Yes, displays that you can actually see through are becoming a thing, starting with Xiaomi’s 55-inch Mi TV LUX OLED Transparent Edition. Touted as the world’s first mass-produced transparent TV, this $7,200 display goes on sale in China on August 16. Featuring 150000:1 static contrast ratio, infinite dynamic contrast ratio, a 10-bit FHD (1920 x 1080 pixels) panel that supports 93% of DCI-P3 color gamut, 120Hz refresh rate, and MEMC technology. Read more for a video and additional information.
Pet robots are nothing new, but MOFLIN’s take on it most certainly is. This AI-powered robot not only possesses emotional capabilities that evolve like living animals, but it boasts a unique algorithm that enables it to learn and grow by constantly using its interactions to determine patterns and evaluate its surroundings from its sensors. Read more for a video and additional information.
When you buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and LG Velvet for use on South Korea’s LG U+ carrier, you’ll be able to pick up the Nreal Light augmented reality smart glasses for $295, which normally costs from $586 alone. This device can be tethered to either device and worn just like sunglasses. Featuring a 52° Field of View and a brilliant display, which simulates the experience of watching your favorite shows or playing games on a 100-inch Micro OLED screen. Read more for a video and additional information.
Photo credit: Maxime Lefebvre
Manufactured between 1975 – 1989, the original Yamaha XT 500 is a twin-valve single-cylinder enduro-adventure motorcycle fitted with 21-inch front wheel and the 18-inch rear with enduro-style tires that are perfect for both on- and off-road use. Industrial designer Maxime Lefebvre has unveiled a water-powered version that uses a “closed-loop” water pump to continuously cycle water for power. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Amazon’s Fire HD 10 Tablet is touted as the budget king, and rightfully so, as it can be picked up for $99.99 shipped (will ship when in stock, order to lock in price), today only, originally $149.99. Featuring a full HD 10.1-inch display, 2.0 GHz octa-core processor, 32 GB of internal storage, microSD expansion (up to 512GB), USB-C charging, Alexa hands-free, and up to 12-hours of battery life on a single charge. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review, a Google Play install clip, and additional information.
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For $110K, you could either buy a nice used Ferrari 360, or this bizarre Acura NSX and LaFerrari mashup. According to the seller, the vehicle is painted blood red and was built by Santarsiero Concepts. It took approximately four-years to design and build using an Acura NSX chassis with 75,000 miles on the odometer. It’s powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine generating 270 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Engineer Shane Wighton has created many sports-related machines in the past, but this one may be the coolest yet. Simply put, it’s a baseball bat equipped with an explosive piston that almost always guarantees a home run. However, this isn’t a project just anyone can try, as Wighton had to fabricate a custom bat from a slab of pine before fitting the steel piston mechanism on the end powered by .27-caliber blank bullets. Read more for a video and additional information.
Folding smartphones have been around for years now, but could the same technology be used on e-readers? The E Ink Corporation – the company that founded the digital paper tech – wants to make it happen. Their latest prototype is a foldable e-reader prototype that features a secure hinge, five dedicated buttons on the right side, and two light-bars for added illumination. Plus, there’s built-in Wacom technology for taking notes, making annotations, or just highlighting passages with a stylus. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
Photo credit: Zak S | Ars Technica
There’s been rumors about a lower end Xbox console to complement the Series X, and these leaked controller images from Twitter user Zak S may have just confirmed it. This controller utilizes the same wireless protocol introduced by the Xbox One, and is backward compatible with existing Xbox One consoles. It supports the Bluetooth Low Energy standard, which enables it to pair with mobile devices and other hardware, complete with standard USB-C charging. Read more for additional pictures.
Ocean engineer Brennan Phillips and a team of researchers traveled to the Solomon Islands in search of hydrothermal activity, and what they found was completely unexpected. Kavachi, a very active underwater submarine volcano located 60-feet below the ocean’s surface, is home to two species of shark – hammerheads and silky sharks – living in the hot, highly acidic waters within the crater. Read more for two videos and additional information.