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04.11.2011

The Wrap 920 VR video eyewear puts you in the game

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The new Wrap 920 video glasses from specialists in eyewear and display technology, Vuzix, really are incredible. Put these fancy spectacles on and you'll be transported into your game like never before with new 3D video and head-tracking capability.

The device is compatible with a range of PC games including Call of Duty, Batman and World of Warcraft and also has an augmented reality version available.

However, we'd never recommend you wear them out of your front room as you'll look like you're an extra on the set of a cheap sci-fi flick.

The Wrap 920 VR Bundle is available for around $499.99 from the Vuzix website.

Via Shiny Shiny.

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04.11.2011

Suwappu augmented reality toy app

Augmented reality technology has been used as part of many apps and promotions over the past few years.

However, this has to be one of our favourite uses, an augmented reality toy concept devised by London design company Berg and Japanese ad agency Dentsu.

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04. 8.2011

Space invaders to invade your home

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If you're a fan of cute, retro space invaders then don't feel ashamed if you want to start introducing them into you home. Just remember less is more...

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04. 8.2011

Tesera Teemachine

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I'm not really a tea drinker myself, but when I do indulge in a cup or two I usually just throw in a tea bag and use hot water straight from the kettle.

However, the Tesera Teemachine from designer Tobias Gehring turns making a cup of tea into a rather beautiful and precise art. The minimalist automated machine can control everything including brewing time, quantity and temperature, so you've got no excuse to not be making the perfect blend every morning.

Via Yanko Design.

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04. 7.2011

Will we soon be checking into TV shows with Facebook?

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The "checking-in" phenomenon created by FourSquare has since spread into entertainment and now applications like Miso and GetGlue allow users to check-in to things like TV shows, films, sporting events and books.

Like all good ideas that seem to be gaining traction online, Facebook is already allegedly looking to stake its claim on the entertainment check-in.

Over the past few weeks, Facebook has introduced check-in functionality to not only specific locations, but specific events and is now looking at more ways to exploit it. According to Tech Radar, Facebook is looking to team up with broadcasters so that each TV show has its own event on Facebook that users can then check-in to, which enables them to interact with other users whilst they're watching the same show.

Social networks have certainly become a key destination when it comes to talking about shows and live events as they happen, just look at Twitter when a big reality show or sporting event is taking place and it's all anyone seems to be discussing with one another!

Via Tech Radar. Image via Reid.

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04. 7.2011

Atari launches classic games to iTunes

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If you're a fan of "old school" gaming then you'll be happy to learn that Atari has just released a package of classic favourites to iTunes.

According to Crenk there are 17 classic Atari games and 92 Atari 2600 available as part of the package which users can now download to their iPhone, iPad or iPhone devices.

A few of the games (like Pong!) come free with the initial download of the app but then users need to spend a little extra to get more, around $0.99 for separate packs of 25 or $14.99 for the whole lot.

The app itself is very easy to use and allows users to scroll through all the original arcade cabinets for each game, which I'm sure will make avid gamers feel a little nostalgic!

Via Crenk.


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04. 6.2011

Speedsale gives you seconds to purchase

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Numerous online retailers, like auctioning website eBay and group discount service Groupon, have always set time limits before the offers or products are no longer available. However, Swedish retailer Papercut has taken this idea to a whole new level with Speedsale, which only gives customers a matter of seconds before they need to decide to buy an item.

The retailer presents a series of products in quick succession and the customers then have around four seconds to decide if they want to buy or not before the item is "swept away". It doesn't sound that dissimilar to other services until you find that you can't click on items you've already seen to purchase them and oh did we mention that there's crazy, frantic background music playing while you decide!

Via Springwise.

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04. 6.2011

GoPan lens makes panoramic videos on the iPhone

The GoPan lens is a clever accessory that can be added to the iPhone 4 in order to create 360 degree panoramic videos.

Just like other lenses available for the iPhone, the GoPan can be easily clipped onto the device, but what makes it really stand out from the rest is it can be used to record videos from all angles simultaneously. Because everything around you is recorded at exactly the same time, you can then go to the GoPan website, or just use the special app, in order to chose which perspective or angle you want to view, edit or zoom into.

The GoPan lens is still a prototype but the company is looking for funding to bring it to the masses in the near future. Unsurprisingly, it's already received a lot of interest on Kickstarter so let's hope to see it on the market within the next year.

Via Shiny Shiny.

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04. 6.2011

WhatFont Bookmarklet identifies fonts

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If you like web design or you're just a little nerdy when it comes to fonts, you'll love the WhatFont Bookmarklet, the latest idea from computer science student Chengyin Liu.

There are countless web design tools available that give you specific, detailed information about the size, color and position of fonts in relation to other elements, but if it's just the name of the font you're after then this bookmarklet couldn't be more simple to use.

All you need to do is drag the little button up to your bookmarks bar, click to activate it, then everything you hover over will display the font name in a little grey box to the side. Magic.

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04. 5.2011

Marc by Marc Jacobs metallic iPhone cases

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We love these super shiny iPhone cases designed for Marc by Marc Jacobs. Whether you're an iPhone 3Gs or iPhone 4 user there's a choice of two slightly different styles to accomodate your handset and both come in a choice of metallic pink, turquoise or hematite (bronze).

When fashion designers venture into the realm of tech, the result is sometimes a little impractical and (dare I say it) pretentious, but these cases are subtly branded and usable, the only question is which colour should we go for?

They're both available from Neiman Marcus for $38.00.

Via Chip Chick.

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