Brother Word Processor Laptop Runs Wolfenstein 3D

The Brother GeoBook NB-60 is an old laptop from the 90s that was primarily used for word processing, accounting, and not much else. The laptop had a 1.44MB floppy drive and also a hard drive.

Action Retro got their hands on one recently, and with the internet being the internet, someone who worked at Brother ported Wolfenstein 3D many years ago. They sent a copy over. A YouTube short shows the game in action. Although the screen refresh rate can’t keep up, it runs quite well given that it’s on a laptop designed for word processing.

LAB22 Adjustable Tech Stands on Kickstarter

LAB22 is a series of stands for the iPad, iPhone, and AirPods Max. The iPad stand is compatible with 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros and the iPad Air 10.9-inch model.

Your iPad attaches magnetically to the stand with the magnets being strong so that you can use the iPad for drawing/typing or as a second screen without the worry of it slipping off. The plate it rests on is fully covered with microfibre so that the contact isn’t metal to metal which could leave scuffs.

The hinge on this iPad is also strong and has 9kgf-cm of torque to hold the iPad in whatever position needed. Briefly, 9kgf-cm is related to how much force is needed to move the iPad on its hinge. Too much, and it won’t move. Too little, and it would drop down and never stay put. The stand can fold down at any angle and move back up, and the plate is also rotatable allowing you to switch between portrait and landscape modes easily.

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Lego Ping Pong Game Built with Impressive Engineering Skills

About a year ago, this impressive Lego set appeared on the Lego Ideas website. It’s a playable version of the old Pong arcade game. It was built by someone who goes by the name of TheBananaman2018.

Inside of the set are 90 gears to control the movement of the ball which bounces back and forth across the playing area. Each player has two controls making the paddle move up and down.

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DeWALT USB-C Power Tool Charger

USB charging makes life a little easier. Rather than having a different adapter for each device, you can just have one and charge all of your devices from your phone, iPad, shaver, and so on. DeWALT has seen this problem of too many chargers and has created the DCB094 USB adapter.

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Apple Security Vulnerabilities Addressed in Latest Updates

If you use an iPhone, iPad, or macOS then now is a good time to grab the latest updates due to a zero-day vulnerability found. The latest updates, released yesterday, fix this up by patching the vulnerability.

On the security page at Apple it describes the impact as follows:

Impact: An application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.

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Kickstarter: Portable Tire Inflator

I came across this cool-looking tire inflator today on Kickstarter. I’m a little late to the game on this one, given that it first arrived at the end of July, but it’s still worth a shoutout here because there are still around three weeks left for the Kickstarter to complete.

The device comes in two versions, the ONE and ONE Pro, the Pro having a larger battery at 10,400 mAh compared to 7,800 mAh on the ONE. Inflation speed is also quicker on the Pro. Other than that, they both have almost identical specifications.

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Flying Basketball Hoop Catches All Shots

The Stuff Made Here YouTube channel shows some impressive engineering skills, with one of the more recent videos showing a basketball hoop that moves in six dimensions (check out the video if that makes no sense). The hoop is attached to wires that pull it around at speed to capture the ball wherever it is thrown in a room.

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The Pen Sized Scanner With Laser Guides

This pen shaped scanner allows you to conveniently and quickly capture text on a page by simply hovering the pen over the document.

Integrated in to the pen is a 5 megapixel camera capable of capturing images at a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. Although the laser guide looks a little fake on the image below, we actually hear that the pen does this to some extent. What you do is hold the pen a few inches above the page, push the scan button half way to enable the laser guide, match up the area you want to scan and then push the button all the way to capture the shot.

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Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner

This device works in a similar way to the superior slide and negative to digital picture converter that I wrote about the other day. However, this particular version uses either an iPhone or Android phone to capture the images.

As the post title suggests, it is also incorporates Lomo technology.

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MakerBot Moves in to 3D Scanning with Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner

MakerBot is becoming well known for making affordable 3D printers. This has made printing a 3D object a fairly easy task. What remains difficult is creating the 3D design that the MakerBot needs to print from.

To solve this problem, MakerBot is now working on the Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner. This device is used to scan a 3D object, turn it in to a 3D drawing file which can then be sent to the MakerBot printer and be printed. ie… a full replicator service.

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Water Resistant Wireless/Bluetooth Speaker

This speaker is both waterproof and wireless allowing you to use it near a sink or bath without the risk of breaking it.

The wireless connection works over bluetooth and allows a device such as an iPhone, iPad or Android smartphone to transmit music up to 30 feet away. This simply means that you can keep the speaker in the bathroom and the phone away from the water in another room.

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Lego Legend of Zelda: Iron Knuckle Encounter

Many of you will have grown up with Lego and will have built a number of your own creations. One site I’ve seen around recently is Lego Cuusoo which allows you to submit your own Lego creations and have them voted on to see if there’s a chance a set can be actually made.

One of the sets currently on show is a Legend of Zelda: Iron Knuckle Encounter.

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