Modular cellphone kit can be used for IoT and wearables

You can assemble a rudimentary 2G cellphone at home with the RePhone Kit Create, which can also be used to make wearables and IoT devices.

The kit from Seeed Studios ships with separate modules that can be pieced together to create a 2G phone with a 1.54-in. LCD screen. Icons on the display can be used to make phone calls or send text messages.

There’s more to RePhone than being a fun device. The kit also is a small development board to make wearable and IoT devices with cellular communication capabilities.

The $59 kit is now shipping, and comes with a small battery and modules for a SIM card — that’s how you connect to a carrier’s network — as well as speaker, GSM, NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy. It also ships with craft paper that can be the skin of the phone.

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Fusion, not fiction

Dick Tracy used a two-way wristwatch to communicate; smartwatches have been available to the masses for years now. Star Trek replicators were used to create both objects and food on demand, a role that 3D printers are now starting to fill.

Life imitating fiction is hardly new. 

But technologists and scientists keep taking this to the next level, bringing technologies that were previously only imagined ever closer to reality. And now researchers are working on creating Iron Man’s ARC fusion reactor.

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Dragula looks to take the bite out of drag-and-drop

With his Dragula open source library, developer Nicolas Bevacqua is looking to make drag-and-drop so simple that “it hurts.”

Dragula is a micro-library, sized at about 48KB, and is exclusively focused on drag-and-drop capabilities. Now at version 3.6.3, it has been fitted with much better touch event support, handling more mobile browsers.

“A drag-and-drop library helps developers allow users of their websites to move elements around the page,” said Bevacqua, an independent Web consultant, in an email. “In the case of Dragula, it helps you move elements from one container to another, as well as sort elements in the same container on a page.” Dragula, he said, makes this simple by providing an intuitive and easy-to-use API.

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