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A design concept of two models of the Socialmatic camera

Last May, we heard about a concept camera known as the Socialmatic, which was envisioned as being a Polaroid-style camera that would produce physical prints of Instagram-treated snapshots. Although no more than an idea at the time, it now looks like the Socialmatic should be available to consumers as of next year.  Read More

At the 2013 Academy Awards, Searching for Sugar Man took home Best Documentary, becoming t...

Last night's Academy Awards marked a number of achievements in film history, but there was one noteworthy accomplishment that wasn't mentioned on stage. While many people were focused on the high-profile Best Picture nominees and Hollywood stars, the low-budget film Searching for Sugar Man received the award for Best Documentary. Aside from earning plenty of acclaim for its director, Malik Bendjelloul, the film also became a technological milestone as the first movie partially shot with an iPhone to win an Oscar.  Read More

The Bowlus Road Chief

Caravans make a nice change from holidays in hotels, but they can be as aerodynamic as a shoe box and often about as attractive. Canadian tech entrepreneurs John Long and Helena Mitchell are taking a step forward by going a step backward and reviving the Bowlus Road Chief of the 1930s. It’s an updated version of the classic American design that they call a “revival of an Art Moderne style with 21st century touches.”  Read More

The RetroSound Model Two installed in a Chevy Impala

Cruising around in a classic car is awesome, but you are forced to give up some of today's luxuries ... especially when it comes to the stereo. RetroSound's Model Two head unit is designed to keep the classic look, without sacrificing the modern touches.  Read More

Baron von Brunk standing in front of his giant NES controller, built entirely from LEGO (P...

For fans of retro games there's nothing better than sitting down, controller in hand, with a classic title loading on the screen in front of you ... except perhaps for sitting down in front of a huge controller made out of LEGO. Which fully works. Yes, that would do it. Thanks to the hard work of one Baron von Brunk, Nintendo fans who never lost their love of the original NES can now see their dreams fulfilled.  Read More

Loading... is a concept design from Tokyo Flash which mimics the look of a progress bar

Loading screens are never a welcome sight, whether they're interrupting a video game or informing you just how long you have to wait for a new program to download and install. Imagine having one permanently displayed on your wrist; one that never actually reached 100 percent. You could do, if this particular Tokyo Flash concept design gets turned into a real wristwatch.  Read More

The Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner, in use

If you were into photography in the 80s or earlier, chances are that you now have a bunch of slides and negatives that have sat forgotten for many years. Should that be the case, or if you even still use analog film, then the Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner might be for you. It allows you to convert 35mm negs and slides into digital images, using your smartphone.  Read More

Amanda Ghassaei has developed a technique for converting digital audio files of virtually ...

Like many music lovers today, I have a huge digital library and even though I've now converted much of my vinyl collection to MP3, I still return to my racks often. I've not really considered the possibility of converting my MP3/OGG/FLAC files into 12-inch records ... until now. While exploring the limits of today's 3D-printing technology, digital music tinkerer Amanda Ghassaei has come up with a technique for converting digital audio files of virtually any format into 3D-printed, 33.3 RPM records that can be played on any ordinary turntable.  Read More

The Projecteo is a Kickstarter-funded projector the size of a matchbox which uses 35 mm sl...

Home slide shows of holiday trips used to be all the rage in the 70s, but these days most people prefer to share their snaps instantly via email or social media. But it appears many people are keen to bring the old fashioned slide show back with a tiny projector called Projecteo funded within just 24 hours of being launched on Kickstarter. The diminutive device uses 35 mm slide film to set your Instagram photos free from their digital confines and project them onto any surface.  Read More

The preliminary logo for Elite: Dangerous, now being funded through Kickstarter

Kickstarter is rapidly becoming a lifeline for developers of games that, while not particularly appealing to publishers, have an in-built audience ready and waiting to play. It helps if the people seeking to make a game using funding garnered from the "crowd" are already well-known to gamers. People like Tim Schafer (Grim Fandango, The Secret Of Monkey Island) who earlier this year raised over US$3 million for a new adventure game ... and David Braben, who has now turned his attention to Kickstarter in order to get the ball rolling on a new version of classic space-trading simulation Elite.  Read More

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