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Former aerospace mechanic for the Royal Air Force and now a stay-at-home dad Steve Jones managed to transform hollowed-out jet engine shell from a Vickers VC10 into a functional camper trailer for his family in Lancashire, England. In all, he spent around 1,000-hours between January and mid-March to complete the build. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Otterbox and Amazon have partnered to bring you the Den Series The Mandalorian stand for the Echo Dot smart speaker. The Child, or better known as Baby Yoda, is designed for plug-and-play installation, allowing you to continue enjoying the same great Alexa experience without having to piece anything together. Its non-slip base keeps the smart speaker secure and ensures that it stays right where the device is set. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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Students from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan wanted to help eliminate two invasive species of mussels in the Great Lakes. Emily Marquette, Mahsa Banadaki and Wei Huang transformed zebra and quagga mussels into stunning blue Zebra Glass. This material would be perfect for artisanal, industrial, ceramic glass applications. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The LEGO Ideas collection just got a new addition, and it’s musical to say the least. This set was designed with the intricate elements of a real grand piano, complete with a motor and working keys. When you combine the finished build with the LEGO Powered Up app, anyone can become musical maestros at the push of a button, thanks to ‘auto-play’ with ten pre-set songs. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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We have seen the future of music streaming, and it will be transmitted directly to your brain, thanks to Elon Musk’s Neuralink. His brain interface company Neuralink is currently developing devices that can be implanted in the human brain, such as flexible threads, thinner than human hair, designed to be implanted into the brain to monitor brain activity. In other words, these are ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces capable of transmitting brain impulses to machines, with the ultimate goal of humans merging with artificial intelligence. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Engineer Shane Wighton, an engineer by trade who has become quite a popular YouTuber known as “Stuff Made Here,” realized that even though some barbers and hair salons have partially reopened, there was still a risk at contracting COVID-19 by going in for a cut. So, he decided to build a haircut robot that may not give the best cuts, but most certainly gets the job done. Read more for the video and additional information.
You definitely haven’t seen Captain America’s Arc Reactor Shield in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but in Marvel Contest of Champions, a mobile fighting game, this is one of his tools. Steve Rogers avenges his fallen friend, Civil Warrior, complete with a new set of armor and an Arc Reactor shield in that game. James Hobson, better known as The Hacksmith on YouTube, decided to make this a reality. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Times are tough, even for animatronics, but from this, arises new opportunities. One person or company in Canada is auctioning off over fifty life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, including T-Rex, Brontosaurus and Raptors, as well as plus hundreds of fossils, animatronic equipment, lighting, speakers, etc. So, if you’ve always wanted to build your own Jurassic Park attraction, this may be of interest. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Nintendo released the Famicom in Japan on July 15, 1985, and to commemorate its 35th anniversary, LEGO officially announced the NES (7134) set today. This 2,646-piece, brick-built NES features realistic details, a cartridge slot for the Game Pak, complete with a locking function, and a controller with a connecting cable / plug. To finish off the look, it also comes with a retro TV and a flat 8-bit Mario figure on the scrolling screen. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
University of Liverpool researchers have built an intelligent robot scientist that can work nonstop 24-7 and carry out experiments by itself. This robot can make its own decisions about which chemistry experiments to perform next, has humanoid dimensions and is capable of working in a standard laboratory using instruments just like a human researcher does. Unlike its real-life counterpart, this 881-pound robot can think in 10 dimensions, and works for 21.5 hours each day, pausing just to recharge. Read more for a video and additional information.