Wearable Tech

Crazy Face Mask-Like Contraption Beams Video Into Your Eyeballs


Looks pretty kewl, huh? (Kickstarter)

A new piece of wearable technology streams high-quality video directly into your eyes, and doesn’t make you look quite as much like a wiener as you do with Google Glass.

Avegant’s new product Glyph looks like a pair of ordinary noise-canceling headphones, except the band connecting the two ear pieces stretches across your eyes, instead of over the top of your head, making you look like some kind of creature from Star Wars. Using a technology called virtual retinal display (basically, a display with no screen), Glyph—which has raised a ton of funding through a highly successful Kickstarter campaign—projects video into your eyes that looks totally un-pixellated and freakishly real. Read More

All Covered With Vines

It’s Time For You to Get Vine (And New York’s Biggest Vine Star Will Explain Why)


Nicholas Megalis makes a Vine. (Photo: Nicholas Megalis)

On a warm summer day in late July, hundreds of people gathered in Central Park, some sporting Halloween costumes and all cheering like crazy for a group of their idols who had taken the stage. But the people clustered on the platform weren’t the latest iteration of One Direction or Justin Bieber. They were a small, tight-knit group of kids in their 20s who have millions of followers on Vine–a six-second video-sharing app that only came into existence on Jan. 24 of this year. Read More

Visiting Dignitaries

Douglas Rushkoff On The Terror of Time [VIDEO]


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Over the course of 20 years, 15 books, and countless speeches and articles, media theorist Douglas Rushkoff has established quite a following among technophiles.

With titles like 2010’s Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age, it’s no wonder folks like Andy Weissman quoted Mr. Rushkoff to explain why Union Square Ventures led a $2.5 million investment in Codecademy, a startup that teaches anyone programming languages like Ruby and Javascript. (Not long after, Codecademy announced Mr. Rushkoff would be joining their team as a “code literacy” evangelist.) Read More

Viral Video

McDonald’s Employees Glimpse Into Their Freaky Driverless Car Future in Viral Prank


(Photo: YouTube)

Though driverless cars are on the road (heh) to becoming legal in many states, it will definitely take some time for the American populace to adjust to the sight of a car functioning without someone in the driver’s seat.

YouTube user MagicofRahat took advantage of that dissonance by creating a costume that looked just like his car’s seat back and placed it over his body, giving the impression that his car was driving itself. Then he drove the car through a number of fast food drive-thrus and scared the crap out of the unsuspecting employees. Read More

It's Zuck's World We're Just Living In It

And Now Facebook Reportedly Wants to Put Video Ads In Your Newsfeed–With Autoplay


Gets it. (Photo: Facebook.)

Caught your breath from Instarage yet? We sure hope so, because here comes another move that’s sure to inspire another round of e-riots on Planet Zuck. Ad Age reports that Facebook is prepping to launch video ads by April of next year. They’ll appear both on the desktop and mobile versions of the site.

Worst of all, sources tell Ad Age they’ll be set to autoplay. Bold move, Mark! Facebook might even enable the audio, which would probably be the most annoying thing Mr. Zuckerberg has done since, well, ever. Read More


Cancel All of the Gift Guides: Everyone Gets This Sean Jean Pullover With Built-In Video Screen



Get your wallet and brace for one-stop holiday shopping. CNET reports that Macy’s has teamed up with Diddy-owned clothier Sean Jean to create THE must-have gift for the men in your life: A fleece sweater that comes with a video screen sewn into the sleeve.

Stylish does not even begin to describe it. Also it’s great for costume parties, in case you want to dress up as a Times Square billboard. Read More


Pheeding Phrenzy: New Star-Studded Social Network Pheed Launches an iPhone App


Mr. Kobo (Photo: Admin5)

Launched just two weeks ago, the Los Angeles-based social networking startup Pheed has already seen a fair amount of ink spilled over it, perhaps most notably in a Forbes piece which wondered if the hyped platform was “the new Twitter.” With an iPhone app released today, that buzz is bound to build. But O.D. Kobo, a longtime internet entrepreneur and Pheed’s cofounder, argues that these comparisons are moot, and that Pheed is in fact blazing a brave new trail in the social networking world.

“I read one journalist compare us to App.net,” he told Betabeat, sounding slightly mystified. “We’re original. I think that’s obvious.” Read More

IPO Party

Shutterstock, New York City’s First Tech IPO in Years, Goes Swimmingly


Mr. Oringer (Photo: Twitter)

Yesterday was the first IPO of a New York-based tech company since May’s Facebook fiasco. In fact, it was the first IPO of a New York-based tech company since 2010, says Bloomberg News. Stepping up to try her luck: stock photo marketplace Shutterstock, which debuted on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker SSTK. Jitters notwithstanding, things seem to have gone respectably well.

Businessweek reports that the company sold 4.5 million shares at $17 a pop, giving the company a market cap of $558.3 million, and they closed up 27 percent, at $21.66.

When Betabeat spoke to founder and CEO Jon Oringer, he sounded pleased as punch. “Everyone at Shutterstock is very excited. I’m excited. It all worked out great,” he said.

In its nine-year history, Shutterstock has sold a whopping 250 million images. Last year it made $120 million in revenue and paid out $30 million to its 35,000 contributors. The company, which has 250 employees, now sells two images every second.  Read More