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Corephotonics Dual Camera for Smartphones: Hitting One Bird with Two Stones

Corephotonics Dual Camera for Smartphones: Hitting One Bird with Two Stones
LG’s new premiere smartphone, the G5, has a second rear camera for wide angle shots. But Corephotonics’ new smartphone module shoots with its two cameras at once. It then uses the company’s proprietary software to merge the two pictures and create a significantly improved single image. Corephotonics’ technology not only leads to sharper images, it also leads to faster autofocus, reduces motion blur and counteracts the Waterloo of smartphone cameras: awful low light images.

ReFlex Flexible Smartphone: Bend Test This

ReFlex Flexible Smartphone: Bend Test This
For years now, display manufacturers like LG and Samsung have been teasing flexible displays by creating mobile devices that can be folded to be more portable. But researchers at Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab show us that flexible displays can also lead to novel yet intuitive ways of interacting with devices. The Human Media Lab’s ReFlex is an Android smartphone with a flexible 720p LG OLED display.
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Ben Heck’s Giant Game Boy Runs On An Actual Game Boy: Nestendo

Ben Heck’s Giant Game Boy Runs On An Actual Game Boy: Nestendo
We’ve seen a couple of huge Game Boy replicas, but they were actually running off of a Raspberry Pi. With the help of Parker Dillman aka The Longhorn Engineer, The Ben Heck Show was able to connect a Game Boy to a VGA monitor to create a nearly 7:1 scale replica. The project is based on the (arduous) process and the software that Parker developed, which involves using an FPGA and a level shifter to take signals from the Game Boy’s LCD screen and send it to a VGA monitor.

Deal: Save up to 22% on the iKlips iOS Flash Drive

Deal: Save up to 22% on the iKlips iOS Flash Drive
Find yourself running out of space on your phone or tablet? Expand the capacity of your iOS gadgets, and easily transport data between your devices with the iKlips Flash Drive. This compact solid state flash drive adds 32GB to 128GB of extra memory to your gadgets when you plug it into your Lightning port. Each one is made from sturdy aluminum, and is Apple MFi certified. You can get the iKlips Lightning Flash Drive from the Technabob Shop for $65(USD) for the 32GB model, $79 for the 64GB model, or $139 for the 128 GB – a savings of 17% to 22% off the MSRP.

Disney FaceDirector Combines Two Takes Into One: Scene, Take 1, Version 1.1

Disney FaceDirector Combines Two Takes Into One: Scene, Take 1, Version 1.1
Last October we checked out a fascinating animation technique that transfers facial movements from one person to another in real-time. Disney Research’s FaceDirector on the other hand blends two different takes of an actor’s face into one customizable performance. FaceDirector synchronizes two source performances based on facial cues – the eyebrows, eyes, nose and lips – and the actor’s dialogue. 

DIY RC Rover: All Extra-Terrestrial Terrain Vehicle

DIY RC Rover: All Extra-Terrestrial Terrain Vehicle
Last year we checked out Misha Larkin’s remote-controlled Curiosity-inspired rover. He’s been improving his model’s design and recently shared what he has so far. Misha’s earlier design had repurposed parts such as the shock absorbers, which were made of syringes.

Third Robot Arm for Drummers: Drum Schtick

Third Robot Arm for Drummers: Drum Schtick
We’ve seen a four-armed robot drummer that’s good enough for a casual gig, but only because the drum patterns are programmed into it. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology came up with a compromise by augmenting a human drummer with a third robot arm. Led by Professor Gil Weinberg, the team was inspired to make the wearable robotic limb after they successfully made a robotic prosthetic for a drummer who recently lost an arm in an accident.

Automated Voice Recognition Typewriter: Secretary Cortana

Automated Voice Recognition Typewriter: Secretary Cortana
Operating systems have built-in voice dictation, but YouTuber Zip Zaps wanted an old school output device. So she made an awesome-looking set of fingers that manually operates a typewriter. Zip Zaps didn’t actually modify the typewriter itself. 

Fully 3D-Printed Scissor Jack Does Lift, Bro

Fully 3D-Printed Scissor Jack Does Lift, Bro
3D printing store 3D Printing Solutions recently showcased the strength of polycarbonate filament by making a scissor jack purely out of the plastic. They then used the jack to lift a pair of steel-reinforced concrete pieces that weighed a total of 529lb. The store used Polymaker’s PC-Plus filament to print the jack’s components as well as a T-bar. As Hypertext said, the test would’ve been more definitive had the jack been placed in the middle of the sleepers.

Digital Weasley Clock: Muggle Magic

Digital Weasley Clock: Muggle Magic
Back in 2009, we checked out a real-world version of the Weasley’s locating clock. Redditor tbornottb3 recently made his take on the time– er spacepiece, but instead of mechanical hands he used an LED strip. The clock is powered by the Particle Photon, which gets data from the smartphones of tbornottb3 and his relatives via the powerful app If This Then That.

Ubersnap App Can Print Animated GIFs: Harry Potter and the Device of Selfies

Ubersnap App Can Print Animated GIFs: Harry Potter and the Device of Selfies
There are many mobile apps that make it easy to create animated GIFs. But the new Ubersnap app for iOS not only does that, it also has an optional service that can turn your creations into physical animated prints. Instead of concocting a developing solution, the makers of Ubersnap are simply using lenticular lenses to show multiple images that have been interlaced as one.

Waveshape Binary Clock Has Glitches for Laymen

Waveshape Binary Clock Has Glitches for Laymen
If binary timepieces aren’t geeky enough for you, check out this clock by Hack A Day community member Voja Antonic. Not only does it tell the time in binary, it depicts the digits as square waves. In a bit of compromise with us commoners, Voja programmed the clock so that it will occasionally flash the time in numbers or even with words. Oh crap, is it half past snake already?

Working iPhone 6s Boiled in Melted Crayons

Working iPhone 6s Boiled in Melted Crayons
Taras Maksimuk wanted to see what would happen if he boiled a working iPhone 6s in melted blue crayons. Naturally. I mean, who hasn’t wondered what would happen if you boiled an iPhone in a bunch of crayons?

2016 Mattel ThingMaker 3D Printer: Pretty Printer

2016 Mattel ThingMaker 3D Printer: Pretty Printer
If there was ever a better name for a 3D printer than “3D printer”, it would probably be ThingMaker. So it’s no surprise that the accidentally prescient toymaker Mattel is relaunching its brand as exactly that.

Ed Zarick’s Life-size BB-8 Has Everything but the Lighter

Ed Zarick’s Life-size BB-8 Has Everything but the Lighter
We’ve seen a BB-8 made by a young maker on a budget. Now let’s check out a more sophisticated replica. This one was made by Ed Zarick, who we love for his awesome console laptop mods. Ed printed the BB-8’s head using guides and tips from the BB-8 Builders Club and Astromech.net.

Huaqiangbei Translations & Map Book: The Essential Guide to Electronics in Shenzhen

Huaqiangbei Translations & Map Book: The Essential Guide to Electronics in Shenzhen
Huaquiangbei in Shenzhen, China is widely recognized as the world’s best electronics market. Hundreds of vendors sell gadgets, accessories and components in both retail and wholesale. But the language barrier and the size of the place makes it an intimidating destination.
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