Tag Archives: Technology

Love long-distance

Sex toy brand LovePalz has used motion-sensing technology to help long-distance couples stay intimately connected. (Thanks to Zoe for enlightening us)







The Wi-Fi enabled device features two parts (‘Zeus’ and ‘Hera’), which can be used miles apart. The smart device senses your actions then transmits them, so they’re physically reflected on the other device – providing a real-time virtual sex experience.

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This smart digital picture frame self-updates in real-time, featuring photos from your Instagram feed. (Nice spot, Tim!)

The 600×600 LCD touchscreen device lets users log in and connect to the web, then displays their photos (or photos from chosen Twitter users) whenever they’re posted. Users can ‘like’ the posted pictures by using the ‘heart’ button on the top of the device. Get ready for your close-up!

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The real organic deal

Lapka’ is a new iPhone app and accessory kit that allows users to test the ‘organic levels’ of their food.

The kit uses probes and sensors to test the amount of nitrates (non-organic fertilisers) in foods, plus other environmental factors. The kit’s makers hope that the technology will help users to understand more about what they’re eating, and also weed-out ‘fake’ organic produce being peddled at higher prices.

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Fast footprint

French-born engineer, designer and RCA student, Luc Fusaro has developed a prototype which can be architectured around the unique shape of a sprinter’s foot. It weighs just 96 grams, can shed fractions of a second off your time and, uniquely, comes straight out of a printer!

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Instagram may not be making a camera with its US$1 billion from Facebook, however, someone else might. ADR Studio has created a concept design of a realistic camera based on the popular photo app. Called ‘Instagram Socialmatic’, it’s a flat-touch screen camera with a built-in printer and 16GB storage capacity.

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Choc printer

3D printing has taken a sweet new turn with the development of the ‘Choc Creator 1’ – a printer that creates custom 3D treats. Designed by Choc Edge (headed by Dr Liang Hao from the University of Exeter), the printer will begin retailing on ebay for £2,500.

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Magic mirror

Now you can multi-task while getting ready in the morning with the Cybertecture Mirror.  Designed by Hong Kong-based James Law, the mirror features a digital display with programmable applications like a weather widget (so you can dress for the right temperature) and a news widget (for catching up on the headlines while you brush your teeth).
Other features include a built-in video player that plays TV programmes and an exercise app that brings up your workout stats to help you keep your reflection in check.

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Mutable identity

The MIT Media Lab’s new visual identity has 40,000 permutations. (Watch the vimeo here: http://vimeo.com/20250134) Staff, students and faculty of the lab can select their own personal version of the logo on a web-based platform – there’s enough to supply every Media Lab member with his or her own logo for a whopping 25 years.

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Twine – get the objects in your life texting, tweeting or emailing

Wouldn’t it be handy to get a tweet when your laundry’s done? Twine is the easiest way to get the objects in your life texting, tweeting and emailing.

The 2.5” square lets you create internet-connected systems and objects anywhere you have Wi-Fi. When physical changes occur, Twine’s internal and external sensors trigger messages – for example, if the moisture sensors get wet, it will tweet “The basement is flooding!”

A simple web app allows to you quickly set up your Twine with human-friendly rules – no programming needed – and it can run for months off two AAA batteries.

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The Instagram app makes it easy to create nostalgic, polaroid-like images. Now, a new prototype device called Instaprint lets you print out these photos when you’re on the move. The lunch box-sized inkless printer can be placed anywhere and set up with a location, so tagged images pop out of the printer.

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