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the future is now

the future is now

RocketSkates, a Roller-Blade With an Engine, Raises Almost $500K on Kickstarter

Rocketskates are motorized and balanced-based — like little Segways for your feet. (Image via Rocketskates)

Every once in a while, someone will share that obnoxiously photoshopped meme of the date in Back To The Future 2 when we’re supposed to have the flying cars and hover-boards. The truth is that our world looks much closer to Marty McFly’s 1985 than it does to the fictional 2015. But every once in a while, we get a small taste of that Jetsons-style future.

A Kickstarter to fund the first batch of motorized roller-skates, called RocketSkates, has gone well beyond their $50,000 goal to raise almost $500,000 — a milestone they’ll surely reach by the time the campaign ends in 7 days. Once the Kickstarter is finished, they’ll go into mass production, and the skates will be shipping “well before Christmas,” a company representative told Betabeat. Read More

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FYI: Googlers Are For Real Wandering Around Wearing Those Glasses

Privacy. (via Wired.com)

Talk about eating your own dogfood. This isn’t exactly brand-new news, but we feel compelled to point out that it is, in fact, officially a real and true trend. It appears that high-level Googlers, including but not limited to the founders themselves, are actually running around in public wearing those augmented reality specs that are the fruits of Project Glass.

Back in April, almost immediately after the prototype’s debut, Sergey Brin was spotted at a charitable dinner wearing a pair. Other Googlers have been wearing them to media interviews.

And now, Wired reports that a Google employee has snapped a pic of CEO Larry Page at Google Zietgeist, wearing his own pair. (He uploaded and then deleted the photo, but not before it was already in Wired‘s hands.) Read More