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  • The 2014 Google Tracker—Everything We Know Google Is Working On This Year [Link]

    Yesterday we shared a video that showed you just how big Google is through all of their acquisitions through the years. With Google’s recent purchase of AI firms like DeepMind Technologies and robotics firm Boston Dynamics, you just know there are big things in the works. From health research to artificial intelligence to automobile automatons to Android developments, Google has a lot in store for 2014. With the Google tracker, you’ll get all the info you need on this year’s innovations and inventions from our Google overlords.

  • NASA Bets On Private Companies To Exploit Moon’s Resources [Link]

    With an ever disappearing federal budget when it comes to science and exploration, what is NASA supposed to do? How about partner with private firms to mine moon rocks? The President may have said that we as a country won’t return to the moon, but that can’t stop private sector money to finance lunar missions to get whatever is hiding up there. I’m guessing cheese. Lots and lots of delicious moon cheese.

  • Just How Big is Google? Huge. Google is Huge. [Video]

    With Google acquiring more and more tech companies, their presence is becoming ever more ubiquitous. With their current forays into artificial intelligence and robotics, are we getting closer to a Terminator-esque Skynet situation? Probably not. But this video presents the facts about Google’s many business acquisitions and the reasons behind them without falling into David Icke “lizard people” territory. There may be many questions as to the tech giant’s ultimate goal, but one thing is for certain: Google is huge.

  • Photo of the Day: Spectacular Fresh Impact Crater On Mars

    A dramatic, fresh impact crater dominates this image taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Nov. 19, 2013. Researchers used HiRISE to examine this site because the orbiter’s Context Camera had revealed a change in appearance here between observations in July 2010 and May 2012, bracketing the formation of the crater between those observations.

  • Share Your Instagram Masterpieces With Projecteo

    You spend so much taking pictures of every single meal you eat and picking just the right filter to make the food look particularly unappetizing but you still don’t get any love on Instagram. What’s the deal? It can’t possibly be that nobody pays any attention to you or your sad, unphotogenic life. Now you can force people to look at your favorite Instagram shots with the Projecteo miniature projector. Choose 9 of your best images and Projecteo will develop them onto a tiny 35mm slide which can then be inserted into the mini Projecteo projector so you can share your pictures anytime with anybody you can convince to hang around with you. For the full effect, don’t forget to shout your hashtags at your unfortunate captive. Available now from Projecteo, $35 for the projector and $9 per slide.

  • Remembering The Apollo 1 Tragedy [10 Photos]

    NASA planned on launching the Apollo 1, the first manned mission of the Apollo manned lunar landing program, on February 21, 1967. That day would never come, however, when a cabin fire during a launch test at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Launch Station killed all three crew members and destroyed the command module on January 27, 1967. Command Pilot Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Senior Pilot Edward H. White II, and Pilot Roger B. Chaffee lost their lives that day, but their deaths were not in vain. A 20 month suspension of Apollo flights followed in order to correct lthal dsign and construction flaws. Less than three years later, the program became the greatest success of the century when Apollo 11 successfully landed on the moon on July 21, 1969. These historical photos from NASA show the heroic crew preparing for the flight and the charred command module after the tragedy.

  • This Headset of the Future Reached it’s $250k Goal in 4 Hours

    The Avegant Glyph is a unique set of headphones that will revolutionize the game. In it’s first four hours on Kickstarter the Avegant raised $250,000, in it’s first day, a half of million. The beauty of this beast is in it’s “Glyph”, the headphone arch that uses a flip-down form factor to create a visual display inside it creating super sharp imagery and premium noise-cancelling audio, we created a device that is a revolution in personal display technology. The Glyph uses a simple HDMI input to display anything in your content library, from the movies that you already own to streamed Netflix over your iPhone to the desktop environment in your Mac or PC. The Glyph is also great for gaming, whether in playing Call of Duty Ghosts on your Playstation or Real Racing on your mobile phone. And with an integrated 9 Degree of Freedom head-tracker, a whole world of interactive gaming, Point of View (PoV) imaging and interactive storytelling is within our reach. Read more about this amazing product on their Kickstarter page

  • The Google Smart Contact Lens Project

    Google announced last week they’re currently testing a new “smart” contact lens which uses a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material to detect glucose levels for diabetics. The prototypes, not yet FDA approved can generate one reading per second using tear fluid from the eyes of it’s wearer. The contact lens is also being tested to detect early warning signs that would trigger a tiny LED light to indicate a spike or decline in normal glucose levels. The project is still in its early stages, but making leaps and bounds in clinical research to help refine the prototype as said on Google’s blog.

  • Raw Footage From the Launch Of SpaceShipTwo [Video]

    Virgin Galactic is one step closer to its goal of bringing tourists (albeit extremely wealthy ones) to space after a successful test flight of the SpaceShipTwo (SS2) on January 10. It was the third rocket-powered supersonic flight for the subspace-craft and Virgiin Galactic officials said all their objectives were met. This is great news for the company, which plans on beginning commercial service later this year. Many celebrities have already reserved spots for when the service takes off, including Stephen Hawking, Katy Perry, Ashton Kutcher, and Tom Hanks. If you’d like join them as one of the first space tourists, sign up at Virgin Galactic. Wait, you don’t have $250,000? Better cut back on your daily Starbucks.

  • The 50 Most Popular People On Instagram in 2014

    We’re willing to bet you use Facebook less than you did one year ago. Right? As statistics show Facebook is in decline we think when it comes to social media Instagram is King. So let’s take a look at the people who are running the show in 2014. We’ve combed through Instagram statistics to pull together the following list of the 50 Most Popular People on Instagram.

  • Epitomize Laziness With Remote Control Mop

    Nobody likes to mop. Everybody likes remote control stuff. Nobody would ever think to combine these statements, right? Well thank God someone in Japan did! Now you can clean up spills without ever getting your fat ass out of your chair thanks to the remote control mop. Why not get a few of them and trick your friends into cleaning your entire house by making it into some sort of competition? Get the mop you never knew you needed but now can’t live without on Amazon for $34. Is there an RC Roomba yet?

  • Build Your Own Wright Brothers Flyer

    December 17 marks the 110th anniversary of the first successful flight by the Wright Brothers. Now you can pretend to be your favorite Wright (team Wilbur for life, yo!) and build a replica of their 1903 flyer using these blueprints and a touch of elbow grease with a dab of perspiration. Remember when you were a kid and you spent aChristmas day building the Ghost Busters headquarters? Well this is just like that, except instead of spending all day just to watch ectoplasm disappointingly seep through a plastic grate, you’ll be flying.

  • Smell Popcorn Through Your IPhone With The Pop Dongle

    Popcorn producer Pop Secret has teamed up with ad agency Deutsch Los Angeles to create a unique iPhone dongle that allows players of Pop Secret’s free Poptopia app to have a popcorn smell released in varying strengths depending on their skill at the game. How can you get this incredible device? As of now, there is just one available and it’s up for auction on ebay. The current price is $160 and the money raised form the highest bidder will be donated to the Red Cross. If you want to be the proud owner of this one of a kind accessory, you better hurry up and make an offer: bidding ends December 13.

  • Lifehack App Helps You Learn To Do Anything in 100 Days

    When designer Karen X Cheng wanted to learn how to dance, she decided to record herself each step of the way so as to learn from her mistakes. Her 100 day learning experience went viral, giving her the idea to share her method through an app. “Give It 100″ challenges users to learn to do whatever they want in 100 days while recording 10-second videos of their progress along the way and sharing them with the world.

  • Get Your Favorite Memes Printed In 3D From Shapeways

    3D printing is all the rage for tech-savvy shoppers this holiday season and Shapeways has positioned themselves as one of the biggest in the industry. If you’re not familiar with Shapeways, the way they work is designers upload their creation, choose the material, and then Shapeways prints and ships the final product. Designers can then set up their own shops where regular Joes who don’t know OBJ from VRML2 (they’re a thing, I checked) can order Sad Keanus and Grumpy Cats and Doges. Here’s a sampling of some of the different meme characters available from Shapeways creators. Prices vary based on size and material, but much like the personalized figures from Shapify.me that we recently featured, they aren’t cheap. Check out the meme figures and all the other cool stuff people come up with at Shapeways.

  • Amazing HD Time-Lapse Video From International Space Station

    YouTube user David Peterson put together this incredible high-def time-lapse video using photos taken from the International Space Station made available by NASA. The result is one of the best and most high-quality videos of it’s kind that we’ve seen. For a shot-by-shot description of what you’re seeing, go to the YouTube page for the video.

  • Painting Morgan Freeman On An iPad Air [Video]

    Artist Kyle Lambert shows that you can use an iPad for much more than just playing Candy Crush on the subway and watching pornography in public with this video of his “finger painting” of Morgan Freeman. He spent over 200 hours on this photo-realistic work of art using only his iPad and Procreate, a $5.99 app that has nothing to do with making babies. This video will probably serve as the greatest advertisement for the app that the developers could wish for. Now excuse me while I go back to adding crude weiners on famous pictures using MS Paint. We’ve all got our niche.

  • Volcanic Eruptions as Seen from Space [16 Photos]

    When viewing conditions are favorable, astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) can take unusual and striking images of the Earth. Just last month the ISS provided a view of an eruption plume emanating from Kliuchevskoi, one of the many active volcanoes on the Kamchatka Peninsula. The nadir views—looking straight down—acquired by most satellites tend to flatten the landscape and reduce our sense of three-dimensional topography. In contrast, this photo was taken from the ISS with an oblique viewing angle that gives a strong sense of three dimensions, which are also accentuated by the shadows cast by the volcanic peaks. The result is a view similar to what you might see from a low-altitude airplane. The image was taken when the ISS was located over a ground position more than 1,500 kilometers (900 miles) to the southwest. This stunning photo inspired us to find a few more like it.

  • Turn Your Instagram Photos Into Marshmallows With Boomf

    Have you ever taken such a great picture on Instagram, and after filtering the hell out of it thought “I wonder what that incredible pic would taste like?” No? Huh, that’s weird. Well if you did wonder, you’re in luck! UK based Boomf will take your favorite Instagram and turn it into a delicious marshmallow. All you do is connect your Instagram to Boomf at their website, choose 9 images, then they’ll be printed out and sent immediately. Unfortunately, the service is only available in the UK for now, but they plan on going worldwide next year. The price is £12, so expect to pay about $20 when Boomf becomes available in the US.

  • Get A 3D Print Of Yourself Without Leaving Your House

    Who hasn’t wanted a figurine of themselves to do all sorts of weird things with (hiding them in your friend’s underwear drawer, act out romantic fantasies with Troll dolls, etc.)? Thanks to the new service at Shapify.me, you can scan yourself in your living room and in a few days have your own 1/20th scale figurine for $59. All you need is a Kinect device for your X-Box or Windows PC and the app from Shapify.me. You can get a full color figure or, if you’re one of those RPG nerds, a white plastic one to paint yourself. It’s a cool start to the 3D printing revolution and it will be fun seeing the technology progress. Now I need to buy a Kinect for my PC and find my She-Ra action figure in my mom’s attic.

  • This MIT 3D Shape-Shifting Project Called inForm Will Blow Your Mind, Because Science

    This technology is so jaw dropping, ten years ago these MIT students would’ve been looked at as aliens, 20 years ago, burned at the steak. inFORM, a new project that can reproduce digital content physically in 3D, which allows a user to interact with an object without being in it’s presence. Essentially this is the first step toward the movie Avatar. Inform can also be used for 3D demonstrations rendering physical bar graphs, models and fluid tangible experiences. The inFORM was developed by MIT PhD students Sean Follmer, Daniel Leithinger, and Professor Hiroshi Ishii, from MIT’s Tangible Media Group. Revolutionary steps when thinking of physical form science and architecture, being able to shape and mold an object without even being in the room. “The traditional sort of interaction design and device design sort of assumes for a very static way of interacting and this [inFORM] device can change its physical form very quickly and that means that we need to come up with new ways that we interact with technology,” Follmer said. But All this didn’t come cheap the inFORM contains 900 small motors which control each pin on it. Every pin works to render objects in 3D, and each more »

  • Style Watch: Power On Powder, Tech Gear on the Mountain

    Technology has done wonders for mountain sports in the past few years, the introduction to goggle tech in particular. Cameras, GPS and built-in heads up display are a few of the features making your downhill runs that much more compelling as well as interactive, sharing videos, stats and locating friends are all features offered within a piece of protective eyewear. Audio is another branch of tech that’s advancing every year, with the addition of audio synced with Bluetooth riders are able to listen to their favorite tunes on a run, without the danger of complete noise cancellation. Here are this season’s best tech additions to the cold weather mountain gear category. Whether a gift or a treat yo’ self holiday purchase, keep these in mind when doing your shopping. 

  • What If The Planets Were The Same Distance As The Moon? [Video, GIFs]

    Ever get bored with staring at that same old dull moon day after day and wonder what it would be like if the planets were that close instead? Well check out this awesome video made by YouTube user yetipc1 where he does all the work for us. I’d be cool with most of the planets at such close proximity, but Saturn and Jupiter would both be a bit jarring. Of course, there probably wouldn’t be much sunlight to actually see them if they were that close, anyway.

  • Take Full Panoramic Photos With Panono [Video]

    Sometimes you’re someplace that’s so amazing that you just don’t know what to take a picture of. You’re so overwhelmed that only a 360-degree picture of everything around you will suffice. For those times and anytime when a full panoramic photo would be cool (always), there’s the Panono. It’s a panoramic ball camera that takes full 360-degree shots in extremely detailed 72 megapixels. To take a picture, simply toss the ball and an accelerometer inside the device calculates when it has reached maximum altitude and snaps a photo. The ball can also be mounted and controlled remotely to take pictures without tossing it around. You can pre-order yours right now with a pledge of $499 Indiegogo. And don’t worry about the goal not being met, they are already more than one-third there just a few days into the campaign. But get yours quick, the $499 early-bird special is almost sold out.

  • GOCE Satellite Provides Beautiful Images Of Earth From Space, Crashes Back To Earth Sunday Night [HQ Photos]

    The European Space Agency’s 1.2-ton GOCE gravity-mapping satellite plunged through the atmosphere on Sunday and broke up into bits over the South Atlantic Ocean. GOCE re-entered Earth’s atmosphere around 7:16 p.m. ET Sunday, hitting the atmosphere over a spot due south of the Falkland Islands, around the coordinates of 60 degrees west and 56 degrees south, ESA said. About 500 pounds (250 kilograms) worth of debris was expected to have survived the car-sized satellite’s re-entry, but no damage was immediately reported.

  • Combine All Your Credit And Debit Cards Into One With Coin

    With all the credit cards, debit cards, rewards cards, and gift cards we carry around these days, it can be a pain to keep track of them all and have them handy when we need them. San Francisco-based Coin is aiming to solve the problem by allowing all the cards to be combined into one programmable card. Using their iOS or Android app, you take a picture of your card and swipe it using their headphone jack dongle and it is saved onto your Coin. A small screen on the Coin allows you to choose the correct card before you swipe at the point of sale. If you forget your Coin somewhere, it will alert your phone and then deactivate after a time period you set in the app. With that in mind, your Coin will also deactivate if your phone just happens to die or is in airplane mode so some issues may arise. Early adopters can get the Coin for $50, but the price will rise to $100. Pre-order yours today directly from Coin.

  • Style Watch: Cold Train Gear

      Under Armour Basemap 2.5 baselayer $85 Ideal for cold weather training, the patented negative grid traps ridiculous warmth without adding excess weight, while giving you warmth where you need it./ The Northface Impulse Active Zip $70 Pullover this lightweight, technical layer that’s updated with body-mapped construction and FlashDry fibers for optimal coverage during cool-weather runs./ Nike Tech Fleece Hoodie AW77 3.0 The newest line of premiere goods from Nike, the Tech Fleece Windrunner combines the feel of lightweight fleece with iconic Windrunner style./ Jordan Advance Compression Shorts/pants $30 A high-performance fit not just for basketball, but for training. The Advance Compression shorts support while they move in a body-hugging stretch fit. A competition layer with fabric that pulls sweat from the skin./ Oakley Electroreception Shorts $60 With Oakley’s performance based strategy now breaking into training gear their technology has been put to the test. The stretchy comfort defines the Electroreception Shorts, a durable design that reflects the multi–sport lifestyle of the versatile athlete./ New Balance MT 110 Trail Runner Built in close collaboration with leaders in the sport, this men’s trail runner is built to deliver the optimal race day experience in cold weather./ New Balance Runners Pack $20 Power stretch mesh gusseted pocket holds items securely and expands to hold any size more »

 
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