Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- J.J. Abrams apologizes for overusing lens flares in his movies.
- Digital motion sickness will be the occupational disease of the 21st century.
- Architect programmers complete the first 3D-printed room.
- The world's craziest toothbrush cleans your teeth in 6 seconds and is 3D-printed.
If you had a choice between spending 2 minutes or 6 seconds brushing your teeth, you would probably go with the faster method. The Blizzident custom 3D-printed toothbrush is a bizarre-looking toothbrush alternative that promises a 6-second scrub of your pearly whites.
There is no one-size-fits-all Blizzident. Each one is custom-made to fit an individual's mouth. The process starts with an impression or 3D-scan of your teeth. If you have a dentist make an impression, it still needs to be scanned into a 3D file. That scan is uploaded to Blizzident, which then manufactures the toothbrush using 3D printing.… Read more
LONDON -- Consumer 3D printing is now big enough to warrant its own exhibit area at the 2014 CES, said Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, today. He was in the UK with other CEA members, ratcheting up interest in the CEA's event that takes place in January in Las Vegas.
The 3D printing tech zone has sold out, said Shapiro. The new zone will complement other zones focused on motion tech, robotics, and other electronics.
Shapiro predicted that 20,000 new products will launch at CES 2014, which will boast more than 3,200 exhibitors. He … Read more
Super HD, Netflix's higher-quality version of the 1080p HD format, was rolled out earlier this year to customers whose Internet service provider was part of Netflix's Open Connect content delivery network, which lets ISPs peer directly with Netflix or cache content locally so it has less distance to travel to reach your home.
The system, Netflix said, would save it money rather than having to rely on third-party content distribution networks (CDNs) like Akamai, Limelight, and Level 3 … Read more
As the world becomes more digitized, smartphones, smart watches, and smart cars have begun to hit the market -- and smart guns are no exception.
High-tech weapons, gun-centric apps, and tech-infused optical shooting scopes are popping up not only at hunting and gun shows but also at consumer-focused electronics shows. Earlier this year, one of the world's most high-tech long-range shooting rifles, Tracking Point's XS1, went on sale. And it has competition.
While many of these firearms and apps are geared toward perfecting a shot or feeding the shooter ballistics information, some new inventions are focused on making … Read more
Visual effects like parallax have been around since the 1980s and have been popularized as a development technique during the golden days of gaming in the 16 bit era. Parallax effects simulate depth by giving the foreground and background layers of an interface independent constraints in direction. An example of this is when you play Super Mario and the background seamlessly moves in reverse as you walk forward. The result is a multi-plane effect that makes for an illusion of depth.
Reverse wallpaper scrolling makes for a subtle but interesting experience on your phone. Android has had this capability for … Read more
Cliff Diving 3D is a challenging game with a number of quirks that make it even more challenging than it probably should be; but when done properly, it can also be immensely rewarding. From timing your jumps and spins to selecting and executing the right style of dive for each of the many levels you will attempt, Cliff Dive 3D is a game you can spend hours mastering.
The idea behind Cliff Diving 3D is that you will jump from a platform on a cliff and must time your spin just perfectly so you hit the water at the prescribed … Read more
Life's peachy for the Peachy Printer, a prototype 3D printer that collected more than $140,000 on Kickstarter in a little more than 48 hours.
What's causing all of the hubbub? People mostly seem attracted to Peachy's open-source hardware and software, as well as the catchphrase that refers to the device as "the world's cheapest 3D printer." With a suggested price point of $116 (per kit) that would most certainly be a true statement, but there are a few catches -- more on that in a bit.… Read more
I've always wanted a "Star Trek"-style replicator. I'd use it to prepare my Earl Grey tea as well as a top hat for every day of the week.
Kids at a school for the blind and visually impaired in Japan, though, already have a replicator of sorts. It's a 3D printer that creates various objects in response to voice commands.