Check out photos of Dragon Age: Origins, the Steve Jobs doll, Honda’s thought-controlled bot, the inner life of gadgets, the battle of the Rube Goldberg machines, and more.

Dragon Age: Origins

Featured at the recent Game Developer’s Conference was a large-scale RPG called Dragon Age: Origins, combining well-trod sword-and-sorcery cliches with an inventively twisting plot and an advanced branching dialog engine (which is how the main character affects the story by deciding what to say to other characters).

Steve Jobs doll for sale, Conficker sold separately

The unofficial Steve Jobs doll is officially for sale at Podbrix. Take a look.

Honda’s thought-controlled bot

Japan’s Honda Research Institute and precision-equipment manufacturer Shimadzu have come up with a system that lets humans control a bot through thought alone. The system uses a helmet covered with electroencephalography and near-infrared spectroscopy sensors that monitor electrical brainwaves and cerebral blood flow — signals that alter slightly during the human thought process.

The inner life of gadgets

Artist Satre Stuelke uses a CT scan machine to offer a penetrating take on objects from the iPhone and iPod to a vacuum tube and a wind-up rabbit.

Battle of the Rube Goldberg machines

Pennsylvania State University recently held a competition for Rube Goldberg machines, which undertake a simple task in an overly complex manner. For this particular challenge, each team was tasked with building a device that utilizes a complicated engineering solution to reach the end result of replacing an ordinary lightbulb with a more efficient light source.

2009 Dodge Nitro R/T 4×4

The general consensus among CNET editors is that the Nitro looks like a toy, although they can’t agree whether it’s a tonka truck or a rock’em sock’em robot.

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