Design and Detonate a Simulated Fireworks Show With No Risk of Injury

If you ask someone what their favorite toy was growing up they'll probably say something like Lego. But deep down, it was really the illegal fireworks their friend's cousin's uncle got from his neighbor. Nothing can quite match the thrill of something going boom, and now amateur pyrotechnics enthusiasts can safely… » 12/04/14 2:04pm 12/04/14 2:04pm

Inside "The Domes," Where NASA Drives the Spacecraft of the Future

Deep in the belly of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, lie "The Domes." Step into one of them and suddenly you're standing on the surface of Mars, or you're flying high above the Earth, looking out from the International Space Station. This is the Systems Engineering Simulator, where we learned to fly,… » 11/19/14 12:16pm 11/19/14 12:16pm

Just Try and Stop Playing With This Browser-Based Fluid Simulator

If you had any hope you'd actually be productive this Tuesday, you'll want to avoid George Corney's magical browser-based particle fluid simulator at all costs. If you thought hard drugs or Nutella was addictive, just one click in the middle of this simulator's sea of particles and bam!—your workday is over. » 11/18/14 4:23pm 11/18/14 4:23pm

Dad Builds Kids a NASA Simulator That Would Make Chris Hadfield Jealous

Remember that fridge box you turned into a rocket ship as a kid, complete with crayon-drawn control panels and a fancy sparkle glue paint job? Yeah, that was an embarrassment to our nation compared to this NASA simulator that Jeff Highsmith designed and built for his sons. » 7/31/14 3:06pm 7/31/14 3:06pm

Feel What It's Like to Drown With This Terrifying Simulator

Forget coffee. If you're still in dire need of a little morning boost, we guarantee that nothing will be quite as effective as the adrenaline rush you'll get from swimming for your life in this online drowning simulator. This is not for the faint of heart. » 4/23/14 12:40pm 4/23/14 12:40pm

Amazing Arcade Flight Simulator Spins Players Completely Upside-Down

The arcades that dominated the 1980s and 1990s slowly died off as home video game consoles became more and more capable, but there are apparently still some good reasons to keep a pocket full of quarters handy. Namely this arcade simulator for a game called War Thunder that puts Afterburner to shame. » 4/15/14 8:30am 4/15/14 8:30am

This Oculus Rift-Powered Light Cycle Sim Is the Ultimate Arcade Game

The Oculus Rift hasn't even made it out of beta testing and it's already changing the world for the better—at least for one dedicated developer. He's integrated one into an incredible, full-scale Tron: Legacy light cycle replica. Strap on a headset and hop aboard, we're going racing. » 4/10/14 2:40pm 4/10/14 2:40pm

The Insane 1950s Flight Sim That Taught Airmen to Refuel in Midair

Performing a midair fuel transfer between aircraft is among the most technically challenging maneuvers in aviation, especially when flying a prop-driven, WWII-era C-97 Stratotanker. That's why neophyte pilots spent hours at the controls of this life-size simulator before they ever set foot in the real thing. » 2/06/14 6:40pm 2/06/14 6:40pm

A High School Student Built This Surprisingly Capable Flight Simulator

Do you remember how you spent your high school years? Odds are you were more concerned with your social status than actually doing something useful with your life. Not Dominick Lee. Instead of parties and homecomings he designed, built, and programmed an impressive low-budget flight simulator that's going to all but… » 10/23/13 10:00am 10/23/13 10:00am

A Hyper-Realistic Archery Sim Is the Safest Hunger Games Proxy

You don't see a lot of first person shooter games that opt for a bow and arrow in lieu of a machine gun, but that's probably because no one has created a bow interface as authentic as what Masasuke Yasumoto at the Tokyo University of Technology has developed. » 8/27/13 10:00am 8/27/13 10:00am

Costco UK Will Happily Sell You This Awesome $115,000 F1 Simulator

What do you rely on your local Costco for? Gigantic boxes of diapers? Bulk packs of chicken fingers? In the UK, when you're stocking up on bangers and mash, you can also go home with a full-size $115,000 Formula One simulator. Although, sadly, they're not sold in bulk packs for bigger savings. » 5/14/13 12:00pm 5/14/13 12:00pm

Grip Simulator Could Revolutionize the Feeling of Weapons in Games

When it comes to making video games feel more realistic, Nintendo seems to be one of the industry's leading innovators. First it introduced a vibrating rumble controller accessory for the N64, and then of course it made a buttload of money from the motion-controlled Wii. But a company called Tactical Haptics wants… » 4/12/13 12:20pm 4/12/13 12:20pm

Dock Your AR Drone With the ISS and Teach a Real-Life Spacecraft Some…

In an effort to improve autopilot systems aboard spacecraft, the European Space Agency has released a free iOS app that works with Parrot's AR Drone and lets amateur pilots practice a simulated docking with the International Space Station. » 3/15/13 10:40am 3/15/13 10:40am

It's Best Not To Imagine the Awful Ways This Virtual Water Could Be Used

A Japanese company called Solidray who specializes in virtual reality systems has developed a clever way to simulate flowing water using both visual and tactile feedback. And while the technology is neat, the practical applications that come to mind are a little unsettling. » 12/07/12 1:40pm 12/07/12 1:40pm

This Complex 3D Heart Simulator Can Run on Just a Laptop

Supercomputers let us simulate everything from the weather, to a chess match against a master, to how the human body operates. But researchers at Japan's National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center have created a detailed 3D simulation of a beating human heart that can run on a laptop, allowing even small hospitals… » 11/05/12 10:00am 11/05/12 10:00am

The Big Bad Wolf Ain't Got Nothing on the World's Only Category 5…

When Hurricane Andrew rolled ashore in South Florida back in 1992, it destroyed $27 billion worth of property. The storm was the third most destructive to ever hit the US, an outcome due in part to the insufficient building codes of the time. Structures simply weren't built to withstand the storm's fury. These days,… » 9/12/12 11:30am 9/12/12 11:30am

Skillet Simulator: Perfect Your Sear Without the Smoke Alarm

If preparing a bowl of Ramen Noodles maxes out your culinary capabilities, you might want to consider a trip to the Tokyo Institute of Technology to enhance your skillset in the kitchen. Researchers there have developed a cooking simulator complete with virtual vegetables that can actually burn, and a force feedback… » 8/27/12 8:44am 8/27/12 8:44am

The Kids' Battlestar Galactica Viper Simulator Flies At Last!

The kids who kickstarted a Battlestar Galactica Viper simulator project back in March actually managed to get it up and flying at Maker Faire 2012! It rotates in every direction, as anticipated. It is quite an amazing achievement. » 5/21/12 5:20pm 5/21/12 5:20pm

Doctors Can Practice Brain Surgery Without Actual Brains Now

Learning to do brain surgery isn't easy, as the procedures are often difficult even for experienced surgeons. So researchers in Japan have developed the Cybram 001—or Cybernetic Brain Artery Model—which simulates the functions of blood vessels in the brain, letting surgeons hone their skills without risking a… » 4/18/12 11:00am 4/18/12 11:00am

This Air Traffic Controller Built a Fully Functional 737 Simulator in…

As an air traffic controller and a licensed pilot, James Price's life revolves around flying. So it's not that surprising that he's spent the last 12 years converting an old Boeing 737 nosecone into a full-on flight simulator in his garage. » 4/18/12 9:48am 4/18/12 9:48am