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  • Opinion: Artist uses Xbox Kinect to create freaky 3D pixel sculpture of his daughter

    Remember early first-person shooters like Wolfenstein or Doom? Objects at the far side of the virtual space looked somewhat real-ish, but as you ventured nearer, the object in question--be it a casually tossed-about trunk full of jewels, cyberdemons, Hitler--would become a jumble of primordial 3D pixels. British artist Luke Jerram has devised a way to translate this jarring experience into the real world by creating a pixelated sculpture of his daughter, Maya.

  • Opinion: Wearable computers, anyone?

    Move over, smartphones and tablets. Are you ready for talking watches, singing shoes and rings that can double up as Bluetooth headsets? The world of wearable technology is exploding, and is slated to become the next big thing in mobility. There are already a number of devices available today such as the Pebble watch and Google Glass (available to the masses in 2014), fuelling mainstream uptake of wearable tech. According to data from Juniper, 15 million smart wearable devices will be sold in 2013, which will jump to 70 million in 2017. The wearable device market is expected to be worth more than $1.5 billion in 2014.

  • Opinion: Better 3D TV and best premium headphones

    The future is bright for our eyes and ears, as the BBC improves the quality of its 3D broadcasts and premium headphones are tuned for sound.

  • Opinion: Nvidia prototypes its own VR headset, makes personal gaming slightly less nerdy

    The Oculus Rift has been sitting pretty in the head-mounted display space by itself for a while now, But if this research project from Nvidia is any indication, it'll might have some company in the not-too-distant future.

  • Opinion: Gut plushies turn organs into lovable stuffed toys, but aren't for the squeamish

    Forget treating a loved one to an adorable virus or two--get them a spleen, or mammary gland to cuddle instead! Erm, what?

  • Opinion: This lens will give your photos and DSLR that 19th century look

    Here's something for those who ever wanted to give photos that old timey look but like for real--without any of that Instagram digital post-processing shader mess. The minds at Lomography have brought back the nearly two-century old Petzval portrait lens that you can stick onto your digital-age SLR camera to create stylish photos like it's the 19th century all over again.

  • Opinion: Trailer for Neil deGrasse Tyson's 'Cosmos' makes science look dramatic

    You think of science shows on TV, you probably don't think of slow-motion montages, but that didn't stop the creators of the official trailer for Neil deGrasse Tyson's upcoming revival of 1980's Cosmos miniseries.

  • Opinion: Rainbow LED panel gives you an excuse to dance on tables, walls, or ceilings

    If you're interested in quirky furniture, you need to check out PixelBrite, the slickest LED home project I've seen in a while.

  • Opinion: This motion-sensing t-shirt will give you spidey senses

    ThinkGeek's T-shirts have long since provided us with electronic super powers, ranging from ones that find Wi-Fi networks to ones that will play your personal soundtrack wherever you go. ThinkGeek's newest offering, though, will give you spidey senses. Sort of.

  • Opinion: Play all your old games in three dimensions with 3-D Vision

    Although TV prices have dropped significantly over the past several years, 3D TVs are still a bit pricey and are still limited to movies and games that have already been converted into 3D. Gene Dolgoff wants to change that.

  • Opinion: Transform your PC into a mean, media-streaming machine

    If you're anything like me, you've built an impressive media empire inside your PC. You've compiled album after album of sweet jams. You've got reams of cherished photos from all your adventures, and your video collection spans everything from smartphone gag reels to family movies to high-resolution videos ripped from your DVD collection.

  • Opinion: You too can make this 3D-printed film camera at home

    Film cameras may be obsolete as far as mainstream use goes, but that didn't stop Instructables user Bozardeux from designing and building an SLR camera. Oh, did we mention that it's 3D-printed?

  • Opinion: How I built a RapMan 3D printer from scratch

    3D printing technology is growing rapidly--it's crawling out of its niche marketplace and showing off how useful and cool it can be. Hell, you can even buy a 3D printer at Staples nowadays. To keep on the pulse, I felt it was time for aggressive expansion into this field: We needed our own printer to use in the TechHive labs. I wanted to learn exactly how a printer worked, so I built one myself instead of purchasing a pre-assembled model.

  • Opinion: Windows 8 app review: IMDB

    The IMDB app for Windows 8 gives you quick access to information about movies and TV shows as well as direct links to celebrities and other TV and film news

  • Opinion: Windows 8 app review: Star Chart

    The Star Chart app is designed to help you identify everything you can see overhead, and it really shines when used with a convertible laptop

  • Opinion: Make a DIY Matrix' bullet time shot with a ceiling fan and a GoPro

    The first time I saw the bullet time sequence in the Matrix, I thought it was about the coolest thing ever. And now you can reproduce the same effect using just a ceiling fan and a GoPro. A video specialist named Jeremiah Warren built his own spinning bullet time rig by attaching a GoPro 3 (which shoots up to 240 frames per second) to a fan so that the camera rotates around him.

  • Opinion: How to rip a DVD with HandBrake

    [Editor's note: The MPAA and most media companies argue that you can't legally copy or convert commercial DVDs for any reason. We (and others) think that, if you own a DVD, you should be able to override its copy protection to make a backup copy or to convert its content for viewing on other devices. Currently, the law isn't entirely clear one way or the other. So our advice is: If you don't own it, don't do it. If you do own it, think before you rip.]

  • Opinion: Let your dog become master of the house with a bark-enabled back door

    It's tough being a dog. Sometimes your owners don't realize you're only barking because nature calls. Damn. If only a dog could reach the door handle. In David Hunt's house, dogs don't need thumbs to open doors. His Pi-Rex project allows his dog to open a door with a bark.

  • Opinion: Watch this sweet DIY rendition of the 'Star Wars' trench run

    There is a never-ending argument over which of the original Star Wars movies deserves the most praise, but the Death Star trench run at the end of A New Hope is without a doubt one of the most exciting scenes in the series.

  • Opinion: This mesmerizing time-lapse of San Francisco's fog took two years to make

    As a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, I'll admit that I dread seeing the infamous wall of fog that can make summers in San Francisco so chilly pass over the city's hills and block out the afternoon sun. Filmmaker Simon Christen apparently feels otherwise, as he spent two whole years (!) documenting the fog as it drifted in for a time-lapse video called Adrift.

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