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Introducing Wankband: The Wearable Designed To Help You Stay Charged - WATCH

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One of greater hurdles facing most pieces of tech these days is battery life. You’ve been there--out on the town, heading to a bar or friend’s place, only to realize that your phone is on the brink of death with little to no chance of making it through the rest of the night. What if, you’ve undoubtedly thought to yourself, there was a way that you could charge your devices on the go? What if there was a way to harness the kinetic energy of your body’s movement to charge your smart watch in the same way that you charge your everyday wristwatch?

Soon there will be with the...provocatively named WankBand. As you might have surmised from its name the WankBand is a small wearable device that generates an electric charge while you’re...being vigorously celibate. As Caity Weaver points out writing for Gizmodo, it’s questionable just how much energy one might be able to produce while using their shake weights or mixing martinis. But then again, you’d be surprised what you can accomplish with a little bit of elbow grease and determination.

Check out the first (totally legitimate and mostly SFW) ad for the WankBand AFTER THE JUMP...

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Experimental Smartphone Peripheral Could Be The Future of HIV Screening

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A $34 smart phone dongle being developed by Columbia University could become the future of rapid HIV screening in clinics and the privacy of peoples’ homes. The proposed smartphone peripheral would operate similar to the way that most blood glucose testers currently function. Unlike most blood testers the testing dongle wouldn’t need its own power source, but would instead draw energy from a smartphone, tablet, or PC via a headphone jack. With a single drop of blood the device, detailed in Science Translational Medicine, would be able to effectively screen for HIV and two different types of syphilis antibodies.

The dongle is currently being tested in small trials in certain parts of Rwanda, and its early results have been promising, though flawed. Of the 96 patients participating in the technology’s limited trials, a number have been falsely identified as testing positive for antibodies that they didn’t have. Still though, further refinement and widespread deployment of future versions of the dongle could change the way that people participate in maintaining the public’s health.

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Gay Tech Bears Lay Claim To Jeb Bush Presidential Campaign Website to Promote LGBT Equality

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CJ Phillips and Charlie Rainwater, a self-described tech "bear couple" from Oregon, exhibited some remarkable foresight back in 2008 and decided to lay claim to a web domain that may prove frustrating for Florida's Jeb Bush sometime next year: The site has had minimal activity on it since it was purchased, but with Bush likely planning to run in 2016 the couple are intending to use the site "as a platform to educate our friends and family about political impact to LGBT families."

This will come as a double-annoyance for Bush as not only will the most obvious domain name be out of reach (the .net is also owned by an independent third party, but .org seems to be available at least), but the site that does go up will likely draw very uncomfortable attention to Bush's anti-gay stances.

Microsoft Unveils 'HoloLens,' Its Holographic Vision For The Future of Wearable Tech: VIDEO

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On Wednesday during a press event announcing a number of new features for Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system, engineer Alex Kipman took to the stage to unveil the company’s latest foray into the world of holographic reality: HoloLens. Unlike Microsoft’s Kinect, a product that Kipman also played an instrumental role in creating, HoloLens overlays the physical world with holographic objects that can be manipulated in three-dimensional space.

"We're not talking about putting you into virtual worlds,” Kipman explained during his presentation. “We're dreaming beyond virtual worlds."

Kipman was quick to point out that HoloLens is more than peripheral meant to create a digital augmentable realities. Rather HoloLens is a fully fledged computing device that can operate independent of any outside hardware, allowing users to interact with their environments freely.

To get a better sense of just what Microsoft has in store for the future of wearable tech, check out The Verge’s first digital dive with HoloLens AFTER THE JUMP...

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Marvel at the Top 10 Hottest Tech Trends of CES 2015 - VIDEO

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This week marked the return of the Consumer Electronics Show, the world's biggest electronics and technology trade show. Spanning some two million square feet of exhibit space across Las Vegas, CES 2015 brought together thousands of exhibitors and dozens of giants in the tech, automotive, phone, computer, 3D printing, home entertainment, and virtual reality industries.

Dji inspire 1With so much innovation and just plain fun on display, it can be hard to narrow things down to a top 10 list. But we'll give it a shot with our Top 10 Tech Trends at CES 2015.

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Towletech v.132: Net Neutrality, Artificial Intelligence, Extremely Large Telescopes, E-Ink Smartphones


Road With the Orion spacecraft having a successful test flight Friday, when can we expect to see manned trips to Mars?

Road And if you thought watching a harrowing space survival journey (a la Sandra Bullock in Gravity) was intense, try playing one

Road It's only been 9 days since the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed teaser trailer exploded onto the internet, but dedicated fans have already built one of the new, controversial "crossguard lightsabers" using a 3D printer. Check it out below:


Road IMAX may soon be getting some high-def competition in movie theaters with Dolby Cinema. 

Road German Chancellor Angela Merkel argues against net neutrality, calls for special access fast lanes. 

XperiaRoad Check out Sony's latest marketing stunt showing off their waterproof devices - the Xperia Aquatech Store in Dubai. It's an underwater concept store that requires scuba gear and an invitation to reach. 

Road Awareness or alarmism? Stephen Hawking's recent comment on artificial intelligence potentially leading to the "end of the human race" has stirred debate among AI experts. 

Road In related news, if you have 20 minutes to spare be sure and check out this new TEDx Talk on the wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn. 


Road Work has begun on the European Extremely Large Telescope, an enormous telescope with a 128 ft main mirror that will be able to obtain high-resolution imagery of planetary formation and potentially even detect water and other organic molecules on far off planets.

Road A fascinating look at how ultrafast cameras that capture 100 billion frames per second will enable us to watch how light moves and may even help us study invisibility cloaks.

Road Introducing the word's first 1,000 mph car

Road If you're not down to fork over $200+ for a smartwatch, check out the $7 Fastfox

YotaRoad Yota's slick, dual-screened e-paper smartphone is now on sale in the UK.

Road The virtual reality headsets that give Oculus Rift a run for its money

Road Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg fires back at Apple's Tim Cook after Cook suggested that free online services (like Facebook) treat their users as "products". 

Road Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has just wrapped filming

Road Why ultrasonic devices may be the key to haptic feedback for virtual reality. 

Road Pizza Hut's new tablet-menu will track your eye movements to pick your favorite toppings for you. 


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