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awesome screensaversOne of the things that I didn’t like about upgrading from Vista to Windows 7 is that I had to reconfigure a lot of the customizing that I’d done. I decided to consider the upgrade to Windows 7 as a fresh start, so I went out in search of new desktop backgrounds 9 Fascinating and Cool 3D Backgrounds for Computers 9 Fascinating and Cool 3D Backgrounds for Computers Read More , cool Windows 7 gadgets The 7 Best Windows 7 Gadgets The 7 Best Windows 7 Gadgets Read More , and of course sci-fi or high-tech screensavers that are not only great eye-candy, but somewhat functional.

Due to those search efforts, I came across a few awesome screensavers that I have to share. I like screensavers that really drop the jaw of anyone that might be walking by when its active. Simulations, high definition 3D graphics and lots of useful information are all requirements that I look for when I want to find a cool screensaver.

5 Awesome High Tech Screensavers

If you read Shannon’s review of some cool ways to update Twitter, then you will know about Twittearth 5 Free Twitter Tools For Smarter Tweeting 5 Free Twitter Tools For Smarter Tweeting Being so skeptical at first, you can imagine my surprise when I discovered that Twitter, in fact, can be a powerful tool for promoting your business. So now that I am happy daily Twitter Tweeter,... Read More . Well, since she covered it, the name of the application changed to GeocodEarth and redesigned to cover much more than just Tweets. The service is now built upon Geo RSS posts from around the world. These include Flickr images, Tweets, and much more. But the coolest part of the service is that it’s now also a screensaver that looks awesome, and it’s functional.

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You can rotate the planet, click on specific types of updates, or just hover your mouse over the icon on the globe and see a snippet of the update. It’s one of the coolest visualizations of Geo RSS updates yet.

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The next cool looking screensaver that I came across was actually one provided by the National Science Foundation which displays stunning images of supercomputer-generated advanced computer simulations. These are scientific models of various phenomenon or scientific questions which took a lot of computer power and a long time to generate.

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Further in my search for screensavers that have that cool sci-fi appeal, I came across an interesting UK site that offers a whole library of screensavers. While the setup process asks for contact information, it appears that at least the two screensavers listed below are available for free. My favorite by far is Mechanical Clock 3D.

You can set it up to use whatever graphics quality you want, as well as a number of other factors. I highly recommend cutting the sound back to 50 percent, as the ticking of this mechanical clock can get pretty annoying if it’s too loud.

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Once you enable this screensaver, I’m confident you’ll like it as much as I did. In fact, this is now my screensaver of choice at the moment. When its running, you can see all internal moving parts of the “mechanical clock” as well as the ticking second hand and a clock strike every hour (unless you disable it).

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Another amazing screensaver from this same website is called Earth 3D. According to the description, the screensaver provides a window to what the astronauts see and experience when they orbit the earth in the space shuttle. The view is of earth, exactly how astronauts would see it.

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You can either allow the screensaver to play music in the background and orbit freely, you can use your mouse to take control of the flow and turn the orbit in whatever direction you like so that you can get a good view of everything.

The final screensaver that I wanted to mention is actually one that was covered earlier by Varun Twingly: Revised Blog Search + Awesome Screensaver Twingly: Revised Blog Search + Awesome Screensaver Read More .  It is also mentioned throughout the web by numerous writers – and for very good reason. This is by far the best screensaver I’ve ever seen. The planet rotates in an intuitive way that goes along with the latest blog posts from around the world (that are part of the Twingly network).

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I love the look and feel of this awesome screensaver – it’s like sitting in one of those cool military command posts that you see in the movies, where there are always big screens constantly updated with new data, charts and moving images. With this screensaver, you can feel as though you’re keeping a close eye on the pulse of the web as titles and information flow across your screen.

Have you ever tried any of these screensavers? If so, what did you think of them? Do you know any other cool, high-tech screensavers? Share your insight in the comments section below.

  1. Ryan Dube
    October 4, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Hey Brad - thanks for the heads-up. Totally disappointed with that one, sorry about that. After running it for a while after writing this article, I noticed that while it works at first, there's this goofy character that eventually pops up in front of it with the free version. What a let-down!

  2. Ryan Dube
    October 4, 2010 at 4:38 am

    Hey Brad - thanks for the heads-up. Totally disappointed with that one, sorry about that. After running it for a while after writing this article, I noticed that while it works at first, there's this goofy character that eventually pops up in front of it with the free version. What a let-down!

  3. Bradbowen11
    October 4, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Just a note: from what I can tell Mechanical Clock is NOT free.

  4. Asusdana
    October 3, 2010 at 6:16 am

    Be advised: screensaver.com - WOT warning says spyware, spyware, adware

  5. Aibek
    October 2, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Mechanical clock looks pretty nice! Gonna give it a try.

  6. Mark O'Neill
    October 1, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    I have a Star Trek screensaver called System 47 - http://www.mewho.com/system47 . It makes your monitor look like one of the on-board computers on the USS Enterprise with all the scanning equipment and star charts.

    I always get people telling me how cool it is.

  7. Mark O'Neill
    October 1, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I have a Star Trek screensaver called System 47 - http://www.mewho.com/system47 . It makes your monitor look like one of the on-board computers on the USS Enterprise with all the scanning equipment and star charts.

    I always get people telling me how cool it is.

  8. Saikat Basu
    October 1, 2010 at 8:16 am

    The Earth 3D and Mechanical Clock Screensavers are quite cool. I came across a YouTube screensaver at Screensaver.com. Giving it a shot with my favorite song videos now.

  9. Saikat Basu
    October 1, 2010 at 6:16 am

    The Earth 3D and Mechanical Clock Screensavers are quite cool. I came across a YouTube screensaver at Screensaver.com. Giving it a shot with my favorite song videos now.

    • Asusdana
      October 3, 2010 at 4:16 am

      Be advised: screensaver.com - WOT warning says spyware, spyware, adware

    • Saikat Basu
      October 4, 2010 at 3:40 am

      Thanks for the warning. After your advise, I went and checked it again. McAfee Site Advisor says there are risks while Norton Safe Web says it is. Strange and confusing isn't it.

  10. Haplo
    October 1, 2010 at 3:18 am

    I love http://www.reallyslick.com, Helios, Hyperspace and Plasma are simply stunning.

  11. Haplo
    October 1, 2010 at 1:18 am

    I love http://www.reallyslick.com, Helios, Hyperspace and Plasma are simply stunning.

  12. Ryan Dube
    September 30, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Yes - I love Electric Sheep! It was mentioned in one of our previous screensaver articles so I avoided it, but it's easily one of the top as far as the coolness factor goes. :-)

  13. Tyler Garland
    September 30, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    The Electric Sheep is pretty awesome too. :)

  14. Michael Vladimirovich Fomin
    September 30, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Cool, thanks for info.

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