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Omote “living makeup” uses mind-blowing projection mapping

Omote “living makeup” uses mind-blowing projection mapping

Projecting computer graphics onto buildings or rooms to make them digitally come alive isn't new, but how about if your canvas is a living, moving, human face? Omote does just that, a combination of real-time face tracking and projection mapping that takes a model's face and turns it into something far more mesmerizing, even as it moves around.

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Here’s a Smart EV drag-racing a Mustang and a Boxster

Here’s a Smart EV drag-racing a Mustang and a Boxster

In a drag race challenge between a Smart EV, a Ford Mustang, Audi A5, and Porsche Boxster, which car do you think might win? If you guessed the diminutive Smart, then we hope you didn't put any money on that bet; unsurprisingly, the city car is thoroughly trounced, which you'd think would be an odd sales strategy for Smart itself to use. However, Smart has in mind a different type of drag race.

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Smartwatch-toting will.i.am is designing a Lexus NX because fashion

Smartwatch-toting will.i.am is designing a Lexus NX because fashion

It's a tough world if you're holding out for a compact crossover designed by a rapper, producer, and fledgling-smartwatch-designer, but thankfully Lexus has heard our plaintive cries and brought in will.i.am to cook up such a car. A special edition of the new Lexus NX we drove last month is in the works, designed by the multi-faceted musician.

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Infiniti’s Q50 can drive itself (so this driver rode shotgun)

Infiniti’s Q50 can drive itself (so this driver rode shotgun)

Fresh from the road-safety division of the "just because you can, doesn't mean you should" department, a self-driving example of how our cars are certainly smarter than ever. Infiniti's Q50 has, like many luxury sedans of the moment, a host of driver assistance aids that can collectivity keep the car in lane, maintain pace with surrounding traffic, and generally mimic some of what Google and others are working on for autonomous vehicles. That encouraged one tester to switch on the tech and then jump out of the driver's seat.

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Sam Sung worked at Apple and you can buy his last card

Sam Sung worked at Apple and you can buy his last card

When your name is Sam Sung and you work for Apple, your business card is going to end up a collector's item among those with a sense of irony. Sung left Apple a year ago, but the discovery of his final remaining card from his time with the Cupertino firm seemed the ideal opportunity to do some work for charity.

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Chillax, gamers: Scrabble adds selfie & more to dictionary

Chillax, gamers: Scrabble adds selfie & more to dictionary

You may have thought the Xbox vs. PlayStation arguments could get heated, but a change in the official list of words permitted in Scrabble takes gaming controversy to a whole new level. More than 5,000 new words are being added to The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, and it's entries like "selfie", "frenemy", and "chillax" that have some players of the word game livid.

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This is the McLaren P1 GTR (and yes, it’s insane)

This is the McLaren P1 GTR (and yes, it’s insane)

When you're cooking up a track-only supercar based on the already bonkers McLaren P1, taking the subtle approach is probably the wrong strategy. Still, there's definitely no way the McLaren P1 GTR could be overlooked among weekend racers, as the British marques first design concept suggests: that vast rear wing alone should have spectators gawping.

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Hot Wheels’ Darth Vader Car is as subtle as a lightsaber to the face

Hot Wheels’ Darth Vader Car is as subtle as a lightsaber to the face

Hot Wheels' Darth Vader Car left us perplexed when we first saw the one-off, full-sized Star Wars themed monster the company had crafted for SDCC this week, but after seeing it in action on the road everything becomes clear. The gaping-mouthed racer - about which "distinctive" would be a decided understatement - stars in a new video for the company, looking every bit as intimidating as the Sith Lord himself.

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Hot Wheels made this Darth Vader car, and we don’t know what to think

Hot Wheels made this Darth Vader car, and we don’t know what to think

Hot Wheels and Star Wars may not be the most obvious crossover, but Mattel isn't letting that stop it, producing a full-sized, working reproduction of its new Darth Vader car especially for San Diego Comic-Con. The outlandish vehicle - built, for the road-going version at least, on the guts of a Corvette C5 - not only bears the Sith Lord's gaping maw, but actually makes his distinctive breathing sounds, too.

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Hawaii is shooting lasers at birds and it’s for their own good

Hawaii is shooting lasers at birds and it’s for their own good

Filling the skies with laser beams and hoping birds fly into them doesn't, at first glance, seem the best way to prevent endangered species from dwindling in number even further, but it's exactly what one Hawaiian island is doing. The light grids - made up of thirty focused green lasers - are being mounted on electricity poles by service operator Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, in the hope that they'll prevent birds from crashing into the cables.

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BMW is 3D printing thumbs for its workers

BMW is 3D printing thumbs for its workers

3D printing and scanning is already commonplace in car production, but BMW is experimenting with upgrading its staff with the technology. A new trial at BMW's Munich plant is giving assembly workers individually-tailored thumb guards to help avoid over-stretching, having first scanned the digit with a portable 3D camera.

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This is BlackBerry Passport (and yes, it really is that shape)

This is BlackBerry Passport (and yes, it really is that shape)

BlackBerry warned us it had something odd coming, and this is it: the unusually proportioned BlackBerry Passport. Snuck into BlackBerry's latest financial results presentation - where the company announced a smaller-than-expected loss for the most recent quarter - the Passport has a 4.5-inch 1440 x 1440 resolution display that's square, not rectangular.

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