This Halloween, you could dress as a boring ghost or something equally as simple. Or even worse, you could buy one of those cheap costumes with the strings that tie in the back to hold it all together. You're a geek! Wouldn't it be better to create something a little more high tech and a lot more fun? How about a jellyfish that glows? Or an authentic-looking outfit from Tron? Here are some high-tech Halloween ideas you could still pull off with a little elbow grease.
A few days ago Google made a big online splash with one of its most elaborate doodles to date. For those who didn't see it, the doodle honored a man named Winsor McCay. Entitled Little Nemo in Google-land, the doodle was drawn in the style of McCay's most famous comic Little Nemo in Slumberland. It was also released on the 107th anniversary of Little Nemo's debut.
Ladies and gentlemen, the man cave has evolved. It is now a geek cave, and it is filled with all manner of high-tech wonders. For who is better than the geek to transform the old shabby basements of the world? Ours is a world of exploration and advancement. Our realm is that of progress. The geek cave shall stand as a refuge for all great passions. The geeks shall build them, and the rest of the world shall marvel and be welcomed in! Give us your Trekkers, your Victorianophiles, your Jedi yearning to believe. The geek cave shall rise up about each, wrapping them in the comforts they know so well. But these shall not simply be hideaways. The geek cave shall be a place for celebration and entertaining. Don't believe me? Feast your eyes upon these 13 marvels of geek engineering and judge for yourselves.
Back in 1973, eternally eccentric filmmaker Woody Allen made Sleeper. Set in the year 2173, Sleeper is, to date, Allen's sole venture into overt sci-fi. A slapstick comedy, Sleeper pokes fun at other sci-fi classics, notable amongst them Fahrenheit 451 and 2001: A Space Odyssey. The political and social aspects of the film are thinly veiled 1970s sentiment, set in a dystopic inept police state. What is truly interesting is Sleeper's perspective on the progress of technology, 200 years from its production. While Woody Allen did not predict technological miniaturization, he did get a lot of things right. Was Woody Allen a tech prophet? Here's a list of technologies predicted in Sleeper that already exist, 161 years ahead of schedule.
Ah, October: the leaves are turning colors, there is a chill in the air and every now and again you get the feeling that there's someone staring at you from just beyond your field of view. Isn't it charming? Once a year we are given carte blanche to commune with the dead, to cast spells and to become the evil that we otherwise fear in the world. We let the fear in, let it dance around in our heads and give us nightmares. This year, we're digging up a few buried horrors for you, and we've called upon the spirit of the NES to conjure up some newer scares as well. From the sublimely terrifying to the ridiculous, here are 15 games full of 8-bit scares to fill your Octoberween. Click through the links to get in the spirit and play, purchase or download each of these retro scare-fests.
If you toss and turn at night, a host of gadgets are eager to help you get some quality shut eye. As with health-tracking technology, it's ultimately up to you to be proactive and fix the issues that keep you up. Sleep monitors collect a wealth of information when you snooze — brain waves, motion, heartbeat, breathing, etc. — and ideally provide an online component that compiles this data into beautiful charts to help you understand your habits over time. While informative, sleep analytics can't tell the whole story. Instead, it's up to the sleeper to fill in the gaps. To fully take advantage of these technologies, it's recommended that you log additional information in sleep journals (often provided by apps or Web dashboards), noting how you felt upon waking and chronicling factors that might have contributed to poor sleep, such as alcohol, coffee, temperature, bright lights, big meals, etc. This can help you see correlations between lifestyle/environment and body. Of course, not all sleep gadgets were made equal. Let's take a look at nine popular ones on the market and what they offer.
Man has long warred against man, bringing all manner of bloody machination to rend the opposition limb from limb. For as long as man has been capable of throwing stones, he has also brought with him all manner of beast. You will likely recall stories of courageous horses, mules, dogs and perhaps carrier pigeons, but animals have "enjoyed" far stranger uses in battle. Here, commonplace creatures have been called upon to fulfill the strangest of roles. Here's our list of the 17 strangest, most under-sung animal war heroes ever called to battle.
Like the first before it, Borderlands 2 is a game mostly about really big, really crazy sci-fi weaponry. As a sequel, the game offers up a clearly improved yet faithful experience for the familiar. For the first-time player, here's a good a place as any to get into Borderlands.
Back in 2000, then-President Clinton convened a panel of leading oceanographers and explorers. That panel ultimately produced a report entitled "Discovering Earth's Final Frontier". What they actually developed, outlined in that document, was the world's first and only national strategy for the exploration of the world's oceans. What might this now defunct panel have dreamed for near-future America? Might we have ventured en masse into this vast, unpopulated frontier? Could we have set up homesteads, townships and colonies in a whole new wave (you're welcome) of manifest destiny? Could we have established a fleet of exploration vessels and colonial enterprises — a modern-day, sea-faring Starfleet? Could we still? Here are 12 sea-faring designs and concepts capable of taking us home — to the sea.
Virtual reality was never able to rise above a gimmick. While the technology is used in some pretty impressive ways, one area where it's always appeared a perfect fit but never found any real purchase is powering video game worlds that are immersive like nothing else before them. Why? Well, that's hard to say. Maybe for as immersive as the environments were supposed to be, the graphics weren't there yet. Maybe the engines powering the games of yesteryear didn't have gameplay that was right for an on-your-face display. Or just maybe, you know, people don't really want to wear big bulky headsets while they play a game. Well, all those hurdles look like they can be cleared with today's technology, and several companies are working on VR for gaming in a major way. Here we present our 10 picks for video games perfectly suited for this emerging, quirky tech.