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

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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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Super Mario Bros. just made surrealist art look a bit more surreal

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Elizabeth Fish is a freelance writer who happens to run a hyperlocal news website in Lincoln, UK. She also covers all things geeky for TechHive.
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Breshvic Penicillin

If you ever wondered what would happen is you mushed Super Mario Bros and art together, here is your answer—and it takes surrealist art to a whole new level. Pun not intended.

Artist Breshvic Penicillin takes famous surrealist paintings—namely René Magritte’s—and rebuilds them out of characters, objects and backgrounds from Super Mario Bros. levels. For instance, René’s Golconda, featuring businessmen falling from the sky by houses, now has Raccoon Mario falling in front of castles. Not that the princess is in any of them.

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Artist uses Xbox Kinect to create freaky 3D pixel sculpture of his daughter

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Remember early first-person shooters like Wolfenstein or Doom? Objects at the far side of the virtual space looked somewhat real-ish, but as you ventured nearer, the object in question—be it a casually tossed-about trunk full of jewels, cyberdemons, Hitler—would become a jumble of primordial 3D pixels. British artist Luke Jerram has devised a way to translate this jarring experience into the real world by creating a pixelated sculpture of his daughter, Maya.

From afar, the viewer sees what appears your regular standard-issue little girl standing in the distance. However, as you come closer, you discover that it is a blocky 3D sculpture replicating 2D pixels, as you can see in the video below:

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Cat sings Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' (and five other nerdy song covers)

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Chris Brandrick is a freelance writer with an interest in all things tech, gadgets, and gaming.
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Forget robots—this Daft Punk cover from YouTube user Enjoykin is all about the cats.

"Cat Lucky" replaces Phattell Williams's silky vocals with that of a musical moggie. Now, we're not entirely sure if this rendition is a cat-chy as the original, but you'll find yourself meow-ing along nonetheless:

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Help decide the final ship in this proposed Lego FTL set

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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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Ever since Lego started producing fanmade project through its Cuusoo program, we’ve been reporting on both the big successes and the ideas that still need support.

Up until now, though, we haven't had any direct say over the final product, but the designers behind the ships from FTL (Faster Than Light), an indie game that came out last September, are just a couple hundred votes away from reaching the next stage, and they want their supporters to help decide which ship will fill in the third spot for the set if Lego decides to produce the project.

Personally, I’m all for the Gila Monster, but the Torus is no slouch either. At the time of writing, the Torus is only winning by a single vote, so go pick your favorite before the poll ends!

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Veebot the robot will suck your blood—for science!

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Getting your blood drawn sucks—especially if the lab technician is new at the job. So instead of getting poked up to six times (this has happened to me), one startup is developing a prototype medical robot called Veebot that’s designed to stick you with needles and suck your blood.

Welp…

Before Veebot gets its robot vampirism down, it squeezes your arm a little bit restrict your blood flow and make your veins pop up. From there, it shines an infrared light to scan for your veins. Veebot also uses an ultrasound scan to be doubly sure that it’s about to poke a blood vessel, and not just randomly jab you in the arm.

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