iCandy: A Look Inside

A German plasma chamber, a solar house, a flight simulator, and a $326 000 cellphone

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You certainly don’t want to be inside the plasma chamber of the Max Planck Institute’s ASDEX Upgrade Fusion research device when it’s fired up and producing plasmas at temperatures exceeding 100 million °C.
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For the discriminating cellphone user, the latest iPhone may not make a bold enough statement about his or her disposable income. Enter the LeDix Origine mechanical mobile phone from French start-up Celsius X VI II. The machine’s Swiss-made tourbillon clock is wound every time the US $326 000 titanium-and-sapphire clamshell phone is opened. Functions such as the 3.2-megapixel camera with zoom and built-in flash are powered by a lithium-ion battery.

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