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BMW made a motorcycle helmet that builds in the best parts of Google Glass

The concept could be reality in a couple years<p>Nearly four years ago, Google published a video previewing what it might be like to use an augmented reality headset. It showed all kinds of useful information hanging out in the corner of your vision, and then that same information lowering into your …

Augmented Reality

A Lethal Weapon Designed By A Computer

Designed by John Briscella using Autodesk software, the Optimal Bow would be perfect for a cybernetic Katniss Everdeen.<p>Humans have been building bows for thousands of years–there’s some evidence that they go back 70,000 years–but can computers design one? That’s the question amateur archer John …

The Hunger Games

800-Year-Old Ancient Extinct Squash Uncovered During Archeological Dig on Menominee Indian Reservation

An archaeological dig on the First Nation's Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin yielded some unexpected results when a clay vessel about the size of a tennis ball was uncovered. After carbon dating, it was revealed that the pot was over 800 years old and contained a variety of seeds from a species …


This Swatch watch will let you pay with your wrist

In its first foray into wearable tech, the Swiss watchmaker strikes a deal with Visa. The Swatch Bellamy will sport an NFC chip, enabling contactless payments.<p>Swatch has partnered with Visa on a watch capable of making smartphone payments with the swipe of your wrist.<p>The Swatch Bellamy, scheduled …

Wearable Tech

Navy's badass helmets have hand-painted ships, custom for each position group

(Update: it turns out Army did something pretty similar, and then Navy wore these again for the Military Bowl against Pitt.)<p>Army and Navy always treat their season-ending rivalry showdown like the special game it is, and that extends to uniforms. The debut of these Midshipmen helmets was one of the …


More people have died from selfies than shark attacks this year

A 66-year-old Japanese tourist has died, and his travel companion has been injured, after falling down stairs while attempting to take a selfie at …

Taj Mahal

These headphones come with a gimmick that makes a difference

When a piece of technology becomes commoditized, the inevitable response from its maker is to try and obscure that fact by resorting to gimmicks. Smartphones offer some of the best examples of unnecessary over-engineering (see LG’s curved G Flex handsets) and gratuitous use of exotic materials …


Kids pick mobile devices over PCs, consoles for gaming

Mobile devices continue their onslaught. They're now the most popular devices for gaming among kids aged 2 to 17, says research firm NPD Group.<p>The computer was once a dominant platform for kids who wanted to play video games. But those days seem to be long gone.<p>Smartphones and tablets are now the …

Mobile Devices

Quickly create a VPN with the Hotspot Shield browser extension

Access blocked content and protect yourself at public hotspots with the Hotspot Shield extension for Chrome or Firefox. It's free, easy and effective.<p>Can't watch Netflix from where you are located? Can't check in with your fantasy football team from behind your office's firewall? Can't use a public …

Information Systems

This Towering 3D Printer Builds Clay Homes

Slow-printed adobe, without the flash<p>Clay homes are as old as dirt. Well, as old as humans have been building homes. Older, if you count those made by insects. That doesn’t mean an ancient technique can’t get a thoroughly modern makeover. The World's Advanced Saving Project, or WASP, after the …

3D Printing