Russia-based luxury accessory maker Caviar has created a geeky Infinity Gauntlet charger just in time for the Avengers: Endgame movie premier. At $7660, this luxurious Infinity Gauntlet is covered with gold and boasts six semi-precious stones: topaz, chrysolite, amethyst, garnet, citrine and amber. It stands 11.8-inches (30-centimeters) and is a near-exact replica of Thanos’ glove. When charging your smartphone, simply place it in the palm of the glove, plug in the connector, and you’ll be ready to go. Read more for additional pictures and information.
LEGO revealed an interactive new way to help visually impaired children learn how to read Braille. Officially called, LEGO Braille Bricks, these are essentially custom bricks molded with the same number of studs used for individual letters and numbers in the Braille alphabet. They also feature a printed letter or character that enables sighted teachers and kids to learn and play along. The toymaker plans on releasing the first kits in 2020 and will be free to select institutions through participating partner networks. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The 2019 Acura NSX can be had in various premium color paint jobs, with red, black, or white being standard. If you want orange pearl, silver metallic, or white pearl, it’ll cost you an additional $700, complete with an extra clear coat. At the very top of the premium colors is the $6,000 “Andaro” paint option in blue pearl and red pearl. Why is it so expensive? Well, it’s a “nano-particle aerospace innovation,” according to the automaker. Read more for a video and additional information.
A group of artists / modeling experts in China spent 48-days building a 1:1 scale cardboard replica of the Merkava MK4 Israeli battle tank, and it’s currently on display at the Hobby Expo China (HEC) International Model Expo in Beijing. Not much is known in the way of what tools were used, but social media users do state that around 5,000 cardboard parts were used, and it weighs in at 1-ton. Unfortunately (or fortunately), you’re not able to climb inside, nor is the cannon functional. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Mars Base 1, also known as ‘Mars Camp’, has opened in China’s Gobi desert, and the first visitors were a group of students who even got to try on space suits. China’s space agency wants to make the camp a center for researchers and adventure-seekers to experience challenges that could face astronauts on Mars in the future. “I am very excited to be here. We saw the monolith, a crater, and a cave. It’s better than the Mars that I had imagined,” said a 13-year-old student. Read more for another video and additional information.
To commemorate the release of the original Alien (1979) movie, Rebook Classic has unveiled the new 40th Anniversary Alien Stomper sneakers, which draws inspiration from the film. Featuring premium-aged leather construction, which enhances the sneaker’s tactile experience while also giving it a vintage look, a cream-white colorway with contrasting blood-red and anthracite detailing, as well as several Easter eggs, including a deviant version of the logo used by the Alien franchise’s infamous “Weyland-Yutani” corporation. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The annual Lyrid Meteor Shower peaks overnight on April 22-23, and this event typically produces around 20 shooting stars per hour. Meteor experts normally say to catch them in the early predawn hours, but this year, the best time to see the Lyrids is expected to be in the early evening hours before midnight. “So try — this year — watching in the early part of the night. There will be a brief window between the time the radiant rises in mid-evening and moonrise around midnight,” according to Earth Sky. Read more for a video explaining the science behind the Lyrids Meteor Shower and additional information.
The Farm 51’s Chernobylite is an upcoming survival horror video game for the Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 platforms. Set for release in Fall 2019, you play as a physicist, formerly employed at Chernobyl Nuclear Plant, suffering from the loss of their loved one in the Chernobyl Disaster approximately 30-years ago, who returns to the disaster zone to look for their partner. Most of the gameplay revolves around exploring the 3D-scanned recreation of the exclusion zone, gathering supplies and tools while encountering “Stalkers” and hostile military personnel. Read more for a 30-minute gameplay trailer, additional screenshots and a link to the Kickstarter page.
For those who don’t know the PUMA Fi self-lacing training sneakers are a direct descendant of AutoDisc, a wirelessly-connected adaptive-fit shoe Puma announced way back in 2016. Unlike Nike’s Adapt BB, which automatically tightens, these shoes have a swipe-activated motor on the tongue that tightens the hidden laces. Wearers simply swipe up to tighten, swipe down to “untie” and / or control them using the Fit Intelligence app over Bluetooth. The motor is powered by a battery concealed within the shoe’s insole, and when it runs low, you can recharge it by placing the sneakers on a wireless charging plate. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information, including a link to the sign-up page.
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Matter Design, in collaboration with construction-research company CEMEX global R&D, researchers to devise a method of moving massive stones without the use of heavy machinery. They drew inspiration from the Moai statues on Easter Island, and came up with Massive Masonry Units (MMU’s), which uses variable density concrete, so the center of mass is calibrated precisely to control their stability to ensure that one can move them successfully into place for assembly. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.