Joshua Tree National Park, located in southeastern California, east of Los Angeles and San Bernardino, near Palm Springs, is named for its Joshua trees native to the Mojave Desert. What better place to stay in a UFO than in a desert? Airbnb is offering the chance to do just that in the Area 55 Futuro House, which is just one of 85 in the world, restored to its former glory. Since this is a completely off-grid glamping experience, you’ll be able to disconnect from the digital world. The coolest feature is the drop-down staircase that looks to be straight from a science fiction movie. Read more for a video tour, additional pictures and information.
Remember those animated paintings you saw on the walls in Harry Potter’s school? Well, MyHertiage’s DeepNostalgia tool does something similar to the faces in just about any old photo. The technology behind this tool was developed by Israeli firm D-ID, powered by artificial intelligence algorithms trained on pre-recorded videos of living people moving their faces and gesturing. This means you can bring historical figures, like Queen Victoria, Florence Nightingale, and more, to life. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Although it might sound like something from a science fiction movie, a team of scientists have successfully managed to capture footage of a micrometer-sized space-time crystal made of magnons. This is stable at room temperature, and using an ultra-precise X-ray microscope, the team recorded recurring periodic magnetization structure. Magnons are basically quasiparticles associated with the spin wave of electrons within a magnetic material. Read more for a video and additional information.
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For $364,000 USD, you’d expect to get at least a new Porsche GT3 RS, but this particular 911 Turbo S configuration comes with that hefty price tag. Why? Well, in addition to the vehicle cost, buyers will need to pay $12,380 just to get a custom color from Porsche, but to get it finished in Chromaflair, that’s an additional $86,040. This Urban Bamboo color with Chromaflair shifts colors depending on your viewing angle and lighting. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Holy Stone’s F181C Quadcopter Drone is great for beginners, and you can get one for $35.99 shipped with coupon code: UZ6QAI2B, today only, originally $59.99. Its 720P HD camera is great for surveying an area or just getting aerial footage for hobby use. Use the one key return to summon the drone back at the push of a button, while altitude hold ensures it stays in the air where you want. Product page – be sure to enter coupon code: UZ6QAI2B during final checkout for the additional 40% discount. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) has just deployed a customized version of Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot dog in the Bronx, called “DigiDig”. This 70-pound robot can be used by the department to remotely search and scan hazardous environments or disaster areas using its various sensors as well as cameras. Unlike the standard model, this one comes equipped with a 360-degree camera hump on a gimbal possibly for surveillance reasons. Read more for a video.
Another week, another Fortnite crossover, and this time, it’s with the 1979 science fiction horror film “Alien”. Ellen Ripley dons the Nostromo Crew Outfit with a Weyland-Yutani Cat Carrier for Jonesy the Cat, while the Xenomorph Alien has its own built-in emote called Xeno Menace, as well as a special Tail Back Bling. Players can also pick up the Space Gear Bundle separately, which features a P-500 Power Loader Arm Pickaxe, Cheyenne Dropship Glider, and a “Burst Case Scenario” emote. Read more for two videos, including gameplay, and additional information.
Created by the Jetpack Cognition Lab, the Flatcat just might be the strangest robot you’ll see in 2021. Simply put, it’s a pet-like robot that reacts to touch, and not too much else. The company says that you can cuddle, play around with it, or just observe Flatcat doing weird things on its own accord. It basically consists of a flexible core that just contracts for locomotion that slowly inches its way across the floor. Read more for a video and additional information.
Razer’s Kiyo Pro may be pricey for some, but this USB camera with a high-performance Adaptive Light Sensor is for streamers and business users who demand market-leading image fidelity, even in low-light conditions. It accomplishes this with an ultra-sensitive 1/2.8 CMOS sensor using STARVIS technology, which is a back-illuminated pixel technology, used in surveillance cameras to create high quality images from visible and near infrared light regions. This means that all of your video conference calls will have a consistently bright, clear image, even under a wide variety of typical work-from-home lighting conditions. Product page. Product page. Read more for two videos, including a nearly hands-on review.
Unlike other insects, the dragonfly’s wings use a rowing motion along an inclined stroke plane, which means when hovering, the body lies almost horizontal. In other words, its wings push backward, downward, and at the end of the stroke, feather and slice upward and forward. What if this was turned into a real-life flying machine? A group of Russian inventors decided to build such a machine, and came up with a remote-controlled ornithopter that can actually fly. Read more for a video of it in-action and additional information.