Here’s a DIY laser rifle which can explode a balloon at around 150 feet (45 meters) as well as some angry chemicals at a similar distance. Since there are plenty of videos of lasers doing that at around a meter, why shouldn’t doing so farther away be easy? Despite what many expect, laser beams don’t remain as straight lines forever. All light diverges over a distance. This makes it hard to create a laser which can do damage from more than around a meter and is why most demonstrations on YouTube are that distance or less.
Ask any 25-year old engineer what Labor Day means to him or her, and you might get an answer like: its the surprise three-day weekend after a summer of vacationing. Or its the day everyone barbecues at Dolores Park. Or its the annual Tahoe trip where everyone gets to relive college. Or simply, its the […]
Setting camera traps in your garden to see what local wildlife is around is quite popular. But [Chris Lam] has just one subject in mind: the hummingbird. He devised a custom setup to capture the footage he wanted using some neat tech.
To attract the hummingbirds, [Chris] used an off-the-shelf feeder — no need to re-invent the wheel there. To obtain the closeup footage required, a 4K action cam was used. This was attached to the feeder with a 3D-printed mount that [Chris] designed.
When it came to detecting the presence of a hummingbird in the video, there were various …read more
Whether or not you personally like the concept of the AirPod Bluetooth headphones is irrelevant, as an Apple product one thing is certain: all the cool kids want them. That also means that plenty of overseas manufacturers are pumping out janky clones for a fraction of the price for those who are more about the Apple look than the Apple price tag. Are they any good? No, of course not. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do something interesting with them.
[Igor Kromin] took apart a pair of fake AirPods and was predictably underwhelmed. So much so that he didn’t …read more
Twitter head Jack Dorsey sent out a tweet this afternoon hinting the social platform might get a couple of interesting updates to tell us who else is currently online and to help us more easily follow Twitter conversation threads. “Playing with some new Twitter features: presence (who else is on Twitter right now?) and threading […]
Skullcandy has always been an odd brand. Aimed at a younger, hipper audience, the headphones always featured wacky graphics and a lower price point. Now, facing competition from multiple players, they’ve decided to step up their game in terms of quality and style. Their two new models, the noise-cancelling Venue and the bass-heavy Crusher 360, […]
Google has confirmed to Toms Guide that it has no plans to release its own smartwatch this year. Earlier rumors had pointed to a likely release of a so-called Pixel Watch and many were expecting it would be announced alongside the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, and whatever else Google has planned for an expected October 9th hardware event.
If you are still holding out hope for some reason, Toms Guide didnt leave much room for doubt in Googles plans, confirming the news with the company after interviewing one of its executives:
Miles Barr, Googles director of engineering for Wear OS, said Friday during an interview that Google has no plans to release a smartwatch this year.
To think of a one-size-fits-all watch, I dont think were there…
Listen, if you’re the kind of person who wants to watch a rap video about scooters, here’s a rap video about scooters. Don’t let me stop you. Also, if you make it to the end, you might as well stick around for the credits. For one thing, you’ll learn that it was directed by Andrew […]
Only a few years ago, talking to your phone or computer felt really weird. These days, thanks to Alexa, the Google Assistant and (for its three users) Cortana and Bixby, it’s becoming the norm. At this year’s Disrupt SF 2018, we’ll sit down with AISense founder and CEO Sam Liang and Google’s Cathy Pearl to discuss the […]
I’ve been doing a lot of work with the Raspberry Pi lately for a book my daughter and I are writing, and I’m really liking the inexpensive Raspberry Pi Zero W. It’s a nifty little Linux computer that comes with built in WiFi & Bluetooth. This $24 kit comes with a couple of important adapters for the Pi W: a MiniHDMI-to-HDMI adapter and a MicroUSB-to-USB adapter. You will also need an SD card, and HDMI monitor, and a keyboard/mouse. Once you have these, you are minutes away from having a nice little computer setup.
Sara Haider, Twitters director of product management, tweeted a couple screenshots today showing off changes the platform is considering to make things more conversational.
Their solution? Threaded conversations and status indicators. They make the app look a lot more like Facebook comment threads.
hey Twitter. we’ve been playing with some rough features to make it feel more conversational here. presence and reply threading. still early and iterating on these ideas. thoughts? pic.twitter.com/3U3NvpHWPy
Disrupt SF (Sept 5-7) approaches with just a few days until things kick off. We have an all-star lineup that only TechCrunch can assemble, and were expecting our largest number of attendees yet. Check out our star-packed agenda here, and keep reading to find out everything you need to make for a stellar conference experience. […]
“Today is kind of a sucky day,” Village Voice owner Peter Barbey told newspaper staff in a phone call Friday. “Due to, basically, business realities, we’re going to stop publishing Village Voice new material.
Storing your most sensitive files locally on a hard drive is still (and probably always will be) the logical thing to do. But its not always the most convenient, which is why most of us look to cloud storage as a secondary option. It has its own set of benefits: its reasonably affordable, it makes sharing files easier, its ubiquitous across most operating systems and devices, and its just really nice to have a backup when your hard drive dies.
There are several services to pick from, and some of them are pretty similar. While common at their core offerings (to give you copious amounts of space to store files online), only a few go beyond that by giving users more free storage upfront, useful online productivity tools, and the option…
For me, it amounts to a useful guide to the next step. I like Suntory Toki a lot…
…but haven’t wanted to commit to more expensive or unusual options. Now I feel I know where to go, and I didn’t even have to look anything up on the internet.
The history and elaboration is neither exoticized nor blandly literal, with fascinating stories and descriptions of Japan’s unique methods and personalities (it all starts with a business partnership falling apart, naturally) fitting into the larger context Ashcraft seeks to throw light on, which is that Japanese whisky has a deep and broad heritage to match its now well-established quality.
It is, in all this, too dense: 135 pages is not quite enough for all the sidebars, photos, biographies and reviews to breathe, and as a result the basic historical narrative is as dense and occasionally superficial as a coffee-table book about famous generals or artists.
But I did want to know about Japanese peats, bartender fashions, handcrafted ice spheres and risque interwar-period advertisements as well as specific distilleries and beverages, so there’s nothing to complain about—except the Torys Extra.
In the past few years, IFA has become a laptop show. It may not be the place where companies like Apple or Microsoft show off their flashiest hardware, but when it comes to the midrange, workhorse laptops that dominate the shelves at Best Buy and desks at schools, IFA is where youll find them. Thats why its so interesting that theres been what feels like an overnight revolution in laptop screens at this years show: bezels are dead, and IFA killed them.
This isnt really a new trend in tech, either. The bezel-less revolution has been steadily rolling through smartphones for the past year. And where devices like the Essential Phone or iPhone X were once eye-catching, theyve quickly become the…
Beyerdynamic announced a new line of earphones at IFA yesterday that are all coming soon. The Byrd line of earphones are notable for having a flat design so if you lay on your side, they supposedly wont protrude into your ear.
First in the collection is the entry-level, in-ear, wired Beat Byrd earphones (pictured above). They have an orange cable, and they look pretty standard besides the flat casing. Beyerdynamic claims theyll have solid bass. The Beat Byrd earphone will be sold exclusively online on the companys website for 24.90 ($28.89) starting at the end of September.