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Gadget in extremis: Student-built Aausat4 satellite undergoes harsh testing

Truly Gadget-in-extremis. A nice picture from the European Space Agency (ESA) of the miniature Aausat4 satellite undergoing repeated temperature testing in a vacuum chamber.

The CubeSat is cooled to –10°C and heated up to +45°C for more than two weeks, to replicate the harsh conditions in…

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Vote for the Google Impact Challenge

This one may be of interest, the Google Impact Challenge. The company is asking the public to vote for one of ten selected UK projects, all of which are being supported by Google Giving, it’s charity division…

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Picture of the Day: LG’s flexible, rollup OLED display

We’re raiding the News Index for today’s Picture of the Day.

Rollup screens is one of those technologies we seem to have been waiting years for. Well, LG is getting close to the goal, judging by the pics….

The displays, with a resolution of 1,200×810 resolution…

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Google X project – a smart contact lens that can measure glucose levels

Back in January we highlighted this Google X project – a smart contact lens that can measure glucose levels.

At the time we said the originators were looking for partners to help bring it to market, and it seems the Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company Novartis are getting involved…

Apparently, Novartis has…

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How to build your own OLED smartwatch

This is a good one – how to build your own DIY OLED smartwatch (they’re all the rage, even our sceptical Components Editor, David Manners, has been won over by a Galaxy Gear2!)

Check out the work of Jared Sanson, a real Gadget Master. He writes:
It’s taken me…

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Poll: Getting to grips with Bluetooth Smart appcessories?

Building any interesting appcessories? Are you considering getting to grips with Bluetooth Smart wireless comms? If so, you may be interested in the results of a recent Bluetooth survey.

One finding, for example, is that 60% of people in the UK currently own a wireless connected accessory – such as wireless…

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Water-based batteries promise organic charging

Had to mention this one. We’ve just had fire (see Pelty powers Bluetooth speakers with fire), and now here’s water! An eco-friendly, water-based organic battery, to be precise.

Scientists at University Southern California have been working on the new battery forms that use no metals or…

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Pelty powers Bluetooth speakers with fire

Candlelight and music go together, don’t they? So what could be more natural than a candle-powered Bluetooth speaker?

Check out Pelty, which uses the thermal energy generated by the heat of a candle to help power the speakers.

It’s currently a project seeking attention on crowdfunding website…

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DuinoKit Essential Project is a briefcase full of learning

Here’s a good one – an Arduino based project to help the teaching of electronics and programming. The DuinoKit Essential Project (DEP) is a briefcase full of learning!

It’s fresh on KickStarter, the crowdfunding site for getting project ideas off the ground.

The man behind it is a maths…

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