Mattel, Inc. unveils Hot Wheels id, the digital evolution of the brand that generations of kids grew up with. This high-tech update brings together physical and digital in a Mixed Play experience with uniquely identifiable vehicles, a smart Race Portal, Smart Track, and digital hub, so you can build your personalized fleet, measure your performance, and compete like never before. You’ll be able to scan your Hot Wheels iD cars digitally and then, challenge them to break records in both the real as well as virtual worlds. With the added ability to measure and clock speed, count laps and measure distance traveled on specially-designed tracks and playsets, Hot Wheels id amplifies the physical experiences kids have known for generations through digital play. Available starting June 14th exclusively through Apple and on the App Store. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
Scientists who sifted through photos shot by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) were surprised to discover a dune on the surface of the Red Planet that looks oddly familiar. No, this isn’t a Photoshop job, but rather a real formation that looks like Star Trek’s ‘Starfleet logo’. Unfortunately (or fortunately), this doesn’t provide enough evidence to conclude that Captain Philippa Georgiou and Commander Michael Burnham from the Star Trek: Discovery pilot actually visited the planet. Read more for a video of an alleged Star Trek phaser spotted on Mars and additional information.
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Arcade1up is no stranger to classic arcade cabinets, and their latest release is definitely no slouch. This miniature Atari Star Wars home cabinet ” is the only at-home arcade cabinet that uses the original arcade software and features the X-Wing pilot controller! On this new addition to our line-up, will be the original arcade versions of Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi!,” said the company. Read more for a reveal video and additional information.
Brick artists used 467,854 individual LEGO pieces over the span of 2,725 hours of assembly to build this life-sized McLaren Senna. It’s also the first one to feature interior parts from the real car, like the lightweight carbon fiber driver’s seat, steering wheel and pedals. Plus, there’s real McLaren badges, wheels and Pirelli tires. Want to climb inside? There’s removable dihedral doors for easier access. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Razer’s new RESPAWN is touted as mental performance drink mix designed for gamers, by gamers and comes in four unique, sugar-free flavors: pomegranate watermelon, blue raspberry, tropical pineapple, and green apple. It contains green tea extract, choline, B vitamins, and 95mg of caffeine to help support increased focus, reaction time, and mental stamina, according to the company. Each 20-pack box is priced at $24.99 and the optional metal shaker cup at $29.99. Read more for a taste test video and additional information.
Another day, another deepfake, and this one shows Terminator 2’s T-800 in an entirely new light. Originally played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, this deepfake swaps in Sylvester Stallone’s head for the main character and strangeness ensues. This became such a hit on social media that Stallone even reposted the clip on Instagram with the caption: “This is what a Terminator would look like if he was built from spaghetti and pizza!” It was created by a YouTuber who goes by “Ctrl Shift Face”, the same user behind the Bill Hader and Al Pacino swap a few weeks back. Read more for this weeke’s selection of interesting images from around the web.
Produced by extracting the liquid component of a gel through supercritical drying, Aerogel is officially the world’s lightest solid. Since this synthetic porous ultralight material is derived from a gel, in which the liquid component for the gel has been replaced with a gas, it becomes a solid with extremely low density and low thermal conductivity. It’s 99.8% air, and features a porous solid network that contains air pockets, with the air pockets taking up the majority of space within the material, making it near weightless. Read more for an in-depth video and additional information.
US Navy pilots reported seeing hypersonic (over 3,800 mph) UFOs that had no visible engine or infrared exhaust plumes performing impossible mid-air maneuvers at 30,000-feet off the east coast of the United States between 2014 and 2015. The pilots reported that the objects were able to accelerate, make sudden stops and then instantaneous turns, or in other words, maneuvers beyond the capacity of current aerospace technology. Read more for an interview with one of these pilots by documentary filmmaker Jeremy Corbell and additional information.
Entertainer Chris Brown has been known for his flashy jewelry, clothing as well as supercars, and his latest addition is definitely no slouch. Tuning shop RDBLA transformed his Lamborghini Huracan into a glowing, color-changing street beast with a symmetrical chrome wrap that changes from blue to yellow, purple, orange, and pink depending on the viewing angle. They also added purple headlights for that added pop when it roams the streets at night. Read more for this week’s selection of interesting images from around the web.
The Google Mobile Search now has a new card that brings augmented reality animals into the real world. How does it work? You’ll need an AR-enabled phone and then simply just search for alpine goats, angler fish, bears, emperor penguins, European hedgehogs, lions, tigers, dogs, cats and timberwolves. Next, click the “Meet a life-sized animal up close” card, and they come to life in front of your eyes through an AR filter. Read more for two videos and additional information.