Everything is awesome about the DIY Mini Lego Drone Kit

January 23, 2017

Drone popularity is soaring high. A new Tractica report states that consumer drone sales will increase tenfold by the end of the decade, leading to a whopping 67.9 million drones to be shipped annually by 2021. But what about those who want to get a little more creative? Introducing Kitables, the company ‘on a mission to create a world with more Do’ers in it.’ Crowdsourcing on Kickstarter, Kitables has released a…


How to avoid turkey explosions this Thanksgiving

November 22, 2016

There are three times more cooking fires – the most common cause of house fires – on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year. And the thousands of “turkey-fryer explosion” videos on YouTube are a testament to why frozen turkeys and hot oil are an especially dangerous mix. With the holiday coming up, Reactions teamed up with the District of Columbia Fire Department to explain the chemistry behind…


OPNFV project releases third platform

September 26, 2016

An open source project that facilitates the development and evolution of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) components across various open source ecosystems through integration, deployment, and testing, the OPNFV Project, has announced the availability of OPNFV Colorado, the project’s third platform release. Built on a strong underlying foundation, Colorado includes critical advances that accelerate the development of NFV applications and services through key feature enhancements across security, IPv6, Service Function Chaining…


Video gamers are better than scientists at identifying proteins

September 19, 2016

While it’s been said that video games and too much screen time can rot the brain, a group of gamers was actually able to beat scientists, college students and computer algorithms in a contest to see who could identify a particular protein’s shape. After playing the game Foldit with such success, the gamers proved that there could be a positive impact citizen science can have on research and could have future implications in…


Flow Hive design creates honey on tap

August 18, 2016

Raising 17386% of their fund total and receiving over 35,000 orders, the #1 most funded Indiegogo campaign of all time, Flow Hive, have created a beehive to revolutionize beekeeping. Designed and created by father and son, Stuart and Cedar Anderson, in Australia, the Flow Hive is in demand globally. The Flow Hive allows the beekeeper to harvest honey on tap directly from the beehive. This completely changes the process of…


Hobbyist creates Pokémon-inspired charging station

August 10, 2016

Hobbyist Spencer Kern was inspired by the recent Pokémon Go craze when he came up with the idea for his latest project. Kern, the designer who created a custom Minecraft PC last year in honor of the Windows 10 release, has just built a Pokémon Center Charging Station. “After spending hours running around my local park with a few hundred people, I knew this was a special moment in gaming history. The sense…


Using drones to paint outdoor murals

August 5, 2016

While drones  are being used for a plethora of applications like package delivery, monitoring wildlife, real estate, storm tracking, and plain-old hobbyist entertainment, Professor Paul Kry from McGill University’s School of Computer Science are using tiny drones to create dot drawings — an artistic technique known as stippling. Drawing with dots may sound simple, but it’s not. Programming the aerial robots to apply each payload of ink accurately and efficiently requires complex algorithms to…


This 3D-printing pen runs on plastic bottles

(Image via Renegade/ Kickstarter)
August 1, 2016

There’s a super-green 3D printing method coming to the market thanks to a UK-based company started-up by inventor Daniel Edwards. 3D -printing enthusiasts, makers. and professionals can all create sculptures and draw in mid-air — from plastic waste. The Renegade 3D Pen is not the smallest, thinnest, lightest or cheapest 3D pen in the world, and as its creators point out, “it doesn’t weld wires, burn wood, or cut through foam. And,…


Students engineer lightweight aircraft inspired by paragliders

The Delta in flight. (Image Credit: National University of Singapore)
July 29, 2016

A team of engineering students from the National University of Singapore (NUS) decided to take on a challenge from the National Geographic Channel. In doing so, the students successfully designed and built the world’s lightest electric paraglider trike, which they call The Delta. The aircraft comprises two rear-mounted propellers, which are horizontally arranged and driven by a motor. The craft, which is powered by Lithium polymer batteries, is the lightest aircraft in the…


Video of the Day: What an illuminated 20,000-Watt light bulb looks like

July 19, 2016

A YouTuber and electrical engineer by the name Photonicinduction has given tech enthusiasts a treat in his latest video. Photonicinduction manages to light up a 20,000-Watt light bulb — a bulb that could cost nearly $3,000. The hobbyist plugs his light bulb into a machine that can control the current and when he lets it all go, it looks almost like a fire. To give you an idea of how powerful a 20,000-Watt…