Brickit App makes augmented reality useful

Brickit is an app that uses your phone’s camera, augmented reality, and machine vision to do one really cool thing: help you make cool LEGO toys out of the bricks you already have.

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Steam deck, a handheld Steam gaming console

SteamOS is a Linux-based OS that loads a full screen steam interface and plays Steam games. It was meant to work with the Steam Controller, and be its own platform, supported by the Steam store. That didn’t take off, and it seemed to be abandoned for a while. Now it’s back, and on a Steam Deck Console handheld with serious hardware to support it.

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Re-living computing history with a PDP-8 (Raspberry Pi)

The Raspberry Pi is a great tool for re-living and learning from the past, whether it’s emulating classic video games, emulating an IBM System/370 for learning JCL and COBOL, or, in today’s example, emulating a PDP-8, one of the early computers, and the first to run “Adventure”, among other early games.

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Robots for the home are difficult sci-fi dreams. Even when they make breakfast.

People say, “we were promised flying cars,” and “where are all the household robots we were promised?” The truth is, it’s really difficult to make a household robot. Our homes are more or less similar to the homes of 60 or 70 years ago, with better insulation and heating and cooling, generally. There are no cubby holes in the walls for floor cleaning robots to come out of and return to. There are no robot maids. What gives?

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The best summary: Making sense of the Apple products just announced, April 2021 version

Apple announced a lot of things yesterday: new iMacs, new Apple TV and remote, a new iPad Pro, and a purple iPhone. What should you get, what will actually help you, and what’s better than the last version? Buckle up, I’ll help you make sense of it.

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Nintendo Amiibo cards are bullshit

Nintendo, in partnership with Sanrio, released cards for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Basically, they sell cards with NFC chips in them to make the game attract villagers in the appearance of the Sanrio characters to your island in the game. Why are they bullshit? Because it makes no sense to program chips, print cards, packaging, and ship them around the world for what is essentially a 540 byte file for an Internet-connected game console.

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