Sphero 2.0 was ARM-ed and dangerous at CES 2014

Sphero is a great game involving a governed robotic ball, and mobile app controls. At CES 2014, the company revealed the Sphero 2.0 powered by an ARM Cortex M4 processor.

A DiskVaccuum For Obsolete Disk Formats

[Jim] has a box of disks for a very old Compucolor II computer, and with bit rot slowly setting in he figured it might be time to dump all those disks to a more permanent format. After reviewing the existing tools to read these disks, he decided to build his own floppy disk interface that he calls the DiskVaccuum.The DiskVaccuum is based on a Papilio Pro FPGA board and a few chips worth of level conversion.

Valve's SteamBox could be a developer workstation

Apple helped to turn itself into a developer darling with OS X in the late 90s. Now, can the SteamBox be a viable alternative.

Airbnb's New Office Has a Replica of the Dr. Strangelove War Room

There are many ways for a startup to burn through $326 million in venture capital. You could hire lobbyists, grease political levers, launch a 24/7 hotline for complaints from the disrupted, and even build a conference room for software developers modeled after the War Room in Dr. Strangelove. Airbnb opted for ALL OF THE ABOVE.San Francisco magazine says the room, which has its own Foursquare listing, is all part of the "arms race" for inspirational office space so you will never (ever ever) stop working.

Home Theater for One Shakes Souls, Removes Fillings

Sometimes an earth-shaking home theater setup just won’t do. A speaker enclosure can only fill the average sized room with so much sound. [Kevin] has figured out a way around this. Do away with the room, and build the home theater INSIDE the speaker enclosure! [Kevin’s] creation is called Humorously Maniacal Milwaukee Makerspace Multimedia Machine, (or HMMMMMM for short). As the name implies, HMMMMMM was created at the Milwaukee Makerspace. The HMMMMMM reminds us a bit of the sensory deprivation chambers which were so popular in the 70’s.

Should all Quadrotors Look like This?

In recent years, quadrotors have exploded in popularity. They’ve become cheap, durable, and can do some really impressive things, but are they the most efficient design? The University of Queensland doesn’t think so.Helicopters are still much more efficient and powerful due to their one big rotor, and with the swashplate mechanism, perhaps even more maneuverable — after all did you see our recent post on collective pitch thrust vectoring? And that was a plane!

The Throwable, Panoramic Ball Cam Is Finally Hereā€”and It's Incredible

When we first got wind of a throwable, 36-lens compound camera that automatically snaps 360-degree panoramas at the height of its toss, we were already impressed—and that was jus the prototype (seen above on the right). Now, the officially named Panono camera is nearly half its former size,

3D printing store set for Oxford Street as V&A displays printed gun

Not long ago the idea of 3D printing was as outlandish as a flying car. This autumn it becomes a tangible if bizarre reality for everyone. On London\\'s Oxford Street the groundbreaking technology is to be made available to department store customers who want to buy a reproduction ...

Tesla Model S Achieves Best Safety Rating of Any Car Ever Tested

Independent testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the Tesla Model S a 5-star safety rating, not just overall, but in every subcategory without exception. Approximately one percent of all cars tested by the federal government achieve 5 stars across the board. NHTSA does ...

Coke Offers Israelis 3D Printed Versions of Themselves

To promote Coke's new mini bottle in Israel, Gefen Team came up with a mini-me themed promotion that nicely encapsulated the mini-ness of the new bottle.Using the 360 degree scanning and 3D printing technologies, the agency built a 3D printing lab inside Coca-Cola's main factory in Israel.