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Now you can figure out if that IKEA couch matches your rug before buying it

Want to know if that rug will tie your room together? IKEA can help with that: Its newest catalog, to be released later this month, lets shoppers use their smartphones or tablets to virtually “place” furnishings around their homes in search of the perfect spot.<p>This big idea from the world’s biggest …

Augmented Reality

Google Fights Glass Backlash Before It Even Hits The Street

Google Glass isn't even for sale yet, but it's already facing backlash.<p>There have been articles in the <i>Atlantic</i> and <i>Wired</i> mocking techies who have a pair, and even <i>Saturday Night Live</i> got in on the jabbing at the technology.<p><i>The New York Times</i> ran a front-page story about Google Glass and privacy, and …

Sony's break-apart DualShock controller brought to life, coming to Kickstarter

Mad Genius Controllers believes it can make Sony's idea of a break-apart DualShock controller a reality with its new splittable motion controller prototype. The Mad Genius Motion Capture System mimics an Xbox 360 controller in its current form, but is able to bring motion control and tracking to …

Oil From The Deepwater Horizon Spill Sickened Fish For At Least A Year

A new study discovered illness and birth defects among Gulf Coast fish nearly 16 months after the BP explosion.<p>More than a year after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, crude oil continued to sicken Gulf Coast fish, according to a new study. Gulf killifish, which are considered sentinel species that …

This Sound Camera Could Help You Fix Your Car

Meaning it can see where exactly where that weird noise in your car engine is coming from.<p>You're driving around, when you hear a weird rattling noise coming out of your car. Even if you know your way around an engine, you don't know exactly where the problem is coming from, which makes it tough to …

DARPA To Scientists: Find A Better Way To Study Chemical Weapons

The agency wants researchers to invent a technology that can determine, in just 30 days, how a new chemical or biological attack works.<p>The U.S. Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency has set a new challenge for scientists: Invent a method that can figure out, on a molecular level, how new …

2013 Invention Awards: Smart Ball

A wireless data-gathering grenade to toss into danger.<p>After an earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010, search-and-rescue teams descended upon Port-au-Prince to look for survivors. Francisco Aguilar, a graduate student in public policy at the time, was shocked to read stories about crews relying on …

College Students Make First-Ever Successful Flight And Landing Of A Concrete Airplane

"I was freaked, because I was really close to it and was worried it was going to hit me."<p>Throughout the storied history of aviation, humankind has fought to slip the surly bonds of Earth using heavier and heavier things. To do it, airplanes need to be lightweight, or have really big wings and a lot …

A 'Pumpkin' Pod For Flying To The Moon Like A Princess

Northrop Grumman performed a viability study on plans from a private startup that wants to send people to the moon for a cool $750 million.<p>Ready to land on the moon like a princess? Private spaceflight startup the Golden Spike Company has released plans for a lunar lander with a round pod, …

Hackers release modified T-Mobile carrier update file to amplify iPhone 5 cellular speeds (jailbreak unnecessary)

Just prior to the official launch of the iPhone, T-Mobile issued a carrier update to enable LTE, improve battery performance and add Visual Voicemail support . The only problem is that some users were reporting slower speeds after the update. TmoNews reports that two well known cellular …

How Wearable Computing Will Change Everything, Including Apple

Listen, you tech-savvy, trend-resisting cynic you. I want you to stop dismissing wearable computing as a pointless, narcissistic fad.<p>Wearable computing is not for people too lazy to look at their phones. It’s not a trendy toy for wealthy yuppies. And it’s not about joining Robert Scoble in the …

Robert Scoble

Google Glass Explorer Edition Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

<i>Editors' note (August 12, 2013): Google has announced a new software update for Glass that allows voice commands for Path and Evernote.</i><p>The very first question we at CNET get about Google Glass is: "What <i>is</i> it?" The next two are "What's it like to wear?" and "Why would you <i>want</i> to?"<p>The frothing …

Wearable Tech