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Short of space? Make room for transformable furniture

We all have felt the desire to manage our living space. Check out five of our favorite pieces of furniture designed to open up your home, whether you're in the market for a simple grill, hanging desk, or a full-sized kitchen housed in a box.

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This is the farthest anyone has ever gone on a hoverboard

A Canadian inventor has gone four times farther on a hoverboard than anyone ever has before — though we don't know much more about his futuristic mode of transportation or how it works.

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In a slump? This smart stool improves your posture

The Zami Smart Stool can help you improve your posture and give you real-time feedback along the way. The stool has sensors that communicate with the Zami app and send data directly to your smartphone.

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Brilliant new bearing design spins with 10x less friction, doesn’t require grease

Japanese engineering firm Coo Space has reportedly developed a new type of bearing that spins with up to 10 times less friction than the bearings we currently use, without the aid of grease or any other sort of lubrication.

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Ocumetics Bionic Lens implant promises eyesight that’s better than 20/20

20/20 vision may be the golden standard today, but the introduction of ahe Ocumetics Bionic Lens takes correcting vision to a whole new level, promising eyesight that is up to three times better than 20/20.

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Watch golf balls get shot out of an amazing, sci-fi propane cannon

What could be better than a dramatic, sci-fi-style homemade propane cannon? How about one that gets modified to shoot golf balls 600 feet into the air? That's what this mad scientist has done, and it's very cool indeed.

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Wearables for Good challenge looks to help the underprivileged through tech

Wearables such as the Apple Watch and Fitbit may seem like trivial toys for the wealthy, but a new contest is looking to harness the power of this technology to help the poor and underprivileged in developing nations.

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Ossur and Johns Hopkins both announce mind-controlled bionic limbs

A bionic breakthrough is on the horizon, and it all starts with mind control. On Wednesday, two separate announcements from two separate labs heralded the next generation in prosthetics -- a mind-controlled artificial limb.

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Google is developing an OS for the Internet of Things

Google is developing an OS for the Internet of Things codenamed "Brillo." This should be announced next week at Google I/O. This marks an important step in Google entering the IOT market after purchasing Nest and other companies.

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This hydrogen-powered drone can theoretically fly for four hours straight

Instead of using the standard lithium-ion cells that most drones rely on for power, the upcoming Hycopter drone uses hydrogen as its energy source. A working version is under development

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Brilliant new 3D printer folds up like a briefcase, prints dozens of different materials

The Focus is the first 3D printer specifically designed for easy transport. It's also compatible with an extremely wide range of materials and promises intuitive operation. For now, though, you can only snag one through Kickstarter.

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Part fitness tracker, part headset, the TalkBand is the mashup nobody asked for

We review the quirky Huawei TalkBand B2, a fitness tracker on your wrist that houses a full Bluetooth headset inside it. But do you even need this?

  • Pros: Excellent build quality , Calls sound great , Android and…
  • Cons: Who wears a Bluetooth earpiece anymore? , No notifications…

You can now click to shop from YouTube ads

Google is launching shoppable ads on the YouTube ad platform, enabling potential consumers to access products they see advertised right from the video. It's called TrueView shopping and is aimed at driving higher ad retention and sales.

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Edmund’s ‘DrivePromise’ app uses pictures of loved ones to keep you focused on the road

A new smartphone application called ‘DrivePromise by Edmunds’ is designed to help Apple Watch and iPhone owners stay focused on the road. The app was inspired by the publication’s talk with behavioral economist Dan Ariely.

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This VR headset is your backstage pass to a top fashion show

Fashion house Dior has made its own virtual reality headset, called Dior Eyes, and will use them to put wearers backstage at its fashion shows. However, don't get any weird ideas, as the headset is for use in Dior boutiques only.

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The minimalist Light Phone wants to be your ‘phone away from phone’

If you like the idea of taking a break from the incessant temptations that your smartphone presents but feel queasy at the idea of leaving home without it, then the Light Phone, which only makes and takes calls, may offer a solution.

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Kokoon EEG headphones can detect when you’re in deep sleep, trigger lucid dreams

Recently launched on Kickstarter, Kokoon is a set of app-enabled EEG headphones that can perform a wide variety of different functions -- including the potential to induce lucid dreams.

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NASA’s latest plan? Send out hundreds of tiny satellites to monitor extraterrestrial worlds

NASA wants to use its pico-sized cubesats to explore extraterrestrial worlds, and to accomplish that goal with a two-stage spacecraft weighing less than 11 pounds in total.

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Electroloom prints ready-to-wear clothing like a cotton candy machine gone haywire

Rather than creating garments with a series of snap-together plastic parts, the Electroloom uses a process it calls Field Guided Fabrication to create real, fabric-based clothing from scratch

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KFC launches a meal tray that’s also a Bluetooth keyboard for your phone

KFC customers in Germany can now eat fried chicken and keep their smartphone screens clean thanks to the Tray Typer, a reusable meal tray insert that doubles as a Bluetooth keyboard. You can bet Colonel Sanders never saw this one coming.

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Samsung’s robot vacuum is ready to take on Roomba, but is it ready for your room?

The Samsung POWERbot VR9000 is a versatile robot vacuum, especially thanks to its remote control. Still, it suffers from some of the same hang-ups as its ilk.

  • Pros: Easy to use , Good capacity , Remote controls are fun…
  • Cons: Misses the corners , Gets stuck , Spotty navigation…

With the help of bacteria, this amazing new bio-concrete can repair its own cracks

Researchers have developed a special kind of "bio-concrete" that's imbued with a specific strain of bacteria. When the concrete fractures, the bacteria will spring into action and fill the crack back up with limestone.

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New Chrome extension from Google yells at nearby computers to transfer data

An experimental new extension from Google sends URLs between computers using sound, in a manner of speaking. Its application may be limited, but the effect is undeniably cool.

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