Photo of Tokyo is 600,000 pixels wide, lets you zoom-enhance all over the place

Kevin Lee Contributor, TechHive

Kevin is a small-time tech hound, amateur photographer, and a general know-at-least-something of all things geeky hailing from New York.
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Jeffrey Martin, panoramic photographer and founder of photography site 360Cities, just created the world’s largest photo of Tokyo. The image 600,000 pixels wide, and it's a composite made from over 8000 photos. It took Jeffery two days to capture the entire scene from the Tokyo Tower's lower observatory roof using a Canon 7D DSLR and 400mm lens mounted on a Clauss Rodeon gigapixel robot.

If you were to physically print this image at in full resolution, it would measure 50 meters by 100 meters (164 by 328 feet). It’s not just physically big, either: At one point, each image took up 100GB  of disk space and the rig Jeffery used to put it all together had 192GB of RAM.

Can you believe the math!?

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Kickstarter project wants to turn your bicycle helmet into something from 'Tron'

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Nick covers gadgets, DIY, geek culture, and future tech for TechHive. He likes puns and the color yellow.
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Electroluminescense isn't new—hobbyists have toyed with the technology for a while, making everyday objects look like they came straight out of TronPaul Schnieder wants to use it to help make cycling at night a little less dangerous.

Paul's Electroluminescent Helmet Kit, currently on Kickstarter, is based on a simple concept: It adds electroluminescent (EL) strips to the sides and back of motorcycle and bicycle helmets. The result not only gives your helmet that oh-so-hip sci-fi aesthetic, but it can also help increase your visibility as you ride around at night, possibly preventing you from getting hit by a car.

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Move over, Wii Fit: This virtual reality love letter to Paperboy is a real workout

Jacob Siegal Contributor, TechHive

Jacob Siegal spends a vast majority of his time surrounded with and invested in technology and media, so he decided he may as well start writing about it. You can find more of his writing at Game Rant and his topical tweets @JacobSiegal.


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PaperDude VR, an impressive-looking technology mash-up from Globacore, combines the Oculus Rift, the Microsoft Kinect, and the Wahoo KICKR Power Trainer for one ridiculously immersive stationary bike ride.

This Unity-based game pays tribute to the classic arcade game Paperboy, and it uses the KICKR sensor to detect the speed of the bike, the Oculus Rift headset to allow the player to look around an entire 360 degrees, and the Kinect to track your motion as you "ride."

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Meet the man who is 3D-printing a replica of a car

Kevin Lee Contributor, TechHive

Kevin is a small-time tech hound, amateur photographer, and a general know-at-least-something of all things geeky hailing from New York.
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We’ve seen some pretty big things come out of 3D printing projects. An oversized iPhone case! A 3D-printed hexacopter! Even a room-sized urn! But a full-sized 3D-printed replica of a car just seems ludicrous.

Ivan Sentch, a classic car enthusiast from New Zealand, is building just that. Since last December, Ivan has been hard at work, putting together a plastic replica of an Aston Martin DB4—the precursor model to James Bond's famous DB5—made of enough 3D-printed parts that Ivan calls it a “2500-bit jigsaw puzzle.”

Ivan Sentch
A door.
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Study finds major savings through household 3D printing

Michael Keller Contributor, TechHive

Originally published by Txchnologist.

Though 3D printing may still be a long way from the Star Trek replicator that can create any object on demand, a new study has found that a currently available machine could save the average household considerable money.

Michigan Technological University engineers conducted an economic analysis of 3D printing simple goods like toys, kitchen aids and tools at home using a low-cost open-source device like one called a RepRap. The manufacturing technique called 3D printing builds objects through a computer-guided extrusion head that deposits successive layers of plastic or other material.

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Behold, the first point-and-shoot 3D scanner for under $1000

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As the prices on desktop 3D printers begin to reliably fall below $1000, it was only a matter of time before portable 3D scanners would follow. Enter the Fuel3D portable 3D scanner Kickstarter campaign. The company is looking to raise $75,000 to bring its functioning prototype to market by this time next year.

The technology behind Fuel3D was born out of an Oxford University research team that used it in medical imaging, but Fuel3D's makers want to evolve the product for the creative realm.

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Play Crysis (like, decently) on a MacBook Air with this graphics card hack

Kevin Lee Contributor, TechHive

Kevin is a small-time tech hound, amateur photographer, and a general know-at-least-something of all things geeky hailing from New York.
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While the MacBook Air is light and has super long battery life—and is fast enough for most day-to-day tasks—its graphics card isn't powerful enough for serious gaming. Luckily for you, hardware modder Larry Gadea has figured a way to daisy-chain a real graphics card to let you finally play Crysis 3 on your MacBook Air.

To build the system, Larry bought around $250 in commonly available parts, in addition to the requisite graphics card. In the end, he managed to get his 11-inch MacBook Air to run games 5 to 7 times faster than the onboard graphics card can.

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