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  • 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.

  • Opinion: Wearable computing pioneer Steve Mann: Who watches the watchmen?

    We're locked out. The room in which Steve Mann, the father of wearable computing, insists we do his interview is closed for the day, and Mann won't answer any questions until we get the door open. It's Tuesday afternoon, and I've come to the Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara, California to speak to the University of Toronto professor about wearable technology and the ubiquity of surveillance. But now, instead of searching for answers, I'm searching for a key.

  • Opinion: How to produce better sounding podcasts

    Reader Fran Drakes is about to embark on a new audio adventure and seeks advice. She writes:

  • Opinion: Slide down sidewalks with bizarre grace on a Hovertrax

    I'm not convinced that personal sidewalk traversal is ripe for a renovation. Plenty have met success by marketing their new wheeled contraptions as toys or exercise equipment. Yet Inventist is billing its new product almost as a replacement for walking, almost entirely forgoing an appeal to one's sense of fun. The two-wheeled transportation platform, or Hovertrax (funding through June 30), is aimed at carrying the future of small-scale transportation into view.

  • Opinion: Getting the best bokeh in your background

    Blurry photos are generally a bad thing. But although it's true that--with rare exception--no one likes camera shake in their photos, sometimes blur is intentional, such as when you shoot a photo with shallow depth of field so that the subject is sharp and the background is out of focus.

  • Opinion: Domino's pizza-delivering DomiCopter may be the best thing you read about today

    While it still seems unlikely that Domino's DomiCopter will ever replace your average, adolescent pizza guy, it's still fun to contemplate the possibility. A remote-controlled delight, the DomiCopter is set to traverse the skies in an attempt to bring you whatever artery-clogging morsel you've ordered from Domino's. Domino's hasn't said anything as of yet in regards to coverage areas or when we can expect aerial pizza delivery, but, hey, at least there's a video to drool at as you ponder a future filled with airborne fast food.

  • Opinion: Graphene-based camera sensors could take pictures in virtual darkness

    A team of researchers at Nanyang Technological University is developing a graphene-based camera sensor that's 1000 times more sensitive to light than most commercial CMOS or CCD sensors. The NTU researchers say the new graphene-derived sensor can detect a broad spectrum of light--from the visible to mid-infrared--which could allow it to take photos in nearly-complete darkness.

  • Opinion: Shapeways launches a new soft, squishy 3D printing material

    If you've ever felt a 3D-printed object? They're typically made of hard, brittle plastic, and tend to be delecate. Now Shapeways is introducing a new, squishy 3D printing material called Elasto Plastic that's more like a soft, pliable piece of rubber than stiff ABS plastic.

  • Opinion: Keyboard Cat Animatronic Plush toy will play you off whenever you want

    Attention, meme lovers: You can now get your very own Keyboard Cat. Sort of. ThinkGeek now sells an animatronic, plush-toy version of the musical cat meme for your enjoyment. This battery-powered gadget not only moves around, but also plays the Keyboard Cat music. It stands 8 inches tall and runs off of three AA batteries, and it can be yours for $35.

  • Opinion: 3200 LEDs make the Sydney Harbor Bridge a giant lightshow that you can control

    The Color the Bridge project, part of the annual Vivid Sydney light festival, lights up the Sydney Harbor Bridge with 3200 programmed LED lights and fiber optics, giving the otherwise gray concrete-and-steel structure a totally different appearance.

  • Opinion: Take to the skies with the Da Vinci Classic Ornithopter

    The University of Maryland's Morpheus Laboratory has been tinkering with flapping wing flight for almost a decade. Now Da Vinci Classic Ornithopters (DCO) has partnered up with Morpheus Lab to offer a device that bears the fruits this research and design, a remote controlled small unmanned air vehicle (SUAV) that'd make its namesake proud. The Da Vinci Classic Ornithopter (funding through June 17th) is bringing affordable robotic birds to the hobbyist crowd.

  • Opinion: The Buccaneer is an inexpensive, attractive 3D printer designed for anybody

    If you want to get into 3D printing, there are tons of options out there for you to choose from. Unfortunately, most of the inexpensive 3D printers require you to assemble them yourself, a tedious and often frustrating task. Fully assembled printers are becoming more and more prevalent, but often cost a few hundred dollars more. Pirate3D wants to change this trend with its upcoming low-cost and fully assembled printer known as The Buccaneer.

  • Opinion: Bring Terminator back to life with 15,000 Lego bricks

    If you needed a project to use up all those gray Lego bricks, Martin Latta found one: a life-sized Lego replica of the Terminator T-800.

  • Opinion: Grumpy Cat to star in her first Hollywood movie, give Garfield a run for his money

    Grumpy Cat--whose real name is Tardar Sauce--is about to become an official movie star. According to Deadline, our most-cranky-faced feline is about to star in a new Garfield-esque feature film produced by Broken Road Productions. No word yet if she'll hate Mondays.

  • Opinion: This guy proposed to his girlfriend, filmed it with Google Glass

    Whether you love the idea or hate it, there's no denying that wearable tech like Google Glass could change the way you document your daily life. Just ask Breon Nagy

  • Opinion: Paws whatever you're doing and check out this Whack-A-Mole for cats

    Whack-a-Mouse is most likely exactly what you think it is: It's like Whack-A-Mole, except for cats (though there's certainly nothing wrong with turning it into a family affair).

  • Opinion: Raspberry Pi goes to space, brings back photos of Earth

    When we first caught word that the Raspberry Pi Foundation was coming out with a new camera, we were excited to see the camera-based projects that would come out of this $25 peripheral. We're finally starting to see some projects, including the big one: sending it to space.

  • Opinion: How to use a Bluetooth keyboard with the Apple TV

    Apple refers to the Apple TV as a "hobby"--and though the home-entertainment device has received regular updates, especially over the past couple of years, for most of its life that description has fit. Still, the updates have helped make today's Apple TV a much more capable device than the one that debuted back in 2007. It has improved enough that we regularly use it in our home.

  • Opinion: How to photograph the moon

    It's hard to believe today--especially since you can just look up at the sky and see our crater-covered moon with your naked eyes--but there was a time when people weren't intimately familiar with what the surface of our nearby neighbor looked like. Before the Renaissance-era invention of the telescope, the moon was generally thought to be a perfect, unblemished sphere. These days, with even a moderate telephoto lens, you can photograph the moon and see the surface details for yourself.

  • Opinion: Forget getting a new tablet, build a DIY Etch A Sketch for your (inner) kid

    Recognized as one of the 100 most memorable and creative toys of the 20th century, the Etch A Sketch has served as both a children's toy and a platform for those looking to prove they can make art on even the most ridiculous things.



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