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A Guy With No Engineering Experience Invented A Wheelchair That Can Go Anywhere, Even Through Water

Brad Soden makes go-anywhere, do-anything wheelchairs under the well-chosen company name of Tankchair, and we learned all about his business in this excellent write-up on Bloomberg Businessweek.<p>Tankchairs sit on treads, enabling them to cross all kinds of terrain that would leave a conventional …

College & University

SteelSeries' Sentry eye tracker lets you control a PC game with your eyes

Game peripheral maker SteelSeries is introducing its Sentry eye tracker that enables players to control computer games with their eye movements.<p>Proponents of eye tracking argue that it is a faster and more natural way of controlling the action in video games, such as first-person shooters. As a …

Two-thirds of the world’s mobiles are dumb phones. Meet the company getting them online

This might be the worst Facebook experience ever.<p>And yet U2opia mobile, a Singapore-based company founded by Indian entrepreneurs, has catapulted to 17 million users in 36 countries as a result. To understand why, you have to unlearn Facebook—its blue background, viral videos, photo uploads—as you …

Sri Lanka

Design your own 3D-printed braille phone

As we begin to scratch the surface of 3D-printing tech, OwnFone is ahead of the pack with its braille mobile phone.<p>London-based company OwnFone makes an entire line of personalized mobile phones, including ones marketed to children and seniors. Now it's 3D-printing what it says is the world's first …

3D Printing

In Case You Were Wondering, This Is What A Portrait Of The Entire Internet Looks Like

To most of us, imagining the contents of the entire world wide web is as laborious an effort as envisioning the entirety of outer space. Between the Wikipedia entries, emails, cat videos, food porn, regular porn and beyond, the many nooks and crannies of the internet seem to stretch to digital …

Minecraft-maker releases Cliffhorse spoof video game

<b>Markus "Notch" Persson is "selling" his first video game since Minecraft.</b><p>The Swedish developer is requesting payment for Cliffhorse in the virtual currency Dogecoin, although it can be downloaded without doing so.<p>He has tweeted that the game - in which the player controls a galloping horse that can …

Gaming Industry

Kermode Uncut: How 3D Really Works

FYI: Can Anything Move Faster Than Light?

Yes, the universe itself will eventually outpace the speed of light. Just how this will happen is a bit complicated, so let's begin at the very beginning: the big bang. Around 14 billion years ago, all matter in the universe was thrown in every direction. That first explosion is still pushing …

Rats Regret Making the Wrong Decision

David Redish and his graduate student Adam Steiner of the University of Minnesota didn't set out to study if rats experience regret.<p>They were looking …