you to monitor your health stats on the go and send the results directly to a doctor.
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Hand Tree wearable air purifier

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The Hand Tree by Russian student Alexander Kostin is a personal air purifier concept, which is cleaning the air around us with a wearable appliance accessory. If every inhabitant in a big city would wear such a device, we would be all to breathe easily in a smoggy air.
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Japanese exoskeleton promises to make schoolgirls taller, stronger

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At first glance, the presentation appears to be something of a joke, a robotically cheery schoolgirl wearing the suit. But in this video above, you can watch a man wears the device onto the streets of Japan to show off its stair climbing and running ability. At one point, the video even shows the master-slave controlled hand of the suit delicately cracking an egg.
Created by Sagawa Electronics, the Powered Jacket MK3 is an exoskeleton suit that can be used to travel around the city and even pick up small objects. The suit weighs about 55 pounds and stands roughly seven feet tall, giving the wearer an imposing profile despite the device's "lightweight" build. According to the website, the exoskeleton will be offered in limited numbers to those interested and will sell for a whopping $123,000 starting this month.
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Wirelessly charge your device on DuPont Corian tabletops

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DuPont has teamed up with the PMA (power matters alliance) to embed wireless charging solutions for smartphones and tablets into DuPont Corian solid surfaces used in furnishings for home and public spaces. The tabletop allows one to charge their favorite gadgets on the go without the need for plugs and cables.
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Scientists Invent Injectable oxygen That Will Let You Live Without Breathing

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A team led by researchers at Boston Children's Hospital has designed tiny, gas-filled microparticles that can be injected directly into the bloodstream to quickly oxygenate the blood. Even if you can’t/aren’t breathing. And it can keep people alive for 15 to 30 minutes. The particles are pockets of oxygen in a layer of lipids, specifically fats. This is then suspended in liquid, which can be injected into the blood steam. The oxygen then “squeeze[s] through capillaries,” according to Dr. John Kheir of Boston Children’s Hospital. This invention, it will allow medical teams to keep patients alive and well for 15 to 30 minutes despite major respiratory failure. This is enough time for doctors and emergency personnel to act without risking a heart attack or permanent brain injuries in the patient. Cool, in the future we don't have to breathe in the water?
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T8 spider robot

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T8 is a lifelike high resolution 3D printed robot that uses a total of 26 servo motors. It is powered by the Bigfoot Inverse Kinematics Engine, which handles all the complex math calculations necessary for controlling multi-legged walking robots.
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Physical Facebook Fan Counter

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Fliike is the first physical Facebook Fan (or "Like") counter specially designed for local businesses, public places or Marketing departments! The gadget requires Wi-Fi access and is easy to use. Just plug it, connect Fliike to the "Smiirl" Wi-Fi network and open your browser on any page. Set up your Wi-Fi network and password. Finally, go to www.smiirl.com and follow the instructions to set up your Facebook page.
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How to build a heart, researchers are trying to grow new organs

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How do you make a working human heart? Scientists can turn stem cells into beating heart cells, but getting them to organize into a 3D heart requires a scaffold.
At the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Harald Ott and his team are reusing the scaffold that nature provides. They're stripping away all the living cells from dead hearts, before filling in the leftover matrix with healthy new cells.

AT&T Street Charge

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AT&T Street Charge is a pilot initiative that provides free solar mobile charging stations in locations across all five boroughs in New York. It is an environmentally friendly idea that we can borrow from.
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Vodafone gadget charging sleeping bag

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The Recharge charging sleeping bag by Vodafone is developed with help from the Electronics and Computer Science Department at the University of Southampton, uses a prototype "Power Pocket" to harvest thermoelectric energy. Eight hours of body heat after sleeping in the bag will provide 24 minutes of talk time and 11 hours of standby time.
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Contemplative kangaroo

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Hey, kangaroo, what are you thinking?
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SleepPhones

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SleepPhones are the most comfortable sleep headphones to help users sleep better. Invented by a family doctor, these patented headband headphones plug into the music player. Users can listen to anything they like with the earphones in the soft headband to relieve pressure.
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