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Teaching Virtual Characters to Move Realistically: QWOP Harder

Teaching Virtual Characters to Move Realistically: QWOP Harder
You may be familiar with the term ragdoll physics, which is a type of animation sometimes used in video games to create dynamic – albeit unrealistic– animations for characters. Ragdoll physics is a form of physics-based…
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3D Printed Skeleton Lets You Make LEGO Robots: LEGO Build Fighter

3D Printed Skeleton Lets You Make LEGO Robots: LEGO Build Fighter
You can already build mecha or any robot with LEGO. I mean, it’s LEGO. There’s even a tactical tabletop wargame called Mobile Frame Zero that uses LEGO and other building toys instead of figurines. But if…
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Programmable Materials Move without Electronic or Mechanical Parts

Programmable Materials Move without Electronic or Mechanical Parts
A few years ago we saw a custom fabricated material with embedded actuators and magnets, which enable it to autonomously fold into a predetermined shape when subjected to electricity. MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab is working on creating…
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Flash Drive-sized Computer Runs Windows 8.1: PC on a Stick

Flash Drive-sized Computer Runs Windows 8.1: PC on a Stick
Nowadays you can get cheap dongles that turn most HDTVs or any monitor with an HDMI port into a dumb terminal for an Android device. But recently Meego unveiled the T01, a dongle that can run…
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Olaf Scooters Put You and Your Bag on Wheels

Olaf Scooters Put You and Your Bag on Wheels
Anytime you travel, there are plenty of suitcases that you see that are on wheels to make them easier to carry. A new bag on wheels from a company called Olaf Scooters has turned up on…
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Geeky Jack-o-Lanterns: Some Truly Smashing Pumpkins

Geeky Jack-o-Lanterns: Some Truly Smashing Pumpkins
Each year around Halloween, we see some really cool and geeky pumpkins that people are carving. Today I found a few carved pumpkins that will make the geek in you smile. My favorite is the first…
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Yaara Derkel’s ‘Coppelius’ Chair Casts a Shadow of Fright

Yaara Derkel’s ‘Coppelius’ Chair Casts a Shadow of Fright
A picture speaks a thousand words, but so does a shadow. At first glance, Yaara Derkel’s Coppelius chair doesn’t look like much. Sure, it has fancy cutouts on the rest and on the seat, but nothing…
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This Scorpion Chair Will Sting Your Wallet

This Scorpion Chair Will Sting Your Wallet
If you are considering becoming an evil villain with a Scorpion theme, I think we found your next office chair. Anyone who enters your lair will immediately be put in their place. You don’t want to…
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Gummi Bear Candle Melts to Reveal Its Skeletal Insides

Gummi Bear Candle Melts to Reveal Its Skeletal Insides
First, it was a cat. Now it’s gummi bears. But these huge 3-pound gummi bear candles are not what they seem. They’re undeniably cute, cuddly even if they weren’t made from wax. But the horror sets…
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Printable, Thin & Flexible Displays: PrintScreen

Printable, Thin & Flexible Displays: PrintScreen
Devices with paper-thin or flexible displays have yet to become mainstream. But the researchers behind PrintScreen recently proved that we can make simple but incredibly thin and flexible displays right now, without the need for high…
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Carrot: The Brilliant, Wireless New Device Coming out of Silicon Valley

Carrot: The Brilliant, Wireless New Device Coming out of Silicon Valley
People are always wondering what the next big thing is going to be, and the man behind this product says that it’s going to “massively disrupt” its segment. Carrot’s makers claim that it is an enjoyable…
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Scrap Metal Hulk: Metalvenger

Scrap Metal Hulk: Metalvenger
If you are a fan of the newer Hulk films with the computer animated green guy, you may get a kick out of this. An artist named BanHunLek has made a sculpture of the Hulk that…
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FlexSense Thin & Transparent Sensor: It Will Bend

FlexSense Thin & Transparent Sensor: It Will Bend
Apple is catching a lot of flak lately for its bending smartphone. This device developed by Microsoft Research and the University of Applied Sciences in Austria on the other hand is meant to bend. It’s called…
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Google Glass & Android App Turn Speech to Text: Life Subtitled

Google Glass & Android App Turn Speech to Text: Life Subtitled
Earlier this year we saw a project where Google Glass was used to project an interpreter for deaf students. A team of researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have come up with a more immediate solution…
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Arduino-Powered Bracelet Can Be Used as a Smartwatch, Plays Tetris

Arduino-Powered Bracelet Can Be Used as a Smartwatch, Plays Tetris
Earlier this year, we saw Kevin Bates’ Arduboy, a business card-sized gaming device powered by an ATmega328P Arduino board. He’s going to launch that device this December, but in the meantime he’s working on another Tetris-playing…
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VRClay Virtual Reality Sculpting: Unchained Modeling

VRClay Virtual Reality Sculpting: Unchained Modeling
Here’s an app that adds another meaning to Ghost in the machine. Currently in development, VRClay lets you create 3D shapes in virtual reality with the help of the Oculus Rift and the Razer Hydra controllers.…
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