Don your favorite bath robe, cream that coffee and get comfortable with this weekend’s SolidSmack Weekend Reader.

This week we saw everything from a Daniel Simon-designed, fully-functional TRON Lightcycle, a much-needed update to the popular Paper iPad app, a look behind the process of a soon-to-be-launched-on-Kickstarter design project and more…

So lay back, relax and take a load off while reading the top ten stories on SolidSmack this past week.

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

A Fully-Functional Daniel Simon-Designed TRON Lightcycle Just Sold for $77,000


“Despite having some of the more interesting onscreen visuals we’ve seen in years, it’s likely that the 2010 film TRON: Legacy might not be in your Top Ten Films of All Time list. However, it’s hard to deny that – in addition to the unique visual effects – one of the most memorable aspects of the film came down to the vehicle designs, which were led by celebrated concept vehicle designer Daniel Simon…”

(Zen)gineering: The Art of Dealing with Difficult Projects, People and Situations


“Let’s start with the basics: you have an awesome job. You get to use cool tools to create awesome stuff. You may very well have the job that you wanted as a kid – a job that kids today still desire (but don’t let kids do your job, that would be irresponsible). Not many people can say that. And – let’s get serious for a second – you have the potential to solve problems with real world implications, create jobs, and inspire others; all very good things…”

WThe Process Journals: Designing the Montgomery DIY Drone Kit (Part I: Conception)


“A couple of months ago, I left my day job to give myself the freedom to explore my curiosities and pursue some nagging, deep rooted – but altogether indefinite – ideas. The best way I can describe it is that it feels like there is some rope tied around my waist pulling me forward, and that rope extends out and disappears before I can see the end of it…”

Paper’s Think Kit Update Brings Perfect Shapes and Five-Second Venn Diagrams


“Unless you’re a professional iPad sketcher – chances are you like to use a little bit of assistance with your (lack of) drawing abilities. For this, it’s hard to deny that Paper by FiftyThree is without a doubt the best in its category; some people have even admitted to being swayed into purchasing an iPad specifically to use this app…”

The Mellow Drive Uses Tesla-Style Batteries to Convert Any Skateboard Into an Electric Cruiser


“Although we may not have functional hover boards yet (that don’t rely on a leaf blower at least), the past few years have presented skaters with a bevy of new technologies that have helped switch-up the four-wheeled board experience for the better. Of course, technology will never replace the raw skill of shredding the gnar via old-school methods, but it can definitely help make things a little more fun for the rest of us. Among others, the Mellow Drive is perhaps on of the most significant pieces of skateboard tech that we’ve seen in awhile…”

Autodesk Bundles Fusion 360 Ultimate Features Into Much Cheaper Fusion 360


“As if the release of Onshape back in March of this year didn’t spin the CAD world into a frenzy, things are only about to get a little more crazy up in here…”