Why wait around for Google's driverless cars when you can take the driving out of your hands right now? The Cruise RP-1 Highway Autopilot can't get you in and out of the parking garage, but what it can do is completely replace the cruise control in your 2012 or later Audi A4 or S4, using a combination of RADAR, cameras, GPS, and inertial sensors to make sure you stay in your lane, a safe distance away from the car in front of you, and even stop you if you encounter traffic. It does so by controlling the steering, throttle, and braking, getting you one step closer to being able to stare at your phone your whole commute home.
Bring a little piece of the Internet into your real-world living space with the LaMetric Smart Ticker. This nifty little gadget sports a slim, sleek build, a speaker for letting you know when it's updated, and a face that's dominated by an 8x8 pixel logo and a 29x8 pixel white information screen. What goes on that screen? Pretty much anything you want. Thanks to a built-in Wi-Fi connection and a nifty companion app, you can display anything from the weather or time — how boring — to countdown tickers, fitness metrics, facebook likes, stock prices, email subjects, live PayPal balances — you get the picture. And thanks to a trio of buttons on the top, you can tap your way through a few options if you get tired of seeing how many people didn't like your last Facebook post.
Let's face it: as cool as the Oculus Rift is, its limited utility makes it a tough sell for the price. But what if there was a way to make a VR headset for just a few dollars? Well, that's exactly the idea behind the Google Cardboard VR Headset. Using nothing but cardboard, a couple of lenses, a couple magnets, velcro, a rubber band, an app, and some very simple instructions, you can transform your Android handset into a full-on VR viewer, provided you don't mind having a piece of cardboard hanging off your head as you "ooh" and "aah" your way through the available demos.