A Trippy Kinetic Sculpture That is Sure to Send You Loopy

By Darren Orf on at

Sculptures that blend your brain, more and more smartwatches, a security-conscious tablet. All this and more in today's BitStream.


I usually start these things off with a crazy gadget or some other weird piece of tech news, but seeing as it's Monday I thought I'd tease your brain with some coolness. This sculpture was created by Jennifer Townley, a kinetic artist who's made other illusionary artwork that equally confounds me. Just embrace the strangeness of it all. [Vimeo]

Yesterday, NASA released a desktop app that lets citizen scientists and amateur astronomers hunt for potential asteroids or even earth-bound threats. You're kind of like Bruce Willis in Armageddon expect not in a terrible movie. [NASA]

A department store in Shinjuku, Tokyo is getting an Apple Store. OK, so what? It's completely dedicated to just the Apple Watch. [9to5Mac]

Apps and Devices

Google's crazy-weird AR game, Ingress, will be getting its own convention. [The Verge]

Chrome's got a new extension that gives you a pie-chart breakdown of your web-surfing habits. Hmm, mine's just a majority gizmodo dot com. Makes sense. [Chrome]

SecuTablet, BlackBerry's terribly named security focused tab, is basically a Samsung Galaxy S Tab with additional security built in. With Blackphone+ also offering a secure tab alternative, seems like this might be shaping up to be "a thing". [Wall Street Journal]

Rumours!

Samsung has taken its typical hardware approach and applied it to smartwatches: just make a shit ton of them until something sticks. Now, it looks like a round-faced Samsung wearable is on the way. [SamMobile]

Not to be outdone by Apple, Xiaomi is also going to make its own smartwatch. Taking bets that it'll probably look just like the Apple Watch. [GizmoChina]

YouTube is considering launching a subscription-based, video-on-demand service, much like Music Key. Anyone else think online subscriptions are getting to be a little much? [Variety]

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