A group called MegaBot Inc. is attempting to make the robot fighting league we’ve always dreamed about into a reality. They’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise nearly $2 million to design and build “5-foot-tall, 15,000-pound, walking humanoid combat robots with giant, modular pneumatic cannons for arms.” Read the last part of that sentence again. Now read this description of what the tournament will look like: “A driver-and-gunner team pilot each MegaBot in a battle against other MegaBots, vehicles, and a variety of other defenses and obstacles in live-action combat – the likes of which the world has only dreamed of through video games and movies.”

At the moment, the MegaBot team is no where near their goal (they’ve raised about $20,000 so far), so if they want to actually go through with their plans of hosting an “epic arena combat” tournament by May 2016, we’re all going to need to start doing our part very soon ... Discuss

Designer Klaus Geiger has figured out how to preserve the timeless, sleek designs of the Apple Power Mac G5: He’s turning them into furniture. Geiger removes the guts of the old computers, converting their steel cases into desks, tables and benches as part of his BENCHMA[®]C line. You can go here to see more of his work ... Discuss

Air travel may one day look very different. The UK tech company Centre for Process Innovation has released some images of what they hope will soon replace windows onboard commercial aircraft: Massive, hi-def, OLED screens that show passengers inside the planes what’s happening outside. And because the images inside are digital projections, pesky view obstructions like wings, engines or airplane parts would not be viewable. Other than looking awesome, the screens also have an practical purpose. They are made of super lightweight material that would allow individual seats to be wider and reduce the weight of the plane, dramatically lowering fuel costs. The vision could be a reality within the next 10 years ... Discuss

Over the summer, Google developed a new algorithm that rather grandly promised to eradicate child pornography from the Internet.

That might sound impossible, but it’s already led authorities to make at least one arrest, after the software tracked down a Texas man who was sending pictures of child sex abuse over email. Read More

I have a confession to make: I love my iPhone.

We are constant companions, attached at the hip, from morning to night. Even as I try to power down after a hectic day, it is close by, within easy reach for an update. I sleep with one eye on it, wondering what I might be missing. Read More

For decades, Larry Hester has been blind because of a condition called retinitis pigmentosa. In this video from the Duke Eye Center, Mr. Hester receives a “retinal prosthesis”—sort of a bionic eye—that allows a surgically implanted stimulator to interact with a pair of special sensor glasses, giving him the ability to see light. Though his vision isn’t completely restored, the procedure allows him to internally see flashes of light when the external sensors pick up brightness. Watching Larry experience light for the first time in 30 years—and his family witness the moment—is pretty touching ... Discuss