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Google made a lot of nerds pleased earlier today when it started reaching out to the 8,000 people that would have the benefit of spending $ 1,500 on the company ’ s head-mounted Glass show, but that adventure ended up being brief for some.
About 7 hours after announcing that the outreach to potential Glass Explorers began, the Glass team once again took to the task ’ s Google Plus page to confess they should rescind some of those invitations.
After keeping in mind that the # ifihadglass program yielded candidates from all walks of life, a representative noted that “ it’s become clear that a few applications that don’t adhere to our terms have actually slipped with the cracks ” which those applications would need to be disqualified.
It ’ s unclear precisely how many people eventually got the boot from the Explorer program, however a fast Twitter search yields 2 viewable tweets breaking the problem straight from the Glass account. In both of those cases the applicants (ideally jokingly) stated they would engage in some inexpedient habits while putting on Glass — the more severe of the two candidates said “ # ifihadglass I ’ d cut a bitch! ” which certainly contradicts the Traveler program ’ s terms. The various other was moderate in contrast, but still pretty pointless:
# IfIHadGlass, I ' d toss it at your face. _.
– Le Queen. (@ wutabril) February 20, 2013
Obviously, there ’ s still the concern of how those individuals got picked in the first place — it doesn ’ t appear like whoever was at the helm was being really selective in the first location. According to the terms of the Explorer program, entries were “ examined and scored by a panel of independent content moderators ” who aren ’ t employed by either Google or its promotional partner, a New York-based marketing firm called Abnormality. Either somebody on that jury found those, erm, vibrant entries comical and offered them a pass, or the jury just wasn ’ t paying attention at all. Either way, Google was left to take care of the consequences publicly.
It ’ s likewise vague the number of more applications (if any) will wind up getting the boot too. Entries like this were earnest and possibly very cool, while others who were chosen seemed to have their tongues grown firmly in their cheeks when tweeting their original applications.
[via The Next Web]
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Highly Questionable: Fan Morphs All Batman Actor’s Faces Together To Create The ‘Perfect’ Face Of Batman
This is the hybrid face shot Redditor morphinapg made by morphing the faces of Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale together to create the “perfect” face of Batman. You may have noticed I put perfect in quotation marks. That’s because it looks like Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho if Patrick Bateman had realized the whole serial killer thing wasn’t for him and settled down and got married and had some kids and got depressed. Still, he REALLY wants to stab whoever’s holding the camera. Also, my perfect Batman would have way poutier lips.
Thanks to wilmersama, who is literally like, THE perfect wilmersama. I wouldn’t change a thing, seriously.
Well, what do we have here? According to “trusted sources” over at This Is My Next it’s a Motorola Spyder, or a Droid RAZR, or maybe even the Droid HD we peeped back in August. Whatever the name, the phone is apparently packing a first-of-its-kind 4.3-inch, 960 x 540 qHD super AMOLED display. The rumored LTE handset also supposedly contains a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel, 1080p rear-facing camera and HD front-facing camera, and is apparently outfitted in Gorilla Glass and Kevlar. TIMN is also boasting exclusive new details for the recently outed Atrix 2. It seems the name is confirmed as well as a handful of previously identified specs. What’s more, the phone’s got a couple of accessories on board, including a laptop dock called the Lapdock 100, also rumored to play nice with the Spyder, or RAZR, or HD. More images of both devices await you at the source links below.
This is a jacket prototype by designer Matt Leggett (not to be confused with Mark Armmett), that has an integrated breathalyzer sewn into the sleeve. Just not a very practical one. *straightening bowtie* Or classy.
Designed with an Arduino, an alcohol sensor and a simple LED display, the breathalyzer coat aims as a deterrent to drunk driving. Curious if your blood alcohol level is over the limit? Just blow into the alcohol sensor located in the collar of your coat and watch the LEDs light up on your sleeve, indicating your drunkenness level.
I assume the jacket displays blood alcohol content in 0.02 increments, up to 0.08 (the typical legal limit), but I’m not really sure. An even better way of knowing if you’re too drunk to drive? CATCHING YOURSELF BLOWING INTO THE COLLAR OF YOUR JACKET. No — even owning a breathalyzer jacket. If you own a breathalyzer jacket you’re f***ing trashed.
Hit the jump for a larger shot of the God, let me just call you a cab (you already lost your phone).
When we first made contact with Clover System’s SunBook, it was but a glimmer in Pixel Qi’s transflective eye, but today, the little guy is ready to step out on its own. Like Notion Ink’s Adam, the “the first sunlight-ready netbook” packs dual lighting displays, allowing you to shut off LCD backlights while under direct sunlight and cut your power consumption in half. You can also leave both functions on for easy indoor-outdoor transitions. It’s sporting a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 CPU, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a 10.1-inch display, 1024 x 600 screen resolution, USB 3.0 as well as WiFi and Ethernet capabilities. So basically, it’s a perfectly acceptable netbook (on paper, at least) and it’s packing a promising display, but we have to admit Clover’s marketing for SunBook leaves something to be desired. In fact, if we hadn’t seen this thing at CES we’d advise you to proceed with caution. Being that it’s got the Pixel Qi seal of approval, however, we’ll leave the decision up to you. You can purchase the sunlight-ready netbook for $ 795 via Clover’s website, handily linked below in the source.
Steaming down the autobahn could be about to get a whole lot more efficient. Volkswagen has carted out its newly updated Super Efficient Vehicle concept, now dubbed the XL1, which — after a great deal of fuzzy math, we’re sure — is rated at a 313MPG fuel efficiency and produces only 24g of CO2 per kilometer traveled. There’s an electric motor and a TDI diesel engine making all the buzzing and roaring noises inside, while the overall body design is focused on making the car as light and as aerodynamic as possible. Volkswagen has achieved a 795kg curb weight by using carbon fiber, magnesium, ceramics, and aluminum to shave down any excess portliness from the XL1, while wind-tunnel testing and optimizations have resulted in a rather exemplary 0.186 drag coefficient. It’s rare to see such attributes on anything outside the supercar realm, but then there’s a reason why this PHEV is still only a concept. FOF.
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Well, that was brief. Just a few short months after InstantAction went public with its embedded browser-based gaming platform at GDC 2010, the Oregon-based startup has gone belly-up. If you missed out on what this here outfit was offering, you clearly aren’t alone — but for the historians in attendance, we’d invite you to revisit our hands-on for an overview of what was planned. Unfortunately, the company has yanked all of its Vimeo clips detailing the system’s features, and its website now affirms that the service as a whole is “no longer available.” We’re hearing that it’ll be selling the underlying Torque Game Engine (and presumably that fancy “chunking” tech that enabled games to be played in a browser with just a broadband connection), but based on the tepid response so far, we’re guessing it won’t fetch much. We definitely saw a bit of promise in the concept — after all, browser-based games like Solipskier are all the rage in some circles — but bona fide console / PC games simply don’t fit that mold, or so it seems.
Ah, bacon: the world’s greatest guilty pleasure, at least where food is concerned. I do so very much love bacon, in all things in which I’ve tried it. I’ve had it with eggs, on a burger, crumbled up in pancakes, wrapped around a scallop: the usual suspects.
But I haven’t tried it in everything possible — yet. I’ve been aware for some time of the various commercial products and recipes out there that use bacon in … let’s call them “unconventional” ways. Since we at GeekDad have publicly agreed with the generally accepted rule that bacon makes everything better, I have decided to follow in the footsteps of one of our favorite TV shows and put that myth to the test!
I have therefore embarked on The Great Bacon Odyssey. Starting now, for however long it takes, I will be trying anything and everything with bacon or bacon flavoring that I can lay my hands on. I will be trying the questionable bacon products as a public service, so you don’t have to. (I suppose I should add, just in case, an apology to my ancestors, as I am Jewish by heritage, even though I’ve never kept Kosher.)
For this inaugural post, I tried two bacon-flavored sweets: bacon-flavored jellybeans and a chocolate bar with bacon in it. How did they fair? Read on.
First up, Mo’s Bacon Bar by Vosges Haut Chocolat: I’d had normally savory food items mixed with chocolate before: salt and hot peppers. And, as I mentioned above, I’d had bacon in pancakes, so the notion of bacon in something sweet was not that extraordinary to me. But how would chocolate with bacon really taste?
Ingredients: Impressive — chocolate, bacon and salt. Nice and simple.
Appearance: Looks like a regular, if thin, chocolate bar.
Smell: Like good-quality chocolate. No detectable bacon smell at all.
Taste: Good! Not delicious, but really quite good. Only a little bacon flavor came through the rich taste of the chocolate, mostly lending the bar a nice smoky quality.
Worth the Money?: Not really. The small bar I tried cost about $2.00 (at Whole Foods), and weighed in at 0.5 ounces. It was good, but not $4-per-ounce good.
Next up, Bacon Beans: In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that I have never been a fan of savory-flavored jellybeans. I love regular jellybeans, and have a huge weakness for Jelly Belly sours in particular, but flavors like “buttered popcorn” have always tasted off to me. But how would Bacon Beans taste?
Ingredients: Troubling. “Artificial Bacon Flavor” included on the list, with no other flavor mentioned. Instead of the nutritional information (which is available on ThinkGeek), the label simply provides a phone number you can call to get it, and the number isn’t even toll-free.
Appearance: Orangish-brown, slightly larger than Jelly Belly jellybeans. Not particularly appealing, but not particularly off-putting, either.
Smell: Very pungent, best described as a mixture of liquid smoke and sugar. Way more smoky than bacon-y. Did nothing to whet my appetite for the beans.
Taste: Right up (down?) there with the very worst things I have ever eaten in my life. I drank a whole glass of limeade after eating just one jellybean and the taste was still in my mouth. If evil ever needed a flavor, this would be a strong candidate. My children wanted to try this, too; each of them spat it out upon tasting it.
Worth the Money?: Depends on what you intend to use them for. If you have enemies, and plan to sneak some of the beans into their jellybean mix, $5.99 for a tin might be worth it. If you’re thinking about eating some yourself, save your money and eat some month-old fruit â€” it’ll taste better.
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The Great Bacon Odyssey: Does It Really Make Everything Better?