Category Archives: Tech


An ingenious creation by amateur engineer Human Controller – a robotised Rubik’s Cube that can solve itself in minutes, whether held in the hand or tumbling over a flat surface.

Geek off on the internal gubbins here.

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A brief taste of an experimental open-world environment called ‘Emergence’, currently under construction by UK design studio Universal Everything.

In this bizarre, mesmeric and unnerving space, a glowing yellow character controlled by the user is surrounded by swarms of anonymous people who react to the character’s movement. To wit:

…the primal feeling of maintaining your individual identity whilst being part of a crowd. As you immerse yourself in a crowd of thousands, shafts of light beckon you closer. As you touch the light, the environment – its atmosphere, its gravity and the choreography of the crowd – transform in powerful ways, continually challenging your perception.

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Behold: the Acer Predator Thronos – a reclining gaming cockpit with a footrest, a desk for keyboard and mouse and a huge motorised arm that can accommodate three 27” monitors for panoramic viewing.

No price announced as yet.

Also, no big-drink cupholder.

I know, right?

Worst. Marathon gaming chair. Ever.

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In 2015, visual FX artist Rouselos Aravantinos conducted an age reduction demonstration with actress Michele Valley (first video).

This year, he repeated the experiment with the latest ‘live’ retouching technology.

Believe nothing you see on a screen.

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Behold the Hubblephone – a virtually all-screen 5G clamshell due for release in 2020 from the ludicrously over-named Hong Kong company Turing Space Industries.

A 14.3 x 7.6 x 0.6cm  ‘main deck’ extends over the top and down the back of the phone with a 50MP, 15x optical zoom camera. An ‘upper deck’ with its own processor and GPU features a further two 12.6cm screens and three 12MP cameras. 

Yours for €2,400, if it ever sees the light of day.

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All aboard the Gelmerbahn in the Swiss Alps – a very steep (106° at its most precipitous), 1,060m long funicular railway –  captured returning to base in time-lapse by Raphael Sandoz.

Alternatively, here’s the full 8 minute descent in real time.

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A tiny pogo-jumping bot created by UC Berkeley’s Biomimetic Millisystems Lab.

Salto 1-P (an acronym for saltatorial locomotion on terrain obstacles) is designed to mimic the saltatorial (jumping) locomotion of animals like kangaroos and rabbits.

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Some possibly dubious interstellar pop science from E.C. Henry.

Because you need to know about the relative speed and drag coefficient of various spacecraft in the Star Wars universe.

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A very impressive LEGO Mindstorms bridge-building rig constructed back in 2012 by (presumably off-duty but you’d never know) boffins at the Oslo And Akershus University Of Applied Science.

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