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Chairs with haptic feedback are nothing new. But they haven’t taken off because they’re usually expensive, not realistic – why would your butt vibrate if you get shot? Plus, the novelty wears off fairly quickly. But a cheap one that you can put together is a different proposition.
Last year we checked out Andrew Reitano’s old school arcade game VEC9. It turns out that around that same time Andrew and his friend Mike Dooley were working on another arcade game as their submission to Fantastic Arcade.
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.
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.
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.
PiBorg specializes in motor controllers and sensors for the Raspberry Pi, as well as robot kits based on the affordable computer. The company’s latest controller is for the tiny Raspberry Pi Zero, one that’s equally compact yet will let you manage up to 12 motors.
The first wave of virtual reality headsets are prohibitively expensive. But thanks to companies like Curiscope, we can experience the resurgent technology on the cheap. The company has created a t-shirt called Virtuali-Tee that projects a 3D model of the bones and organs inside the human torso.
Super LEGO maker ZaziNombies’ latest creation is based on one of the Mario series’ oldest and most powerful items. His POW Block replica is made of 400 to 500 LEGO pieces, which means it can hurt at least 400 feet after it’s thrown.
The Apple II dominated the PC scene for over a decade, which meant a ton of applications were made for the series and its clones. For instance, its roster of top tier games could go toe-to-toe with that of dedicated gaming systems.
Last month we checked out a decorative tape with a circuit board design. It turns out that researchers at MIT Media Lab’s Responsive Environments group have considered such a form factor for interconnected and programmable sensors, and are looking for potential customers for their product.
Citizens of Oooternia, Prince Finn is here to protect you from the Icer King, Marcel-Lyn and Skelemongrab, thanks to toy modder James Freckingham aka Robotic Industries.
The bootleg action figure is based on a one-off toy that James made last year using parts from vintage figures (note the bracers and loincloth).
Amazon has just released two variants of the Echo, a personal assistant and Bluetooth speaker. Both these variants – the Tap and the Echo Dot – are significantly cheaper than the $180 (USD) Echo. But makers can save even more money by tapping into Amazon’s Alexa voice service using a single board computer.
In 1976, the Cray 1 supercomputer came out, the Concorde made its maiden flight, the VHS player was first released, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple, NASA unveiled its first space shuttle, and many other Wikipedia-worthy things occurred.
Etsy seller James Sharp of Masenko Props is our world’s Happy Mask Salesman. He’s made life-size replicas of Majora’s Mask, the Deku Mask and the Goron Mask from Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. Mask mask mask.
Single board computers are getting more and more powerful, as exemplified by last year’s Pine A64. The Raspberry Pi Foundation keeps up with the times with the third version of its extremely popular computer. The Raspberry Pi 3 has significant improvements over the Raspberry Pi 2 but with the same price tag.