MetMo Driver gives a classic ratchet screwdriver a modern twist

Based on a design that was patented in 1891, the German-made Weltrekord was a 1950's ratchet screwdriver that has since become a collector's item. British tool manufacturer MetMo has reimagined it, using today's materials and production techniques.

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Portl M will allow folks to beam into homes as a hologram

During the pandemic lockdowns, the humble webcam has helped many of us feel less isolated, but can lack depth. What we need is the kind of freestanding holograms like the one in Star Wars. We're not there yet, but the M by Portl comes pretty close.

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Capacitor-packin’ BCool digital thermometer has no need for a battery

Although digital body-temperature thermometers may be easier to read than their analog counterparts, there's always the chance that their battery will go flat. That's where the BCool comes in, as you just give it a few shakes to power it up.

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LG’s smart indoor gardening system offers growers year-round veggies

Many indoor growing systems aimed at supplying users with a steady supply of year-round greens have started life as startup dreams on Kickstarter. But the latest is a freestanding appliance from consumer electronics giant LG called the Tiiun.

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Bloom system lets users grow their own spirulina “superfood”

When ingested, nutrient-rich spirulina blue-green algae is claimed to offer antioxidant, immune-boosting and cholesterol-lowering effects. And while it's typically consumed in powdered form, the Bloom system lets you grow the stuff in your kitchen.

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Roomba j7 uses a camera to recognize objects – including pet waste

Ever since the first iRobot Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner was introduced, successive models have offered additional features. The new Roomba j7 is particularly interesting, however, in that it uses a visible light camera to identify and avoid obstacles … such as dog and cat poop.

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Segway’s first robotic lawn mower uses GPS to stay on course

Segway-Ninebot has rolled on into the autonomous lawn mower space with a robotic gardening solution that goes a little further than most, using GPS to navigate gardens with a high degree of precision.

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Sony helps set the mood with lantern speaker that flickers like a candle

Subdued lighting and good music can help set a relaxing tone for the porch party or campout, but instead of having to break out separate devices, Sony has launched a portable lamp/speaker that offers 360-degree sound and puts out a candle-like glow.

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Samsung’s latest robot vac uses AI to recognize small obstacles

Samsung is claiming a few world firsts with its latest robot vacuum cleaner. The Jet Bot AI+ is said to be the first to feature an active stereo-type 3D sensor for object detection, and the first equipped with Intel AI for object recognition.

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Terra identifies backyard bird visitors by analyzing their songs

Although many people enjoy tracking which types of birds come through their backyards, they can't be watching their yards all the time. Terra is designed to help, by continuously identifying birds via their songs.

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