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Researchers Use LCD Projectors to Control Worm Brains

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered a way to use modified LCD projectors to control the brains and muscles of small creatures such as worms -- provided they've been properly genetically modified. Using red, green and blue lights emitted by a projector, the researchers were able to activate light-sensitive proteins engineered within the subject organisms, triggering...

Amazing Daft Punk Helmet Leaves Us Neon Green With Envy

Daft Punk, the French house-music duo of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, are almost as famed for their masked appearances as they are for their music. Their gold and silver helmets, ablaze with blinking patterns of multi-colored LCD lights, have long been a source for cosplay inspiration. However, this recently finished replica of de Homem-Christo's helmet may take the prize as...

E. Coli and Staph Infections Find a New Enemy in E-Waste

By now, everybody knows there's a massive e-waste problem on the horizon, though some U.K. researchers claim to have found a way to cut down on e-waste and fight bacterial infections at the same time. According to a press release from the University of York, researchers melted LCD TVs and extracted a substance that could be used to destroy some bacteria. Since this team estimated that about 2.5...

Will Nintendo Use Sharp's New 3-D Mobile Display for Its '3DS' Device?

Last week, we told you about how Nintendo's next DS model will feature 3-D technology without those dorky glasses. However, details were pretty scarce. Today, one more piece of the puzzle might have fallen into place. According to an Associated Press report, Sharp has unveiled a 3-D mobile device display that works without glasses. While nobody will confirm it, we figure it's inevitable that...

pCubee 3-D Box Lets You Tip Cows Like You've Never Tipped Before

Although we live in a world of three dimensions (or more), everyone's going nuts for 3-D this and 3-D that. You'd think we'd get sick of all that Z-axis nonsense after awhile, but no. (Thanks, James Cameron, for precipitating a slew of films like this.) But, as we all know, this kind of entertainment is a simple brain ruse -- a series of stereoscopic images that trick our occipital lobes into...

Barbie Video Girl Makes Film-Making Look Good (Also Plastic-y)

Not since Todd Haynes's 'Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story' have Barbie dolls and film gone so well together. Mattel intends to fuse the two in a way that won't cause a lawsuit with its new Barbie Video Girl. The doll features a video camera hidden within the doll's necklace, an LCD screen on its back, and the capability to record up to 30 minutes of footage -- all of which can be viewed on...

Are E-Readers Bad for Your Eyes? Well... Depends, Docs Say

Like it or not, e-readers are here to stay. For instance, recall that one day near the end of 2009 when Amazon sold more digital books for the Kindle than it did physical books. But, as more and more folks turn to the screen instead of bound paper, some questions are being asked. For instance, is using an e-reader bad for your eyes? According to The New York Times, there's no cut and dry...

Solar-Powered Eye Implant Could Restore Vision

We've discussed eye implants that could eventually restore partial vision to people suffering from hereditary diseases like retinitis pigmentation, but for many others, a practical, medical solution for their near-to-total blindness remains painfully elusive. Stanford University researchers may be well on their way to solving that problem. One of the biggest obstacles that they've had to...

Man Builds 'Kegbot' for Real-Time Brew Level and Temperature Monitoring

The worst post-party experience is waking up to find a keg with beer still inside it. If this happens to you, there are two options: you can empty the remaining beer onto the ground (and shed a tear), or you can try your best to keep that keg iced down so the beer won't spoil. But one industrious beer-lover will never have to deal with this problem again. Inspired by a kegerator, Jean-Michel...

Cutting-Edge, Eco-Friendly LED TV for Less Than $2,200?

A reader writes: I need a good TV for my living room, and I've decided that LCD, particularly LED, is the way to go. I've heard that some plasmas can look better than LCDs, so I definitely want good video quality, but I heard they use up a lot of energy and I don't want to break the bank if I can avoid it. Also, I'd like something that doesn't use up too much power. Please... just tell me what...

Human-Size iPhones Guaranteed to Be Halloween Hit

Halloween's just days away. If you still haven't found the creative yet snarky costume of your dreams, then you'd better get busy, because the witching hour is fast approaching. If you're completely stumped, you'll either be inspired or totally devastated by a few guys whose iPhone costumes have upped the ante on ridiculous get-ups. Four geeks from Tampa -- John Savio, John Matthews, Reko...

PGA Golfer Carries Bag With HD LCD Screen on the Side

Somewhere up in heaven, Rodney Dangerfield is shedding a tear over Michael Allen's golf bag (pictured above). While the PGA golfer's bag doesn't have exactly the same 'character' as Dangerfield's did in 'Caddyshack,' it's definitely a start in that direction. According to DVICE, Allen is the only PGA golfer who carries a bag outfitted with Pro Bag Ads' sun-guarded HD LCD screen, which displays...

10 LCD Monitors That Think Outside the Bezel

Odds are your computer's monitor looks a lot like everyone else's. Well, we here at Switched like to break out of the status quo, and we've found 10 screens that do the same....

Recession Not Hurting HDTV Sales

Times are tough and the markets are way down. People are losing jobs, industries are collapsing, and nobody knows when it all will end. That's not stopping people from upgrading televisions, though; a newly published report covered by the AP shows that HDTV sales are soaring, despite all the economic uncertainty. According to sales figures released by iSuppli Corporation, 7.8 million flat-panel...

Dots on Your LCD TV? Fix Those 'Stuck Pixels' Yourself

That annoying, unblinking colored dot on your LCD monitor is a stuck pixel, essentially a door that's jammed open. If you're feeling bold, take a piece of cloth, place it over the offending dot for padding, and use a pen point or finger tip to gently massage the pixel open, pushing carefully so as not to break the glass. If you're too chicken to do it yourself, you can always hit up...