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Pi wirelessly charges your devices at a distance, no mat required

The Pi Charger can handle up to four devices at once

With the news that Apple’s latest iPhones are going to support wireless charging, the tech is back in the spotlight, but it still has its limitations. You still need to find a powered mat or disc to put your phone down on, it’s not easy to charge several devices at once and it’s not easy to use them while they’re being charged. Pi promises mat-free top ups within range of the cone-shaped wireless charging station, and support for juicing up multiple devices at once.

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BlueWater 1 drone joins the race for the bottom

The BW1 drone can descend down to 100 m (328 ft)

Ready to connect with your inner James Cameron, without getting your feet wet? Already, we’ve seen crowdfunded underwater drones such as the Trident, Gladius and Blueye Pioneer. Now, there’s yet another. YouCan’s BlueWater 1 (BW1) has just hit Indiegogo.

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Vincent Callebaut envisions futuristic eco-resort in the Philippines

The Nautilus Eco-Resort showcases Vincent Callebaut's unique take on futuristic sustainable architecture

Regular readers are likely familiar with Vincent Callebaut Architectures. The Paris-based firm continues to refine its unique take on sustainable architecture with its latest concept, the Nautilus Eco-Resort. Envisioned for the Philippines, the ambitious project would include rotating buildings and enough sustainable technology to ensure a surplus of energy is produced.

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Aire security drone roams the home on its own

The Aire drone is claimed to detect and avoid obstacles in every direction

Security cameras that let you check in on your home using your phone are common enough these days, but how many of them can fly? Billed as a smarter home monitoring system, Aire is a self-flying robot that can be engaged remotely to provide a livestream of around the house, featuring a soft fabric exterior to avoid injuries to anybody nearby.

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Aircon Watch promises to keep you cool around the clock

Can you control your whole body's temperature by heating or cooling just one small part of ...

Can you control your whole body’s temperature by heating or cooling just one small part of it? More specifically, the wrist? It seems a little far-fetched, but the makers of the Aircon Watch certainly believe you can, and if their early crowdfunding success in anything to go by, they are far from alone.

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Dubai green lights world's tallest solar tower for world's largest solar park

Construction of the 700-MW extension to Dubai's Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will kick ...

What is set to be the world’s largest single-site solar park is getting a little larger, with the government of Dubai approving a 700-MW extension to the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The new addition will give the facility a capacity of 5,000 MW by 2030, with a 260-m (853-ft) solar tower to take center stage.

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Parrot gives Bebop 2 a Power boost

Parrot's Bebop 2 Power camera drone comes with two high capacity batteries, a Wi-Fi controller and ...

France’s Parrot has today announced an upgrade to its already pretty capable Bebop 2 drone, the Bebop 2 Power. The built-in camera seems about the same as the previous model, but as its name suggests, this flavor has been given a power boost. Pilots can now get an hour’s worth of flight time, though that will need to be split into two sessions. Still, up to 60 minutes in the air with only one stop to hotswap the battery ain’t too shabby.

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Quirky Mushroom House declared best shed of 2017

Top spot in this year's Shed of the Year Competition went to Ben Swanborough for his ...

The aptly-named Mushroom House (aka Mushroom Shed), designed by Ben Swanborough, has been declared the winner of the 2017 Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition. The quirky cabin has an impressive level of craftsmanship and includes lots of nice little touches, such as stained-glass windows, a trapdoor, and a small glazed floor section.

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Astronomers map out the Moon's best watering holes

Astronomers have created a map of the Moon's water concentration, which could help inform future lunar ...

The Moon seems like a pretty barren place, but studies in 2009 revealed traces of water in the lunar soil. Now, scientists from Brown University have used data gathered from NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument to construct a detailed map of where water can be found on the Moon – and it turns out it’s more widespread than previously thought.

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Street View comes to Google Earth VR

The Earth VR update is available from today on both the HTC Vice and Oculus Rift

Last year Google introduced an update to Google Earth that allowed users to explore the mapping software in virtual reality. Now it is bringing Street View to Earth VR so that headset-wearing folks can have a gander at ground level.

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