Author: Conner Flynn

Self-Healing Polymers Make For Self-Healing Robots

Robotic teams everywhere are working on soft robots, because many situations need a gentle touch. Soft robots can squish into tight locations, pick up fragile objects without breaking them and more. However soft robots are obviously more easily damaged as well. Say a soft robot encounters something with sharp edges. Well, that soft material is damaged and basically the equivalent of a human with an open wound. To solve this, a team of researchers from Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium have developed a way to create soft machines that can heal themselves. The method is simple. They just use heat. In the video below, a robotic hand has artificial muscle that has self-healing properties. The hand gets stabbed and then proceeds to repair itself. The material is made of jelly-like rubbery polymers with many strands that reorganize and lock together when heat is introduced. This basically means that...

OJO Nintendo Switch Dock And Projector

One of the coolest things about the Nintendo Switch compared to other gaming consoles is the portability factor. You can take it with you and play games on the go and when you are home you can just dock it and play on your TV. But what if your TV isn’t available? Maybe your wife is watching Netflix, or maybe there is no TV where you are. The OJO projector is here to fill this niche. The OJO is being called the world’s first projector for the Nintendo Switch. You just dock the Switch and project your game onto another surface, like the wall. It claims to be able to project images as large as 120-inches at 200 lumens, and it has a 20,000mAh battery that lets you charge the Switch on the go, and other mobile devices too. This device is sure to be handy for gamers...

The NES30 Arcade Stick Works With Android and Nintendo Switch

Whenever Nintendo comes out with a new console, some retro arcade sticks always follow. Arcade sticks are perfect for certain kinds of games, like fighting games for instance and many of us grew up playing with arcade sticks in the arcade anyway, so we enjoy using them for other games. So it is no wonder that retro controller maker 8bitdo has introduced the good looking NES30 Arcade Stick. This arcade stick is a retro wireless controller with Bluetooth connectivity for wireless compatibility with the Nintendo Switch, Windows, Android, Mac and Steam. The built in battery will deliver up to 18 hours of continuous play time, so your fun doesn’t need to be interrupted. Other features include eight big red 30mm size buttons for all of those combos you need, D-Input and X-Input functionality, Turbo and d-pad/joystick modes. It is easily mod-able and customizable too. It is designed to...

This Personal Helicopter Looks Like a Drone

Loveland, Ohio company, Workhorse, has created a personal helicopter that is basically an oversized drone. It runs on electricity and gas and goes by the name “SureFly”. This drone is a two seater that has eight counter-rotating motors on four arms. It will fly at a range of 70 miles, and even has a backup battery that gives you five extra minutes of flight for safe landing. Yep, just little a drone. You would think that in a drone this size, you would get more than 5 extra minutes of flight time from a backup battery. You better bequick about whatever you need to do in that time. The SureFly is set to go into production in 2019, but if you have the disposable income, you can pre-order it right now from Workhorse’s website. It will cost you around $200,000. It is designed for safe and easy flight....

Make Your Own DIY TRON Helmet

We all love shiny and glowy things. Shiny and glowy things are just pretty. We are all like crows in that way. Well, here is something to crow about. Fans of the TRON movies who want to bring the movie to life and have a cool helmet to wear, can try their hand at making their very own. This video from an episode of the AWE Me show DIY Prop Shop will show you how as the host build your very own version of a glowing helmet from the 1982 film Tron. The finished helmet looks awesome and has a super nice glow to it. The host uses a bike helmet to start things off and get the general. Other tools you will need are some markers, masking tape, cling wrap, scissors, glue,some foam, and some uv paint. In the movie itself they actually used a hockey helmet,...

Deeper Lock Bike Security Lock Makes Your Bike Extra Safe

Bike theft is a very common thing, sadly. These days thieves have more tools than ever in fact. It only takes a few seconds for a good thief to break your lock and be gone with your expensive bike. Luckily for bike riders, the ‘Deeper Lock’ Bike Security Lock is here to help. Unlike other locks and theft deterrents, this lock is permanently attached to your bicycle and can be activated to immobilize your bike. Your typical lock only secures your bike to something else, or will lock up your tires if you run a cable through them with a lock. This is a more true anti-theft device since the thief can’t easily get rid of it. The lock uses a loud alarm system that will sound if the bike is moved or if a thief tries to steal it. And if they do steal it, the GPS...

This Is What Happens When You Microwave An Airbag

We all have our hobbies. Some people relax by playing video games, for others gardening is a great way to pass the time. Binge watching your favorite Netflix series in one sitting is a good choice too. The Slow Mo Guys? They like to do things like deploying airbags in microwave ovens. To each their own. Sure, it is fun to destroy things, but this is also for science. They wanted to capture the destruction at 2,000 frames per second to see exactly what happens. We all love to watch things getting demolished, right? Of course we do. But also science! So what did their “research” find? Well, it is pretty much what you would expect. The first microwave gets destroyed, while second microwave’s door shoots off like a missile, launched by some deadly Hot Pocket full of gunpowder. All I can say is, they were lucky that...

Sony’s PS4 Outsold Both Xbox One And Nintendo Switch Last Month

It is no secret that Sony’s PS4 console has generally outsold the Xbox One ever since they both came out back in 2013. In fact the PS4 has been in the lead the whole time, even though some months have seen the Xbox One outsell the PlayStation 4 in the United States. And now, the latest figures from The NPD Group show that the PlayStation 4 has outsold not just the Xbox One, but also the relatively new Nintendo Switch in the United States last month. This is surprising since the Switch is so new still. Both Microsoft and Sony have released several versions of these consoles. Sony added the PlayStation 4 Pro and PlayStation 4 Slim to their lineup, while Microsoft launched the Xbox One S and will release the Xbox One X very soon. So there are a lot of factors at work here, one of them...

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