CES 2014 is in the history books, and this week's tech extravaganza brought us tons of cool stuff to drool over. But the week wasn't solely about new tech — there was some cold weather, did you hear? That, and so much more, makes up the best stories we wrote this week. Check 'em out!
So the Oculus Rift is fantastic. If you've used it in its original incarnation, you know that it's incredible. It's virtual reality done better than you've ever seen it before. It's revolutionary. And it's nothing compared to what's coming next. I mean Oh. My. God.
Even before the polar vortex put large swathes of the US into a deep freeze, subzero temperatures in Canada were causing frost quakes. A few nights ago, residents around Ontario woke up to mysterious booms—like an explosion or falling tree. Turns it was just the cold.
A few weeks ago, we showed you a terrifying Alpine tourist attraction called "Step Into the Void." It's a glass cage that hangs more than 3,300 feet above the mountains. But the Void is hardly the first heart-stopping skywalk—in fact, these are dozens out there that are just as scary.
Since 1967, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been a showcase for our high-tech future. Language translators, virtual reality systems, and even robots have graced the many different convention halls that have hosted CES over the years.
Michael Bay just walked on stage, flubbed his lines, and walked off at a Samsung CES press conference. It was weird.
This week, temperatures in Chicago dipped to -16 degree Fahrenheit (-26.7 degree Celsius) on the heals of the frigid, dense air known as a polar vortex, which has swept across the Midwest and through huge portion of the United States.
Electricity-generating windmills churn out free energy as long as the wind is blowing. So strapping one to the roof of your car where there's always a breeze as long as you're driving just seems obvious. The Transport Turbine—seen here as a 3D printed proof of concept—puts four small wind turbines on the roof of your car that generate electricity.
Genius. Photographer Chino Otsuka has discovered the art of time travel. Instead of exploiting a whole in the Space-time continuum to time travel, she simply digitally spliced her adult self into old photographs from her childhood. That way it looked like adult version of Otsuka was meeting child version of Otsuka. So clever.
Building your own computer is generally reserved for the hardcore, the devoted, the geeky. But with Razer's Project Christine, it's as easy as playing with Legos. Really big, actively mineral cooled Legos. Also it looks like a badass rack of rockets or something, which is cool as shit.
On the left, a promotional image from WobbleWorks!* LLC, creators of the 3Doodler, a pen that lets you print 3D creations as magical as your imagination allows. On the right, an actual 3Doodler creation. Whoooo, boy.