PopMech climbs inside a B-2 stealth bomber for a rare view of a training mission and insight into the future of the Air Force’s next long-range strike aircraft. With billions of dollars already committed, the question is: What missions should this warplane be prepared to do?
(RIght side) Netherlands-based Souverein created the 3D model of our concept for America’s next-generation stealth bomber
Popular Mechanics May 2013 Issue DIY This month editors Rachel Arndt, Anthony Verducci, and Glenn Derene drink beer… And !!! Build a BAR into a vintage arcade table. The age of sleek consoles and high-definition TVs makes it easy to forget that video games used to be played on elaborate pieces of public furniture…“Cocktail cabinets” that you could sit down at and rest a drink on as you played. Found in bars, and combines two great American time wasters—drinking and playing video games—in one device. Built to house MINI kegs and lives in the PopMech lobby! Photographs by Brian Finke directed of Allyson Torrisi
Popular Mechanics May 2013 Issue is here!! Check out Joe Pugliese photographs, directed of Allyson Torrisi. A new wave of entrepreneurs is proving you don’t have to go overseas to churn out a product–or a profit. Thanks to flexible digital tooling, shared R&D spaces, and crowdsourced funding, it’s easier than ever to turn a good little idea into the next big thing. Great story by Steven Leckart
More Popular Mechanics May 2013 Issue Our friend Chris Anderson quit his job as editor-in-chief of Wired magazine in 2012 to focus on his startup, which makes flying drones such as this ArduCopter 3DR Quad D. Check out Joe Pugliese photographs!
illustration by shotopop
PopMech May 2013 Issue Preview
Standing a foot tall, the Qumarion is a humanoid input device that could help any budding animator become the next Peter Jackson. Well, any budding animator with talent, at least.
R.A. Dickey of the Toronto Blue Jays, the only knuckleballer ever to win the Cy Young Award, can throw multiple knucklers using the same grip and motion—and watch each one break differently. Here, we explore the physics of the pitch and Dickey’s mechanics of throwing it. “Even science has a hard time explaining why knuckleballs
do the things they do,” he says. “That’s part of the allure of the pitch.”