And today's mash-up of fantasy and sci-fi comes to us courtesy of Vader's Vault, an outfit that specialises in crafting custom lightsabres. Rather than get the usual blade, one client requested something special — a Lord of the Rings-themed weapon.
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I grew up with James Bond. That's not really an exaggeration. I remember proudly telling my babysitter I'd been watching the films for years. My favourite parts: the chase scenes. So when I went to London last month and discovered Bond in Motion, a museum exhibit filled with actual Bond vehicles, I drooled a bit. And then I started snapping pictures. 56k warning: images ahead!
We know from past experience that getting a deal on a cheap USB 3.0 flash drive doesn't always work out. Just because it supports 3.0 doesn't mean it'll be faster than USB 2.0. Sandisk's Ultra Fit series however is the exception, especially when you can pick a 32GB model up for $15.
If levitating disc lamps aren't your bag, how about a giant, luminescent moon-shaped one instead? It can go pretty much anywhere — hanging from your roof, off the edge of a hill or even down a manhole. It's just that versatile. It also illuminates stuff while looking rather sweet.
If you were lucky enough to find one of Sphero's wonderful BB-8 toys on Force Friday and are curious how it works, the folks at uBreakiFix were kind enough to hack theirs open to explore its inner workings — so you don't have to sacrifice yours.
Swimming from one end of a pool to the other in a straight line is a lot easier than trying to stay on track when swimming in a lake or open water. But a new pair of swim goggles can keep track of what direction you're heading and help keep you swimming in a straight line using a pair of subtle LEDs.
I am air-quoting so hard right now I could air-quote in the Olympics for Australia and walk away with all the goddamn medals. Why? Because this, ladies and gentlemen, is hardcore garbage that needs to be in the biggest, smelliest bin you can find. Meet the "Pick Up Girls SmartWatch": a product that, if you wear it, promises to help you get laid while simultaneously being a massive fucking creep.
Facial recognition software is cropping up everywhere, so it was only a matter of time before anti facial recognition tech started to catch up. Naturally, Japan is leading the way. That's right: Japan's National Institute of Informatics is now developing 'privacy glasses' that make human faces unreadable to machines.
Though they're often being lumped together, Microsoft's HoloLens headset is a very different beast to the Oculus Rift. Whereas the Rift wants to transport you to a whole other virtual reality world, Microsoft's augmented reality driven HoloLens wants to invade your real world. And that gives it a far wider potential for educational application.