It feels like a cigarette, looks like a cigarette but it isn’t bad for your health.A Chinese company marketing the world’s first “electronic” cigarette hopes to double sales this year as it expands overseas and as some of China’s legions of smokers try to quit.

Golden Dragon Group Ltd’s Ruyan cigarettes are battery-powered, cigarette-shaped devices that deliver nicotine to inhalers in a bid to emulate actual smoking.

“The nicotine is delivered to the lungs within 7 to 10 seconds,” said Scott Fraser, Vice President of SBT Co. Ltd., the Beijing-based firm that first developed the electronic cigarette technology in 2003 and which is now controlled by Golden Dragon.

Although wearables that control your iPod are far from new, Korean-based JWin is hoping to lure in the beach goers by developing an iPod-friendly bikini top. Reportedly, the tops come with the play / pause, track, and volume controls sewn right in and communicate with a wireless dongle that you insert into your iPod. Interestingly, it’s not stated whether the tops (and more importantly, the electronics) are waterproof, but we’re sure those addicted to tanning won’t mind either way. I’m mostly curious to find out what part of the bikini top you “press” to activate each control, “volume up, volume up, VOLUME UP!!!!”. The use of the phrase “wireless dongle” takes on interesting connotations here.

Given the fast and furious rate that iPhone native apps are becoming available you might get the mistaken impression that Apple has finally released an API for coders to get their hands on. Nope, Apple is still defending AT&T’s network from third party developers, but that doesn’t stop motivated people (and it helps if they are clever to boot).

The latest iPhone application is the first fully native iPhone game, Lights Off. The game is simple enough; turn off all the lights by pressing them and you advance to the next level. The real shocker here is the polish. This app looks like it shipped with the iPhone, and that’s a huge accomplishment especially when compared with the command line iPhone apps that have been available as of late, impressive as those may be.

It’s a battery that looks like a piece of paper and can be bent or twisted, trimmed with scissors or molded into any shape needed. While the battery is only a prototype a few inches square right now, the researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute who developed it have high hopes for it in electronics and other fields that need smaller, lighter power sources.

“We would like to scale this up to the point where you can imagine printing batteries like a newspaper. That would be the ultimate,” Robert Linhardt a professor at the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies at RPI said in a telephone interview.

    
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