Rocket Lab has just revealed new details about its next generation Neutron launch vehicle, which builds upon the company’s Electron launch vehicle, the second most frequently launched US rocket annually since 2019. Neutron is claimed to be the world’s first carbon composite large launch vehicle, which means that its lightweight, strong and can withstand the immense forces of launch and re-entry. Read more for a video and additional information.
Video game console knockoffs are nothing new, but recently, we haven’t seen many being reviewed, that is until the Mini P5 popped up. This $15 PlayStation 5 knockoff is nothing like its real-life counterpart, starting with its miniature size to its PS1-inspired controllers. Aside from that, the console comes with an RGB cable instead of an HDMI and it’s shipped in a generic white box without any branding. Read more for a hands-on look and additional information.
When it comes to emergencies, first responders don’t have much time to think, whether it be a fire or search-and-rescue mission, and that’s why Switzerland-based Fotokite has developed a fully autonomous tethered drone. Called Sigma, it was built using the NVIDIA Jetson platform and specializes in covering the vast majority of situations where first responders need an aerial perspective during an emergency. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Blink Mini Compact Indoor Smart Security Camera is great to have in any room, and you can get a 3-pack for $49.99 shipped (in stock soon – order now to lock price), today only, originally $84.99. Each one of these cameras comes equipped with motion detection and two way audio. You can get alerts on your smartphone whenever the camera detects motion or customize detection zones for the most important areas of your home. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
Radio Flyer, maker of the iconic Red Wagon, reveals an all-electric Tesla Cyberquad for kids. Powered by Radio Flyer’s Flight Speed Lithium-Ion battery technology, it boasts a sturdy steel frame, rugged pneumatic rubber tires, and a rear suspension system for better off road performance when it hits a top speed of 10 mph. Other features include a comfortable padded seat, variable speed throttle and LED light bars for the headlight / taillight just like the full size Cyberquad. Read more for a video and additional information.
Stanford University engineers Mark Cutkosky and David Lentink have created a bird-like robot that can mimic how the animals fly and perch when attached to a quadcopter drone. It’s called SNAG (Stereotyped Nature-inspired Aerial Grasper), and this robot can fly around, catch or carry objects as well as perch on various surfaces. Regardless of the surface texture, it was able to let the feet handle the variability and complexity. Read more for a video and additional information.
Set to make its public debut at CES 2022 next month in Las Vegas, Engineered Arts’ Ameca humanoid robot AI platform is claimed to be the world’s most advanced human shaped robot representing the forefront of human-robotics technology. Remember David and Walter from the movie “Prometheus”? Ameca is set to be a platform for development into future robotics technologies, and could pave the way for a similar robot if given the ability to learn on its own. Read more for a video and additional information.
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At first glance, this looks like a medieval / fantasy tavern diorama, but at the push of a button, it becomes a fully-functional computer. This PC enclosure was entirely handmade, including the plywood walls, wooden beams, foam steps, a bag of gravel for the bricks, paint, and lots of glue. What they ended up with is something you’d expect to see at a theme park or in a toy store over the holidays. Read more to see the build from start to finish.
Scientists from Stanford University, Google Quantum AI, the Max Planck Institute for Physics of Complex Systems and Oxford University are using Google’s Sycamore quantum computing hardware to create time crystals. For those unfamiliar with time crystals, they are both stable and ever-changing, with special moments that come at periodic intervals in time. They are placed in a new category of phases of matter. Read more for a video on time crystals for additional information.
For one night only, a lucky group or person will be able to spend one night (Dec. 12) in the “Home Alone” movie house that Kevin McCallister (Macaculay Culkin) made famous. Booking for this one-night stay opens Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. C.T. and several areas of the house have been redecorated to resemble the one from the film, including a lawn jockey statue in the front yard, a candlelit dining room and even a paint can dangling from the staircase. Read more for a news segment, additional pictures and information.