21stCenturyWire
9 days
Black Mirror's, Playtest: Season 4, Episode 2. A stare-down between perception and reality (Image Source: Polygon ) The possibility and potential of the technology has made it a magnet for investment. There are profits to be made in this growing realm, and the implications of what these emerging technologies could do for (and to) humanity is staggering . So before delving into some current developments in AR/VR technology, let's take a quick look at historically new technologies which are now a part of our real world, everyday, lives: the smartphone and the motor vehicle. The Smartphone Stratosphere On one hand, the smart phone is merely synthetic material with touch screens and circuitry. Now in less than two decades, there are those whose daily lives are hindered without one. The attachment is almost as emotional as it is literal in some instances.
Hackaday
14 days
Personally, I prefer a good quality heat gun, but in a pinch a hair dryer can be used. I tend to avoid open flames like matches and lighters because I always seem to scorch the tubing or melt the insulation on the wires. I've also had limited luck using soldering irons, but [W2AEW] recently reviewed a butane-powered soldering iron with a nozzle attachment that I bet would make a dandy cordless heat gun for heat shrink applications. Filed under: chemistry hacks , Featured , Interest , Original Art
Techradar
15 days
During today's livestreamed Nintendo Direct event, Nintendo was kind enough to take a break from previews of ARMS and Splatoon 2 to sprinkle in details of new Nintendo Switch accessories coming out later this summer. The most eye-catching piece of gear Nintendo unveiled was a bright new color for its Joy-Con controllers. Joining the ranks of blue, red, and the more toned-down grey is the Neon Yellow Joy-Con, which launches alongside a matching strap on June 16. The Neon Yellow Joy-Con will retail for $79.99/69.99 for a pair, and $7.99/4.99 for the strap a good thing to have in handy when flinging your arms wildly during ARMS, which launches the same day as the lemonade-colored Joy-Con. Need more juice? The next bit of Switch merch Nintendo revealed is a bit of an oddball. The makers of Mario announced a AA battery-powered attachment for Joy-Con controllers to keep them running longer.
Design Milk - Tech
20 days
Techradar
20 days
It has the same 9.7-inch display, but it runs Android instead of iOS. It has a sharp screen and the performance is solid, even if you don't recognize the chipset by name. It just can't match the best Apple iPad tablet due to its inferior battery life and build quality. But that might not matter if you fancy is cheaper price above all else. Read our full review: Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Can a tablet really replace your laptop or home PC? That's still up for debate, but the best tablet trying to make that happen right now is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 - and it does a fine job with the full blown version of Windows 10 . It has an integrated kickstand and optional keyboard attachment, making it ideal for creative professionals, students and everyday folks alike. Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 The iPad Pro won't be for everyone due to the size and cost, but for those it does appeal to (and can afford it), you're unlikely to find a better tablet for your needs.
Core77
22 days
For the spooky video, Radostov placed Royal Dux figurines in a tank of water and then filmed them as they slowly decayed over time. By focusing on porcelain manufactured in the Czech Republic, Radostov comments on the meaning of traditional handmade craft in society today. The intricate figurines decay over time in an upsetting way, hinting at an unsettling transition between old and new worlds. Sensorial Shelter Designer Mayrargio's "sensorial shelter" project began as a desire to research what gives humans a sense of belonging. She started to think about our ideas of the 'home' and came to the conclusion that one's sense of home lies more in evocative sensorial experiences than an attachment to a literal space. For Sérgio, nothing feels more like home than a mug of coffee, which is what spurred her through the course of Design Week to create bricks made from coffee with the end goal of constructing a fully sensorial piece of architecture.
Autocar
a month
The start/finish line is currently being dug up; work is on track to finish in the summer of 2020. Verdict: It's ambitious, current and the Orkney Isles are very very pretty. We're pretty sure a few Autocar staffers would help with the move, too. Triumph HandleWheel: 2/5 Motorcycle company Triumph tried to fool us with its steering wheel attachment; an attempt to attract more car drivers by attaching a 260mm diameter steering wheel to the handlebars of its motorcycles. We dont think this one’s a steer in the right direction, and that it’s a wheely bad idea. Verdict : As if the £300 price tag wasnt bad enough, the safety implications dont bear thinking about, and the idea just isnt as well-rounded as it could be. Two wheels are better than three. MAN Ice Cream MAN: 4/5 Van company MAN have announced that it has a one-day-only offer on, for customers to buy the Ice Cream MAN; a special-edition ice cream van.
Autocar
a month
Note; would have achieved 4/5, had it been a Dacia Duster. Triumph HandleWheel: 2/5 Motorcycle company Triumph tried to fool us with its steering wheel attachment; an attempt to attract more car drivers by attaching a 260mm diameter steering wheel to the handlebars of its motorcycles. We dont think this one’s a steer in the right direction, and that it’s a wheely bad idea. Verdict : As if the £300 price tag wasnt bad enough, the safety implications dont bear thinking about, and the idea just isnt as well-rounded as it could be. Two wheels are better than three. MAN Ice Cream MAN: 4/5 Van company MAN have announced that it has a one-day-only offer on, for customers to buy the Ice Cream MAN; a special-edition ice cream van. The van boasts 99 special build features as well as a smooth drive, says the company. Unfortunately, this scoop seems a little flaky, and its likelihood is quickly melting.
Ruptly TV
a month
Two workmen at a scrap metal site in Yaroslavl found a novel – and terrifying – way to pass the working day, as footage that emerged on Friday shows. Suspended above the ground by a crane, with a metal claw attachment, one man proceeds to “fly” through the air as though on a theme park ride. The willing daredevil can be seen spreading his arms out in apparent enjoyment, while his colleague sits at the controls of the heavy-duty machine, manoeuvring it from side-to-side and spinning the claw around. Video ID: 20170331 015 Video on Demand: http://www.ruptly.tv Contact: cd@ruptly.tv Twitter: http://twitter.com/Ruptly Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Ruptly
RT America
a month
Core77
a month
Mealtimes can be messy affairs, and not just with food. Wakufuru is a new furniture collection intended to take the edge off the loud sounds that often come with dining spaces. Designed for Glimarka by Johan Kapui, the set of tables, benches and additional seating all incorporate sound muffling materials within the simple solid ash wood frames. The tabletops are veneered MDF. Below is a hidden acoustic filling pad made from felt, perforated board, foam, and a layer of air to maximize the threat to clatter. The furniture itself is elegant, sturdy, and modern. The smooth legs are modular, designed with a single cut and attachment system to streamline production and assembly across the differently sized pieces. Incorporating sonic relief into the wooden frames, the Wakufuru system is aimed at homes and public spaces with calm aesthetics and less soothing acoustics. Hopefully someday someone will make a budget version for high schools across the planet. More info at Glimakra . Via Leibal .
Futurity
a month
The researchers conducted a series of underwater bond tests in tanks of artificial seawater. These findings are helping to reveal which aspects of mussel adhesion are most important when managing attachment within their wet and salty environment, Wilker says. All that is needed for high strength bonding underwater appears to be a catechol-containing polymer. 17X stronger Surprisingly, the new adhesive also proved to be about 17 times stronger than the natural adhesive produced by mussels. In biomimetics, where you try to make synthetic versions of natural materials and compounds, you almost never can achieve performance as good as the natural system, Wilker says. One explanation might be that the animals have evolved to produce adhesives that are only as strong as they need to be for their specific biological requirements.
NBC News
2 months
BoingBoing
2 months
Last week I tried out BioLite's CookStove , which uses sticks for fuel and has a battery-powered fan to create a hot flame that rivals gas camping stoves. BioLite just introduced a new version of its CampStove , which is similar to the CookStove, but it has the extra feature of generating electricity from heat and storing it in its battery pack. The battery can charge the fan and charge any USB powered device as well. The video above shows how it works. I love the way it looks, and how it folds neatly into the included cloth bag. BioLite puts a lot of care into their products. It's designed to work with the BioLite KettlePot (though you can use any old pot, really), and the Campstove Grill Attachment (to grill food). Ben Z, the lead engineer behind the CampStove 2, is the host of the video above and will be hosting a FB Live session at 1pm ET today.
Bike EXIF
2 months
It's been angled a little forward too, to keep the rider planted under acceleration. The tail section's been braced with a hefty steel subframe, allowing it to double up as a luggage rack. Tucked into the back is a one-off LED taillight and turn signal combo. Speedtractor also added threaded mounts into the ends of the frame rails, to function as multi-use attachment points. Preferring spoked wheels over alloy numbers—but wanting to keep it in the familyMatthew shoehorned in a set of meaty Ducati Paul Smart wheels. Brembo four-pot brake calipers were then carefully massaged to make sure they cleared the spokes. Other chassis upgrades include adjustable 41mm Showa forks from a Ducati 900SS, and an Öhlins shock out back. There are carbon fiber fenders at both ends, and the alloy side covers on each side of the seat are removable. We're suckers for a well thought-out cockpit, and this one's pretty special.
Mondoweiss
2 months
Cnet
2 months
The entry-level Alcatel A5 lets you program the lights on this attachment to sync to music or the sound of your voice.
The Canary
2 months
Jordan Reeves is 11 years old and has an undeveloped left arm. Her solution? An artificial arm that doubles as a glitter blaster. She calls her creation Project Unicorn. She demonstrated the sparkly attachment on the US equivalent of DragonsDen, along with a more practical design for getting paper towels out of dispensers. Jordan also [...] The post See the girl who can shoot glitter from... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.
Design Milk - Art
2 months
Digital Trends
2 months
Meet the latest Moto Mod, one of the many add-ons to a Motorola smartphone that will allow you to transform your handset into something a little ... extra. It's called the Linc and it's a "smart" walkie-talkie attachment. The post Time-tested tech: The Linc Moto Mod turns your smartphone into a walkie-talkie appeared first on Digital Trends .
Hackaday
3 months
The paper cut-off wheel makes short work of this nigh-impenetrable brick of plastic, revealing the electronic goodies inside. This cut-off wheel will also cut through small bits of wood, like a bit of molding. After cutting halfway through the wooden molding, the paper disc quickly disintegrates this is the same behavior we last year when this trick was being used on a table saw . But any home should get more than enough junk mail for a steady supply of paper Dremel cut-off discs. While this new attachment for your fancy rotary tool won't last very long, it is a very expedient way to get into bits of electronics without paying Dremel several cents for a cut-off disc. Filed under: tool hacks
Hackaday
3 months
Here's a blast from the past, or future, reminiscent of the self-lacing shoes from Back to the Future Part II. [Vimal Patel] made his own self-lacing shoe using LEGO bolted to the shoe's sole. We think these are cooler than the movie version since we get to see the mechanism in action, urging it on as the motor gets loaded down pulling the laces for that last little bit of tightness. The electronics are all LEGO's Power Functions parts. A Dremel was used to make holes in the soles to hot glue LEGO pieces for four attachment points. The attachment points are permanent but the rest can be easily removed. In case you want to look them up or make your own, he's using the using the 8878 rechargeable LiPo battery box, the 88003 L-motor, the 8884 IR receiver, and the 8885 IR remote control. That's right, these shoes are laced up under command of an IR remote control, well, provided the battery box is powered on.
Hackaday
3 months
How do you make the most awesome gaming peripheral ever made even more bad? Give it a 21st-century upgrade! [Alessio Cosenza] calls this mod the Power Glove Ultra , and it works exactly as we imagined it should have all those years ago. The most noticeable change is the 3D-printed attachment that hosts the Bluetooth module, a combination USB charger and voltage booster, and a Metro Mini(ATmega328) board. On top of a 20-hour battery life, a 9-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass gives the Power Glove Ultra full 360-degree motion tracking and upgrades the functionality of the finger sensors with a custom board and five flex sensor strips with 256 possible positions for far more nuanced input. [Cosenza] has deliberately left the boards and wires exposed for that cyberpunk, retro-future look that is so, so bad. [Cosenza] has also modified a Wiimote Nunchuck controller to provide complimentary functionality for games that require an analog stick (such as a first-person shooter game).
MacRumors
3 months
The triangles are made of a lightweight opaque plastic, so with three adhesive strips, they are well and truly stuck. The triangles aren't going to slip off the wall or come down in an earthquake, and while mine have only been up for two weeks, I suspect if one strip begins to fail, the other two strips will keep it attached. Paper mockup All of this adhesive makes it a hassle to rearrange the panels, which is a shame. I would love to be able to change my design on a regular basis to keep it from getting stale, but unsticking the panels from the wall is a huge pain (not to mention the 3M strips can damage some paint). On the plus side, using adhesive for attachment makes for a clean, futuristic look with just a single wire connecting the entire setup to a power source. I started out with 12 triangles (the main kit and an extra kit Nanoleaf sent) but once I set them up on the floor, I loved the look enough that I went to Best Buy and bought another expansion kit.