As the space shuttle program winds down, DIYers and tinkerers are commemorating the occasion with their own creations. To inspire the 5.8 million users of Etsy, an e-commerce site focused on homemade goods and original art, NASA hosted a “Space Craft” contest.
Have you been dying to capture your entire life on video, but worried you'll look like a weirdo with all those cameras and devices attached to you? Now you can just don your favorite pair of nerd glasses and track everything you do.
Sony Computer Science Laboratories, in collaboration with the University of Tokyo, has developed a lightweight lifelogging device that tracks the user's eye movement, determining his or her objects of interest.
Thirty-five millimeter film is dead. Everyone over the age of nine now owns a three-megapixel digital camera with a 10X optical zoom. Parents upgrading to telescopic lenses are passing down their relics to kids who can’t aim and have never loaded a roll of film. In the digital revolution, the disposable camera was merely an innocent bystander (along with Polaroid). But at dive shops and drug stores, the single-use underwater film camera has survived as the practical option for honeymoon photography and pool party documentation. With the recent launch of the 5.0-megapixel Digital Underwater Camera Mask from Liquid Image ($99; a 3.1-megapixel version costs $79), the end is near. To see how potent the gadget could be, I spent an afternoon underwater attempting to document a most difficult subject matter: two kids under the age of seven.
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.