Treat yourself to a flashlight that’s not your phone

Who needs night vision when you have one of these swanky flashlights? (Travis Rathbone/) 1. For charging The Coast Polysteel 600R has two possible power sources: four AA batteries or a 2,200-milliampere-hour rechargeable cell that can also power up other essential gadgets via its built-in USB port. 2. For huge spaces A junk-drawer flashlight’s brightness […]

How does a secure phone line work?

We’ve all seen those corny, binge-watchable spy action series where, upon uncovering a plot, the agent must alert the White House post haste to thwart an imminent attack on the nation. Cue to the horse voice of TV drama “24”‘s star Kiefer Sutherland: “Get me a secure line to the president.”  But what exactly does […]

Researchers adapt cell phone camera for SARS-CoV-2 detection

IMAGE: A photo of a device attached to an ordinary smartphone that can detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in a nasal swab. view more  Credit: Daniel Fletcher and Melanie Ott Researchers have developed an assay that can detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in a nasal swab using a device attached to an ordinary smartphone, they report […]

Why you want Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon chip inside your next phone

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chip will live inside high-end Android phones. (Qualcomm/) It’s easy to buy a smartphone—even a powerful flagship device—without ever thinking about the hardware inside. Even if you do dig into the spec sheets, you’ll typically find whatever Qualcomm’s latest chip is inside most high-end Android phones. Today, Qualcomm announced the latest version […]

Physicists built an ‘anti-laser’ to charge your phone from across a room

Scientists have figured out a way to perfectly beam energy across any room, thanks to a sci-fi like device they call an “anti-laser.” The idea is simple: Just like a laser emits light particles, or photons, one after another in a neat and orderly row, an anti-laser sucks up photons one after another in reverse […]

How gentle body movement will charge your mobile phone — ScienceDaily

Researchers have found a way to produce nylon fibres that are smart enough to produce electricity from simple body movement, paving the way for smart clothes that will monitor our health through miniaturised sensors and charge our devices without any external power source. This discovery — a collaboration between the University of Bath, the Max […]