Archive for February 2013

Mars: War Logs game trailers

Mars: War Logs

Mars: War Logs is a third-person cyberpunk RPG set on Mars. Survivors of a great catastrophe huddle in slums and are ruled by Technomancer dictators who control the planet’s water supply. The player controls Roy, the game’s protagonist, who is labeled a renegade, and can develop Roy’s combat style by choosing from dozens of skills and perks: pure combat, stealth […]

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You can soon log your everyday life through the Memoto wearable camera

Memoto lifelogging cameras

Late last year, the Sweden-based tech startup Memoto AB launched their camera in Kickstarter. It was a huge hit and has earned ten times the goal. The Memoto camera is a lifelogging device — a tiny, wearable camera that automatically takes a 5MP geotagged image every 30 seconds. The photo’s orientation is also recorded so that the app can show […]

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The upcoming cyberpunk game Remember Me looks amazing

Remember Me game scene

I’m not much of a gamer but I really appreciate the stunning visuals of Capcom’s new game Remember Me. Remember Me (previously titled Adrift) is an action-adventure cyberpunk video game, scheduled for release in May 2013 for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. It is developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Capcom. The game is set in Neo-Paris in 2084. […]

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Breathing Bike and canned fresh air for a Blade Runner-like smog

anti-smog bicycle by Matt Hope

Last month, China’s capital Beijing was blanketed by a really thick smog which made the city look like a scene from Blade Runner (or Silent Hill, if you want to be freaky). See here and here. Although most days are clear, Beijing really has a high level of pollution. In response to the air problem, the eccentric but extremely wealthy […]

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Short Film: Ninety Seconds, a review

poster of the short film Ninety Seconds

The short film Ninety Seconds is a sci-fi thriller directed by Gerard Lough. It is set in the near future. The exact year is not given, but can be intuited to be 2017 or later. The film opens with a quote from George Orwell’s 1984: “The instrument could be dimmed, but there was no way of shutting it off completely.” […]

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The bionic man named Rex and the man he is modeled after

Rex the bionic man has fully-functional artificial organs

A recent Channel 4 documentary titled How to Build a Bionic Man demonstrated the most advanced synthetic organs, limbs, and blood, through the construction of a 6.5-foot tall bionic man named Rex (short for ‘robotic exoskeleton’). The program featured the social psychologist Bertolt Meyer and Rex — the first complete bionic man created by Shadow Robot Company’s Richard Walker and […]

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What are stem cells? An easy to understand introduction

introduction to stem cells

Most of us have heard about stem cells. Research in this field is very promising, though the use of stem cells is also plagued by controversy. What are stem cells anyway? Basically, stem cells are cells that have the potential to develop into different types of cells (e.g. blood cells, heart cells, brain cells). They also have the ability to […]

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Hide from Big Brother using a privacy visor and stealth hoodie

Stealth Wear: counter surveillance fashion line by Adam Harvey

Isao Echizen, an associate professor in The National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo, Japan and Seiichi Gohshi, a professor at Kogakuin University, have developed a visor that can protect the wearer from invasion of privacy caused by unauthorized facial recognition systems. The glasses work by adding noise to the images using a near-infrared light source that affects cameras but not […]

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Natural Born Smoker: the smoker of the future and his baby

Natural Born Smoker of the future

In 1985, the UK broadcasted an anti-smoking ad set in a dystopian, Blade Runner-esque future. The ad features a Natural Born Smoker — a human evolved to smoke cigarettes without a care. This futuristic man has: a large nose (to filter out the impurities) self-cleaning lungs highly-developed index and middle fingers (for tapping lit cigarettes on ashtrays) smaller ears (because […]

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