Pigs Capable of Playing Arcade Games

Researchers at Penn State determined pigs can play arcade games and simple video games with joystick controls, using their snouts. The swines—Yorkshire pigs named Hamlet and Omelette, and Panepinto micro-pigs Ebony and Ivory—were tasked with directing a small circular cursor into a color-coded wall. If they completed the challenge they were rewarded with food. But, even when the food dispenser broke during play, the pigs …

Ergatta’s Connected Rowing Machine Gamifies Fitness

An at-home workout system programmed with games that tap into your competitive spirit

The equipment we use to exercise will always emphasize function first and foremost. Designers tasked with defining forthcoming machines’ aesthetics contend with trainers and therapists regarding how to best integrate a design style without interfering with range of motion or desired results. There’s also the challenge of square footage—ways to make room for other machines or to hide equipment in spaces sometimes dedicated to other …

Holiday Gift Guides 2020: $25 and Under

Affordable ideas that don't sacrifice on style, function or appeal

Every December gets expensive. Though we may not be traveling for the holidays or bringing host gifts to countless parties in 2020, there are very few individuals who haven’t been adversely affected financially over the past year. Each holiday season, we aim to provide readers with more affordable gift options that don’t sacrifice on style, function or appeal. Whether you’re buying for family or friends, romantic interests, kids …