So you just bought yourself a slice of pepperoni and you get an urgent text message. You need both hands to reply to the call, but you don’t want to put the whole slice of pizza in your mouth – especially with all that searing hot mozzarella.
Classic video games are sometimes remade with more modern graphics, but that often requires redoing the assets. Programmer Trần Vũ Trúc is working on 3DNES, a NES emulator that dynamically generates 3D graphics from NES ROMs.
Hilton Worldwide and IBM have teamed up to put a robot concierge into the Hilton McLean hotel in Virginia. The little ‘bot is called Connie and is the first Watson-enabled robot concierge in the world. Connie gets its knowledge from IBM’s powerful Watson computer and WayBlazer to help tourists and guests.
Realm Pictures wowed us last year with a new type of roleplaying game – chat-controlled live action first-person shooters. The company recently worked with developer IO Interactive to create another game based on its stealth series Hitman.
Star Wars fans who want geek up their camera and be sure they don’t lose or drop it can now get a Star Wars Chewbacca Camera Strap. Its design looks like Chewie’s iconic bandolier, though this one holds a camera rather than a bowcaster.
The Trinity Lighted Mirror TV will make sure that you never miss any of the action during your favorite show. Just watch it in your bathroom. This mirror measures 42 inches in diameter and has an ultra bright fluorescent light around it to help with your bathroom lighting.
Remember the DroneDefender? It is basically a gun that discourages drones from entering your airspace. But maybe you want to actually steal that drone right out of the sky? Maybe sell your stolen drones and create a criminal empire.
There are a number of tried and tested ways to make custom molds of pretty much any small object, but the creative duo of Eclectical Engineering reminds us that 3D scanning and printing technology is a viable alternative.
Last year, we checked out Eucl3D’s tie-in with Kerbal Space Program that lets you order 3D prints of your created spaceships. Now the company has partnered with developer Frontier Developments to print scale models of some of the ships in Elite: Dangerous.
Aido is a forthcoming robot for the home which is designed to act as a personal assistant and entertainment hub that can follow you around. If you have seen the flick Wall-E, I don’t see how you can miss the resemblance that Aido has to Wall-E’s robotic girlfriend Eve.
I’ve spent many an hour building prisons to house inmates in Prison Architect. I’ve also spent a bunch of hours frustrated because I can’t seem to keep the prisoners from rioting or tunneling out no matter how many guards or dogs I have.
We’ve seen what Boston Dynamics ATLAS robot can do. It’s an impressive piece of engineering. Surely a milestone on the journey to humanity’s ultimate destruction. But what would ATLAS say if we could hear his thoughts?
Do you like to jump rope as part of your exercise routine? Let me introduce you to Tangram Factory’s Smart Rope, a jump rope with 23 LEDs embedded in the middle of the rope that light up in front of you to display your current jump count while you’re jumping, courtesy of the old persistence of vision effect.
I’ve been a regular user of the 2015 and 2016 model Dell XPS laptops – the XPS 13 and XPS 15, and have been very impressed with the overall performance, usability and build quality of these portable workhorses.