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Stanford Virtual Reality Lab Ditches $40K Rig for $350 Oculus Rift

Ever since the Oculus Rift first started blowing minds a few years ago, virtual reality hasn’t just been a hot topic, it’s inspired a $2 billion …

Virtual Reality

Reactive LED Coffee Table - Arduino 2

Google teams up with Apple chairman to try to extend life

Google has teamed up with Apple’s chairman to launch a new company that will attempt to significantly increase the human lifespan.<p>Calico will use biotechnology to tackle major illnesses and ageing, the search giant announced on Tuesday.<p>The new company will be led by Arthur Levinson, who as well as …

How Google Maps Is Made: In-Depth Video Of Google Atlas, Google's Internal Maps Tool

When you set out to map the entire Earth, if you do it right, you're going to end up with <i>a lot</i> of data. Google Maps has a constant stream of …

Kwikset Kevo review: This brainy smart lock just isn't brawny enough - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Kwikset Kevo</b> packs a lot of subtle smarts into a little device. The indoor/outdoor sensor worked flawlessly, never once letting us in when it shouldn't have.<p><b>The Bad</b> The SmartKey deadbolt at the heart of the Kevo is too easy to break for a lock that costs $219. Also, phones that aren't …

Home Automation

Laser Scanner Can Detect Someone Watching You A Kilometer Away

A new device protects soldiers by detecting and locating optical glass.<p>U.S. defense contractors spend a lot of resources developing robots that help the Pentagon's various services keep an eye on their enemies, but San Diego-based Torrey Pines Logic is developing a small robotic sidekick that helps …

Amp Your Ride

Charge electronics on the go with a bike-mounted USB hub.<p>I'm a mechanical engineer who loves bicycling. When gas prices soared through the roof in 2009, I rode my bike to save money. I wanted to charge USB devices, such as my phone, during commutes but didn't want to spend $150 (or more) on a …

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 …

2013 Invention Awards: Ballast Bulb

A household lamp powered by a bag of rocks.<p>More than 780 million people rely on kerosene to light their homes. But the fuel is pricey and is toxic when burned—not to mention a fire hazard. In 2008, London-based product designer Martin Riddiford and his colleague Jim Reeves decided to create a …