So we have modular smartphones like Project Ara, so why not modular smartwatches? If you agree, you might recall that several months ago we brought word that there was a modular smartwatch in the works called Blocks. Now if you want to get your hands on the device, you’re in luck because come October 13, its creators will be launching a Kickstarter campaign for it.

The idea is to raise enough money to help make Blocks a reality. For those who are hearing about Blocks for the first time, it is a smartwatch. However unlike the other smartwatches out there, Blocks is modular meaning that users will be able to add or remove components depending on what they need. Read full post →Modular Smartwatch Blocks To Launch On Kickstarter Next Week

Want to check if someone’s been driving after having a couple of drinks? A simple way would be to smell their breath, which can sometimes be masked by mints. Another more hi-tech way would be to deploy a breathalyzer, but what if the person did not drink? What if they were driving after smoking or shooting up drugs that won’t show up on a breathalyzer?

Thanks to a 13-year-old Krishna Reddy, he has come up with a rather simple tool that can detect drivers who are driving under the influence. Taking part in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, Reddy came up with a contraption using a digital camera, a snakehead flashlight, and a toilet paper roll. Read full post →13-year-old Invents Tool That Tells If Someone’s Driving On Drugs

malaria-cureIt looks as though there is still wisdom left to be mined from the ancients, as evident by scientist Tu Youyou, who in the midst of the Cultural Revolution, decided to join up in a covert mission in order to figure out a malaria cure. Known as “Project 523″, it was commissioned all the way back in 1967 (that’s nearly half a century ago!) by Chairman Mao Zedong, where Project 523’s main objective would be to assist the Communist troops who are duking it out in Vietnam’s jungles that are thick with mosquitoes – and if one does not fall to bullets, malaria provides another avenue to the nether world.

Read full post →Ancient Chinese Text Provided Clues For Malaria Cure

16lab-ring-3[CEATEC 2015] Hmmm, it does feel as though the past year has been one of upgrades for the likes of Omron and their ping pong robot, as 16Lab too, has decided to improve upon their wearable ring which was shown off at CEATEC last year. Back then, the waterproof ring proved to be quite an interesting device to use, but it seems that a year down the road, there has not been many practical applications in which this wearable device has – perhaps that is because it is still being refined. Just what are some of the upgrades which can be seen in this new and improved 16Lab ring? For starters, it is 30% smaller in volume compared to its predecessor, making it more compact and lighter to wear than ever before, not that the original was a burden on your finger.

Read full post →16Lab Computer Ring : Now With Wireless Charging & NFC

tempescope-1[CEATEC 2015] The weather certainly plays a part in how our moods are like – where we tend to feel a whole lot more cheerful during a bright and sunny day, and a rainy day might produce some doom and gloom in one’s mood. Well, for those of us who happen to be enslaved, er, work in a cubicle within a high rise building, chances are you would have absolutely no idea as to the kind of weather that is on the outside, so perhaps having something in the flesh with a visual indicator of the weather outside would help far more. Enter the Tempescope, an Indiegogo project that still needs funding to become reality.

Read full post →Tempescope Working Prototype Spotted

sharp-ffd-6[CEATEC 2015] Most of the time, we would associate modern day displays in just one form factor – a rectangular shape that more or less serves its function well. After all, the more fancy designs, such as a fully round display like those found on smartwatches in the vein of the Moto 360 happen to be in the realm of the fancy, right? Sharp begs to differ, and thinks that there is plenty of room for improvement where free form displays are concerned, taking into consideration the kind of work that they had already done in the previous year.

Read full post →Sharp’s Free Form Display Comes In A Range Of Options

omron-ping-pong-bot-3[CEATEC 2015] Omron’s ping pong playing robot is back again this year, and you can be sure that it too, would have drawn quite a significant amount of attention from the masses as well. Of course, what is the whole point of showing off old technology if you are not going to spiff it up with something new? Omron has done exactly that, where it does look as though the software upgrades and algorithms within are able to make it predict the ball’s movement better as well as make drop shots at the net which can be rather tricky to return.

Read full post →Omron Ping Pong Robot Upgraded

fujitsu-smart-ring[CEATEC 2015] Smart rings are the kind of wearable technology that have not quite made it to the consciousness of everyone at the office, or in industrial situations, as it does feel as though there is a whole lot more work that needs to be done still between now and the future before they become as ubiquitous as say, the smartphone. Having said that, this has not stopped the likes of 16Lab from churning out the waterproof Computing Ring last year, but Fujitsu wants to have a say as well with their ring-type wearable device that allows one to spell out letters in mid-air, only to have them magically appear on a screen. Perfect for those rural areas where a teacher lacks a blackboard and some chalk, but has a tablet and a portable solar power charger.

Read full post →Fujitsu Ring Does Text Input As Well

fujitsu-interactive-shoes-1[CEATEC 2015] You do know that lovely feeling of having a brand new device or tool, making you want to use that particular device all the more often, right? For instance, a new pair of running shoes that not only look snazzy but are also a whole lot more comfortable than your previous pair could just jolt you into kickstarting that running program you’ve always targeted. Well, Fujitsu might have just the tonic for those who would like to learn to enjoy walking – by introducing a next generation shoe sensor, where the system is known as the interactive shoes hub.

Read full post →Fujitsu Interactive Shoes Hub Might Just Make You Walk More

sharp-borderless-display-1[CEATEC 2015] Despite residing under a transparent showcase with a sign that museums and other historical places (and even high end stores that sell luxury items) would be familiar with, “Do Not Touch”, it seems that the Sharp Borderless Displays are not all that they seem to be. Inact, there is a very slight border as you can tell by the photos above and after the jump, but only just.

Read full post →Sharp Borderless Displays Are Not Quite There Just Yet