Israel-based startup Redefine Meat aims to launch 3D printers that will let food distributors make plant-based steaks mimicking real beef next year. Called “Alt-Steak,” this meatless alternative will first make rounds at high-end restaurants this year before shipping its industrial-scale 3D printers to meat distributors in 2021. Read more for a video and additional information.
Geod Studios has just released their 3DSen PC emulator that turns some 2D NES games into 3D worlds, all in real-time. Not all NES ROMs are compatible, but 3DSen does currently support 70 games. Plus, it’s compatible with Steam input, gives players the ability to create save states, adds dynamic skyboxes, and soon, a first-person view. Read more for a video and additional information.
Does the 2021 Bentley Bentayga look somewhat familiar? If so, that’s because this model has adopted the automaker’s latest design language that can also be found on the new Continental GT and Flying Spur. These changes include a larger, more upright grille, an elliptical headlight design, elliptical taillights and a full-width tailgate. It’s powered by a 4.0-liter V8 generating 542 horsepower and 568 pound-feet (770 Newton-meters) of torque. Read more for an up-close video tour, additional pictures and information.
SpaceX has just launched a Falcon 9 rocket today, June 30, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, with an upgraded global positioning satellite (GPS) for the U.S. Space Force. This marks SpaceX’s 11th launch this year, and this Lockheed Martin satellite features onboard anti-jamming capabilities and signals that are 3-times more accurate as well as 8-times more powerful than its predecessors. Read more for the livestream and additional information.
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Deepfakes have been quite popular among internet users, as many hobbyists have been face swapping many celebrities in famous movies. Disney Research has developed an algorithm for fully automatic neural face swapping in images and videos. In other words, this is the first method capable of rendering photo-realistic and temporally coherent results at megapixel resolution, making it suitable for the big screen. Read more for a video and additional information.
NASA unveils the soccer ball-sized SPARROW (Steam Propelled Autonomous Retrieval Robot for Ocean Worlds) and it consists of a system of thrusters, avionics as well as instruments, all encased in a protective spherical cage. It runs on steam produced from melted ice to keep the environment pristine for research and travels through the air using short thrusts, or in other words, hopping. Read more for a video and additional information.
NASA knows the importance of not touching your face during this pandemic, so they created PULSE, or a 3D-printed wearable device that pulses, or vibrates, when a person’s hand nears that area. Since entire project is open source and available on Github, it’s simple as well as affordable technology that can easily be reproduced should you have a 3D printer as well as basic technical knowledge. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
ZAGG Brands Mophie and InvisibleShield have launched UV smartphone sanitiziers designed to kill 99.99% of the most common surface bacteria1 found on mobile devices and other frequently touched items. In addition to keepin things sanitized, the Mophie UV Sanitizer features a Qi-enabled wireless charging lid so users can simultaneously charge their mobile device while sanitizing other personal items such as keys, credit cards, earbuds, and more. Read more for two videos and additional information.
At $1799, the A&futura SE200 is the world’s first music player to boast a multi-DAC set-up – two Sabre ESS9068AS DACs (in dual configuration) as well as a single AKM4499EQ. For those wondering what a DAC is, it refers to a chip that takes digital data and transforms it into an analog audio signal. Most smartphones contain only a very basic DAC that produces decent sound for you to carry on a conversation, but not optimal for high quality music recordings. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Unlike other artists, Refik Anadol transforms pools of data into mesmerizing art. That’s right, when Anadol comes across an interesting data sets, they’re processed into swirling visualizations of how computers see the world by using artificial intelligence-powered machine learning algorithms. These techniques are used to filter and / or expand the raw material, which is then shown on large screens or projected onto walls and entire buildings. Read more for a video and additional information.