Known mainly for it’s awesomely outrageous costumes, Comic-Con is also the place to check out the latest gadgets and experiences from companies worldwide. Totally out there, cutting-edge and nothing you’re ever seen before, these geeked-out wonders help your favorite superheroes or villans bring their A game. From futuristic Hot Wheels to Google Glass, crazy space ships and more, Comic-Con has become the place to get up close and personal with the latest advances. Stepping it up a notch every year, attendees get to see a whole new world and the future of technology at different booths, screenings and more. Here are some of the gadget highlights from recent Comic-Con conventions:
Yeah, we know, it’s all the rage. So much that Comic-Con has officially banned the glasses from screenings. Google Glasses can record video from voice command. With all the exclusive screenings, discussions panels and exhibitors information, the glasses are a no-no as they can leak the convention’s top secrets. The headgear can be worn during other parts of the convention.
Hot Wheels Star Wars Cars
Also debuted at Comic-Con San Diego, these cool cars don’t hit shelves until October, but attendees got a sneak peek at the Hot Wheels Booth. The line includes Chewbacca, R2-D2, Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot), Yoda, Darth Vader and 501st Clone Trooper as die-cast cars. A futuristic, souped up version of all the characters, these are not your normal Hot Wheels. Stylish and sleek, keep them in mind for yourself and your fellow Jedis.
Oculus VR Headset
The Oculus Rift is a “4 D” experience technology from Oculus VR that let attendees view a virtual world. With the headset, participants can move their head around and view the virtual world from top to bottom. It’s essentially the difference between standing as part of the world and looking at a window. Also, motion and noise can be added for an even more “real” experience. Just acquired by Facebook, Oculus Rift will be the next big thing in gaming and advertising. From simulating driving a car, riding a motorcycle to being in your favorite movie or far out world, this thing is pretty cool.
This year at San Diego Comic-Con, Harley-Davidson debuted Project LiveWire, Harley’s first electric motorcycle. Project LiveWire featured “Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron” and is Black Widow’s ride of choice. Brand new technology from an American icon combined with super hero action? We’ll take it.
Comics have made the leap to digital. At Comic-Con, this means tons of screen displays, demos and you’re favorite comics up close and personal. Plus, if you see a comic you love on the big screen, you can subscribe to it digitally right to your phone, computer or iPad.
Google Project Tango
Still in the works, Google is knee deep in a new venture: a smarphone that maps your environment! Inspired by the prototype Batman uses in the “Dark Knight,” you may soon be able to have the super hero power in the palm of your hand.
Bringing out the inner nerd in everyone!