10 must-see videos of the week

Top 5 iPhone 5S alternatives, Avegant's Virtual Retinal Display prototype, and get ready for Apple's October 22 iPad event!

CNET staff
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Avegant Virtual Retinal Display
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We've got another great batch of hot video picks for you this week!

CNET Editor at Large Tim Stevens checks out Avegant's Virtual Retinal Display prototype, which takes Oculus Rift-style immersion to the next level. You'll have to see for yourself. In an all-new episode of Next Big Thing, Brian Cooley explains why self-driving cars are making more sense, and how 3D gesture tech could forever change computing.

To satisfy Android and Apple fans alike, we're also serving up new episodes of Googlicious and Apple Byte where we offer a sneak peek at Android 4.4 Kit Kat, and get ready for Apple's October 22 iPad event. And if you're totally over the iPhone and want to know what some of the hottest alternatives on the market are, this week's Top 5 is a must-see.

1. Apple Byte: Are you ready for Apple's October 22 iPad event?

Apple's iPad Event date is revealed with new Mac Pros and OS X Mavericks expected, new rumors for iDevices, and National Geographic uses the iPhone 5S.

2. Top 5: iPhone 5S alternatives

The iPhone isn't for everyone. Here are five of the best alternatives.

3. Nest Protect smoke detector talks to you

This $129 smoke and carbon monoxide detector works over Wi-Fi to speak to other smoke detectors in your house. Accessed via a smartphone app, Nest Protect also reports emergencies when you're not home.

4. XCAR: Behind the wheel of some of the great cars of the 20th century

If you don't think you'd be up to the task of maintaining a classic car but would still like the experience of driving one now and then, the Classic Car Club offers up the chance to do just that.

5. Googlicious: A sneak peek at Android 4.4 KitKat

The rumored Nexus 5 specs post online, early images of Android 4.4 KitKat are leaked, and our YouTube video of the week.

6. Avegant Virtual Retinal Display: Prototype

Move over, Oculus Rift: Avegant's next-gen "virtual retinal display" projects images directly onto your eyeballs. CNET's Tim Stevens checks out the prototype, and gets all the details from Avegant CEO Ed Tang.

7. Next Big Thing: Self-driving cars: Why?

Why self-driving cars make a whole lot of sense, how gesture control will augment -- but probably not replace -- a lot of technology, and is there even a third seat left at the mobile platform table?

8. First FDA-approved bionic eye ready for commercial launch in US

After more than 20 years in the making, the world's first FDA-approved bionic eye will soon be launching commercially in the United States. The device could help the tens of thousands of people who suffer from a rare, degenerative eye disease. CNET's Sumi Das explains how the Argus II device works to bring light into the darkness.

9. Always On: Unboxing Apple's iPhone 5S in gold

This week on Always On, we explore how high tech helps vintners produce wine, Molly Wood crushes the Nokia Lumia 1020 in a torture test, and we unbox the classy, gold iPhone 5S.

10. How to: Make a giant projection screen

CNET's Donald Bell shows you how he created a giant, collapsible projection screen for around $100.