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Gamers: Digital Downloads Are Here to Stay, for Better or for Worse

Gamers: Digital Downloads Are Here to Stay, for Better or for Worse
I’m sure this fact is painfully obvious for a lot of gamers, but in case you’re one of the people who look down on DLC and digital downloads, here’s a very convincing, albeit long-winded argument from former Rock Band 3 lead designer Dan Teasdale. To sum it up, Teasdale says…

Fossils of the Mechazoic Era: the What Now?

Fossils of the Mechazoic Era: the What Now?
Poor dead bird. Wait what the — It’s a dead robo-bird! Artist/illustrator/futurechologist Justin Chase Black, more respectfully addressed as Mr. ThrowingChicken, recently finished the awesome looking  Creatures of the Mechazoic Era, a series of sculptures that look like fossilized remains from a time yet to come. According to monsieur ThrowingChicken,…
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Augmented Hyper(Reality): Pop-Up Ads Take Over Your Walls

Augmented Hyper(Reality): Pop-Up Ads Take Over Your Walls
When I first watched Keiichi Matsuda’s Augmented (hyper)Reality video, I wasn’t sure if I should be awed or frightened by his vision of the world that lies in front of us. Matsuda’s stunning video clip was created as part of his Masters’ program at the Bartlett School of Architecture, and…

Nec Batteryless Remote Control: We Don’T Need No Stinkin’ Batteries

Nec Batteryless Remote Control: We Don’T Need No Stinkin’ Batteries
How many times have you had to get your lazy ass off of the couch to get up and change the channel because the batteries in your remote died. Well thanks to some fine high-tech minds, someday you may never need to worry about changing the batteries in your remote…

OLED Lighting About to Make Rooms a Whole Lot Cooler

OLED Lighting About to Make Rooms a Whole Lot Cooler
As we look for more ways to generate energy-efficient light, we’ve seen a gradual move away from the warm glow of incandescent light, to the ugly pinkish hues of CFL, to the strange blueish-white point-source light produced by LEDs. And frankly, none of those are nearly as cool as what…

Inventor: We Can All be Cyborgs 20 Years From Now. California Governor: Been There, Done That.

Inventor: We Can All be Cyborgs 20 Years From Now. California Governor: Been There, Done That.
In a recent article in The Sun, famous inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil makes a lot of bold claims about our future, saying that by 2029 humans will be able to halt and even reverse the effects of aging. and then we’ll live forever, with the help of Hideo Kojima’s…

The Future of Desktop Computing is Looking More and More Like Star Trek

The Future of Desktop Computing is Looking More and More Like Star Trek
Microsoft’s “top research and strategy officer” Craig Mundie demoed various flashy & functional future tech that the company believes will be an integral part of the future desktop computing experience. Mundie’s demo included “hologram-like videoconferencing, a virtual digital assistant, and multiple surface computers, along with voice-, touch- and gesture-recognition technology.”…

Darpa Wants Killer Robots That Help Build Themselves. Great. Just Great.

Darpa Wants Killer Robots That Help Build Themselves. Great. Just Great.
DARPA‘s Self-Explanation Learning Framework (SELF) program “seeks to construct systems that can participate in their own construction.” Imagine a robot helping build itself. Who or what runs DARPA these days? Are there still humans in there? Things are moving too fast folks. Let’s look at the matchup for a sec:…

Sharp’S 5-Color LCD Renders 99% of Real Colors: Will Price of LCD Tvs Go Up by 99% Too?

Sharp’S 5-Color LCD Renders 99% of Real Colors: Will Price of LCD Tvs Go Up by 99% Too?
In a breakthrough that will undoubtedly lead to more expensive LCD TV models that people like me can only dream and write about, electronics giant Sharp has developed a 5-primary-color LCD display that will supposedly lead to more lifelike images. Apparently, the traditional 3-color (red, green and blue) setup has…

Morals Software for Robots: Life Imitating Asimov

Morals Software for Robots: Life Imitating Asimov
Asimov concocted the Three Laws of Robotics in 1942 and built many of his stories around these rules. While Asimov benefited greatly from those rules as an artistic concept, giving him ideas to explore, in the future our lives may really depend on robot ethics.  Fortunately, a computer science professor…

Sixthsense Wearable Gestural Interface: Microsoft Surface + Google in a Portable Package

Sixthsense Wearable Gestural Interface: Microsoft Surface + Google in a Portable Package
Last October, Pattie Maes had the idea of making a gesture-controlled interface similar to what was in the movie Minority Report. But unlike the interface in the movie, which was projected onto a screen and was thus stationary, Maes wanted a cheaper and portable equivalent. One that people could walk…

Touch Screens Could Get Bumpy Someday

Touch Screens Could Get Bumpy Someday
As much as I dig my iPhone and HP Touchsmart touchscreens, there’s something that I still miss about actually feeling buttons under my fingertips. And while I’ve gotten pretty good at typing without even looking at the screen anymore, I’ll never achieve the kind of touch typing speed I’ve hit…

Eyeborg: Canadian Filmmaker Installs a Red LED Into His Prosthetic Eye

Eyeborg: Canadian Filmmaker Installs a Red LED Into His Prosthetic Eye
Filmmaker Rob Spence lost his eye when he was 11 years old. He was playing with a shotgun back in his grandfather’s farm in Ireland when it backfired. Now he and his partners in the Eyeborg Project want to “transform his loss into a superhuman strength” for art’s sake. Spence…

Electro Art Works Makes Ray Guns a Reality

Electro Art Works Makes Ray Guns a Reality
When I was a kid, I really wanted to be Marvin the Martin. No, not because of his stylish scrub-brush headgear or his oversize clown shoes. Nope, it was the awesome destructive power of his ACME Ray Gun that I envied. Now, thanks to sculptor Andy Hill of Electro Art…

Giant Asimo at Rose Bowl Parade

Giant Asimo at Rose Bowl Parade
Honda’s hand-shaking, stair-climbing, head-bowing, face-not having robot ASIMO has been exposed to Gigantor rays and has been blown up to 12 times it’s size. But don’t expect any Double Blizzards coming out of it: Robert over at GeekAlerts says that Gigantor ASIMO “will be completed with natural materials like lettuce…

Diesel Dz7090 Digital Watch is Retro-Future-Glam-Tastic

Diesel Dz7090 Digital Watch is Retro-Future-Glam-Tastic
Looking like something that David Bowie might have worn during while wearing a skin-tight silver jumpsuit during his Space Oddity / Starman phase, the latest digital watch from Diesel definitely makes a bold statement (if you happen to be a 1970s glam rocker). The DZ7090 not only features a futuristic…
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