Tech Weekly: Forces of Attraction
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Magnets, how do they work? We might not know for sure, but we do know there are a number of projects in our Technology category putting them to good use. From a portable wireless phone charger to a veritable magic wand for your guitar, this week's projects are both wildly inventive and incredibly attractive.
We put a man on the moon, but we still fumble with cables to charge our cell phones. The folks behind ON think there's a better way. The device consists of two parts: a charger, and a case for either your iPhone or Galaxy. The charger contains a 5000mAh battery, recharges from the wall, and interfaces wirelessly with the case to charge your device using the Qi inductive power standard, at home or on the go.
Paul Vo knows guitars. He developed the technology inside the Moog Guitar, the Moog Lap Steel, and ultimately created the Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer. Now he's back on Kickstarter with the Wond, an electromagnetic device allows you to coax totally new sounds out of your acoustic guitar. Unlike the Vo-96, the Wond is handheld, which means you can use it with any of your stringed instruments. Just pick it up, squeeze the pinch zone, and the magnets inside make those strings vibrate, resulting in some pretty sweet sustains.
Nothing against bags, but loose leaf tea is where it's at. The only problem is that it's kind of a tough proposition when you're on the go. But the smartly-named Imbue is a tea infusing vessel that's designed to simplify that process. Just scoop some tea into the strainer, connect it magnetically to the handsome wooden lid, pour in some hot water and flip. Steep for as long as you like. Plus, the lid is leak-proof, so feel free to toss Imbue in your bag and take your tea to go.
The single best thing about gravity is the way that it keeps our coffee in our cups. But that only works here on Earth; Astronauts are not so lucky. The team behind the Space Coffee Cup thinks they may have the answer though. They've come up with a cup design that operates on the principles of capillary flow. The idea is that properties like shape, wetting condition, and surface tension can keep that coffee in this vessel and off your space shirt.
Speaking of coffee and space age technology, we're in love with the IKAWA, a first-of-its-kind digital micro roaster for the home. Everyone knows that fresh coffee is the best, and it doesn't get fresher than home-roasted beans. Just toss some green coffee beans into the top, select the roast recipe on your smartphone, and watch those beans go. In no time at all you've got a super fresh roast ready to go. And if you're feeling adventuresome, go ahead and tweak that recipe for a bold new flavor experience.