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Voice-controlled robotic wheelchair being developed by MIT researchers

Voice controlled robotic wheelchair

Developed by Robust Robotics Group, a team of MIT research scientists and students headed by Nicolas Roy and Seth Teller, this voice-controlled robotic wheelchair is under development since 2005 and is funded by Microsoft and Nokia. To be precise, this Intelligent Wheelchair project is aimed for people with limited mobility and chronic disability, so that they can move freely in their environment with utmost ease courtesy an intelligent wheelchair software system and computing brain that keeps on learning as it gets more data information regarding the operating environment. The wheelchair has built-in sensors and laser guided navigation system which allows it to get past obstacles and avoid bumping into newly installed things around the home and office environment.
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iXoost Radical6 iPhone and iPad docking station designed like an aircraft engine

iXoost Radical6 iPhone iPad docking station

It’s been a long time since designer Micro Pecorari came out with the amazing iXoost iPhone/iPad dock. But there was always a gut feel that Micro would better on his own hand-made docking station. Now we present to you iXoost Radical6, an audio dock for iPhone and iPad that draws its design inspiration from aeronautics design right from the radial engine to the flaps. The docking station has been designed in collaboration with Avirex, the iconic military apparel brand founded by Jeff Clyman in 1975. iXoost Radical6 can be machined to your preference from alloy of aluminum in velvet, satin or raw effect while the exhaust manifold can also be crafted in polished or chromed look. While the sound is of top notch quality with iXoost’s patented technology and the large tweeters and subwoofers induced in the dock design.
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Emotion-sensing gaming controller senses player’s stress level to change in-game difficulty

Emotion sensing gaming controller

Stanford Emotion Sensing Bio Gamepad

Do you get bored while playing your favorite game just because it isn’t tough enough? For instance the number of automobiles coming from opposite direction are not enough to challenge your driving skills in a racing game? Then Stanford electrical engineer, Gregory Kovas and Texas Instruments are working on that element of gaming to make it tough as the player needs it without changing settings in the gameplay interface. They have modded an Xbox 360 controller with a 3D printed plastic module loaded with sensors, so that it can measure your biological data in real-time and change the gaming elements. Meaning that it doesn’t get too difficult or too easy for your while playing your favorite games.
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Body heat harnessing thermo-element tattoo generates electric power

Thermo element body heat to produce electric energy

The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning have developed a wearable thermo-element that converts thermal energy into electrical energy and can be very useful in powering up wearable devices. The team led by Professor Jo Byeong-jin of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has managed to create a system that can harness body heat and convert it to electricity. The thermo-element is made from glass fiber and can be embedded into clothing as it is light-weight enough to not become a hassle while wearing.
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TAG Heuer MERIDIIST INFINITE solar charging phone

TAG Heuer MERIDIIST INFINITE Perpetual Power reserve phone

Revealed at BaselWorld 2014, the TAG Heuer MERIDIIST INFINITE Perpetual Power reserve phone designed in partnership with French company Sunpartner Technologies is one incredible communication instrument. MERIDIIST INFINITE has an invisible photovoltaic component built into the sapphire crystal screen that produces electricity and hence charges the phone in any kind of lighting conditions like artificial or natural light. The phone has patented dashboard chronograph dubbed ‘Time of Trip’ that is designed originally for aircrafts and automobiles.
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Larry Nagel’s Pocket Rocket resurrected with a jet powered engine

Larry Nagel Pocket rocket drag racing car

When John T Francis was 7 years old he was fascinated by drag-racing and ever more so by Pocket Rocket speeding down the Thompson Drag Raceway. Now, decades later he found Larry Nagel‘s Pocket Rocket and decided to give it his own twist by adding a jet powered engine to the drag racing legend car. With help from his friend Mat Thrasher, he found the car and began his untamed adventure of restoring it back. The car in its glory days had a 5,000 horsepower engine and was capable of reaching 0-100 miles per hour in just one second courtesy hydrogen peroxide fuel that was banned due to its highly inflammable nature!

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Starfleet Machine L’Epée 1839 by MB&F draws inspiration from Star Trek’s Deep Space Nine

MB&F Starfleet Machine clock BaselWorld

At Baselworld 2014 conceptual micro-engineering lab MB & has put on show a very unique timepiece designed by L’Epée, Switzerland’s only remaining specialised high-end clock manufacture founded in 1839. The desk clock, Starfleet Machine L’Epée 1839 takes inspiration from Star Trek’s Deep Space Nine is one of the most visually stunning desk clock designs that I have seen so far. It sits on top of a flat surface and looks nothing less than a well-designed futuristic looking timepiece from another world.
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BaselWorld 2014: Bell & Ross B-Rocket concept bike in association with Shaw Harley Davidson

Bell and Ross B Rocket concept motorcycle

Bell & Ross renowned for incorporating aeronautic design in its watch design has teamed up with Shaw Harley Davidson to design a concept bike called B-Rocket. The twin-cylinder bike is a state-of-the-art concept with a very aerodynamic frame which draws its design cues from the ultra-modern American jet planes of the 60s era and the speed bikes of Nevada. The motorcycle has huge air intake ducts that hurl it to top speed in matter of seconds and two side-mounted turbines fill the two jet engines with fuel and oxygen that help to rapidly discharge air. The low riding position ensures maximum speed without any aerodynamic anomalies and the tachometer allows the rider to keep a check on his speed.
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Steampunk smartphone case with cooling fans

Steampunk smartphone case

Hiroto Ikeuchi, the maker of Diorama PC case mod everytime seems to surprise us with his amazing creations. This time around he has managed to come up with a smartphone case that is incomparable to any other smartphone accessory in the market. A smartphone case which has the look of a geeky steampunk phone and is loaded with fans on top the battery, graphics board and lens for cooling down your phone while gaming. The original back cover of the phone has been removed and all this tech installation gives you phone a unique look.

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Samsung Smart Camera NX Mini shoots perfect Selfies

Samsung NX Mini camera

Selfies are a way to express what you think about yourself, clicking photos till you get the best one to get all the compliments on social networking sites. So amidst all this selfies craze Samsung has launched Smart Camera NX Mini, a camera that specializes in taking your own pictures with the quality that you have always desired. The mirrorless camera is small enough to fit comfortably inside your pocket and the interchangeable lens feature makes it a good one to have as you never know when a selfie is coming along. According to Samsung, this ultra-slim camera is the world’s slimmest and lightest interchangeable lens camera that is made to focus on you from a close distance. Made from solid magnesium body draped in leather material, Smart Camera NX Mini ensures premium quality credentials.

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