The LEGO Group has this week announced the first ever product collaboration with Netflix, helping to create the LEGO Stranger Things: The Upside Down set. A special launch took place in the Leicester Square LEGO Store in London and The LEGO Store, Flat Iron District, New York City this week. The Stranger Things LEGO set allows fans to build the Byers’ house and the supernatural world of The Upside Down.

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The Stranger Things LEGO set also includes minifigures of Chief Hopper, Joyce Byers, Eleven, Mike, Lucas and Dustin together with a minifigure version of the Demogorgon. This Stranger Things collectible consists of 2,287 pieces including Hopper’s coffee cup, Eleven’s waffle and Mike’s flashlight. The Stranger Things LEGO set will soon be available to purchase directly from LEGO stores worldwide will be priced at US $199.99 – CA $269.99 – DE €199.99 – UK £179.99

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“The set is full of authentic details from the award-winning Netflix original show, including the alphabet wall complete with a light-up function, a buildable version of Chief Hopper’s police cruiser and the phone in the Byers’ living room, Step into Will’s bedroom with a buildable bed and stickered elements of the posters decorating Will’s room. There are small Easter eggs to be discovered throughout the house including a ‘Will the Wise drawing’ and a picture of the iconic Mind Flayer hidden in the attic.”

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– The Byers’ house features a front porch with furniture, living room, dining room and Will’s bedroom.
– The living room features authentic details from the series, like the alphabet wall with a light-up function, couch, coffee table, telephone, axe, ‘have you seen me?’ flyer stickered element and a bear trap to catch the Demogorgon.
– Will’s bedroom plays a central role in the series, which this model faithfully replicates, including details like Will’s boombox, bed, desk, desk lamp, drawings and movie posters.
– The dining room includes an armchair, boxes that store Christmas lights, fantasy game rule book stickered element and a potted plant.
– The attic space includes a Mind Flayer drawing stickered element and a wizard hat for ‘Will the Wise’.
– The Upside Down set captures the look and feel from the Netflix original series, including creepy vines, dark coloring and a dilapidated look.
– Chief Jim Hopper’s police truck includes a removable roof for easy access to the interior and a pumpkin element as a reminder of Season 2.
– Accessory elements include Lucas’ slingshot and flashlight, Dustin’s walkie-talkie and compass, Mike’s flashlight and walkie-talkie, Hopper’s coffee mug, Joyce’s flashlight and drawing of ‘Will the Wise’, and Eleven’s waffle.
– This Stranger Things collectible includes over 2,200 pieces and comes in 11 bags, so the real world and The Upside Down can be built at the same time for a shared building experience.
– Measures over 12” (32cm) tall, 17” (44cm) wide and 8” (21cm) deep.

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Solving Rubik’s cube is a great accomplishment. But how would you feel solving a Rubik’s cube size of a skyscraper? Well a computer program has been built by a YouTuber that is capable of solving huge rubic cube. Check out the video to see the computer solve a massive 65,536×65,536 cube or 6,442,450,944 tiles in 2706.16 hours. Don’t worry the video has been sped upper your viewing pleasure.

The solver is a single threaded 64 bit application written in c++. The source code has been posted to GitHub allowing you to tweak and use for your own projects.

“If anyone is interested in a challenge, the application is capable of solving up to a 65,536 layered cube but I predict it will take around 2 years to complete and require just over 24gb of ram. The app is capable of saving its state every few hours in case a reboot is necessary. I’m fairly certain it’s not possible to make this app multi-threaded since there is no reasonable way to break the problem into sub problems that can be distributed; imagine 2 people trying to solve a cube at the same time.

The algorithm I used is explained in more detail the GitHub readme. In short, it solves centers then corners then edges and uses a very efficient commutator that can move many tiles at once. The edges and corners are brute force solved (there is a lot of room for improvement there).

I ran this simulation on an 8700k @ 5ghz and it took a total of 2706.16 hours to complete and generated over 500gb of image data. I set it to export a set of images for each face about every 150,000 moves. Unfortunately there aren’t enough pixels in a 4k video to show every tile on the cube so I had the app export 4-megapixel images for each face and frame of the animation (each face actually contains exactly 1 gigapixel). Those 6 image sequences were used to texture a cube for the final render. In addition the app exports some statistics to a log file which was used to generate the stats in the final video.”

Source: Github : Adafruit : Motherboard

Wired has this week published a new video featuring artist Jeremy Mayer who creates sculptures using the parts from broken and old typewriters. Creating a fantastic variety of different sculptures of insects, birds and human figures, watch the video below to learn more about the process of building the amazing sculptures.

“Artist Jeremy Mayer has dedicated himself to transforming mechanical typewriter parts, and only typewriter parts, into detailed sculptures of birds, insects and human figures.”

For more information on the creations of artist Jeremy Mayer jump over to his official website by following the link below.

Source: JMAdafruit

Image Credit  :  Jeremy Mayer