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Pinchable Headphone Cords That Control Your Music Are A Brilliant Idea

The limits of battery life means that dealing with cords and cables — instead of going completely wireless — is still our reality for at least a few more years. So researchers at MIT figure we should just start using them to our advantage as smart remotes and controllers, instead of just a means to transfer power and data.


A Single Cable With Swappable Connectors Wants To Replace All Your Wires

Travelling for work usually involves bringing along a small mountain of electronics, each with cables that need to tag along too. But a new Kickstarter promises to replace them all — power, video and audio — with a single multi-headed cord that can handle any connection that wireless hasn’t already replaced.


Magic Leap Ripped Off Those Awesome UI Concepts

Magic Leap is secretly building a headset that could blend computer graphics with the real world. Recently, we lucked into a treasure trove of illustrations from Magic Leap about what that future might hold. There’s just one problem: Magic Leap didn’t actually create all those awesome UI concepts. It copied them.


A Clever Redesign Of Delivery Boxes Would Make Them Way Easier To Open

The next time you’re trying to hack open a shipping box and get tape stuck all over your car keys, you’ll wish that FedEx and UPS would adopt designer ChenChen Hu’s clever Corner Pack. It’s a re-imagined version of the standard delivery box that skips the packing tape for clever folds and a dented corner with an easily accessible tab that opens the whole thing up.


The New Mercedes Self-Driving Car Concept Is Packed Full Of Future

The Mercedes Luxury in Motion is not a car that you’ll be able to find on a lot any time soon. It’s not bound for any highways or driveways in the near future. It is, though, a glimpse at the future of automotive transportation. And a damn good looking one at that.


Dust Off That Day Planner For These Compact Solar Charging Panels

The Blackberry struck the first blow, but eventually those multi-page day planners were all but completely replaced by modern smartphones. However, they might have finally found a way to claw their way back into relevancy with these replacement day planner pages that are actually functional solar panels, letting you charge your smartphone when left out in the light.


A Simple Packing Tape Fix That Would Save So Much Frustration

Still wrapping Christmas presents? From trying to find the edge on a roll, to opening a tightly sealed box, packing tape simply isn’t designed to be used by those lacking long fingernails. But this cleverly designed Box Tape levels the playing field, with one edge that lacks adhesive — so that it’s easy to pull up and completely remove.


Volvo Created A Bike Helmet That Warns Drivers About Nearby Cyclists

Though they share the road, bikes and vehicles don’t always play nice together. So Volvo, known for making some of the safest cars on the road, has helped develop a new safety helmet that lets bikes and vehicles communicate so that both cyclists and drivers are aware of each other when in close proximity — even if they can’t see each other.


Modular PuzzlePhone Concept Would Last Up To A Decade

Smartphones will never be forever phones. But they might last a bit longer than just a few years if we could just replace the parts constantly break or fail. That’s the thinking behind the PuzzlePhone, whose designers say it could last up to 10 years.


It Turns Out Sony Was Behind That E-Ink Concept Watch All Along

A month after the E-Ink FES concept watch got people excited about an innovative wearable that didn’t care if it wasn’t particularly smart, rumours that Sony was working on a similar e-ink timepiece started to swirl. But according to the Wall Street Journal, Sony was behind the FES watch concept all along, and it’s just one of a few concepts the electronics giant has been working on for future wearables.