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Smart tattoo generates electricity from sweat, could power future wearable computers - ExtremeTech

By on August 15, 2014 at 12:41 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Smart tattoos are the hottest …

DK2, the second wave of Oculus Rift developer kits, to ship in October

It was been a bit of a wait for expectant Oculus Rift developers to get their hands on their dev kits, and it appears there’s another couple month wait available. Oculus has made available for per-order the DK2, short for Developer Kit 2, which is expected to ship in October.<p>The release comes …

Ready Player One

Can Rocksmith 2014 Really Teach You to Play Guitar?

Two Popular Mechanics players find out whether an Xbox game can level up their axe skills.<p><b>Following the phenomenal success of games</b> like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, Ubisoft sensed an opportunity. If gamers went nuts for playing real rock songs on plastic guitars, why wouldn't they swoon for a game …

VizeraLabs reupholsters furniture with the power of light

Looking for the perfect chaise longue? That's no easy feat even on the best days, but the process is made even trickier since stores rarely seem to have their full collections on display. That's precisely the problem a San Francisco startup called VizeraLabs is trying to tackle, and its team has …

The Backed Pack: A wireless home security system, an emotional bot, and bedtime tracking

Blink is a truly wireless home security system, it doesn’t even require a cable for power. Blink starts with the Sync Module, which all of the Blink units report to and transmit to the cloud for phone access, alerts, and streaming video. Each of the Blink units offers a discreet, wireless camera …

Watch Surgery on the Oculus Rift, But Maybe Do It After Lunch

While the early prototype Oculus Rift headsets may have given some an upset stomach, a new virtual reality demo is taking queasyness to a new …

Watch A Thousand Micro Robots Self-Assemble Into Wild Shapes

The madmen at Harvard have finally done it: they’ve simulated real life swarms with tiny robots, thereby bringing the coming robot apocalypse that much closer.<p>Or maybe they just created some really cool proof-of-concept robotic self-assembly systems. Either way, what you’re seeing is a set of a …

The man who created the first pop-up ad says 'sorry'

"I'm sorry. Our intentions were good."<p>Ethan Zuckerman was a designer and programmer for the early web-hosting service Tripod.com when a car company freaked out. The unspecified manufacturer had bought a banner ad on a page that "celebrated anal sex," and was not too pleased at the association of …

3D-printed wind turbine puts 300W of power in your backpack

For the most part, portable energy generators are intended for modest uses. They can charge your phone, but they won't drive high-powered laptops or small appliances. That might change if Omni3D gets its crowdfunded AirEnergy 3D off the ground. The 3D-printed wind turbine should fit into a …