Posts Tagged ‘moon’


Aug02

Nintendo releases Z-Ring toy with new Pokemon game

2016 at 04:03 pm by admin | Comments Off

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With the newest iteration of Nintendo’s popular Pokémon franchise coming this fall with Pokémon Sun and Moon, Nintendo has announced a new interactive toy will be released alongside the new game: The Z-Ring! The Z-Ring, which will be manufactured by TOMY, will be able to connect with your copy of Pokémon Sun and Moon, and will activate whenever you use one of the new Z-Moves in-game. In response to this, the ring will light up and vibrate, along with play sound effects to complement the action going on in your game! The Z-Ring can also be customized, allowing the user to swap colored gems to fit their Pokémon’s type. The Z-Ring is scheduled to release alongside Pokémon Sun and Moon on November 18th, and will surely add a level of immersion never before seen to your Pokémon experience!

Nov10

Robots designed to 3D print moon bases

2014 at 01:41 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Space exploration and colonization of moons and planets have been ideas that, while dreamed about by billions of people across the world for generations, have been nothing but the work of science-fiction and fantasy. However, the European Space Agency hopes to change that in the near future, thanks to revolutionary new technology and innovations within the field of 3D printing. The ESA has detailed plans for a self-sustaining moon base, made almost entirely from components and materials found on the moon’s surface, which will be able to house several astronauts and necessary utilities. What makes the ESA-designed moonbase different from past concepts is its use of the moon itself in protecting exposed astronauts.



While Earth has an outer atmosphere that protects its surface and inhabitants from extreme temperatures, solar radiation, and meteorites, the Moon offers no such shelter. In order to safely house astronauts and recreate the life-saving benefits of the atmosphere, a robot designed to sculpt the environment will create a protective shell around the initial infrastructure. This shell is made from a mixture of lunar dust scavenged by the robot as well as multiple layers of 3D-printed webbing. This shell would provide all the benefits offered by Earth’s atmosphere, and would also allow for other bases to be connected to one another to create a multi-room base on the moon. These plans have been in the works since 2013, and while the ESA states that these concepts are still being worked on and fine-tuned, these structures could begin popping up on the moon within 40 years.