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.
Continue reading Nintendo Labo: What Do We Know It & Why Do I WANT IT SO MUCH?!?
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 [http://amzn.to/2hmSakM]
2) “The Rise and Fall and Rise of Virtual Reality” by Katie Drummond [http://www.theverge.com/a/virtual-reality]
3) YouTube’s Virtual Reality Channel [https://goo.gl/SUwfXr] Continue reading Virtual Reality – Doc’D #58
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
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…
…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
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)!
Continue reading Got Cardboard, Wires & a Cup? Make Your Own Speakers!
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.
Continue reading D.I.Y. Paper-Thin, Cheap AND Super-Powerful HDTV Antenna
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 personally, this takes me back to the days when I was in elementary school, and I would build toy car ramps, houses, miniature arcade stands, replicas of the temple from “Legends of the Hidden Temple,” and other varied things with only cardboard and Scotch tape. Once I read this story, I was IMMEDIATELY interested.
Like I mentioned earlier, Shigeru Ban’s new temporary structure, which costs about $3.5 million, will be made of cardboard, which involves using 86 locally-built water/fire resistant cardboard tubes that create the roofline (weighing over 1000 pounds), a like-wise locally-built stained glass window, and a foundation constructed from old shipping containers (hmm, shipping containers, huh; that sounds familiar
). The temporary church will stand at approximately 80 feet high (almost as high as the original cathedral), its dimensions will also match the old church’s original dimensions, will be able to seat up to 700 people, and be utilized by local community and musical groups. Mr. Ban stated that the structure should take only 3 months to erect and complete.
As of now, the Christchurch city council has not decided on a location for the building, but hope to have the structure erected by the one year anniversary of the earthquake on February 22nd, 2012. The temporary structure is expected to remain standing for about a decade, until the original Anglican church can be rebuilt.