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 Scrabble Keyboard is the Ultimate Desktop Peripheral for Word Junkies

Even as more players eschew traditional board games in favor of smartphone app alternatives, there is still a significant population of diehard board game lovers who live for the real thing.

The Scrabble Keyboard is the Ultimate Desktop Peripheral for Word Junkies<

Behind the Design: The Pi Bicycle

Pi Day may already be behind us (March 14th), but there are plenty of other ways to celebrate the mathematical constant over the rest of the year.

Behind the Design: The Pi Bicycle

Watch 1,000 Soda Cans Melt Into Hefty, Aluminum Ingots

You know what’s more satisfying to watch than a thousand soda cans being crushed? Seeing them get turned into solid blocks of pure aluminum bliss. After consuming an unhealthy amount of soda products, Ben from PressTube decides to crush and melt the cans into reusable aluminum ingots (which can be used as bricks for a shiny, aluminum house, a shiny, aluminum walkway, or a shiny, aluminum koala climbing a meat bridge).

Watch 1,000 Soda Cans Melt Into Hefty, Aluminum Ingots

San Pablo Build in Cities: Skylines As Future of 3D Product Design? Could Be.

You know, some think video games are a glimpse into the future of 3D product design and engineering. Just keep that in mind as you see what YouTube user Gilbert Roy Alva uses Cities: Skylines, a 3D city building sim game, to recreate some of Southeast Asia’s most well-known cities.

San Pablo Build in Cities: Skylines As Future of 3D Product Design? Could Be.

The AssembleAR App Turns IKEA Build Instructions Into an Interactive Experience

Although IKEA takes the cake for masterminding the ready-to-assemble (or flat-pack) furniture, the concept was initially captured in an 1878 US patent described as “(A) class of furniture which is so constructed that it may be packed and transported in parts, and put together for use by skilled or unskilled persons.”

The AssembleAR App Turns IKEA Build Instructions Into an Interactive Experience

The New iPad and Chromebook Tablets for Educators Are Also Great Options for Pros

If you’ve been on the fence about finally entering into digital tablet sketching (or notetaking) territory, both Google and Apple revealed some great news for you this week.

The New iPad and Chromebook Tablets for Educators Are Also Great Options for Pros

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