The ZAPiT Game Wave brings back the interactivity that often disappears when people gather to play computer games. The DVD-based game console uses up to six wireless remote controls, letting several people play interactive trivia, word, casino and “parlor” games. The $99 system, which also serves as a DVD player, employs Altera’s MAX II CPLDs, which were picked for their versatility and ability to reduce the cost of materials. The programmable logic devices also provide programmability so changes can be made during production.
A make-your-own Star Wars Sith Lightsaber hilt is heftier and better-looking than most others out there, according to its maker, Sean Charlesworth. You can 3D print it from free source files, and there's even a hardware kit available -- not free -- so you can build one just in time for Halloween.
Highly regarded engineer and physicist Ransom Stephens speaks with Design News about his extensive science and engineering background, the serious yet funny study of neuroscience, and how one primes their brain for innovation.
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