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Bosstown Dynamics Robot Fights Back

You have likely seen the Boston Dynamics robotic videos on the interwebs. They are getting better at performing all kinds of tasks. There are videos of them being kicked while walking to show off their stability and adaptability. Pretty amazing stuff.

Well, it was only a matter of time before another spoof video made its way online. This one is dubbed Bosstown Dynamics and shows a robot fighting back. Video after the break. (more…)

Posted on Jun 3 2019 - 8:49am by Steve M
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There are the traditional dog muzzles = boring. Get yourself a Werewolf Dog Muzzle for your dog and video peoples reactions. Please send me the videos. This scary dog muzzle comes in three sizes (26cm, 31cm, and 35cm). This means you can even put one on your tiny rat dog. Halloween is quite a ways away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t rock this scary dog muzzle all year long. ...

Another day, another Apple speedbump. This one, however, is pretty big as the latest 15-inch MacBook Pro now comes with an Intel 8-core (9th-generation) processor. In real-world tests that means it should be two times faster than the previous 4-core version. Take that and mix in, the Retina display, SSD hard drives, the T2 security chip, Radeon graphics cards, and all-day battery life and you have yourself a very capable laptop. Very capable and very expensive as well. [

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I have spent quite a bit of money making my homes lighting situation a bit smarter. I am an Apple guy, mainly because I value my privacy, so naturally, I went with solutions that were Apple HomeKit enabled. My house is a bit older and doesn’t have neutral wires run, which means most of my light switches are the Lutron Caseta PD-6WCL. They work great (I have given up on the sh*tty Leviton switches).

I was always intrigued by the Philips Hue bulbs but never pulled the trigger because they have a huge flaw. If anyone turns off the light switch, which people do all the time, the bulb is no longer accessible on the network and goes from “smart” to totally “dumb”. Because of this, I opted to replace my dumb lightswitches with the Lutron Caseta switches. This route takes a bit more work, but ultimately it works very well and I don’t have to worry about the “Philips Hue problem”. Read on for details. (more…)

Posted on May 17 2019 - 9:36am by gchoe
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The famous Grumpy Cat has died a young death at just 7-years old. Grumpy Cat had complications from a urinary tract infection. I think it is time that the internet knows Grumpy Cat’s real name – Tardar Sauce. You will be missed Tardar Sauce. “Despite care from top professionals, as well as from her very loving family, Grumpy encountered complications from a recent urinary tract infection that unfortunately became too tough for her to overcome,” the family said in a statement posted to Twitter. “She passed away peacefully...

Dambuster Bouncing Bomb

Cambridge engineer, Dr. Hugh Hunt, recreates the Barnes Wallis’s World War bouncing bomb that was used to blow up dams. This test was done with a specially constructed dam in Canada. Boys and their toys. Video of the dam destruction after the break. (more…)

The overpaid folks at Sotheby’s will be auctioning a one-off Alfa Romeo concept that was built on top of an existing 2018 4C. Read on for details and pics of this auction which is scheduled to go live on May 25th, 2019. ...

Posted on Apr 22 2019 - 8:32am by Robby S.
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I am not a fan of the “new” Mini Cooper’s. My experience is that Mini Coopers are happiest when they are at the mechanic getting repaired. However, I do like the rally version that was built by X-raid and JCW (John Cooper Works). This mashup has been in the works for quite some but major changes have occured recently, like switching from 4×4 to rear-wheel drive and engine updates. Today’s MINI JCW Buggy retains the BMW Group supplied six-cylinder diesel engine used for the 2018 Dakar, but the turbocharger system...

Roman Booteen takes existing old coins and adds custom etching and moving parts for some pretty impresive one-off art pieces. This one is better explained with video – check it out after the break. ...

Tesla Sentry Mode Cookie Monster

The recently released, and already updated, Tesla Sentry Mode is a security feature for its EVs that uses the front-facing dash cam and the side cameras to record and dissuade break-ins. Apparently, every car should have a sentry mode as Tesla vehicles have already caught thieves and people damaging cars.

The latest story from ABC 7 news, is about San Francisco-based Jed Franklin and how his Tesla has already helped to make an arrest. He received an alert on his phone, via the Tesla app, that said his Sentry Mode had been activated. Upon arriving at his car he found a broken window. After downloading the cars security camera video he saw a clear image of the suspect’s face and the license plate of his car. This evidence was handed over to the police, who subsequently made an arrest.

The more this type of thing happens, and makes the news, the more criminals will take note. Tesla break-ins may become a thing of the past. Check out a few of the Tesla “caught in the act” videos after the break. (more…)