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These Digital Characters Have a Full Musculoskeletal System

These Digital Characters Have a Full Musculoskeletal System
In a quest to make virtual characters more realistic, engineers have been working on ways to make their skeletal structures and muscles more like those found in living beings. Recently, a technology was shown off which takes those simulated biological components to the next level.

NEOPixel RGB LED Tubing Brings the Color

NEOPixel RGB LED Tubing Brings the Color
Love the look of neon lighting, but don’t want to deal with the fragility of glass and high voltage transformers? This tubular, flexible lighting can be bent into any shape you want without risk of damage, and a lights up in any color too.
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Love Hulten’s EvoBoxx Plays the Game of Life

Love Hulten’s EvoBoxx Plays the Game of Life
Designer Love Hulten has created some truly amazing pieces of retro-inspired technology, from arcade cabinets, to computers, to giant LEGO replicas. Love’s latest build is unlike any that has come before it. The EvoBoxx is a visual synthesizer that’s designed around the classic cellular simulation Game of Life.

The Turing Pi Clusterboard Runs Seven Raspberry Pis at Once

The Turing Pi Clusterboard Runs Seven Raspberry Pis at Once
Raspberry Pi computers have been quite the revolution for makers, encouraging experimentation and creativity thanks to their low cost and compact size. And while the tiny computers are by no means high-end in their processing power, they continue to get faster with each generation.

Toyota’s TILT Lab is a Maker Space for Manufacturing Ingenuity

Toyota’s TILT Lab is a Maker Space for Manufacturing Ingenuity
I recently had the opportunity to visit Toyota’s largest vehicle production facility in the world, the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK). While there, I not only got to see how humans and machines work together to make about 2000 cars per day, but learned a bit about the magicians who pull the strings behind the curtain of a car factory, the production engineering team.

This Starfleet Engineering Notebook Is Approved by the United Federation of Planets

This Starfleet Engineering Notebook Is Approved by the United Federation of Planets
Engineering plays a critical role in the operation of every space vessel. But where do you keep track of your notes on tuning your warp core, or the right settings to keep your transporter from turning your crewmates inside out?

Wicked Lasers LaserCube: An Eyes-on Review

Wicked Lasers LaserCube: An Eyes-on Review
I’ll start out by saying that the Wicked Lasers LaserCube is one of the coolest gadgets I’ve tinkered with in a while. This compact metal box is capable of putting on full color laser light shows in concert with an easy-to-use Windows, Mac, or Android app, and offers capabilities unlike anything I’ve seen in its price class.

How NOT to Create a User Interface

How NOT to Create a User Interface
With more and more smart devices in our homes, the need to occasionally reset or troubleshoot them comes along with that. But how do you interact with a device that has no keyboard, mouse, or other input mechanism when it can’t connect to your network?

Boston Dynamics’ Spot Robot Plays Dead

Boston Dynamics’ Spot Robot Plays Dead
We’ve seen Boston Dynamics’ animal-inspired robots perform some impressive tasks over the years, from stacking boxes, to doing backflips, to performing sick dance moves, to pulling an airplane. But you can’t expect robot perfection 100% of the time, can you?

Amazon Echo Show 5 Preorders Kick Off, Shipping Soon

Amazon Echo Show 5 Preorders Kick Off, Shipping Soon
Amazon has unveiled the latest addition to the Echo Show line with the Echo Show 5. This is a 5.5-inch device with Amazon Alexa voice assistant tech, priced at just $89.99. The device has all the features of the larger Echo Show device, including the ability to play music with a powerful internal speaker.

Google’s Next-Gen Glass Runs on Android, Is Faster than Ever

Google’s Next-Gen Glass Runs on Android, Is Faster than Ever
The third generation of Google Glass has arrived with Glass Enterprise Edition 2. This version largely sticks to the familiar formula that you know on the outside, but we can expect it to be different inside, and more powerful in both hardware and software.

Was Beta Really Better than VHS?

Was Beta Really Better than VHS?
Back in the ’80s, I was a huge proponent of BetaMax videotapes, though it was less about the image quality for me and more about the audio quality Beta Hi-Fi, which offered up far better sound quality than other video formats at the time.

2019 IFA Global Press Conference Previews Tech and Trends for IFA 2019 Berlin Show

2019 IFA Global Press Conference Previews Tech and Trends for IFA 2019 Berlin Show
Here in the states, the big electronic gadget exhibition is CES. But in Europe, its the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin, aka IFA (pronounced “eee-fah”). Each September, the show kicks off in Berlin, Germany, showcasing a wide variety of technology in consumer electronics, personal care and health technology, home appliances, and much more.

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar First Listen Review

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar First Listen Review
These days, everyone has a big flat-panel television somewhere in their house. While the internal speakers on TVs have improved quite a bit in recent years, the sound quality is never what I’d call “cinematic.” For true home theater sound, you need either a multispeaker surround sound setup, or one of the various soundbars on the market.

This Media Player Looks Like a Tiny SEGA Saturn

This Media Player Looks Like a Tiny SEGA Saturn
While the SEGA Dreamcast and Genesis were arguably their most memorable consoles, the 32-bit Saturn was quite fun to play too. I spent many a day flying through the skies on the back of a dragon in Panzer Dragoon II Zwei.

These Wheels Shapeshift for Different Terrain

These Wheels Shapeshift for Different Terrain
Who says wheels need to just be round? These unusual Reconfigurable-Wheel Track (RWT) wheels were developed by CMU National Robotics Engineering Center for DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technologies program. We can expect to see these on the war machines of the future and they may be the next step toward real-life Transformers like Optimus Prime.
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