What’s Really Inside An Etch-A-Sketch?

These guys over at “The King Of Random” &  “What’s Inside” on YouTube decided to hack up an Etch A Sketch to see how it works.

Back in the nineties, this toy was a staple for most kids toy boxes – the pinnacle of toy technology and yet it was basically just a more complicated means of drawing, with the added benefit that you could start a fresh with a quick shake.

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To children, or perhaps just us, this device seemed to be powered purely by magic and the contents remained a mystery ever since – until now that is. SPOILER: it turns out that it actually isn’t powered by magic.

So without further ado, check out the video below to see what it is that makes these magical doodle screens work.

 

Tech Companies Build Giant Robots To Battle Each Other

If you’re like us, then you have probably seen and maybe even enjoyed Robot Wars. Whilst we like Dara O’briain, it just isnt the same these days without Craig Charles.

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Robot Battle

Anyway, back to the point, a couple of years back, American firm Megabots, the manufacturers of huge robots, threw down the gauntlet (for an epic super huge robot battle) to their Japanese counterparts (Kuratas) and now we are at a stage where it’s all becoming a reality.

 

Megabots founders Andrew Stroup, Matt Oehrlein and Gui Cavalcanti created the company to “empower an entire generation of creators to actually build the robots of science fiction for the first time”.

Kuratas are pretty similar in the way they make huge robots to entertain people, as well as being able to muck around with all kinds of cool things.

We genuinely can’t wait to see this battle of the bots. It’s set to take place in August this year at an undisclosed location. Watch this space.

Zuckerberg Made An Crazy Amount Of Money In A Fortnight

Are you sitting down? Because what I’m about to tell you in just staggering.

Just incase you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know who Mark Zuckerberg is, let me explain. Mark is the original founder of a little website called Facebook. Mark started Facebook when he was just 19 years old and the rest as they say, is history.

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The Forbes global rich list currently has Mark ranked at #5.

In the first two weeks of 2017, Mark earned a whopping  £4.1 BILLION!

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This in turn made Mr.Zuckerberg the biggest earner of 2017 so far.

Facebook share prices hit an all-time high and Mark owns a very large amount of them (410 million shares); making him worth an obscene amount of money, estimated at around £44 billion. Not bad for a 32 year old eh?

The rise in Facebook’s share prices hasn’t been put down to anything in particular. That said many think it could be in due to the fact Facebook’s very publicly declared war on fake news.

 

 

British Inventor Builds A Real Life Iron Man Suit

I don’t think you need me to explain how much we love superhero’s here at IT Assist, it’s built into the core foundations of our business. So imagine how excited we are to find out that someone has actually built a real life iron man suit.

Just in case it’s not obvious, we are very excited indeed!

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British inventor, Richard Browning, has given it his best short at being Iron Man by founding a company called Gravity. He teamed up with Red Bull and has spent the last 12 months developing what he calls the “Daedalus Flight Suit”, which despite his best efforts still falls considerably short of the Iron Man Suit from the movies.

The suit does consist of many small jet engines strapped to his lower arms, ankles and back.

It doesn’t have the famous Arc Reactor chest piece either, its actually has something called “fuel bladders” that are kept inside the custom suit. So he’s sort of keeping the fuel very close to his chest. Brave man.

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Some of the other features you might find on the original Iron Man suit are the heads up display (HUD) which allows Browning to keep track of his fuel levels, engine operation and flight, it even keeps track of the fuel bladders and has a fail safe fuel alert.

The suit also has WiFi and Bluetooth so you can pair it up with your car…just kidding, it does have those features but it’s actually to enable live video streaming and for the ground crew to monitor the suit itself.

Check out the video below, it looks like it’s a bit tricky to say the least.

Credit where credit is due, Browning is currently following in Tony Stark’s footsteps, after all Tony had plenty of issues initially too and look how things worked out for him.

Clearly its still in its infancy at the moment, but we’re really looking forward to seeing how this develops.

 

Elon Musk To Fix Austrailia’s Power Problem In Just 100 Days

Elon Musk has promised to fix South Australia’s power problem in just 100 days.

The billionaire Tesla founder threw down the gauntlet to the Australian government yesterday after Tesla executive Lyndon Rive said the company could install the 100-300 megawatt hours of battery storage required to prevent the power shortages that have been causing blackouts, not only that but he also said they could do it in 100 days.

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Lyndon & @elonmusk – how serious are you about this bet? If I can make the $ happen (& politics), can you guarantee the 100MW in 100 days?

Mike Cannon-Brookes asked on twitter. Mike Cannon-Brookes is one of the founders of Australian software maker Atlassian Corp.

Musk then responded with

“Tesla will get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free. That serious enough for you?”

And it seems everyone’s keen to get on Musks’ offer. SA Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young also replied: “Let’s talk!”

South Australia has been suffering from power shortages since September last year. This in turn is causing major knock on effect such as price spikes, prolonged blackouts and political brawls over battery power.

Tesla’s pitch to the state offering grid scale battery storage seems like the best solution to fix this major issue.

Did You Know There’s A Hidden Button On Pedestrian Crossings?

They’re on so many roads but did you know that there is an extra, hidden, button on crossings?

You know the box where you press the button to activate the green man – it should look like this:

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It’s (usually) a small plastic or metal cone that’s on the underside of that.. When the green man lights up and its your turn to cross, it starts spinning.

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You’re probably wondering what it’s for then? Good question!

Its made for people who are visually impaired. The thing is, not all crossings beep and in busy places where there are multiple crossings it could be confusing for someone who can’t see which crossings are beeping.

Unfortunately, not all crossings have these spinning “cones” as the decision is ultimately down to the local authority.