Piipshow: a live stream of squirrels and birds dining at a bird feeder that looks like a coffee shop

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Wednesday 2 April 2014

Do you ever get the feeling someone’s watching you? These birds probably do. ‘Piipshow’ is a three month long live broadcast of a bird feeder in Norway that looks like a trendy coffee shop. Instead of macchiato and cappuccinos, this café serves up nuts and seeds. Different customers come in during the day, most of them avian, including a Nuthatch, a Blue Tit (not THAT kind of tit), a great tit (not THAT too), and a Bullfinch. Sometimes the occasional squirrel thieves drop in too.

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An autopsy of classic video game controllers

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Saturday 15 March 2014

Ever wondered what the inside of a video game controller looks like? ‘Deconstructed’ is a series that shows you the pieces that make up the entirety of those gaming devices we all loved and button-mashed. Toronto-based photographer Brandon Allen performed an autopsy on classic video game controllers, laid out all the parts, and photographed them. […]

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A butt lamp that turns on and off by spanking or pinching it

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Thursday 13 March 2014

The ‘Slap It’ lamp is a cheeky device that is shaped like a human butt. If that wasn’t amusing enough, it can be turned on (pun intended) and off by squeezing it or spanking it. The lamp was created by London-based artist Joseph Begley, who says it ‘simultaneously combines the stress relieving satisfaction of slapping a bottom, with the practical application of providing light.

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This Boeing Black smartphone self-destructs when tampered with

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By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Wednesday 5 March 2014

The Boeing Black is a smartphone that self-destructs when someone tries to tamper with its casing or files. But sadly, it’s not like those devices you see in Mission Impossible, where it blows up in a fiery blaze of glory. Rather, it deletes all its data and renders itself useless, making it anti-theft but also […]

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Scientists finally invent the lightsaber, sort of

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Friday 28 February 2014

We might just live out our fantasies of wielding a lightsaber in the not-so-distant future if science plays their cards right. Mikhail Lukin and Vladan Vuletic, physics professors at Harvard and MIT, respectively, clumped together particles to form a unique molecule by accident. They say that this new form of matter has the properties and […]

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Flappy Bird is back, but this time, in a cardboard box

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Thursday 27 February 2014

‘Flappy Bird’ may no longer be available as an app, but now it’s offered as a cardboard box. Thanks to young entrepreneur Fawn Qiu, the game that’s driven us all mad has risen from the dead in the form of a real-life game. By using three motors, an Arduino, a prototyping board, a magnet sensor, […]

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Hemingway, an app that will help you write like him

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By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Tuesday 25 February 2014

Hemingway’, is an app that helps you eliminate unnecessary word and problematic prose in your sentences. Whether you’re an aspiring New York Times bestselling author or just sending an email, just copy and paste your composition to see how Hemingway-esque you really are.

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A pillow that could save long distance relationships

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By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Tuesday 11 February 2014

Here’s a new device that could ease the crushing pain and never ending loneliness of a long distance relationship. ‘Pillow Talk’ is a device, specifically a pillow, which connects long distance couples through their heartbeats while they sleep.

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Possibly the coolest RFID secure device we’ve ever seen, and it’s functional

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Saturday 1 February 2014

We must admit: the HuMn Wallet really caught our eye with its sleek periodic table-like design. Beyond the minimalist design (the standard wallet comes with two plates, one flat elastic shock strap and one microfiber bag), the RFID secure device carries quite some clout against skimming theft as the aluminum and carbon fiber material act […]

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A video game that can sense your fear

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Tuesday 28 January 2014

FDR’s famous quote, ‘The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself’, has never been truer than in the video game ‘Nevermind’. The game doesn’t need your kickass hand-eye coordination or lightning-quick reflexes or in-game tactics. All it needs is your fear to feed upon your mortal soul. Ok maybe not fear itself, but more on your heart beat. The adventure-horror game tracks your heart beat and produces more stressful and frightening scenarios once your ticker beats faster.

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Jesus has company: Malaysians walk on water, technically

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By Inigo del Castillo in Video on Friday 24 January 2014

Okay, before you scream ‘heresy!’ and ‘burn him at the stake’, hear me out. Malaysians walked, ran, danced, and did all sorts of physics-defying on top of a pool of water. But this isn’t your typical swimming pool. The pool had a non-Newtonian fluid of corn starch and water, called ‘Oobleck’. So technically they still […]

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A gift box that magically unlocks in the future? Wow

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Thursday 23 January 2014

We’ve heard about postal services that deliver postcards to recipients in the future, but a gift box that actually opens on a designated date in the future? Whoa. That’s the premise of the Timeless Box created by a Barcelona-based team that recently concluded a successful funding appeal on Indiegogo to manufacture 1,000 units of this […]

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Brushing badly? This smart toothbrush will tell you that over your mobile

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Monday 20 January 2014

French startup Kolibree recently unveiled a smart toothbrush at the recent Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in Las Vegas. By hooking up to the Internet, the device can monitor the dental habits of its user and connect to a mobile app via the local Bluetooth network to tittle-tattle on how much brushing he’s getting, how often […]

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Look closely, these remarkable images are synapses in the brain

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in Tech on Saturday 18 January 2014

These incredible psychedelic images are synapse maps of the human brain at work. The Human Connectome Project has been exploring the brain’s conenctions using a high-resolution map since 2010, and the project seeks to examine the brains of 1,200 volunteers to create a database of healthy brain structure. These images show the Human Connectome Project’s […]

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What shades of blue are the big websites using? You tell us via this online game

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By Cormack O'Connor in Cool Websites on Monday 13 January 2014

Blue is the most used colour on the Internet. Facebook is doing it, Twitter is doing it, LinkedIn is doing it. Everyone is doing it. But every shade of blue is unique and the tricky part is distinguishing between the different ones.

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