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Eyeglasses with Autofocus: Omnifocals

Eyeglasses with Autofocus: Omnifocals
The lenses in prescription eyeglasses are usually tailored to the wearer’s vision. There are also multifocal or progressive lenses that provide different focal powers, but each power is confined to portions of the lens. That’s why a company called Deep Optics is working on a pair of electronic eyeglasses that automatically change the entire lens’ focal power based on where the wearer is looking.

BigScreen Virtual Reality App Lets You Hang out and Share Your PC with Other People

BigScreen Virtual Reality App Lets You Hang out and Share Your PC with Other People
We’ve seen examples of virtual reality being used to project two-dimensional displays for a single user’s work or pleasure. A new company called BigScreen has come up with an application that enhances the social elements of virtual 2D displays by letting participants see each other’s computer screen.

DIY Wall Mount Frame for Old iPhones: Reframe

DIY Wall Mount Frame for Old iPhones: Reframe
Got an old iPhone or two lying around unused? Instructables member Purincess may have a great woodworking project for you. He calls it Reframe, a wall mount frame that lets you use your old phone as a digital clock, picture frame and more.

CowTech Ciclop 3D Scanner: The One-eyed Scan is Cheap

CowTech Ciclop 3D Scanner: The One-eyed Scan is Cheap
Three years ago I used one of my cooler puns on the Photon 3D scanner, which I called cheap because you could snag it from its crowdfunding campaign for $390 (USD). CowTech Engineering’s $99 Ciclop 3D scanner takes that crown in a lop-sided price war, and supposedly without sacrificing on quality.

Officially Licensed Ghosbusters Pinball Machines: A Strange Neighborhood

Officially Licensed Ghosbusters Pinball Machines: A Strange Neighborhood
Ghosbusters fans, if you want a pinball machine that’s packed with great art and details from the classic films, call Stern Pinball. Just be sure you’re packing a large stream of money. Designed by the legendary John Trudeau, the pinball machine comes in three varieties: Pro, Premium and Limited.

Virtual Partner for Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes: Still Alive

Virtual Partner for Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes: Still Alive
Steel Crate Games’ bomb defusal party game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (KTANE) was one of the first popular killer apps for virtual reality headsets. Now available via Steam and the Humble Store, the game no longer requires a VR headset to play, but it still requires at least two players.

AxiDraw Plotting Machine: Penbotship

AxiDraw Plotting Machine: Penbotship
We’ve featured a plotting machine kit before, but if you want something that’s ready to go out of the box then check out the AxiDraw, a USB plug-and-play machine by Dr. Lindsay Wilson and Evil Mad Scientist.

Fem7 Stormtrooper-inspired Female Costume: Let’s Get in Formation

Fem7 Stormtrooper-inspired Female Costume: Let’s Get in Formation
Costume maker Kevin Weir of KW Designs has unveiled his latest Star Wars-inspired armor. Called the Fem7, the armor is designed for the female body, and its details will help you stand out among your fellow stormtrooper cosplayers.

Figma Ted Action Figure Is Technically Not a Teddy Bear

Figma Ted Action Figure Is Technically Not a Teddy Bear
Seth MacFarlane’s foul-mouthed thunder buddy has turned into one of the more unusual action figures you’ll ever see. Max Factory’s Figma Ted is based on the character’s appearance in Ted 2. Not only does this toy have articulated eyebrows, it also comes with a beer bottle and a bong.

DIY Rumble Chair: DerriereShock

DIY Rumble Chair: DerriereShock
Chairs with haptic feedback are nothing new. But they haven’t taken off because they’re usually expensive, not realistic – why would your butt vibrate if you get shot? Plus, the novelty wears off fairly quickly. But a cheap one that you can put together is a different proposition.

Super Russian Roulette for the NES: Deer Hunt

Super Russian Roulette for the NES: Deer Hunt
Last year we checked out Andrew Reitano’s old school arcade game VEC9. It turns out that around that same time Andrew and his friend Mike Dooley were working on another arcade game as their submission to Fantastic Arcade.

NES Emulator Renders Games in 3D: DDDiorama

NES Emulator Renders Games in 3D: DDDiorama
Classic video games are sometimes remade with more modern graphics, but that often requires redoing the assets. Programmer Trần Vũ Trúc is working on 3DNES, a NES emulator that dynamically generates 3D graphics from NES ROMs.

Live Action Hitman: Talkative Assassins

Live Action Hitman: Talkative Assassins
Realm Pictures wowed us last year with a new type of roleplaying game – chat-controlled live action first-person shooters. The company recently worked with developer IO Interactive to create another game based on its stealth series Hitman.

How to Make a Silicone Candy Mold from Your Face

How to Make a Silicone Candy Mold from Your Face
There are a number of tried and tested ways to make custom molds of pretty much any small object, but the creative duo of Eclectical Engineering reminds us that 3D scanning and printing technology is a viable alternative.

Trade Real Money for Real Elite: Dangerous Ship Scale Models

Trade Real Money for Real Elite: Dangerous Ship Scale Models
Last year, we checked out Eucl3D’s tie-in with Kerbal Space Program that lets you order 3D prints of your created spaceships. Now the company has partnered with developer Frontier Developments to print scale models of some of the ships in Elite: Dangerous.

Raspberry Pi Zero Motor Controller: ZeroBorg

Raspberry Pi Zero Motor Controller: ZeroBorg
PiBorg specializes in motor controllers and sensors for the Raspberry Pi, as well as robot kits based on the affordable computer. The company’s latest controller is for the tiny Raspberry Pi Zero, one that’s equally compact yet will let you manage up to 12 motors.

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