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A raft of new products were announced in the engineering press today, here are some of the best:

Flux Capacitor Car Charger
Flux Capacitor Car Charger

Designed for Back to the Future fans, the Flux Capacitor Car Charger plugs into a cars cigarette lighter port and offers two USB charging ports, each of which, claim ThinkGeek, provides 2.1 amps – enough to charge two tablet devices simultaneously.

The Gluuv
The Gluuv

The Gluuv is designed to integrate with the new HTC One, but also features an 87.2-megapixel camera on the back of the hand for the ultimate “armie selfie”. It features a Protekt app.

”Imagine the power of complete smartphone creative freedom. Now imagine that freedom in the shape of a glove.”

The new smart iron
The new smart iron

The Firebox exclusive can iron clothes from anywhere in a room, controlled by your smartphone, and even comes with an alarm feature to tell you when your clothes are freshly pressed. Thankfully, there’s an auto shut-down switch to stop you burning your garments and smart material detection sets the correct temperature every time.

Opera have designed a browser suitable for use by household cats, under the tag line ‘Your Cat Deserves a Brower’.

HERE Maps
HERE Maps

Nokia’s HERE Maps has come up with an alternative to mobile phone navigation apps and electronic systems. HERE Papyrus offers people a “physical companion to HERE Maps, HERE Drive and HERE Transit.”It includes augmented reality experiences.

According to Richard Branson and Tony Fadell, Virgin America and Nest are teaming up to offer:

“travellers personalised climate control at 35,000 feet. Virgin America is the first airline to introduce this feature, with every seat enjoying settings ranging from ‘Cancun Afternoon’ to ‘Chicago Polar Vortex’”.

As the blog post announcing the move says:

“Why should you have to wait to arrive at your vacation destination to enjoy tropical weather, when you can turn the heat up from your very own seat? This is the biggest aircraft seat breakthrough since Virgin introduced seatback entertainment 20 years ago.”

Archives, Institution of Mechanical Engineering

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