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With the rise of mobile technologies comes a need for mobile power sources, and it’s hard to think of a more discreet way to do this than weaving them right into our clothes. Such a task requires new advances in flexible electronics that can both harvest and store energy, and scientists are now claiming another step forward towards this goal in the form of solar-power producing filaments that could one day lace everything from the sweater of the heavy smartphone user to power-generating outerwear for soldiers in the field. Medical sensing and clothes that track fitness metrics are just a…

Because diabetics often lack feeling in their feet, it is vitally important that they have footwear that fits. If they don’t, they can develop pressure sores that will take a long time to heal, and sometimes even lead to amputation. That’s why they frequently get custom orthopedic insoles made for their shoes. Now, it’s looking like 3D printing could make those insoles even better. The printed insoles are being developed via Germany’s LAUF (laser-assisted construction of customized footwear) project. Patients start by getting a 3D scan of their feet done, as opposed to having plaster casts made. That scan is…

A silicon valley startup wants you to have one less charger in your life thanks to its exercise-tracking smartwatch design that allows a wearable device to be powered via the user’s own body heat. The Matrix PowerWatch uses thermoelectric technology and power-sipping components to create a watch that’s always got a steady supply of juice, so long as the wearer has a pulse. A variety of places have been working on similar technologies for years, including a flashlight charged by body heat and a pocket that can charge your devices the same way, but this looks to be the first…

Apple launched its latest iPad in March, its newest iPhones in September and an updated MacBook Pro is rolling out now. Tomorrow the company ventures into a product category previously dominated by historical photos, Norman Rockwell paintings and precocious pets: Apple is entering the coffee table book business. Apple’s book Designed by Apple in California is, as anyone who is familiar with the company might expect, a minimalist photographic showcase of the company’s own products through the years. “While this is a design book,” writes lead designer Jony Ive, in the book’s forward, “it is not about the design team,…

SoHo is one of the trendiest neighborhoods in New York City. It’s home to hundreds of shops from some of the most popular brands, including Apple, Adidas and, as of last month, Google. Now you can add Nike to this list. The sportswear giant will soon open a five-story 55,000-square-foot spaceloaded with technology, from 3D-printed decorations (pictured above) to a Kinect-powered basketball court. There are also other simple, yet useful, things such as Apple Pay support and large touchscreens on walls that help you call an associate or buy products on the spot. Sean Madden, senior director of service and…

It’s easy to underestimate the awesome superpowers of the tiny plants we all know as algae. The photosynthetic organisms are minuscule powerhouses capable of generating light and energy while scrubbing greenhouse gas emissions from the air. Many types of algae are also edible, fueling the human body with hard-to-get vitamins and minerals. Over the years, designers and engineers have worked to incorporate algae into everything from energy-generating furniture to air-cleaning light fixturesand even pollution-busting highway overpasses, all in an attempt to put the tiny plants to work for people in very real ways. The trend of integrating algae into product…

The push to make the thinnest, lightest, most portable laptop is proving fruitful. Case in point: the Acer Swift 7. According to Acer, the Swift 7 is the thinnest notebook PC in the world. When closed, it wouldn’t be impossible to mistake it for a tablet with a keyboard attached, only thinner. At least, that’s the case with my tried-and-true iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard Cover combo. While there’s more to a laptop than its size, let’s start there. Razor thin The Swift 7 doesn’t have a tapered design, where it’s thicker in the back and slowly gets thinner towards…

While we don’t have the stats to prove it, we’d be surprised if Apple didn’t sell many more 13-inch MacBook Pros than it does ultra-expensive, less-portable 15-inch models. But if you want the most power and screen real estate – and don’t mind ponying up to get it – you might be wondering which generation of these big notebooks to buy (or whether to upgrade). Let New Atlas lend a hand, as we compare the new and old 15-inch MacBook Pros. Size It might not look like a radical difference on paper, but the 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro shrinks down…

Rumors that Samsung is building a phone with a foldable display just got a new wind with a patent application from the company describing exactly that: A smartphone with a bendable part in the middle that can be folded into a phone sandwich. Called the Galaxy X or Project Valley, the device (or possibly multiple devices) was rumored to be launching as early as this year. As that won’t happen, rumors now point to an early 2017 launch. The new patent application, originally filed in April and unearthed by Dutch outlet GalaxyClub (via SamMobile), shows a candy bar smartphone with…

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