Four weeks from today the Hackaday Superconference comes alive for the fifth year. From engineering in challenging environments to elevating the art form of electronics, here are nine more talks that will make this a year to remember.
In addition to the slate of speakers below there are three other …read more
Robert Eggers new black-and-white arthouse drama The Lighthouse is the kind of film thats just about impossible for a studio to market. Its nominally a horror film, set in the brutal isolation of a remote, storm-wracked coastal lighthouse in the 1890s. But its hard to say what kind of horror film Eggers and his brother and co-writer Max Eggers deliberately keep the details ambiguous. It centers on an older lighthouse keeper (Willem Dafoe) who takes on a young, initially reticent apprentice (Robert Pattinson) who eventually turns belligerent. As tensions rise between them, they deal with events that might be hallucinations, or an assault by the supernatural. Its the kind of film that deeply frustrates conventional horror fans who…
Hackaday Editors Mike Szczys and Elliot Williams opine on the coolest hacks we saw this week. This episode is heavy with 3D printing as Prusa released a new, smaller printer, printed gearboxes continue to impress us with their power and design, hoverboards are turned into tanks, and researchers suggest you …read more
Google announced a new version of its two-year-old Pixel Buds headphones on Tuesday, alongside the new Pixel 4 phone. The Pixel Buds 2 are smaller and lighter, and they also ditch that fabric-colored cord that connected the original pair. Theyre truly wireless earbuds now, and that makes them a better contender against Apples AirPods, the Samsung Galaxy Buds, and others.
We wont know exactly how they sound or how well theyll work till 2020, since Google wont be shipping them until then. But what we can talk about right now is their design and fit, which is more important to some consumers than even sound quality, and just how much competition they already have right now.
The file apparently refers to a new MacBook Pro model designated MacBookPro16,1 (which in and of itself just indicates that its a new model the 16 here is likely just a coincidence based on how Apple does its model numbering), and features a thumbnail image for what definitely looks like a larger MacBook Pro with thinner bezels than the current 15-inch models icon.
On November 11, the Edgeryders nonprofit assocation is bringing me to Brussels for a day-long event called The Science Fiction Economics Lab, where I’ll be jointly keynoting with Edgeryders economist Alberto Cottica, a lifelong science fiction fan, about radical futuristic economic ideas for a more cooperative, sustainable future.
It’s a stage-setting exercise that then leads into an Extinction Rebellion workshop called “Reclaiming Utopia,” and the next day, November 12, will be a full-day workshop designing “fictional economies…t do not exist in fully realized form, but are nevertheless internally coherent and could, in principle, come to pass, and are radically different from the economy we do have.” It all wraps with a giant party on Nov 15 (“Because if we cant dance, we dont want your alt-economy”).
The event is running a crowdfunder to help defray costs, with copies of my novel Walkaway and other premiums for backers.
The maiden voyage of the Sci-Fi Economics Lab consists of four parts:
November 11th: A double keynote lecture by science fiction author Cory Doctorow and economist Alberto Cottica, moderated by Kirsten Dunlop. The lecture focuses on the experience of living in a different economy would be like (Doctorow, drawing on his and others work, in particular Walkaway); a professional economists point of view on the viability of such a fictional economy (Cottica), and a discussion of the path to get from here to there (all three).
On November 11th, Reclaiming Utopia, a workshop where we learn how to mobilize ourselves for the more humane, fairer, greener economy we want.
Russian artist Roman Booteen modifies coins with incredible engravings and feats of mechanical engineering. This coin features a beating heart. Other exquisite examples of his work are below. He also customizes Zippo lighters.
If you are building a home shop, it is common to try to get the cheapest gear you can possibly get. However, professionals often look at TCO or total cost of ownership. Buying a cheap car, for example, can cost more in the long run compared to buying an expensive …read more
There are so many streaming options available these days, and so many conflicting recommendations, that its hard to see through all the crap you could be watching. Each Friday, The Verges Cut the Crap column simplifies the choice by sorting through the overwhelming multitude of movies and TV shows on subscription services, and recommending a single perfect thing to watch this weekend.
What to watch
V for Vendetta, the 2006 movie adaptation of the politically charged graphic novel by writer Alan Moore and artist David Lloyd. Set in a dystopian future England, the film stars Natalie Portman as idealistic young woman Evey Hammond, who becomes a protégée of V, an anarchist revolutionary (Hugo Weaving) in a Guy Fawkes mask. The original…
So this week on The Vergecast, hosts Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Paul Miller go through all the products Google announced at its hardware event on Tuesday, then invite senior reporter Adi Robertson and Silicon Valley editor Casey Newton on to discuss Zuckerbergs speech at Georgetown University on Thursday.
Ever struggle with what to write? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of web development prompts and article ideas to help cure even the worst cases of writer’s block. So, take a moment, check out the prompts below, pick one (or more!), and get to writing.
Also, please feel free to comment on this post to bounce around ideas, ask questions, or share which prompt(s) you’re working on.
Nintendos Ring Fit Adventure, the spiritual successor to the Wii Fit that launches today for the Switch, is a genuinely fun way to work up a sweat. After playing it regularly for two weeks, my colleague Andrew Webster noted in his review that Ring Fit Adventure is an easy way to fit physical activity into your life. But its got another perk, one that Nintendo developers probably didnt intend for (and dont condone): the mini-games are perfect party games, best played when everyones a little tipsy. In my experience, it might even be more fun to play with a crowd than Super Mario Party.
The issue with Super Mario Party is that its not really made for spontaneous play if you want to play with more than two people, you have to plan…
Nearly a year after launch, RED has dropped the price on its Hydrogen One smartphone to $645 a price that is still too expensive for what you get, and even at launch, would not have justified all of the phones shortcomings. The 50 percent price drop, spotted by Sascha Segan of PCMag, seems to have been implemented on REDs website sometime in the past week. The phone originally sold for $1,295.
Even with this dramatic price drop, the Hydrogen One remains a terrible deal. A brand new iPhone 11 a remarkably better phone, with much better cameras and video shooting capabilities (something RED fans might care about) costs just $54 more. And most year-old phones are even cheaper: the iPhone XR is now down to $599, and Googles Pixel 3…
As Ikea had announced earlier in the year, the US is only getting the Fyrtur blackout blinds, not the lighter Kadrilj model. Ikea is selling eight sizes of the blinds, ranging from 23 inches wide (for $129) to 48 inches (for $179). As my colleague Thomas Ricker notes in his review, the shades cant be cut: theyre all 76 3?4 inches long, with the maximum length that they unroll to limited by the user as part of the setup process.
While Ikeas website doesnt list all the models just yet, Reddit user HomeKit_Hero has h…
As much as vaping has taken over the market during the last decade, there’s still a lot of questions about the technology, as well as health concerns that we’re just now finding out about. One thing you can say about smoking: You know exactly what you’re getting, especially when it comes to pipes that you can fill with your choice of herb.
Not to say that makers aren’t trying to improve on the process. If you haven’t picked up a pipe in a while, there’s a good reason to trade up from that old glass unit you’ve been using since college: The Genius Pipe.
The slim design evokes what you might see in a pocket vaporizer, but that’s where the similarity ends. Pop open the EVOLUTION slider on the top and you’ll find a bowl ready to load. (The sliding cover also allows you to pre-load and carry your Genius around for a quick toke on the go.)
Inside, the simple but meticulously-built architecture of the smoke chamber allows for a surprisingly clean pull. That’s because of a series of raised aluminum dimples that the smoke travels across on its way to complete a perfect hit. They effectively spread more air and lengthen the journey from the bowl to your mouth, cooling as it goes. It’s an effect reminiscent of a water bong, only without the diluting effect on taste.
The wide, slim profile of the Genius Pipe helps with the cooling airflow, but it also gives it a striking look. Read the rest
The nine-camera security system included with Tesla cars is the gift that keeps on giving, if not for automobile owners and their insurers. Here’s another vandal caught on tape keying an electrical vehicle for reasons known only to him. This gentleman offers the camera a smirk on the way out of the Davies Park and Ride in Edmonton, Alberta.
This occurred October 12th, 2019 to a friend of mine, while his car was parked for an Eskimos football game. It is super upsetting that folks think it is acceptable to damage other people’s property, regardless of the reason. Unfortunately, Alberta doesn’t require front license plates. If anyone happens to recognize this individual, please contact the Edmonton Police, file # 19149663.
Volvo Group has established a new dedicated business group focused on autonomous transportation, with a mandate that covers industry segments like mining, ports and moving goods between logistics hubs of all kinds. The vehicle maker has already been active in putting autonomous technology to work in these industries, with self-driving projects including at a few […]
It pairs with an app, and is activated when the user makes the sign of the cross:
When activated, the user has the possibility to choose either to pray the standard rosary, a contemplative Rosary and different kinds of thematic rosaries that will be updated every year. Once the prayer begins, the smart rosary shows the users progress throughout the different mysteries and keeps track of each rosary completed.
When I hear electronic cross, I think of Dan Simmons’s Hyperion series, and am not enthused to hear the eRosary “records and provides your health data, so you are encouraged to have a better lifestyle.”
Before we begin, let’s first make sure that our understanding of functions in general is solid.