An innovative new lens for your smartphone could soon pop up from the folks at Sony.
Citing "two trusted sources," blog site SonyAlpha served up a photo and details on the alleged new lens. The lens would come with a built-in sensor, battery, and memory, so it could mount onto a smartphone or be used on its own. It would send photos to your smartphone or tablet through Wi-Fi or NFC where you would preview the live images.
How does it work? The magic occurs after urine (and other organic matter) passes through a series of microbial fuel cells, which contain tiny microbes that consume and metabolize the liquid into small amounts of energy. The Bristol-based scientists made a system that transfers the collected energy into a capacitor, and in this case, that pee power ended up giving a small charge directly to a Samsung smartphone.… Read more
Spell-check can be pretty frustrating, but it's become an invaluable feature in word-processing programs. For jotting down notes with a pen, though, people just have to take their lumps. Or, rather, they did. The Lernstift smart pen, created by two German dads, hopes to improve spelling around the world by alerting scribes whenever they make an error.
While we've written about the Lernstift before, the project is now making a go on Kickstarter. Using a motion sensor that combines a gyroscope with an accelerometer (unlike the camera technology used in Livescribe pens), the Lernstift will be able to capture and monitor the user's handwriting, vibrating whenever a word is spelled incorrectly. The pen was conceived by co-creator Falk Wolsky's wife, who hit upon the idea after helping her son with his homework. … Read more
When mankind is no more, we can leave behind proof of our existence with the Superman Memory Crystal. Yay us! An artist and a beekeeper employ 80,000 bees to make sculptures out of honeycomb, and the Drone It Yourself kit lets you make anything fly. All that and more on this week's Crave. … Read more