Ever wonder how some LEGO sets come about? If so, many start out as LEGO Ideas, an online contest of sorts that lets fans vote on custom-built sets. If a particular set gets enough votes, LEGO will consider making it a real one, and “Metroid: Samus Aran’s Gunship” by L-DI-EGO, is one of the latest submissions to get some attention. Consisting of a total of 1,1590-pieces, it’s modeled after the bounty hunter’s iconic vessel and has many extras to go along with it. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Many are used to seeing amazing LEGO creations, but Tyler Bower wanted to show just what is possible with K’NEX and your imagination. So, he built a functional 7.5-foot-tall pinball machine with automatic scoring. How does it recreate the pinball experience? It utilizes three motors, a corded power drill for all 10 chain lifts, a secondary motor to power the moving ramp / multiball door / mini door / spinner, and then a third motor to open / close the blue trapdoor when activated. Read more for a video of it in-action and additional information.
For those who remember the SGH-E700 clamshell mobile phone from 2003 or the SGH-T100 in 2001, these geeky Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro cases may look familiar. Not much detail has been revealed about them except that they’re only available in South Korea until January 31st. The screens on the lids may work and could show time, but more than likely, these are just decals. Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro wireless earbuds were unveiled earlier this week at the company’s Unpacked event. Read more for more pictures of the case and a video review of the earbuds.
Even if you’re not familiar with the art of bonsai, this new LEGO set is a serene addition to any computer desk. You can use it as a way to relax or just celebrate this ancient art, but the 878-piece kit should keep you busy for a while. You’ll be able to shape the bonsai tree model with either green leaves or pink cherry blossoms, and when the seasons change, simply snap on the colored crowns to give it a completely new look. Read more for two videos, including a hands-on review, additional pictures and information.
You may have heard or seen the Ames window illusion before, but for anyone who wonders hot it works, Derek Muller of Veritasium is here for the job. Put simply, the illusion involves a flat piece of cardboard that appears to be a rectangular window but is, in fact, a trapezoid. The cardboard is hung vertically from a wire so it can rotate around continuously, or is attached to a vertical mechanically rotating axis for continuous rotation, and both sides have the same image. Read more for the video and additional information.
What happens when you combine a 3.5″ floppy disk with a VCR? You get this custom floppy disk VCR, called LimaTek Diskmaster. This isn’t just a simple machine that runs basic programs, but rather entire moves in a custom x265 video codec that compresses video to a resolution of 120 x 96 pixels. So far, the entire Shrek movie has been squeezed onto a 1.44 MB floppy, using 1.37 MB of that. Powering this machine is a Raspberry Pi mini computer, which has more than enough processing power for this task. Read more for a video demonstration and additonal information.
The hardest part about wrapping presents may be actually cutting the rolls of paper into perfect sheets, that is unless…you’re using this innovative machine by The Brick Wall. Simply put, this innovative machine precisely measures the presents by scanning it and then determines exactly how much paper to cut, which means you probably won’t be left with random shreds after you’re done wrapping. Read more to see it in-action.
The latest Nintendo Direct stream gave us a first look insider Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan, courtesy of Shigeru Miyamoto. Set to open to the public next February, this incredibly themed area is filled with familiar music from the series and interactive elements, like coin boxes that can be activated with a Power-Up Band with an Amiibo-like NFC chip inside. Simply use it to press its sensor near objects and a new virtual item will appear in a synced Super Nintendo World app on your smartphone. Read more for the 15-minute tour, additional pictures and information.
Google is continually adding new functionality to their Search service, including augmented reality objects, whether it be animals or Baby Yoda. The later comes out just in time for The Mandalorian’s Season 2 finale, and lets you place the character just about anywhere in your home. To try it out yourself, simply open the browser on an iOS or Android device, search for “The Child” or “Baby Yoda”, scroll down until you see the character card, and then click “View in 3D”. Read more for a short video demonstration.
Ever wonder what would happen if you nuked the Moon? So did science expert Kurzgesagt, and that’s why his latest video is all about this topic. He covers a scenario where a thermonuclear device is detonated on the surface of the moon, and what the potential hazards could be for astronaut observers, orbiting satellites, space stations, as well as people living here on Earth. Project A119, a top-secret plan developed in 1958 by the United States Air Force, aimed to detonate a nuclear bomb on the Moon. Read more for the video and additional information.