CAT Trax: August 2, 2012

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The Sound of the Dark Knight

A lawn mower and a 40-year-old modular synth are the tools used to create some of the screeching, dark sounds of Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises." A new video documents the process.

The What-Ifs of the iPhone

A former Apple creative designer revealed in a deposition that Apple considered curved glass designs for the iPhone -- but had to let go of the idea because it was too expensive. The Next Web has photographs of what could have been the greatest phone design ever.

The Perils of Augmented Reality

Google's Project Glass may be all that, but augmented reality vision may not do you any favors when it comes to your love life. A pair of students from the Bezalel Academy of Arts have created a film in the growing genre of what the Atlantic calls "design fiction" that shows how the gamification of your everyday life has the potential to make humans completely out of touch with reality.

Toyota's Infotainment Plans

Car and Driver has unearthed trademark applications that indicate that Toyota might be working on a touch-based infotainment interface, possibly sold along with their cars. This follows Ford's "MyFord Touch," which was the first automotive infotainment interface that was purely touch based, but as Wired notes, had plenty of problems of its own.