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A nanoscopic phenomena called electron tunneling

Chris Dyball using Neuro Sky's mind-controlled headset

AeroPress Coffee Maker

Lunar Design touch screens

Tool designed by Lunar Design

Anybots telepresence robot QA

Coolirish browser plug-in

Siftables

re:motion designs

The Polli-Brick

EasyBloom

The Cool Product Expo, which took place Wednesday at Stanford University, was a showcase for start-ups, university research labs, and design studios.

Psyleron, a research group based out of Princeton University, focuses on connections between the mind and the physical world.

Inside its color-changing Mind-Lamp is a Random Event Generator, which controls the light, though a nanoscopic phenomena called electron tunneling also makes it sensitive to some outside forces. Thus, the human mind is apparently able to have an effect on the lights.

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Chris Dyball concentrates while using Neuro Sky's mind-controlled headset to play a video game at the Cool Product Expo.
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His company, Aerobie, is known for its flying discs, but Alan Adler's newest device is the AeroPress Coffee Maker. The appliance brews coffee and espresso in less than a minute. It is similar to a French press, except that air pressure pushes the grounds through a micro-filter.
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Lunar Design, based in San Francisco, works on a variety of products and services, including Hewlett-Packard computers. Here, a Cool Product Expo attendee plays with an HP TouchSmart touch-screen display, a product that Lunar Design worked on.
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This tool, also designed by Lunar Design, has two antenna-like modules that are interchangeable. They take environmental readings of wind speed, temperature, sound, and light, for example.
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QA, a telepresence robot from Anybots, roams the floor and chats with attendees. QA allows its operator to control it from a remote location.

Telepresence technologies are designed to make operators feel like they are actually present when they are offsite.

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Katie Lampe of Cooliris shows off software that transforms your browser into a full-screen 3D experience for viewing online media. Here, she demonstrates the browser plug-in on a projection touch screen.
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Originally designed and built by David Merrill and Jeevan Kalanithi at the MIT Media Lab, Siftables are independent devices that combine existing technologies like sensing, graphical display, and wireless communication to form a unique display of interactive information.

Siftables are aware of their surroundings and can interact individually or as a group.

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Re:motion Designs' mission is to offer advanced, affordable prosthetics to amputees. JaipurKnee, seen here, is a polymer prosthetic joint made for above-knee amputees. It costs less than $20.
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The Polli-Brick, designed by Miniwiz, uses recycled plastic bottles to create high-performance green architecture. The three solar collectors, placed on the outside of a Polli-Brick wall, light LEDs inside the home.
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EasyBloom is a sensor for plants, which monitors and analyzes the environment in each location and finds the optimal water and sun conditions for that particular plant. If you plug EasyBloom into a USB port, it will connect to AccuWeather and analyze your garden's conditions.
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