Nintendo Labo: What Do We Know It & Why Do I WANT IT SO MUCH?!?

Last week, Nintendo unveiled its “new interactive experience” for Nintendo Switch, called Nintendo Labo. Nintendo describes the Labo as a “new line of interactive build-and-play experiences that combine DIY creations with the magic of Nintendo Switch.” The Labo will allow Switch owners build cardboard versions of items — dubbed “Toy-Cons” by Nintendo — ranging from a 13-key piano, to a fishing rod, a bird house or even a motorbike. It works by inserting Joy-Con controllers into those Toy-Cons, and (via the Joy-Con’s use of multiple IR and motion sensors), players will be able to play games themed to the variety of cardboard creations. I must say, as someone who grew up making tons and TONS of things and projects out of cardboard, I’m extremely interested and intrigued by this product.

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Virtual Reality – Doc’D #58

In this technology-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, implementations, and the current and possible future legacy of virtual reality technologies.

1) “Infinite Reality: Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds, and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution” by Jim Blascovich and Jeremy Bailenson []
2) “The Rise and Fall and Rise of Virtual Reality” by Katie Drummond []
3) YouTube’s Virtual Reality Channel [] Continue reading “Virtual Reality – Doc’D #58”

Cardboard Fender Stratocaster shreds without being shredded

OK, you know what; this is absolutely insane, and I STILL can’t believe who incredibly well this thing works. Anyway, the crew at Signal Snowboard is known for its unorthodox snowboard projects. Now, after partnering with Ernest Packaging and Fender’s custom shop, they have created a playable cardboard Stratocaster. Yes, you read (and saw that video and picture above) correctly, as everything other than its corrugated body and neck, the Fender guitar has the usual pickups, electronics, frets and knobs installed that are typically found on your traditional wood guitar. What’s insane is that you can ACTUALLY SEE through the guitar while shredding during those mad solos, bro! Continue reading “Cardboard Fender Stratocaster shreds without being shredded”

Yeah, Sooo, Lexus made a Working Electric Car out of Cardboard…

Lexus' cardboard Origami Car

I’m sure that after reading that headline and checking out that picture that NOW that hoverboard from that Lexus commercial no longer appears to be ALL THAT impressive, huh? Lexus has unveiled the Origami Car, a fully functional electric IS sedan whose main body, interior and wheels are made out of cardboard. No joke; this is freaking REAL! Continue reading “Yeah, Sooo, Lexus made a Working Electric Car out of Cardboard…”

San Fran Arena with DIY Speakers Ends the Power, SERIOUSLY! – WIRed #24

…also, Pearl Harbor Day, “Man of Steel,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” and ALL THE THINGS!!

This week on WIRed, a new community arena for the Golden State Warriors and San Fran, build you own speakers, the end and final issue of Nintendo Power, and celebrating the WWE’s most awkward lowlights.   Continue reading “San Fran Arena with DIY Speakers Ends the Power, SERIOUSLY! – WIRed #24”

Got Cardboard, Wires & a Cup? Make Your Own Speakers!  Do you want some decent-sounding basic speakers on the cheap? Well, if you have happen to have a soldering iron, coated copper magnet wire, spare wires, a paper cup, a standard 3.5mm headphone plug, and assorted paper and cardboard scraps, you can build that basic set of speaker yourself. From scratch. FOR FREE (should you have those aforementioned items just lying around; like I would – I like tinkering with things)!

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D.I.Y. Paper-Thin, Cheap AND Super-Powerful HDTV Antenna

While you can buy any HDTV antenna from the plentiful options available at your local electronic and/or department store, you could always build your own.  Here’s the kicker: this do-it-yourself project actually looks nice enough that you would want to hang it in a window, PLUS it’s powerful enough to pick up over-the-air HD channels in your area. The best thing about this option is, of all things, it’s really cheap to make.

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Christchurch, New Zealand to Get a Cardboard Church

Back in February of this year, an earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand that was measured at a magnitude of 6.3 on the Richter’s Scale.  During that quake, the town’s Anglican cathedral (which had stood in Christchurch since 1864) was completely demolished and needed to be completely rebuilt.  Commissioned to design a new temporary cathedral until then, Japanese architect Shigeru Ban is looking at a particularly interesting design material: cardboard.  Now … Continue reading Christchurch, New Zealand to Get a Cardboard Church

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