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  1. Can’t Wait for Google Glass? Don’t. Build Your Own

    Google Glass, and projects like it, promise to be an exciting new future for how humans interact with technology. The problem, of course, is that the future these wearable computers promise isn't here yet, or is it? Tired of waiting, artificial intelligence researcher Rod Furlan built his own prototype of Google Glass out of components already available. The best part? He outlined his process, so now we can all give it a try.

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  2. Father Builds Child-Tracking Quadcopter To Accompany His Kid To The Bus Stop

    Tired of walking your kid to the bus stop every morning? Inventive dad Paul Wallich was. That's why he outsourced the gig to a quadcopter keyed in to track a GPS beacon stashed in his son's backpack. The result is a pretty amazing piece of high-tech parenting -- a flying drone that can follow his child from a set distance and make sure the kid stays out of trouble.

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  3. Matrix Rates Hacks On Complexity, Degree of Innovation, Good and Bad

    Hacking is one of those words that's hard to pin down. Depending on who you talk to, it can mean vastly different things, but for the most part it means "terrifying and malicious invasion of privacy" to most, especially after the waves of extremely public attacks we've seen in the past couple of months. Of course, thats not the whole story. If it was, you'd probably be cowering in fear of the Facebook Hackathon right now. Over at IEEE Spectrum, they whipped up this neat little matrix to try and put the wide variety of things colloquially known as "hacks" within context of each other. The matrix rates a variety of hacks, some of which you've heard of, and a bunch you probably haven't, on their relative impact, of which you are probably aware, and their relative complexity, of which you probably aren't. As if that weren't enough, hop over to their site to play with the interactive version featuring check boxes to show only "good," "bad" or "neutral" hacks. Bad and not-bad is a pretty clear distinction, but it's interesting to see where someone else draws that blurry grey line between good and neutral, and then get angry when you don't agree. Good, bad or neutral, we are talking about the internet after all. (IEEE Spectrum via Adafruit)

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  4. Man Designs Camera to Replace His Glass Eye

    When life gives you lemons, you clone those lemons, and you make super-lemons. When life gives you an empty eye socket, you design a tiny camera to fit inside it and call yourself Eyeborg. Canadian filmmaker Rob Spence lost his right eye in a shooting accident, but only recently have he and his collaborators completed a functional prototype of his new prosthesis that is also a camera.

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