Made In China
Jesus died for our selfies
Hot on the heels of Google’s plans to roll out self-driving cars, a search giant in China is rumored to be developing its own fleet of autonomous vehicles.
Chinese search engine Baidu is said to be developing the world’s first driverless bicycles, Tech in Asia reports. Though Baidu hasn’t officially confirmed the project, sources say the bikes could be revealed before the end of 2014.
Ellen herself admitted it: the one thing plaguing her epic Oscars selfie was that Bradley Cooper, who took the photo, didn’t have a longer arm. It’s too bad he didn’t have a selfie stick.
XXX in Tech
After an hour and a half spent wandering through the dauntingly huge SXSW Trade Show in the Austin Convention Center, we were very nearly ready to call it quits and go collapse into a heaping pile of pulled pork somewhere — but then we rounded a corner and came face-to-face with a Japanese Read More
Science is seriously amazing, you guys: a surgeon in North Carolina has invented a device that would let women give themselves orgasms at the touch of a button.
Old Dogs Learn New Tricks
The one thing more depressing than spending your weekend nights alone in bed watching Sherlock is falling asleep before you even find out how he solves the murder, amiright?
Some Netflix employees have figured out a possible way to solve the highly pressing problem, The Week reports. At an internal company Hack Day last week, a team of five Netflix-ers presented their invention: a customized FitBit wristband that detects when you’ve fallen asleep, pauses whatever show you’re aggressively binge-watching and replaces it with a friendly “Looks like you’ve fallen asleep!” message. When the user returns to Netflix (presumably after a night of Benedict Cumberbatch-filled dreams), they can resume their show from the point at which they previously dozed off.
Lawyers Guns and Money
The Scandinavian research lab responsible for the iPad-charging rocking chair, the indoor cloud and this weird, human-sized bubble say they are working on their “most revolutionary invention so far” (if it works) — a device that translates animals’ thoughts into human language.
The product is called No More Read More
Nobody wanted to buy segways, but a deadly new copper bullet “designed to take out all your vital organs” has completely sold out. Cool, ‘Murica.
Georgia’s G2 Research has developed a bullet called the “Radically Invasive Projectile,” or—ugh—R.I.P. for short, The Blaze reports. The R.I.P., which is being marketed as the “last round you’ll ever need,” “travels at 1265 feet per second and enters a target with devastating force,” an advertisement says. “The R.I.P. then seperates [sic] into 9 distinct wound channels inside the target.”
Don't Sweat It
The United Nations predicts that by 2050, the Earth’s population will reach 9.6 billion. Even though we’re getting really good at force-feeding factory farmed cows—and even growing test-tube burgers—we’re still going to need a lot more meat if we’re going to want to feed ourselves. Enter Farm 432 with a solution: forget those damned cows; grow your own bugs instead.
Maybe we’re just terrible people here at Betabeat, but there’s no cause, however charitable, that would move us to drink human armpit juice.
But apparently the fine, blonde people of Gothenburg, Sweden feel otherwise. According to the BBC, more than 1,000 Gothenburgers have consumed the fruits of a “sweat machine”—a contraption Read More
If you somehow find it physically impossible to make it through a meeting without cropdusting your coworkers, a company called Seiren has finally developed a solution that will satisfy both your butt and your increasingly frustrated girlfriend. Introducing Deoest, a new product from the Japanese textile company that purports to use “whiff-absorbing ceramic particles in the material fibres” to magically disappear your farts.