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You’ve probably seen plenty of realistic racing simulators, but Moto Trainer could be the ultimate for motorcycle fans. Its proprietary software recreates the world’s greatest tracks, allowing riders to train on every MotoGP circuit around the world. The real-world movements are perfectly synchronized to the digital rendering of their character on-screen. They can then use the on-board laps as a ghost of sorts to train in seamless synchronicity with their on-screen counterpart. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, could have a sea of liquid methane that is at least 1,000-feet deep. Called Kraken Mare, this massive sea is estimated to be nearly the size of all five Great Lakes combined, and represents a model environment of a possible atmosphere of early Earth. Titan uses solar light, which is approximately 100 times less intense than on Earth, to constantly convert methane in the atmosphere into ethane, thus completely depleting Titan’s surface stores. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Robert “Buz” Chmielewski has been a quadriplegic with minimal movement and feeling in his hands and fingers due to an accident in his teen years, but starting a few months ago, he was able to manipulate two prosthetic arms with his brain. This was made possibly after surgeons implanted six electrode arrays into both sides of his brain, enabling him to simultaneously control two advanced prosthetic limbs through a brain-machine interface developed by Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). Read more for a video and additional information.
Johani Mamid has filmed crocodiles in the past, but his most recent trip to the Crocodile Park in Broome, Western Australia almost ended up in disaster. While he’s a trained crocodile feeder, this reaction by one of the giant crocodiles was a surprise, as it leapt up to attack his drone. Fortunately, it was able to be flown away in time, just before the animal grabbed ahold of the drone, although plans may need to be changed in the future. Read more for the video and additional information.
The TURBRO Suburbs TS25 not only is an electric fireplace, but an infrared heater as well, and you can get one for $143.99 shipped, today only, originally $199.99. Thanks to its infrared heating technology, this compact electric fireplace evenly spreads heat spread throughout the room without removing any moisture. Use the included remote control to adjustment the temperature from afar, while an LED panel shows the temperature. Product page. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The 1980 BMW M1 is already a rare vehicle to begin with, and this one is from the late Paul Walker and Roger Rodas’ AE Performance collection. What makes this vehicle even rarer is that it’s one of a handful modified by German BMW dealer AHG. In addition to a 75 horsepower boost (350 horsepower total) from its 3,453cc M88 inline-six engine, paired with a ZF five-speed manual transaxle, it also sports a custom body kit, paint job and three-piece 16″ BBS wheels wrapped in Yokohama Advan tires. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information about this $350,000+ gem.
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Can a real F1 car generate enough downforce to drive upside down? Engineering After Hours set out to discover if it’s a possibility with his latest project. So, he started with one of his existing remote-controlled cars and then 3D-printed a few parts to generate downforce equal to three times the weight of the vehicle. Unfortunately, its underbody wasn’t able to get a good seal with the racing surface while moving. Read more to see what he had to do to get it working.
Photo credit: Westen Champlin
Westen Champlin is an auto enthusiast with a taste for extreme modifications, and his Ford F-150 Raptor is no exception. Tracks are nothing new and have even been installed on vehicles such as the Tesla Model 3, but how many of them have been taken to the Sahara desert, or at least Little Sahara in Oklahoma? None that we’re aware of, and its twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 making 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, is definitely enough to haul it around the dunes. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation unveils the Raspberry Pi Pico, the company’s first microcontroller based on the RP2040 chip. Fabricated on a 40nm process node, it boasts a dual-core ARM Cortex-M0+ processor running @ 133MHz with 264KB of on-chip RAM, multiple I/O options, DMA controller, 16 x PWM channels, 2MB of flash memory, a power supply chip that supports input voltages from 1.8-5.5V, a single push button, and a single LED. Read more for two videos, including a hands-on video review, and additional information.
“Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown is set to star in many upcoming films, but some Star Wars fans wouldn’t mind her playing Princess Leia, and these AI-generated deepfakes show why. Deepfakes make use of a neural network called an autoencoder, which reduces an image to a lower dimensional latent space, and a decoder, which reconstructs the image from the latent representation. They use this technique to encode a person into the latent space. Read more for two videos.