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Technically speaking, a computer mouse is essentially a handheld pointing device that detects two-dimensional motion relative to a surface, which is translated into the motion of a pointer on a display to allow for smooth control of the graphical user interface. Did you know that computer engineer Bill English helped inventor Douglas Engelbart build the first mouse prototype in 1964? We’ve come a long way since then, and have seen countless versions of this device over the years, and the latest is “The Hemisphere” by industrial designer Deokhee Jeong. Read more for additional pictures and information.
UAE’s Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, nicknamed “The Rainbow Sheikh,” has built what could quite possibly be the strangest looking SUV youl’l ever see. It’s called Dhabiyan, and it’s basically a 10-wheeled vehicle, based on the Oshkosh M1075 military truck spliced with a Jeep Wrangler, powered by a 15.2L 6-cylinder Caterpillar C15 diesel engine generating 600hp. This monster weighs in at 24-tons and measures 10,8m in length, 2.5 meters in width, and 3.2 meters in height. Read more for another video and additional information.
Marc Köhlbrugge launched Expensive.chat as a social experiment, and it’s basically a web-based chat service where every letter typed costs $0.01. This chatroom has somewhat been gamified with a leaderboard showing users who have spent the most money up top. As you scroll through the messages, you’ll realize that most of them are just advertisements for services, and there’s a box at the bottom to post your own. The website accepts Stripe, debit, and credit cards for payment. Read more for a Tweet showing how to get more than your money’s worth.
Thomas the Tank Engine is now in the Resident Evil 2 Remake, thanks to modder ZombieAli who used the sound effects of DJ Pop to replace Mr. X’s soundboard with steam whistles and what not. The mod, currently available on Nexus Mods, only replaces the visuals, so for the complete experience, you’ll definitely want to replace the sound files, too. Read more for another gameplay video and additional information.
Most spiders prey on other smaller invertebrates like crickets and moths, but once in a while, they like to hunt larger creatures, such as opossums.
“Invertebrates preying on vertebrates is common, but it’s generally not assumed to be an important source of mortality for amphibians and reptiles,” said von May, a biologist at the University of Michigan. His research team captured a giant tarantula preying upon a small opossum in the Peruvian jungle. Read more to see what happened.
Microsoft’s Anechoic Chamber at their Redmond Campus is currently the quietest room on Earth, according to Guinness World Records, and this $1.5-million creation just might drive you crazy if you’re stuck in there for too long. It’s designed to test headphones and other hardware, so even just hearing your constant breathing might be a bit too much after 45-minutes or so. “Some people come in for a minute and want out immediately. People can’t handle it, it rattles their brains, it’s sensory deprivation,” said Hundraj Gopal, Microsoft’s principal human factors engineer, to DailyMail. Read more for a 360° video and additional information.
A 25-year-old woman from Taiwan constantly used her smartphone at maximum screen brightness for two years and managed to do some serious damage to her eyes, including burning 500 small holes into her cornea. Why was her screen brightness set to maximum? She discovered it was much easier to read messages even in bright sunlight, but eventually, it was never turned back, even when watching videos with the light off. After a while, she would often wake up with bloodshot eyes and had blurred vision throughout the day until things got so bad that she finally consulted an ophthalmologist. Read more for the news report and additional information.
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The Fast & Furious franchise has been known for its outlandish vehicles, especially the Toyota Supra that late actor Paul Walker made famous, and that has inspired custom vehicle mashups, like this one. The last place you’d probably expect a Toyota Supra 3.0L inline-six 2JZ-GTE turbo engine is in a “hi-riser,” or in other words, a traditional, full-size, body on frame, V8 powered, rear wheel drive American-built sedan modified by significantly increasing the ground clearance. This 1973 Chevrolet Impala by an auto enthusiast named Craig may look normal at first glance, but it’s much more than meets the eye. Read more for a video showing why.
Always wanted to make plasma at home? You can with just a grape, knife, and a microwave oven that you don’t mind potentially ruining. Simply cut a single grape nearly in half, leaving a bit of skin connecting the halves, then microwave it by itself, and after a few seconds, you’ll be able to view a bright fireball-like plume of plasma, or to be more scientific, a stream of charged particles called ions that leap from one half to the other, then rise upward. Read more for another video explaining why this happens.
Russia-based Caviar has introduced their latest line of luxury iPhone models, and it’s called “The Great Presidents Collection”. Limited to just 99-units each, they’re available in iPhone XS and iPhone XS models since they take 10-days to make, complete with a luxurious black leather box. The handsets feature 24-carat gold plating and shows a portrait of one of the former presidents, with a quote directly from the president underneath their bust. One caveat: prices start at $4,900+. Read more for a hands-on unboxing and additional information.