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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?

This “Smart” Fingerprint Padlock Is Easily Defeated with a Screwdriver

This “Smart” Fingerprint Padlock Is Easily Defeated with a Screwdriver
Check out this fingerprint padlock. It was sent to lockpicking hobbyist LockPickingLawyer for review. It didn’t take him long to figure out that this lock can be disassembled by simply removing three Torx screws around the bezel.
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Robots Go Skiing, Fall on Their Shiny Metal Asses

Robots Go Skiing, Fall on Their Shiny Metal Asses
Many of us are on the lookout for the impending robot uprising, but once you see this video of skiing robots falling on their butts, you may not be so worried. The footage comes from the Ski Robot Challenge in South Korea outside of PyeongChang.

Firework Powered Model Plane Has Very Short Flight

Firework Powered Model Plane Has Very Short Flight
For the 4th of July, somebody’s uncle had the genius idea to fly a firework powered model plane in the middle of a crowded residential area. As you can imagine, the flight did not last long and ended with a cool explosion.

Robot Tries to Feed a Dog Pop-Tart, Does Not Go as Planned

Robot Tries to Feed a Dog Pop-Tart, Does Not Go as Planned
Watch as this presumably drunk $8,000 humanoid NAO robot tries to feed a dog a Pop-Tart. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned. The owner hands him the toaster pastry, and the robot is all impressed saying, “Wow!” as it examines the treat.

Watching Robots Falling Down Is the Best Thing You’ll See Today

Watching Robots Falling Down Is the Best Thing You’ll See Today
We have some very good reasons to fear our future robot overlords, but this video is proof that we still have plenty of time until we are all enslaved. IEEE Spectrum put together this video compilation of robots falling down at the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge.

Atlas Humanoid Robot Attempts to Walk on Rubble, Struggles

Atlas Humanoid Robot Attempts to Walk on Rubble, Struggles
Creating a humanoid robot that can walk over all kinds of junk, like a parent traversing a child’s LEGO explosion of a room, is no easy task. The idea is the same for both the parent and the robot.

Myth Confirmed: Mythbusters Shoot Cannonball Through Home

Myth Confirmed: Mythbusters Shoot Cannonball Through Home
Jamie and Adam have some explaining to do. While trying to bust their latest myth, they sent a cannonball through someone’s home in Dublin, California. This marks the first time that they have been busted before an actual myth.

Logitech Revue Unceremoniously Retired, No Replacement Coming

Logitech Revue Unceremoniously Retired, No Replacement Coming
If you are a fan of the Logitech Revue, frankly you are one of the few out there that are. The system launched what amounted to beta software onboard admits the CEO of Logitech, and in the end the Google TV-based Revue was a massive failure that cost Logitech big time and money.

Diet Coke and Mentos Takes out Cameraman

Diet Coke and Mentos Takes out Cameraman
We all know that if you mix Diet Coke and Mentos candy you can make one heck of a mess and have fun doing it. We also know that more than one maker of messes with this concoction has ended up with a stream of burning soda to the face.

Iblackboard: Cover Your iPhone With Chalk Dust, Just in Case Fingerprints Weren’t Enough

Iblackboard: Cover Your iPhone With Chalk Dust, Just in Case Fingerprints Weren’t Enough
On occasion, I see a product and I just stand back and say “WTF?!?!” This is one of those moments. A very weird case for the iPhone has surfaced from Kalomix called the iBlackBoard. The case slides on your iPhone like any other case you might use.

Blown Up Cooling Tower Falls Wrong Way and Gets Caught on Video

Blown Up Cooling Tower Falls Wrong Way and Gets Caught on Video
Yep, somebody is gonna get fired over this. Anytime you combine explosives and something that stands 275-feet in the air, you get my attention. If you have never been to see a building get demolished by explosives, you are missing some fun.

Kin Mobile Phone Failure Takes $670k Out of Steve Ballmer’S Pocket

Kin Mobile Phone Failure Takes $670k Out of Steve Ballmer’S Pocket
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is a character for sure. The guy is one of those CEOs that is very animated and at times says things that make you wonder what he was thinking. If ever there was a reason to see a sweaty and pissed off Ballmer, this is that day.

World’S Most Futuristic Newspaper

World’S Most Futuristic Newspaper
This newspaper doesn’t seem to respond to touch. Maybe it needs a stylus to work. Or maybe the boss needs to have a talk with the editor and teach him how to use the “Delete” key in addition to “Cut” and “Paste.”

How a Flash-Heavy Website Looks Like on the iPad

How a Flash-Heavy Website Looks Like on the iPad
Apple claims that Safari on the iPad is the “best way to see the sites.” Well, here’s how Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 website looks like on the iPad:

How Many Scientists Does It Take to Launch a Space Balloon?

How Many Scientists Does It Take to Launch a Space Balloon?
OK, I am no rocket scientist or NASA researcher, but even I know that winds aloft can be much stronger than the winds on the ground. You would think that despite a day being deemed calm on the ground, a group of scientists might check wind speeds aloft in preparation for the launch of a gigantic multi-million dollar space balloon.
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