Among Android enthusiasts, the OnePlus One is easily the most desirable new smartphone of 2014 so far. It doesn't have the 2K display from LG's G3, the gorgeous metal build from the HTC One (M8) or the massive marketing budget backing Samsung's Galaxy S5, but it's a cutting edge smartphone powered by the highly hackable CyanogenMod software. What's more, it's shockingly affordable.
The only problem, of course, is that it's still almost impossible to buy one. But thankfully, OnePlus just gave hopeful prospective One owners their best chance yet to get their hands on one.
Remember the Motorola Skip? A tiny wearable smartphone accessory that can help you quickly unlock the Moto X and other 2013 Moto Droid handsets? Well, Motorola has devised a similar version of the Skip, but this time around it goes on your skin rather than on a piece of clothing. The company has partnered with VivaLnk, and started selling a temporary Digital Tattoo that can be worn on the user’s skin to quickly unlock the Moto X.
At age 19, Londoner James Proud decided to skip out on college and move to the States.
As one of several "Thiel Fellows," Proud received a $100,000 grant from esteemed venture capitalist Peter Thiel to skip college, move to San Francisco, and start working in tech. Thiel didn’t expect anything in return, and Proud didn’t deliver, working odd jobs for two years before finally settling down to build something real. Proud, now 22, is today announcing Hello Inc and its first product Sense, a glowing polycarbonate orb that monitors sleep patterns and everything that happens in your bedroom in hopes of helping you catch a few more z’s. Sense is available for pre-order today on Kickstarter for $99. If Sense reaches its funding goal of $100,000...
Binairy Talk is a charming interactive installation that blends smoke signals with computer language. Created by a pair of German design students, the project takes text input and transforms it into binary code as part of an attempt to illustrate how data surrounds us constantly. The results are then represented by puffs of water vapor which are subsequently blasted across the room by what looks like a modified loudspeaker. After crossing through a laser sensor, the signals are processed and translated into comprehensible writing once more. It's a slow, laborious process, but Binairy Talk serves as a wonderful reminder of how far communication technology has come.
Microsoft has a new smartphone competitor for the low end: the Lumia 530. Designed as a successor to the popular Lumia 520, Microsoft’s Lumia 530 includes similar specifications and a low price point of just 85 euros ($114) before taxes and subsidies. While the Lumia 525, a revision of the 520, included 1GB of RAM, Microsoft has opted for 512MB of RAM in the Lumia 530 and just 4GB of storage and a quad-core processor. The Lumia 530 also includes on-screen buttons, joining the Lumia 630 as the second Windows Phone to include this new functionality.
Over three years ago, Japanese artist and designer Yugo Nakamura presented a concept that would bring digital art to our walls. Framed was a simple screen with a PC behind it that could display all manner of web content by interfacing with a smartphone. Just two weeks ago, American startup Electric Objects launched its EO1 picture frame, which is very similar to Framed, onto Kickstarter. It's already shot past its $25,000 crowdfunding goal twenty times over— its total currently stands at over $500,000.
Despite bringing Framed to commercial customers and select artists back in 2012, Nakamura's frame has never been widely available. Now, the designer and his business associate William Lai are launching a consumer-focused frame through...
A British inventor is preparing to let rip the loudest fart that France has ever heard. In order to accomplish this mission, Colin Furze put together a valveless pulse jet, a propulsion device sometimes used by hobbyists to power model aircraft and other remote-controlled vehicles. Next, he's building a gigantic pair of human buttocks to house his machine. Furze intends to have his absurd contraption prepared by July 24th, which is when he plans to unleash auditory hell from the cliffs of Dover, England.
Amazingly, Furze's upcoming stunt is far from his most outrageous. The plumber turned YouTube celebrity has created a multitude of other inventions including a jet-powered bicycle, the world's fastest mobility scooter, and a pair of...
HBO has greenlit a pilot for a TV show based on 1973 sci-fi movie Westworld, about lifelike robots breaking their programming to murder guests in a luxury theme park. Deadline reports the production will keep the setting of the original movie, and will star Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood in "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin."
Westworld was set in a Delos, a theme park made up of three distinct zones — Medieval World, Roman World, and the eponymous West World — and populated with humanoid androids. The park's robots are programmed to act out certain scenes and accommodate guests sexual desires, but as the film progresses, the androids start acting strangely. One guest is killed by a...