Just Outta Beta: 8-Bit Astronomy, Solar Yacht, and More


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Astronomer (Release: 2018)
Alex Pietrow made a splash in 2017 when he revealed endearingly lo-res photographs of the moon and Jupiter shot with a 2-bit Game Boy digital camera. The Dutch PhD scholar quadruples his bit rely along with his newest retro undertaking, an astrophotography video­recreation he developed for the Atari 2600. You should purchase the cartridge for $18 and plug it into the late-’70s console, or simply play free of charge on-line. To earn factors, swing the beam of a telescope by way of the night time sky to {photograph} a shifting celestial object. But be careful for these pesky clouds, which may block your goal—and vaporize your excessive rating.


Opener BlackFly (Release: 2019)
Quadcopters make advantageous toys, however true flying automobiles want eight rotors. Opener’s single-­seat octocopter classifies as an ultralight aircraft, however with its vertical takeoff and touchdown capabilities, you possibly can skip the runway and contact down within the workplace parking zone. The 13-foot, 5-inch electrical “private aerial automobile” will get 25 miles per cost and tops out on the federally ­mandated restrict of 62 mph. Each one prices as a lot as an SUV, however simply assume what you’ll save on bridge tolls.


Silent-Yachts Silent 79 Cruiser (Release: 2019)
Circle the globe—sans the diesel fumes—on this solar-powered yacht. Photovoltaic panels on the roof of the 79-foot catamaran feed the 200 kWh battery. Dual 80 kW electrical motors can propel you from Boston to Bali, so long as you don’t thoughts dropping anchor every night time. The luxe cabin hosts as much as 10 fellow sun-worshippers. $3,946,528 and up.

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