Articles written by Jeff Cormier

Classic Comic Books Look Stunning as Stained Glass

Comic books are tremendous, classic comic books even more so.  Comics still hold a soft spot in the hearts of many with films featuring comic book characters released seemingly every month, the recent conclusion of another Comic-Con, and new methods for sparking comic cravings.  The books themselves (the good ones) are works of art, with […]

Need a hug? Feel your own with Sense-Roid HugBot

Crave companionship?  Do you find yourself lacking in love and absent affection, or do you simply need a good hug?  Finally, thanks to Japanese robotics engineers, a hug will always be at the ready with the Sense-Roid HugBot.

SVK: New Comic Book Concept with Thought Bubbles Visible Only Under UV

Comic books are evolving.  Evidence of this evolution occurs each year at Comic Con, in the rebirth of films featuring comic book characters and in the dearth of once-popular monthly comics.  Additional evidence of comic book evolution has arrived from a collaboration between Warren Ellis, Matt Brooker and London-based design studio BERG titled, “SVK.”

A LEGO Lord of the Rings’ The Dark Tower Larger than Frodo Baggins

Adult fascination with LEGOs never seems to die.  We’ve profiled the creation of a massive LEGO “Garrison of Moriah” by a Star Wars fan and the construction of an equally large LEGO replica of the “Love Boat” by a fan of the television show with the same name.  Now a fan of The Lord of […]

Lasers and radio-controlled cars. A match made in miniature car heaven

Radio-controlled (RC) cars are super. The self-powered miniature cars or trucks controlled using a remote emitting a radio-frequency connecting both car and controller remain as neat today as they were when appearing on the Christmas list of yours truly for a decade during my youth. Now, thanks to technological advances, RC car love may skyrocket […]

AutoWed. Importance of marriage reduced to some spare money and machine

Marriage.  The formal definition of the practice is, “Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship.”  Sounds so special, and it most certainly is, to some.  Unfortunately, nearly 50 percent of all marriages in America end in divorce, and a new, coin-based, method of getting married, Concept Shed’s AutoWed Wedding Machine may result in […]

What’s my age? Check my spit

Spitting to some, including yours truly, is disgusting.  That said, we’ve all sent saliva flying from our mouths at one point or another for a variety of reasons.  Some spit to display disdain, others spit when eating seeds of some sort, while many shun spitting altogether.  New scientific research however shows that spit may hold […]

RoboButler. A super swift drink serving robot

Robots may soon become a part of our everyday lives.  They have their own world wide web, are capable of cleaning our bathrooms, are becoming ever better at solving puzzles, and realistic robot babies with the possibility of having a solar-powered skin that can touch and feel exist already.  If that wasn’t evidence of enough […]

Harry Potter who? Scientists unveil invisibility cloak for sound

Harry Potter has completed many a dangerous task using an invisibility cloak.  For fans of Harry Potter and those desiring to remain invisible when doing anything their heart desires, would no doubt welcome the idea of purchasing their own invisibility cloak.  While an item that renders the human form invisible is currently unavailable, scientists are […]

Chucks for Geeks. Super Mario Bros. Converse All-Stars

Super Mario Bros., the classic video game from Nintendo first released in 1985 for the Nintendo entertainment system, follows the exploits of Mario and Luigi as they venture through the Mushroom Kingdom to rescue Princess Toadstool from Bowser.  Once the best selling video game of all-time until being surpassed by Wii Sports in 2009, Super […]

The Love Boat in Legos. Love, exciting and new

People are infatuated with Legos.  After recently profiling a man’s 250,000-brick Lego “Garrison of Moriah,” another man, Ryan McNaught, The Brickman, has created his own 250,000 brick behemoth, a replica of The Love Boat.

Meowzers! Japanese mood-matching cat ear headset

If there’s one thing missing from this world it has to be electronic cat’s ears that perk up or flatten according to one’s mood.  Fortunately humanity no longer has to wait for such a splendid creation to arrive thanks to Japanese inventors.

FaceAccess. The $30 Portable Face Recognition System

Facial recognition software is fascinating.  Software, be it on a computer, or as an app on a smartphone which can capture an individual’s likeness and recognize who the individual is, often is expensive, does not work, or the technology is owned by another.  Two Cornell undergraduate students, Brian Harding and Cat Jubinski, have just taken […]

Han Solo in carbonite recreated with Microsoft Kinect

Very interesting projects using Microsoft’s Kinect present themselves seemingly on a daily basis.  MIT graduate student Edwina Portocarrero, adorned in a Princess Leia costume, recreated the holographic projection plea for assistance made famous by Carrie Fisher.  More recently we profiled Be Your Own Souvenir, a system which scans people in real-time and generates a miniature […]

Be Your Own Souvenir! Create an incredible 3D figurine of yourself

As a child my mother didn’t have the disposable income necessary to provide my brother and I with the latest and greatest toys on the market. Instead, on rare occasions we received a G.I. Joe action figure, but more often than not we were presented with a plastic bag of small, green, army figures. These […]

Get your very own Death Star (planetarium)

As children, those with children, and star gazers everywhere, a planetarium is a magical place.  The theater-style structure concerning all things astronomy and the night sky, typically takes the form of a large, dome-shaped, building with a projector and screen where stars, planets, and other celestial objects are visible, even moving in a realistic fashion […]