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    Altergaze concept enables users to enjoy virtual reality tech using conventional smartphones

    virtual-realityAnd just when we’d begun to imagine that Facebook’s newly acquired Oculus Rift is the epitome of virtual reality technology, Liviu Berechet Antoni and his creation, the Altergaze, made us think twice. Antoni developed a way to enable tech-lovers like us to use our smartphone displays for a fantastically brilliant virtual reality experience! The Altergaze is in essence a smartphone accessory that is constructed using a series of 3D-printed rubber layers, some screws and a pair of optical lens. This contraption has a 110-degree field of view and uses the phone’s gyroscope to track motion in as many as 9 different axes.
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  • Land Rover unveils the technologically-possible Transparent Bonnet concept

    land-rover-transparent-bonnet-1Thanks to cameras, manufacturers and designers around the world have successfully been turning solid surfaces transparent. Most recently, the jolly folks at Land Rover used cameras and a little bit of innovative technology to create the ‘Transparent Bonnet’ concept for their future cars. The technology literally enables drivers to see through the bonnet of their cars, with the cameras attached on the car’s grille that relay a view of the terrain ahead and beneath the front of the car.
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    The incredible inflatable Japanese-fan-inspired pillow called the Soufflet unveiled

    inflatable-soufflet-pillow-1Kiss that pain in your neck goodbye. We weren’t talking about your spouse; we meant the real pain in your neck. Here’s a pillow that’s completely unconventional and promises to give you a good night’s sleep, sans a painful neck. Called the Soufflet, this inflatable pillow was designed by Paris-based Bina Baitel studio in collaboration with textile designer Luce Couille, and is designed to support a users head, neck and shoulders.
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    John Rogers’s electronic health monitoring patches are inexpensive and practical

    health-monitor-patchesTracking one’s health, particularly the heart, is important and people have begun using technology to their advantage for the same off late. John Rogers’s latest concept is a promising stick-on circuit board that works as a health-monitoring device for people. Unlike a clip-on gadget or a heart-rate bracelet, this device is less intrusive and sticks on like a temporary tattoo of sorts. The device is flexible too and more or less resembles an extremely technologically-advanced bandage of sorts.
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    Baobed cocoon-shaped treehouse is designed to be hung from trees

    tiny-baobed-treehouse-1Why settle for and in the ordinary when you can have something extremely out-of-this-world and breathtaking instead, right? Here’s an unconventional way to lay back and relax, called the Baobed treehouse. Shaped like a cocoon, this concept treehouse can be suspended among tree branches, enabling adventurous folk to live high above the ground and amidst nature. Oval shaped and inspired by an exotic fruit that grows on baobab trees, the Baobed treehouse is approximately 13 feet long and 6.5 feet wide and weighs 992 pounds.
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    Wearable Solar clothes sport solar panels; charge devices on-the-go

    wearable-solar-clothesIt isn’t just technology, cars and homes that are quickly moving towards the greener side of affairs. Fashion too is following suit and leading the way is the Wearable Solar project. The brainchild of entrepreneur Christiaan Holland, experimental designer Pauline van Dongen and solar energy expert Gert Jan Jongerden, Wearable Solar is a range of high-end garments that feature solar panels! These panels soak in solar juice and transforms it all into usable electricity, for wearers to charge their gadgets.
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    Honda’s energy-efficient home generates more power than it consumes

    honda-zero-carbon-home-1Let’s not deny it, human beings desperately need to look for cleaner and more efficient ways to live, if this planet is to be preserved. Giving us all a pretty new horizon to look forward to, Honda has shown off its model home that literally generates more energy than it consumes! Built on campus at the University of California, the house is packed with all the energy-efficient solutions you can think of and uses solar panels to generate energy, charge an electric vehicle, and feed power back into the grid.
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    NXT-ID unveils the Wocket, a digital wallet that stores soft copies of credit and debit cards

    Having your credit cards and debit cards stolen is a phenomenon big enough to make your heart stop, more than once. So, to make sure your hard-earned dough stays safe in a bank account and is not splurged by a nimble-fingered thief on absolute rubbish, NXT-ID has unveiled the Wocket, a digital and smart wallet that could soon make those leather packs seem old-fashioned. The Wocket is designed to securely store electronic versions of your various cards and sports a swipe-able physical card that’s programmable.
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    Philips unveils Onespace, a one-of-a-kind uniformly illuminated ceiling lighting solution

    philips-onespace-luminous-ceiling-lightingPhilips understands the need for innovative lighting solutions and has come up with a concept that’s far apart from the conventional incandescent and LED lights we’ve grown accustomed to off late. Instead, the electronics giant has unveiled this, a luminous LED panel capable of covering an entire ceiling surface with a homogenous white glow, called the Onespace.
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    Dreamy Camera Café is a South Korean café shaped like a vintage camera

    dreaming-camera-cafe-1Here’s a camera that you simply wouldn’t be able to take a selfie with, unless you’re super-powered that is. Called the Dreamy Camera Café, this structure is actually a building disguised to look like a vintage rolleiflex twin lens camera and houses a café. Located at a South Korean suburb, this two-storey rectangular coffee shop is well detailed and enables visitors to sit near its vast rotund windows and enjoy views of the surrounding landscape!
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