Gamer “Silius” has probably seen a fair number of custom NES consoles over the years, especially from Ben Heck, but instead of trying to recreate one, they decided to built one based on an actual Nintendo Entertainment System. In addition to a flip-up screen, it still takes cartridges rather than just emulate them, which means it retains most of the original hardware. “The carts are inserted like into a normal unit. It has volume control and the display attributes can be adjusted. I’ve found the screen on eBay and it fits really well. I’m still working on it but it’s been running perfectly so far. I want to cover the circuit board with a painted aluminium plate and maybe I manage to make some bezel for the screen as well,” said its creator. Read more for a video showing exactly what’s going on inside the NES and additional pictures.
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will return to Earth in 2023 with a sample of at least 60-grams from an asteroid named Bennu, and it has just made the first close-up observations. It discovered that it is ejecting particles from its surface and is much more rugged than expected. The material returned will allow scientists to learn more about the formation and evolution of the Solar System, its initial stages of planet formation, and the source of organic compounds that led to the formation of life on Earth. “The discovery of plumes is one of the biggest surprises of my scientific career. And the rugged terrain went against all of our predictions. Bennu is already surprising us, and our exciting journey there is just getting started,” said Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx principal investigator at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Read more for another video and additional information.
Samsung’s 25GB EVO Select MicroSDXC with adapter is compatible with smartphones, tablets, computers, cameras, and even the Nintendo Switch, all for $39.99 shipped, today only, originally $54.99. Featuring super-fast read & write speeds of up to 100MB/s & 90MB/s respectively, this tiny card lets you transfer a 3GB video to your computer in a mere 38-seconds. Shoot high quality photos and videos, and share them all in a near instant. It can roughly store 12-hours of 4K UHD video, 33-hours of Full HD video, 55,200 photos, or 22,500 songs. Product page. Read more for an unboxing video (128GB model) and additional information.
Google officially unveiled today their Stadia cloud gaming service at the 2019 Game Developers Conference. It’s designed to run on PCs, Macs, Android devices and even Google’s Chromecast devices. Launching some time this year, it will run a collection of current PC games on Google’s centralized servers that can be played with a new game controller (or existing ones), Just press the “play now” button on any web browser, and the game begins “in as quick as five seconds…with no download, no patch, no update, and no install.” Read more to watch the entire reveal summed up in a five minute video.
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Need an iPhone case and love buttered toast? If so, then “Fairy And You” has just the creation for you. There’s not much information available on this custom creation, but it does look to be made out of some type of flexible silicone material that not only looks tasty, but can at the very least protect your handset from small drops. Read more for a video and additional pictures.
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PUMA isn’t synonymous with photography, but this collaboration, with Polaroid, just might change things. The RS-0 and RS-100 sneakers are inspired by the classic OneStep camera as well as instant photography. The RS-0 (above) boasts premium white leather on its upper and reflective laces, with nods to Polaroid including its Color Spectrum graphic on the tongue, along with red insoles that resemble a camera’s shutter button. Read more to see the RS-100 style and for additional information.
NVIDIA has developed a deep learning model capable of transforming rough sketches into photorealistic art, thanks to generative adversarial networks, or GANs, to convert segmentation maps into lifelike images. GauGAN, a tribute to post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin, is the interactive app using the model. “It’s much easier to brainstorm designs with simple sketches, and this technology is able to convert sketches into highly realistic images,” said Bryan Catanzaro, vice president of applied deep learning research at NVIDIA. Read more for a video and additional information.
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The problem with most laptops these days is that the ones built specifically for gaming are quite bulky, but what if there was portable dock that can easily slide into any backpack? Introducing the Microsoft XYV laptop with the Reinforcer Dock. This dock features an external graphics card, power supply, a cooling system, and all the extra ports you could need for your gaming accessories. You can either use it as is, or connect everything to a larger display. Read more for additional pictures.
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If Tesla made a station wagon, it would look like this one-off creation from British engineering firm Qwest. Called “P90D-SB,” the world’s first Tesla Shooting Brake is based on the P90D and is about 14kg lighter than the standard car due to the extensive use of carbon fiber in its custom built rear section. It’s still capable of accelerating from 0-62mph time in just 2.8-seconds, making it quicker than the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo S E-Hybrid. Read more for a video and additional information.
Myspace was the largest social networking site in the world from 2005 to 2009, and it once hosted more than 50 million songs from 14 million artists, but it has just lost all of that content today, due to a server migration issue. That’s right, every piece of music uploaded between 2003-15 was lost, which means all links to those tracks no longer work. “As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from Myspace. We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest that you retain your back up copies. If you would like more information, please contact our Data Protection Officer, Dr. Jana Jentzsch,” said the company. Read more for a video explaining what happened to everyone’s MySpace friend Tom and additional information.