Chipper, An Alarm Clock That Only Stops Ringing Once People Are Out of Bed

Chipper is an alarm clock by a group of students at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California that only stops ringing once people are out of bed. The device uses a fabric sensor to determine if someone is in the bed, and it will actually start ringing again if someone gets back into bed after getting out. The alarm times are controlled by a smartphone. Further, slightly more technical details are available on Chipper’s website.

Instead of measuring force, pressure, or mechanical movement, the Chipper measures capacitance. This allow us to build a sensor that is cheaper to build, thinner, and sensitive to the entire bed.

The lead engineer on the project, David Levi, is also behind the Magnetic Cello.

Chipper

Chipper

Chipper

Chipper

images via Chipper

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A Mechanized Sculpture of Yul Brynner as the ‘Westworld’ Gunslinger Robot at Monsterpalooza

Tested recently sent Norman Chan to the Monsterpalooza convention in Burbank, California, where he checked out an amazing silicone mechanized sculpture created by sculptor Nick Marra of Nick Marra Studios, depicting actor Yul Brynner as The Gunslinger robot from Michael Crichton‘s 1973 sci-fi western-thriller film Westworld. Marra goes into detail during his interview with Chan about how he brought the on-screen bionic cowboy to life and shows the sculpture’s face opening up to reveal its robotic innards.

Gunslinger

Gunslinger

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A Homemade Remake of the Trailer for the 1995 Live-Action Film ‘Mortal Kombat’ Based on the Video Game Series

CineFix has released a new episode of their Homemade Movies series (previously) where they remake the teaser trailer for the 1995 live-action Mortal Kombat film that was based on a video game franchise.

We know the theme song is already stuck in your head (you’re welcome!) But we’re going back in time, to re-make the trailer for the 1995 classic MORTAL KOMBAT for your homemade enjoyment. No visual effects. No huge makeup budget. (Just like the original, only more so!)
MORTAL KOMBAT!!!!

CineFix also created a side-by-side comparison and a behind-the-scenes video:

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An Introductory Explanation to the Concept of Spacetime

In the latest episode of PBS Space Time, host Gabe Perez-Giz gives an introductory explanation to the concept of spacetime. Perez-Giz uses simple terms and examples as a jumping-off point for the complicated idea of spacetime, and even the idea that there are different types of spacetime. While the episode is just a simple introduction, Perez-Giz says the show will get more in-depth with spacetime concepts in future episodes.