At the GPU Technology Conference earlier this week, NVIDIA showcased RTX Direct Illumination (RTXDI) technology, which basically adds millions of dynamic lights in real-time. The tech demo ran on an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 GPU and showed realistic night scenes by allowing developers and artists to create cinematic visuals with realistic lighting, incredible reflections as well as accurate shadows through real-time ray tracing. Read more for two videos and additional information.
NASA has just released a video that visualizes a pair of orbiting supermassive black holes that trace how they distort and redirect light emanating from the maelstrom of hot gas – called an accretion disk – that surrounds each one. When viewed from near the orbital plane, each accretion disk has a double-humped look, but as they pass in front of one another, the gravity of the foreground black hole transforms its partner into a rapidly changing sequence of arcs. Read more for the video and additional information.
Let’s face it, there have been numerous toys over the years, but none have come close to recreating a Transformers robot seen in the films, that is unless…you’re talking about Letvision’s Letrons prototype. This Turkey-based startup has created a robot that looks like a standard BMW 3 Series coupe at first, but at the push of a button, it transforms into a giant robot. While humans can’t get behind the wheel, it’s controlled with a special remote. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The LEGO Architecture London Skyline Collection consists of five iconic landmarks comprised of 468-pieces, and you can get a set for $31.99 shipped, this weekend only, originally $99. It features the National Gallery, Nelson’s Column, London Eye, Big Ben and Tower Bridge, complete with a collectible booklet containing information about the design, architecture as well as history of the famous landmarks. Product page. Read more for two videos, including a review, and additional information.
The original Hyundai Pony, a compact rear wheel drive automobile, was manufactured from 1975 to 1990. Now you can see an modern version at Hyundai Motorstudio Busan in South Korea as part of its ‘Reflections in Motion’ exhibition, from April 8 through June 27. This electrified version features a matte silver paint, camera-based, fender-mounted exterior mirrors, pixelated round headlights and U-shaped taillights made of LED lights. Read more for additional pictures and information.
AI startup UneeQ have launched Digital Einstein, which is essentially a digital human platform that recreates the theoretical physicist’s personality traits and mannerisms. That’s right this AI-powered chatbot is available to anyone who would like to speak with him, 24 hours a day. It can be used to test an individual’s knowledge on a variety of topics through his daily quiz, or just to hold a personal conversation about his life’s work and research. Read more for a video and additional information.
Priced at under $10,000 USD, the Unitree A1 robotic dog can be considered a budget-priced Spot, but it doesn’t lack in features. Boasting an AI-powered, depth-sensing smart camera, it’s capable of transmitting HD footage in real-time, all the while carrying payloads of up to 11-pounds and hit a top speed of over 7 mph. When fully charged, you can expect up to 2.5-hourse of running time. Should there be any future upgrades, dual USB ports, HDMI, and Ethernet enable you to easily connect any add-on modules. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The team at Voyageurs Wolf Project from northern Minnesota have just captured the first-ever footage from a wild wolf’s collar. This equipment was fitted on the animal last spring to capture 30-seconds of video at the start of every hour for 42 consecutive days. In all, it recorded over four hours of the wolf devouring fish, watching birds, strolling through the woods, and most important of all, getting several good sleeps. Read more for the video and additional information.
Alpha Motor Corporation has just revealed the new WOLF+, the company’s next-gen electric pickup truck built on a shared platform that powers the preceding WOLF. Designed for utility and adventure, it features an extended cabin capable of accommodating four passengers, with gain access through two full-sized doors for the driver / front passenger and two three-quarter size doors that hinge backwards for open rear seat occupancy. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Sennheiser’s CX 400BT True Wireless Earbuds not only sound good, but last all-day, and you can get a pair for $99.95 shipped, today only, originally $199.95. You can also personalize your listening experience with the Smart Control App, which lets you use built-in equalizers for an even more amazing sound quality. Customizable touch controls on both earbuds make it a breeze to enjoy a smarter and more connected lifestyle. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.