College pranks usually involve livestock, panties, the use of permanent marker on an unconscious, not-so-innocent partygoer or a combination thereof. But when you gather the cream of the geek crop at a hallowed higher learning institution like MIT, those playful tricks turn into wide-scale works of technical wonderment.
If you have ever purchased cheap furniture that you have to assemble at home, you know what an arduous processes building a table or cabinet can be. Researchers at MIT have designed some high tech furniture, albeit on a small scale, that can assemble itself. The prototype is a chair that can put itself together under controlled circumstances.
You know what's a good cure for office boredom? A Mac app that changes parts of your screen into a playable level straight out ofSuper Mario Bros.Thanks to Aaron Randall'sScreentendodesktop add-on, a similar process to that of taking a screenshot can have you playing a uniqueMariolevel in seconds.
BeforeThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrimthere wasUltima Underworld,and with your help, a sequel to thehighlyinfluential role-playing game could happen. It's calledUnderworld Ascendant, and perhaps most importantly, the development team is comprised of former Looking Glass Studios employees who worked on the original -- including Paul Neurath andWarren Spector.
Each week our friends atInhabitatrecap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.For more than three years, the Western United States -- especially California -- has been gripped bythe worst droughton record. With no end in sight,San Diego County announced plans to build a massive $1 billion desalination plant.
Sometimes your Tuesday is going horribly and the only way to fix it is face time with your four-legged best friend. We've likely all been there.Petcubewants to help make those bad days melt away with its WiFi-enabledpet camera.
I’m going to be blunt with you, words can’t do justice to the experience of using HTC’s Vive virtual reality headset . There’s nothing quite like slipping into a virtual 3D world, as I did this week in a preview of Vive ahead of developer units shipping this spring.
LG's smartwatch gets a makeover, we spend a night at a state-of-the-art hotel andBloomberggives us the latest on Apple's rumored car... catch up on this news and more in this edition ofWeekends with Engadget.LG's 'luxury' smartwatch has an all-metal body and a leather strapLG is adding a touch of class to its Android Wearsmartwatch line.
A new bit of coffee tech may one day make it to your favorite coffee shop to bring a bit of caffeine and art to your morning cup of Joe. A new coffee machine has surfaced that takes advantage of 3D printing tech to make works of art in the foam at the top of a cup of coffee. The printer is called the Ripple Maker and it uses birth 3D printing and inkjet tech.
Netflix on the web can be a tiresome experience, because the homepage's horizontal carousels show only a smattering of titles at once. To see more, you have to patiently hover your cursor over the arrow buttons on either side, which slide in new movies and TV shows at a glacial pace.
If there's one thing that kids love more thanTetris, it's learning about the security features built intonew banknotes. Thankfully, the folks at the European Central Bank have devised a way to combine both of those pursuits in the form ofTetris New 20 Euro.
The overnight guest hosting site Couchsurfing is under fire after a media investigation revealed that an Italian policeman allegedly used it to invite women to his apartment and sexually assault them. The man has since been charged with sexual assault by Italian authorities and is awaiting trial.
Have you ever taken a picture and thought how wonderful it would be if you could recreate that picture as a piece of artwork? Unless you have an artist handy or are gifted with art skills yourself, the picture just stays a photograph. I’ve been happy to see services cropping up that will paint the pictures for you, such as Pixelist, and was able to give them a try.
There's a word for the scent that comes with the rain after a long, warm period of dry weather - it's called Petrichor . This week, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have published a study - and a rather fascinating video - that shows how rain gives off this scent.
The Google Play store is a veritable frontier for apps of varying degrees of quality, while Apple tends to rule its App Store with an iron fist, only allowing thoroughly vetted apps to make an appearance. Only apps that are visibly malicious are barred entry to the Google Play store, leaving room for apps that aren't completely honest with their intentions.
Behold, the next generation - Mortal Kombat X, the latest in a long line of fighting games spanning back to the origin of the genre. Today you'll have the opportunity to get a run-down of what you'll want to know before you begin your battle.
are being substituted with photos of the incredible artwork people have created with them.nspiration is something that’s so spontaneous and kind of comes and goes," he said. "Being able to do it on my phone keeps it a continuous process, keeps the inspiration flowing."ecause I have so much power in my pocket, it really conforms to the lifestyle of a curious photographer," he said.
Google has been hosting the Lunar XPrize for a number of years putting up a significant amount of money as an award for any company that is able to land a rover on the surface of the moon. The prize a successful team will get for landing on the surface of the moon is $30 million. Two competing teams announced this week that they would team up in their effort to win.