Watch a laser-powered RoboFly flap its tiny wings

Making something fly involves a lot of trade-offs. Bigger stuff can hold more fuel or batteries, but too big and the lift required is too much. Small stuff takes less lift to fly but might not hold a battery with enough energy to do so. Insect-sized drones have had that problem in the past — but now this RoboFly is taking its first flaps into the air… all thanks to the power of lasers.


This jolly little robot gets goosebumps

Cornell  researchers have made a little robot that can express its emotions through touch, sending out little spikes when it’s scared or even getting goosebumps to express delight or excitement. The prototype, a cute smiling creature with rubber skin, is designed to test touch as an I/O system for robotic projects.


Tushy is the simple bidet for every toilet

If there’s one thing I envy in the global spirit and character its the appreciation of a fine bidet. Hygiene being close to godliness, one can imagine the huddled scientists at CERN and KAUST and Tokyo University creating scientific marvels, secure in the knowledge that their posteriors were as clean and crisp as their lines of thought. The same can be said of peoples of all continents who celebrate the occasional fountainal intrusion, from those who use bidets complete with birdsong to hide their doings to those with a simple hose next to the can.


May the 4th be with you: Best gadgets and toys to celebrate Star Wars day

Happy holiday, Star Wars fans!

May the 4th is here again – a day in which fans of the space opera celebrate the franchise’s film series, books, and culture. This is a global holiday, so chances are you will hear someone say “May the Force/fourth be with you” today. You might also see memes being shared across the internet, movie marathons on cable, and sales across the web on all-things Star Wars related.


This £900 gadget lets you pour wine without actually opening a bottle

Even oenophiles had something to drool over at CES 2018.

Oenophiles are also known as wine aficionados or connoisseurs. (Yes, we had to ‘google’ it, too.) The reason why we looked it up is because Coravin showed off a $1,000/£900 wine gadget just for them – and if you’re really willing to spend that kind of money on something for wine, then you must really love your grape juice.

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The mini PC project collected more than $ 300,000 on Indiegogo

The project of a new handheld computer based on Windows 10, recently appeared on Indiegogo under the name mini PC, easily surpassed its goals and attracted more than $ 20,000 in just 18 minutes, and at the time of writing the amount of contributions already exceeded $ 303 thousand. At the same time, until the end of the microinvestment campaign, there are still about 30 days left.


EK-Supremacy sTR4 – a new water block for Ryzen Threadripper

The well-known manufacturer of liquid cooling systems EK Water Blocks announced the sale of four versions of the new water block EK-Supremacy sTR4 for AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors. On the basis of one design, models of coolers with copper nickel base and acrylic cover (Nickel), with copper nickel base, acrylic lid and built-in LED strip (RGB Nickel), with copper nickel base and acetal cover (Acetal + Nickel), and copper nickel plated base and nickel plated brass (Full Nickel).


Fitness bracelet Xiaomi Mi Band 3 debuts until the end of May

Network sources have published a teaser image of another novelty Xiaomi – a bracelet Mi Band 3, designed to track physical activity.

It is reported that the device will be able to count the number of steps taken, the distance traveled and the calories consumed. In addition, the gadget will receive a heart rate sensor. Finally, the novelty will allow analyzing the duration and quality of sleep.


New Qualcomm chips for wearable devices will allow you to track the look

Network sources released additional information about the new generation Qualcomm processors, designed for use in various portable devices.

The fact that Qualcomm designs advanced chips for smart watches, fitness trackers and other mobile gadgets, we reported last week. Then it was said that all the developed products will provide support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and some modifications support GPS and LTE. Processors will be characterized by reduced power consumption.


Intel officially introduced the Z390 chipset

Intel company has brought a surprise announcement of the new senior chipset for the platform LGA1151 – Z390. Earlier it was assumed that this set of system logic will debut simultaneously with the eight-core processors of the Coffee Lake-S, but then information about its output in the third quarter was received. Based on the available information, at the Computex 2018 (June 5-9), the chipmaker will tell in detail about the capabilities of the Z390 chip, while Intel partners from among the motherboard manufacturers will present prototypes of their own solutions LGA1151 / Z390. Serial models of motherboards will appear in retail not earlier than the second half of June.


This three-axis tourbillon movement is a 3D printed marvel

The three-axis tourbillon is one of the most complex watch complications in the world. Originally based on a design by watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet, this type of tourbillon – literally “whirlwind” – rotates the balance wheel of a watch in order to ensure that gravity doesn’t adversely affect any part of the watch. It’s a clever, complex, and essentially useless complication in an era of atomic clocks and nano materials but darn if it isn’t cool-looking.