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July, 2013

Silentium! – New All-in-One Fanless Desktop PC from Deltatronic

Are you the type who finds that a perfectly silent environment is the only way to go for getting work done? If that environment for you is also lacking in space, the aptly-named Silentium! AIO PC from Deltatronic should be a decent choice.

Learn To Create An Android App In One Hour

Ever wanted to create your own Android app? No need for a crash course in writing code, either. This tutorial makes it simple, in about 56 minutes.

Obliterate Mistakes & Desktop Dreariness With Kikkerland Erasers!

The Kikkerland Design Crew has reinvented the traditional rubber eraser in multiple innovative and fun ways to brighten up your office space- Who wouldn’t adopt an office rhinoceros?

USB Tie Pin Fan Cooler Chills Overheated Mad Men (& Women)

The USB Tie Pin Cooler from Japan's Thanko takes Mad Men style to a newer, cooler level. The lightweight, high-power clip-on fan normally runs off a wired USB connection but includes a battery pack so you can keep chillin' out when you have to leave the office.

Test Drive iWork for iCloud Beta

iWork brings Apple Cloud-based productivity for most browsers.

NASA Tests Telepresence Robot

In a recent test done by the Ames Research Center, a part of NASA, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano controlled a robot on California soil from the heights of the International Space Station. The robot he is controlling is a K-10 rover, which had made appearances in space before.

The Hidden Costs Of Independent Game Development

It should come as no great surprise that breaking into independent game development is no easy task. After all, you're trying to accomplish something which is ordinarily left to massive corporations employing teams of artists, designers, and programmers. You're trying to market a game without the aid of press agents or a PR department. It's going to be a long, hard - and probably expensive - road, but the destination is more than worth it...right?

Maybe not. 

The Foc.us Headset Now Has FCC Approval

A few months ago, I covered the Foc.us headset - a nifty little peripheral which uses electricity to jolt awake the user's brain. This in turn confers benefits similar to what you'd get from a cup of coffee, albeit without caffeine jitters (or the inevitable caffeine crash).  Sounds pretty cool, right?

 It's just passed through the FCC. 

HP Plans US$99 Tablet, Has Intel Inside

While not much about it is known, Hewlett-Packard's use of an Intel processor in its upcoming ultra-cheap tablet computer might make the device very interesting to hackers.

The Oculus Rift VR Headset Can Now Control Aerial Drones

As it turns out, gaming isn't all the Oculus Rift is good for. Even though the peripheral is still in development mode, a user group known as Intuitive Aerial has hooked a few cameras up to a flying drone, and connected that drone to the Rift. Said drone is user-controlled, and basically lets whoever's utilizing it experience flight.

 Sweet. 

Australian Technology Might Be Seeing A Price Drop

Where the tech industry is concerned, Australia is widely known as being one of the most expensive places to buy. Nowhere is this more clear than in video games, with titles selling for exorbitant amounts compared to prices overseas. Now, this long-standing problem may well have a solution on the horizon: The House of Representatives is taking businesses to task.

3D Printed Food Is Being Cooked Up Right Now

Food printing is like a science fiction dream, something that could solve everything from food going bad to world hunger. So where are the technical innovations that will allow such a technology to become reality?

Mars Rover Hits Anniversary... and Lands Staff Dates!

Space may be the final frontier, but it seems that it is mostly going to be explored by robots, at least for the time being. Some of you may be aware of the Curiosity rover. Curiosity is currently on the surface of the planet Mars, but what you may not know is that the rover is coming up on a very big anniversary.

Coffee Down Under

All of us have this one problem in common. Off course it's a problem in varying degrees. Some have a mini one, others have a herculean one. The problem is offensive socks. But how do socks get to be such a problem anyway? Well, the good news is that feet do not naturally have any odor glands.


Taking Paint to The Next Level of Protection

If you look hard enough, you will find everything you need in nature. From rust proofing, to anti-bacteria to even bullet resistant material, it can all be found in nature. It so happens, as Dr. Nguyen Thi Hoe of Kova Paint Corporation found, that all four properties were in the humble rice husk. The beauty of it is that it's the husk, the part that's discarded once the grain has been removed, not the grain that is used as a staple in Eastern diets.


Seagate Ships 15,000 RPM Hybrid Drive for Servers

The California-based company's calling it the 'World's Fastest Hard Drive'. Their hype machine is on full bore, but at least it has some reason for it. Pairing a large flash memory cache with a very high rotational speed, the Enterprise Turbo SSHD's performance is sure to be interesting.

Neil Gaiman Is Making A Game

Most of you have probably at least heard of Neil Gaiman by now. He's kind of a big deal in the geekier circles of the world, having made his mark on the world of comics, television, movies, and written literature. Now, he's looking to make his first foray into the world of video games, with the development of Wayward Manor.

Rhex Robot Goes Everywhere

Some robots go into hospitals, others are getting ready to head into space, and some lucky robots are built to go just about anywhere that they need to. One of those robots in Rhex, whose name is pronounced rex, and with a funky set of semi-circle legs this bot can do some advanced manuvers.

Eenmaal: Pop-Up Restaurant Offers Dinner For One Only

Having a meal alone is one of those incredibly appealing things that often people are hesitant to do because they worry about public perception since dining out is generally a social event. But, the experience of dining alone can actually be incredibly calming, and just give restaurant goers the opportunity to focus on the food.

Robots Learn to Hack

One new robot R2B2, or Robotic Reconfigurable Button Basher is the forfront of the new computer hacking, by allowing a robot to make brute force attacks to smart phones. It isn't much to look at, the main componet is a set of robotic fingertips that actually do the key entering. The robot has, thus far, been used to hack into Android phones with a fair rate of success.

How To Create Your Own Livestream On A Budget

So, you want to start streaming, do you? Believe it or not, it's actually a lot simpler (and considerably more cost-effective) than most people believe. So long as you've got a system that can handle it, it's most definitely something you can do - even on a budget.

Bald Babies Now With Bangs

This is a whole different kind of big bang theory. As a nation we are obsessed with hair -- and phobic about being bald. So now even the natural youthful baldness of babies is starting to get a cover-up with Baby Bangs. Much as I hate to admit it, they are pretty damn cute. I look at it as just being a new breed of baby bonnet that don't tie under the chin.

Google Introduces Chromecast For Your TV

Chromecast promises to provide a very low cost option to bring your online media to your TV, regardless of the device you use, from a PC, Mac, tablet or phone. Available for $35, it makes a strong competitor to current offerings.

The Gift of Portable Humidity

The human body is sensitive to its environment. We have a range within which we feel comfortable - a certain temperature range; a certain illumination range, a certain level of sound, pressure and even humidity. Alter any of this too much or for too long and the body will protest. In a dry environment, like an air-conditioned office, the moisture from our body is extracted to the environment and our skin dries.

Stretching the 3D Printing Evolution

We all know that 3D printing, or additive printing as some would call it, is the new in thing. For many of us who have seen the promo videos of the various brands and start ups that are rapidly filling up this space, the idea is both novel as it is borne out of common sense. But it is just the beginning. At the moment the 3D printer is merely an arm that sequentially lays heated plastic in layers.

Fujitsu Next Generation GPS Cane: Walking Stick for 21st Century Seniors

Fujitsu's high-tech walking stick looks to offer easy monitoring and direction for loved ones. A few additions to its already decent feature set, however, could make it even better.

Rebuild Mankind’s Most Famous Cities Via 4D Cityscape Puzzles!

Here’s a clever puzzle that history, architecture and puzzle buffs will all appreciate: Can you remake major urban sprawls as they were in 1876? 1952? 1988? 2013?

IBIS Enters Robot Surgery

A team at the Tokyo Institute of Technology has created a robot surgical system, known as IBIS that is designed to undertake the same function as the da Vinci system at a much lower cost to the facility. This new competitor comes at a good time, when the current leader is having PR problems.

Tricking the Eye: Phenomenal 3D Art

The art world is full of surprising and unexpected styles, but there have always been some clear separations. Paintings, drawing, and photographs stay on the two-dimensional canvas, while sculptures exist in 3-D. Those boundaries are difficult to cross, unless you are Ramon Bruin, a Dutch artist who excels at blurring the lines between reality, art, and the physical boundaries of a 2-D world.

Shoryuken Posts A Comprehensive Guide On Fighting Games (With A Side Of Game Design)

In the wake of fighting-game tournament Evo 2013, legions upon legions of fans are bombarding their favorite contestants with questions about getting started in the genre. One of the folks over at Shoryuken has now responded; he's just recently posted a full-length guide. Ever wanted to learn how to fight?

Police Officers In Thailand Receive The Hello Kitty Treatment

Hello Kitty is the iconic Japanese pussy cat that has graced everything from kids' toys and clothes to a jet. It is an image that is recognized by most people around the world -- with varying levels of appreciation. The biggest fans tend to be little girls. For adult males the perception is a bit different -- especially if they are among the disgraced members of the Thai police force.

A Few Crazy Food Concepts From Japan

Among their many contributions to the world, the Japanese are famed for their ingenuity and ability to create concepts which many of us would never have dreamed of, let alone contemplated one day buying. Whilst many of these may not be found on the shelves at your local store, let's face it, what's more fun than having a look at some truly crazy food inventions?

Robots Gain Glow Skin

A team of researchers at the University of California at Berkeley have created the world first light up robot skin. The robot works with a simple touch. When the skin is pressed it glows. The system has been dubbed eSkin and it users a series of organic light-emitting diodes to generate the light.

Aireal Airgun Lets Players "Feel" Virtual Objects

Disney Research has been hard at work on a very exciting new piece of technology. It's called Aireal, and it lets you 'feel' virtual objects. Chalk up one more step towards virtual reality, and one more into the realm of science fiction.

Eco-Friendly 'Loving Pets' Bamboo Food Bowls For Dogs & Cats: Review

When is a pet bowl, not just any pet bowl?  When it's a BambuBowl by Loving Pets - a pet food bowl made from a lightweight, renewable, recyclable material that you won't have to recycle for a long, long time....

Programmer Quits Job To Sell Street Food

A game programmer finds that his job in high tech isn't as he expected, and instead starts selling food in the street. To his amazement, he doubles his salary and ends up doing something he enjoys much more.

Giving A Hand To Clean Air

Between carbon dioxide, dust, and sulfur dioxide, the air around us can get pretty polluted. In New York we emit as much as 149,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide in a day. What about dust? We know there's a lot of that too. What about sulfur dioxide, well there's about 60,000 tons of that a year in New York.

Slice Makes It Easy & Safe To Cut, Slash & Clip As You See Fit

Slice’s series of redesigned, modern and safe cutting tools demonstrates that inventors could discover that a muse may be as close as your junk drawer.

Now Rover Can Play While You're Away

We all have dogs that need attention and playtime more than we have time to share. It is unfair to them, and in many ways unhealthy as well. Most dogs can remain healthy, physically and psychologically, if they are allowed to exercise everyday and allowed to run about and play. This is in addition to the daily walks that they must have to facilitate better gastrointestinal health.

Robot to Do Magic

A robot, dubbed Baxter, is currently in training to work as an illusionist under the training of Marco Tempest, a magician of some note. Baxter is able to learn a simple task in about 30 minutes, and he is currently in training with the magician to act as his assistant. Though who knows, the robot may just show up in some nifty tricks when all is said and done.

iPhone Massage Ball Earphone Jack Accessory Rubs You The Right Way

I love the iRub! The BURURIN Massage Ball Earphone Jack Accessory from Japan's Genius Cell turns your Apple iPhone into a stress-relieving pleasure machine... whether it's turned on or not!

The Breathalyzer Watch - Our New Drinking Buddy

Intoxication affects individuals differently. Some people can hold their alcohol better than others. However, on the issue of legality, differentiating states of intoxication is not done by how a person feels. There is a legal standard to determine that and breaching that threshold is grounds for serious legal consequences.

Truly Mobile - Portable Solar Power

Energy is a case of "water, water everywhere, not a drop to drink." The sun light that is all around us is energy in its purest form, yet we go about stumbling on archaic technologies that use fuels with dirty and polluting byproducts. Until now. The folks at Waka Waka Power decided to tap in to the sun's rays during daylight hours and extract the energy we need to power some of our most common mobile devices. For once, we do not need to go hunting for a socket somewhere just so we can plug in our "mobile" device.

The Evolution of The Mouse

The mouse has been with us for almost three decades. If you're thinking that the time has come to take it to the next level, you're right and that's exactly what Nick Mastandrea thought. Unlike most people who have had a million, million-dollar ideas, Nick decided to do something about it. He got down and designed Mycestro. What is it? Well, Mycestro is little device which you strap on to the intermediate phalange of your index finger - in fact, it's about the size of your intermediate phalange too. It has some pressure sensitive buttons on its side that you can access with your thumb.

The Incredible Bone Flowers of Hideki Tokushige

We think of flowers as some of the most delicate creations in nature. We think of bone as hard and durable. Japanese artist Hideki Tokushige disagrees with that traditional separation, and in his spellbinding Bone Flowers (Honebana), he shows that artistic brilliance can turn flowers into stone and bone into silk.

Pop Goes The Wine -- With Cola Flavoring?

There is a new, and somewhat disturbing, trend in wine. In an attempt to revive a lagging wine industry the French are working on a plan to make wine more appealing to younger drinkers. To this end they have created Rouge Sucette (Red Lollipop). It is a red wine with cola flavoring and sugar added.  How do you judge the palate and bouquet of something like that?

Tights Of The Living Dead

Okay ladies! You've got your zombie apocalypse survival plan ready to go. Your zombie survival kit is packed and by the door just in case. Now, how are you going to blend in so that you can fight on (or sneak away)? Time for a disguise. You've got the halting walk and blank stare down. You've got the make-up planned. One more thing and you are on your way -- a nifty pair of zombie tights to make your legs look really bad (or really good).

Help Effettievoluti Design Multi-Purpose Furniture, Win 1,500 Euros!

Young Italian design studio Effettievoluti, is looking for imaginative designers to run with their idea of the all-in-one piece of furniture. If you can dream up a functional and attractive chair/sofa/bed/mat, then you may earn 1,500 euros for your design!

Da Vinci Robot System Under Scrutiny

The da Vinci surgical system robot has gotten a lot of hype in the recent past. It has been used to help famous athletes repair damage done to their body from their job related injuries. But those issues are not without their risks. The company that makes the da Vinci surgical system, Intuitive Surgical, is coming under fire for a few concerns around the system.

Your VW Is Toast!

There are people who are really into cars. And then there are people who are really into Volkswagens. They just seem to be more passionate and obsessed by the iconic Nazi car than other car people. To that end all sorts of collectibles and other products have been created to commemorate the German vehicles -- such as a toaster in the shape of a VW bus that brands the toast with the VW logo.

Nineteen-Year-Old Builds 25-Hour Skyrim Mod As A Job Application

I've always been taught that, in order to land a job, you need to show the employer that you stand out from the crowd - you need to demonstrate that you're both unique and suited for the job. In Alexander Velicky's case, that involved spending over 2,000 hours basically designing his own game.

Robots to Kill Ticks

Ticks suck, literally. Seeing as one of the things that they would like to suck on is our body we go to some lengths to stop them from sucking on us. A team of engineers at the Virginia Military Institute is currently in the testing phase of a tick-killing robot that could help to thin the population of the disease carrying insects.

A Closer Look At The Psychology Behind The Steam Summer Sale

If you play games on the PC, you know exactly what time of year it is. Steam's annual Summer Sale kicked off last week, and hundreds of gamers have already spent far more than they should, taking full advantage of the huge quantity of deep discounts.  As it turns out, it's not just the deals that keep people buying - there's a lot of psychology to the whole process, as well. 


Celebrate Going Green With Growfetti!

Confetti is a fun part of entertaining and celebrating that has been around for a long time. The problem is that in this day of recycling and going green it can seem like such a waste. The idea has evolved and you can now get Growfetti instead. These die-cast shapes are made out of biodegradable paper that has been infused with wildflower seeds. They can be recycled simply by being planted in your yard.

Perforate A Personal Greeting Card With TwelveSeroSeven’s THE PUNCH CARD

TwelveZeroSeven has combined analog cards with a “digital” greeting to create this innovative, yet retro lineup of Punch Cards. They’re totally tubular, dude!

'Pajama People' Rise Before Leona Lansing Has Her First Cup Of Coffee

In the HBO drama series, "The Newsroom," Jane Fonda plays the recurring role of Leona Lansing, the self-important CEO of the TV news show, Atlantis Cable News (ACN). Fonda views the fictional network's influence as falling "somewhere between Ted Turner (her ex-husband) and Rupert Murdoch." Playing against type and her real-life liberal bias, Lansing is a staunch Republican who feels the need to constantly remind her news team staff headed up by Will McAvoy (played by Jeff Daniels) . . .

Impossible Sculptures Bring Magic Back to Art!

It is not uncommon for art to be described as spectacular, fascinating, or profound, but art that seems genuinely magical is something altogether different. The mysterious and impossible sculptures of Tom Eckert challenge the perception of reality, allowing this wizard of woodcarving to bring his viewers a little closer to the magic of the art world.

Interview: Exato Games' John Getty On Independent Development

On Monday, I had the opportunity to sit down for a chat about indie development with Exato Games co-founder John Getty. Getty, whose studio just released the voxel-based shooter Guncraft, was happy to share with me some of the insights he's gained during his years as an independent developer.

When Dr. Pepper Fails Try Mr. Q Cumber

If you are tired of the regular brands and breeds of soda pop, then you may be pleasantly surprised by Mr. Q Cumber. A sip of this drink is said to be like biting into a crisp, fresh, cool cucumber. While the idea of turning cucumbers into soda may seem strange, the truth is that cucumbers are actually fruit and in the same botanical family as melons. Like tomatoes, we just tend to use them as vegetables. So Mr. Q Cumber is a lot of fruity goodness.

Scary Grilled Fish Sandwich Gives The Dog A Bone

Japan's Kyoto Aquarium makes no bones about their limited-time-only “Grilled Dog Ayu,” giving brave buyers the fish, the whole fish and nothing but the fish accompanied by lotus root chips and Perilla leaves on a crusty bun. Bonus goodness? It only costs a fin.

Swedish School Makes Minecraft Mandatory

As it turns out, Minecraft is more than just a massive timesink; it's a teaching tool. Earlier this year, a school based in Sweden announced plans to incorporate the game into its curriculum, making it mandatory for all 13-year-old students. The key, it seems, lies in the creativity it inspires.

Illuminated "Bright Night" Umbrella Lights The Way, Keeps You Dry

The “Bright Night” illuminated umbrella from Japan not only shines a welcome glow to help guide your way to home, work or play, it also makes users much more visible when walking through dimly lit urban, suburban or rural areas.

Presenting Pinza: The Stylish Solution For Cable Clutter

Bright Light Ventures has developed an extremely classy solution to the age old problem of unruly desktop cords and cables with the Pinza device.

Samoa Airline Determines Travel Ticket Prices By Weight

It's a concept that we've seen coming for a while - an airline that requires you to pay for your ticket based on precisely the capacity of weight that you take aboard. What that means is that not only do passengers pay based on their own physical weight, they pay by the weight of their luggage as well.

Valve Announces "Pipeline" Initiative To Help Young Game Developers

These days, it seems like everybody wants to get into game development. Trouble is...no one's quite sure how. Valve - one of the most popular developers in the industry - is looking to change that, with the release of Pipeline.

DARPA Shows Off Emergency Bot by Boston Dynamics

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA for short, have recently unveiled a new robot: Atlas. The robot, built by Boston Dynamics, was created in response to the DARPA Robotics Challenge, which tasks creators with making emergency bots. 

When Frosty Comes To Your Summer Barbecue

So you wanted to have the most amazing barbecue and potluck ever so you invited EVERYONE you could think of. But Santa was vacationing on Christmas Island and the Easter Bunny was doing archaeological work on Rapa Nui. Frosty and a couple of his snowmen friends decided to come and you asked them to bring the ice. They forgot. So you improvised. At least that is the story you are going to tell when you use these fun Defrosty Reuseable Ice Cubes.

Montreal Startup Festival

The Montreal Startup Festival ended today with many inventors and innovators meeting with potential clients and investors. Through keynotes and tent expos, communication and networking happened all over the place. Already the 2014 version is being planned for next year.

Wrap Your iPhone In ANICASE’s Adorable Endangered Species To Save Them!

This series of ANICASE iPhone covers demonstrates how a great product invention can arise from a good cause. Can philanthropic ideals launch your ideas as well?

Chinese Bus Stops Spray Cooling Mist On Overheated Commuters

Old and busted: Missing your bus. New coolness: Misting your bus stop! The Chinese city of Chongqing is rolling out a cool mist spray system at several dozen city bus stops. Designed to operate much like the automatic misters in supermarket produce sections, the artificial clouds of chilled and purified water act to keep Chongqing's commuters as cool as cucumbers.

Quality Crowdfunding Your Idea Via Seedinvest

Crowdfunding big ideas and small businesses online is a concept that quickly became a mainstream idea, but if your high-quality startup needs a big-name investment, check out Seedinvest.

Going To Travel This Summer? Take A SunRocket!

Whether you are camping, picnicking, backpacking, or on a cross-country road trip there is nothing like being able to make a hot cup of tea or some instant soup for a quick pick-me-up or a hot meal to keep you going. You don't have to stop and build a fire anymore. You can set your SunRocket out and let the sun do the work. Once your water is hot the SunRocket also keeps your chosen liquid hot for hours.

Robot Keeps Kids From Crying During Shots

Going to the doctor can be an anxiety producing experience for any of us. Doing it with a child that is scared can be an eardrum piercing one for everyone else. So, we can all agree that it would be a good idea to make children feel less anxious at the doctor’s office, and one robot is stepping up to do just that. 

Exato Games Officially Announces Gunsmithing

A week after announcing voxel-based shooter Guncraft's new status as a Greenlit title on Steam, Exato Games has released a long-awaited feature: Gunsmithing. Players can now craft their own weapons, block by block, customizing virtually everything about them.

The Awakening Of Bacon

Whoever invented the alarm clock that was designed to jar a person from slumber had an evil streak running through them. But for better or worse, the method of using a ringing alarm clock stuck for quite some time, so much so that even when electronic sounds in midi and wav formats entered the scene, there was still a ringing bell option.

Embrace Your Social World

To call the Internet, by its old name almost seems inadequate. The term still infers the old websites and emails and static desktop environments. Data that points to an increasingly connected world is abundant. But what it doesn't tell us is how we manage all that information. At the moment we do it rather clumsily. We keep checking our smartphones to see if we've been mentioned in a tweet or someone has commented on our Facebook wall, or whatever social media we are in tune with.


Human Powered Helicopter Wins Sikorsky Prize

A team from Canada managed to create the first human-powered helicopter, winning a $250,000 prize for a competition that had remained open for over 20 years, a first and great innovation in aeronautics. The winning flight was done in a stadium last month.

Caviar From Oklahoma? Strange But True!

Caviar was once so inexpensive and so common in the United States that it was served for free in saloons in the early 19th century. The salty fish roe was tasty and made the saloon patrons thirsty so that they would order more beer. Nowadays the food has been relegated back to the wealthier segments of the population. Much of the caviar available comes from Russia, but there is a new venue on the rise for caviar production -- Oklahoma.

Rust Design iPad Mini Case Distresses Your Apple's Skin

The iPad Mini Case in Rust Design by Bird-Electron and Shima Works of Japan makes your shiny new Apple device look like a long lost tech relic from After Earth. While the distressed look is eye-opening in and of itself, a smartphone that looks like a hunk of junk just might be less appealing to thieves.

Grade Schools Kids Make Robots

When it comes to building a robot how young is too young? A class of primary school children at Princeton Friends School, which is based in the city of Princeton, New Jersey, is doing just that. The kids, as young as the age of 11, are building bots with 3D printers. 

Guncraft Is Breaking The Mold For First-Person Shooters

Independent developer Exato Games has gone all out with Guncraft; a voxel-based shooter which allows for a level of deep customization rarely seen in the genre. It's one of the most enjoyable - and innovative - games I've played in a very long time.

The KeyMe Kiosk - One Of The Simplest Vending Machine Ideas Ever!

You know when there's a business idea that is just so simple, and fantastic, and obvious you wonder how we've existed on this planet without someone creating it before? Well, one of those ideas has surfaced, it has to do with key-cutting, and it is so simple it is genius.

Chinese 100-Megapixel Camera Can Snap Ultra-High-Resolution Images

The Chinese-developed IOE3-Kanban camera features a 100-megapixel charge-coupled device (CCD) chip capable of producing 10,240 x 10,240 pixel images. The light and compact camera should greatly boost success in the fields of disaster monitoring, aerial mapping and intelligent transportation systems where ultra-high-resolution imaging is key.

A Layer of Love: Amazing Paper Art!

Many people enjoy books because they come alive and allow the author's message to blend with the creativity of the reader. Some artists take a more direct approach, like Luciana Frigerio, and choose to share their artistic message in words made out of pages, rather than in words printed on them.

This Lego Normandy SR2 Is Over Eight Feet Long

As anyone who's ever been an avid fan of a series would immediately understand, sometimes it simply isn't enough to enjoy in silence. You need to give voice to your love and form to your passion. Take ktorrek - a Lego fanatic who built a scale model of Mass Effect's Normandy SR-2. 

Sand Castle Building For Dummies

I am a dummy when it comes to sand castles. I couldn't build one to save my life. So the idea of molds to help build them seems like a good one. I would have loved these as a kid. Heck, if I was into beach-going now I could have a lot of fun with them. These World Landmark and Architecture Sand Molds also have that element of education for the kids. It's a great way to augment a day of sun, surf, and sand.

How Do Humans Want to Interact with Robots?

When all the hardware is strung thogether and all of the code has been written you have a robot on hand. The question is how do you want to interact with them once they are built? One team of researchers is trying to figure out that question right now.

Mocoro Microfiber Mop Ball Vacuum Cleaner Is A Roomba With A View

Just when you got used to the idea of rolling robotic Roombas roaming your home on the range comes an even more unlikely vacuum: the Mocoro Microfiber Mop Ball Vacuum Cleaner from Japan's CCP.

The Ultimate Book Nook For Bibliophiles

For all of their convenience, electronic readers like the Kindle and Nook haven't make the dent in book sales as had been expected overall. There has been no death knell for traditional publishers. Lovers of books are not completely ready to give up the tactile experience of holding the pages in their hands, smelling the paper, and dog-earing a page to mark the spot. People who love to read also love to have just the right nook to curl with with a book. Enter Openbook by TILT -- a chair and library in one.

SYN Shop, A Home For Inventors and Hobbyists In Las Vegas

I recently visited SYN Shop, a hackerspace located in downtown Las Vegas. A hackerspace is a place where inventors and hobbyists, or simply those eager to learn, can (for a small usually monthly fee) come and use equipment, take classes and basically create.

LEGO My Leg!

When life gives you lemons there are many ways to make lemonade. For Christina Stephens of St. Louis, Missouri, who lost her lower leg after a car she was rebuilding fell on it, her lemonade was made of LEGOs. After a coworker joked about the idea of her making a leg out of LEGOs -- pun intended -- she decided to give it a try. The result was fun, colorful, and more than a little impractical.

Sphere Bot Can Go Anywhere

A new sphere shaped robot designed by a team at the Robotics and Cybernetics Research Group at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid is designed to move in places where normal robots fear to tread. The robots spherical shape allows it to go places where others cannot.

iPhone 6 And iPhone Mini Predictions

A lot of people try to predict what Apple will do in its next announcement, but based on past history, we can easily make some educated guesses as to what the next iPhone will look like.

Supercharge Your Creativity At Google+’s Maker Camp!

No inventor can complain that “there’s nothing to do” when Google+ has partnered with Make Magazine and Radio Shack to host six weeks of creative DIY projects via Maker Camp!

Google Releases Correlate Tool

Google Correlate allows you to match data sets with search terms. You can draw a curve over time and find search terms that match, or enter your data and find the same matches. This can give you insights on what people look for over a particular time frame or season.

Scallion Stockings Turn Long Legs Into Lovely Leek Lookalikes

Scallion Stockings, also known as Negi Tights (“negi” means “onion” in Japanese), might make your eyes water but at least they won't leek.

The Gallery of Nature: Art of the Earth

It often seems that the modern generation of artists has become obsessed with using the most outlandish or unusual materials to create their work. Richard Shilling chooses to return to the literal roots of art and uses the elements of the natural world to inspire awareness and delight the senses.

Empire State Building Steals Show With First-Time-Ever Light Display On July, 4, 2013

They say it doesn't matter how long you live, the world will continue to provide with "first-time experiences." That adage apparently goes for landmark buildings as well. This year with the iconic Empire State Building celebrating its 82nd birthday,  its new LED lighting system lit up the skyline in syncopation with the July 4th fireworks on the Hudson River.

Roblox Launches Dynamic Lighting On iOS

ROBLOX - the world's largest user-generated gaming site - is looking to expand beyond the PC. To that end, it recently launched its lighting and shadow engine, Dynamic Lighting, on iOS. I had the opportunity to sit down with ROBLOX's Arseny Kapoulkine and Simon Kozlov to discuss the details.  

Asimo Isn’t Tour Guide Material Yet

The  Asimo robot, made by the folks over at Honda, is one of the most recognizable robots in the world. He may have been able to charm the press into giving him some air time, but he is having a hard time charming museum guests at his new job as a tour guide in Tokyo.

HP swaps Windows for Android with Slate21 All-In-One Touchscreen PC

Though it may look like a gigantic tablet, Hewlett-Packard's Slate21 does not include a built-in battery. The company seems to be trumpeting the device as a power-efficient, if underpowered, home PC.

Lotteria's Massive 14” Big Rib Sandwich Is A McRib On Steroids

Japan's Lotteria restaurants are celebrating the first anniversary of their popular Pork Ribs Sandwich in a BIG way with a Big Rib Sandwich! The 35cm (14”) long limited-edition pork-apalooza features three boneless McRib-style patties laid end-to-end on a sliced baguette bun.

Can A Robot Walk Like A Man?

A team of engineers at the German Aerospace Center have made a new robot designed to walk more like a man. The robot is called Torque Controlled Humanoid Robot, or TORO for short, and he is an upgraded version of an older robot that you may have seen in the past,  the DLR-Biped.

Now Coke Is REALLY Ice Cold

Coca-Cola has come up with a new gimmick to boost their sales and it is a really cool idea. Actually it is ice cold. This summer the company brought out its newest innovation -- a Coke bottle made of ice. Now your drink will stay very cold and when you are done there is no bottle to clutter up the environment. Unfortunately for the rest of the world, the ice bottle is only available in Colombia so far.

Restore The Fourth

This year, the Fourth of July celebrations take a special importance for those who care about privacy and want to protest the NSA surveillance exposed in recent leaks.

“Play a Game” iPhone 5 Case Adds Analog Fun To Digital Communications

The “Play a Game Addiction iPhone 5 Case” from Elecom brings back your favorite analog games, shrinks 'em down, and slaps 'em on the back of your shiny new iPhone 5. Not only does the colorful polycarbonate case protect your high-tech lifeline, it allows you to keep on gaming even after your phone battery runs out of juice.

Is There A Cure For Resting Bitchy Face?

Bitchy Resting Face is a problem that has plagued women ever since people had a face. It is the condition of having been born with a face that when you are not actively smiling you look sad, angry, or just plain bitchy. The condition was identified by journalist and comedian Taylor Orci. Her fake public service announcement became a sensation online in May and June after being posted on You Tube and Funny or Die.

Walmart Hosts New Contest To Get Your Awesome Product On Their Shelves!

Do you have a truly innovative product, but need to grab the attention of America’s consumer base? Walmart is ready to give a few talented innovators a leg up on the competition!

More Cows Milked by Robots

A robot system for milking a cow can cost as much as $800,000, but an increasing amount of farmers have been turning to them, as a way to make the milking process to be more cost effective. The milking systems, which work with the help of an app, can help some farmers. 

McDonald's Japan “Quarter Pounder Jewelry” Puts Luxury In Your Lunch

Want some bling with your burgers? You'll be lovin' it more than usual on July 6th, 13th and 20th when McDonald's Japan rolls out three very special Quarter Pounders but you'd better act fast: each “Quarter Pounder Jewelry” sandwich will be sold for one day only.

NASA Puts Robot Control in Space

A team at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has recently completed a new test on robots. In what could be dubbed the ultimate in remote contol a team on the  International Space Station has  been able to control a robot on earth in real time. This test will help with future bot visits to other planets. 

Substandard Chinese Drinking Straws Are A Potential Health Hazard

Is this the last straw? Substandard drinking straws making up 80 percent of the straws sold in Shanghai can cause a host of harmful health issues when the toxic chemicals used in their manufacture leach out into hot drinks.

Soccer Robots Hope to Take on Human Players Some Day

A strange sporting contest is currently taking place in the Ducth city of Eindhoven. The town is currently home to about 40 teams of robots that are playing soccer. The tournament, which has been dubbed RoboCup is looking for the best in sports androids. The eventual goal, to beat human players. 

From STEM To STEAM, Cloud Filmmaker Joined British Airways' Innovators In The Clouds

Traveling with top-flight innovators is a heady experience under normal circumstances. However, when you conduct a think-tank 30,000 feet above terra firma, it's a whole new ballgame. Such was the case when award-winning filmmaker and founder of the Webbie Awards, Tiffany Shlain took to the creative skies with 130 techie-elite from the Silicon Valley. In fact, there was so much to absorb, it will take her a couple of months to document her experience on film.

Trongs: Chopsticks On Steroids?

We love our finger foods. From fried chicken to ribs and wings we are obsessed. The biggest problem with these wonderful foods is that they leave our hands a mess. Sure we can load up on the napkins, but that just doesn't quite do the whole job as we remain sticky. We need a way to handle the food without getting messy in the first place. Enter Trongs. These strange looking claws make it possible to eat your favorite finger food neatly and easily, and still be able to take a drink of your beer or soda in between bites without requiring an entire forest to be turned into napkins.

Meat The Crazy Dresses Made Out Of Food

Unless you have been hiding under a huge rock for the last few years you will know that, in 2010, Lady Gaga shocked the world when she wore a dress made entirely from meat at the MTV Video Music Awards. This got me thinking, although I'm not sure it should have, about whether there may be any other crazy clothing items out there made from food. It turns out that there is. So take a look, there are some absolute crackers.