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Face Hacking, Incredible Real Time Projection Mapping Magic…

Magic is the art of fooling our minds perceptions. Face Hacking is a most modern form of magic that uses incredible technology to fool our perceptions. Using a combination of real time motion tracking and projection mapping digital artist and producer Nobumichi Asai is able project this new form of magic for our amazement.

Using the most human form, the face, as a canvas the Face Hacking project produces stunning animations that appear to make the impossible happen before our very eyes. The results may make you wonder if the faces are human or cybernetic. Face Hacking and magic for that matter also takes advantage of the fact that our minds are designed to search for faces, our natural ability to pick a face out of a scene is turned against us.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the stunning animation projected directly onto the faces of men, a stunning display of modern magic. Sit back, relax and prepare to be dazzled by technological trickery.

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The Carbon Flyer, the Ultimate Flying RC Tech Toy…

The world’s lightest and strongest material has finally been put to awesome use making the coolest RC plane imaginable.  The very low drag delta wing design of the looks not unlike a paper airplane except that the Carbon Flyer is far tougher and it’s self-propelled. Using two tiny high output electric motors this is the lightest and toughest RC plane that also happens to be by far the coolest flying gadget released this year.

More than an RC plane the Carbon Flyer is also a camera carrying drone able to stay aloft for three minutes at a time. Controlled via a smartphone app at a range of up to 240 feet, which it will cover quickly with a top speed of 40mph, this is simplicity and fun wrapped in carbon black.

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Google Project Ara, Be Part of It…

Since the inception of the mobile phone new features and technology has been rolled into these handheld wonders. Unfortunately with each new technology a new generation of phone has been required to integrate the technology, also requiring the wholesale disposal of the previous generation.  Think of this development process as hard wiring of functionality, a process that requires phone manufacturers to maintain their own system architecture and continually modify the hardware and software to add new functionality.

The current smartphone architectures also limit the choice for consumers, limiting it to the hardware manufacturers want to include, a decision generally based on gaining the most market share. If you want a phone with functions that aren’t in the mainstream vocabulary you are out of luck. This is just the nature of trying to cater for a generalised user base and has led to phone manufacturers battling over screen resolution or phone thickness. Never willing to take a chance with a feature only few would ever require.

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Studio C Mother Power and Inventors, the Democratization of Laughter…

The internet has given the world access to hilarious sketch comedy that in the distant past would have been limited to local and national audiences. Studio C has taken advantage of this modern democratising of laughter to share their funny brand of sketch comedy with anyone who has an internet connection.

For the last few years Studio C have consistently generated laugh out loud moments and now the world is starting to catch on. Scott Sterling the legendary goal keeper may be one of their most popular skits but it isn’t the only completely hilarious bit by the Studio.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are two more hilarious skits that will make a laugh addict out of us all. Mother Power will make you chuckle to the beat while Inventors demonstrates the truth of the creative process for those who have built our world. Sit back, relax and make sure you have your stretchy laughter pants on.

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The Helico AirDog, Man’s New QuadCopter Best Friend…

Quadcopters are all the rage at the moment with new models appearing think and fast but few can claim to be completely hands free, autonomy seems to be the next revolution for our eyes in the sky.

The Helico AirDog is one of the first drones that can claim to be fully autonomous from take off to landing and capturing all of the action in between. Just like mans four legged best friend the AirDog will follow its master through all conditions, keeping close and watching intently.

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The US Navy’s Robotic Spy Fish: Project Silent Nemo the Ghost Swimmer…

Unmanned drones are all the rage at the moment but drones are not limited to the skies, take for example the US Navy’s latest technological breakthrough Silent Nemo the robotic spy fish, also known as the Ghost Swimmer.

Modeled after a blue fin tuna Silent Nemo the Ghost Swimmer looks like a normal fish, swims like a normal fish but he is in fact a semi autonomous water bound drone, but he’s not destined to become sushi as his living siblings are. Like a living tuna Silent Nemo is able to make tight turns and move through the water silently even though he is over 5 feet long and weighs a tad less than 50 kilograms. It turns out that a flapping tale is ten times quieter than a propeller, perfect for sneaking up on your water borne enemy.

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The Glow Table, the Coolest DIY Self Illuminating Table…

DIY instructional website the Instructables have recently released the designs for making your own Glow table, possibly the coolest self illuminating table ever. Lighting up your next dinner party indoors or out the Glow table shines a light on any occasion.

In the daylight the glow has an eye catching luminescence, not blindingly bright but it draws the eye capturing attention. In the dark, after time in the sun the tables glow really shines. A simple idea that is amazingly effective and bound to be the centre of attention at every get together.

With complete instruction on their site and an instructable video to follow this may be the Christmas project that many people decide to tackle.

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The TV Revolutions Roll On, LG to Demo 55-Inch 8K TV at CES 2015…

With the 4K revolution well underway LG is already preparing for the next television revolution, the 8K revolution. Don’t be upset if you’ve just decided to join the 4K revolution for Christmas your TV is not out of date already, LG is simply attempting to gauge public interest in these new 32 megapixel displays.

LG, Sharp and other TV manufacturers have actually had 8K TV’s up their sleeves for the last three years, Japanese TV tech company NHK even have studio video camera’s that can record in the hyper high resolution 7680 x 4320 resolution.

Still we can dream, early adopters can drool and TV revolutions will continue to roll on. CES 2015 it seems is already heating up with pre-show publicity flowing thick and fast.

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The US Navy Deploy the (LaWS) Laser Weapon System in the Persian Gulf…

Everybody knows that all things are better with lasers, now the US Navy have one hell of a laser. Approved for deployment this week by the Office of Naval Research the Northrop Grumman developed SSL-TM (Solid State Laser Technology Maturation) weapons system will be tested for the next year aboard the USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf. Just don’t be calling the captain a ponce effeminate man, Navy men really don’t like that and now he has a laser.

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Free Game Alert: EA is Giving Away the Best SimCity Ever, SimCity 2000…

Having donned the famous floppy hat and with long white beard combed straight EA seems to have caught a serious dose of the Christmas spirit.

It wasn’t such a great year for many game developers; the naughty list seriously outweighing the nice but EA has at least thought twice and decided to give away SimCity 2000 Special Edition for free, no catches but you will need to be quick. With the jolly red and white suite on EA dug deep into their sack of games from days of yore. Possibly to remind developers how to do it right or maybe trying to help everyone forget the Maxis SimCity 2014 debacle, no matter their reason it must be the Christmas season, the season of giving.

EA being EA you can also spend 50 bucks on the complete SimCity pack but for our money the city building of 2000 will do just fine. Maybe it’s the eggnog talking but you would be well advised to not get between those EA executives and the mistletoe, you never know what will happen.

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