First Bionic Eye Sees Light of Day in U.S.:Consisting of 60 electrodes implanted in the retina and glasses fitted with a special mini camera, Argus II has already won the approval of European regulators. The US Food and Drug Administration is soon expected to follow suit, making this bionic eye the world’s first to become widely available.
WHEN WORDS COLLIDE: The Helix Files – Chaykin & Cameron’s “Cyberella”:Cyberella — the riot grrrl with the Bride-of-Frankenstein haircut — was the face of Helix prior to the line’s launch. When it was originally announced, by the name “Matrix,” Cyberella was the face we saw. And when the name “Matrix” became Helix (because of a then-in-production Warner Brothers movie called “The Matrix” which turned out to be a pretty big deal a few years later), it was Cyberella chastising us that access had been denied and we’d have to learn to call the line by its new name.
MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE: Syfy Mini From Ridley Scott & Frank Spotnitz:Syfy has finalized a deal to adapt Philip K. Dick’s Hugo Award-winning novel The Man In The High Castle into a 4-hour miniseries event with Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files, Hunted) attached to write and serve as Executive Producer, Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions will produce.
LOSING MY INTERNET CONNECTION IS LIKE GOING DEAF:American TV news provision is famously awful. I was treated to the view of Anderson Cooper, presiding over CNN like some slick straight-to-DVD supervillain, sending reporters out into lethal blizzards and forcing them to describe what standing unprotected in the middle of a lethal fucking blizzard is like.
Is an unseen planet skirting edge of our solar system?:A planet four times the size of Earth may be skirting the edges of the solar system beyond Pluto, according to new research. Too distant to be easily spotted by Earth-based telescopes, the unseen planet could be gravitationally tugging on small icy objects past Neptune, helping explain the mystery of those objects’ peculiar orbits.
The top 30 indie games to look out for in 2013:So here it goes, 30 indie titles that all look like they’re going to be an absolute blast to play, in one way or another. Not including SpyParty, of course. You already know how excited I am for that one.
NEIL HARBISSON IS A CYBORG WHO HEARS MORE OF THE WORLD THAN WE SEE:But Neil’s life would change drastically when he met computer scientist Adam Montandon and with help from a few others, they developed the eyeborg, an electronic eye that transforms colors into sounds. Colors became meaningful for Neil in an experiential way, but one that was fundamentally different than how others described them.