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Awesome tech you can’t buy yet, for the week of August 31, 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 to have 30 floating solar power islands to generate 60 megawatts of clean energy

Kyocera Corp. and Century Tokyo Leasing Corp. are partnering to build two massive solar power islands that will float on two reservoirs in Japan to generate about 2.9 megawatts of energy. Plans are in place to build a total of 30 such islands.

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Google’s self-driving car is far from ready, can’t drive through rain, snow or parking lots

There’s no arguing that Google’s self-driving car is a thrilling development worthy of enthusiastic discussion, but there are a number of reasons to rain on this parade – rain itself, for one thing.

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20 years before smart coffee pots, connected caffeine created an Internet sensation

Back in 1993, a band of Cambridge University students one of the first-ever public web cams to answer one of civilized man’s oldest questions: Is there any coffee left?

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ORA-X smart eyeglasses to challenge Google Glass in 2015 with $300 price tag

The ORA-X is a pair of smart eyeglasses that’s on track to be sold to consumers for a palatable $300 a pop next summer. Optinvent has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the developer-friendly ORA-1, a warning shot at Google Glass and other competitors.

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This robot printer from Fuji Xerox brings your printed documents to your desk

Fuji Xerox has created a prototype robotic printer that will simplify the normal printing process. The robot printer, which has been tested in a lounge in Tokyo, finds its way to you whenever you want to print a document.

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Engineer builds a 3D-printed castle in his back garden

If you thought you'd seen every 3D-printed project there was to see, think again — a miniature castle has just been completed in Minnesota. Read on to find out how the building was constructed.

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Google, like Amazon, trialing drone deliveries in ‘Project Wing’

Amazon isn't the only Web giant planning to make deliveries by drone. Google has just revealed that for the last two years it's been developing its own unmanned flying machine in an ambitious Google X initiative called 'Project Wing.'

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This 3D-printed turbine fits in a backpack to deliver wind power anywhere

Omni3d's AirEnergy 3D printed wind turbine is portable and easy to assemble, but it packs a punch with 300 watts of energy. The turbine can power multiple gadgets and even supplement a house's traditional power supply.

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Time lapse video solves the mystery of Death Valley’s sailing stones

With the help of time lapse photography, rugged equipment, and a fair bit of luck; researchers have finally caught Death Valley's sailing stones in the act and solved the centuries-old mystery of how they travel across the desert floor

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Your future windshield will look more like a see-through TV than a window

Jaguar has promised its forthcoming mid-size XE sports sedan will offer a laser-based augmented reality head up display (HUD). So we decided to delve a bit more deeply into the system, how it works, and what kind of roles it could play in the future of…

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Korea’s capitol is getting an outdoor water-powered smartphone charging station

If you find yourself sauntering around Seoul anytime soon and your handset's running out of juice, head to downtown's main waterway and you'll soon have those battery bars showing again.

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Google said to be considering historic LA aircraft hangar as office space

Google could be about sign a deal to take over a massive aircraft hangar in LA where Howard Hughes' famous 'Spruce Goose' plane was built. A report Tuesday described the space as "atypical," suggesting it would be perfect for the Web giant.

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Mid-air dispute over Knee Defender gadget gets passengers kicked off United flight

The clever Knee Defender gadget has been preventing airline seats from reclining for the last 11 years. This week, however, the device – or, more accurately, one man's refusal to stop using it – led to two passengers getting kicked off a flight.

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Innovators and Essentials: Ryan Grepper, The Coolest Cooler

Unique design, careful planning, and a wave of followers helped elevate the Coolest Cooler to the top of the Kickstarter mountain.

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The hottest cooler on the planet: Coolest Cooler takes top spot on Kickstarter

After washing out in its first effort, the Coolest Cooler came rolling back to become the highest funded Kickstarter campaign in the history of the site. The ice chest with everything from a blender to a Bluetooth speaker has now reached over $10 mill in…

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Back to school dorm room guide

Turn your dorm room from a cinder-block cell to a technological Garden of Eden with these college-friendly gadgets. Or, you know, just make it a little easier to make your bed in the morning.

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Back to school car accessories guide

The 2014-2015 school year is coming up, and that means back to school shopping. Because we don’t care about pencils and notebooks here, we’re counting down the eight best car gadgets for the upcoming school year.

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World’s first ‘smart’ cruise ship features robot bartenders, virtual balconies and more

Tech fans considering a cruise for their next vacation may well be tempted by the Quantum of the Seas, a vessel that its owner, Royal Caribbean, describes as "the world's most technologically advanced ship ever to sail."

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7 upcoming wearables that make us laugh, cringe, and secretly covet

A chair you can wear? Pass. A ski helmet with a camera, GPS tracker and MP3 player built right in. Now we’re getting somewhere.

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Awesome tech you can’t buy yet, for the week of August 24, 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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Meet Denny and Yerka, two bikes that securely lock themselves without the help of a lock

Two new bike designs may make bike locks a thing of the past. The Denny is a high-tech bike filled with useful features, including a handlebar that acts as a bike lock. The Yerka's frame opens up to securely lock the bike.

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Biovigil badge checks to see if your doctor’s hands are clean

Definitely ideal if looking for a safe, clean hospital for an upcoming surgery, a badge system created by Biovigil checks to see if the medical staff is washing their hands after interacting with patients.

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The 10 most hilariously awful Kickstarter projects of all time

Kickstarter backers may have flocked to the Coolest Cooler and Neil Young's Pono Player, but other projects weren't quite as successful. Check out our picks for the 10 worst Kickstarter campaigns, whether talking video games or Red Bull-fueled road trips.

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Can Coin survive? Project delayed, backers outraged, doubts loom (Updated)

It looks like Coin is in a serious predicament. The e-wallet for your credit cards has delayed its launch, is charging backers for the beta version and has yet to answer important questions about its feasibility.

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Samsung’s clever new cable will charge three gadgets at once

Samsung is preparing to release a new charging cable, which splits one end into three separate microUSB connectors, allowing you to charge up three gadgets using a single plug socket.

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The ‘Chairless Chair’ is a chair you can wear

A piece of wearable kit that attaches to your legs like an exoskeleton and transforms into a chair at the touch of a button has caught the interest of BMW and Audi, both of whom plan to test it out with factory workers in the coming months.

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FDA approves AliveCor’s heart monitoring app and iPhone case

AliveCor aims to help those with serious heart conditions monitor their own health with its heart monitor, app, and ECG algorithm. The company's app and heart monitor attachment are now FDA approved.

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