Vices of the week: Friday galleries, confronting your fears

This week we've got some great galleries to ease you into the weekend. Check out this green Portable Parasolar energy gatherer, for instance, or Ikea of Japan's colorful subway cars. Camera buffs should appreciate this telephoto point-and-shoot and, just in case global relations go south, we've got the fanciest gas masks you've ever seen. So there are some pretty pictures; ready to read again? Head over to Shift, where Charlie White takes a look at six popular fears, and how technology comes to the rescue with each.

More stories from this week:

Peer Review: Samsung's iPhone killer, the Instinct
See why critics have a good feeling about it.

Microsoft working on Wii remote ripoff for Xbox 360
Comment by Justin Bailey: "Microsoft is making a mistake to play catch up to the Wii as it's novelty is wearing off."

Luminoso rug puts the stars at your feet
Look down and gaze into the stars! Wait...

Reuters: Robots will take over Japan by 2025
Proving once again that flesh is a design flaw.

The sexy Saitek PK17U Cyborg Gaming Keyboard
Rocking the infinitely adjustable backlighting.

Illumination Shower: how Trekkies get clean
If only it could beam you out of bed in the morning.