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May, 2016

Kid destroys $15,000 LEGO sculpture an hour after new exhibit opens

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Children might be small in stature, but let’s be honest, they can be rather destructive when left to their own devices.

Such is the case with a young Chinese boy, who single-handedly pushed over a giant fox figurine of Nick from Zootopia on Sunday at the LEGO Expo in Ningbo, China.

It so happened that it was the first day of the exhibition and the display had been open to the public for no more than an hour when the incident occurred.

According to Zhao, the artist who spent three days and nights painstakingly piecing together the figurine, the parents were very apologetic over the mishap. Read more…

More about China, Lego, Watercooler, and Work Play

Microsoft wants a piece of the VR pie, and it’s using HoloLens to get it

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It’s early days for virtual reality, but that isn’t stopping the tech giants (except for Apple) from tripping over themselves to be the leader in the budding space. You can now add to that list Microsoft, which is turning its augmented reality (AKA “mixed” reality) technology, HoloLens, into a broader platform that incorporates VR as well.

When Microsoft first unveiled HoloLens, it also kicked off Windows Holographic, the platform that lets Windows 10 developers build apps and experiences for the device. Today’s announcement sets a Windows Holographic standard that third-party manufacturers can use to build their own devices — including VR headsets — essentially making them HoloLens-compatible. Read more…

More about Ar, Vr, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Hololens

Bears attempt to break into parked cars at school, Twitter responds with glee

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It’s 2016, and bears have more than human enemies to face — they now have social media. 

Earlier today, ABC7 reported that an unspecified number of bears were trying to break into parked cars at Tyler Elementary School in Gainesville, Virginia. This isn’t the first time — there have been multiple bear sightings this week — but people on social media responded with alarm, confusion, and bear-appropriate GIFs. As Twitter does.  

A letter sent by school officials to parents this week advised parents of the bear sightings. Bears are indigenous to the Gainesville community and do not impose immediate harm until approached.  Read more…

More about Crime, Wtf, Weird News, Bears, and Watercooler