Sometimes when you’re on a plane, you’ll experience a piercing pain around your ears shortly after takeoff or descent. Usually, the pain subsides in a few minutes, with relief preceded by the sensation of your ears “popping.” This is called ear barotrauma.
Some people can’t live without their phones. Others can’t live without their game consoles. Then there are those who can’t let a minute go by without checking Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. But if there’s one thing each and every person truly can’t live without, it’s water.
The weird thing about social media is that it’s not really that social in the personal sense. Sure, you can connect and message with friends and acquaintances, whenever and wherever they might be. But if you’re sending online messages to someone you could otherwise talk to on the phone or in person, then isn’t that kind of besides the point?
Scott Peterson loves lightsabers. He has a collection of different replicas, which include ones that he made out of LEGO. He presented his creations on LEGO Ideas last year and got the required 10,000 votes, which means there’s a chance that LEGO will release an official version of his creations.
This is just what I need to hold all of my X-Men films. It is just perfect. All of your Blu-Rays are displayed nicely, with Magneto in the center, holding up the most recent. This awesome display comes from the mind of Dave Delisle of Dave’s Geeky Ideas.
We’ve already seen a couple of fan-made LEGO versions of Charizard, but if you’d rather have a ready to assemble kit from the company check out lizardman’s proposal. It consists of a very manageable 337 pieces and has lots of joints, making it very poseable.
LEGO Ideas member Ysomt recently submitted his concept for a playset for S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Helicarrier. Ysomt made the mockup on LEGO Digital Designer, ending up with a model that’s about 7ft. long, 4ft. wide and is made of 22,694 bricks.
Google Glass’ voice recognition software is only as good as the user’s English accent. Even if it were perfect, there are still times when you can’t talk out loud. But how else are you going to input words on a device that small?
Last year we found out about TellSpec, a portable scanner that can identify the composition of food as well as provide nutritional data. A company called ConsumerPhysics is raising funds for SCiO, which works similarly to TellSpec but seems to be more versatile.
You may have seen videos of people being floored by the virtual roller coaster demo for the Oculus Rift. Edmond O’Driscoll and Jonathan Forder recently took the experience to another level by recreating a roller coaster ride for the Rift, and then watching that recreation while riding the actual roller coaster.
Rumors of the appearance and dimensions of the upcoming iPhones have been circulating for months, prompting this hilarious application for 3D printing. A couple of folks have created 3D files based on the rumors, so Apple fans can print mockups of the iPhone 6… and do who knows what with them.
Two–screen phones? Pfff. Queen’s University professor Roel Vertegaal and student Antonio Gomes recently shared their prototype for a smartphone with three screens. They call it PaperFold, and its functionality changes with its form. For instance, the PaperFold can become a phaptop.
Even with the rise of touch input, the mouse and keyboard remains the best and most flexible computing setup. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be improved upon. Microsoft Research recently developed a mouse and keyboard hybrid that allows users to type and make multitouch input on the same device.