Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Of course Applebee's is going to replace waiters with tablets.
- The secret meeting that changed rap music, and destroyed a generation.
- A surgeon's review of Google Glass in the operating room.
A talking toupee? It might be a reality one day if Sony decides to do anything with a new patent it's been awarded.
The patent's broadly titled "Wearable Computing Device," but things get more detailed in the patent abstract:
"Wearable computing device, comprising a wig that is adapted to cover at least a part of a head of a user, at least one sensor for providing input data, a processing unit that is coupled to at least one sensor for processing said input data, and a communication interface that is coupled to the processing unit for communicating with a second computing device. The at least one sensor, the processing unit, and the communication interface are arranged in the wig and at least partly covered by the wig in order to be visually hidden during use." … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Your traditional Black Friday Walmart gadget brawl footage.
- Shoppers whip out mobile gadgets to tackle Black Friday madness.
- The dirty secret behind Black Friday discounts.
- 92 percent of 2013 Black Friday ads contain the exact same items at the same price as 2012.
- Amazon drones: Bold experiment or shrewd publicity stunt?
- Amazon "drones" stir up privacy concerns among lawmakers.
When I was little, my bike had a sparkly white banana seat. I thought I was the epitome of cool. I was wrong. The Phantom Frames kids' bikes on Kickstarter are cooler.
Phantom Frames are crafted from polycarbonate and light up from the inside with LEDs, so the whole frame of the bike is a glowing creation. It looks interesting in daylight, but darkness really makes it stand out. As a safety advancement, it's nifty. As an eye-catching ride, it's even better.… Read more
A Cambridge, Mass.-based startup is ready to bring some of the virtues of electricto the bicycle business.
On Tuesday, Superpedestrian began selling the Copenhagen Wheel, a rear wheel for a bicycle that converts the energy of braking and descending into a battery-powered boost when it's time to go uphill or to go faster along the flats. The first products are scheduled to ship at the end of the first quarter of 2014.
The 12-pound Copenhagen Wheel is available for $699 in a single-gear configuration, but it'll cost more for those who want to slip on a cassette with multiple gears. The first 1,000 of them are being hand-built now and will be available for mountain bike and road bike wheel sizes. … Read more
Friend of the show Harold Goldberg drops by the studio today to talk to Jeff about his amazing profile of Sam Houser, the notoriously reclusive head of Rockstar Games and the man behind Grand Theft Auto V.
- Criminal Mind -- The Harold Goldberg interview with Sam Houser.
Who wouldn't want a remote control for their pet? Or, perhaps, who would?
I love pet gadgets, especially wacky ones like Bowlingual, which claims to translate barks into human speech.
A lot of wrapping paper gets wasted during the holiday season. Sure, some of it ends up in the recycling bin, and some even gets folded and saved for reuse. But a lot ends up in the garbage, too.
A UK company seeking funding on Kickstarter has found a novel way to make wrapping paper reusable: embedding it with vegetable seeds, similar to plantable greeting cards.
If this whole social-media thing continues like it's been going for the past decade, we could be transformed into sexless robots in the next 50 years.
At least, that's the very non-scientific prediction I arrive at after cherry-picking one particularly disturbing data point from the most recent National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles. The survey, which is conducted in the UK just once a decade, is led by the University College London in partnership with researchers from the National Centre for Social Research and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. … Read more