JMG sez, "I made a working clockwork Pac-Man figure that I call 'The Pactuator,' along with its own frame and hand-crank. It's going to be part of a larger project: a playable, mechanical Pac-Man cabinet, called 'Pac Machina.'"
I call it the Pactuator. I kind of fell in love with the little guy, but it's going to be a (long) while before the game is ready. In the meantime I wanted a nice way to display and play with it (and keep myself inspired to finish the full project). To that end, I drew up a feeble pastiche of a Victorian frame with a Pac-Man motif, laser engraved it in some wood, and made a little display, complete with a hand-crank.
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MacRumors, which is usually correct, reports on China Economic Daily’s news of the imminent launch of Apple AirPods Pro with noise-cancelling functionality and a $260 price. The new AirPods Pro won’t look anything like the image above, although it’d be cool if they did. From MacRumors: According to China Economic Daily, Apple’s third-generation AirPods will […]
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