SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base last Thursday was visible across Southern California and Arizona, lighting up the skies with a spectacular display that had social media in a frenzy.
Those of us outside of the area were stuck watching the random clips posted on social media, mostly sub-par cell phone footage that regular people took. But luckily, photographer Jesse Watson captured some stunning time-lapse imagery from his hometown of Yuma, Arizona, using a series of cameras and lenses to capture this amazing spectacle in all its glory.
As you can see, he absolutely nailed it, shooting 2452 images and whittling it down to 1315 images, which he used to make this incredible time-lapse video you see here. Impressive work, to say the least!
xDroid Takes The Fun Of Video Racing Games Into The Real World
Want something that brings the thrill of racing video games into the real world? It’s here and it is called xDroid. At last the best features of RC cars and racing video games come together. You can race, drift, jump, play with friends and even code your own games. And you get to control everything from your smartphone.
xDroid brings the best parts of video game racing to the real world. You can play demolition derby, capture the flag and much more. It uses three main elements to work its magic: The mobile gaming app, the xDroid car and the xPoint.
The xDroid is a 1:16 scale hobby-grade smartphone-controlled car, but if you already own an RC car, you can use your own by upgrading it with an xCore. The xPoints are basically small interactive checkpoints that you can position along the route. These will let you collect bonuses, earn scores, and get power-ups. The app has the games, acts as a controller and also a social platform.
I don’t know about you, but I have often dreamed of a Mario Kart type game that I could play in the real world with RC cars. xDroid makes it possible to play this and other video game type racing games.
I can see people really getting into this to the point where it becomes a real sport. The system seems like it has everything you need to play and create good games right out of the gate. You can check out the Kickstarter for more info. This is going to be fun.
Get Ready To Make Some Waves With The Mako Slingshot Jetboard
Surfboards are great for some fun in the sun and riding the waves, but that’s just not extreme enough for some of us. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you want something faster and crazier. Something like the Mako Slingshot. This this is essentially a surfboard with some serious jet power, and it looks like a ton of fun.
Naturally, the Slingshot doesn’t use electricity because water and electricity don’t mix unless you are an electric eel. Instead, it uses jet power, with a fuel-efficient Rotron XT100 100cc 2-stroke engine that produces 15 horsepower. That’s good enough to reach a top speed of 34 miles per hour, and keep this speed up for 40 minutes. Not bad. Not bad at all.
The Slingshot’s tank holds 2.8 liters (0.74 gallons) of fuel, and the engine is fastened to easily accessed mounting points. Apparently, you’re supposed to ride this thing like it is an electric skateboard, controlling the throttle using a remote and pushing a button to start the engine. There’s no revving it up. So it’s easy to use.
Thanks to carbon fiber construction, the Slingshot weighs just 42 pounds and it has a weight limit of 220 pounds. It measures 74 inches long and 23.5 inches wide, so you can easily toss it in the back of your car and take it with you anywhere.
It looks like a lot of fun. You’ll be running circles around all of those people on surfboards. Try not to rub it in their face too hard that your ride is cooler. Obviously, this kind of fun doesn’t come cheap. The Slingshot starts at $9,800 and goes up from there depending on which extras you buy for it.
Star Wars Fans Are Going Crazy Over This Boba Fett Motorcycle Helmet
Despite his limited role in the original Star Wars trilogy, Boba Fett is arguably one of the most popular characters in the franchise, with a cult-like following.
Now, motorcycle riders can pretend that they’re the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy while protecting their head with this RPHA 11 Pro Boba Fett helmet from HJC Helmets.
Get ready to look like a badass as you cruise around town with this sweet helmet strapped to your noggin. You’ll also be comfortable, as this top of the line helmet features everything from a max air-flow top vent to enlarged eye-ports.
It’s also remarkably strong and really lightweight, thanks to a shell made from a combination of carbon fiber, aramid, fiberglass, and organic non-woven fabric.
Of course, quality (and cool) don’t come cheap, with the helmet setting you back around $600. So who’s ready to show off their fandom with this awesome Boba Fett motorcycle helmet?