fiction

  • Barbie becomes a hologram version of herself

    Barbie becomes a hologram version of herself

    Yes, after pulling herself out of her 1950’s rut as a swimsuit model to become everything from a doctor, lawyer, computer scientist, astronaut and even the president of the United States, Barbie has now become a 3D-animated hologram that can serve up the weather on command. As first reported in Wired, The Hello Barbie Hologram debuted at the New York Toy Fair this week. And like… Read More

  • Watch how Portal would work in the real world thanks to Microsoft HoloLens

    Watch how Portal would work in the real world thanks to Microsoft HoloLens

    Valve’s Portal series is one of the more beloved in PC gaming, thanks to its debut of unique puzzle mechanics to inject some fresh life in the tired first-person action genre. The game looks even more interesting when you’re using its unique mechanics overlaid on the real world, with virtual objects interacting seamlessly with concrete things like tables, walls and… Read More

  • Watch Hulu’s Super Bowl spot for original series The Handmaid’s Tale

    Watch Hulu’s Super Bowl spot for original series The Handmaid’s Tale

    Hulu just released a trailer for its adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, a science fiction tale in which the U.S. Government has been toppled by a theocratic authoritarian dictatorship and women suffer a horrible revocation of rights. So yeah it’s a little too on the nose right now. Maybe the hope is that showing this during America’s leather ball smash… Read More

  • Backed by author Amy Tan, mobile fiction startup Radish raises $3M

    Backed by author Amy Tan, mobile fiction startup Radish raises $3M

    Radish is officially launching its mobile apps for reading bite-sized chunks of serialized fiction — and it’s announcing that it has raised $3 million in seed funding. This isn’t the first startup to experiment with new ways to deliver fiction via e-readers and mobile devices. In fact, I wrote about one of them in my very first piece for TechCrunch five years ago. But… Read More

  • Cam site CamSoda announces OhRoma scent mask integration for exactly the reason you’re thinking

    Cam site CamSoda announces OhRoma scent mask integration for exactly the reason you’re thinking

    As we approach the coming apocalypse we need bread, circuses and odors to keep us entertained. That’s why CamSoda, a NSFW webcam site, has announced the OhRoma, a VR-compatible scent mask that injects the smells of roses, perfume and private parts into your VR webcamming experience. Yeah. You read that right. Why do you want to do such a thing? Well, here’s what the CEO… Read More

  • Mall cop robot startup Knightscope is launching a “mini-IPO”

    Mall cop robot startup Knightscope is launching a “mini-IPO”

    Knightscope, the Dalek-like mall security robot startup we’ve mentioned here before has decided to do one of those new crowdsourced “mini-IPOs.” Also referred to as Regulation A+, these types of public offerings for private companies just became legal about a year ago to give startups access to capital from just about anyone. They are basically crowdfunding with… Read More

  • Knocki turns any surface into a switch

    Knocki turns any surface into a switch

    What happens when you mix two software dudes, a little kid, and a light switch? You get the Knocki, a clever little device that connects to a wall or under a table. You can tap the surface to trigger events – turning on a light, muting speakers, etc. – and it is surprisingly small and easily-hidden. The founders are Ohad Nezer and Jake Boshernitzan, both of Houston… Read More

  • Wolfprint 3D raises $500K to bring scanning pods to an airport near you

    Wolfprint 3D raises $500K to bring scanning pods to an airport near you

    3D body scanning isn’t very exciting right now – you can’t really use your scan anywhere except maybe on Thingiverse where people can print you out and create a shrine to you (hint hint!). Wolfprint, however, wants to bring 3D body scanning to the masses by putting their pod-shaped scanners in airports and malls, allowing you to create 3D avatars of yourself for use in… Read More

  • The Sentry tells you if someone is sneaking up on you while you’re, um, gaming

    The Sentry tells you if someone is sneaking up on you while you’re, um, gaming

    Say you’re, like, um, gaming on your computer with headphones on. And you’re like… um. Really into the game? And someone sneaks up on you from behind and you don’t have time to… pause… the game? The Sentry can help prevent the embarrassment of being seen while… playing games. This fun little device is basically an IR motion sensor that can see… Read More