A Trippy Kinetic Sculpture, and Everything Else You Missed This Weekend

Sculptures that make your brain feel stupid, more and more smartwatches, a security-conscious tablet that looks pretty familiar. All the news and rumors you missed while lax-ing the weekend away.


I usually start these things off with a crazy gadget or some other weird piece of tech news, but seeing as it's Monday I thought I'd tease your brain with some coolness. This sculpture was created by Jennifer Townley, a kinetic artist who's made other illusionary artwork that equally confounds me. Just embrace the strangeness of it all. [Vimeo]

Yesterday, NASA released a desktop app that lets citizen scientists and amateur astronomers hunt for potential asteroids or even earth-bound threats. You're kind of like Bruce Willis in Armageddon expect not in a terrible movie. [NASA]

A department store in Shinjuku, Tokyo is getting an Apple Store. Ok, so what? It's completely dedicated to just the Apple Watch. [9to5Mac]

Apps and Devices

Google's crazy-weird AR game, Ingress, will be getting its own convention. [The Verge]


Chrome's got a new extension that gives you a pie-chart breakdown of your web-surfing habits. Hmm, mine's just a majority gizmodo dot com. Makes sense. [Chrome]

Google is releasing an open API to let any app take advantage of the awesomely wonderful Google Now. Oh, and theme park ride time info is incoming. [TNW]


Square Order was an ambitious idea—a coffee to-go service that made getting your caffeine fix scary easy. But the idea proved to be too ambitious. Now Square is shutting it down. [SFGate]

SecuTablet, BlackBerry's terribly named security-focused tab, is basically a Samsung Galaxy S Tab with additional security built in. With Blackphone+ also offering a secure tab alternative, seems like this might be shaping up to be "a thing." [Wall Street Journal]



Samsung has taken its typical hardware approach and applied it to smartwatches—just make a shit ton of them until something sticks. Now, it looks like a round Samsung wearable is on the way. [SamMobile]


Not to be outdone by Apple, Xiaomi is also going to make its own smartwatch. Taking bets that it'll probably look just like the Apple Watch. [GizmoChina]

YouTube is considering launching a subscription-based, video-on-demand service, much like Music Key. Anyone else think online subscriptions are getting to be a little much? [Variety]


Have you ever seen Tommy Wiseau's The Room? If you answered no, you are simultaneously missing out but also very lucky. It may be the best worst movie you'll ever watch. And now you can see Wiseau's new "TV show" on Hulu. Viewer discretion (for your sanity) is advised. [Hulu]

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Need to throw something into it.. Will it shred!