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HydraDeck Humans

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Combining 3D scans of real life models in ultra high detail with the Oculus Rift and the Razer Hydra for movement controls to make one of the most realistic and spooky experiences in Virtual Reality

Retro DIY Mini Mac Fits In Your Palm

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Ultimate Mac nerd and co-host of the RetroMacCast podcast, John Leake, built a 1/3-scale Macintosh 512k (or 128k) replica of Apple's 1st Mac out of white PVC, a Raspberry Pi credit-card sized computer (motherboard), a tiny 3.5-inch LCD monitor and a lot of elbow grease.
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Emojify for iOS

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VoidWorks' Emojify app for iOS lets you turn photos into a collage of emoji art. Simply snap a new photo or choose one from your album, once you have a picture ready, you get to adjust the size of the emoji's that make it up as well as the contrast levels.
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Oculus Rift and Virtuix Omni used to virtually travel to Mars

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Combining the Oculus Rift and Virtuix Omni technologies to create a simulated environment for exploring Mars. Equipped with an Oculus Rift headset, a tester is shown using the Virtuix Omni treadmill to explore a virtual version of Mars.
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NASA's Newest, Biggest Rocket

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NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) Program has just passed what's called a Preliminary Design Review, meaning that we're one step closer to sending this explosive stick of awesomeness into orbit.
"The 70 metric-ton SLS will stand 321 feet tall, provide 8.4 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, weigh 5.5 million pounds and carry 154,000 pounds of payload. That vehicle will set out on its first mission -- Exploration Mission 1 -- in 2017, launching an uncrewed Orion spacecraft to demonstrate the integrated system performance of the SLS rocket and spacecraft before a crewed flight.
The initial design will evolve into a 130 metric-ton (143 ton) configuration that will lift more than 286,000 pounds and provide 20 percent more thrust than the Saturn V, which launched American astronauts to the moon. Used primarily to launch heavy cargo, SLS will be the largest rocket ever built and will enable exploration missions beyond low-Earth orbit to many places in the solar system including Mars."
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Uniqul allows you to pay with your face

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Finnish company Uniqual OY has unveiled a facial recognition payment system that customers to pay without having a wallet, credit card or mobile device in hand. Uniqul claims its patent pending technology drastically cuts down the time it takes to make a payment, and is protected by "military grade algorithms". Users only need to register with a Uniqul account to pay for everything -- from a soda at a vending machine to a newspaper at the supermarket checkout -- by clicking "OK" on the Uniqul tablet at the point of sale in participating sites.
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These wetsuits make you invisible to sharks

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Although sharks use a number of senses to locate prey, it is known that vision is the crucial sense in the final stage of an attack. By disrupting a shark's visual perception, an attack can either be diverted altogether or at least delayed to allow time to exit the water.
Created by Hamish Jolly and Craig Anderson, working with the University of Western Australia. Since sharks see in black and white, the patterns on the suits make you either totally invisible to them, or unpalatable. They have developed two lines of wetsuit designed to protect divers and surfers from sharks.
“It's based on new breakthrough science which is all about visionary systems for predatory sharks," Anderson said. "We've been able to interpret that science and convert that into, basically, materials that create some confusion for sharks' visual systems."
See, it turns out that sharks are colorblind. The “Elude,” a blue and white wetsuit made for divers, renders you invisible in the water. Anderson said it "hide[s] you in the water column.
Anderson and Jolly's research firm, Shark Attack Mitigation Systems (SAMS), licensed their technology to wetsuit maker Radiator, which opened pre-orders for the first suits online Thursday from Aus$429 (US$392).
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AeroVelo's human-powered helicopter

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The American Helicopter Society has officially declared AeroVelo winner of the Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition. The AHS Sikorsky competition began in 1980, and the prize was destined for anyone able to stay at least 10 feet in the air for at least 60 seconds within a  30' x 30' space using a flying machine powered solely by a single human. No team has ever managed to meet all of the requirements — until now. AeroVelo Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter captured the long standing AHS Sikorsky Prize with a flight lasting 64.1 seconds and reaching an altitude of 3.3 metres.
Canadian Todd Reichert and his team have just been awarded $250,000 and the honor of building something that really worked. Reichert said:
"This isn't something that you’re going to commute to work in any time soon, but it’s an exercise in really pushing the limits on what’s physically possible, and what you can do with lightweight materials and really creative design. Winning this competition really is a catalyst to keep doing the things we love. Our goal is to take on projects that really inspire people to follow big dreams.”
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DARPA’s real-world Terminator, Atlas

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DARPA and Boston Dynamics, of BigDog, Petman, and Cheetah fame, have unveiled their most advanced humanoid robot yet: Atlas. At 6’2″ (188cm) and 330lbs (150kg). with 28 hydraulically actuated joints, Atlas can replicate almost every degree of human motion, watch the video above. Atlas has an on-board, real-time computer — but it hasn’t yet been loaded up with its software brain. As it stands, Atlas is a shell, and more than a dozen teams will now compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) to see who can create the best brain for Atlas.
"In December 2013, each team will load up an Atlas with its software and compete in a series of disaster response trials. The best teams will receive continued funding from DARPA, and will then compete in the DRC finals in December 2014. Whoever wins that will receive $2 million from DARPA, and presumably a big contract for the commercial production of Atlas robots.”
As you can see in the video, Atlas has no problem walking over rough terrain...
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World's Slimmest Smartphone Screen

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Korean LG announced that it will unveil the world's slimmest Full HD LCD panel for smartphones. The state-of-the-art 5.2-inch panel is only 2.2mm thin with a 2.3mm bezel. It is both slimmest and narrowest among existing Full HD LCD panels designed for mobile devices. Besides, the panel will make devices easier to grip as well as lighter in weight.
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Samsung's bendier phone concepts

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Young Sohn, a senior executive from Sumsung, unveiled a lighter and bendier phone concept on Tuesday in San Francisco. "We think the health area is a really key area of innovation," said Sohn. The concept shows off future of wearables and phone displays. Its wearable sensors that allow you to monitor your health stats on the go and send the results directly to a doctor.
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Hand Tree wearable air purifier

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The Hand Tree by Russian student Alexander Kostin is a personal air purifier concept, which is cleaning the air around us with a wearable appliance accessory. If every inhabitant in a big city would wear such a device, we would be all to breathe easily in a smoggy air.
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Japanese exoskeleton promises to make schoolgirls taller, stronger

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At first glance, the presentation appears to be something of a joke, a robotically cheery schoolgirl wearing the suit. But in this video above, you can watch a man wears the device onto the streets of Japan to show off its stair climbing and running ability. At one point, the video even shows the master-slave controlled hand of the suit delicately cracking an egg.
Created by Sagawa Electronics, the Powered Jacket MK3 is an exoskeleton suit that can be used to travel around the city and even pick up small objects. The suit weighs about 55 pounds and stands roughly seven feet tall, giving the wearer an imposing profile despite the device's "lightweight" build. According to the website, the exoskeleton will be offered in limited numbers to those interested and will sell for a whopping $123,000 starting this month.
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Wirelessly charge your device on DuPont Corian tabletops

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DuPont has teamed up with the PMA (power matters alliance) to embed wireless charging solutions for smartphones and tablets into DuPont Corian solid surfaces used in furnishings for home and public spaces. The tabletop allows one to charge their favorite gadgets on the go without the need for plugs and cables.
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Scientists Invent Injectable oxygen That Will Let You Live Without Breathing

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A team led by researchers at Boston Children's Hospital has designed tiny, gas-filled microparticles that can be injected directly into the bloodstream to quickly oxygenate the blood. Even if you can’t/aren’t breathing. And it can keep people alive for 15 to 30 minutes. The particles are pockets of oxygen in a layer of lipids, specifically fats. This is then suspended in liquid, which can be injected into the blood steam. The oxygen then “squeeze[s] through capillaries,” according to Dr. John Kheir of Boston Children’s Hospital. This invention, it will allow medical teams to keep patients alive and well for 15 to 30 minutes despite major respiratory failure. This is enough time for doctors and emergency personnel to act without risking a heart attack or permanent brain injuries in the patient. Cool, in the future we don't have to breathe in the water?
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