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Man builds elevator used and operated by his cat

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a man has built a “Cat-Lift,” to help his cat get from the second floor to the garden. According to “CrazyMrJohn,” the YouTube channel name of the guy who built the thing, the Cat-Lift is completely operated by the cat. In the comments section CrazyMrJohn explains that the lift is sensor-activated and starts automatically, with a delay of a few seconds.

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Wrist-mounted Sonar Helps the Blind See

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Tacit is a wearable device that uses sonar to measure the distance to objects and provides users with a “view” of their surroundings through haptic feedback. Tacit is worn on the wrist and doesn’t interfere with other assistant devices, so a user doesn’t have to ditch the cane or send Fido packing to the pound. The prototype works by sending out ultrasonic pulses that are connected to a microcontroller, which calculates the distance to objects by reading the time that it takes for the pulses to return.

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IBM computer chip mimics the human brain

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IBM is working on a new class of computer chips that are designed to imitate the human brain's abilities for perception, action and cognition. The chips’ processing power is similar to that of Watson. IBM hopes to use these chips in “cognitive computers.” These computers would learn through experience instead of being programmed. Just like the human brain.

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Neodymium magnet defies gravity

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What happens when you drop a stack of neodymium magnets through a copper pipe? Gravity would dictate that the magnets fall to the floor in a clunky fashion, but in reality they float down the tube. While the neodymium magnets are not actually attracted to the copper, they produce eddy currents that buffer the fall.

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Electric toothbrush charges in a glass of water

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Philips' Sonicare DiamondClean Toothbrush can be charged using a special rinsing glass, or it can also be charged via USB. The set comes with a USB charging travel case, so you can charge your toothbrush using your laptop or a wall socket by using the included adapter. That way you have no excuses for missing out on hardcore teeth brushing while on vacation.

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Toyota touchscreen augmented reality prototype lets you doodle on windows

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A group of engineers and designers from Toyota Motor Europe's Kansei1 Design Division have decided to take car-window-doodling up a notch. They've designed a prototype system that would turn the side windows of Toyotas into touchscreen augmented reality devices. Using the "Window to the World" technology, kids could draw on the windows with their fingers and the image would stay there until the vehicle moved.

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Research in Motion to Cut 2,000 jobs

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Research In Motion will let 2,000 people go in order to cut costs, that number equals roughly 11 per cent of its global workforce. The move is part of RIM’s ‘cost optimization program’ and besides the job cuts, they will be moving several executives into higher positions.

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Best waste of money – 90 Metre Floating Island Yacht

floating island yacht

Yacht Island Design, a UK company, have come up with several over-the-top yacht concepts like this 90 metre island with a top speed of 15 knots. You get a main deck filled with cabanas, a swimming pool, and a nearby waterfall. It’s basically the resort experience, except you don’t have to share it with whiny tourists and their screaming kids.

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