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The new leashes and collars will be equipped with ultra-bright LEDs to help make nighttime walks a bit safer for both dogs and their owners. Designed with busy, city-dwelling pet owners in mind, who often only have time for walks in the dim light of the morning or evening, these leashes and collars will illuminate to help prevent collisions or tangles with cars, bikers and pedestrians. Each leash and collar will feature a pair of LEDs that will be programmed for static mode as well...
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The idea is to develop a way to create battery anodes from old tires, which could help cut down on the amount of waste tires in landfills while also providing an efficient energy storage material. The method will involve first subjecting the tires to a proprietary pretreatment and then using pyrolysis to recover the carbon black material. This man-made carbon black material is not only quite similar to graphite, it also resulted in a more efficient battery. When the material proved...
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The pure towel concept will dry towels where they hang, helping to save energy while combating damp, germy towels. The concept will feature a ring-shaped scanner fitted with a '360 degree UV ray' and a circular fan. The device's smart hanger will be able to recognize the recently-hung towel and send a signal to the UV-equipped ring, which would then begin to scan the towel up and down--drying it completely within ten seconds. The device will not only help save the energy...
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A new system will use an electronic baggage sticker and a geolocating device to allow users to keep track of their luggage's whereabouts while also saving time at the airport. The eTag and eTrack will be used separately or together. The eTag will be designed to replace the typical airline baggage sticker with an electronic sticker that will allow the user to load the flight information at home, before the trip begins. The tag will sync with a smartphone via Bluetooth, allowing...
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Cleanliness is important in clinical environments, and the clips of hair from pre-op procedures can often be difficult to contain and remove. The new device will eliminate this danger with its system, which will feature a small vacuum that will attach to the company's surgical clippers and suctions up the hair as it is shaved off. The device will remove an average of 98.5 percent of hair and other airborne contaminants at the source, which will also reduce the need for a secondary...
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The idea is to create a microturbine able to harness the rainwater runoff from roofs to generate electricity. The system will feature a microturbine measuring about 2 inches wide by 10 inches high designed to be placed in half-inch pipe. As the turbine is spun by the flowing water from rooftop gutters, it will generate enough energy to charge 12-volt batteries that can be used to power small household devices. As an added benefit, the water flowing through the turbine will...
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A new method of instantly identifying passing insects could lead to a way of reducing pesticide use by allowing researchers to develop better targeted attacks. The device will feature a laser-thin beam of light that will shine onto an array of phototransistors able to translate light fluctuations into sounds. As an insect flies through the laser beam, the beating of its wings will cause the signal to fluctuate. The signal will then be recorded as an MP3 file and analyzed by a...
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New sunglasses will do more than protect your eyes from UV rays - they will also harness power from the sun to top off mobile gadgets. The sunglasses will be made from a pair of Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses that have been fitted with photovoltaic cells on the plastic ear pieces. The cells will collect solar rays to charge a battery embedded in the frame, and the ear pieces can be removed to reveal a microUSB or Lightening connector that can be used to charge an iPhone.
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A wrist-worn device will be made of polished stainless steel and will be comfortable and lightweight. It will encourage the body to produce melatonin - the hormone that encourages good sleep.
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The solar energy bucket concept will add extra functionality to the common bucket, transforming it into an energy-gathering source to heat water or provide light. The bottom of the bucket will be equipped with a small solar panel that, when the bucket is flipped over, will gather solar energy during the day. The bottom will be angled slightly for more efficient capture of the sun's rays, and the stored energy can then be used to power the built-in LED lights or slowly heat the...
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