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  • 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.

  • Opinion: Best Buy brings Pebble smartwatch to stores this weekend

    Best Buy is backing yet another Kickstarter phenomenon, with the Pebble smartwatch heading to stores this weekend.

  • 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.

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