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January 30, 2014

Today I wanted to share a how-to of one of my projects with you. So once I had some cats. And an extra apple tree. And I wanted to be noticed in the dark. So I made some fruit batteries out of apples and attached them to the running jacket. This way I could burn more calories with the added weight while I run, and have a snack on the go (don’t eat the copper or crack a tooth on the nail if you decide to repeat my project).

Pulse Jacket
In line with all the wearable technology craze, this Pulse Jacket by Miria Grunick is a great application. It reacts to heart rate while you run and makes you visible to all the nighttime traffic. (Via Hackaday)
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There's something cool (or poetic) about illuminating long exposure photographs of fruit with the light that they generate. By Caleb Charland, via Colossal.
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Monitor the soil moisture using only nails and little bit of electronic ingenuity, by Manoel Ramon, via Arduino blog.
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Wassiliscope, a device called after Wassily Kandinsky, turns light into sound in real time. Can see all the practical applications for it. By Christopher Yamane, via Designboom.
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Now this is the cutest robotic application so far, introducing Shrewbot the whiskerbearer, and the second generation - e-whiskers. (via IEEE Spectrum)

And what about cats, you would ask. In this case cats don’t have any practical application, they are there for attention grabbing purposes only.


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