Fully Charged: Kawasaki's cyberpunk motorcycle, Robox's robot in a box, Google does Dr.Who and RIP, WinAmp

Sizzling servings of the afternoon's fun news

Motorcycle, transform!

The Kawasaki J Three Wheeler Evo looks like it stepped right out of TRON into our waking fantasies. Presented at the Tokyo Motor Show 2013 today, this concept bike has different modes, allowing you to  go from two wheels to three.

That's not the end of it, though. It goes beyond just the multi-wheel thing; you can even ride it in different modes and positioning, from an upright seated 'comfort' mode to the standard forward bent racing posture bikers are accustomed to. Besides the renders from Kawasaki there are precious few details about it, but we know we'd love to see this on the road.

[Source: Engadget]

A 3D printer with a difference

You knew this was coming - another 3D printer project on Kickstarter is out, called Robox. Basically it's your own little 3D printer in what looks to be a box the size of a toaster oven. For a minimum of £700 (RM3638.36), you too can have your own little robot in a box.

The makers claim that the machine is so easy to use, even a child over the age of 5 can figure out how to use it. It also comes with its own customised software called AutoMaker.

What is interesting about the design's make is the print head has two nozzles, each with different functions. One will create the perimeter of the printed object while the other fills it in, a process that the makers say will be both efficient and faster.

When you order a printer, you will also get reels of filament to use with your printer. That's one little snag about the device; you need to get the rolls of printing filament from them as each roll is loaded onto a reel encoded with a chip that will communicate with the printer important information like the type of filament material used, whether nylon, PVA or ABS.

Intriguing, if you've set your heart on your very own 3D printer.

[Source: Engadget]

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Dr.Who doodle your next time-sink

Wishes do come true for Dr Who fans who petitioned Google for a Dr Who Anniversary doodle. Besides being a really amusing timewaster, the game is one of the biggest Google's ever produced.

Clicking on the Doodle shows a selection of different Dr Who incarnations, the player can then choose a favourite Doctor and then proceed on a series of timed mini-missions. It can take up to half an hour or so to finish the circuit so be prepared to spend a lot of time with the Time Lord.

[Source: The Guardian]

No more llamas for you, WinAmp

In the early days of the Internet, WinAmp was the player of choice for most of us just discovering MP3s. Sadly AOL is shutting down the service and from Dec 20 onwards, Winamp.com will cease to exist.

The WinAmp team posted this message on the site on Wednesday confirming that the plucky little music player will no longer be downloadable soon:

"Winamp.com and associated Web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download. Please download the latest version before that date. See release notes for latest improvements to this last release. Thanks for supporting the Winamp community for over 15 years."

Ah, the memories and those old WinAmp skins. And the player crashing on you. Good times, fun times, now sadly gone times.

[Source: ArsTechnica]

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