This Brilliant Coming-of-Age Space Opera Will Leave You Breathless

For some, the path to adulthood is gradual and fluid, as if maturity could somehow seep into one's pores like steam from a warm bath. For others, the yoke of real responsibility is thrust suddenly and heavily upon their shoulders, though neither have a say in which path to maturity they will take. » 3/28/14 12:00am 3/28/14 12:00am

Is SXSW's Real Life Mario Kart As Amazing As You'd Imagined?

Everyone who's played Mario Kart secretly wants it to be real. Sure, flinging turtle shells and banana peels at other cars will probably get you arrested, and while I once did go karting after eating some shrooms, I can't say it helped my speed. So I was exited to try real-life Mario Kart at SXSW. Here's what it's… » 3/10/14 12:38pm 3/10/14 12:38pm

Meet CUPID: The Drone That Will Shoot You With an 80,000 Volt Taser

Are drones not scary enough for you yet? How about this? A drone helicopter that spots you and identifies you as an intruder. It tells you to stop and put your hands behind your head. Instead, you keep coming. The drone then shoots you with barbed Taser darts that pump 80,000 volts into you. If you try to get up, it… » 3/07/14 6:40pm 3/07/14 6:40pm

Barista Bot Paints Your Portrait On Your Latte

Starbucks baristas will write your name on the side of your coffee cup, but that's no where near the level of personalization the Barista Bot is capable of. After snapping your portrait with a webcam, it uses a robotic arm to then draw your face in the milk foam atop your latte. That's overkill in the best way… » 3/12/13 5:20pm 3/12/13 5:20pm

Google Glass Will Work with Apps Like the New York Times, Path and More

Google showed off some new features of Google Glass at SXSW and they can be quite useful. For example, the New York Times will be integrated with Google Glass so you'll see pop up notifications of breaking news by tiling your head a certain way. You can even peep pictures, headlines or have Google Glass read the news… » 3/11/13 7:01pm 3/11/13 7:01pm

Bruce Springsteen's Inspiring Talk On Creativity and Music Is a Must…

Bruce Springsteen started this year's South by Southwest festival with a beautiful and inspiring—even tear-jerking at times—talk about creativity, music and hard work. No matter if you aren't a music buff or a Springsteen fan, it's a must watch. You can watch the entire thing here. [NPR] » 3/19/12 2:00pm 3/19/12 2:00pm

100 Years of Eye-Popping Title Sequence Evolution

If you've got even the slightest bit of cinephile in you, you need to watch this whirlwind tour of some of the most creative title sequences ever. Ian Albinson's "Art of the Title" debuted recently at SXSW; put it on top of the pile of reasons you wish you'd made it out there this year. [Art of the Title via b3ta » 3/16/11 8:40pm 3/16/11 8:40pm

Apple Opening Pop-Up Store in Austin for SXSW Geekfest

Our Brian Lam, and the thousands of other gadget-hounds attending the SXSW conference/music festival in Austin this week won't have to stretch their legs in pursuit of a brand new iPad 2—Apple's opening a temporary store in the Scarbrough Building on Congress Avenue, from this Friday for two weeks. [Statesman] » 3/10/11 3:20am 3/10/11 3:20am