Parametric Hinges with Tinkercad

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Simple tools are great, but sometimes it is most convenient to just use something easy, and since it gets the work done, you don’t try out some of the other features. Tinkercad is a great example of that kind of program. It is actually quite powerful, but many people just use it in the simplest way possible. [Chuck] noticed a video about making a 3D-printed hinge using Tinkercad and in that video [Nerys] manually placed a bunch of hinges using cut and paste along with the arrow keys for positioning. While it worked, it wasn’t the most elegant way to …read more

Steven Spielberg says he’s played Mario on a PlayStation in VR

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Steven Spielberg has made a surprising revelation in an interview with Japanese news agency Kyodo. When asked whether he’d played any VR games — an obvious question given the theme of his latest movie, Ready Player One — the legendary director answered “I played Mario and so on on the PlayStation. The first time I tried it I didn’t want to take the goggles off.”

Did Spielberg just leak the existence of a shocking tie-up between Nintendo and Sony? Is Mario really coming to PlayStation, and in VR no less?

Well, almost certainly not. Which makes me wonder what Spielberg is talking about. Here are some of the possibilities that come to mind:

  • Spielberg played something on the PlayStation VR that he thought was a Mario game. There aren’t…

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Clouds are complicated, and these fabulous 3D renderings of real weather data prove it

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Some people, when they look up at the sky and see a cloud, think “dog” or “fluffy.” And some people think “it’s a waning cumulus with a feathered edge suggesting a pressure system from the north ending in an updraft, which would probably cause turbulence. Also looks a bit like a dog.” Clearly one of those people created these complex, beautiful renderings of weather data.

Detoured: Caltech’s Hackerspace

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Over the last few months, the folks over at the SupplyFrame Design Lab, home to Hackaday meetups, the Hackaday Superconference, and far, far too many interesting tools, have been spending their time visiting workshops and hackerspaces to see how they tick. Staff Designer of the Design Lab, [Majenta Strongheart], recently took a trip down the road to Caltech to check out their hackerspace. Actually, it’s a rapid prototyping lab, but a rose by any other name…

The prototyping lab at Caltech exists for a few reasons. The first, and most important, are the graduate students. This is a research facility, …read more

Leak shows every side of LG’s G7 ThinQ

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LG is just a week away from announcing its next flagship phone, the G7 ThinQ, but chances are, we’ve going to know every last thing about it before then thanks to a nonstop flow of leaks. A new image of the phone was posted to Twitter today by VentureBeat reporter and frequent phone leaker Evan Blass, showing every single side of the upcoming phone. There have been plenty of G7 leaks already, but this one leaves us nothing left to guess at — at least when it comes to the phone’s design.

Previously, G7 leaks showed that the phone would come in five colors, have the ability to hide its notch by blacking out the top of the screen, and include an extra button the left side. Last week, CNET reported that the button would be used to activate…

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Asus launches a new midrange phone in India to compete with Xiaomi

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Asus has announced a new midrange phone aimed at the Indian market and priced to appeal over the likes of competitors like Samsung and a host of Chinese brands, namely Xiaomi, which recently launched the popular Redmi Note 5 Pro.

The company says it chose features and specs for its new ZenFone Max Pro M1 based on results from a survey of over 2,000 Indian customers, according to Engadget. We’ve reached out to Asus for more information about what that survey entailed.

The ZenFone Max Pro M1 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro share a lot of similar features, including a six-inch 2160 x 1080 LCD screen, a midtier Snapdragon 636 processor, and facial recognition, but the ZenFone has a few advantages over the Redmi. It has a slightly larger 5,000mAh…

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Teens try to guess 1990s songs and their artists

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Ready to feel really old? In this React video, a group of older teens — they all seem to have been born right around the year 2000 — put on headphones to listen to select music from the 1990s. Their task is to guess the song’s title and the artist behind it. It surprised me a little that more of them knew Los Del Rio’s “Macarena” than Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic.” (Though, honestly, I didn’t recognize all the songs either and I lived through the 90s.)

Lost Voice Guy: Stand-up comedian wins over audience without uttering a word

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For a Britain’s Got Talent audition, stand-up comedian Lost Voice Guy (aka Lee Ridley) performed a brilliant set without speaking a word. The voiceless 37-year-old British comic used a synthetic voice machine to deliver his jokes which had the audience and judges in stitches.

He writes:

I also have Cerebral Palsy. I have no speech (I use a small machine called a Lightwriter to speak) and I walk with a limp. Don’t worry though, you can’t catch it from me. It just means that you better not get stuck behind me on the stairs if there’s a fire.

More of his comedy sets can be viewed on his website.

Super Mario 64: Ocarina of Time mashes up two Nintendo classics into one wild combination

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One YouTuber and game mod maker by the name of Kaze Emanuar, a notable Nintendo ROM hacker, has created something truly special: a mashup of two of Nintendo’s most beloved classics, Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The game, which was released last month, was featured today in a lengthy profile of Emanuar on Engadget. The article highlights the time and effort the mod maker put into his custom Mario-Zelda fusion. Essentially, Emanuar rebuilt all of Ocarina of Time within the Super Mario 64 engine, letting players traverse the land of Hyrule as Mario using all the same pristine jumping and platforming skills of Nintendo’s signature plumber.

It’s not an exact re-creation. Emanuar, a German citizen who worked on the…

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A university is giving scholarships to top Fortnite players

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A Midwestern university wants to recruit the nation’s best Fortnite players for its varsity esports team, and it’s throwing out the dough to bring on some quality talent. Ashland University in Ohio will embrace the feverishly popular battle royale title into its competitive esports program which it will officially launch this fall. Fortnite will join […]

The director of Marrowbone on why horror is the perfect genre

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When The Orphanage came out in 2007, screenwriter Sergio G. Sánchez almost instantly became an important figure to watch in the horror world. Guillermo del Toro, known for supporting ambitious, young Spanish and Mexican genre filmmakers, produced The Orphanage, and its combination of heavy atmosphere, potent scares, and heartbreaking drama made it one of the most memorable horror movies of the past 15 years. It also began a collaboration between Sánchez and director J.A. Bayona that continued with the 2012 disaster drama The Impossible.

With Marrowbone, which is now available on digital platforms and in a limited US theatrical release, Sánchez has made the move to directing, and the results are equally memorable. It’s a chilling, intense…

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Today is World Book Day — here’s what we’re reading

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Today is World Book Day, a day designated by UNESCO to celebrate reading, from books and authors to bookstores and libraries. To mark the occasion, we wanted to see what the larger group of Verge staffers have stacked on their nightstands, tucked away in their bags, or stored on their Kindles.

Here’s what some of the Verge staff are currently reading:

Image: Del Rey / Penguin Random House

Tasha Robinson: I’m just diving into Only Human, the third book in Sylvain Neuvel’s Themis Files series, which starts with parts of a giant, ancient, ultra-high-tech mecha-being discovered all over the world. Chaim talked to Neuvel last year about this series, and for anyone looking for a primer, that interview is a good intro to…

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Wonderful toy photography reveals delightful alternate realities

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Pro toy photographer Mitchel Wu creates these stunning scenes using “practical effects,” physical effects created without computer-generated imagery.

I create and craft stories through toy photography…capturing the illusion of motion and emotion where none exist. Bridging the gap between toys and the stories in one’s head – it’s all fun and games…

See more on Wu’s Instagram too!

(via PetaPixel)

Human hair as a computer interface

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UC Berkeley researcher and artist Eric Paulos and his students continue their explorations of “cosmetic computing” with a new prototype and paper about “Human Hair as Interactive Material.” If you’d like to coif your own computational locks, they’ve posted a how-to guide on Instructables. From their research page:

Human hair is a cultural material, with a rich history displaying individuality, cultural expression and group identity. It is malleable in length, color and style, highly visible, and embedded in a range of personal and group interactions. As wearable technologies move ever closer to the body, and embodied interactions become more common and desirable, hair presents a unique and little-explored site for novel interactions. In this paper, we present an exploration and working prototype of hair as a site for novel interaction, leveraging its position as something both public and private, social and personal, malleable and permanent. We develop applications and interactions around this new material in HäirIÖ: a novel integration of hair-based technologies and braids that combine capacitive touch input and dynamic output through color and shape change. Finally, we evaluate this hair-based interactive technology with users, including the integration of HäirIÖ within the landscape of existing wearable and mobile technologies.

For more, please listen to Mark Frauenfelder and I interview Eric about Cosmetic Computing in this episode of For Future Reference, a podcast from Institute for the Future:

Teardown: LED Bulb Yields Tiny UPS

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Occasionally you run across a product that you just know is simply too good to be true. You might not know why, but you’ve got a hunch that what the bombastic phrasing on the package is telling you just doesn’t quite align with reality. That’s the feeling I got recently when I spotted the “LED intellibulb Battery Backup” bulb by Feit Electric. For around $12 USD at Home Depot, the box promises the purchaser will “Never be in the dark again”, and that the bulb will continue to work normally for up to 3.5 hours when the power is …read more

Tiny Vacuum Chamber Arm to Help with Homemade Semiconductors

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[Nixie] wants to make semiconductors at home, and that requires some unusual tools. Chief among them is a vacuum chamber to perform thin-film deposition, and true to the hacker credo his is homemade, and will soon be equipped with a tiny manipulator arm with magnetically coupled mechanical controls.

If [Nixie]’s setup looks familiar, it might be because we featured his plasma experiments a few days ago. He was a little cagey then about his goal, but he’s come clean with his desire to make his own FETs (a project that is his 2018 Hackaday Prize entry). Doing so will require …read more

YouTube is officially a teenager today, which sounds about right

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YouTube’s first video — an 18-second clip with over 48 million views, not a whole lot of action, and exactly one genital innuendo — was uploaded 13 years ago today. The now-teenage platform may have started as a dating site, but it’s since expanded its role to include everything from viral videos to a platform for influencers to screw up in front of the entire world. That’s wild, given how tame its first video is.

In this historical artifact, aptly titled “Me at the zoo,” YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim stands in front of two elephants, explaining that “they have really, really, really long… trunks. And that’s cool.” (He adds that that is “pretty much all there is to say,” which is both definitely not how YouTube turned out and a…

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