Robin Hood device steals power from devices, and gives it to battery poor

Smart piece of technology is a good device to bring on hikes, camping for emergency situations

The device here is called the “ChargeBite” and it’s a brilliant piece of technology that allows users to leech power off other phones / devices to charge their own phone / device.

ChargeBite device

ChargeBite’s right up there with our Bluetooth portable speakers in terms of being an essential piece of equipment for you and your friends when spending a day doing outdoor activities like hiking, camping, and more.

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Finger mouse gives literal meaning to point and click

Future of mobile computing is getting much, much smaller

Mycestro mouse

The web is abuzz right now about the Mycestro, and for good reason. The device is being heralded as a 3D mouse that not only can be used for standard, desktop computing but mobile computing too.

Mycestro is easy to set up — it gets placed on the index finger and is used on a flat surface. From there, it allows the user to control their computer with hand gestures and mouse-click functionality.

Mycestro being hooked up

The device itself is small, lightweight, and conforms well to the finger. It incorporates Bluetooth 4.0 low energy protocol and has a range of about 30 feet (good for, say, PowerPoints). It’s turned on with the user’s thumb touches the side, so when it’s not being touched, the cursor pauses until it’s ready to be used again.

Mycsestro thumb control

Movement of the cursor is controlled by gesturing one’s hand in the direction they want it to go. To make a selection, the user releases the touch panel and then taps it again on the left, middle or right button.

Mycestro being clicked

The whole device is powered by an internal battery that gets charged via USB. Estimated run time—eight hours. It’s raising funds on Kickstarter — check out the campaign video below:

3D printer pen lets users create objects just by drawing them

New device eliminates need for bulky printers

 3Doodler

Wow — I haven’t seen a Kickstarter campaign off take off like this since, well, we put our newest portable speaker on the site a few months ago.

The device below is called the 3Doodler and it was created by WobbleWorks. Basically, it’s a pen that allows users to create objects simply by drawing them, whether it’s on paper on in the air.

That’s right – it’s the world’s first 3D printing pen.

3Doodler pen

What’s great about the 3Doodler is the fact that it does away with the need for a bulky printer. It uses ABS plastic to build the object and it draws in the air or on most surfaces. The device simply extrudes heated plastic which quickly cools and solidifies into a stable object.

3Doodler objects

As you can see, it’s pretty easy to use and doesn’t require any computers / software / additional hardware. The user just plugs it in and the pen’s ready to start drawing. It can be drawn in the air or on flat forms and peeled off paper in separate parts to later be joined together.

3Doodler on paper

A 3Doodler stencil kit will be made available online to help first time users with getting started out and familiar with using the pen.

The original goal for 3Doodler on Kickstarter was $30,000. Today — February 21st, it’s already surpassed that goal (with 31 days left).

By a lot.

In fact, it’s already achieved $1.38 million.

Cool stuff. Check out the group’s campaign video below:

Batteries not required – headphones draw power from ear cells

Breakthrough technology able to draw power from human tissue alone

Funny looking hearing aid

When it comes to breakthroughs, this is a big one — Harvard researchers have successfully powered an electrical hearing device that uses a natural electromechanical gradient in inner ear cells.

Translation — you may one day be able to listen to music from your smartphone device via battery-less, Bluetooth earbuds.

Mind blown burt from sesame street

Thinking beyond the entertainment factor, the group hopes that the technology will also be able to power technologies like brain implants or hearing aids.

The obvious question here is — how? Without getting too Bill Nye on you, the way it works is like this: nerve cells use the movement of positively charged sodium and potassium ions across a membrane to create a chemical gradient that drives neural signals. Hair cells in the cochlea use this gradient to convert the mechanical force of the vibrating eardrum into electrical signals that the brain can understand.

The researchers powered a device by tapping into this resource by attaching electrodes attached to both sides of a guinea pig’s cochlear hair cell membranes. Attached to the chip was a radio transmitter — after kick-starting the chip with radio waves, the device sustained the low-power transmitter for 5 hours.

The challenge they found was the fact that the amount of voltage they were able to get was, obviously, pretty tiny — just a fraction of what gets generated in a single AA battery. The next step is to develop an electronic chip that contains within it low-resistance electrodes capable of harnessing a small amount of electrical activity—oh, and to do it without damaging hearing.

In the meantime, we recommend everyone continue wearing their Bluetooth, Lithium-ion-powered portable speakers.

Soup bowl makes it cool to eat alone

Bowl holds phone in place, doubles as a speaker amplifier

MisoSoupDesign Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl

The digital age has brought about plenty of great gadgets. The smartphone. The tablet. The Boombot. It’s also, unfortunately, brought about a degradation of people’s social skills. Everywhere you go, you see people in the familiar pose — hunched over their device, oblivious to the world around them. It’s a lonely behavior that makes walking past them in a hallway awkward, driving dangerous, and eating together with them downright annoying.

Well, it appears as though we’ve got at least one of these problems solved: introducing MisoSoupDesign’s “Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl”. It was designed by Daisuke Nagatomo and Jan Minnie and as you can see, it’s a ramen bowl that comes equipped with a rim slot to fit a smartphone.

Different MisoSoupDesign Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowls

Rolling your eyes at the fact that this bowl encourages the anti-social to be more, well, anti-social? Take comfort in the fact that the slot also doubles as a sound amplifier. Granted it’s nothing near the sound you’ll get from a high quality portable speaker, but it is enough to allow the soup guzzling loner to blast their Bon Iver for all to hear.

Listening to music with MisoSoupDesign Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl

According to MisoSoupDesign’s Facebook page, their “Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl” is still in the prototype stage, but they will be available soon.