China already embraced Angry Birds with an unauthorized theme park attraction. Now Angry Birds is embracing China back with some enthusiastic cross-marketing with McDonald's.
As a child, I used to concentrate really hard on things like pencils and pebbles, trying to get them to budge with the sheer power of my mind. It never worked, but technology is getting us a little closer to the mind control dream. The Muse brainwave-sensing headband from Interaxon is a step in the right direction.
The Muse uses two sensors on the forehead and two behind the ears. You wear it positioned kind of like a pair of glasses. It measures your brainwaves and sends the information to a smartphone or tablet. Viewing that data in real time can show you if your mind is wandering, if you're relaxed, or if you're in a state of intense concentration.… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- CNET goes hands-on with the iPad Mini: $329, 7.9-inch screen.
- Apple updates 13-inch MacBook Pro, adding Retina Display, for $1,699.
- Hands-on: Apple updates iMac with gorgeous new display.
- Peeved? Apple will exchange your 3rd-gen iPad for the newer model.
After seeing "Jurassic Park" nine times in the theater, I not only exhausted my mother's patience for the movie, but also perfected one heck of a Velociraptor impersonation.
Much to the delight of my inner child (and perhaps yours), the visual-effects studio responsible for the realistic raptor costume in "Jurassic Park" released a rare video and story that reveals the creation process behind the costume. … Read more
Most My Little Ponies just stand around and look pretty. Some special ponies pick up lightsabers, hop into spacecraft, and save the universe through epic adventures. Those ponies can be found in Etsy seller Roogna's store.
Roogna makes highly customized My Little Pony figures. There are lots of pretty, pretty princess-style ponies, but the ones that really draw the geek eye are the "Star Wars" horses. … Read more
There are 110 million active landmines strewn across 64 countries around the world, according to the United Nations, leading to thousands of people being killed or maimed every year. Huge stretches of land are danger zones. Clearing those areas is a hazardous and delicate operation that puts people at great risk.
Afghanistan-born designer Massoud Hassani has come up with an unusual minesweeper that uses the wind to propel itself in a search for landmines. The Mine Kafon is made from bamboo and biodegradable plastics. The plastic feet push against the ground, triggering landmines with pressure.… Read more
We're in a golden age for robots. They've gotten to the point where they can do amazing and impressive things, but they're not so advanced as to take over the world and enslave humankind just yet. Until that day comes, we can enjoy the antics of a biped robot walking a tightrope.
Created by a mysterious Dr. Guero, the robot easily proves its superiority to humans by patiently strolling along a tightrope like it's no big deal. It accomplishes this feat on video despite the presence of a pumping techno soundtrack.… Read more
Some people play with construction toys. Some people build massive and elaborate functioning structures out of construction toys. University of Colorado engineering student Andrew Locke fits into the latter category.
Locke built a fully functional pinball machine out of K'Nex. K'Nex may not have quite the same fame as Legos, but it's definitely a versatile construction system. It's also a very detailed construction system. It took Locke 4 months to put the beast together.… Read more
Kids at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis got a Spidey-size surprise last week when they spotted none other than Spider-Man rappelling down the side of the building, with Captain America in hot pursuit.
The superhero sighting came courtesy of a few real-life superheroes -- employees of the commercial window cleaning company American National Skyline who wanted to do something nice for the young patients. Rosetta Ford, an administrative assistant in the hospital's environmental-services department, suggested costumes, so Steve Oszaniec, his son Danny Oszaniec, and Jordan Emerson suited up superhero-style, secured themselves in their window-washing safety harnesses, and started their slide down the 12-story building. … Read more
Enter our week-long Threadless contest for a chance to win one of three Threadless T-shirts -- one lucky winner will receive a $30 gift certificate to the Threadless Web Store. Just follow us on Twitter and @reply us a photo of your favorite T-shirt along with the hash tag #404Threadless. We'll select the winners next Monday. Good luck!… Read more