Published On: Thu, May 23rd, 2019

The black-and-white portable console of the future


No-gen portable gaming.‘Firewatch’ publisher’s Playdate gaming handheld has a black-and-white screen, and a crank

Veteran software developer, Panic (best known for writing Transmit and publishing Firewatch), has unveiled a handheld game system, Playdate, that aims to break the rules of game consoles. There’s a flip-out crank that serves as an analog controller, plus a monochrome 400 x 240 LCD that takes us back to the days of Game Boy but promises a “premium” experience — even without a backlight.

It also has a unique software strategy to match its name. Games will arrive in “seasons” of 12, released one per week, without any word of which one is next. However, one title announced is Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure from Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi. The cutesy portable will ship in 2020 for $149 with the first season of games included.


Someday UPS won’t be hiring.Ford wants this creepy robot to bring its autonomous deliveries to your door

Announced earlier this year but now operational, the robot folds up in the back of a self-driving vehicle, ready to unfurl itself in a Lovecraftian manner when it arrives at the delivery destination. According to the press release, “Digit not only resembles the look of a person, but walks like one, too.” To complete the delivery person-less experience, the robot combines sensor data with the autonomous vehicle to spot any obstacles before completing its mission.


Wait, it costs how much?Fujifilm launches the groundbreaking 102-megapixel mirrorless GFX100

On top of its eye-popping resolution — the highest of any mirrorless or medium-format mirrorless camera — the GFX100 has some seriously impressive specifications. Fujifilm said it’s the first medium-format camera with full-coverage phase-detect autofocus, with subject tracking and face/eye detection. Plus the sensor is backside-illuminated, there’s in-body stabilization and the whole thing is weather sealed. Now all you need is $10,000 to snag one when it goes on sale June 27th.


Engadget’s Guide to Parenting in the Digital AgeThe best streaming apps for kids

YouTube Kids is still YouTube. And like the main version of the site, the quality of content ranges from acceptable to stuff that’s just… weird. Thankfully, Billy Steele is highlighting several alternatives to YouTube Kids — ones that are less likely to serve your little one up some nightmare fuel.


This case could have major implications for all esports professionals.Pro ‘Fortnite’ player Tfue speaks out about the lawsuit over his esports contract

The dispute between Turner “Tfue” Tenney and his esports team, FaZe Clan, reached a new level Wednesday night as Tfue released a new video and demand. After filing a lawsuit claiming the team is violating California laws protecting entertainers, Tenney is now requesting that FaZe Clan #ReleaseTheContract to show the terms that his lawyers called “onerous.” Team-owner Richard “FaZe” tweeted that the team would do just that, saying “I have nothing to hide and everything I’ve said throughout all of this is the truth.”

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