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These Spray-on Touchscreens Work on 3D Surfaces

These Spray-on Touchscreens Work on 3D Surfaces
From our smartphones to our laptops to our cars to our kitchen appliances, touchscreens have turned up just about everywhere. But touchscreens are generally limited to flat, squared-off surfaces. Now, a team of engineers at the UK’s University of Bristol are demonstrating a technology that could enable touch-based interfaces on all kinds of surfaces. The technique, known as “ProtoSpray” allows for the creation of illuminated surfaces and touch sensors on three-dimensional shapes.

This LED Game Table Can Play Tetris

This LED Game Table Can Play Tetris
Looking for a unique piece of furniture for your living room or game room? Well, skip the IKEA and go for something a bit more geeky, I say. This cool coffee table has LEDs built into its top which can display a colorful light show, or even play simple video games. Etsy seller RetroGamesTable makes these neat pieces of electronic furniture over which pack a 12 x 12 grid of LED squares beneath their surface, each of which can be assigned a different color.
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Fake Loading Circle Machine Helps You Escape Video Calls

Fake Loading Circle Machine Helps You Escape Video Calls
Do you find yourself stuck on endless video conference calls these days? Looking for an excuse to tune out? Blame it on your crappy internet connection. This silly gadget from Japan makes it look like your video is stuck buffering by popping up one of those loading circles in front of your face. Designed by “useless machine” inventor Marina Fujiwara, this goofy invention pops up a fake loading circle, so all you need to do is sit still and not move, and your fellow conference attendees will think you’ve dropped out of the conversation.

Someone Built the Death Star II from Cardboard: That’s No Amazon Box!

Someone Built the Death Star II from Cardboard: That’s No Amazon Box!
If there’s one thing you can count on in the Star Wars universe, it’s that if you build a big round killer space station, it’s sure to have some kind of major weakness that can be exploited to blow it to smithereens.

HAMR Jr. Is a Tiny Robot Insect Less Than an Inch Long

HAMR Jr. Is a Tiny Robot Insect Less Than an Inch Long
As the miniaturization of electronic and electromechanical components continues to improve, so does the ability for engineers to create tiny robots. I recently came across this miniature robot that’s roughly the width of a U.S. penny, but is capable of relatively complex movements. Researchers at Harvard’s John A.

Of All the Echo Dot Holders I’ve Had, You’re the First, Bender

Of All the Echo Dot Holders I’ve Had, You’re the First, Bender
Among the many pop culture robots to ever be created, Bender Bending Rodríguez lands a place plainly in the top 10 of all time. Futurama’s snarky, belligerent, and occasionally sympathetic robot companion has a fond place in many a geek’s heart.

This Device Can Synthesize Any Flavor on Your Tongue: Taste the Rainbow

This Device Can Synthesize Any Flavor on Your Tongue: Taste the Rainbow
Back in the 1990s a team of engineers created a device called the iSmell. This unusual gadget used scent cartridges to simulate a wide variety of aromas, which could be triggered through computer code. The iSmell ultimately failed due to lack of market interest, but I always thought the idea that you could create anything from the smell of hot chocolate to pepperoni pizza just by mixing chemicals was pretty fascinating.

Divoom Ditoo Bluetooth Speaker Displays Pixel Art on a Tiny Retro Computer

Divoom Ditoo Bluetooth Speaker Displays Pixel Art on a Tiny Retro Computer
If you love the retro look of pixel art, check out this little desktop accessory that not only can display custom pixel art, but can play music and work as an alarm clock, among other things.

The Sinden Is a Light Gun for LCD TVs

The Sinden Is a Light Gun for LCD TVs
Among classic arcade and console games, light gun shooters are some of my favorites. The problem is that the technology used for older video game systems required the scanning beam of a cathode ray picture tube to detect where you were pointing the light gun.

LucasFilm Posts Official Star Wars Meeting Background Images

LucasFilm Posts Official Star Wars Meeting Background Images
With everyone doing video conferences to keep in touch these days, we’re getting a look into everyone’s homes. If you don’t want people to see how much of a slob you are, or just don’t want them to see your stuff, a good virtual background can come in handy.

I Have Concrete Evidence These Gadgets Won’t Ever Work

I Have Concrete Evidence These Gadgets Won’t Ever Work
Normally, electronics require circuit board, electricity, and various other parts in order to function. So I can say with 100% certainty that gadgets made from concrete will not function no matter how much you want them to.

Using Drones to Fight Hi-Rise Fires

Using Drones to Fight Hi-Rise Fires
Putting out fires in high-rise buildings can pose all kinds of challenges. Beyond using sprinklers inside of the building, it can be very difficult for firefighting equipment to reach floors that are taller than the pressurized fire hoses.

Razer Kraken Kitty Headphones are Cool for Cats

Razer Kraken Kitty Headphones are Cool for Cats
Razer is best known for its bold and highly stylized computers and computer accessories. The vast majority of them are done up in black, with accents of neon green, and maybe some color-changing LEDs. But Razer also makes one product that stands out from the rest, and they’re pink headphones that look like cat ears.

LEGO 3Dfx Voodoo 3D Card Brings Back 1990s Memories

LEGO 3Dfx Voodoo 3D Card Brings Back 1990s Memories
Since I’ve mostly been using a laptop, an iPad and an iMac, it’s been a while since I had a computer with an upgradeable graphics card. But back in the day, I was constantly gunning for the latest and greatest graphics processors to play games like Quake II and Duke Nukem 3D at the fastest frame rate possible.

Xbox Series X Specs and an In-Depth Look at Its Hardware

Xbox Series X Specs and an In-Depth Look at Its Hardware
With the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5 in the works, it’s an exciting time for the future of console gaming. We know that both consoles will tout impressive hardware, and backwards compatibility with today’s games, and now Microsoft is showing off the detailed specs and internals of its next-gen console. For starters, the Xbox Series X will pack an impressive system-on-a-chip designed by AMD, which packs their Zen 2 and RDNA 2 technologies.

Sony KOOV Challenge Encourages Kids to Build Cool Robots

Sony KOOV Challenge Encourages Kids to Build Cool Robots
Do your kids love science, technology, engineering, or math? Sony’s KOOV system is a great tool for kids to learn about all of these disciplines, while having lots of fun doing it. These modular building kits encourage kids to experiment as they construct robots and other mechanical creations, and learn to program them.
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