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After Spending Months Submerged, This Drone Can Launch From the Ocean

From remote villages to the tops of skyscrapers, there aren't many places a drone can't reach. Now, there's a chance you may even run into one while scuba diving in the ocean.

As reported by Popular Science, the CRACUN drone (pronounced Kraken) is a "Corrosion Resistant Aerial Covert Unmanned Nautical System” developed by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. The 3D-printed, watertight craft is designed to stay submerged hundreds of feet beneath the sea for months at a time before eventually breaking through the surface and taking flight.

To keep it protected from the corrosive effects of salt water, parts of the body are coated with a commercial sealant that's commonly used in marine applications. The prototype was able to fly through the air successfully after spending two months underwater.

The research team has yet to reveal the intended applications for such a device, but they say the low production costs “makes it expendable, allowing for the use of large numbers of vehicles for high-risk scenarios.” According to Motherboard, the U.S. secretary of the Navy even went out of his way to praise the project. You can watch the CRACUN launch from the water in the video above.

[h/t Popular Science]

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Improve Your Chopping Skills With This Knife-Cutting Board Hybrid
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Chopping ingredients properly is an impressive skill, and for those who haven’t mastered it yet, this part of the cooking process can be a pain. Luckily, it is possible to do your slicing and dicing without the awkward hand positions and frequent slip-ups. All you need is a knife that stays attached to the board where you’re doing the cutting.

Spotted over at Mashable, spéciale is a high-quality walnut cutting board that comes with a 17-inch Damascus steel knife built in. Whether you’re breaking down fruits, vegetables, cheese, or charcuterie, the blade can rotate across the board as you cut while the tip stays fixed in place. This leaves one hand free, so you don’t have to pause to put down your glass of wine before the chopping starts.

The designers focused on aesthetics along with functionality, so when the board is not being used in the kitchen it doubles as a serving platter. And after you’ve had a chance to enjoy the fruit of your labors, you can pop the knife off the board for easy clean-up.

Spéciale recently wrapped up a campaign on Kickstarter where it raised more than $150,500, and prior to that it debuted on Indiegogo, where it raised nearly $170,000. The product is still available to order through the Indiegogo page for $195.

[h/t Mashable]

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The Commodore 64 Will Return as a Mini Console With Dozens of Games
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Today’s video games may be more innovative than ever, but that doesn’t stop many from returning to the old-school games that remind them of their childhood. Following Nintendo’s massive success with the NES Classic in 2016 and the SNES Classic in September, the Commodore 64 is set to be the next vintage gaming device to get a miniature makeover. As Nerdist reports, Retro Games Limited will release a plug-and-play version of the 1982 bestseller in 2018.

The C64 Mini will be half the size of the original Commodore 64 computer and will feature 64 retro 8-bit titles, including Impossible Mission, Armalyte, Paradroid, and California Games. The kit will include a joystick, an HDMI cable for hooking up the console to your TV, and a USB power cable for charging it.

The console will have two USB ports that can be used to connect an extra joystick or plug in a full-sized keyboard to use the C64 Mini for simple coding. This could be especially useful when you get bored of the pre-loaded games and want to program a new one of your own from scratch.

The C64 Mini is set to retail for around $70 when it hits shelves in 2018, making it $10 cheaper than the newly-released SNES classic. Retro Games also plans to revive a full-sized version of the original Commodore 64 to sell in 2018. For an idea of what that might look like, check out this classic Commodore 64 how-to video from 1982.

[h/t Nerdist]

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