Star Trek DS9 Machine Learning
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9) originally aired from January 3, 1993, to June 2, 1999, and served as the third sequel to Star Trek: The Original Series. It was set in the 24th century, when Earth is part of a United Federation of Planets, and based on the space station Deep Space Nine, which is located adjacent to a wormhole connecting Federation territory to the Gamma Quadrant on the far side of the Milky Way galaxy. One fan, CaptRobau, decided to remaster some clips from the series using AI Gigapixel’s neural networks to upscale them to 1080p. Read more to see the result and for additional information.

MUJI GACA Self-Driving Bus
Photo credit: Justin Hirvi | Bonzu / MUJI via Design Boom
Japanese retail company MUJI partnered with Finnish technology company Sensible 4 to create “GACHA,” an autonomous shuttle bus that can operate in all weather conditions. It’s set to launch in Finland later this spring, starting in the city of Espoo with the eventual goal of expanding to Helsinki, Vantaa, and other large cities later by the end of 2019. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

Tesla Model Y Official

Tesla unveiled a new all-electric SUV, officially called the “Model Y,” on Thursday night, that seats seven, sports a a panoramic glass roof and boasts a 15″ touchscreen interface for accessing all of the vehicle’s controls. “It has the functionality of an SUV, but it will ride like a sports car. This thing will be really tight on corners and we expect it will be the safest midsize SUV in the world by far,” said CEO Elon Musk told the crowd. Read more for a test ride video and additional information.

How Light Changes Your Face
Nacho Guzman used a rotating light and changing colors to show how those two elements can quickly change how your face looks, without requiring CGI. This short clip is actually part of French electronic group Opale’s song “Sparkles and Wine” and was captured using a Canon 5D Mark II DSLR and two lenses. The lighting setup itself consists of two 10×10 centimeter LED lights, paired with a string of Christmas light-style LED, that were fixed to a ring and rotated around the woman’s face. Read more to watch both the teaser and official music video.

Huawei Smartphone Display Back
Photo credit: Lets Go Digital
Huawei filed a design patent on November 28, 2018 and was published on February 28, 2019 by the EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) and the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) for a smartphone with a second display on the back. It resembles the Huawei P30, but with a smaller notch a near full screen design. What really sets this handset apart from the others is its extra display directly below the triple camera setup on the back, making it ideal for viewing selfie snaps. Read more to see the patent, additional pictures and information.

Porsche 357
Photo credit: Clément Lacour / Serge Rusak
Self-driving vehicles use a host of sensors to perceive their surroundings, such as radar, Lidar, sonar, GPS, odometry and inertial measurement units, while advanced control systems interpret sensory information to identify appropriate navigation paths, as well as obstacles and relevant signage. It’s not too far-fetched to imagine supercars in the near future using these technologies for when a driver just wants to go for a ride around a track using the best possible racing line to prepare for a race, and what better way to do so than in the futuristic Porsche 357 concept. Read more for additional pictures and information.

Japan Crop Circle Forest
Photo credit: Sankei News / FNN
If you’ve seen pictures of bizarre “crop-circle-like” patterns in a Japanese forest, it’s not computer-generated imagery, but rather a real place you can visit. They can be seen on Google Earth and are actually the result of experiments by the Japanese government conducted more than 50 years ago. That’s right, a 1973 document from the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, states that researchers started a project designed to examine tree spacing and its effect on growth, and the result was this “experimental forest” near Nichinan City. Read more for an interactive Google map you can play around with.

Acer Chromebook 11

Acer’s Chromebook 11 runs on Chrome OS, and now supports the Google Play Store, which comes pre-installed, all for $169 shipped, today only, originally $219.99. This operating system by Google comes with built-in virus protection, updates automatically, boots up in seconds and continues to stay fast over time. Plus, all the Google apps you know and love come standard on every Chromebook, which means you can edit, download, and convert Microsoft Office files in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. It features an Intel Celeron N3060 processor, an 11.6” HD Display, 4GB of RAM, 16GB eMMC and up to 10-hour battery life. Product page. Read more for three more deals in Acer’s one-day Amazon sale – view all of them here.

Facebook Virtual Reality Avatars

Director of Research at Facebook Reality Labs Yaser Sheikh is currently working on a virtual reality project that involves photorealistic avatars using 3D technology. It’s officially called “Codec Avatars,” and is designed to let people in the future create lifelike virtual avatars of themselves quickly and easily. “The reason is because we want to be able to understand exactly how you look from every different viewpoint. Because in virtual reality, we might move and look at you from different perspectives, and it has to look as real as you do,” said Sheikh. Read more for another video and additional information.

Pi Day Mathematics Physics

If you’ve never heard of Pi Day, it’s basically an annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi) that is observed on March 14 since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant digits of π. It was made official in 2009 by the United States House of Representatives who supported the designation of Pi Day. People have been observed in many ways, including eating pie, throwing pies and for retailers, offering deals. For example, if you download the Blaze Pizza app, they’re offering a custom pizza today for $3.14. Read more for another video and additional information.