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Illustrator Sheng Lam wanted to put an anime-style twist on many of today’s most popular social media platforms, including Spotify, Netflix, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. So, he transformed them into retro gadgets of sorts that correspond to what kind of social media platform they are, like a “Phasebook” floppy drive, “Instogram” Polaroid camera, “Soundkloud” mini disc player, and more. Read more to see them all.
Put simply, metamaterials are basically artificial materials engineered to have properties not found in naturally occurring materials, best known as materials for the ‘invisibility cloak’. AI is capable of precisely designing artificial atoms that are smaller than the wavelength of light and by controlling the polarization and spin of light, new optical properties are created not found in nature. Current methods require various trial and failures until the right material is obtained, but AI is expected to provide a hyper efficient solution for this problem. Read more for a video and additional information.
John Deere has teamed up with PING to create the world’s largest answer golf putter, or to be more specific, a half-excavator, half-putter that can actually hit putts. The project all bega with Tony Serrano, Senior Design Engineer at Ping, who used CAD (computer aided drafting) to design the putter head, which was originally the traditional size of a putter, but John Deere later blew it up to scale. Next, the putter head was meticulously adorned with the iconic features of Ping’s famous Anser putters, with John Deere tractor-inspired designs inter-weaved throughout. Read more for two additional videos, pictures and information.
How To Make Everything’s Andy George wanted to combine his industrial and musical skills into a single project, and thus this flame-throwing Mad Max: Fury Road Coma-Doof Warrior style electric guitar was born. Long before the project began, he pitched the idea to famous online guitar teacher Marty Schwartz, and then took down notes on the best way to approach this fiery instrument. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Moshi’s new SnapTo line of accessories lets you mount your iPhone just about anywhere, whether it be in the car or at home. There’s the SnapTo Car Mount with Wireless Charging, SnapTo Wall Mount and then the iGlaze Slim Hardshell Case for iPhone X/XS. For those who have purchased other Moshi iPhone cases and noticed the “SnapTo” tabs on the inside, these are for the magnetic tabs that come with both of the accessories mentioned above for secure magnetic mounting. Best of all, if you purchase both a SnapTo case and a SnapTo mount, you’ll receive $10 off. Read more for our full review of all the products.
NASA awarded a $73.3-million contract to Made In Space for them to demonstrate the ability to 3D-print and assmeble spacecraft parts in orbit using Archinaut One. This robotic manufacturing ship is set to launch in 2022 aboard the Rocket Lab Electron rocket and 3D-print two 32-foot beams on each side. These beams will unfurl into two solar arrays that could produce up to five times more power than traditional panels found on spacecraft this size. Read more for a video and additional information.
RAVPower’s Solar Charger (16W) has dual USB ports and is perfect for emergencies, all for $35.69 shipped, today only. The highly efficient solar cells convert up to 21.5-23.5% of solar power into free energy, which means you can charge up to two USB devices simultaneously, while iSmart technology automatically provides the optimal charging current to minimize charging time. Product page. Read more for two videos reviews and additional information.
NASA’s Hubble space telescope discovered a supermassive black hole that shouldn’t exist, since it defies existing theories about the universe. The black hole, which is approximately 250 million times heavier than the sun, lies at the heart of the spiral galaxy NGC 3147 and is about 140 million light-years from Earth. What’s really strange is they found a thin “accretion disk” around the black hole that contains debris and gas rapidly pacing around the edge. Read more for a video and additional information.
This scene appears to be straight from a movie, but it’s real, and a host of drivers were all parked alongside highway I-285 on Tuesday evening in metro Atlanta trying to grab as much cash as they can. Dunwoody police Sgt. Robert Parsons said the armored car crew estimated the loss to be around $175,000, when the vehicle’s side door accidentally swung open. The drivers may have felt lucky initially, but now some are slowly returning the money to avoid any possible criminal charges. Read more for the footage and additional information,
Apple’s iMac G3 made its debut in August 1998 and is known for its gumdrop or egg-shaped look, with a CRT monitor, all enclosed in a colored, translucent plastic case, which was refreshed early on with a sleeker design notable for its slot-loaded optical drive. What if the iPhone was redesigned to look like the iMac G3? FuturePunk has answered that question with these interesting renders. Read more for a video showing one modeled after the Macintosh.