OutRun: The Augmented Reality Version [Video]

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Garnet Hertz’s video game concept car combines a car-shaped arcade game cabinet with a real world electric vehicle to produce a video game system that actually drives. OutRun offers a unique mixed reality simulation as one physically drives through an 8-bit video game. The windshield of the system features custom software that transforms the real […]

Wireless Data From Every Light Bulb [Video]

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What if every light bulb in the world could also transmit data? At TEDGlobal, Harald Haas demonstrates, for the first time, a device that could do exactly that. By flickering the light from a single LED, a change too quick for the human eye to detect, he can transmit far more data than a cellular […]

Apple’s Keyless Keyboard is Impossibly Sexy

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It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a significant development in keyboard design; the advent of ergonomic keyset–breaking the board down the middle to allow a more natural hand position–may have improved the lives of a few carpal tunnel syndrome sufferers, but it really didn’t alter the keyboard manufacturing landscape. It appears Apple may […]

Making Robots Human: Are We Ready?

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It’s a long-awaited promise the Future made back in the 1950s–someday, we’ll all have robots to cook, to clean, to perform the tasks we can’t be bothered or interested to do ourselves. And in some ways, this promise has held true: witness the Roomba, which vacuums away while we play WoW and take the kids […]

Steampunk Minions by Joseph Drust [Gallery]

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When it comes to customizing toys, this guy’s got the right idea: put as much awesomeness into one little vinyl character as possible. What does said awesomeness entail? Oh, an LCD monitor and working NES, and a Tesla plasma ball maybe. And steampunk, too, complete with soldered seams and weathered gold paint. There are several […]

Earth Guide for Aliens [Video]

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Back in 1977, geek heroes Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan headed up the team that created the golden record — gold-plated copper disc that serves as a sort of time capsule for Earth, in the event that some alien species finds and explores the Voyager probe as it wanders out past Pluto’s orbit and into […]

UBYKA Army: Cyborg Bugs at War

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Early in the 21st century, DARPA entered the UBYKA project with a singular goal: arm insects with programmable micro-mechanical systems and micro-weapons platforms, then send them out to covertly and effectively infiltrate the strongholds of warring nations. These UBYKA cyborg animals were superior in strength and agility,  enhanced with the latest technologies, and as War Terminators, they were good. […]

Space-Time Event Cloak Produced at Cornell [Science!]

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Event cloaks are the sort of thing movies and far-future, ten-tome science fiction tales are made of. That is unless you’re Moti Fridman or part of his group of sharp-minded companions at Cornell, in which case  you have designed and built a cloak that hides events in time. The concept of event cloaking works like this: […]

Search Engine “Memory Loss” in Fact a Sign of Smart Behavior

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A newly published study has been interpreted by some as a sign that search engines are damaging people’s memory skills. In fact, it seems more of an indication that the brain makes a smart use of its resources. The study carried out by researchers at Columbia, Wisconsin and Harvard Universities, and published in Science, involved […]

Introducing the Beer-o-Bot [Video]

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The Beer-o-bot is a mini fridge that shoots beers from an air cannon and is controlled via a web based iPhone interface. Check it out: I don’t know about you guys, but even though this project is awesome in itself, this guy seems to have poor taste when it comes to drinking good beer. Features: […]

This Week In Space News [Round-Up]

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There are so many interesting bits of space stuff floating about the Innerwebz this week! Planets and moons and asteroids (with moons?!), oh my. Here’s brief rundown of each with links to in-depth articles if you’re of the space geek set. Our Eighth Planet is so Grown-Up! Tomorrow, June 12, we celebrate Neptune’s first birthday. […]