Perhaps the most terrifying thing about picking up an instrument for the first time is not knowing what to do. Are there strings to pluck or bow, or buttons to push while buzzing your lips into the mouthpiece? It can be quite overwhelming if you don’t have any guidance. While the best instrument to start [...]
So far, the PS4 has had a pretty rough life, with YouTube channels subjecting it to weaponised punishment. One half of a Kiwi TV duo thought he’d have some fun and try to destroy his mate’s 8-hour old PlayStation 4, before it hilariously backfires. More »
As long as you're cool with a little extra bulk on your device, it looks like Honda has created a smartphone case like the one Jeff Bezoz was dreaming of. It virtually guarantees your device will survive any fall—and possibly even a head-on collision with a truck. Show More Summary
Most of the videos you can find of Rubik's Cube-manipulating robots are purpose-built to solve the puzzle in record time. But Baxter, designed as an affordable and easy-to-teach replacement for assembly line workers, isn't designed for any specific task. And that's what makes watching him solve a cube even more impressive. Read more...
Skew from Skew on Vimeo. Stop motion animation is fun to watch, especially if done right. If you have a minute or two to spare, perhaps this iOS stop motion animation is worth checking out. Put together by London-based university students,...Show More Summary
Nike doesn't realize it yet, but it could single-handedly make your fridge the most entertaining spot in your home—at least if you're a sneaker freak. Because instead of poetry or Scrabble, the shoe maker has created a wonderful set of magnets that lets anyone be a sneaker designer, as long as you're ok with never being able to wear your creation. Read more...
Growing up sucks. Getting older is no fun. Having your body deteriorate to a shell of itself is embarrassing. But wrinkles and brittle bones are a fact of life. But why! PHD Comics and integrative Biologist Joao Pedro de Magalhaes explain in this nifty animated comic on what aging is and how we can use that understanding to extend our lifespan. Show More Summary
Filed in things you now know are possible but should probably never try in your lifetime unless your life depended on it but maybe still shouldn't: jump starting a dead car battery with an AK-47. Yes, you can do that. Watch these insane Iraqi soldiers use the metal of the AK-47 to bridge the two batteries. Show More Summary
A skilled physiotherapist can get your body working again after an injury, but even they can't see your inner workings while you're rebuilding muscle. So a team of researchers from Saitama University have developed a rehabilitation machine that generates a virtual representation of the muscles in your arm letting you, and your physician, see them in motion. Read more...
LED cubes are cool, but they’re usually pretty big and clunky. [One49th] set out to make one of the smallest LED cubes we’ve seen yet, and he’s shared how he did it in his Instructable! His first LED cube was the traditional kind, and...Show More Summary
When your mind’s eye thinks of an ax factory you may envision workers loading blanks into a machine that refines the shape and profile before heading to an annealing furnace. But this is Retrotechtacular, and we’re tickled to feature a look at a different time in manufacturing history. Show More Summary
We had a blast with the Trinket Contest in October and November and can’t wait to see what you can come up with for this month’s competition. Microchip Technology is one of our advertisers and they offered us 20 Fubarino SD boards to give away as prizes. Show More Summary
Programmer Paul Koller managed to make a full-fledged Commodore 64 demake of Terry Cavanagh’s beloved Super Hexagon. For the record, I behate it. It’s so freakin’ difficult. But I love Paul’s demake because even if it…
Promising to revolutionize the amusement park funhouse as we know it, researchers at the University of Tokyo's Hirose-Tanikawa lab have created a remarkable mirror that does more than just make someone look overly thin or tall. It's actually able to change the emotion on someone's face, replacing a frown with a smile, or anger with glee. Read more...
[Chiprobot] has created an amazing compliant gripper. Designing robot hands (or end effectors) can be a perilous task. It is easy to give robots big, good, strong hands. Strong grippers have to be controlled by sensors. However, sensors can’t always be relied upon to ensure those hands don’t crush anything they touch. Show More Summary
I have to admit I’ve made the switch to electric candles, I know they don’t look completely authentic, but I like the fact that they’re safe, don’t drip wax everywhere and the high end models can even be set to come on at a certain time everyday. I like how flickering candles set a lovely [...]
Throughout the 1960s, the management at RCA thought LCD displays were too difficult to commercialize and sent their engineers and researchers involved in LCDs off into the hinterlands. After watching [Ben Krasnow]‘s efforts to build a liquid crystal display, we can easily see why the suits thought what they did. Show More Summary
Waiting for Googlot. (Credit: Ed Bassmaster/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET) I watch a lot of movies. In most of them, ugly fights often begin with the line: "You talkin' to me?" So I have a certain fear that the more people wear Google Glass around our towns and cities, the more verbal misunderstandings might get out of control. Show More Summary
Jeff Bezos shocked Middle America during a CBS “60 Minutes” segment with Charlie Rose: 30-minute Amazon deliveries by drones. Whether it's a real product or genius PR stunt on the eve of the biggest online shopping day of the year, it doesn't matter. Show More Summary
With WiFi, Wonder Trade, and new Pokemon that are freakin’ keys, you’d think the latest generation of everyone’s reason to own a Nintendo portable is where all the action is, right? Apparently not, because Pokemon Blue just became aShow More Summary