video games
One of the Xbox Creators Is Suing Atari Over Unpaid Work on Its Long-Awaited Retro Console

While other companies have been regularly churning out hardware that lets ageing gamers enjoy retro titles, Atari has turned the production of its own throwback console into a drawn-out soap opera, with the latest episode featuring a lawsuit from the console’s designer over unpaid work. Read More >>

Hacker Figures Out How To Capture Horrible-Quality Video on Audio Cassettes

Compared to the audio quality of digital files and CDs, analog cassette tape was kind of awful. And as YouTube’s Kris Slyka discovered, it’s an even worse medium for recording and playing back video, but quality issues don’t make Slyka’s clever hack of an old cassette recorder any less impressive. Read More >>

I Need This Hand Stamp That Disappears When You’ve Properly Washed Your Hands

Even after singing all six minutes of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, I’m still anxious that I haven’t washed my hands long enough to ensure they’re properly clean. So I like the idea behind this clever hand stamp for kids that forces them to thoroughly scrub for at least 30 seconds before it completely disappears. Read More >>

Adorable Miniature Record Maker Teaches Kids Not to Take Spotify For Granted

Hand a kid raised on streaming music services a vinyl record and they’ll wonder why someone made a flat frisbee that can’t fly. Yuri Suzuki’s lo-fi Easy Record Maker will not only teach kids what a record is, but it will also show them how they’re created, and in the process ensure they never take streaming music services like Spotify for granted. Read More >>

Google’s Art App Now Turns Your Selfies Into Famous Masterpieces

In what promises to be an excellent way to kill a solid 10 minutes, the Google Arts & Culture app has been updated with a new Art Transfer feature that will apply the look of countless famous paintings and artists to your own photos using machine learning techniques. Read More >>

This Self-Winding Charging Cable Is an Even Better Fidget Toy

In a time when frivolous mental distractions are an especially important part of everyday life, a simple idea for an upgraded charging cable that can wind and organise itself could become the most entertaining gadget on your desk. Read More >>

Instant Camera For Kids Prints Photos on Rolls of Cheap Thermal Paper

Photography can be a fantastic creative outlet (and time-killer) for kids if you’ve got the right equipment. A camera they can’t easily break is a must, as is a way to easily print out their prized shots. Most instant cameras rely on pricey film stock, but the myFirst Camera Insta 2 uses cheap rolls of thermal paper to create near-instant prints that are easy to share. Read More >>

neural networks
Terrifying Things Happen When an AI Generates Fake Faces Synced to Music

We’re still trying to figure out the best applications for neural networks, machine learning, and all the recent advancements in artificial intelligence. Amongst all the practical research being conducted, there’s also lots of frivolous experimentation being done with results that walk the line between fascinating and terrifying. Read More >>

Veteran Jedi Academy PC Players Are Joining Online Console Games and Slaughtering Opponents

The people wanted crossplay in games, and they got it. After debuting on the original Xbox and PCs back in 2003, Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy has been ported to the Nintendo Switch and PS4, complete with online multiplayer. But new players are finding that feature a challenge as veteran PC players have figured out how to join servers hosting console games and are absolutely wiping out their opponents. Read More >>

Modder Builds a Perfect Portable N64 That Looks Like a Super-Sized Game Boy Advance

Nintendo has ported a handful of classic N64 games to its portable systems, such as Ocarina of Time making an appearance on the 3DS. But for gaming on the go, the N64's library is mostly unavailable. Modder GmanModz took on the challenge of building an oversized replica of the clamshell Game Boy Advance that’s large enough to accept and play actual N64 carts. Read More >>

Build This Soap Pump Speaker That Automatically Plays 20 Seconds of Your Top Spotify Songs

We’ve all suddenly discovered there’s something even more tedious than watching paint dry: washing our hands for 20 whole seconds. To make the necessary but excruciating process feel like it doesn’t drag on forever, this soap pump speaker swaps Happy Birthday for tracks from your Spotify account. Read More >>

This Building Block Waffle Maker is Like Eating Lego for Breakfast

Beating Lego to the punch, a clever inventor wants to turn breakfast into not only the most important meal of the day, but the most entertaining one as well with a waffle maker that makes fluffy, edible interlocking blocks for building syrup-soaked structures. Read More >>

AI Trained on Moon Craters Is Helping Find Unexploded Bombs From the Vietnam War

There’s still no completely safe and surefire method for locating unexploded ordinance after a war is over, but researchers at Ohio State University in the US have found a way to harness image processing algorithms, powered by machine learning, to study satellite imagery and locate hot spots where UXO are likely to be located. Read More >>

Adorable Animated Super Mario Chain Chomp Toy Will Help You Practice Safe Social Distancing

If you’ve played the various iterations of games like Super Mario and Mario Kart over the years, you’ve undoubtedly found yourself at the dangerous end of a Chain Chomp more than once. The character can be a terrifying baddie to stumble across in a game, but in real life it’s the most adorable way to keep other people away. Read More >>

Parents Rejoice! Sesame Workshop Has Made 110 Sesame Street eBooks Free

If your recent transition to working from home every day was made all the more challenging with a house full of kids not able to go to school, Big Bird and his Sesame Street gang are offering a little relief by making 110 ebooks for kids absolutely free on all the major online book platforms. Read More >>