Timbuk2’s Parkside Laptop Backpack is travel-friendly, complete with laptop protection (padded laptop sleeves fit up to a 15″ MacBook Pro), and it’s being offered for just $33.79 shipped, today only, originally $55.99. It counts as a personal item sized for most airlines and an elasticized external side pocket is perfect for a water bottle or U-lock. A ventilated back panel gives your back breathing room. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
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Honda UK’s Project Engineering department wanted to create a Civic Type R unlike any that the internet has seen, so they built “Project P,” and as you may have already guessed, it’s a makeshift pickup truck of sorts. Instead of rear seats, a truck bed was installed, while keeping the Type R body kit and large rear wing. Fortunately, the 2.0L turbocharged inline-four engine also stayed, enabling it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 6 seconds. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Google celebrated Mother’s Day with a three-part, interactive Doodle featuring a duck and her ducklings. After clicking play, three buttons enable search engine visitors to watch a mama duck teaching life lessons to her young offspring, including the way proper way to waddle. “Initially, when the Doodles were on the home page, they were just a static image. And that’s all the bandwidth that people could afford,” says Jessica Yu, the Doodle team lead. Read more for a behind-the-scenes video about this Doodle and additional information.
Astronomers have stitched together the most detailed image yet of our evolving universe. The mosaic you see above consists of thousands of individual photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, or more than a quarter of a million galaxies, which is 30 times more than previous “deep field” photos. “The galaxies are scattered across time, from 550 million years ago to 13 billion years ago. Their light is just arriving at Earth now, after crossing space for billions of years,” said Garth Illingworth, an astronomer at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the leader of the team that created the image, to NBC News MACH. Read more for another image and additional information.
There’s the upcoming Tesla Semi, and then Mack Trucks all-new Mack LR battery electric vehicle (BEV), which has just been unveiled at WasteExpo 2019 in Las Vegas. It’s powered by Mack’s integrated electric powertrain consisting of two 130-kW motors producing a combined 496 peak horsepower and 4,051 lb.-ft. of torque available from zero RPM, with power being sent through a two-speed Mack Powershift transmission and put to the ground by Mack’s proprietary S522R 52,000-lb. rear axles. Read more for another video and additoinal information.
Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC) researchers in Florida recently conducted a test with the 165-pound humanoid robot, known as “Atlas”, where it was tasked to walk across narrow terrain by using human-like control, perception and planning algorithms. It managed to walk across a balance beam using body control created using LIDAR, which pulsed a laser beam to measure the distance between objects. All of this data was then processed by the machine so it can step correctly on the narrow terrain. Read more for a selection of fascinating images from around the web.
The Klipsch R5 Neckband wireless Bluetooth headphones are a great alternative for those who are looking for something more secure than earbuds, and you can pick up a pair for $49.99 shipped, today only, originally $119. Sporting hand-stitched edge-treated leather, the R5 rests comfortably against your skin, and is designed to age, not wear out. It uses a single lithium ion battery to deliver over 8 hours continuous use, whether it be music or calls. Product page. Read more for an unboxing video and additional information.
DeNA announced on Twitter that they have partnered with The Pokemon Company and Nintendo to develop a new Pokemon mobile game. For those who don’t know, DeNA is behind several popular Nintendo games, like Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, and Animal Crossing Pocket Camp. No other details have been released, other than that the title will be released by the end of the fiscal year, which would mean on or before March 31, 2020. Read more for another video and additoinal information.
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Analysts report that TSMC will ramp production in June for Apple’s next-generation A13 chip, which is set to be used in the three iPhone models that will be revealed in September. It uses the chip manufacturer’s second-generation 7nm process, and the first to use extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography. Next year, the rumored A14 will most likely be paired with a Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modem for 5G connectivity. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Software company owner Jim Belosic has been modifying cars since he knew how and his latest project, the “Teslonda,” is still continuing to wow auto enthusiasts and the internet alike. Simply put, it’s based on a 1981 Honda Accord, but with a Tesla subframe as well as drive unit, along with Chevy Volt batteries. The custom-built vehicle may look a bit strange, but its speed definitely makes up for it, as it can accelerate from 0-60 in a mere 2.43-seconds and zip through the quarter mile in just 10.85-seconds. Read more for another video and additional information.