Business cards are used to share your contact information and make a good impression. Even the fanciest paper business card can't hold a candle to technical designer Kevin Bates' Arduboy interactive business card that comes with a playable game of Tetris built into it.
Bates built the card using the tiniest Arduino he could find, an OLED screen, and a piezo speaker. The whole creation is only slightly thicker than a penny. It has working buttons for controlling the game, and could conceivably be programmed to play a lot more old-school games besides just Tetris. Bates is already working on a Pokemon game for the platform.… Read more
As a short person, I may have a lower IQ than my taller counterparts, at least according to one recent study. But I will attempt to harness the few brain cells I do have to try to make sense of researchers' claims about vertically challenged folks and the alleged deficits we face.
Just a few weeks back, a study out of Oxford University suggested that those on the shorter side might suffer from smaller self-worth. In the most recently reported short-person study, researchers at Edinburgh University analyzed the DNA of more than 6,800 unrelated people to "estimate the genetic correlation between height and general intelligence."
"What we found was a small association between height and intelligence such that people who are taller tend to be smarter," Riccardo Marioni of the university's Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine told the Sunday Times. The study attributed 70 percent of that to genetics, and the rest to environment. … Read more
A replica Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda was involved in a very real fight in the Houston area over the weekend. According to a report from KPRC Local 2 television news, Eugene Thompson got into a scrap with his girlfriend's estranged husband and reached for the sword in order to defend himself.
Thompson told KPRC that he attends anime conventions in costume, which is why he owns the sword. "It's a good replica and it looks nice, and it just so happens to be pointed and bladed," he told reporter Gianna Caserta.… Read more
Science is poking its nose into every part of human life.
While some laugh at the very notion of us all soon becoming robots, the Googlies and their ilk continue toward their serious goal of coding humanity.
Sadly, there has to be a collision. Thankfully, science has taken it upon itself to discover which joke is truly the funniest in the world.
As the Huffington Post reports, British researcher Richard Wiseman worked hard to understand the core of humor. His story is told in a new book by Scott Weems called "Ha!: The Science Of When We Laugh And Why." … Read more
It wasn't too long ago that rotary phones and pay phones were standard ways to communicate. You'd wait for a dial tone and then make your call. And if you got a busy signal, you'd hang up the phone and try later. There was no call waiting. No texting. No smiley-face emojicons.
In the latest "Kids React" video by new-media production duo Benny and Rafi Fine -- also known as The Fine Brothers -- kids and teens attempt to not only use a rotary phone, but try to figure out how to text on one. And fail.
"We've been making this series now for over three years and near 100 episodes," Benny Fine told Crave. "We've always found inside of a lot of the subject matter the reality of things that seem so recent being completely foreign to the next generation...and this was an evolution to that concept." … Read more
Touch-screen tables already exist. Pizza Hut restaurants already exist. Put the two together and you end up with a touch-screen table concept for ordering pizzas using your fingers.
The concept video was developed in conjunction with design agency Chaotic Moon Studios. It demonstrates how an interactive touch-screen table could be used to choose every little detail of your pizza order, from the size of the pie to how the toppings are distributed. It also shows customers using the table to pay with a mobile wallet on an iPhone and playing games while waiting for the order to come.… Read more
Rocksteady Studios, the development house responsible for Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City is deep into production on what it's calling the finale to the Arkham series. Just announced as a reveal of Game Informer's April issue cover story, Batman: Arkham Knight will take place one year after the events of CNET's 2011 game of the year, Batman: Arkham City.
Arkham Knight will hit next-generation consoles and the PC later this year. You'll recall last year's underwhelming effort Batman: Arkham Origins, which was instead developed by Warner Bros. Games Montréal. News of … Read more
We've seen quite a few unusual uses for drones in the past year, including everything from pizza drops to Amazon deliveries. But what if you could deliver a whole person? It might not be that much of a stretch if a video showing two RC helicopters lifting a woman off the ground is real.
German group HeliGraphix specializes in using RC helicopters for filming and stunts. The group's HULC (Heavy Ultra-Lifter Crane) project took two Gaui X7 helicopters and upgraded the equipment to handle more weight, enough to lift a person. Lady Gaga required a massive flying contraption to achieve the same effect the two relatively small copters recently pulled off.… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Apple CarPlay to bring iPhone experience to your next car's dashboard.
- This electric condom promises to supercharge your sex life.
- 60-year-old goes on Tinder tear: "By the end of the year, I had slept with 15 men, 11 of whom were in their 20s or 30s."
- A smart Netflix employee invents wristband that pauses your shows when you fall asleep.… Read more