Ah, the autorouter. Inside every PCB design tool, there’s a function called the ‘autorouter’. This function, when used correctly, is able to automagically lay traces between pads, producing a perfect board in under a minute. The trouble is, no one uses it. We have been told not to trust the autorouters and we hear a lot of other dire warnings about it. The autorouter never works. The autorouter will put traces everywhere. The autorouter doesn’t consider floorplanning, and sometimes you’re going to get traces that go right through the edge of your board. Is avoiding the autorouter sound advice?
Smart home company Nest today announced that a promised Google Assistant update for its Cam IQ security camera has now arrived, which brings Googles voice-based artificial intelligence platform to the indoor version of the camera.
Fans of genre film have probably seen Joel Harlows work, even if they didnt realize it at the time. The longtime makeup designer and MorphologyFX founder got his start on horror films in the 1980s, including two of the Toxic Avenger films, and went on to multiple Oscar nominations (for The Lone Ranger and Star Trek Beyond) and one win (for 2009s Star Trek). Hes worked with Johnny Depp on films from the Pirates of the Caribbean series to Alice In Wonderland to Tusk, and on superhero movies from 2000s X-Men to Green Lantern to Logan. His work includes designing prosthetics and props as he explained to The Verge in a 2017 interview about his extensive work on Logan, Morphology FX is an all-in-one effects shop that operates onsite at…
After Google announced earlier this month that it was going to wrap Nest back into Google’s hardware operation, everyone figured we’d see a bit more overlap between the two. Sure enough, just two weeks later: the Nest Cam IQ Indoor is getting support for Google Assistant. Nest says the app update that lets users toggle Google Assistant functionality should hit sometime today. The… Read More
Just a quick bit of news for those with Nest cams around the house: a new, cheaper Nest Aware (read: the cloud recording service that also gives the camera a bit more smarts) plan is on the way. Nest has long offered two plans: a $10/month plan that lets you store the last 10 days of video history, and a $30/month plan that gave you 30 days of video history. This new plan will cost $5 per… Read More
Qualcomm is ready to show off more about what its Snapdragon 845 system architecture can do for the future of VR. Even as headsets based on the Snapdragon 835 reference design — like Lenovo’s positionally tracked Daydream headset — are just gearing up for their stateside release, we’re already looking to what the future of VR that isn’t tethered to something… Read More
Anthony Atala, director of Wake Forest Universitys Institute for Regenerative Medicine, is developing techniques to 3D print human organs for transplant using an individual’s own cells as the “ink.” That way, the transplanted organ won’t trigger the patient’s immune system to reject it as a foreign body. From National Geographic:
(For example,) to create an ear, the printer lays down a pliable, porous scaffold made of hydrogel, a kind of polymer. The scaffold is covered with skin cells and cartilage cells, which grow and fill in the ear-shaped form. The hydrogel eventually biodegrades; after about six months the ear is composed entirely of human cells.
[Matt Obal] had a problem. The local skatepark was too far to skateboard, but close enough to bike. Carrying a skateboard on a bicycle is a rather awkward (and unsafe) maneuver. [Matt’s] answer to the problem is Truck Stop, a bicycle mounted skateboard carrier he developed and is manufacturing himself.
[Matt’s] work on Truck Stop began about a year ago, with his purchase of a 3D printer. He designed a seat back mounted device that secures the skateboard by wedging between the truck and the board itself. The design is printed in PLA and is hollow. Truck Stop’s strength comes …read more
Netflix has released the first look at its upcoming reboot of the classic science fiction TV series Lost in Space, which will debut on the service on April 13th.
The company announced the revival in 2016. The show will keep the premise of the original 1965 show: the Robinson family heads into space to establish a new colony but lands on a different world after an accident. The trailer suggests an updated but retro look for the tech and gear, as various members of the Robinson family board their ship in their space suits, accompanied by narration about the adaptability of humanity. The context suggests that Earth isnt a safe place to live anymore, prompting the efforts to establish a new colony.
With the NFL season now over, players finally have time to focus on their passions and side projects, which can be anything from an externship on Capital Hill to angel investing in startups. Some of these activities are facilitated through the NFL Player’s Association, which actually runs a tech accelerator designed to trade player licensing rights for equity. The accelerator is called… Read More
Comedian Jena Friedman killed it in her recent standup set on Conan. I somehow missed this a couple of weeks ago when it came out. Glad it landed in my feed today.
If you liked this, she’s got a new special on Adult Swim called “Soft Focus with Jena Friedman” that’s hilarious too. Her segment with Gilberto Valle (the “Cannibal Cop“) is simultaneously subversive and awkward. Win-win!
The lathe is known as the King of Machine Tools for a reason. There are very few things that you cant make with one. In fact, people love to utter the old saw that the lathe is the only machine tool that can make itself. While catchy, I think thats a bit disingenuous. Its more accurate to say that there are parts in all machine tools that (arguably) only a lathe can make. In that sense, the lathe is the most fundamental machine tool. Before you harbor dreams of self-replication, however, know that most of an early lathe would be …read more
Every millimeter of space matters when youre trying to build increasingly complex electronics into increasingly tiny packages, and the relatively spacious SIM card has long been an area of frustration for hardware manufacturers. Now, the chip design company ARM may have an answer: an integrated component called an iSIM thats built into the same chip as the processor.
ARM says the iSIM will take up a fraction of a millimeter squared, whereas the current SIM standard Nano SIMs are about 12.3 x 8.8mm in size, not including the hardware usually needed to house them. Not only will that save space, but ARM says itll more importantly save on costs, too: instead of paying tens of cents per card, manufacturers will be paying…
English filmmaker Alex Garland has the right to demonstrate a bit of creative ego. After finding success with his debut novel The Beach at age 26, he moved to screenwriting, scripting the genre favorites 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Dredd. He seamlessly transitioned to directing with Ex Machina, a cerebral, thought-provoking look at artificial intelligence, personal agency, and what it means to be human. But at a Beverly Hills interview about his newest film, Annihilation, he came across as confident but surprisingly humble. He characterizes his successes as the result of creative collaboration a far cry from the solitary writing that launched his career.
Adapted from Jeff VanderMeers novel of the same name, Annihilation follows a…
Truly wireless headphones are the holy grail for Bluetooth headphone companies, but with the exception of a couple of models like Apples AirPods it seems like most of the industry is still trying to figure out how to get them to work.
Facebook Messenger now allows you to add more friends and family members to your audio and video chats while theyre still in progress. With a new feature introduced today, you can add people to an ongoing audio or video call while youre still talking, rather than having to hang up and manually add people into a conversation before restarting the call.
To add someone while youre on a video or audio chat, tap on the screen and select the new add person icon, then tap on the people you want to add. After youve hung up, you can message everyone in the conversation in an automatically created group chat in your Facebook inbox.
Its winter in New York, and heated jackets exist. Even heated jackets with apps exist. But until now, there hasnt been one that claims to be intelligent and able to automatically adjust to a wearers habits. Ministry of Supply launched a Kickstarter campaign today for its Mercury Intelligent Heated Jacket, which it says will learn wearers behavior over time and adjust its heating patterns in turn.
The jacket has three heating elements: one in each pocket and one in the back. Those are powered by a 10,000mAh (swappable) battery that charges over USB Type-A. Overall, the jacket produces 10 watts of heat and can reach up to 135 degrees Fahrenheit. The heating elements turn off automatically if they exceed that temperature, Ministry…
Sequels are hard. For hit games, its even harder: following up something that was beloved by millions of people involves a balance of expanding your idea while also maintaining the stuff that made people love it in the first place. You only need to look at the lackluster receptions of recent big-budget gaming sequels that have dashed themselves to pieces on the rocky shores of fan expectations, like Destiny 2, Star WarsBattlefront II, and Middle-earth: Shadow of War.
A site like Buttrcup [NSFW] is hard to explain. Because the world is awash in “risqué” photography, why should we pay creators? And why does the world need another site dedicated to “sexy, risqué and yet not too explicit” content? Sure, because good, well-lit content that can actually benefit models is almost impossible to find. Created by Molly Murphy and Michael… Read More