The major obstacle facing online clothing shoppers is the inability to try on a garment before purchasing. Webcam Social Shopper, a new virtual dressing room concept, is hoping to change that. Blending Project Natal-like motion-capture with scenes from Clueless, the webcam-based dressing room allows you to, sort of, try on clothes you see online.
Will Jackson's Robo Thespian is amazing. Here he is summoning the grand reveal from Empire Strikes Back, which is just one of the many scenes he can perform on the fly via a custom software controller. Actors record their voices and transpose their gestures with motion-capture devices, and each limb and feature—all the way down to his cellphone-screen eyes—can be pre-programmed or controlled live. —John Mahoney
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.