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'Pilot' Real-Time Language Translating Earpiece Tops $1 Million in Funding

A new wearable Bluetooth earpiece has been gaining traction on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo, recently surpassing $1 million in funding and easily breaking its original goal of $75,000 from its backers. Called the "Pilot," the insertable earpiece translates languages in real time between users …

The Critical Mass Of Virtual Reality

Sasa Marinkovic Contributor<p>Sasa Marinkovic leads virtual reality for AMD.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>First Rule Of VR: Don’t Break The Presence<br>• The Dawning Virtual Age<p>The concept of virtual reality (VR) has been around for several decades. Largely ignored by mainstream computing until about four …

Virtual Reality

The Gene Hackers

A powerful new technology enables us to manipulate our DNA more easily than ever before.<p>At thirty-four, Feng Zhang is the youngest member of the core faculty at the Broad Institute of Harvard and M.I.T. He is also among the most accomplished. In 1999, while still a high-school student, in Des …

Genetics

Releases App Helps You Manage Model and Property Releases on Your iPhone

There are a number of easy-to-use model release form apps out there already, but Snapwire wants to do better. The photo marketplace has launched its …

Why This Photographer Thinks You Should Watermark Your Photographs

The majority of photographers don’t like watermarking their images. Why mar the perfect balance of your picture with a distracting logo, right? …

When Maps Lie

Tips from a geographer on how to avoid being fooled.<p>Maps are big these days. Blogs and news sites (including this one) frequently post maps and those maps often go viral—40 maps that explain the world, the favorite TV shows of each U.S. state, and so on. They’re all over Facebook, Twitter, and …

Maps

New Ads Promoting the updated Mulsanne by Bentley Motors was shot using Apple's iPhone 6

Bentley wanted to promote and showcase their updated flagship vehicle the Mulsanne along with its new dual back seat fold-out iPad with keyboard …

Exciting images from ‘Golden Age of Auto Design’ we almost didn’t get to see

The concept artists who envisioned the future of the automobile created edgy, forward-thinking illustrations knowing their works might never be seen — and would likely get destroyed.<p>But some of the forward-looking art created during Detroit’s “Golden Age of Automotive Design” made it outside …

General Motors

These 'privacy glasses' make you invisible to facial recognition

You're going out with friends mid-week, and you don't want the boss/significant other/parole officer to find out. But it's a birthday celebration, and Facebook's auto-tagging the pictures your buddies upload like a dirty snitch. The first piece of advice: never "friend" your parole officer. The …

This Collection Of 600 Vintage Cameras Is Currently For Sale On eBay

If you suffer from GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) and would like to sooth the itch for a while, or if you’re simple jealous of your friend’s cameras …

Cameras

The One Thing That Can Transform An Idea Into A Phenomenon

Do you enjoy picking groceries up in your electric car? When you get to the store, do you prefer to pay with bitcoins? Do you have solar panels on your house? If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you’re in the distinct minority. So much so, that a lot of people probably think you’re …

Innovation

IKEA will start selling wireless charging lamps and tables

After lots of perseverance from smartphone makers, wireless charging is finally starting to make an impact. Many big name phones now support the technology and companies like Starbucks are helping to bring it a wider audience. Now, it's set to receive another big boost, after IKEA, the world's …

Furniture

Photo series captures manly men posing with their adorable cats

Move over, dogs. Cats are man's new best friend.<p>In his series <i>Men and Cats</i>, photographer David Williams captures the bond between the two companions, …

The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress

Not since Monica Lewinsky was a White House intern has one blue dress been the source of so much consternation.<p>(And yes, it's blue.)<p>The fact that a …

Zooming contact lenses enlarge at a wink

A contact lens with a built in zoom that the wearer can switch at will between regular and telescopic vision could mean the end to dwindling …

The Reformed Jedi Order: A club you've always wanted to be a part of

Carl Williams’ love for the galaxy far, far away started not so long ago, when he was five years old. His grandmother had taken him to see Star Wars …

Star Wars

'Fifty Shades of Grey' Lego trailer is better than the real thing

Everything is better as Lego, particularly the trailer for the controversial <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i>. Recreating everything from the scandalous human …

Shades of Grey

How iPhone health gadgets could change what 'see your doctor' means

Apple's Health app had a quiet rollout in late 2014, and months later many iOS users still aren't sure how the platform works on their new (or newly …

Will autocorrect make you too predictable?

Computers can now identify what you will say before you know yourself, and as philosopher Evan Selinger argues, this could subtly shape your conversations without you realising.<p>Do you know what you really want? Right now, there are computers all over the world busily trying to tell you the answer – …

Architect Designs Paris of 2050 as Eco-Friendly "Smart City"

According to architect Vincent Callebaut, the Paris of 2050 could look very different than the city we know today. The architect recently unveiled plans to transform the famous locale into a futuristic “smart” city. His design is a nod to the metropolis' historical architecture as it's punctuated …

Smart Cities

Why Virtual Reality Is Happening Now

Since the Oculus Rift first made waves with its successful Kickstarter, there’s been a consistent line of criticism based in the notion, “why would it work this time?”<p>It’s a fair question — you can go back decades and see myriad failed attempts to build virtual reality gear for the masses.<p>“Many …

For the past 6 years, Brooklyn-based photographer Seth Olenick has traveled to the homes of some of the biggest names in comedy along with some of the best up-and-coming acts. The finished product is...

For the past 6 years, Brooklyn-based photographer Seth Olenick has traveled to the homes of some of the biggest names in comedy along with some of …

Comedy

Photos are printed on just about anything these days, but printing them on rock and concrete is not something you see every day. Simon Pyle came up with a pigment-transfer technique to print photos of...

Photos are printed on just about anything these days, but printing them on rock and concrete is not something you see every day.<p>Simon Pyle came up …

New Glass Labyrinth is the Ultimate Disorienting Experience

On May 22, at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art's sculpture park in Kansas City, artist Robert Morris unveiled <i>Glass Labyrinth</i>, a huge installation that will might just have you walking into walls. Fully transparent, the clear structure is made up of 1-inch thick glass. It's 62-foot by 62-foot by 62-foot, …

Art

Photographer Uses 130-Year-Old Camera to Capture Images of Modern England

In the age of Photoshop, cell phone snaps, and digital photography, British photographer Jonathan Keys stands out with his passion for the collodion (or wet plate) process, an early photographic process that was invented by Frederick Scott Archer in the 1850s. Armed with his 130-year-old wooden …

Photography

The US Health Department is using iBeacons to make its employees walk more

Technology as trainer<p>Last year Apple introduced iBeacons, low-energy Bluetooth transmitters that wirelessly send alerts to your iPhone based on your proximity, touting them as a way for retailers to reach shoppers more directly with discounts and deals. As it turns out, they may be good for other …

New Ball-Shaped Camera Captures Mid Air Panoramas

With panoramic cameras seemingly all the rage, it’s no surprise to find a new contender entering the market.<p>We’ve already seen a plethora of handy pocket cameras, selfie sticks and action cameras which will attach to just about anything that moves, but the Panono is something entirely …

The Reviews Are In For "Delicious Women's PhD Darling Sexy Costume"

And they sum up all our feelings.<p>You've seen the best halloween costumes on the Internet. Now meet the worst: "Delicious Women's PhD Darling Sexy" is …

Costumes

A Good Reason To Think Twice Before Stepping Into That Time Machine

There's a theory that fans of time travel stories like to toss around: Time travel not only hasn't been invented yet, it won't be in the future …