Paramount Pictures debuted the first Top Gun: Maverick trailer at San Diego Comic Con today and Tom Cruise will once again be flying high on the big screen. This movie takes place 34 years after the original film, and Maverick is the new flight instructor of the Top Gun school, guiding Goose’s son to become a pilot. The actor made a surprise visit to the convention on Thursday to promote the upcoming sequel during the Terminator: Dark Fate panel and said: “I felt it was my responsibility to deliver for you.” Read more for the trailer and additional information.
Microsoft executive Julia White demonstrated the company’s amazing language-translating hologram using HoloLens at the Inspire partner conference. You read that right, a life-like hologram that can speak another language in the person’s own voice. No post production trickery was used, just existing mixed reality and neural text-to-speech technologies. Read more for the video and additional information.
Dolby Dimension Wireless Bluetooth Headphones offer cinematic sound with virtualization and head tracking for audio that’s expansive yet nuanced , all for $399 shipped, today only, originally $599. Plus, Dolby LifeMix lets you control exactly how much you hear of your surroundings, from a perfect blend of your entertainment and life around you, to shutting out the world with Active Noise Cancellation. The Dolby Dimension App lets you set your LifeMix level, adjust Cinematic Sound, manage devices, toggle low power mode, and more. Product page. Read more for another video review and additional information.
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One fan of The Predator, an extraterrestrial species featured in the Predator science-fiction franchise, decided to take his fandom to the next level by wearing a full-body costume while riding a custom motorcycle. This alien chopper on a road in Thailand’s Mukdahan province was understandably stopped by Thai police, as the mask probably offers nowhere near the protection a real motorcycle helmet does. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Squad X experimentation program was started to give infantry Marines the same resources that mounted forces have by using autonomous robots engineered by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). In a test at Twentynine Palms earlier this year, a group of these autonomous ground and aerial systems provided intelligence as well as recon support for Marines equipped with sensor-laden vests as they moved between natural desert and mock city blocks, all the while ground-based units provided armed security for the primary force. Read more for a video of this test.
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If The Simpsons home at 742 Evergreen Terrace ever got an extreme makeover, this is what it might look like, according to NeoMam Studios. Yes, there has already been an animated feature film The Simpsons Movie, but these renders give us a better idea of how the home’s interior should the movie studios opt to create a version with real human actors. You’ll get a glimpse of the living room in a “luxe style”, Marge & Homer’s room in an “industrial style”, the kitchen in a “smart home style”, and more. On a related note, did you know that in 1997, a real world replica of the house was constructed at 712 Red Bark Lane in Henderson, Nevada, and given away as the grand prize in a contest? Read more for a virtual tour of the rooms.
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NASA has just released a breathtaking image of the International Space Station transitioning in front of the sun, as captured by Rainee Colacurcio. The ISS crossing the Sun isn’t a rare phenomenon, since it orbits the Earth about every 90 minutes, but capturing the perfect image with sublime timing and equipment most certainly is. Read more for a video and additional information.
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It’s official, Nintendo is releasing an updated version of their Switch console this summer with an extended battery that offers up to nine hours of gameplay on a full charge. Unfortunately, it won’t look like the concept above, but one positive is that it won’t cost anymore than the original console, just 29,980 yen ($279) and is set to hit stores in August. While there’s been no confirmation this model will release outside Japan, it’s almost certain that it is coming stateside sooner than later. Read more to see how to fix the Joy-Con drift problem plaguing many current Switch owners.
Limited to just 24-vehicles worldwide and priced at a whopping $375K, the Hennessey Goliath 6×6, first unveiled back in September, can now be seen in-action. It’s based on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss, but as you can see, the rear rear suspension has been completely revamped with an extra axle to help all four 20-inch Hennessey wheels put power to the ground, all wrapped in 37-inch BFG off-road tires. Read more for the video, additional pictures and information.
University of California, Irvine researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system, called DeepCubeA, that can solve a Rubik’s Cube in about 20 moves, or an average of 1.2 seconds. For comparison, the current human world record clocks in at 3.47 seconds, but the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s min2phase algorithm solved one in a mere 0.38-seconds, roughly three times faster than DeepCubeA. Read more for a video of MIT’s record-setting robot and additional information.