This Cheap Little Circuit Could Double Data Speed on Your Next Phone

Wireless technology is already amazing. It's any data you could ever want through the air. But some exciting innovations are hiding on the horizon. This cheap little circuit that allows a wireless antenna to send and receive data at the same time is one of them. It stands to double the rate at which your phone… »11/24/14 2:30pm11/24/14 2:30pm

Cara Lamp is Crystal-Like LED and Silver Circuit-Board Beauty

Those little interlaced blades of ice you sometimes get on the edge of ultra-cold things in wet air: that's the image that popped into my head on seeing the Cara lamp. It's by designer Andreas Ostwald and that fragile crystal-like shape is composed of interlocked flat white circuit boards with silver tracks, sprinkled… »10/30/08 7:18am10/30/08 7:18am

Fragile Future Modular Lighting System Sprouts LED Dandelions From Your Wall

Make a wish, blow, see if the LED dandelion seeds sprouting from the circuit board on your wall stay or go. That seems to be the idea with Fragile Future 2, a cool modular lighting system by Dutch house Design Drift »10/29/08 12:45pm10/29/08 12:45pm. Each piece is approximately 8x12 inches, and they can be combined in groups of up to 50 for custom…

Autonomous DIY Fireflies Make Order From Blinking Chaos

Start a swarm of these DIY Firefly »8/13/08 4:40pm8/13/08 4:40pm LEDs a-blinking, and they'll create a random pattern and blink an angry red. But after a few minutes, thanks to some clever microcontroller code and a light sensor, they'll soon all be blinking in sync with a nice, calming blue color. It's a neat bit of DIY electronics that's elegant…

New Memory Resistor Circuit Could Make Instant-Boot PCs, Emulate Brain Functions

A fourth circuit element called memristor (the first three being resistors, capacitors and inductors) has been proposed since 1971, but HP labs has finally made a working physical model of the thing. What's so special about this type of circuit? It remembers how much charge previously flowed through it, leading to… »4/30/08 3:16pm4/30/08 3:16pm