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  • Jaguar Showcases Augmented Reality Windshields [Video]

    Jaguar Land Rover, the UK-based auto manufacturer owned by India’s Tata Motors, has developed an incredible new kind of windscreen or, as we call it in the President’s English, windshield. First of all, the 360 degree windshield eliminates any blind spots. The roof pillars that usually obscure the driver’s view are fitted with screens that show just what it looks like outside, offering the driver an uninterrupted view of their surroundings. Another bit of awesomeness is the “Follow Me” Ghost Car Navigation that displays a simulated car ahead of you so you can safely navigate without having to look down at your GPS. Hopefully further down the line Jaguar will offer some DLC that transforms the other cars on the road into Mario Kart characters.

  • Amazing Time Lapse Of Northern Lights From Space [Video]

    In case you weren’t aware, NASA’s Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit keeps an incredible archive of time-lapse videos from space at The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth. There’s a world map that you can click and find footage of it from the International Space Station. The only problem is that the videos aren’t streaming and can be fairly large downloads. Good thing Selmes Films produces excellent compilations of these NASA videos that we can watch on YouTube. Check out this video featuring the Northern Lights from space and then watch some other awesome videos of our planet form Selmes Films.

  • Jack White Transforms Your Android Into A View-Master

    Jack White is always looking for ways to innovate. Earlier this year, the “Ultra LP” of his Lazaretto vinyl featured tracks at three different speeds, dual-groove technology that played different versions of songs depending on where the needle drops, hidden tracks beneath the labels, and even a hand-etched hologram. So what could he do next? Yesterday White released his Third-D app for Android. Using the Google cardboard VR headset, viewers are immersed in 3D stereoscopic videos of “Freedom 21″ and “Ball and Biscuit” recorded at a recent performance at Fenway Park and “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” recorded at a recent Red Rocks show. The Google Cardboard works like an old View-Master toy, where two images come together to form one three-dimensional image. And to add to add to the immersive experience, the music has been recorded in Dolby Atmos. Learn how to build your own headset for your 5″ or 6″ Android device at Google Cardboard then download the app from Google Play.

  • Apollo Astronauts Had Filthy Mouths [Video]

    We think of the Apollo astronauts as these clean-cut, all-American men who lived and breathed apple pies and bald eagles. And they were. But they were also humans who got frustrated and showed that frustration by uttering the occasional profanity. Popular Science’s always informative and entertaining Amy Shira Teitel explains how NASA cleaned up the salty language of the astronauts when it came to transcripts of the mission. And how the original audio has survived. Watch the video below and for more information, check out the article at Popular Science.

  • Street Art Comes To Life Via Augmented Reality [11 GIFs]

    British street artist INSA is known for his huge, bright murals all around the world. You can find his work London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and everywhere in between. But where do you go from there? Once you’ve painted walls the world over, what’s next? For INSA, the logical progression was into the technological realm. He photos each layer of his murals then digitally manipulates them to create animated GIFs. These can be viewed on his Tumblr or through the app he developed, Gif-iti. The iPhone app let’s you view the animated murals while you’re standing in front of the actual paintings. It’s an awesome idea and it will be interesting to see if other street artist’s take to the new medium.

  • Moleskine Makes It Easier Than Ever To Digitize Your Drawings

    There are plenty of options for artists who wish to create digital drawings, such as Samsung Note devices and Wacom tablets. But for those who prefer to stick to old school methods with a pen or pencil and paper, there’s no easy way to digitize their art. However, Moleskine and Adobe are hoping to change that. The 5″ x 8.25″ Molsekine Smart Notebook is a typical high-quality notebook from the company, with 160 pages of 81 lb acid-free paper. What makes the Smart Notebook different is that each page contains numerous alignment indicators printed on the corners of the page that work with a free iPhone app to easily translate drawings into vector images. The resulting SVG or JPG file syncs with your Creative Cloud account and is immediately available to edit in Photoshop or Illustrator CC. And the best part? The notebook is just $33—much cheaper than a tablet and without the need for a computer or power source. Preorder now from Moleskine and get yours when they begin shipping at the end of the year.

  • This App Shows You What 200 Calories Looks Like. And It’s Depressing.

    If obesity statistics are to be believed, many of us are eating too much. And apparently, our gargantuan portions aren’t doing our bodies any favors. To visualize just how little we need to eat to get so many calories, take a look at a new iOS app called Calorific. Calorific is a collection of beautifully photographed plates of different foods with tranquil, pastel backgrounds. Each food is shown as a 200 calorie portion, and many of the photos are disheartening. To reach that 200 calorie mark, you wouldn’t even be able to eat an entire donut, bagel, muffin, or avocado. And it would be just a handful of Cadbury Mini Eggs. What kind of person has the willpower for that? The app also shows foods like lettuce or celery that you could eat a ton of, but what’s the fun in that? After all, in the words of Ron Swanson, “Salad isn’t food, it’s what food eats.”

  • Bed Bath & Beyond Is Now Selling ‘Sega Genesis’ with 80 Games

    Breaking News, Bed, Bath and Beyond is now selling Sega Genesis. In fact they have been for a while, how has this just blipped on our radar now? So for $40 you can get a condensed console, 2 controllers and 80 of your favorite 16 bit games that molded your childhood including the full Sonic-ography, both Streets of Rage (Even the breakdancing rollerblader) and even those Ecco the dolphin games (if you’re into playing a videogame as a dolphin). The console also takes original Genesis cartridges, so do those breathing exercises, because you’ll be huffing and puffing quite a bit this winter. So head to your nearest BB&B and pick them up, you know you have a stack of 20% off coupons sitting in your junk drawer.

  • Apollo 12 Survived Two Lightning Strikes To Capture These High Quality Lunar Photos

    On November 14, 1969, just four months after Apollo 11 made history and landed on the moon, Apollo 12 took off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. Just 36.5 seconds into the flight, lightning struck the Saturn V rocket, causing a false overload that took all three fuel cells offline. A second strike at 52 seconds took out the gyroscopes. The command module was transferred to battery backup, but the Saturn’s guidance system was still functional. Despite the rocky start, the Apollo 12 team reached the lunar surface on November 19. Pete Conrad, Richard Gordon, and Alan Bean became the second team to fly to the moon. When Pete Conrad, a relatively short man at 5’6″, first stepped on the moon he remarked, “Whoopie! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that’s a long one for me.” The following photos are just a few captured by the Apollo 12 astronauts. You can see many others at Project Apollo, but be careful: Once you start looking, it’s impossible to stop.

  • Forget Whale Songs, The ESA Has Discovered Comet Songs

    Remember that weird Aunt you had who wore purple muumuus and turquoise jewelry and would go on about chakras for hours at a time while drinking herbal teas that smelled like butt? Well send a postcard to her commune in Sedona, because those whale song cassette tapes she’s been listening to in her Hyundai Excel since 1987 just don’t cut it anymore. The European Space Agency, who will soon be landing on a comet, discovered that their target, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, is singing a song. The song is actually oscillations in the magnetic field at 40-50 millihertz, way below what humans can hear. The frequencies were increased to make them audible and the ESA released the track, sure to top the New Age charts very soon. What’s it sound like? Imagine a sped-up version of the pulsing sound you heard when you did Whip-Its when you were really into Aphex Twin. Or something.

  • Our Universe: The 100 Greatest Hubble Space Telescope Images Ever Taken

    Orbiting 353 miles above the Earth’s surface is the Hubble Space Telescope which, for nearly two and a half decades, has allowing us to look deeper into space with more clarity than ever before. Here are some of the finest photos in Hubble’s history as we approach the 25th anniversary of it’s launch. Editors note: The photos you see below are limited to 1000 pixels wide so the page loads quickly. If you would like to see the larger images that will allow you to zoom up on detail check out this imgur gallery we uploaded.

  • Wikiwand Gives Us The Wikipedia Redesign Jimmy Wales Won’t

    We’ve seen our share of concepts for imbuing Wikipedia with a more modern and responsive design. But it’s not likely that Jimmy Wales and Co. will adopt any of them—or any radical redesign, for that matter. The reason why is relatively straightforward. Wikipedia wants its site to work just as well on 10-year-old computers with low-resolution monitors and slow dial-up connections as it does on more modern devices. So Wikipedia plays things conservatively. But there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a better-looking Wikipedia. Wikiwand is a tool that showcases Wikipedia articles with better typography, navigation, and layout on both widescreen and mobile devices. Using Wikiwand is easy. Instead of going to Wikipedia’s website, just search for your articles through Wikiwand.com, which will then dynamically translate your articles into a more responsive layout with big, beautiful header images, easier-to-read typography, a universal navigation panel, and more. If you’re a Google Chrome user, you can even install an extension that will automatically translate Wikipedia links into the Wikiwand format. Because the extension intelligent pre-fetches assets, the Chrome extension actually allows you to load Wikipedia pages faster than on Wikipedia proper. Wikiwand’s not going to be for everyone—the abundance of italics in the more »

  • Hollywood Can’t Compete With This Supercut Of NASA Footage In HD

    Using 80GB worth of photos captured by astronauts aboard the International Space Station between 2011 and 2014, timelapse filmmaker Guillaume Juin created this awe-inspiring video of the Earth entitled “Astronaut.” And thanks to the incredible cameras aboard the ISS, this footage rivals the best visual effects that Hollywood has to offer. Do yourself a favor and turn down the lights and watch the video fullscreen to get the full effect. And be sure to check out Juin’s other great timelapse videos.

  • Amazon Just Surprised Us All With Echo

    Visitors to Amazon today may have been surprised to see the announcement of the Amazon Echo. A voice-controlled speaker that can play music, answer questions, provide news and weather, and so much more, the Echo seems to have come out of nowhere. Right now Echo is available from Amazon on a invite-only basis with a regular price of $199 and Prime member price of $99. The device can be set-up via an app for Android and Fire phones with an iOS app currently in the works. You can check out all the features in the video above, which makes the Echo look like a Super Siri that actually works! After the failure of the Fire phone, this is just what Amazon needs this holiday season. And we need it, too. Hopefully that invitation will turn up soon…

  • Fascinating Look At Elevators Speeds At The World’d Greatest Skyscrapers

    They cost billions of dollars, symbolize economic power and are photographed by millions, but the world’s tallest buildings also compete on a lesser known measure that pushes the limits of modern engineering: elevator speed. These ultra-fast lifts can reach speeds of 20 metres per second (45 mph) and feature technologies that use heat resistant brakes, mitigate excess vibration and adjust for air pressure to prevent ear blockages. Our graphic shows the top speeds of elevators in eight of the world’s tallest and most famous buildings, and how far they have traveled since this web page loaded.

  • RSVLTS GIVEAWAY: Xbox One Limited Edition “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” Bundle

    If the most recent Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare commercial, staring none other than Tim Riggins, (Yes, the fullback/running back of the Dillon Panthers) hasn’t already gotten you fired up to play, than maybe this Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Bundle will.  Discover new movements, capabilities and weaponry along the way in this heart-racing journey set in 2059 Lagos. “Rising from the chaos is Atlas, a Private Military Corporation led by the cunning Jonathan Irons. With the most powerful military force in the world, Atlas has effectively become a superpower for hire. Playing as Jack Mitchell, suit up in an advanced exoskeleton and join a highly-trained unit committed to restoring order.” The bundle, supplied by Microsoft/Xbox, comes fully equipped with a Custom Xbox One console with 1 terabyte hard drive (2x as big as typical Xbox One) and in-game sound effects (makes the sound of a helicopter crashing when it turns on, rather than the typical Xbox orb sound) Other Bundle accessories include: Custom Wireless Controller Digital full-game download of the “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” Day Zero Edition, featuring early access and double XP on November 3, plus two in-game custom weapons: the AK-12 G Assault Rifle and Crossbow-B2 Early access more »

  • The ISS Turns Spooky At Nighttime [15 Photos]

    ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst has been wowing us with incredible photos of the Earth while he looks down from the International Space Station, but now he has turned his lens towards the ISS. Apparently, while orbitting around the Earth 16 times per day, the crew of the ISS require sleep at some point. Since there’s no real “nighttime” for the astronauts, a “lights out” period is necessary to ensure they don’t start eating soap like Ren in “Space Madness.” And while the lights are out, Alexander Gerst floats around snapping pictures of the eerie, dark space station reminiscent of Event Horizon except without all the freaky violence. Hopefully.

  • We Never Thought We’d Want A Word Processor…Then We Saw The Hemingwrite

    Once upon a time, when a new computer cost about as much as a decent used car, sensible folks would opt for a standalone word processor rather than a full-featured computer. These word processors were like typewriters on steroids, with tiny displays where you could see what you typed and edit it before printing it out. But by the mid-90s computers were dropping in prices and word processors disappeared. Until now. With the annoying popularity of typewriters, it only makes sense that someone would update the much more sensible word processor. The Hemingwrite does just that, with a mechanical keyboard, E-ink display with backlight, and Evernote cloud backup. The device has a retro design but contemporary features so that you won’t look like a total ass using one at a Starbucks. And the battery will last 6 weeks, so you can take it with you to Walden Pond while you find yourself. Unfortunately, the Hemingwrite is no yet for sale, but you can stay updated on their website. Until then, we’ll just have to keep typing on our laptops and try not to get distracted by—oh man, is that dog really waving at people on a motorcycle??

  • RSVLTS Cuts x Shortcut App

    Yesterday evening at RSVLTS HQ, we hosted our 5th edition of RSVLTS Cuts, this time sponsored by the new app/barber service Shortcut. In case you weren’t paying attention to the news this week, Shortcut just launched in NYC and is the first on-demand mobile service/app for dudes that brings a barber to your apartment, office or hotel room and in just a few simple taps of the app (a.k.a., convenience, perfected). Group orders are recommended too, because the more guys gathered, the cheaper each haircut becomes. One of their main barbers, the awesome Gil, was at the HQ to provide some fresh cuts and trims, while the crew also sipped on some delicious Ole Smoky Moonshine whiskey throughout the night. Shortcut is looking to expand into other areas/cities soon (ah-hem, Jersey City/Hoboken, hurry, ah-hem), but definitely give it a try the next time you need a great trim on-the-go in NYC. Mention “First Shortcut” and the dudes will give you 20% off your first cut as well. Get the app here

  • ESA’s Rosetta Mission As Sci-Fi Short [Video]

    Launched over 10 years, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe recently reached comet 67P/C-G and on November 12, will launch the Philae lander to explore the comet’s surface. To commemorate this incredible feat, the ESA produced a short film, “Ambition,” that presents the incredible mission as a work of Hollywood science fiction. The fact that a real space mission can make for such a great sci-fi story is testament to just how amazing the science of space exploration is. Hopefully this polished, effects-laden short is just what is needed to get people the world over excited in space programs again.

  • ‘Dating’ vs. ‘Married': How Text Messages Change Over Time [Link]

    For better or for worse, texting looks like its here to stay, keeping you and your significant other in constant contact with each other. Aside from a brief respite while on the subway or driving through a tunnel, you’ll always be able to tell each other how in love you are and how badly you miss each other. Until the novelty of new love wears off, anyway. And once you get married, the text messages are totally different.

  • What Today’s Most Popular Websites Looked Like When They Launched [Interactive Slide]

    Since the mid ’90s the internet has made huge leaps of progress toward a direction catered toward websites designed for a limitless array of resolution ratios and dimensions. Mobile, tablet and desktop are all equally a part of every day web browsing, which means the most popular sites on the internet have to be optimized just write. Simple and responsive is the way of the world today, but let’s not forget about ads. Oh so many ads. Take a look at this then and now interactive slideshow of the most popular websites then and now. Facebook Twitter Google Mashable AOL ESPN Yahoo! YouTube LinkedIn Yelp Huffington Post WhiteHouse.gov Tumblr BuzzFeed RSVLTS Weather.com

  • The World’s First REAL Hoverboard

    Well, here it is. The world’s first true hover board. We’ve been duped once this year with a fake hoverboard video featuring Tony Hawk and you know what they say, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, I’ll completely give up hope that this technology will ever actually exist. Hendo is introducing the world’s first real hoverboard and hover developer kit, they want to put the developer kit in your hands, because if you don’t have $10,000 to burn on a hover board that levitates an inch off the ground at least you can experience the actual technology. They basically give you the kit and challenge you to use their technology to build your own. Hendo has created an in-depth Kickstarter you can read for an hour. The magic behind the hoverboard lies in its four disc-shaped hover engines. These create a special magnetic field which literally pushes against itself, generating the lift which levitates our board off the ground.

  • This German Astronaut Is Capturing Incredible Photos Of The Earth [40 Photos]

    Dr. Alexander Gerst is a German geophysicist and was selected to be an astronaut by the European Space Agency in 2009. Ealirer this year, he launched from Kazakhstan to join the crew at the International Space Station. Currently a member of Expedition 41, Gerst has been capturing incredible photos of the Earth and, thanks to the miracle of social media, has been able to immediately share his work. Some of our favorites are in the gallery, but you can keep up with “Astro Alex” on Twitter and Flickr.

  • Isolation and hallucinations: the mental health challenges faced by astronauts [Link]

    Thanks to social media allowing for constant communication between astronauts and those of us too dumb and scared to ever go to space, we get to see just what life is like floating above the Earth. And it looks like great fun, complete with sing-alongs from everyone’s favorite Canadian, Chris Hadfield. But is it really as fun and carefree as it looks? Apparently not, with psychological anguish and hallucinations reported by spacemen for decades. And with plans for lengthy Mars missions in the works, these issues could prove to be a giant hurdle.

  • Cirque Du Soleil Choreographed A Dance For Drones [Video]

    Cirque du Soleil, which for years has been surprising men who are dragged to performances by their girlfriends only to admit “that was pretty cool,” has teamed up ETH Zurich and Verity Studios to produce this amazing short film. In the short, 10 lampshades, powered by quadcopters, come alive and perform an incredible dance routine. Now, anyone who has actually tried to pilot a quadcopter knows how difficult it can be and to coordinate something like this would be impossible. That’s where the technological know-how of ETH Zurich comes in, who developed precise computer controls for the quadcopters, opening the door to entirely new applications for the drones.

  • Hunt Ghosts With This Thermal Imaging Camera For Your Smartphone

    You may think the hardest part of becoming a ghost hunter is forcing yourself to ignore all logic and take up a profession that exists despite the fact that nobody has ever been successful at it. But you’d be wrong. The real obstacle is that all that fancy equipment costs a ton of money. If you wanted a thermal imaging camera to see those cold spots or hot spots or whatever ghosts put off, you’d need a few thousand dollars. Until now. Seek Thermal has developed a thermal imaging camera and app that work with both iOS and Android smartphones for just $199. Seek states that the camera is useful for finding blockages in pipes or leaks in doors and windows but we know what everyone really wants it for—ghost hunting! You can guarantee that the 2.75″ x .84″ camera will lead to thousands of amateur ghost hunting videos all over YouTube and with Halloween season just around the corner, we can’t wait. To see if your phone is compatible or to order your own camera for $199, check out Seek Thermal. Aw man, do you think we can catch people farting in public with this, too?

  • Here Are Our Favorite 2014 People’s Design Award Finalists

    Each year, the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York City highlights innovative new product designs that revolutionize daily life with the People’s Design Award. This year’s 20 finalists have now been selected and you can vote for your favorite at Smithsonian.com. Our top 5 choices are below, but luckily we have until October 6 to vote since we have yet to decide on just one. The winner will be announced on October 9 live at the National Design Awards Gala in New York City. With previous winners including Toms Shoes and the Pack H2O Water Backpack, this will be an award to keep your eye on.

  • 30 Photos of Ridiculous iPhone 6 Lines Proving The World Has Gone off the Deep End

    Well it’s official. The world has gone off the deep end. Apple opened up pre-orders for the new iPhones last Friday, notching a record 4 million in the first 24 hours and since then people have begun flocking to Apple stores for a chance to be one of the first owners to show off a the shiny new piece of hardware, that looks exactly like the old piece of hardware, that looks strikingly similar to the piece of hardware before that. Don’t get me wrong inside the iPhone 6 boasts a huge advance in software and accompanied by iOS 8, which makes for a mega improvement, but to wait in line for days for a product that’s rereleased every 6 months, simply to show it off just seems completely asinine. But what do I know.

  • Floating Cities, Elevators into Space, and Trains Crossing the Atlantic: What the Future of Travel Holds

    Back to the Future, The Jetsons, and Robocop incorrectly predicted the future. The Cubs haven’t won the World Series like the almanac said. We’re nowhere near robotic maids, although Siri’s close. And robocops aren’t yet patrolling the streets, but they will in Detroit soon enough, so maybe that one’s correct. Needless to say, it’s difficult to predict the future, and future travel technologies are no different. If you asked men in the ‘40s if we’d ever send a man to the moon, you’d probably hear a resounding groan. If you asked people in the early ‘90s if buying a plane ticket meant logging onto a single website, and, in the matter of four clicks, you could jet your way to Dublin, I doubt they’d believe you. So today, what innovation will blow our minds in ten, twenty, fifty years? Space travel… so very real: True, we’re nowhere near the lives The Jetsons predicted, and I’m not advocating for r-obsessed dogs named Astro to alleviate our own space-race, but, for a hefty fee of $20 million, the Russians will shoot any bidder into space—a second space race? Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic hopes to launch commercial flights when 1,000 passengers shell out more »

 
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