Nike’s Joyride Run Flyknit want to put more bounce in your step, and from most angles, it looks like any other running shoe, but its cushioned soles are embedded with something you don’t see everyday. To be more specific, the soles houses responsive pods that each contain thousands of tiny red and blue TPE beads, separated into sections that allow them to expand multi-directionally as you walk or run. It’s claimed to to create a more personalized and unique experience for each runner. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
The International Space Station is about to get slimy, or at least with Nickelodeon’s iconic green slime, featured on such shows as “Slime Time Live” in the early 2000s and Double Dare from back in the 1980s. Some of this slime will launch into space today (July 24) aboard a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft in food-grade pouches. However, this isn’t meant for ISS crew members to slime each other, but rather experiments. Read more for a video and additional information.
Amazon’s Key In-Car delivery service has expanded to Honda / Acura vehicles with HondaLink’s Remote Services package. Simply put, Amazon will drop off orders directly into the trunk of your car. The service is completely free if you meet all the requirements, and your vehicle is in a easy-to-find place, such as a public garage at work. That means you won’t have to wait all day for your package while not at home in hopes that it’s still there by the time you arrive. Read more for a video and additional information.
Always wanted to turn your own selfies into classical 15th century Renaissance paintings? If so, then artificial intelligence is here to save the day, or to be more specific, a website called AI Portraits. Researchers at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab created this website, which allows users to upload a selfie and wait while the algorithm, which by the way, was trained on 45,000 portrait images, to create a fake watercolor, oil or ink painting. Read more for a video of it in-action and additional information.
Most parents would cringe at the thought of their child dropping out of school for any reason, much less to game, but that’s exactly what Dave Herzog, a 49-year-old entrepreneur from Sudbury, Canada, planned for his son Jordan. That’s right, since he’s a longtime gamer himself, Jordan sparked his interest in a possible eSports career when he won his first Halo tournament, and took home $2,000 worth of gaming apparel. Now, 16-year-old Jordan “Crimz” Herzog is already one of the world’s top Fortnite players, already having qualified for this year’s World Fortnite Championship along with 200 other players from around the world. Read more for two videos and additional information.
With how fast technology is progressing, just hearing someone say “world’s fastest” doesn’t quite have the same effect it used to, that is unless…you’re talking about this shed. Based on a 1999 Volkswagen Passat, this vehicle had to be completely built from the ground up with an additional metal frame to give the wooden exterior strength, while power comes from an Audi RS4-sourced 4.2-liter V8 engine generating 455-horsepower, all running the Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Always wanted to stay in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile? If so, then you’re in luck, as it’s now available to rent in Chicago through Airbnb, but only for a limited time, or to be more specific, during the annual Lollapalooza music festival (August 1-4). The booking page will go live on July 24th and be priced at $136-per-night for two-person occupancy. Inside, you’ll get a one-bed, one-bath, a mini-fridge “stocked with Oscar Mayer hot dogs and all the Chicago-style hot dog essentials” and even an Oscar Mayer brand grill that guests can take home with them. Read more for the news report, additional pictures and information.
Elon Musk’s start-up Neuralink, founded in 2016, wants to connect your brain directly to computers. How does it work? It involves drilling holes into the brain with a custom machine to embed thin threads that connect to a tiny processor, which communicates with a smartphone over Bluetooth, and as more people sign up, the installation process will be as quick and painless as Lasik eye surgery. Musk wants to have its first human patient equipped with the technology before the end of 2020 after FDA approval. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
Two extremely rare rainbow blanket octopuses were captured on camera during a night dive off the coast of Romblon, Philippines by Joseph Elayani. Its rapid color change is due to a reaction it has to the different light levels from the camera, and doubles as a defense mechanism against would-be predators. This rare species of cephalopod is native to tropical and sub-tropical regions deep down under the waves, thus they rarely m,ake contact with humans. Read more for a video and additional information.
Put simply, metamaterials are basically artificial materials engineered to have properties not found in naturally occurring materials, best known as materials for the ‘invisibility cloak’. AI is capable of precisely designing artificial atoms that are smaller than the wavelength of light and by controlling the polarization and spin of light, new optical properties are created not found in nature. Current methods require various trial and failures until the right material is obtained, but AI is expected to provide a hyper efficient solution for this problem. Read more for a video and additional information.