Panasonic creates a portable power device for places without electricity

Normally when you can’t charge your cell phone, it’s because you forgot your charger or other travelers already claimed all the outlets at the airport. But 18 percent of the world’s population has no or unreliable electricity, according to the International Energy Agency.

In an effort to help give people more access, Panasonic developed the eneloop solar storage, a power-storage system that powers LED lights and small devices like cell phones in areas — such as regions of Asia and Africa — where electricity is scarce. These are exactly the places Panasonic plans to ship the device, starting in November, with Ethiopia, Tanzania, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, and other countries on the list of countries Panasonic expects to target. Right now, many households in these regions use kerosene lamps for nighttime lighting, which are expensive to use (often taking up 30 percent of a family’s income), hazardous, and a source of dangerous fumes.

When it’s sunny, solar cells generate power, which is then stored in a nickel-metal hydride battery unit. Families can then draw on the power at night for lighting or other electronics, like TVs or heaters. It should take the battery five hours to go from depleted to fully charged on a sunny day. The eneloop also has a USB slot for phones. The dust- and rain-resistant device also has two types of LED lamps, a 1.5-watt bulb, and a 5-watt straight tube, and is expected to last five years.

To get the device into the hands of people who need it, the eneloop will be marketed through existing sales dealers, as well as NPOs and NGOs that specialize in bringing electricity to those living without it. It’s targeted not only at homes but at hospitals, schools, and stores as well.

Panasonic eneloop solar storage

Finally, a workstation that lets you work while lying down!

We’ve been told for a few years now that sitting down at a desk all day could lead to an early grave, with plenty of body pain before that, too.

While standing desks are growing in popularity, even they can be hard on the joints after a while, suggesting the ideal solution is to mix things up throughout the day to keep all your parts moving and active.

The company behind the latest and possibly most intriguing addition ever to the workstation market believes it has all bases covered, though its creation doesn’t come cheap. Starting at $3,900, the Altwork Station is an all-in-one standing/sitting/reclining contraption that wouldn’t look out of place in a modern-day dental surgery.


Imaginatively designed, the station offers a variety of working positions, each obtainable with a simple press of a button on a keypad built into the station’s small desk-like surface. Additional adjustments can be made via a series of levers, or simply by handling the station’s various movable components.

Altwork Station’s four positions are Sit, Stand, Collaborate, which closely resembles the still-common working position, and Focus, which allows you to recline.

Focus is the most interesting of the four positions, as the entire system tilts backwards, taking your laptop, monitor, keyboard and mouse with it. The first time you do this, you may catch yourself screaming in terror thinking all your gear’s about to come crashing onto your head.

Altwork has of course thought of that, though you might want to leave your coffee on a side table when you hit that recline button. While sturdy clamps take care of your laptop and monitor, your mouse and keyboard are kept in place with the help of attachable magnets, though of course they’re not so strong as to hinder the smooth and easy movement of the mouse.

CUJO smart device brings business level Internet security to protect all of your home devices

CUJO acts as a gateway between your devices and for your connection to the Internet. We inspect packets of data coming and leaving your network and block threats before they can reach the target or do damage. We analyze behavior and secure all devices connected to your network. This is critical because newly connected devices don’t have pre-installed security.
Unlike traditional solutions, CUJO adapts and reacts when your home is attacked and does not rely just on libraries of known malware issues. We analyze a humongous amount of behavioral data in our cloud and push learnings from one home to all CUJO protected homes.

Czur scanner : build your own digital library

Equipped with 16 million pixels and creative algorithm, Czur can make  scanning books as easy as turning pages. The most difficult problems  including flattening curve, erasing fingerprint, smart edge-cutting have been solved. Czur is the highest cost performance book  scanner in the world.

Through the powerful function of image processing and computing  ability, we improve the scanning speed for about 20 times compared with the traditional scanner. Using Czur, you can scan everything in office  including files, contracts, vouchers etc.

Czur can help to build your private digital library with an easier and  faster way.You don’t need to install any driver or software when using  Czur cloud, it is the true smart scanner as some core functions are above Czur cloud. Your diaries, sketches and paintings can be scanned and stored by cloud, and you can check everything out on your laptop, Ipad or your smart phone directly.

Czur is also a video presenter. By connecting to screen through HDMI,  materials can be presented directly with 1080P. Czur can greatly  increases the efficiency of meeting and lower the cost.

The world’s first personal device for checking your vitamin and mineral status using a smartphone

We know vitamins and minerals are essential to life. Our bodies need them to function, but do we know which vitamin or mineral we have enough of and which we do not?

To answer this question we developed Vitastiq!

You can measure the status of the 30 most important vitamins and minerals. Vitastiq will determine whether your vitamin and mineral levels are too low, too high or just right.

Caring for ourselves just became easier:

  • Self-exam anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed instructions for quick and easy measurement
  • Non-invasive, painless method
  • Cable-connection to secure instant feedback
  • Modern device made from quality, durable materials
  • User-friendly application
  • Perfect size for a firm grip
  • No age limits

iBackPack Revolutionary Wearable Technology

Backpacks have almost always been a way to carry stuff we want along, and there was rarely something more than that they could do. iBackPack is inclined to change that, with a lot more than just carrying goods. Things are getting smarter, with smartphones, cameras and a lot of accessories helping out, but a backpack able to help you connect to the Internet, charge devices, and even track the location is something super cool.

Here is what comes included in the iBackPack:

  • Tesla-Style Battery System
  • Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot that connects to 3G/4G networks
  • Retractable Power USB Cord
  • GPS Tracking System – SAFE and NO-GO zones with an inclusive app for parents who want to keep track of safety of their children
  • Bluetooth Proximity Locator – Easier to find your bag in Airports or in any crowded locations
  • Bluetooth Speaker System
  • Multiple USB Connection – Having 4 USB ports for charging multiple devices at once


The storage compartments in iBackPack are well divided to keep notebooks, smartphone, tablet, and other documents separately. The material used to make the backpack is water and abrasive resistant, and it has a rubber base. It is said to have High Grade Zippers, Buckles, Fastening system.

Doug Monahan, iBackPack’s CEO, states “the iBackPack is revolutionary in many ways. In addition to providing internet access, the iBackPack has a Tesla style ultra-powerful battery bank, multipleUSB ports, built-in retractable power cord, Bluetooth stereo and proximity location system, sophisticated GPS capabilities, a mobile appcontrol command center and much more.”

Soon, there is going to be a iBackPack mobile app soon available for Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad and Android devices using which parents can keep a check of the location of the kid, and will be able to see that through Google street.

Electric test car with aluminum-air battery takes to the track

Last year, Phinergy and Alcoa announced the development of an aluminum-air battery that could give an electric car a potential range of 1,000 miles (1,609 km), though stops for a water top-up would be needed every couple of hundred miles. Now the companies have debuted the technology on the track at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.

With the exception of Tesla’s Model S and its 300 mile (500 km) range, most lithium-ion battery systems typically offer users a somewhat limited range before requiring a recharge. As we reported last April, there are several companies working on next generation air-battery technologies, most focusing on lithium-air solutions. However one of the inherent problems with these new metal-air batteries has been the issue of CO2-related premature failure.

Phinergy and Alcoa’s aluminum-air battery system uses energy released through the reaction of aluminum and water with oxygen in order to generate electricity, using a silver-based catalyst and unique structure to allow oxygen into the cell while refusing entry to the problematic CO2 molecules. The company claims that travel distances, purchase prices and life-cycle costs would be comparable to petrol-powered vehicles.Because the battery plates are not rechargeable and need to be replaced, the system is being promoted as a supporting technology. During regular city driving, a lithium-ion system would manage most of the power needs, but during longer trips the aluminum-air battery would kick in as a range extender. The spent aluminum can also be recycled when depleted.

According to Phinergy, just one of the 50 aluminum plates in its aluminum-air battery can power a car for roughly 20 miles (32 km). When added to a lithium-ion configuration, the technology could extend an electric vehicle’s range by approximately 1,000 miles. The development might also be used to further enhance range in future hybrid vehicles.

However, although the battery’s aluminum plate anodes are claimed to have an energy density of 8 kWh/kg, there has been no mention of power or performance figures from the test vehicle.

Discreet UpRight sensor vibrates when your posture is slipping

If you’ve ever sat in a classroom or worked in an office then you’ll know all about the importance of good posture, but maintaining a straight back and square shoulders can be a tough habit to form. UpRight is a wearable device that sticks to your lower back, delivering a gentle vibration when that perfect posture slips into a harmful slouch.

Within the app, users can create personalized profiles and devise training programs to combat slouching, strengthen ...The user calibrates the device to indicate what is the correct posture for their body. The ...

UpRight is a small silicone stick that is placed over the lower spine using an adhesive strip. Measuring 11 x 3.5 x 1.5 cm (4.3 x 1.3 x 0.6 in), it has a built-in accelerometer and specially-designed strain sensor to gauge when your spine begins to bend.

The user first calibrates the device to indicate what is the correct posture for their body. The strain sensor then measures the bend of the device and, in effect, the position of the spine. Combining this with data from the accelerometer, UpRight is able to give feedback on the user’s posture, vibrating to remind them to sit up straight.

UpRight isn’t the first wearable device to tackle crooked vertebrae. Lumo BodyTech made inroads in this area with its Lumoback posture-correcting waistband in 2012, and more recently released Lumo Lift, a small device that you wear on your collar. We’ve even seen sensors designed for the desktop that emit a warning chime when you lean in too close to your monitor. One of the things in UpRight’s favor is its slim design, which allows the 30 g (1.1 oz) device to be comfortably worn underneath your clothes.The sensor is also equipped with a Bluteooth 4.0 module, enabling it to collect and transmit data to a companion smartphone app. Within the app, users can create personalized profiles and devise training programs to combat slouching, strengthen back muscles and work towards a healthier posture.

UpRight runs on a lithium-polymer battery that can be recharged via MicroUSB, the company claiming each charge to be good for four days of use. The sensor will also come with 60 of the adhesive pads, each of which should last between one and two days.



Next Google Glass Tricks Include Translating the World From Your Eyes

Imagine you’re traveling in a country whose language you don’t speak. You look up at a sign — say, a caution marker, or a list of directions. Oh, also, you’re wearing Google Glass. You say, “Okay Glass, translate this.” The words on the sign transform into your home language, so when you look through Glass, you can read them.

That’s what the new Word Lens app for Google Glass does, and it’s kind of magical. Blobs of translated text appear on the wearer’s screen with perspective intact, the same background color, and a matched font. It looks as though the sign has been reprinted in your own language.

The Word Lens Glass app works in real time, and it also accesses local storage. A dictionary of about 10,000 words in each chosen language are stored locally on the device, so users can get their translations even when they travel internationally without a data plan. That’s in contrast to Google’s own Google Goggles app, which requires a Web connection.

The app was built with the new Glass Developer Kit, which was released as a sneak peek to developers today at a hackathon in San Francisco. Word Lens got early access along with four other apps: Allthecooks (hands-free recipes), Strava (it’s the first time the activity-tracking company has given live progress reports about how well its runners and cyclists are doing, out of concern that using a phone or headphones would be unsafe), Spellista by GLU (the first Glass game) and GolfSight by SkyDroid (it’s for golf).

The GDK is supposed to be a major improvement on the original Glass Mirror API, which mostly helped with notifications and sharing. By contrast, the new tools give developers access to hardware (camera, GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, gestures) as well as offline and real-time capabilities.

More than 10,000 people have Glass today, a Google spokesman said. That’s not a big audience for an app developer. But developers at the event, including the Word Lens team, said they were appreciative that building for Glass with GDK is almost entirely the same as building for Android. They said they essentially ported over their Android apps and changed the user interface to be much, much simpler.


Scientists can now 3D Print Transplantable, Living Kidneys

For the first time ever, scientists are successfully 3D printing actual, living human kidneys. Like the human livers printed in the past, the kidney are currently miniature in size, but with about 90% of the printed cells being alive, the potential for human use looks immensely positive.

To produce mass amounts of the living cells, samples of human kidney cells are cultured in large volumes and blended with hydrogel, a water- and nutrition-rich material that makes up the 3D printed kidneys’ base. Afterwards, the printed cells can survive for up to four months in a lab thanks to this gel’s rich nutrient source.

Because the product contains living, growing cells, the actual process is considerably different from plastic-based 3D printing.

Most incredibly, though, these adorable mini kidneys are able to function in exactly the same ways as their real, human-bred counterpart—they can break down toxins, metabolize, and secrete fluid. All of this is fantastic news for the millions of patients in need of organ transplants every yea—a small fraction of which actually receive the life-giving surgery. And though it may still be a few years before we start seeing this method being used in actual hospitals, judging by the the success of the fun-sized version, we’re well on our way to printing off brand new organs at moment’s notice.

On average, over 3000 new patients are added to the kidney waiting list each month, and 12 people die each day while waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant. Hope this kind of technology can be brought to reality soon, which can save a tremendous amount of people in the world.