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  • Opinion: Ziphius the aquatic rover could make the swimming pool fun again

    Last week was CE Week in New York, and one of the most interesting projects we got the chance to see was the Ziphius aquatic drone.

  • Opinion: Windows 8 app review: The Telegraph

    The Telegraph app brings you all the high quality journalism you’d expect from the print and web editions of the newspaper, but the software has been made to complement Windows 8's touchscreen interface.

  • Opinion: $50 camera rig is the cheapest DIY 3D scanning system around

    In the last couple of years, we've seen some really impressive DIY 3D scanning rigs built using the Microsoft Kinect, like a depth-sensing DSLR rig and even a completely handheld 3D scanner. But who says you need a Kinect to power a 3D scanner?

  • Opinion: Heineken Ignite is a beer bottle that lights up in time to the music

    You might not be able to imagine a beer bottle that will light up whenever you clink your glass, strobe manically when you take a sip, or pulse in time to loud music, but Heineken's marketing team sure can. The Heineken Ignite is apparently the world's first interactive bottle and it will, Heineken claims, light up your world.

  • Opinion: Cheetah-Cub robot brings us one step closer to robo-kittehs

    Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) have created a small cat-like automaton called the Cheetah Cub Robot. Unlike DARPA's Cheetah or Boston Dynamics's Big Dog, this little robo-cat comes in an adorable size that's meant to prance around like a real feline. D'aww.

  • Opinion: Solar-powered smartphone charging stations land in New York City

    Last summer, Brooklyn design studio Pensa decided to test out a public solar-powered charging station for mobile devices in the studio's home borough. The idea immediately took off and what started as a trial project in Dumbo, Brooklyn's Pearl Street Triangle in 2012 has become a citywide effort in 2013. On Tuesday, Solar power technology firm Goal Zero, Pensa, and AT&T unveiled the first of many solar-powered charging stations that will keep New Yorkers powered up this summer between work and a night out on the town.

  • Opinion: Autoloop is a digital-analog synthesizer with a robot drummer that rocks out

    Last weekend, Brooklyn was home to its own rendition of SXSW called the Northside Festival, an event filled with music, tech startups, and most importantly, the Red Bull Creation completion. This year's Red Bull Creation challenge was called Signal to Noise: Makers had only 72 hours to build themselves a DIY instrument from scratch.

  • Opinion: Vodafone shorts finally let you recharge your phone with your butt

    Vodafone, in partnership with researchers from the University of Southampton, have finally done created a pair of phone-recharging pants called the Power Pocket shorts. Just in time for the sweltering summer, this pair of jean shorts comes with a small patch of thermoelectric material stitched directly into a pair of denim shorts that simply converts body heat into power.

  • Opinion: Ripped DVDs and the empty AUDIO_TS folder

    A reader who wishes to remain anonymous is curious about the structure of DVDs. He or she writes:

  • Opinion: Lego Songbird from Bioshock Infinite looks like it could sing you the song of its people

    Imagine Reyney's rendition of the Songbird from Bioshock Infinite makes my heart want to soar. The details are lovely, and the Songbird is pretty much a spot on replica--from the ever-so-slightly tattered wings to the building it has half-crushed below a claw. The chaos depicted on ground level is pretty awesome as well (though I am still undecided as to whether Lego minifig Elizabeth quite works). Be sure to check out the Flickr gallery for more photos.

  • Opinion: Konstructor is a neat $35 film camera you can build yourself

    The lo-fi film lovers at Lomography have really outdone themselves this time with a 35-millimeter SLR camera called the Konstruktor that you have to assemble yourself. No, this isn't some kind of half-baked camera product. The idea here is to have fun building your own personal shooter while learning how the mechanical bits in a camera actually work.

  • Opinion: 8 Google culture clichés reinforced by 'The Internship'

    No one will deny the facts: Google's campus is beautiful. Its products shape the way we live. And the company offers fantastic employee perks. But "The Internship," a bro-comedy about two grown men (Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson) who start on Google's bottom floor, looks more like a Google recruiting video than a real movie with a real plot.

  • Opinion: Apple's big-screen TV was a no-show at WWDC, but analysts say it's coming soon

    Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference has never been a venue for truly big hardware surprises. In recent years, it has become the launch pad for iOS updates and Mac computer refreshes, and not much else. But given Tim Cook's late May musings about Apple's stake in TV-related technology--he told a D11 Conference audience there's "an intense interest" in this area--one could have easily harbored hopes that Apple would stun Monday's WWDC audience with a big-screen Apple TV.

  • Opinion: You know you want this Lego binary clock for your desk

    When you need a new alarm, don't settle for the standard clock. Instead, try making one out of Lego--one that happens to tell the time in binary.

  • Opinion: Edible Ewoks guaranteed to make your stomach go 'yub nub'

    Gah. Just, gah. If someone served me a platter of Star Wars-themed sushi, I'd be mortified. How could anyone even think about eating these little Sushiwoks?! PETA should be alerted.

  • Opinion: Total sharpness: Hyperfocal photography

    Conventional wisdom has it that you should keep the background in your photos out of focus to draw attention to the subject in the foreground. Generally that's good advice, but sometimes you might want everything to be in sharp focus, from the foreground elements all the way to the distant background. If you have a camera that lets you adjust the focus manually (think DSLRs and advanced compacts), you can accomplish this effect using a technique called hyperfocal photography.

  • Opinion: Lego Segway is the nerdiest way to roll around

    Yes. And it's as awesome as you thought it be. Simon Burfield, the maker of the Lego wheelchair, has forged the nerdiest mode of transportation ever--a Lego Segway. This particular rideable plastic contraption rolls around on two Lego Hailfire wheels. The build is powered by eight motors controlled by four Mindstorms NXT kits and Hitechnic accelerometers. It even has a movable steering handle, just like the real thing.

  • Opinion: DigiX is an inexpensive, powerful Arduino-compatible board with onboard Wi-Fi

    Last August, a hardware engineer launched a Kickstarter campaign for a tiny Arduino-compatible chip called the DigiSpark. It's about the size of a quarter, and it's super inexpensive. Erik Kettenburg, the creator of the DigiSpark, is back on Kickstarter, and he's looking to fund his next Arduino-compatible development board, the DigiX.

  • Opinion: Release your inner child by 3D-printing objects with Play-Doh

    Here's something that will please even the most stern-faced of readers: a 3D printer that uses Play-Doh instead of plastic to replicate objects.

  • Opinion: Superhero-themed wedding has Xena, Wonder Woman, Superman, awesomeness

    It's beginning to look like the season for offbeat, cool-as-all-heck weddings. Heather and Kim recently threw a wedding that many of us would be envious to have. On top of all the standard loveliness, it featured an artfully designed Xena and Wonder Woman cake, a sword for a cake cutter, vintage-comic- book-style postcards, and more than a few "undercover" superheroes.



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