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The best of the Cool Product Expo (pictures)

Take a look at the best cutting-edge innovations from startups and design studios on display at Stanford.

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Freebord's new skateboard

Evolved from the edging techniques used in snowboarding, the Freebord is a new kind of skateboard which uses the concept of "edging" on the road.
Two inner, centered wheels are positioned to sit just below the outer, longer wheels which act like a snowboard's edges. When riding a Freebord, you can carve, slide, and slow down just like on the snow, bringing more control to the skateboard experience.
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gTar guitar teacher

gTar combines the world of music gaming and learning to play real music. Add the free app to your iPhone, and the guitar lights up the proper string and fret fingerings to teach you how to play.
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Instant photos with Instant Lab

Using Impossible's Instant Lab, you can take a photo with your iPhone and set the phone into the dock face-down, where it displays the photo, transforms it into instant film, and prints it out.
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Bartendro makes drinking fun again

Imbibe in an open-source drink with Bartendro by Party Robotics. This party-ready portable cocktail maker has a browser interface that allows you to make drinks with just a few clicks on any Web-connected device -- and no mess.
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Instacube photo viewer

Log into the Instacube with your Instagram account, and you'll be able to stream photos directly into this photo frame. The device can also display collections of photos based on hashtags.
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Galileo robotic motion platform

Galileo is an iOS-controlled 260-degree robotic motion platform which allows a second device, such as an iPhone or iPad, to tilt and pan video streams from across the Web.
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Stealth HD

San Francisco-based Stealth HD is a software platform that has created high-definition, panoramic video using off-the-shelf hardware. Here, four GoPro cameras have been linked up to provide the 360-degree view.
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Single stream from many cameras

This isn't consumer technology for you and me -- the licensing of the Stealth HD system costs around $150,000 and is being marketed toward broadcast news providers to help them produce single, live-streaming, high-definition 360-degree video.
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Celluon projection keyboard

The Celluon 3D projection keyboard is a Bluetooth technology that is compact, and allows you to take a full virtual keyboard along with you, projected on any surface to use with mobile devices.
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TouchTunes photo booth

An upgrade to the standard barroom jukebox, TouchTunes is also a photo booth, allowing you to take pictures, apply filters, change frames, and email them right from the console.

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