Liz Gannes

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It’s Time to Make a Fool of Yourself Catching Popcorn With Your Mouth

If this one doesn’t make you giggle, you’re a Scrooge. A new Facebook app from Orville Redenbacher’s called Pop Cam enlists people to rescue virtual falling popcorn from the air with their mouths.

The twist is: Pop Cam uses a Webcam to identify where players’ mouths are. So in order to play, you’re actually wildly waving your fly trap around like an idiot. It’s great.

Yes, Pop Cam is an ad. It’s also a lightweight augmented reality experience that feels like playing Wii or Xbox Kinect. Pop Cam promises that it doesn’t capture video of people playing, but if I were the folks at Orville Redenbacher’s or Possible Labs I wouldn’t have enough willpower not to file away the tapes for later blackmail.

They did encourage me to save a picture:

Also, I posted this video before, but it bears repeating. The Android game Ant Smasher is kind of like Pop Cam for frogs — only more dangerous:


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik