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When your drone is boned, this parachute floats it safely back to earth

DJI, maker of the popular Phantom drones, is working on a parachute system that slows down their descent and lets them crash with less impact. The parachute can be deployed automatically or manually.

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This crowd-funding campaign wants to use an iPhone to diagnose malaria

The latest crowd-funding campaign to make use of the Apple iPhone is one from IanXen Rapid, a small medical team hoping to use the device along with a specially created app to make it easier to diagnose, and therefore treat, malaria.

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This tiny projector packs an 80-inch punch (and did we mention the infrared stylus?)

Mobile pocket projector TouchPico lets users project media on any flat surface and draw on the image with a stylus. Pico recently posted a crowd-funding campaign for the device on Indiegogo.

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BMW throws a cord to i3 EV owners with cheaper fast chargers, year of free juice

BMW is committing to EVs and charging infrastructure in a big way. Today the Bavarian automotive giant announced a new comprehensive charging plan for i3 customers and a revolutionary new fast charger.

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The V.360 aims to be the GoPro of panoramic video cameras

The V.360 is the latest panoramic camera to enter the market. Like the competition, it captures both 1080p HD video and high-res still images, but it is compatible with GoPro mounts.

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Lithium anode breakthrough could double or triple gadget battery life

Researchers at Stanford University have made a breakthrough in using lithium as an anode inside next generation batteries, potentially meaning triple the standby time for our phones, and twice the range on our electric cars.

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Organic power: Nokia charges Lumia 930 with 800 potatoes and apples

It may only come in handy if you happen to be near a grocery store (and you have some copper wire and nails in your bag), but Nokia and artist Caleb Charland still had fun demonstrating how a load of potatoes and apples can be used to charge a phone.

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Awesome tech you can’t buy yet, for the week of July 27, 2014

Check out our roundup of the coolest crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

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Japan wants to see robots compete against each other in the 2020 Summer Olympics

Tokyo will host the 2020 Olympics, and if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has any say in the matter, the world will see the world’s robots come together to compete for robotic supremacy.

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Pyramid structures allow solar cells to cool themselves, improve efficiency and last longer

A team of Stanford researchers embedded small pyramid- and cone-shaped structures on a thin layer of silica glass to redirect unwelcome heat away from the solar cells. This is aimed at improving the efficiency and life span of solar cells.

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Hands on: UpDesk UpWrite Midnight

Can a standing desk really boost your metabolism, strengthen your back, and add years to your life? We’re not sure about that last one, but we’re definitely feeling better…

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Stay fit in your cubicle with Cubii, an elliptical machine you can hide under your desk at work

Sitting for hours upon hours in your cubicle at work can lead to a number of serious health risks. The Cubii is a mini-elliptical machine that fits under your desk at work. The creators purport that you won’t leave work with bruised knees after using it.

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This sensor turns your iPad into a 3D scanner, but get ready to practice

We try out Occipital’s new Structure Sensor, a device that you mount to your iPad so it can 3D scan objects.

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South Korean baseball team installs robots to replace absent fans

If you're a fan of the Hanwah Eagles, then you can cheer your team on from anywhere. The Eagles' stadium has been kitted out with robot supporters that can beam your messages to the players.

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Codlight cPulse is a wacky multipurpose lighting accessory for Android phones

The Codlight cPulse is an Android smartphone case with a built-in 128-RGB-LED matrix that can perform all sorts of tasks. Besides lighting a scene for photos and videos, it can function as a notification light or alarm clock, and more.

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How Sony is helping West Africa with renewable energy

Sony Computer Science Laboratories is a much smaller operation than Microsoft Research or Google X. It likewise has a much narrower goal: saving the world.

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Google X project aims to define the perfect ‘healthy human’ via in-depth scientific study

The latest project to emerge from the Google X lab centers on health, and is ambitious even by Google's standards. The aim of the long-term study is to collect and process a mass of genetic and molecular data in order to define the perfect "healthy human."

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In the future, screens may correct your eyesight problems, not glasses

Scientists are developing a special screen which could correct vision problems without the need for the viewer to wear glasses, and a prototype version could be just a few years away.

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In GE’s first ‘microfactory,’ anyone can turn an idea into a 3D-printed product

GE opened up its FirstBuild microfactory to all inventors, engineers, and creators in late July. The factory plans to produce several interesting appliances that were designed and imagined by the online community.

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Walk this way: These ‘smart shoes’ vibrate to point you in the right direction

An Indian startup has created a pair of Bluetooth-enabled smart shoes and smart insoles called Lechal that can track your position, give you directions via vibrations, and track your activity levels.

Mobile

This smart pepper spray takes a photo of your assailant and sends it to authorities

Potentially a useful product for anyone that lives in an unsafe area, the Defender will fire off a picture of an attacker to authorities right before blasting the attacker with high grade pepper spray.

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This UK supermarket gets all of its power from rotting vegetables

The Sainbury's grocery store in Cannock, England, gets 100 percent of it's power by collecting it's food waste, recycling it, and using it to generate biomethane gas.

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Forget drinking, Vapshot lets you literally inhale your booze

Vapshot, maker of the vaporized liquor dispenser of the same name, has just released a miniaturized version of its flagship product designed to be used at home

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This robot thinks it’s Spielberg: Watch this machine-filmed ballet

This video of a ballet performance was taken with a robotic camera.

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This gum-stick-sized gizmo will tell you if your drink has been drugged

Pd.id is the first battery-powered and fully-reusable device that can detect the presence of Rohypnol, zolpidem, and other benzodiazepines (commonly known as date rape drugs) in your drinks

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Awesome tech you can’t buy yet, for the week of July 20, 2014

Check out our roundup of the coolest crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

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Ice cream could be the next 3D-printed food on the menu

What flavor ice cream would you like? And what shape? Three enterprising students from MIT have been working on a technique to create 3D-printed ice cream shapes in a modified freezer.

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Social media on your wrist: Hicon is a bracelet that makes social networking wearable

The Hicon is a unique bracelet with small, colorful buttons linked to your social media accounts. In other words, it’s wearable social media for your wrist. The goal is to bring social media interactions into the real world.

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