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Amazon develops "smart shopping cart" that scans as you place groceries so you can skip checkout

Amazon today introduced the Amazon Dash Cart, a "smart shopping cart" that uses weight sensors and cameras to let you scan your items as you place them in the cart so you can skip the checkout line. According to CNET: "Our primary motivation for building this was to be able to save customers time," said Dilip Kumar, vice president of Amazon's physical...

Creative and beautiful LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System set

LEGO and Nintendo have paired up to create one of the coolest LEGO sets I've ever seen. The LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System set features an NES console, cartridge, and retro TV, but the best part is the TV has an actual scrolling Super Mario Bros. level when you turn the crank. According to LEGO: Recreate classic Super Mario Bros.™ gameplay with...

Guy builds custom roller coaster synced to Bohemian Rhapsody in 'Roller Coaster Tycoon 2'

YouTuber ChuggersRCT synced up his custom roller coaster in Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 with Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody. He says: This is a synchronized coaster I've made in Roller Coaster Tycoon 2, that works completely in game, as long as you have the required custom music. A download for this save file will be released soon, as I have some work to...

Blindfolded Rubik's Cube artist creates a portrait of Erno Rubik using Rubik's Cubes

Rubik's Cube artist Big Wendy created a mosaic portrait of Rubik's Cube inventor Erno Rubik using 400 tactile cubes while blindfolded. She says: Erno Rubik, the creator of the Rubik's Cube, is turning 76 today. As a Happy Birthday, I dedicated my first blindfolded mosaic to him. The actual portrait took me around 7 hours to finish and the prep took...

Somebody paid $114,000 for a 'Super Mario Bros.' cartridge still in its original packaging

A copy of Super Mario Bros. still in its original plastic sealing became the highest-selling video game ever when it was sold to an anonymous bidder last Friday at a Heritage Auctions' event with a winning bid of $114,000. The cartridge was graded in A+ condition and fetched so much because the box featured a short-lived hangtab variant of the original...

This website simulates what it's like to have dyslexia

An intrepid programmer had a friend with dyslexia and thought they could recreate their description of what it's like using JavaScript. I don't have dyslexia myself so I can't say if it's accurate, but according to commenters who claim to have the disorder it's a pretty close representation. The picture doesn't really do it justice, as the live site...

Boom to unveil first independently-developed supersonic jet XB-1

Aircraft manufacturer Boom plans on unveiling their XB-1 prototype on October 7th, which would be the first independently-developed supersonic jet. According to Airline Ratings: The fuselage is complete, the wings tested and installed and the engines are ready to fire up. In April, the manufacturing team installed XB-1's wing to the forward fuselage...

MIT engineers design a reusable silicone rubber face mask

Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women's Hospital have designed a silicone rubber face mask they believe is as effective as N95 masks but can be sterilized and used multiple times. According to MIT News: The masks are based on the shape of the 3M 1860 style of N95 masks, the type normally used at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Most of the mask is...

12-year-old girl awarded $20,000 for inventing device to prevent hot car deaths

12-year-old Lydia Denton was named the winner of CITGO's Fueling Education Student Challenge and awarded $20,000 after inventing a device to prevent hot car deaths. People writes: The device works through a pressure pad under the car seat cover, which can sense weight over 5 lbs. When a baby is in the seat, the system starts itself up and monitors...

FamilyMart to start introducing robot shelf stockers

Japan's FamilyMart chain is planning on introducing robots to its workforce this summer to stock store shelves. According to Time Out: Instead of being fully automated, FamilyMart's robots will be operated by store employees via VR terminals at a separate location. The addition of these new robots will hopefully allow people to have a more flexible...

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