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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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…”