GIFMastering the game of chess is infinitely complicated, but getting started just got easier with a chess board that s perfectly set up and ready to go as soon as you open the box.Before newcomers can even begin to start learning how the various chess pieces move around the board, they have to know what squares the pawns, bishops, rooks, knights, kings, and queens all call home.GIFAs a game of chess plays out, captured pieces are returned to their designated and labeled slots in the game s box.The bottom of each piece, and the double-sided chess board, are all magnetic.The game s design also helps ensure that every piece is accounted for at the end of a game, and that none of them go missing when it s being haphazardly stuffed into your game shelf.It s not indestructible, but should certainly survive being swept off the table in a rage every time your partner puts you in check.
GIFMany of us spent a good portion of our college years battling it out in Mario Kart.Those carefully-honed skills aren t exactly a big seller on your resume, unless you happen to be one of four Colorado State University students who created a real-life version of the game, complete with weapons and power-ups.It s called Junkyard Battle Racers.Undergrad engineering students Alex Zenk, Katie Johnson, Floyd Bundrant, and Jacob Gover managed to use what they d learned in their mechatronics class to create a pair of interactive go-karts that turn racing into more than just a test of their driving skills.These randomly assign the kart with either a speed boost, a shield, or a pair of weapons that can be used against other racers.But when hit by a death beam, the brakes are applied as well, bringing the kart to an immediate stand still giving your opponent the chance to race ahead.
GIFThe first trailer for the new Ghostbusters focused on this new group of heroes coming together as a team, but our latest look at the film dives a bit deeper into the story, and delivers a whole lot of Ghostbustin badassery to boot.Not everyone was a fan of the first trailer, but this a much better look at the film.There s some good jokes, tons of spooky ghost action, and, as ever, the twin joys that are 1 Kate McKinnon s face in every scene she s in and 2 Leslie Jones ... well, everything.Check it out below.Ghostbusters hits theaters July 15th.
GIFThe right editing can turn anything into a song.We ve watched a guy turn a bass with no strings into a sweet beat.But this is the first time I ve seen it done with a live animal.All sorts of percussive sounds can be made on a bulldog to imitate parts of a drum kit.Sonically, head scratches and belly slaps are remarkably close to a shaker and a kick drum, respectively.The video itself is a bit short but that s sort of missing the point of this being a song written on a dog.
GIFMove over, El Niño.That s right: the El Niño phenomenon that fueled endless weird weather, hot months, and Chris Farley jokes this past year is on the downswing.And if the latest NOAA data is any indicator, La Niña is liquored up and ready to rage.Cold Blob has been migrating eastward for the past few months, indicating that the La Niña phase of the ENSO climate pattern may develop by the end of summer.You can see that as the months go by, the hot water anomaly contracts as the icy undercurrent grows in size.La Niña is also associated with mild winters in the southeastern United States, cold winters in the Northwest, and favorable Atlantic hurricane conditions.
MUST SEE: This hidden iPhone trick just became my new favorite featureGrand Theft Auto has grown much less controversial over the years as the world continued to be desensitized.Remember all the commotion GTA used to cause in the early days?Now it seems like anyone and everyone plays Grand Theft Auto games, and GTA 5 did more than $1 billion in sales in its first three days alone.The full video is embedded below in GIF format so that you can spend the rest of your day watching it on loop and wishing you were the one actually getting to play GTA in VR.It s a big file so you might have to give it a few seconds to load.Thanks to the sharing economy, living in five different cities in five years has never been more doable.
GIFFirst revealed earlier in the year at CES, Speck s ultra-thin folding Pocket-VR viewer is finally available for those who want to dabble in virtual reality and are looking for a cost-effective solution that falls somewhere between Google s cheap Cardboard and Samsung s pricey Gear VR.What your $70 alternative to Oculus Rift gets you is a VR viewer made of durable plastic—not cardboard—that cleverly folds flat so it s slim enough to stash in a pocket.Designed for either the iPhone 6/6s or the Samsung Galaxy S7, the Pocket-VR won t actually work with other smartphones since it requires them to be wrapped in an included case for the viewer to properly and securely assemble.The Pocket-VR s open design gives full access to the touchscreen and buttons on whichever smartphone you re using it with, which solves a an annoyance with Google s Cardboard viewer.You re definitely paying a premium for that convenience here, but also its well though-out design that you can quickly whip out and use anywhere.
GIFHere s how you spend a good summer day: find a giant trampoline, fill up 1,500 water balloons, and then bounce around trying to break as many as you can.It s essentially a McDonald s playpen crossed with a bounce house...with a lot of water.For an added bonus, you can be like Mark Rober and get a slow-motion camera to film you and your friends blowing up the water balloons.
GIFThanks to the big network upfronts, there s been a barrage of TV updates this week.Note: some of the new shows may not air until 2017 if they are chosen to be midseason replacements.ABCCancelled: Marvel s Agent Carter star Hayley Atwell had already been cast as the lead on another ABC show, legal drama Conviction ; Galavant; The MuppetsReturning: Agents of SHIELD; Once Upon a TimePassed over: Agents of SHIELD spin-off Marvel s Most Wanted, which would have focused on the adventures of Mockingbird and Hunter; Spark, that weird-sounding it s 2016 but everything is somehow totally steampunk dramaNew: Imaginary Mary, about a woman Jenna Elfman whose new relationship is complicated by the fact that her new boyfriend has three kids.It stars Geena Davis and looks to be more of an inspired-by take on the Exorcist concept rather than having much to do with the original movie.Next, there s time-travel comedy Making History previously known as In Time .That s Jason Sudeikis voicing the Hot Pocket-obsessed warrior who cuts quite the odd figure in suburbia.
GIFThis fun peek inside a factory that makes jeans from Carson Nicely shows the creative methods a manufacturer uses to create a pair of distressed denim.They spray paint color on them, mark up some fake whiskers on the front of the pants, tumble the jeans with a bunch of rocks, and basically mutilate the hell out of a brand new pair of jeans in order to create a worn in look.You also get to see the little details getting added to each pair too like attaching rivets and watch them get comically blown up with air and it all adds up for a pretty interesting look into how to make a pair of jeans.
GIFChinese restaurants can be really fun and lively places, where family and friends gather around giant banquet tables to talk, drink, and laugh together—all while eating food that s constantly being spun around a Lazy Susan.Anatola Howard s short animation Giraffe Soup captures the essence of eating Chinese food at a Chinese restaurant perfectly.It s also really great because it tells the story from the perspective of a kid, which translates perfectly to any outsider who s looked at the dishes on the table and wondered what in the heck they were about to eat.
GIFDJ duo Mashd N Kutcher get it?are known pranksters, so it s no surprise that they always have fun playing around with their fans.Here s a good one in which they set the crowd up with the perfect beat drop—only to cut right into Vanessa Carlton s A Thousand Miles instead.What they do next—disappearing from the DJ booth and then letting the poppy love song go on and on—makes the stunt even funnier.Watching the crowd bounce, and then groan, and then wonder when they can pump their fists again is the best part.Here s some more of their antics, which include playing Smash Bros in the DJ booth and collaborating with the pizza guy:
GIFFor those of us who don t read the books, Bran s visions have finally shown us one of the most important places in Westeros: the Tower of Joy.A whole lot of guys died there, including dual-wielding badass Sir Arthur Dayne—the best and most knightiest knight to ever meet an untimely death.When anything requires a sense of awe, the obvious place to turn is the music of Ennio Morricone... you know, the composer for The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, and basically every other great spaghetti western since the beginning of time itself.This sepia-tinted fan re-edit also crops the brooding, gritty swordfight to a widescreen aspect ratio for even more of that Sergio Leone feel.The Ecstasy of Gold could make drying paint look brave.Sorry to say, you ve wasted your time, because this is clearly the superior version.
Google has unveiled Allo, a new messaging app that uses artificial intelligence to pre-generate not just words, but entire responses for you.Unveiled at the Google I/O 2016 developer conference, Allo is the company s first major attempt to take on the likes of WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and iMessage.Think of it as Google s version of Siri, but rather than needing to know certain phrases you can actually talk to Assistant like you would a normal person.If you re trying to find somewhere for dinner you can bring Assistant into the conversation, asking it questions about where s best to go, and then even ask it to book a table for you.3-Gbot animation v4-GIF abbrev %281%29.gifYour browser does not support HTML5 video.Then there s Spaces, Google s new group chat app which focuses conversations around hobbies and interests.
GIFWait, there was a Wolverine on screen before Hugh Jackman?No one is really sure.Hugh Jackman s dominance of the character in the movies makes this evolution of Wolverine video from Burger Fiction seem like a look into how well he s aged and how buff he s gotten.But we also get to see the cartoon character we all loved as a kid in his original suit plus parodies of Jackman s Wolverine.
GIFIt s fun for the occasional tech demo, but now we know the real reason that Google Glass, and other augmented reality solutions, have failed to catch on.The future they ve promised us will eventually turn into the same nightmare that surfing the web has become—a sea of intrusive ads and countless another annoyances trying to sell you something.You can at least close your browser or look away from your laptop when it all gets too overwhelming, but as Keiichi Matsuda reveals in this brilliant Hyper-Reality short film, one day there might not be any escape from ads.
GIF Credit: Harvard Microrobotics Lab/Harvard SEASBirds, bats, and insects can t fly forever, and neither can microrobotic drones.Aerial microdrones are still in the developmental stage, but they ll eventually be used to serve many valuable purposes, such as surveilling a site after a natural disaster, detecting hazardous chemicals, or scoping out rooms for police and military forces.Any future robotic system will have to to find a way to perch from time to time in order to extend the life of a mission.In a Science study published today, Moritz Graule and his colleagues describe a bio-inspired robot that perches using electrostatic forces.The robot takes off and flies normally, but when the electrode patch is switched on, it can stick to almost any surface, including glass, wood, and even a leaf.A foam mount helps it to absorb the shock on landing and prevent bounces.
GIFNeed to split a giant rock in half?It s surprisingly easy.Once you get your hands on the tools, all you need to do is drill some holes into the stone, stick some wedges in, and then hammer at the wedges to crack it open.If you do it right, it splits right in half.This Old House explains this method and other ways to shape stones.Just watch your thumbs.
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GIFThe next time you re wandering through a Costco, don t roll your eyes at the giant barrels of glowing orange cheese balls, wondering why anyone would buy such a thing.Because this is why you d buy it: to build yourself a cheese ball-blasting machine gun that will revolutionize snacking as we know it.This wonderful creation is the work of YouTube s NightHawkInLight who built it using a giant tub of cheese balls, some run-of-the-mill plastic PVC piping, and a leaf blower providing the power.YouTubeIt can hurl those lightweight cheese balls at an impressive speed, and similar to a paint ball, the cannon s ammo will leave bright orange powder stains on whatever it hits—minus the painful bruising.
GIFMusician Tony Ann recreated popular ringtones—like the iPhone s Marimba and T-Mobile s jingle—with a piano.Though hearing other people s ringtones in real life is totally annoying, listening to their piano arrangements is quite nice in a hey, I know this tune but can t quite figure out why I know it sort of way .Now, to use Ann s piano version of the ringtone as your actual ringtone ...
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