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May 24 2018

An Interview with The Paper Airplane Guy, John Collins
An Interview with The Paper Airplane Guy, John Collins

World’s Smallest House Is Invisible to the Naked Eye

Look at this house. It looks a bit old and dilapidated, but it is the world’s smallest house. It measures a scant 300 x 300 micrometers, which means it’s too tiny for even a dust mite to make it into the door.

It was built by the nanorobotics team from the Femto-ST Institute in Besancon, France. The building of the tiniest house ever was to show off their µRobotex nanofactory. The construction was completed inside a vacuum chamber and required a process almost surgical in execution.

The team used a focused ion bean like scissors to cut a silica membrane. Once cut, a gas injection system was used to stick the edges of the structure in place. This project is the first time that the team was able to realize patterning and assembly with less than 2 nanometers of accuracy. This might be just the place for Antman to hang out when he’s really, really small.

[via Geek.com]


Scuf Vantage PS4 Controller Lets Players Customize to Their Heart’s Content

The PlayStation 4 is getting a new officially-licensed controller, with a shape is closer to an Xbox One controller rather than the familiar DualShock that fans know. The Vantage controller from Scuf Gaming offers many customization possibilities, and looks like a great option for PS4 players looking to get more out of their joysticks.

Among its capabilities, the new controller features adjustable triggers with extenders and stops, customizable thumbsticks, a paddle system and other features that give players an edge in all of their favorite games. Chck out the diagram below for a breakdown of everything that’s included.

Here is a rundown of some of the features:

  • Side-mounted right and left ‘Sax’ buttons – designed to fit the natural placement of a player’s fingers and provide additional configurability
  • Removable faceplate – makes it easy to change thumb sticks & personalize the controller
  • Advanced audio control for wired connection – a simple swipe of the audio touch bar adjusts the volume while players can keep their hands on the controller
  • Removable vibration modules – players can reduce the weight of the controller and lessen hand fatigue
  • Paddle control system with four removable back paddles
  • A quick-access remapping switch
  • Customizable thumbsticks with 3 different heights in either a concave or convex configuration
  • Adjustable Hair triggers
  • Trigger stops and extenders
  • Choice of D-pads
  • Interchangeable magnetic faceplate

For an additional $30, you can personalize your controller with a variety of color options, including a selection of faceplate, button, and trigger colors.

The wireless version costs $200, while the wired version is $170, though that one doesn’t include a travel case. The Scuf Vantage controller should be available late in summer 2018. I’m a DualShock guy, but to be honest, this is very tempting.

[via Comicbook]

May 23 2018

April’s Ultimate Shop Workbench
April’s Ultimate Shop Workbench

Kids In Transformers Costumes Are More Than Meets The Eye

Kids love to dress up in costumes, and there’s no better outfit for the little ones than some giant transforming mechs. Check out these three kids showing off their adorable Transformers costumes, which look awesome. There’s Optimus Prime, Starscream and Bumblebee. The costumes are not only perfect, but these kids are pros at the transforming game. They’re much better than in the movies, if you ask me.

They do take a little while to transform, because kids are easily distracted, but once they do, you’ll want to watch it again and again. Sadly, the whole thing was filmed in portrait mode, but at least they caught it on video so the rest of us could see it.

I hope you are paying attention, Michael Bay. Look how well these kids transform. Look at how effortless that is. It looks natural. And Shia Lebouf is nowhere in sight, which I also love. Although I did feel that this vertical video masterpiece could have used more Megan Fox.

This is some next level Transformers action right here. These kids get it done. We know they can transform, now they just have to practice rolling out.

Whoever made these costumes designed them perfectly. And even filmed vertically, this footage beats Michael Bay any day. I would pay to see this in theaters over his stuff.

[via Boing Boing]

The Fader Stealth Is a Lightweight, Stealthy, and Inexpensive Mini Drone

Deadpool Tapestry Throw Offers Maximum Warmness

Deadpool 2 is a very cool flick and if you haven’t seen it yet, I won’t spoil it (wear your white pants). If your local theater keeps it cool enough to freeze off your chimichangas, you might want to take this Deadpool Tapestry Throw with you. The woven blanket features an image of ‘Pool sitting at a table eating pizza, as his pals do the hard work outside.

The scene on the tapestry blanket is based on Julian Totino Tedesco’s cover for Thunderbolts #17. You can see Punisher, Elektra, and Venom outside fighting outside. The catch is that the characters other than Deadpool are hard to make out but trust us they are there.

ThinkGeek has the throw for $29.99, which is about the cost of a small popcorn at the theater these days. The throw is officially licensed and made from 100% polyester. Plus, it can be machine washed and dried so if you forget your brown pants, you can clean it.

Maker Pro News: Makers Will Run the Factories of the Future
Maker Pro News: Makers Will Run the Factories of the Future

May 22 2018

Drawbots and other Retro Robots
Drawbots and other Retro Robots

Batman BBQ Tool Set: Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Burgers?

Grill like one of DC’s finest thanks to this Batman BBQ Tool Set. Because in your world, Commissioner Gordon doesn’t lure you to Gotham with the Bat Signal, you lure him to the Batcave with some perfectly grilled burgers. Then you sit down and eat, shoot the breeze, and laugh about Ben Affleck being cast as you.

Be the hero of your own backyard and brood while flipping steaks and burgers. Isn’t it about time your summer grilling experience got geekier? This is my new set of BBQ tools right here. Love that the logo is on the spatula. Now if I can just figure out how to brand my meat with that bat-logo, I’ll be good to go.

May 21 2018

Yet Another Bench Top Power Supply Project
Yet Another Bench Top Power Supply Project

This is What a $30,000 Computer Gaming Rig Looks Like

Some people have some crazy computer gaming rigs, but this guy takes the cake. In this recent video, Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy demonstrates his crazy computer gaming rig valued at over $30,000. It’s more like bragging. “Look at me, I have a gaming rig that costs more than a car!” Woo-hoo. I’m jealous. Actually, I am.

This rig features “a zero gravity reclining workstation game chair by Imperatorworks, a 43-inch UHD 4K monitor by LG [plus side monitors], a beefed up Xidax desktop gaming PC, and much more.” I also admire his snack and drink station. This is a guy is never gonna game while hungry. RGB everywhere son!

Basically, this is a video of Lewis bragging while playing Fortnight and bragging some more. That’s okay. My gaming rig cost more than a kidney transplant, and is powered by my imagination, so it’s bigger than yours. I can’t even play Fortnight, because the game has to up its specs to be compatible with it. So there.

Seriously though, this rig is pretty cool and I hope he invites me over to play some games before it is obsolete in 3 to 5 years. Anytime is cool actually. I’ll be at the snack and drink station, my friend. No, you play. I’ll watch? Do you have any more kettle chips?

[via Laughing Squid via Geekologie]

This Password Management Solution Protects Your Online Data

POP! Alien Video Game 8-bit Action Figure is Pixel-tastic

Back in the ’90s, a video game based on the Alien movie franchise was launched, and it was cool. Notably, the Xenomorph character was pixelated like many games of that era. The game is sort of a cult classic, and to celebrate its fandom, Entertainment Earth has an exclusive pixel-art Xenomorph action figure.

The toy is a blocky 8-bit Funko POP! action figure that is black in the middle and has blue and orange shading on the sides. It stands 3 3/4-inches tall and is packaged in a window display box. The action figure is available now for $13.99.

It almost looks like a Xenomorph LEGO kit. In fact, it sort of makes me want to build a Xenomorph out of LEGO right now.


Star Trek TNG Ladies’ Skant Uniform: Operations Gold Is the New Black

This Star Trek: The Next Generation starfleet uniform takes fashion to the final frontier. The iconic skant uniform was briefly seen in the first season of the series. I think it was only in the pilot in fact. Now you can wear one too!

You can choose from Command (red), Operations (gold), or Sciences (blue). The dresses are totally accurate since the design was replicated from screen-used costumes and production patterns.

This is perfect for warm weather cosplay and relaxed nerd get-togethers. The designers cut this for the female body, but no worries guys, you can wear one and look good too. You can wear it alone or with pants, but don’t wear it with a purse. No one in the future uses purses. Heck, they don’t even use pockets. Did that guy just shave his legs?

Now that these are available we will probably see them everywhere. Nah. Not really… mostly just at conventions and stuff. What the heck were they thinking? Whatever. It’s a fun costume for any Star Trek fan to dress up in.

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