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5 Weird-But-Fun Ways to Use Google Glass

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When someone wears Google Glass, people notice. The techie glasses show wearers a Head-Up Display (or HUD—the head is not plural) with information about your surroundings like a map. You can also record a short video clip or check your e-mail ... but that’s boring. Here are five less conventional things app developers are allowing Google Glass users to do.

1. Run from zombies

Want a better way to get in shape? Pretend you're being chased by a horde of zombies! The Zombies, Run! app for Google Glass plays highly motivational messages and also tracks your workout distance and time.

2. Play Games with Your Eyes

The craze over the FlappyBird game for smartphones reached epic proportions. Now there's a clone for Google Glass. In the insanely difficult BlinkyBird, you fly a little bird across the screen by blinking twice, trying to avoid pipes that kill the bird instantly. If you want to take an easier (though probably more annoying) route, the developer has built in an option that lets you tap the side of your Glass to flap.

3. Take pictures using your mind

Sometimes, you just need to be a little more focused. If you use the MindRDR app (which requires the Neurosky MindWave Mobile add-on to read electroencephalography pulses from your brain), you can stare off in space with a purpose. When you do, the Glass app snaps a photo. Stare a little more sternly, and the app will then post the image to Facebook.

4. Generate a meme

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Tired of seeing memes about kittens? Create your own! Just use the Glass Meme Generator to snap a photo of anything—your dog, a road sign, your spouse. The app allows you to add a caption in the style of Cheezburger.com, then share the results online.

5. Praise yourself

Are you getting flack for being a glasshole? We feel your pain. Instead of just living with the stigma, do something about it. Use the Glass Praiser app to send yourself a motivational message once per day. You set the time of delivery, and the app sends you a compliment.

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The World’s First 3D-Printed Opera Set Is Coming to Rome
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In October, the Opera Theater in Rome will become the first theater to play host to a 3D-printed set in one of its operas. The theater’s performance of the 19th-century opera Fra Diavolo by French composer Daniel Auber, opening on October 8, will feature set pieces printed by the Italian 3D-printing company WASP, as TREND HUNTER reports.

Set designers have been using 3D printers to make small-scale set models for years, but WASP says this seems to be the first full 3D-printed set. (The company is also building a 3D-printed town elsewhere in Italy, to give you a sense of its ambitions for its technology.)

Designers stand around a white 3D-printed model of a theater set featuring warped buildings.
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The Fra Diavolo set consists of what looks like two warped historic buildings, which WASP likens to a Dalí painting. These buildings are made of 223 smaller pieces. It took five printers working full-time for three months to complete the job. The pieces were sent to Rome in mid-July in preparation for the opera.

Recently, 3D printing is taking over everything from housing construction to breakfast. If you can make an office building with a printer, why not a theater set? (Though it should be noted that the labor unions that represent scenic artists might disagree.)

[h/t TREND HUNTER]

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A Simple Way to Charge Your iPhone in 5 Minutes
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Spotting the “low battery” notification on your phone is usually followed by a frantic search for an outlet and further stress over the fact that you may not have time for a full charge. On iPhones, plugging your device into the wall for five minutes might result in only a modest increase of about three percent or so. But this tip from Business Insider Tech may allow you to squeeze out a little more juice.

The trick? Before charging, put your phone in Airplane Mode so that you reduce the number of energy-sucking tasks (signal searching, fielding incoming communications) your device will try and perform.

Next, take the cover off if you have one (the phone might be generating extra heat as a result). Finally, try to use an iPad adapter, which has demonstrated a faster rate of charging than the adapter that comes with your iPhone.

Do that and you’ll likely double your battery boost, from about three to six percent. It may not sound like much, but that little bit of extra juice might keep you connected until you’re able to plug it in for a full charge.

[h/t Business Insider Tech]

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