Don your favorite bathrobe, cream that coffee and get comfortable with this week’s SolidSmack Weekend Reader.

The Weekend Reader features a handful of the most interesting articles featured on the ‘Smack over the past week ranging from tips and tricks to inspirational designs, processes, and more. So lay back, relax and take a load off while reading the top stories on SolidSmack this past week.

Oh and uh…don’t forget to shed some much-needed sunlight on your face, too.

The Latest Barbie Doll is a STEM-Trained Robotics Engineer

From Hollywood movies to a plethora of apps, the appeal of STEM skills in the mainstream has never been greater. And when it comes to mainstream, few toys could ever top the semi-controversial Barbie doll—first introduced in 1959. While some argue that the blonde, plastic doll conveyed an unrealistic body image to girls, the latest model from toymaker Mattel eschews a pink convertible in favor of a laptop and a robotics lab.

The Latest Barbie Doll is a STEM-Trained Robotics Engineer

Zippables | Cool 3D Stuffable, Huggable Shapes Made Using A Single Zipper!

Zippable is a novel approach to make most any stuffable, huggable 3D fabric-based shape you can think of. As the name suggests, a zipper is used as the closure system. But what’s really cool about Zippables is the super long spiraling zippers. The spiraling motion as the zipper is closed, magically transforms a twisty, curvy 2D flat pattern into a functional 3D shape! Because these shapes are fabric and the zippers can be easily reopened, you can make anything from a storage bag to a huggable stuffed pillow. If you’ve fancied owning a kitty shaped duffle bag or a starfish backpack, then Zippable is the answer!

Zippables | Cool 3D Stuffable, Huggable Shapes Made Using A Single Zipper!

This Insanely Sharp Cardboard Knife is Made From an Amazon Box

As if making a kitchen knife out of aluminium foil wasn’t scary enough, YouTube user kiwami japan has outdone himself by making one of the sharpest kitchen utensils out of measly cardboard (you know, the stuff you usually cut with knives).

This Insanely Sharp Cardboard Knife is Made From an Amazon Box

DARPA’s New Wheel Technologies Are Literally On A Roll

One of the oldest inventions ever, there is very little need for improvement from the standard wheel. With the ability to make transportation and overall movement a heck of a lot easier than dragging things on a flat surface, it’s no wonder no one tries to mess with a good thing.

DARPA’s New Wheel Technologies Are Literally On A Roll

Sound The Call, Creo 5.0 Now Let’s You Model In Perspective!

Creo 5.0 now lets you model in perspective! I for one am excited! I’m relishing the thought of giving my eyes and brain a long-awaited respite.

PTC CREO 5

Infento is a Modular Design Kit That Lets Kids Engineer and Build Their Own Rides

Lots of toys allow kids to get creative and build their own designs. If you can count the number of times LEGO blocks have furthered a young ones’ learning capabilities, you have way too many fingers on your hands. But what if your kids (or you) want to build something a bit bigger, more practical, and less…well, blocky?

Infento is a Modular Design Kit That Lets Kids Engineer and Build Their Own Rides

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