• When NASA engineer Mark Rober posted a Halloween costume on YouTube last year using two iPads to create the effect of a hole through his stomach, more than 3 million people checked it out.

    The idea, like the effect in Rober's stomach, blew up. But viewers complained they didn't have an extra thousand dollars lying around to outfit their own Halloween costumes in a similar way.

    Rober took the complaints to heart. So when he wasn't busy designing components for the Curiosity Rover that landed on Mars a couple of months ago, he devoted evenings and weekends to developing a similar but affordable costume called Digital Dudz.

    Digital Dudz is a free app for the iPhone and the Android that contains interactive videos that correspond to creepy shirts sold on digitaldudz.com. There's moving eye-balls, beating hearts, slithering worms. Even President Obama and Mitt Romney have their own shirts.

    Here's how it works: Once you get the shirt, cut out the eyeball, line up your phone so the

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  • In life we're surrounded by subtle changes in movement and temperature that are undetectable to the naked eye, like the flashing pulse in our face or the gentle sway of a large building. Despite our inability to see these movements, they do occur, and a team from MIT has come up with a way to reveal these unseen secrets.

    It's a method of spatial decomposition called "Eulerian Video Magnification". It works by isolating subtle changes in video, allowing you to magnify individual variations and leave the rest the same.

    A similar type of video processing is utilized by an app called Cardiio, that detects your heart beat using the front-facing camera in your iPhone. But when the more sophisticated MIT framework is made available later this year, the implications will be broad and far-reaching. Among other things, it can be used to detect functional issues with buildings and bridges, monitor babies heart rates from afar and measure vital signs without touching the patient.

    It takes a

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  • The Red Carpet Restaurant Swap

    This is a different type of innovation from what we typically cover on TCBB, but this definitely fits the concepts of innovation and boldness we look for in our stories. Eleven Madison Park in New York and Alinea in Chicago, two vaunted three star Michelin restaurants, are doing the unheard — combining staffs and cohabiting spaces for a week each. We'd heard of pop-up restaurants, but these are two of the best in the United States — if not the world — and are now combining their talents to bring their entire dining experience with them: dishes, ambience, and décor.

    We visited Eleven Madison Park where Alinea's Head Chef Grant Achatz and his team from Chicago were working to bring their brand of flavors to New York, "we've basically taken the Alinea tasting menu, along with all the service wear, special equipment, we brought in 14 members of our staff and plunked it down right here at Eleven Madison Park."

    So does this signal the future of fine dining? As Achatz points out, if

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