Photo credit: Laughing Squid
To celebrate the premiere of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones on April 14th, British office supply company Viking employees teamed up with artist Andy Singleton to create a giant 43-foot, fire-breathing paper dragon. How long did this all take? Around 10-days, with an additional 10-hours required to piece everything together. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Astronomers announced that they will be releasing the first-ever photo of a black hole, which are collapsed stars with gravity so strong that even light cannot escape their grasp, on Wednesday. What will you see? Possibly a dark mass surrounded by a ring of bright light to mark the event horizon, or the edge of a black hole where light can’t escape. The images are coming from the Event Horizon Telescope, a collection of telescopes in Chile, Hawaii, Arizona, Mexico, Spain and at the South Pole, designed specifically to peer at black holes. Read more for a video and additional information.
Photo credit: Menkind
Avengers: Endgame is set to hit theaters in just a few weeks, and for those looking to purchase merchandise ahead of its theatrical release, there’s this officially licensed Thanos Infinity Gauntlet Bluetooth speaker, which includes all six stones. Other features include a 3.5mm input, which means you could connect it to Google Assistant, Alexa, or other smart devices. Or, you can pair two of these devices together for stereo sound. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Jeff Bennett
Thomas “Painter of Light” Kinkade paintings are known for their glowing highlights and pastel colors, but artist Jeff Bennett wanted to add a geeky twist to some of his favorites in the form of Star Wars. You’ll see plenty of Stormtroopers setting Kinkade’s idyllic scenes ablaze and even Star Destroyers appearing in the fluffy clouds. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: JR
French street artist JR has just unveiled his latest work in Paris this past weekend, and it does not involve Photoshop. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Louvre Museum’s stunning glass pyramid, he, along with 400 volunteers, pasted 2,000 sheets of paper around an I.M. Pei design to make it appear as if it’s rising out of a quarry. “Once pasted, the art piece lives on its own. The sun dries the light glue and with every step, people tear pieces of the fragile paper. This project is also about presence and absence, about reality and memories, about impermanence,” said the artist. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
DJI Tello Iron Man Edition builds upon the success of Ryze’s Tello, and introduces a new beginner drone, complete with a flight control app with Tony Stark’s AI assistant, FRIDAY. It’s powered by DJI’s leading flight control technology that enables stable flying and multiple interactive flight modes, while still offering an HD camera capable of recording 5-megapixel photos and 720p video with real-time video transmission to mobile devices. You can take advantage of “EZ shot” smart functions including 360° Video and Circle as well as pre-programmed flight modes like 8-Direction Flips and Throw & Go. Product page. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
The Nokia 3310, a GSM mobile phone, made its debut on September 1, 2000, replacing the popular Nokia 3210. It’s one of the most successful phones with 126 million units sold worldwide, and has gained a cult status due to its durability. What happens when you try charging it with 1-million volts? One guy, “kreosan” on YouTube, decided to find out, but also decided to throw in a modern 10-core smartphone into the mix to see which one is more durable. Read more for the video and additional information.
Google may become the champion of April Fools’ Day pranks if they keep this up, as they’ve unveiled yet another product that sounds cool, but will never become a reality. This service can be setting Google Assistant on your phone or the Google Home smart speaker to the English language and saying “Talk to Tulip Translator.” In other words, they can now they communicate with humans when they require assistance, such as water, light or some more space. “Socially, it turns out that plants, and particularly tulips, are very chatty, and make for great friends. Tulips are excellent listeners and when listened to carefully, give sound advice,” said Google. Read more to see it in-action.
Photo credit: Ryan Geraghty
Let’s face it, Apple has tried to keep things minimalist for their latest iPad Pro and MacBook models, but some people would prefer function over form. The Apple Dongle helps you accomplish the latter, with a USB-C port at one end, and a multitude of plugs, including a LAN cable, headphone jack, memory cards, and even the old 30-pin connector for some reason. Read more for additional pictures and information.
NASA’s 3D-printed Mars 2020 space habitat challenge had teams use modeling software to create a full-scale habitat design. They were scored on architectural layout, programming, efficient use of interior space, and the 3D-printing scalability as well as the constructability of the habitat. Teams also prepared short videos providing insight into their design as well as miniature 3D-printed models that came apart to showcase the interior design. Points were also earned for aesthetic representation and realism. The space agency aims to further the progression of sustainable shelters that will someday occupy the Moon, Mars or beyond by pushing citizen inventors to develop new technologies capable of additively manufacturing a habitat using indigenous resources with, or without, recyclable materials. Read more to see the three winners.