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Americans Spent Over Twenty Billion Dollars On Video Games This Year

If any of you still doubt the legitimacy of the games industry...I've some news. According to research released by NewZoo, gamers spent over $20.5 billion on video games this year in the States. That's pretty huge, no?

Intel's Oculus Robots Are All About Playing Games

If you've ever wondered how touch screens are tested for accuracy, Intel this week provided a bit of insight into the process. Turns out, they've invented The Oculus, a simple robotic array designed for one purpose: playing video games. That's cool and all, but...how exactly does that work?

Need This New Invention? Glass Box Suspended Over The Alps

A new attraction in the French Alps opens today. It is a not-so-simple glass box that is suspended more than 3,200 feet above the valley below. The attraction, known as Step into the Void, is billed as the tallest in Europe.  The box is the newest addition to the viewing platform at the top of Aiguille du Midi. The box is glass on top and bottom, as well as three sides, so that you can see everything -- including straight down!

French Implants First Bioprosthetic Artificial Heart

The first French Artificial Heart Implant took place successfully this week in Paris using a Carmat Bioprosthetic Device. It weighs three times a real heart, is built with bovine surfaces, and powered by lithium-ion batteries. It's designed to beat for 5 years, mimicking the real heart with sensors that adapt the blood flow to the patient.

This Interactive Petting Zoo Replaces Animals With Robots

Experimental Architecture and Design studio Minimaforms has put a new swing on the petting zoo: they've opened up one without animals. Well, sort of: instead of fluffy goats and bunnies, they offer a bizarre, slinky-like "pets," all equipped with the capacity to learn. Animals are so last decade.

Need This New Invention? The First Full-Size Lego Car That Runs!

It is the sort of thing little kids dream of -- making something real from their Lego building blocks. Australian entrepreneur Steve Sammartino and Romanian Raul Oaida, a self-taught tech guy, met online via Skype and togethe came up with the idea to build a real, working car out of Lego bricks. They turned to funding their project, called Super Awesome Micro Project, through crowd-sourcing. The result was a life-size car that runs on compressed air.

Philips Hue Lets You Control Your Lighting From Anywhere

Hate coming home to a dark house? Ever wanted to set the mood for a special dinner or party? Maybe you are looking to compliment the furniture in your living room. If any of these scenarios apply to you, the Philips Hue might be for you. Programmable, colorful LED lighting that fits in most light sockets and can be set up from your iPhone or computer.

Need This New Invention? The Mistletoe Drone

Christmas has long been known for one of the great gateways to holiday romance -- the sprig of mistletoe. An aerial drone bearing the festive fungus recently made an appearance over the crowds at Union Square in San Francisco. Couples young and old delighted in the impromptu appearance and began locking lips when it hovered their way. It was a totally 21st century take an old holiday tradition.

LG Plans All-in-One PC Running Chrome OS

Though most people are still ambivalent toward Google's browser-first operating system, that isn't stopping the manufacturers. Here comes LG with a Chrome OS machine that looks like an iMac.

Need This New Innovation? Modamily: Co-Parenting Without Strings

So you have decided that it is time to start a family but your relationships have not been falling in line. You also aren't exactly enamored with the idea of being a single parent. You want your child to grow up with two parents and role models. So maybe it is time for a new family model to emerge. Enter Modamily -- a website that matches people ready to have children without the issues brought on by romantic entanglement.

Are We Over-Engineering Hospital Sanitizer Solutions?

The total cost of treating all healthcare-associated infections in the United States is $35 - $45 Billion. IntelligentM is a hand hygiene compliance solution where clinicians wear wristbands containing Bluetooth, RFID and accelerometers that vibrate when they forget to use hand sanitizers in hospitals.

Napwell Helps You Wake Up Refreshed

Taking naps during the day can be a gift and a curse. A midday nap can lead to a more productive afternoon, but can also lead to grogginess, which in turn can lead to a lack of productivity. What if there was a product that gradually woke you up and didn't figuratively slap you with a blaring alarm? The Napwell might be the answer. Napwell hopes to eliminate nap drowsiness with a sleep mask that gradually wakes you up.

Money & Betrayal Play Key Roles In Silicon Valley Tomes

It appears when Ben Mezrich penned his tell-all book about the early beginnings of Facebook and included the bon mots "money" and "betrayal" in its title, he had paved a path for another to follow. After all if one social network could be launched on greed and deception, couldn't others? Good ole Machiavellian ethics may be as old as time, but it appears to be the common denominator for both...

Need This New Invention? Using Bees To Detect Cancer

Bees are amazing little creatures that provide us with so much -- from honey to pollination. Now we can add one more thing that they can do for us. Portuguese scientist Susana Soares has created a device that allows specially trained bees to detect cancer in a human based on the scent of their breath. Remarkably, it only takes a mere ten minutes to train the bee to perform this valuable service.

The Female Condom Is Making A Come Back

Female condoms are making a come back. The FC2 protects women from sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, and even increases their pleasure. It competes with with more than 7 other female condoms, like VA Wow, the Woman's condom, and soon, the Origami. Popular in China, Colombia, and South Africa, they are available in 138 countries around the world.

Re-Render This RC Truck, Win $300 From Lagoa Render Wars!

Web-based 3D rendering platform Lagoa, Mega Bloks and GrabCad have teamed up to test how creative designers and innovators will reimagine their fancy 3D model of a remote controlled toy truck. They’re looking to hand out cash and great prizes to their favorite designs, so let your imagination go wild!

Say Hi To The World's Smallest Pacemaker & Goodbye To Surgery

The world's smallest pacemaker made it through the first-in-human implant this week. Irregular heart beats just got easier (and prettier) to manage. 

Google's Robot Army: A Look At The Google Boston Dynamics Buyout

Google today acquired Boston Dynamics, one of the worlds foremost developers of advanced robotics. This marks the eighth robotics company Google's purchased in six months, and a clear indication that the search giant has some very significant plans. Hopefully, those don't involve world conquest.

Original Programming Coming To Xbox TV By Early 2014

Microsoft announced today that in the very near future, it intends to begin introducing original, Xbox Live-exclusive TV shows to its multimedia line-up. According to television executive Nancy Tellem, everything should be more or less ready to go within the first few months of the New Year.

NASAs Valkyrie One Robot Will Pave The Way To Mars

This just in, folks: NASA has built Iron Man. Well, sorta. The Valkyrie One Robot is the result of a months-long secret project at the Johnson Space station. It's  six foot two, weighs one hundred twenty-five kilograms, and is completely autonomous.