It’s Friday yet again, which means it’s time to take a quick look over the more eccentric side of tech’s last seven days. The front pages may have been filled with smartphones and tablets, but here's what you might have missed...
Real life Tron Bike
If you’re after a motorbike but don’t want to go in for anything like the bikes you’ve seen before how’s about an electronic one built as an exact replica of the Tron LightCycle? It’s got all the mod cons, although sadly lacks a trail of explosive death that’ll destroy anything you overtake. Maybe in the 2.0 version?
Late night surfing
Similarly, if garish lights are your bag, why not stuff a bunch of LEDs into your surf board? While it does make surfing beyond sunset something of a joy, isn’t there the slight risk that the glowy lights will make you look like one of those lit-up jellyfish? We hear sharks see them as something of a delicacy...
Star Wars breaks the bank
Not so much news as an exercise in stating the entirely predictable, but the Star Wars complete saga Blu-Ray - launched earlier this month - has broken sales records for the format, shifting over a million copies on pre-order worldwide. Just as well, really; George Lucas is famously hard up. By the by, you can win the very same Blu-Ray boxset (and Blu-Ray spinner) by entering our Star Wars Blu-Ray competition.
Facebook changes, everyone goes mad
Yet again, Facebook has started dumping changes onto the site. Things are about to change even more, as the company’s f8 conference has revealed upcoming UI shifts aplenty. As with every previous update ever, people on Facebook have started to lose their minds over the incremental changes. Slight differences in appearance and functionality to the free service you’re in no way obligated to use? How dare they!
Cars. They’re heavy, and typically made of metal. Whether you see this heaviness as a problem or not, here’s the solution: a Ford Mustang made entirely out of paper. This labour of love for artist Jonathan Brand, who sold one of the real cars to buy an engagement ring. Somewhere during this process, he clearly lost his mind, as he’s building one again out of reams of the thin stuff. As you do.
You’ve no doubt nipped down to the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association National Assembly this week. No? Well then you probably missed this: the closest thing we’ve seen to a properly-working robotic hand. The Virtu-LIMB picks up signals from your arm muscles, which turns them into movement. You know… sort of like a real hand.
The mobile breath test
Modern mobile phones may have high resolution cameras, top-end operating systems and dual-core processors, but there’s one obvious thing they’re all missing: a breath test that tells you whether you’re fat. We reckon HTC’s quacking in its quietly brilliant boots.
FIFA 12 physics fails
The new impact engine in FIFA 12 promises more realistic collisions and injuries, plus more accurate outcomes for tussles over the ball. How, then, can EA explain all this?