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The 5 worst Super Bowl commercials of 2016

The Super Bowl is usually when we see some of the year's best advertisements... but not always. In fact, every year some company decides to blow millions of dollars for a Super Bowl ad that is simply atrocious. The most infamous example from this year's game was Mountain Dew's PuppyMonkeyBaby ad but there were several more. Show More Summary

Robo Car Via 3G

[Emil Kalstø] has a pretty solid remote control car. We don’t mean a little car with a handheld remote you can drive around the neighborhood. [Emil’s] car has a camera and a cell phone so that it can go anywhere there’s 3G or 4G networking...Show More Summary

Hackaday Links: February 7, 2016

For a very long time, the original, 11 foot-long on-screen model of the USS Enterprise from Star Trek the original series – “NCC one seven O one. No bloody A, B, C, or D.” – was housed in the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Show More Summary

A Home CNC Built By Someone Who Knows Their Stuff

[thisoldtony] has a nice shop in need of a CNC. We’re not certain what he does exactly, but we think he might be a machinist or an engineer. Regardless, he sure does build a nice CNC. Many home-built CNCs are neat, but lacking. Even popular kits ignore fundamental machine design principles. Show More Summary

List of most popular iPhone models might surprise you

For years, Apple remained steadfast in its position that smartphones with bigger screens were unwieldy and not user friendly. In fact, Apple in 2012 released an iPhone 5 commercial boasting that the device, on account of its 4-inch form factor, could be operated comfortably with one's thumb. Show More Summary

Watch a Magnet Inside a Sock Break Open a Safe in Seconds

Safes and locks and other security measures of that nature? They’re all eventually doomed because they’re designed to open. It’s just a matter of how long it takes. With the help of rare earth magnets, it takes just seconds. Here is Mr. Show More Summary

Batman v. Superman, Miles Ahead, Get a Job, and 6 other new trailers of the week

It's been a busy week for movie trailers and we're here to recap the biggest ones including Batman v. Superman, Zoolander 2, and the new Ice Age. Without further ado, here are some of the movie trailers you shouldn't miss out on this week. Show More Summary

A Record-Breaking 107 MPH Mobility Scooter Makes Me Excited to Be a Senior Citizen

It’s generally assumed that when you reach retirement age, life starts to slow down. But not for mechanics David Anderson and Mathew Hine who spent six months upgrading a 10 MPH mobility scooter into a record breaking dragster that officially hit a top speed of 107.6 MPH. Read more...

Building The World’s Smallest RGB LED Cube

What’s the smallest RGB LED cube? A 1x1x1 cube is easy, but it’s a stupid joke and we’ve heard it before. No, to build the smallest LED cube, you’ll have to stuff 64 RGB LEDs into a cubic inch, like [Hari] did with his miniscule LED cube. One might think that individually addressable RGB LEDs are the way to go with an LED cube this small. Show More Summary

Adding Position Control To An Open Source Brushless Motor Driver

Brushless motors are everywhere now. From RC planes to CNC machines, if you need a lot of power to spin something really fast, you’re probably going to use a brushless motor. A brushless motor requires a motor controller, and for most of us, this means cheap Electronic Speed Controllers (ESC) from a warehouse in China. Show More Summary

5 movies you should watch before ‘The Hateful Eight,’ according to Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino's latest film has been fairly divisive, but one thing that no one can argue about it how much inspiration it takes from Western films of old. Tarantino himself would be the first to tell you that The Hateful Eight wouldn't...Show More Summary

Learn How A Radial Engine Works or Gawk at Amazing Wood Model

[Ian Jimmerson] has constructed a detailed model of a radial engine out of wood and MDF for an undisclosed reason. Rather than just delivering the wooden engine to wherever wood engines go, [Ian] decided to take the time to film himself disassembling and reassembling his engine, explaining in detail how it works as he goes. Show More Summary

Remote-controlled Mini Strandbeest: Thighmiya

Theo Jansen’s kinetic sculptures are meant to be powered by wind – and occasionally a hamster – but YouTuber Maxime G found a way to tame a Mini Strandbeest. Maxime G used a couple of Arduino…

This is How You Run a Hackathon: Tech Valley Center of Gravity

What’s not to love about a hackathon? The junk food and caffeine that fuel the weekend; the highs that come with success and the lows that come when the blue smoke is released; the desperate search for inspiration as the clock ticks away; nerve-wracking pitches to the judges, hoping against hope that everything works in the demo. Show More Summary

Halo 5 Podracing: The Phantom Guardians

Ever wanted to do some podracing in Halo? That’s a weird combination, but hey, we are here to fulfill your wishes. Modder CaptainDireWolf was able to make a cool Forge Map in Halo 5 based on…

Video: The History of Japan Explained in the Most Fun Way Possible

If we canceled history classes in high schools across the world and replaced them with YouTube videos about history, kids would learn so much more. I just sat through this wonderful 10-minute video on the history of Japan by Bill Wurtz without even skipping ahead because it was so riveting and funny and fast paced. Show More Summary

These are the world’s greatest rap lyrics about technology

Given that boasting about material wealth has been a staple of hip-hop lyrics for decades, it's no surprise that rappers have often referenced popular technology products in their songs. Below we've compiled some of the most famous tech-related hip-hop lyrics around from a diverse range of artists that includes Drake, Biggie, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne. Show More Summary

Peru Straps GoPros to Hungry Vultures to Sniff Out Its Trash Problem

Vultures make me think of that dopey guy from Loony Tunes or crooked-bill predators circling a poor desert rat on the brink of death. But in Peru, the carcass-eating birds will soon be outfitted with cameras so they can help map Lima’s awful trash problem. Read more...

Pad-Zilla Giant Mousepads Let You Explore the Depths of DPI

I’ve seen 48? wide mousepads, but a company called Pad-Zilla easily tops that with its debut product. The Pad-Zilla Large measures 60?x 30? – that’s 5 ft x 2.5 ft – and the company has three…

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