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Use a Flexible Touchscreen While Digging for Olaf

Standard touch screens are so inflexible. [Grubm012] was tired of of glass touch screens, so at a recent company hackday, he came up with a solution. Digging for Olaf (PDF link) is a game which uses a flexible touch screen as an integral game mechanic. Show More Summary

Seeing an old anvil get restored is surprisingly enjoyable

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Wow. This is actually really cool. Jimmy DiResta found an old anvil from an antique store and restored it to its previous glory. The finished restored anvil looks fantastic but it's the entire process that's got me slack jawed. All the sparkles and whirring and refining and polishing makes restoring look like a form of magic. Read more...

Mad man rides motorcycle over a bridge's arch beam

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Bridges to normal humans are things that make life easier because they connect things that, well, don't connect. We get on it and we get to the other side. Bridges to this professional stuntman are obstacles meant for epic stunts, like riding a motorcycle on top of one of the bridge's arch beam! Read more...

Daredevils climb a skyscraper in Hong Kong to hijack a billboard

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Hong Kong is one of those crazy future cities in the world where buildings kiss the sky and people are stacked on top of people and streets hide alleys which hide labyrinths which hide awesome. It's great. It's also great for climbing to the top of a skyscraper to hijack a billboard. These guys proved that. Read more...

Google updates the Chromecast iOS app a bunch of great new features

Google on Wednesday updated its popular Chromecast app for iPhone and iPad users, adding plenty of new features for users to play around with. It previously announced the feature named Backdrop at Google I/O but this new update adds a whole lot more. Show More Summary

EEVblog Tears into the White Van Speaker Scam

[Dave Jones] shows us just how bad audio equipment can get with his white van speaker scam teardown (YouTube link). Hackaday Prize judge [Dave] has some great educational videos on his EEVblog YouTube channel, but we can’t get enough of his rants – especially when he’s ranting about cheap electronics. Show More Summary

Hackaday 10th Anniversary: Demoscenes and Blink(1)

There were two LA hackerspaces represented at our 10th anniversary party, and members from both of them were able to give a talk on the projects coming out of their labs. [Arko] from null space labs showed up with a few of his creations including CUBEX, his high altitude balloon payload and a demoscene board he’s been working on. Show More Summary

Photography Rig Captures Holy Grail Shots

You’ve seen amazing shots of water spouts and milk crowns. You’ve seen shots of bullets piercing glass ornaments, playing cards, and poor, defenseless pieces of fruit. Maybe you’ve even seen that holy grail of shots—a bullet piercing a water spout. Show More Summary

Frozen as an 8-bit video game is super fun because of its 8-bit songs

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

What might be even cooler than seeing this 8-bit game version of Frozen is hearing 8-bit sounds beep and butcher all the songs that made Frozen so damn popular in the first place. Watch CineFix pull their 8-bit take on Frozen below. Read more...

Honest trailer for Transformers 4: Age of Extinction tears it to shreds

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The biggest sign that humanity has no chance of survival? That we're all sheep with baa-d taste? That we should blast ourselves out of this planet and let dolphins take over as the dominant species? Transformers: Age of Extinction and how it made $245,430,526 at the box office. Honest Trailers shows how horrible the movie truly was. Read more...

This spinning chocolate cake hides the most awesomest visual trick

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

I'll admit it, I was a doubter. When I saw this chocolate cake, I couldn't imagine it ever blowing my mind. Even when it started spinning, I didn't see what the hoopla was all about. And then the lights started flickering and all the chocolate pieces started dancing and moving in a complicated orchestra. Read more...

Retrotechtacular: The Future’s So Bright, We’re Gonna Need Photochromic Windowpanes

This is a day in the life of the Shaw family in the summer of 1999 as the Philco-Ford Corporation imagined it from the space-age optimism of 1967. It begins with Karen Shaw and her son, James. They’re at the beach, building a sand castle model of their modular, hexagonal house and discussing life. Show More Summary

FlexSense Thin & Transparent Sensor: It Will Bend

Apple is catching a lot of flak lately for its bending smartphone. This device developed by Microsoft Research and the University of Applied Sciences in Austria on the other hand is meant to bend. It’s called…

10 incredible women in politics today #InspiringWomenWeek

The stereotype of male, pale and stale is as old as politics itself, at least in the UK. But after centuries of disenfranchisement, women are at the forefront of politics in many countries in 2014. Even in conservative parts of the world, despite opposition and hardship, female MPs can make up a significant proportion of parliament. Show More Summary

Toshiba's Eerie Sign Language Robot Will Silently Stare Into Your Soul

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Proving its engineers are just as capable as anyone at developing a creepy human-like robot that embraces the Uncanny Valley, Toshiba has developed an android that specializes in sign language thanks to a pair of highly articulated hands. One day the company hopes it could serve as an artificial receptionist, but it's probably going to need to learn to talk first. Read more...

The week in hashtags: #EidMubarak, #Stoptober, #CassetteBoy

#EidMubarak Muslims across the world have been celebrating Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice. Also marking the end of religious pilgrimage Hajj, this year more than 2 million people made the journey to the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Show More Summary

Hoorah! “Unexpected item in bagging area” is on the way out

If you’ve ever used self-service checkout tills in a UK supermarket, then you’ll know the frustration which arises from a chorus of mistimed declarations of ‘unexpected item in bagging area’ from the machine. It’s a similar feeling you...Show More Summary

Dusty Junk-bin Downconverter Receives FM on an AM Radio

This amateur radio hack is not for the faint of heart! With only three transistors (and a drawer-full of passive parts), [Peter Parker, vk3ye] is able to use a broken-looking AM car radio to receive FM radio signals (YouTube link) on 2 meters, an entirely different band. There are two things going on here. Show More Summary

Every single couch gag from 25 years of The Simpsons at the same time

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

If you ever wondered what all 25 years of The Simpsons couch gags looks like if they were all played at the same time, well, here you go. This video plays the intro from all 554 episodes from 26 seasons ( even that bizarre one we just saw ) and I kind of wish I could zoom in on the video to watch them all. Read more...

Insane car crash somehow barely avoids hitting a group of bystanders

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The first time I saw this video of a car crash during the Jolly Rally Valle d'Aosta 2014, I thought it was a scene from Final Destination. The second time I saw it, I thought it was some amateur fake. I've watched it multiple times now and I'm still not sure how the out of control, flipping car managed to avoid hitting people. Read more...

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