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This giant 3D printer can build 10 prefab homes in under 24 hours

Using a massive, building-sized 3D printer to squirt out concrete in special patterns, this Chinese company can manufacture 10 houses per day, and at for very little cost.

Bye bye braille! This FingerReader ring can read books to the blind

Researchers from MIT Media Labs are developing a wearable device that can read out printed text using a synthesized voice, thereby helping the sight-impaired read books without the use of braille.

This radio gets all of the energy it needs from a handful of moss

Moss FM, one of the earliest submissions to the James Dyson Award competition, is a fully-functioning radio powered completely by moss. You can learn more about Moss FM here.

FBI’s facial recognition database holds records on 1/3 of all Americans

New documents uncovered by the EFF reveal some telling details about the FBI's rapidly expanding database of biometric information. Learn more here.

These smart specs are like Google Glass for sailors

These cool smart glasses are specifically designed for sailors and competitive yachting, providing crucial data all the time, right in front of your eyes. However, like everything to do with yachts, the Afterguard Recon is expensive.

‘Glow in the dark’ road lights the way to energy savings in the Netherlands

Cool-looking 'glow in the dark' roads are now part of the driving experience in the Netherlands as the government searches for innovative ways to replace street lights and reduce energy costs.

Google considering tiny cameras for contact lenses, patent application shows

If you thought Glass presented privacy issues, wait till you hear about Google's latest patent application. It outlines details of a camera-equipped contact lens that can snap a photo with the blink of an eye, and also offer help to the visually impaired.

Pot brownie, anyone? First marijuana vending machine shown in Colorado

Attempting to provide an easier way for Colorado residents to purchase marijuana-laced edibles, a company called American Green has developed a vending machine that verifies identity through biometrics.

Google acquires drone company Titan Aerospace

As part of its plan to blanket the Earth in an omnipresent wireless Internet network, Google has just acquired high-altitude drone manufacturer, Titan Aerospace.

Ikea just bought a massive wind farm in Illinois to power all of its US stores

As part of an ongoing effort to reduce its power consumption, Ikea just made a big investment in an Illinois wind farm. Learn more here.

Research breakthrough brings body-heat-powered wearables a step closer

A team of researchers in South Korea who recently discovered a way of converting body heat into electricity believe the technology is at last light and flexible enough to one day find its way into wearable devices.

Bezos maintains he’s serious about Amazon’s drone delivery service, currently testing tech

If you thought Jeff Bezos's idea for a drone delivery system was little more than a lame publicity stunt, think again. A recent letter to shareholders shows the plan is taking shape, with engineers working on "generations 7 and 8" of the octocopters.

Awesome tech you can’t buy yet, for the week of April 13, 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!

Flipping through The Manual: Hulking live-edge tables, stout glasses and more

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SunBrite beams your favorite content into the yard with its new wireless HDMI transceiver

The $600 SB-HDWT is already sold out via the official product page, but consumers with backyard home theater aspirations should listen up — the device is capable of transferring full 1080 HD content wirelessly to any HDMI-enabled TV.

Soon, we’ll all be cyborgs: crowdfunded xNT biohacking implant ships this month

Just a few short months after concluding its Indiegogo campaign, Dangerous Things is set to ship its NFC implant to paying customers later this month. You can learn more here.

How dumb are you willing to look? Apple patents mobile 3D goggles

Apple was just granted a six year old patent for a decidedly dorky looking pair of video goggles that aim to provide regular and 3D video display on the go. Check out these futuristic shades for yourself.

Analog gets smart in Box Clever’s OLED-powered Span watch concept

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New study finds that e-cig vapor affects cells similarly to tobacco smoke

A new study published in the scientific journal Nature shows that mutations in cells exposed to e-cig vapor were "strikingly similar" to those exposed to tobacco smoke

Scientists developing high-energy camera that detects the faintest atmospheric light

Scientists at the SLAC lab in California are developing a camera that can detect the faintest light in the night sky. The camera will be used in the upcoming Cherenkov Telescope Array.

Forget fingerprints: Your phone could lock out thieves by learning your ‘touch signature’

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new security system that continuously tracks how you swipe and tap on your mobile devices to keep thieves from using your smartphone or tablet.

Check out the Navy’s crazy electromagnetic railgun that’s set to be deployed in 2016

After developing it behind closed doors for the better part of a decade, the U.S. Navy will soon unveil it's railgun prototype to the public this July

DJI makes its newest Phantom 2 aerial drone faster, even more awesome

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Cut those awkward heart-rate-monitor straps with TomTom’s Runner Cardio GPS watch

TomTom's latest GPS watches, the Runner Cardio and Multisport Cardiom, will keep an eye on your heart rate without the usual assortment of straps. Just slap it on and go.

StoreDot’s next-gen smartphone batteries go from zero to charged in 30 seconds

StoreDot, an Israeli start-up, has found a way to further enable our clingy relationship with our smartphones, claiming that its special battery can fully charge a phone in 30 seconds.

World’s first ‘robot kangaroo’ created to inspire future engineers

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Awesome tech you can’t buy yet, for the week of April 6, 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!

Watch the world’s largest game of Tetris on a Philadelphia office block

Tetris is celebrating its 30th birthday this year, and what better way to mark the occasion than by playing the classic game on a 29-storey skyscraper? The NYT has video of the game in action.

Flipping through The Manual: Timeless watches, deep-sea rum, LED lanterns and more

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Amazon launches Dash, a home barcode scanner

The AmazonFresh grocery service has only reached two states so far, but that hasn't stopped Amazon launching a new barcode scanner that you can use to stock up your shelves from your own home.

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