Shane Wighton built a robotic basketball hoop back in May that had some glaring issues, with the main one being that it was easy to miss by intentionally missing the backboard. So, he spent weeks building a second version developing yet another basketball hoop that makes your shot go in even if you totally miss the hoop. To make this possible, ehe had to transform an entire wall of his basement into a large CNC machine. Read more for a video and additional information.
Pizza Hut partnered with Ogilvy to launch a limited-edition pizza box that doubles as a functional foosball table. It was created to celebrate the start of the Europa League on October 22nd, and as you might have already guessed, most people will not be able to get their hands on these, since just five of them are available. To get your chance at winning one, you’ll have to download the Pizza Hut app, join the 12th Player Club, and then leave a comment on the company’s Facebook page. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta is set to begin using drone-based technology to help sanitize the facility, thus becoming the first professional sports stadium to do so. The team will use this technology for post-event disinfecting of the seating bowl, handrails, and glass partitions at the stadium. These drones allow for a 95% reduction in time spent cleaning the seating bowl and the ability to redeploy associates in other areas of the stadium as well as being fourteen times more efficient than regular backpack foggers. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Alex Choi’s Lamborghini Unicorn V3 is almost an entirely new car, as he replaced the front / rear bumpers, all the wings and left / right rear quarter panels with an exoskeleton of sorts. This exoskeleton has been dubbed “Monkey Bars” and is perfect for skating apparently, as Nyjah Huston shows. The vehicle has also been equipped with a custom front trunk lid, a massive rear wing, new wheels, front-mounted spot lights, a roof mounted LED lightbar and original Lamborghini Huracan taillights that have been turned upside down. Read more for the video and additional information.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 remastered was released earlier this month, and to celebrate, “The Hacksmith” created self-kickflipping skateboard. First he took the Collector’s Edition skate deck and added electric motors, then he mapped a PlayStation DualShock 4 controller to it, which enables you to do kickflips and possibly more at the press of a button. Will this version ever get released to the public? Most likely not. Read more for the video and additional information.
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Smarter Everyday’s Destin Sandlin always wanted to know what would happen when a baseball went supersonic, so he set to find out by building a massive cannon just for the task. It took a few tries to get everything just right, as you’ll see in the first test shot he fired the baseball at a much lower pressure, and without the evacuated barrel, yet still made a mark on the aluminum plate target. Unfortunately, the baseball also disintegrated. Read more for two videos, including a behind-the-scenes, and additional information.
With all the social distancing protocols in place, it’s tough for runners to have someone to compete with, that is unless…you have The Ghost Pacer. It’s touted as the world’s first set of mixed-reality glasses that projects a hologram you can actually race against outdoors in real-time. The hologram won’t remain at the same distance, as you surpass your 3D avatar, it can be overtaken, but slow down, and it’ll leave you zip right by. Read more for two videos, additional pictures and information.
Stanford University researchers used artificial intelligence to turn broadcast video of tennis matches into controllable players that look just like their real-life counterparts. This is accomplished by analyzing historical points, starting with the “shot cycle,” which begins with a player approaching an incoming ball. Next, a statistical model will calculate where the players place their shots and move in different match scenarios. Read more for a video and additional information.
Engineer Shane Wighton has created many sports-related machines in the past, but this one may be the coolest yet. Simply put, it’s a baseball bat equipped with an explosive piston that almost always guarantees a home run. However, this isn’t a project just anyone can try, as Wighton had to fabricate a custom bat from a slab of pine before fitting the steel piston mechanism on the end powered by .27-caliber blank bullets. Read more for a video and additional information.
Major League Baseball may have returned, but fans aren’t yet allowed to attend games. FOX Sports didn’t want to leave stands empty, so they employed Pixatope software to create customizable virtual fans that populates the crowd during broadcasts. Yes, will even have the ability to react audibly with cheers or boos depending on the action. Read more for a video and additional information.