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Week in Web

Weird Wide Web: Transparent computer, one night stands and a terrifying dog robot

All of your essential tech and social media news for the week in one byte-sized portion.

WELCOME TO THE WEIRD Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.

Futuristic computer of the week

This week, TED fellow Jihna Lee unveiled a transparent 3D computer called SpaceTop, that allows you to reach inside to manipulate the content, BBC reports. Users type and control the content on the screen from behind it with cameras tracking hand movement and facial movement. Behold, the future.

(Video: Jinha Lee/Youtube)

App of the week

Here’s a new idea. Forget your traditional alarm clock. This new dating app will allow you to wake up every day with a new person. The cleverly named App Night Stand lets you arrange a virtual one night stand with another person, it sets an alarm and wakes you both up at the same time, Buzzfeed reports. When you wake up, it shows a little picture of your two faces together in bed and then you have the choice of talking or just doing a runner. Charming.

(Images: App Night Stand)

Terrifying robot of the week

The army research laboratory Boston Dynamics have built a very unnerving, dog-like robot that can fling cinder blocks across a room while marching, Gizmodo reports. At first it was just designed to walk across uneven terrain but now it has an extra arm to pick things up and throw them at you.

(Video: BostonDynamics/Youtube)

Emoji gadget of the week

(Video: TeleSound/Vimeo)

Here’s another nifty way to annoy your friends and family. TeleSound is a cute little device that connects to your smartphone or tablet and plays the sounds of emojis when people send them to each other. Send kissy sounds to a lover, fart sounds to your friends and dog noises to freak out everyone’s cats. The possibilities are endless…

(Image: TeleSound)

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