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Moscow to Get Futuristic “Batmobile” Trams That Run 50km on Batteries Alone

Tuesday 07.15.2014 , Posted by
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Already dubbed the “iPhone on rails” and the “Batmobile,” Moscow streets may soon be rolling with these highly futuristic new trams called the Russia One, or R1. Debuted last week by tank and train maker Uralvagonzavod, or UVZ, the next-generation tram looks to bring an ultra-modern transportation system to thousands of miles of Soviet-era tracks. [Read more...]

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An Out-of-Body Experience, in Real-Time – Using an Oculus Rift and GoPros

Tuesday 07.15.2014 , Posted by
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You’re probably familiar with the 3rd person view in all sorts of video games… even Mario Kart used it. With a viewpoint placed just behind and above the character you’re playing, it gives you a clear understanding of where you are in a virtual space – something a first person view doesn’t always communicate so clearly. Now, two Polish designers have created that unusual perspective in real life – thanks to an Oculus Rift, and two GoPros mounted high on a custom backpack. [Read more...]

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Air Type: Introducing a Keyboardless Device for Tablets

Monday 07.14.2014 , Posted by
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If you are tired of having to carry an extra keyboard for your tablet, there is a new device in development for keyboard free typing. It is called Air Type and is basically a cuff-like design that attaches to the top of each hand. Ingeniously, it wirelessly translates your finger movements into readable type. [Read more...]

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You Won’t Believe What This Ship Can Lift…

Thursday 06.26.2014 , Posted by
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When it comes to transporting large things at sea, sometimes the very best option is to move it in one piece. But what if that thing is an entire oil rig?

Enter the Heavy-Lift Ship: a specially designed vessel which can partially submerge to allow other ships, yachts, oil rigs and drilling platforms to float over its massive, flat cargo deck. The ship lowers itself into the water using a series of ballast tanks which can be flooded. Then, after the cargo has been floated over the deck, air is pumped back into the tanks and the massive ship lifts its cargo aboard. [Read more...]

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Kittyo: Play with Your Cat When You’re Not at Home (and the Internet Rejoices)

Thursday 05.22.2014 , Posted by
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Ok Internet, this changes everything. Yes, I know you spend most of your hours stuck at your job, but what you really want to be doing is playing with your cat. Now, thanks to a revolutionary devise about to be massively funded on Kickstarter, you can work and play (with your cat) at the same time.

Kittyo is a one-of-a-kind product that lets you remotely interact with your cat while away from home, right from your smart phone. [Read more...]

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Addicted To Your Phone? Try These Signal Deflecting Clothes On For Size

Monday 05.05.2014 , Posted by
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In an age dominated by likes, tweets, and a constant flow of texts, it can be tough to take a break from technology. However, Japanese conceptual fashion designer Kunihiko Morinaga comes to the rescue with modern clothing that will force you to tear your eyes away from your iPhone. Morinaga’s newest garment collection, FOCUS, is crafted from fibers that deflect electromagnetic waves and thus render your phone completely unusable.  [Read more...]

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LIX: Draw in the Air with the World’s Smallest 3D Printing Pen

Tuesday 04.29.2014 , Posted by
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LIX is a 3D printing pen launched yesterday on Kickstarter and already funded by nearly 300%. Apparently this is going to be big. LIX is unique in the new market of 3D printing pens (including the 3Doodler) for two reasons: because it is very small and the fact that it can run off of a USB 3.0 port. If it works as advertised, those two factors will combine to make this one of the most useful and portable examples on the market – not to mention something comfortable enough in the hand to do some serious 3D sketching. [Read more...]

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Tiny Planet in Motion: A 360 Degree Video Made With 6 GoPro Cameras

Sunday 04.06.2014 , Posted by
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You’ve seen tiny planets all over the internet (you might have even made one with Google Photosphere), but you haven’t seen one in motion before. That’s because of one problem in creating these little worlds: you need to see in all directions at once. Happily, German photo journalist Jonas Ginter recently employed the smart but obvious solution: use multiple cameras and stitch the resulting videos together. His resulting test video is simply awesome, featuring a small planet below the wheels of his bicycle, car and feet, slowly rolling away as the distorted landscape passes by. [Read more...]

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A Modernist iPhone Amplifier Crafted From Hand Blown Glass

Thursday 04.03.2014 , Posted by
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We live in a strange age when ‘digital tech’ and the ‘local and handmade’ both have their own respective cultural movements. There’s a representative aesthetic and process common to each movement and  they very rarely cross paths. What makes this modernist design iPhone amplifier so unique is that each one is made individually of handblown glass – and we’ve got some amazing pictures to prove it! [Read more...]

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Faceless “Watch” Vibrates Every 5 Minutes… All Day Long

Tuesday 02.18.2014 , Posted by
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Have you ever noticed that when you’re bored time seems to move more slowly and when you’re having fun it flies by? Durr is a new ‘watch’ device created to give you an enhanced perception of the rate at which time passes. This wristwatch-looking accessory gently vibrates every 5 minutes causing a perpetual hyperawareness of the speed of time. [Read more...]

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