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Lego's Newest Sets Leverage the World's Most Popular Toy To Teach Kids Braille

A couple of years ago, design agency Lew’Lara\TBWA created a set of Lego-like bricks that used the plastic stubs to recreate the patterns that make up the braille alphabet. It was such a clever way to help encourage blind or visually impaired children to learn braille that Lego is officially releasing its own Braille…

Elon Musk Was Right: Cheap Cameras Could Replace Lidar on Self-Driving Cars, Researchers Find Elon Musk Was Right: Cheap Cameras Could Replace Lidar on Self-Driving Cars, Researchers Find

Among the many tidbits of wisdom that Elon Musk dropped at a Tesla company investor event on Monday was the revelation that Lidar, a laser-based scanning technology that images objects in 3D, was “friggin’ stupid,” and that “...anyone relying on LiDAR is doomed.” It seemed a grandiose claim given how many autonomous…

Skip the Gym, Plastic Surgeons Can Now Sculpt Belly Fat Into a Weird Chiseled Six-Pack Skip the Gym, Plastic Surgeons Can Now Sculpt Belly Fat Into a Weird Chiseled Six-Pack

Actually getting your butt to the gym can often be harder than the workout itself, but there might now be a shortcut for getting a defined set of six-pack abs. Researchers at the University of Miami’s Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine have developed a new plastic surgery technique called abdominal etching that can…

RIP Your Dreams of Never Folding Laundry Again, the Laundroid Is Dead RIP Your Dreams of Never Folding Laundry Again, the Laundroid Is Dead

The next time you find yourself worried about the robot apocalypse, remember that after years of development this little robot couldn’t even fold laundry.

China's New Video Game Rules Officially Ban Blood, Corpses, Mahjong, and Poker China's New Video Game Rules Officially Ban Blood, Corpses, Mahjong, and Poker

In late-December, the Chinese government ended a nine-month freeze on approving new video games after a major government re-organization shifted the approval process to the propaganda-focused State Administration of Press and Publication. We now have official details on the new restrictions and requirements for games…

When Will We Get the Game Boy Classic Edition? When Will We Get the Game Boy Classic Edition?

Tomorrow, April 21, 2019, the Game Boy turns 30 years old. The handheld console that paved the way for the Switch is still beloved by almost anyone who’s ever laid hands on it, and for all its shortcomings, it’s still one of the most memorable gaming devices of all time. So why is there no sign of Nintendo releasing a…

AI Might Soon Make it Easy to Put Yourself In Your Favorite Video Game

In a rare move by Facebook that doesn’t have the world shaking its head in disbelief, the company’s AI researchers have developed a way to easily turn real people into playable game characters by simply analyzing videos of them going through specific motions. My dreams of finally being an unlockable character in NBA…

These Battling Bots Bring Dystopian Warfare to Your Living Room Floor

It’s an unsettling glimpse into the inevitable future of warfare where battles are indistinguishable from video games, but watching a pair of robots duke it out is always entertaining. If your aspirations of one day rolling your competitor into the BattleBots arena have been thwarted by a complete lack of engineering…

A Simple Emulator Patch Makes Many Super Nintendo Games Look Amazing on an HDTV

In 1991, the Super Nintendo was a graphics powerhouse, but today, some of the tricks it used to create 3D effects on 2D-focused hardware are hard to look at. Emulating classic SNES games on a modern hi-def TV exaggerates those graphical shortcomings, but a modder has found a way to make some titles actually look…

Report: Nintendo's Got a Cheaper, Smaller Nintendo Switch Coming This Fall Report: Nintendo's Got a Cheaper, Smaller Nintendo Switch Coming This Fall

As someone who’s obsessed with portable gaming, on paper, the Switch seems like the perfect console for me. But I actually find it a little too big to leave the house with, so I’m optimistic about a report from Japan’s Nikkei newspaper which claims a couple of new Switch consoles are en route, including a smaller,…

Google Adds AI That Automatically Stops You From Filling Your Pixel 3 With Selfie Trash

Take a peek at your smartphone’s camera roll and you’ll probably find hundreds of duplicate shots, all snapped while trying to take the perfect selfie. To remedy this, Google is bringing some new AI smarts to its camera app so that it only takes a photo when everyone is selfie-ready.

Dyson's $600 Daylight Tracking Light Is the Only Lamp I've Ever Had to Reboot Dyson's $600 Daylight Tracking Light Is the Only Lamp I've Ever Had to Reboot

Best known for its vacuums, in recent years Dyson has expanded its lineup with products that have nothing to do with cleaning. The Lightcycle smart lamp ventures furthest from the company’s typical products. It’s a masterpiece of engineering, but in true Dyson fashion still comes with a staggering $600 price tag.

Researchers Made 3,900-Pound Boulders They Can Move by Hand, Giving More Insights Into Ancient Engineering

How were giant ancient structures like Stonehenge, or the towering Moai heads on Easter Island, assembled at a time when cranes and trucks were still hundreds of years away? Researchers at MIT have given more credence to theories that ancient engineers were masters of balance and leverage with a new experiment that…

These Robodogs Are Even Scarier When They Start Working In a Pack

That sound, that sound, as they come marching.

These $4,000 Roll-Up Headphones Don't Even Cup Your Ears These $4,000 Roll-Up Headphones Don't Even Cup Your Ears

It doesn’t matter how amazing they sound, or how flawlessly they cancel noise; your fancy headphones are all but useless if they’re too clunky to actually carry around. Inspired by the metal links on a watch strap, the MKo1 Roller from Luzli feature a neat head strap design that can be rolled up tight and compact for…

Playing Capcom's New Game Packed Arcade Stick With a Friend Is Going to Be Awkwardly Intimate

It’s no longer just hardware companies like Nintendo and Sony who are recycling old content with plug-and-play mini consoles packed with retro games. Capcom’s now joining the fun too with its new Capcom Home Arcade that includes 16 classic titles from the developer’s catalog including Street Fighter II and Mega Man:…

Winters Are Only Going to Get Worse, So Researchers Invented a Way to Generate Electricity from Snowfall Winters Are Only Going to Get Worse, So Researchers Invented a Way to Generate Electricity from Snowfall

The farther you get from the equator, the less effective solar panels become at reliably generating power all year round. And it’s not just the shorter spans of sunlight during the winter months that are a problem; even a light dusting of snow can render solar panels ineffective. As a result of global warming, winters…

The World's First Sport Invented By an AI Still Looks Less Absurd Than Synchronized Swimming

It’s not uncommon for new technology to spawn a new sport: Drone racing has become hugely popular around the world, and Segway Polo is apparently still a thing. It’s now artificial intelligence’s turn to give us a new pastime, but will the sport it invented, Speedgate, take the world by storm, or will it be relegated…

This Digital Camera Draws Every Photo It Snaps on an Etch A Sketch

The challenge of trying to draw anything even partially recognizable using just two spinning knobs has somehow made the Etch A Sketch a popular toy for almost 60 years now. Some artists have managed to master the unique medium with endless hours of practice, but Martin Fitzpatrick opted to hack together a shortcut…

Princess Leia's Flagship Gets an Amazing New Lego Set, and More Forceful Toys of the Week Princess Leia's Flagship Gets an Amazing New Lego Set, and More Forceful Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round up of the latest and greatest threats to our wallets. This week: the Hellboy movie gets a rad action figure, Nebula joins the Hot Toys Avengers and...what, you seriously thought there wouldn’t be Star Wars toys today? Check it out!

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