Lunar Rover Footage Upscaled With AI Is as Close as You’ll Get to the Experience of Driving on the Moon

The last time astronauts walked on the moon was in December of 1972, decades before high-definition video cameras were available. They relied on low-res grainy analog film to record their adventures, which makes it hard for viewers to feel connected to what’s going on. But using modern AI techniques to upscale classic NASA footage and increase the frame rate suddenly makes it feel like you’re actually on the moon. Read More >>

I Really Wanted to Love These Cheap AirPods Pro Rivals

Apple’s AirPods Pro offer quality sound and active noise cancellation, but they’re expensive. With a £130 price tag (£120 less than AirPods Pro), Urbanista’s new London wireless earbuds offer active noise cancellation for less than both Apple’s best offering and our current top choice for wireless earbuds, Jabra’s Elite 75T remain our top choice for wireless earbuds (which lack active ANC). Urbanista’s earbuds can save you a hefty chunk of change if you’re in the market for wireless earbuds that shroud you in silence, but unfortunately, you won’t be doing your ears any favours. Read More >>

3D TVs Didn’t Die, They Just Ended Up in Cars

After dominating trade shows for years as the next big thing in home entertainment, 3D TVs seemingly completely disappeared overnight, replaced by technologies like OLED that are a genuine improvement on the television experience. Where all those gimmicky screens actually went was a mystery, though – until today, when Mercedes-Benz revealed that 3D screens will be part of the infotainment system in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Read More >>

Scientists Have Created Rainbow Hologram Chocolate Without Any Extra Ingredients

Your average corner shop is a marketing warzone as snack makers compete to make their chocolate bars stand out amongst the competition. Skipping fancy wrappers or weird flavour combinations, researchers from ETH Zurich have found a way to make truly unique chocolate with a hologram-like colour-changing finish that doesn’t require any special ingredients or dyes. Read More >>

Useful Tool Lets You Secretly Rickroll Zoom Meetings So You Never Get Invited to Conference Calls Again

Creative technologist Matt Reed continues to make quarantine more bearable for all of us. First he blessed us with a tool that adds an AI-powered duplicate of yourself to Zoom meetings. His newest creation is perhaps even more useful, allowing you to Rickroll your co-workers. There’s a good chance your next Zoom meeting will be the last you’re ever invited to. Read More >>

Amputee Builds a Set of Incredibly Articulate Prosthetic Fingers All Powered by Wrist Movements

When Ian Davis was just 17-years-old, he built a myoelectric prosthetic arm and hand for a high school project. Almost 30 years later, he’s still using what he learned but for his own benefit now, after having four fingers on his left hand amputated in 2018. His prostheticdesigned and built all by himself, is astonishingly lifelike, despite containing no electronics whatsoever. Read More >>

There’s Now a Slimmer Xbox Controller For Microsoft’s xCloud Game Streaming Service

The obvious choice for playing your favourite Xbox One games through Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming service is the Bluetooth version of the Xbox One controller, but it’s by no means a tiny gamepad. If you’re after something a little more svelte (and more affordable) 8Bitdo has created the which includes an adjustable clip for your Android smartphone. Read More >>

Sony’s Wearable Air Conditioner Is Finally Available to Help Make the Summer Less Sweltering

First revealed last Summer with an intended release to coincide with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Sony’s wearable personal air conditioner is finally available for sale to help you battle the Summer heat when you occasionally step outside to brave the sun’s rage and the ongoing pandemic. Read More >>

Razer’s First Non-Gaming Headphones Give You a Sony-Like Experience For Less

Countless companies have tried to dethrone Sony from its noise-cancelling headphone throne, but none have succeeded. Now Razer is taking a different approach with its first pair of headphones designed for a wider consumer audience – not just gamers – by paying homage to the Queen with a look that emulates Sony’s excellent and much-loved WH-1000XM3s. You can definitely hear the difference between the two, but with a price tag that’s £130 cheaper than Sony’s, the Razer Opus is a compelling alternative. Read More >>

Who Framed Roger Rabbit’s Most Traumatising Death Scene Recreated With Coloured Crayons

On paper, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, featuring cartoon characters from both the Disney and Warner Bros. worlds, sounds like the perfect kids film. In reality, it’s got some rather unsettling moments, including the death of the film’s antagonist, Judge Doom, which is made all the more horrific here thanks to melting crayons. Read More >>

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You’ll Look Forward to Cutting the Lawn When You Turn Your Ride-On Mower Into a Tank

A house with a sprawling lawn might be the aspiration of anyone stuck in a tiny apartment, but there’s a downside to that dream: your lawn doesn’t cut itself. To make the weekly chore more bearable, Jason Hibbs of Bourbon Moth Woodworking turned his riding mower into a miniature tank that mows down everything in its path – not just grass. Read More >>

Artificial Feathers Let This Robotic Bird Fly With Incredible Agility

Over the years, Festo, a German automation company with a penchant for robots, has designed countless Mother Nature-inspired automatons that swimhop, and fly like their real-world counterparts. That includes robotic birds, which have now been upgraded with fake feathers that allow the robots to soar through the air with the same manoeuvrability and agility as the real thing. Read More >>

Tape Storage Could Soon Crush Hard Drives With 400TB Capacities

If you’ve got a mountain of digital data to store but don’t necessarily need to access it every day, tape cartridges are the way to go. Twelve terabytes of storage will set you back a few hundred quid these days, but in the coming years, Fujifilm believes it can push the technology to 400TB capacities in a single cartridge. Read More >>

I Miss the Sony Watchman

A lifelong obsession with technology has left me with drawers full of gadgets, many of which I don’t even remember buying. But the very first? That memory remains crystal clear. It was a Sony, one of the company’s first truly pocket-friendly portable TVs, and it remains one of my favourite gadgets of all time. Read More >>

This £16 Rainbow Card Turns Your Smartphone Into a Highly Accurate Colour Picker

Designers often rely on their smartphones for snapping a quick photo of something that inspires them, but Pantone has found a way to turn their smartphone into a genuine design tool. As part of a new online service, it’s created a small card that can be used to accurately sample real world colours by simply holding the card against an object and taking a photo. Read More >>