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Samsung patents smart contact lenses with a built-in camera

In the future, we could all be wearing smart contact lenses, like the ones secret agents use in movies.<p>Samsung has been granted a patent in South …

Augmented Reality

All Men Must Ink: How HBO Tattooed 111 'Game of Thrones' Fans

There's devotion to a TV show, and then there's getting its images permanently inked on your body.<p>Thanks to an HBO promotion, and the artists from …

The All-New Pushup Circuit That Builds Strong, Massive Shoulders

A great set can make your waist look slimmer, your arms look bigger, and your back look broader. Here's the circuit that will help you build bolder shoulders<p>When it comes to shoulders, the bolder, the better. One of the best ways to build a massive set: Pushups. But we're not talking about pounding …

Workouts

German scientists make it possible to fly a plane with your brain

Mind control technology gives you the capability to do things you didn't think possible -- like piloting a plane even if you have zero flying experience. A team of researchers from the Technische Universität München and the TU Berlin in Germany have not only developed the technology to fly planes …

Google Reveals Its Self-Driving Cars

Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin announced at the Code Conference today that the company has built a number of prototype self-driving cars from scratch.<p>Google’s prototype cars don’t need a human to intervene at all — which means there isn’t a steering wheel, accelerator pedal or brake pedal. …

Dell joins alliance to bring wireless charging to laptops

Wireless charging for laptops is now in the works at one of the top competing standards. The Alliance for Wireless Power has just added Dell as one of its members, and it's announcing today a new wireless charging initiative to begin powering larger products, including laptops and some appliances. …

Animated iWatch Concept Is the Most Realistic You've Ever Seen

Although Apple remains tight-lipped about any plans to release a wearable device, the persistent rumors and concept mock-ups continue to stir …

Skyforge, a vending machine for your 3D-printed dreams

Remember when vending machines distributed premade goods like candy, Super Balls, and sausages? Yawn. A new kind of vending machine called SkyForge makes use of a 3D printer to sell plastic items that are only limited by the imaginations of the machine's users.<p>The invention came about when …

Sausages

This Google Glass App Lets You Answer The Door Without Leaving The Couch

Because technology has a solution to most First World problems (smart forks, anyone?), a new Google Glass app will let people answer the door directly from their headsets.<p>A result of the collaboration between connected hardware company Brivo Labs and topcoder’s development and design community, …

Android on 79% of the 998 Million Smartphones Shipped in 2013

Almost 1 billion smartphones (998 million to be exact) shipped in 2013. Compared to 2012, this represents a 44 percent year-over-year increase.<p>The latest figures come from Canalys, an independent analyst firm which found Android’s dominance grew with the platform running on 79 percent (785 million) …

Ivee Sleek is a voice assistant that controls your connected home via WiFi

By this point, most of us are accustomed to being able to talk to our laptops and phones to get them to do what we want (some of the time, at least). Now, Ivee Sleek is here to give you the same control over all those WiFi-equipped lightbulbs, thermostats and door locks we've been seeing lately. …

EyeLock Myris is a USB eye scanner offering security that's unique to you

When it comes to unique passcodes, it doesn't get much more secure that an eye scan. Thanks to EyeLock's Myris, you'll be able to create super complex passwords that you won't have to remember -- using a USB-powered add-on to authenticate your identity instead. Myris is about the size of a makeup …

Invisible intelligence: how tiny sensors could connect everything we own

The Kolibree toothbrush knows more about your mouth than you ever wanted to know. It monitors how you brush your teeth and lets you know if you're doing it wrong (yes, you can fail at brushing your teeth). Even your dentist can’t monitor your oral hygiene on a daily basis, and that’s exactly why …

Overstock.com is now accepting Bitcoin

Bitcoin got a major new ally this week, as Overstock.com began accepting the alternate currency system as payment. Overstock isn't the first company to accept the currency, but it's larger and more powerful than previous companies like Reddit and OKCupid. Now Bitcoin users will be able to buy more …

NASA gets White House approval to extend International Space Station by four years

The $100 billion-plus International Space Station (ISS) is set to have its operations extended by four more years.<p>NASA plans to announce this week that the White House has approved the station’s operations to continue until 2024, according to documents obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.<p>The four-year …

France slaps Google with $204,000 fine for violating privacy laws

Google's run in with France's privacy regulator has come to a rather undignified end. After months of deliberation, the National Commission on Computing and Freedom (CNIL) today hit the search giant with a €150,000 ($204,000) fine for breaking the law with its unified privacy policy. According to …