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We dreamed of teleportation. We got self-lacing shoes

Scientists have invented a solution to one of life’s regular reasons to bend over. Nike’s HyperAdapt self-lacing shoes are supposed to be the stuff of science-fiction dreams, but they are finally here, only a year after Marty McFly discovered them in the beautifully imagined 2015 of Robert Zemeckis’s 1989 film Back to the Future II. Snapchatting tweens will no longer have to be able to bend at the waist or put down their can of Red Bull while slipping on their footwear.
Nor will anyone have to muddy their feet, as they will soon be able to interact in 3D virtual reality from the comfort of the sofa. While you’re strolling through a virtual Morrisons and selecting the pre-roasted chicken that will be delivered to your door, take a moment to remember that the future was supposed to have been about more than technological solutions to growing levels of physical inertia.

The future was supposed to have involved teleportation and flying cars: we dreamed of a time when it would be easier and more convenient to go to real places to see real people. Now you can sit at home talking to your chums on Minecraft while Deliveroo brings a burger direct to your gaping maw.

The dream of taking a weekend break on another planet has given way to the reality of a weekend on your own sofa, the blood in your legs slowly coagulating while you binge-watch a Will Arnett sub-comedy vehicle and consult possible takeaway delivery services. You could go out to that supermarket 500 metres away, but the next episode is going to automatically play in 11 seconds and there isn’t an Uber for delivering the remote control from the table to your hand to stop it.

Another Back to the Future idea that amazed audiences was hoverboards. They have turned out to be a steaming mound of lies. The only people you ever see standing on them look as effortless and unselfconscious as someone posing in a full-body security scanner. It almost goes without saying that they don’t hover. But since real boards that hover don’t properly exist, the companies selling these multiwheeled platforms can call them whatever they like. At least with these hoverboards, so long as you don’t eat too much, you could fit into some seriously skinny jeans because of the chronic muscle atrophy achieved by not self-powering your movement.

Of course, nothing is ever as exciting as we imagine it to be, and manytechnological advances have been impressive. Computers can now beat me at games I have never played, my phone thinks I’m talking to it every time I say “sorry” to someone (I’m British: almost constantly), and I have to recharge my watch every day in order that it can vibrate when I receive an email.

People can offend, harass and abuse each other more efficiently than at any previous time in human history, and you can apply photo filters to make you look like someone who isn’t you. And you can spend many minutes of your time having a machine fail to recognise that the item has been placed in a bagging area that does not automatically bag your purchases.

The future has turned out to be much more about wires than people had hoped. My advice is to start stocking up on portable shoe battery chargers, because those self-lacing shoes are bound to require regular re-charging. Don’t forget to take that charging cable with you everywhere you go. Just one more to go with the lead to charge your watch, the one for your phone, and the one to charge the extra battery you carry around with you because your phone’s energy life is terrible.

A future in which Velcro is considered quaint, and shoelaces downright affected, would still be one in which we put on shoes. Perhaps the gulf between fiction and reality is a price worth paying for a world in which our technological dreams are no more likely to come true than our technological nightmares.

In The Matrix humans exist in pods, receiving their nutrients directly while cocooned within a virtual reality world. At least we aren’t secreting our bodily functions into self-cleaning polymer onesies while learning of the fate of Venice Beach, lesbian prison inmates or the personal lives of thirtysomething New Yorkers from the glorious isolation of our sofas. We’re not quite in the pods yet.

At least self-lacing shoes suggest an ambition towards some sort of movement, if only the movement required to plug your trainers in to charge every night. While the future may be bright, the disappointing present is an ever more tangled pile of cables.

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Now, Own A Computer In Just $5

Want to buy a computer but don’t have much money?

We have something which suits your pocket. Though this PC has less powerful specifications, one can undertake routine tasks like blogging, and watching videos on it.

The Raspberry Pi Zero W.

It is a motherboard, which has a 1GHz single core processor and 1 GB of RAM. The processor is powerful enough to do light stuff like typing and watching movies.

Connect with TV.

The raspberry pi zero has a HDMI  outport. So, you can cast anything on to your casting devices like TV, computer. The raspberry pi zero needs an external power supply, which can be supplied from a normal android USB charger.


The raspberry pi zero doesn’t have internal storage. Therefore, there is need to insert a micro sd card. The pi zero has a 40-pin slot with which you can connect a 40-pin supported device to extend its usage. There is a micro USB slot to connect pen drive, hard disk etc. The pi zero can give an output of 1080p video.


The pi zero is super compact. You can fit in 20 pi zero in your pocket at a time.

The look when all is set up

You can connect the keyboard and mouse for navigating via micro USB slot. There are many Raspberry PCs in the market. The one mentioned here doesn’t support WI-FI and Bluetooth.



As Raspberry pi zero is a motherboard, you will not want its circuit to get damaged. You can buy case for its protection. The cases are also cheap and fit well.

This comCosts as low as $5.

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Top 8 Most Expensive Watches in the World

If you love wearing a watch, even though, the new millennium doesn’t need it, thanks to the cell phones which are in their hands all the damn time, the style statement a watch reflects is what nothing else can do. It shows a lot about your personality. And, you might be aware about the intricate details every watch entails. Million dollar watches have expensive stones and diamonds encrusted in them and if you want to make your man happy, and you are also very rich  you could gift him one.

Brequet Pocket Watch 1970 BA/12 – $734,000.

It is a pocket watch which in which 18-karat gold is hand engraved. Along with a silver face, it exhibits a brilliant workmanship.

Blancpain 1735 Grande Complication – $800,000

It is one of the most complex watches in the world as its case is made with platinum, and the watch strap is made out of crocodile skin. Not only that, the engine parts are made of 740 pieces of handmade parts and components.

Louis Moinet Magistralis – $860,000.

This is for the stylish men and this watch contains a genuine piece of meteorite that was found on the moon. Oh My God! Did I just stop breathing!

Hublot Black Caviar Bang – $1 million.

It was a draw dropper when it came out in 2009 but this wristwatch is covered in 501 baguette-cut black diamonds and 18-carat white gold which gives it a classic statement and its regaining is status.

Chopard Super Ice Cube . $1.1 million

This Swiss-made watch would look perfect on an elegant woman’s hand as it has 60-karats of diamonds which are cut into perfect cubes. This luxury watch and bracelet is also water resistant to 100 feet and cannot develop scratches.

Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon . $1.3 million.

A piece of modern art, it is the most complex wrist watch ever made by Patek Phillipe. With night sky on one side that has precision and being more complex with date and the moon phases, on the front, it is an amazing watch.

Patek Philippe Platinum World Time . $4 million.

Another masterpiece created by Patek Philippe was sold at auction for over $4 million USD in 2002. At the time, it was the most expensive wristwatch in the world and you could know the time anywhere in the world. It sustains a variety of finishes to choose from, yellow, white and rose gold and platinum as well.

Chopard 210 karat . $26 million.

Raise the bar high my friends, as here is the winner. It is so expensive that there is no listing. It has 201 karats of colored diamonds and it looks more like a bracelet. It is a spectacular piece of jewellery first and the time piece looks like its surrounded by flowers.


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4 Fun and Creative Smartphone Hacks Photographers Will Appreciate

Need a little creative boost this week? Here’s a short video that shares 4 fun smartphone hacks that might just inspire you to create something different using the little computer in your pocket as either the camera or a prop.

The video was created by Salzburg, Austria-based filmmaker Matthew Rycroft, and it covers two digital and two physical hacks you can perform with your smartphone. Let’s take them two at a timeDigital Hacks

The first two hacks are digital, featuring the hidden menus found in the Instagram apps Hyperlapse and Boomerang.

In case you’re not familiar, Hyperlapse creates timelapses by speeding up and smoothing out video footage you capture with your phone, while Boomerang creates animated snippets that “boomerang” forward and backwards in time. They’re fun, gimmicky apps, both of which feature hidden menus that can really turn up the fun.

Four-finger tap four times on your screen when you have either of these apps open, and a menu that lets you control framerates, max speeds, and more pops up, letting you capture longer, better, and more unique creations.Physical Hacks

The last two hacks are physical. First, Rycroft shows you how you can create a pseudo-UV effect by covering your smartphone flash with three layers of tape, and coloring over each layer with blue, blue, and then purple.

Combine that with some highlighter art and you a pretty neat UV-like effect:Then, last but certainly not least, Rycroft shows you how a few triangular pieces of transparency can be taped together to create a done for displaying holographic videos on YouTube.

This isn’t specific to photography per se, but you can certainly use it as a neat prop for your next creative macro photography project. Barring that, it’ll distract and amazing the kids long enough for you to maybe get some edits done:

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