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LEGO Mindstorms TrotBot Walks Like an 8-Legged Horse

This TrotBot was created by Ben Vagle. It is an 8-legged robot built out of LEGO Mindstorms and despite its looks, it uses a walking mechanism inspired by the gait of a galloping horse. You can…

Hackaday Links: April 23, 2017

‘Member StarCraft? Ooooh, I ‘member StarCraft. The original game and the Brood War expansion are now free. A new patch fixes most of the problems of getting a 20-year-old game working and vastly improves playing over LAN (‘member when...Show More Summary

Every Xbox One and Xbox 360 game you can download for free in May

April has been a busy month for Microsoft. First the company shared new details about the 4K Xbox, codenamed Project Scorpio. Then the Creators Update arrived for Windows 10 and now, on Friday, the Xbox team has revealed the free Xbox...Show More Summary

8 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week

One more week flew by, which means we’ve got plenty of new trailers for you, including a few clips from a few new movies that deserve your attention. American Assassin, the new Kingsman movie, Wakefield, and The Little Hours are some of this week’s brand new film that you should be aware of. Show More Summary

[Hari] Prints an Awesome Spider Robot

Although we have strong suspicions that the model’s designer failed entomology, this spider robot is very cool. [Hari Wiguna] made one, and is justifiably thrilled with the results. (Watch his summary on YouTube embedded below.) Thanks...Show More Summary

Ask Hackaday: Why Did Modular Smart Phones Fail?

Remember all the talk about modular smart phones? They sounded amazing! instead of upgrading your phone you would just upgrade the parts a bit like a computer but more simplistic. Well it seems modular phones are dead (video, embedded below) even after a lot of major phone manufacturers were jumping on the bandwagon. Show More Summary

Watch This Talented Carver Turn a Lincoln Penny Into a Morbid Masterpiece

4 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Michelangelo’s David is undoubtedly a masterpiece, but would the artist have been as adept with a chisel were he working on a tiny copper penny instead of a giant slab of marble? Using a magnifying scope, artist Shaun Hughes managed to skillfully turn Lincoln’s head into a remarkably detailed skull. Read more...

Automated Parts Counter Helps Build a Small Business

We love to see projects undertaken for the pure joy of building something new, but to be honest those builds are a dime a dozen around here. So when we see a great build that also aims to enhance productivity and push an entrepreneurial...Show More Summary

TGIF: The Galaxy S8 is finally available in stores

April 21st isn’t just another Friday for smartphone users who live in certain markets. It’s the Friday when they’ll finally be able to use the phone they’ve already preordered, or test one in a store. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are...Show More Summary

Put Plasma to Work with this Basic Toolkit

Fair warning: [Justin Atkin]’s video on how to make plasma, fusors, and magnetrons is a bit long. But it’s worth watching because he’s laying a foundation for a series of experiments with plasma, which looks like it will be a lot ofShow More Summary

FlowCode Graphical Programming

If you’ve ever been curious if there’s a way to program microcontrollers without actually writing software, you might be interested in FlowCode. It isn’t a free product, but there is a free demo available. [Web learning] did a demo of programming a Nucleo board using the system. Show More Summary

Not everyone is a fan of Apple’s recycling program

Perhaps more so than any other large-scale tech company, Apple prides itself for its commitment to the environment and for its ongoing efforts to "leave the world better than we found it." Earlier this week, with Earth Day on the horizon,...Show More Summary

New Part Day: Very Cheap LIDAR

Self-driving cars are, apparently, the next big thing. This thought is predicated on advancements in machine vision and cheaper, better sensors. For the machine vision part of the equation, Nvidia, Intel, and Google are putting out some interesting bits of hardware. Show More Summary

Apple makes half a gallon of synthetic human sweat each day to test its products

Here's one quality assurance and environment-related test you didn’t expect from the iPhone maker: Apple manufactures half of gallon of sweat each day just so it can test it out on some of its new products. Apple announced a significant new sustainability initiative this week, one that sounds great in theory, but might be harder to implement. Show More Summary

Watch Stephen Colbert bid a not-so-fond farewell to Bill O’Reilly

Without Bill O'Reilly, Stephen Colbert might never have gotten his own show. When he broke off from The Daily Show to star in his own spin-off, he used The O'Reilly Factor as inspiration, parodying the popular conservative host to great effect. Show More Summary

Apple’s next iPhone breakthrough sounds amazing, but only on paper

Apple’s iPhone 8 will bring a bunch of novel new features to the iPhone family, which should further refine the iPhone experience. Apple has even bigger goals in mind for its upcoming products, but they only sound amazing on paper for...Show More Summary

This Rube Goldberg Machine Is the Best Action Movie I've Seen in Years

5 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Most Rube Goldberg machines are designed to complicate a very simple task, but a Japanese TV show called Pitagora Suitchi—which translates to Pythagoras Switch—created an endlessly complex contraption to tell the story of two colored balls who have to rescue their trapped brother. Read more...

The all-glass Galaxy S8 can really take a beating

Drop it just right from a considerable height, have it land on a hard surface, and the Galaxy S8’s glass will crack. It’s not Samsung’s fault. It just what happens. Glass shatters in some scenarios no matter how durable it’s supposed to be. Show More Summary

Learn a Language, One Moment at a Time

There’s a lot of times in an average day when you’ll find yourself waiting. Waiting for your morning brew at the cafe, or for an email to show up — it’s often just a few minutes, many times a day. It’s far too short a time to get any...Show More Summary

Watch a massive asteroid cruise by Earth live tonight

Tonight is a big night for skywatchers thanks to the relatively close approach of a large asteroid called 2014 JO25. The rock is slated to make its closest approach to Earth later tonight, and thanks to some very excited stargazers you...Show More Summary

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