Gaming’s biggest showcase, the legendary E3 convention, is returning in 2021 . After getting canceled in 2020 during the initial spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Entertainment Software Association has gone back to the drawing board to reimagine the show as a digital event. The ESA is going all out with the show, partnering with some of the biggest names in the video game industry. Giants like Nintendo and Microsoft will be present, though not everyone is playing ball. Sony and EA are among the big names missing from the current partner list. That’s reopened questions about the overall health of a gaming landmark that seems to be on its last legs. E3 may be an outdated ceremony in the age of digital communication, but it still holds an important role in the gaming landscape. The past year of constant showcases highlights exactly why it, or something like it, should exist. Digital overload For the uninitiated, E3 is gaming’s equivalent to the Super Bowl, minus the game … [Read more...] about E3 2021 might be outdated in the digital age, but it’s still necessary
Bringing home a used face mask can harbor unseen and unwanted bacteria. But we've noticed something over the years—where there's a problem, there's a Raspberry Pi solution! Today's project tackles this issue and is known as the Box of Hope, developed by Jan-Hendrik Ewers, Sarah Swinton, and Martin Karel. The best Raspberry Pi projects help make life easier, and this project takes a lot of guesswork out of mask sanitization. The Box of Hope has a sanitizing chamber that utilizes UV LEDs to sterilize fabric face masks. It also relies on wireless technology to issue daily usage reminders. According to the dev team, the project was designed to be a box kept at the user's home. It's connected to the internet, which is necessary to send sanitization reminders to a given mobile device. There are three major components in the project design: an API, a web app, and an I/O server. The RESTful API manages HTTP requests between the client and server. The I/O server runs on the … [Read more...] about Raspberry Pi Project Sanitizes Masks with UV Light
In 2020, a new lifeform arrived on Earth. More specifically, it arrived in a lab — the Levin Laboratory at Tufts University in Massachusetts. As alien species go, these were no little green men or any other science-fiction cliché. They looked more like tiny black specks of fine sand moving slowly around in a Petri dish. And while they’re not alien in the extraterrestrial definition, they certainly are in the sense that they’re strange. These so-called “xenobots” are living, biological automatons that may just signal the future of robotics as we know it. “These don’t fit the classical definition of an organism because they can’t reproduce — although from a safety standpoint this [is] a feature and not a defect,” Douglas Blackiston , a senior scientist in the Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University, told Digital Trends. “They could be classified as an ‘imperfect organism.’ I think they do qualify as robots, however. Even though they are living, they are built from the ground … [Read more...] about Meet the Xenobots: Living, biological machines that could revolutionize robotics
Windows 10 is ubiquitous. Many of us depend on it every day for both work and play. But there are a few features right under your nose in Windows that you might not be aware of. Here are seven things that you didn’t know you could do in Windows 10 that might make your life a little easier. Use your Windows 10 laptop or tablet as a second monitor Extra screen space often means buying an external monitor, but did you know that if you have a spare laptop or Windows tablet in the house, you can set one up for use as a second monitor for your primary PC? This is actually possible on all modern PCs, thanks to the Miracast technology and the help of a Wi-Fi network. You can set this up yourself by making sure both of your PCs are on the same Wi-Fi network. Then, search in the Windows 10 settings for Projection Settings . If the settings are grayed out and aren’t available, head into Optional Feature s in Windows 10 settings and add the Wireless Display optional feature. Just … [Read more...] about 7 things you didn’t know you could do in Windows 10
Prime Day is Amazon’s biggest sales event of the year. Since launching in 2015 to celebrate Amazon’s birthday, Prime Day deals have gone from strength to strength with 2020’s Prime Day achieving record-breaking sales up 45.2% on the previous year. With over $10 billion worth of goods bought globally during the sales event, it’s a fantastic time for you — the consumer — to dive in and pick up a great Prime Day deal. Read on as we look at exactly what goes on sale during the two-day sales event and what to expect from the big shopping event. What do I need to do to buy on Prime Day? Unlike other sales events, there is an exclusivity factor to Prime Day. Only Prime members can benefit from the savings going on during the two-day event although consumers partaking in a free 30-day trial of Prime can also be a part of the massive shopping event. Make sure you have a Prime membership in some form in time for the sale. What can I buy during Prime Day? Honestly, mostly everything. … [Read more...] about What goes on sale on Prime Day?