This geektastic coffee table is a fully functional NES controller and an awesome reason to dig out your old Nintendo Entertainment System. MillerWoodshop designed and built the enormous controller to scale with the original handheld NES controller. It comes ready to plug right into your Nintendo system, but you might need a partner to help you cover all the buttons when playing a game.
“Each button is sensitive to the touch, tweaked to feel like the real deal. The actual controller wire pulls out of the table to reach your system and easily pushes right back into its hole for easy storage. A heavy coat of clear polyurethane has been added to protect your table from scratches or rings from a glass.”
Currently available via the MillerWorkshop Etsy store.
In a new video by The RIDE Channel, skateboarding legend Tony Hawk takes the Hendo Hover (previously) for a spin, riding the real-life hoverboard on a small copper half-pipe specially designed for the technology. Hawk doesn’t exactly master the board right away, but he does put on a good show of it, almost pulling off an infamously difficult skating trick in the process.
That was my first 1080.
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Snapchat and Square have found a way to send money to your friends at the touch of a button. The new feature is called Snapcash and it can change how millennial users transfer money. It’s easy – after entering your banking info into the app, users can wire money from their accounts to their friends instantly. Snapchat made the official announcement via a blog post:
We set out to make payments faster and more fun, but we also know that security is essential when you’re dealing with money. Square has a ton of experience in this area and our teams have been hard at work to make Snapcash a great experience for everyone.
For now, Snapcash is only available to users in the United States who have a debit card and are 18 years of age or older.
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External batteries are often seen as a necessary burden, given their unwieldy size and the awkwardness of having your phone plugged in and tied down while simultaneously trying to use it with any semblance of normalcy. Cue the XOO Belt by Nifty, a true example of invisible design which combines minimalist aesthetics with the latest innovations in flexible battery technology to produce a belt that packs 2,100mAh of juice into its length, as well as an additional 800mAh in the buckle. Chargeable via USB, the premium tanned leather belt incorporates a magnetic cable that snaps away when not in use, two charging ports, as well as a ratchet system that allows adjustments of a quarter of an inch. Having already raised $30,000 of its $50,000 USD goal, head over to the product’s Indiegogo page before early bird supplies run out.
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Cannabix Technologies says it showed off its own device this week at the National Marijuana Business Conference and Expo in Las Vegas. (See a video of it below).
The company says, in the hands of police, its gadget can provide instant results about whether or not someone has marijuana in their system. That compares to days or even weeks for blood-based drug tests. The firm is also peddling the breathalyzer to–sigh–employers concerned about workers being high on the job.
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PIXPRO SP360 is a new portable, splash-proof action camera by Kodak that is capable of shooting full HD 1080p video in 360 degrees. The camera’s “fully immersive images” come in a number of viewing angles, including the 212-degree Front, the 180-degree front-and-rear view Split, the 214-degree Dome, and the 360-degree Sphere. Kodak has posted several videos shot on the wireless and NFC-enabled camcorder.
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Ecofarm is an aquaponic miniature herb garden that uses fish waste generated in a small aquarium to grow plants. Contaminated water and fish fecal matter are pumped up into the plant bed, fertilizing the plants, which, in turn, clean the water. The project is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter.
YouTube has announced YouTube Music Key, a new premium music streaming service that will give users the ability to watch videos and listen to music without ads, whether online or off. In the announcement, YouTube claims its users have made it the biggest music service on the planet, saying that if a song exists, it can probably be found on YouTube. YouTube Music Key is launching in beta with invites to YouTube’s “biggest music fans,” offering them six months of the service for free.
When the service becomes available to the public, it will be at an introductory price of $7.99 per month, which YouTube says is discounted from $9.99. Users interested in learning more can sign up for email alerts for updates about YouTube Music Key.
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Mercedes-Benz looks toward the future with the unveiling of the solar-powered Vision G-Code concept. The vehicle was presented at the opening of the German automobile manufacturer’s new Research and Development center in Beijing. The concept takes the form of a Sports Utility Coupe that comes in at 161 inches shorter than the GLA. Despite the small size, however, the Vision G-Code sports a handful of impressive features, including multi-voltaic silver paint that turns the entire body into one continuous solar panel. The paint fuels the electric portion of the unspecified hybrid powertrain that offers through-the-road all-wheel drive and the option of pure electric drive. A holographic grille in front indicates what mode the vehicle is in, while LED headlights appear alongside. Another strip of LEDs wrap around the back and tiny cameras pop out of the hidden A-pillars to act as rear-view mirrors in classic concept fashion. Additional features include 21-inch wheels (constructed of aluminum rims with carbon spokes), short overhangs, aluminum skid plates and an F-1-like steering wheel.
Of course, we can’t realistically expect to the Vision G-Code to hit production any time soon, but it does give an indication of where Mercedes-Benz is headed in terms of technology and design.
Amazon has officially introduced their latest innovation, Echo. A gadget that combines the qualities of a speaker with a Siri-like assistant, Echo is designed around the user’s voice and utilizes far-field voice recognition in order to hear you from any direction. It can answer questions, play music, relay news information as well as the weather, and much more. Echo is always on and connected to WiFi so it’s ready to respond instantly. Also, Echo’s dual downward-firing speakers produce 360° omnidirectional audio that can fill a room with high quality sound. Plus, Echo is Bluetooth-enabled so you can stream your favorite music services like Spotify, iTunes, and Pandora from your phone or tablet. With enhanced noise cancellation, it can hear you ask a question even while it’s playing music. Amazon’s Echo is now available through an invitation-only service for $199 USD, while Amazon Prime members will only be required to pay $99 USD. To better understand exactly what Echo is capable of above watch the video below.
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