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 behind the scenes look at the new paintball-inspired Nerf product line, the latest touch-based peripheral from Touchjet, a working paper engine model, a closer look at the assembly and testing behind G-Shock watches 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.

Nerf’s Head of Engineering Discusses the Brand’s New Paintball-Inspired Rival Blaster Line

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“One might not normally associate basic design and engineering education with Nerf Blasters, yet the past year has seen some Blaster releases that play double-duty as an interactive learning tool for basic engineering principles…”

This $119 Peripheral Will Turn Any TV Into a Giant Touchscreen Device

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“With many large touchscreen displays – such as Microsoft’s 4K 55- & 84-inch Surface Hub Displays set to arrive next month – commanding up to $20,000, it comes with little surprise that some hardware developers have been dedicating their time to bringing similar user experiences to the masses for significantly less…”

Holy Smokes! This Paper Model of a V6 Engine Actually Works

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“When it comes to making paper models for prototyping or form inspiration purposes, rarely ever do we expect the final results to ever function as the final object – especially if it’s as complicated as an engine…”

You Can Now Hack the $5 Amazon Dash Button in Just Three Easy Steps

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“After Amazon introduced their $5 Dash Buttons on March 31st, 2015, the public didn’t really know whether to think this was a logical step in advancing human-computer interactions or if it was mocking consumerism as an April Fool’s Day joke – which just so happened to be the very next day. As it turned out, the Dash Button is very much a real thing and has already received glowing reviews for its ability to eliminate unnecessary computer interactions…”

Intel, Turner and Mark Burnett Partner for New ‘America’s Greatest Makers’ National TV Show

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“In what is sure to be a first for the company, Intel announced at an Intel Developer Forum event in San Francisco this morning that they have teamed up with legendary TV producer Mark Burnett – creator of TV heavyweights including Survivor, The Apprentice, The Voice and Shark Tank – to find “America’s Greatest Makers” through a recorded TV show challenge to create the ‘best wearable computing device’…”

A Closer Look at G-Shock’s High-Impact Watch Assembly and Testing Process

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“Considered by many to be the original all-conditions “action watch”, Casio’s G-Shock (Gravitational Shock) watches are known for their ability to resist shocks – including hard knocks and strong vibrations – and are designed primarily for sports, military and outdoor-related activities…”

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