Surf Lakes contracted Australian engineering firm Engenuity Solutions to build a 5 Waves prototype in Yeppoon, Queensland. It’s currently the world’s largest wave pool and consists of a piston-shaped, wave-generating mechanism with a metal donut attached in the middle. This compressed air-powered system’s metal donut rises as air is pumped into it, then plunges down into the water as it’s released, generating waves. Read more for two videos and additional information.
It’s official, Activision is set to release Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 remastered on September 4, 2020 on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One X, and on PC through the Epic platform. It will include all of the original levels, professional skaters, old-school tricks and lots more. Plus, you get to jam to the blockbuster songs from the original franchise. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Let’s face it, even professional basketball players miss shots, even in the most crucial of times, but what if there was a way for common folk to avoid this issue? Inventor Shane Wighton has just the creation. He came up with a robotic basketball hoop that makes use of complex mathematical algorithms to determine the perfect elliptic parabola shape for the backboard. Read more for a video and additional information.
Photo credit: WeWantMore
The designers at WeWantMore Studios realize that even as things start to reopen, a new normal needs to be defined. Nobody really knows what this entails, but it will most certainly include social distancing, mandatory face masks and contact tracing in the foreseeable future. So, they took this chance to take things apart, reinvent them and make them relevant again within the new normal, both figuratively, as well as literally. Read more to see a few additional examples.
Have an Oculus Quest system and want to get a great workout? If so, then look no further than Supernatural, which is a VR game that lets you experience an on-demand workout adventure when it’s released on April 23. It’s touted as the first full fitness package for VR, providing daily personalized full-body workouts and expert coaching from real-world trainers. Read more for a video and additional information.
Running is great exercise, but not everyone’s body is up for the task. Engineers at Stanford University want to boost physical activity and possibly creating a new mode of transportation, so they are studying devices that people could strap to their legs to make running easier. What they came up with are exoskeleton emulators, which when powered by a motor, reduced the energy cost of running by 15 percent. Read more for a video and additional information.
Former NASA engineer Mark Rober traveled all the way to London to partner with James Bruton for one of his latest projects. Simply put, it’s a bowling bowl that only gets strikes. It may look normal at first, but inside, you’ll find a weighted electronic mechanism that enables the bowler to steer it using simple body movements. Read more to see it in-action and for additional information.
SodaStream made a big carbonated splash for their 2020 Super Bowl commercial, and it features “science guy” Bill Nye, alongside Alyssa Carson, a teenage astronaut hopeful. For those who don’t know, Alyssa Carson trained with the Advanced PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere) Academy at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. This program gives students hands-on experience researching the upper atmosphere and helps them practice technical human spaceflight operations. Read more for the video and additional information.
New Ground Technology specializes in crafting custom high-definition designs on playing fields, and their latest project pays tribute to the late Kobe Bryant. Kelli Pearson’s stunning 115-foot portrait of the former Lakers great can be found on a Bay Area softball field. This was made possible using the company’s patented Turfprinter technology. The face was drawn from two different photos, the neck another shot and the body was from a different image. Read more for a video and additional information.
For the very first time since 1997, a Porsche commercial is set to broadcast during the Super Bowl on February 2, 2020. This 60-second spot will highlight the launch of the company’s new Taycan, the first fully electric Porsche, along with almost a dozen iconic Porsche cars. The footage was shot in Germany in mid-November 2019 at various locations, including Heidelberg, the Black Forest and Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. The racing cars, road vehicles and other “treasures” in the clip form part of the Porsche Museum collection. Read more to watch the extended version.