Branded mobile games have become a common marketing tactic for companies. Pop Secret and its Poptopia game is no different in this regard. However, Pop Secret took it a step further and created a device called the Pop Dongle to work with its game.
The dongle, designed by the innovation studio Deeplocal, plugs into the audio-out port of your iOS device and emits a popcorn smell as you play the game. Each dongle contains enough popcorn juice to spray 500 to 1,000 times. Pop Secret is billing it as "the first-ever scented mobile gaming experience."… Read more
If you like the cold (really, really like the cold), then you might see if your travel agent can book you a ticket to visit the East Antarctic Plateau ice sheet. NASA announced that a particular high ridge located there is the coldest place on Earth. Temperatures in the hollows on the ridge drop to minus 133.6 degrees Fahrenheit on some winter nights.
Pinpointing the coldest place on Earth wasn't the simplest task. A team of scientists dug through data delivered by the Landsat 8 satellite, a shared project with the US Geological Survey, along with data from other satellites. All in all, they had 32 years of data from multiple satellites to study before declaring the ridge the coldest spot on the planet.… Read more
It's not an electric blanket. It's not a waffle-iron-esque heating device from the past.
It's a Bedjet, a heating and cooling gadget controlled by a remote or smartphone app. The Kickstarter project is raising funds to make beds either toasty warm or soothingly cool.
Since it's winter, we'll look at the heating properties first. Bedjet says it can heat a bed to "hot towel out of the dryer" feel in three minutes. The concept is pretty straightforward. It consists of a fan-like device with a flexible nozzle that blows warm or cool air up under the sheets.… Read more
Sherlockians and "Cumberbitches" alike can now show off their love for the BBC series "Sherlock" with these leggings from Gold Bubble Clothing that pay tribute to the detective's eclectic taste in wallpaper -- just in time for the January debut of the show's third season.
Available for a limited run through December 13, the "Bored Leggings" feature the Nureyev Collection: Navarre - Dark Chocolate wallpaper seen in Sherlock's apartment on the show. … Read more
As you may have noticed, we Crave folks are a tad obsessed with all things geeky or nerdy or, as we like to think of it: super-cool stuff.
In fact, when we aren't writing about things like auditioning for "Star Wars," Batkid, or the future of the Hyperloop, we're probably talking about such subjects or collectively obsessing over some other sweet new tech.
Recently, we decided to look for ways to further share with readers this ongoing conversation about what seems to be the ever-widening glorious grip of geek culture. Our first experiment on this mission begins with a Google+ Hangout. Crave writers Bonnie Burton, Amanda Kooser, and myself have taken up what we hope will become a regular habit of gathering in a Hangout to discuss the latest developments in the Crave universe.… Read more
A wink can convey all kinds of meanings. But what if you're looking at someone and their eyeglasses wink back at you?
Wink Glasses 2013 spectacles aren't designed for flirting or sharing inside jokes. But they do "wink" by fogging up for a split second.
The art of using turn signals seems to be getting lost in the hustle for both cars and bicyclists alike. The Zackees Turn Signal Gloves project on Kickstarter wants to make turn signals cool again.
The gloves are typical bike-style fingerless gloves, but with light-up LED directional arrows built on top of each hand. Hold your hand up, trigger the contact pads, and traffic behind you can see which way you're planning to turn. This works equally well for bicyclists, runners, skateboarders, or what's left of the roller-blading crowd.… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- A one-stop shop for cheating is now available for students on the iPhone.
- Teen pays $735 for photo of Xbox One on eBay.
- PS4 crushes Xbox One on eBay during respective launch weeks, data shows.
- 4chan backwards-compatibility prank bricks Xbox One.
Forty-five years ago today, a group of techies sat in a room in San Francisco, eagerly awaiting what would become known to some as "the mother of all demos."
The occasion was the demonstration by Douglas Engelbart, director of Stanford Research Institute's Augmentation Research Center, of, among other things, the world's first computer mouse. Many have since credited that December 9, 1968, presentation with helping to launch the personal-computing revolution.
The demo was actually of a number of projects that Engelbart and his colleagues at SRI were working on. But it's the mouse that won … Read more