Tim Hunkin is Back on March 4th with The Secret Life of Components

The Secret Life of Machines‘ Tim Hunkin announced a new series consisting of eight episodes about components for making things. In the announcement video above Hunkin lets us know that he has been inspired by online crafters showing how they do things, and offers to show us his processes for working with glue, switches, connectors, springs, bearings, hinges, LEDs, and chain and belt mechanisms when the show premiers on March 4th.

Tim Hunkin and Rex Garrod’s The Secret Life of Machines it is very important for so many other people who have left comments on Tim’s videos about how it inspired them to become engineers or just make things for fun. The show crossed borders to demystify and let people know how the machines in our lives work. Washing machines, cars, fax machines, there was no topic too simple for Tim & Rex and at some point during every episode they would risk Rex’s life by doing something extremely silly with the parts from inside the machines like flipping Rex over in a moving vehicle using parts from a washing machine for some reason. That was in 1988 through 1993 and since then Hunkin has been creating ridiculous arcade machines that make a hilarious mockery of real life like this machine that teaches you how to work at an Amazon warehouse:

The entire Secret Life of Machines is available online via Tim Hunkin and oddly enough San Francisco’s Exploratorium here if you’d like something to watch while you’re waiting for the The Secret Life of Components to premier on March 4th at Tim Hunkin’s website. If you’re in the United Kingdom and somehow there isn’t a pandemic anymore, I wish I could be there and visit Tim Hunkin’s arcades in London and Suffolk.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Getting Sanrio Stuff

Nintendo announced a collaboration with Sanrio (the company behind Hello Kitty and other cute characters) for Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the Nintendo Switch today. This means there will be new residents to unlock and new themed items will be available.

In the video above, Nintendo showed off items from Hello Kitty, Pompompurin, Little Twin Stars, Cinnamoroll, My Melody, Keroppi, and said these new items would be available in a pack of 6 NFC-enabled amiibo cards for Animal Crossing: New Horizons starting on March 26th and a software update will be available on March 18th to support the new stuff. The card pack is exclusive to Target in the US.

A TKL Model M from Unicomp: The Mini M

The most beloved mechanical keyboard among some is IBM’s Model M keyboard, it popularized the buckling spring switch for the utmost tactility and sound. Now, Unicomp is making a Mini M in a familiar design that sacrifices the number pad in order to use less desk space than the original Model M. Unicomp also swapped out the detachable PS2 cable for a new detachable USB wire.

This Mini M is only available in black, and there are two keycap color options (All Gray or White & Gray) however the buckling spring switches most likely aren’t compatible with most custom keycap sets. Those custom keycap sets are designed to work with Cherry MX-compatible switches that have a different mounting mechanism for keycaps.

The Mini M is available now from Unicomp for $121.

Watch the Perseverance Rover’s Landing Process From Its Perspective & Hear the Surface of Mars

NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance has several cameras that record high resolution footage to give us these never before seen views of our neighbor Mars and the landing process it takes to get there.

NASA and JPL also released this amazing audio giving us an opportunity to hear what standing on Mars sounds like with the noise of the rover filtered out:

and including the noise from the rover: