Horizon highlights – 'It's electric!' edition
Our regular roundup of sci-tech stories from across the Web includes: Electronic magic, electric cars, and electing the best celebrity Twitterers. Let’s kick it off:
iMagic: Marco Tempest's augmented reality card trick makes David Copperfield look positively ludditic
"Illusionist and augmented reality artiste Marco Tempest has put together a video preview of his newest act, called (aptly enough) 'Augmented Reality Magic 1.0,' and has been kind enough to share it with us. In the video, Tempest uses AR to demonstrate what's going on in his fertile imagination as he performs a card trick – cards levitate, Jokers dance, and the birthday cake?" [via Engadget]
Eco autos: Tesla S, a model citizen
LATimes columnist Dan Neil is the first person outside of the company to drive a Tesla S. His review: "I think of all the electric-car peaceniks who would gladly throttle me to take my place as the first person outside the company to drive the car. It's a pleasant thought. Yet their envy would be misplaced." [via LATimes]
Bad news: Most-searched term on Microsoft's live search is ... 'Google'
"Microsoft's Live Search revamp apparently cannot come soon enough. Hitwise data shows that the most commonly searched term on Live Search over the last four weeks has been 'Google,' accounting for 1% of all queries. Number two? 'Yahoo'." [via The Guardian]
Cellbook: A new breed of netbook?
"Google's operating system could help usher in an era of ultra-cheap laptops." [via Technology Review]
Tweenbot: NYU student conducts most adorable robot experiment ever
"The tweenbot, a cardboard-bodied, cheerful little bugger, is equipped with a flag stating its intended destination. Since it can only move forward, it depends on the kindness of strangers to guide it and remove obstacles. Tisch School of the Arts student Kacie Kinzer created the tweenbot as a kind of art experiment." [via Gizmodo]