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TECH TUESDAY: A venomous tree & a look inside Apple Watch

Plus a camera for Mandalorian fans
Posted at 12:34 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 15:34:52-04

Now that the new Apple Watches are out – what do they look like on the inside? We take a deep dive to check out the internal components. Plus, we'll explore the shocking discovery about an Australian tree that has researchers scratching their heads.

First, we’re starting with a new camera. If you’re a fan of The Mandalorian on Disney+, you’re probably excited about the new season coming out next month... and what better way to prove you’re a die hard fan than buying a special edition instant camera.

Polariod announced that the new model will have colors and textures inspired by the Mandalorian’s armor and will include Baby Yoda-inspired film with characters and colors from the series. It costs $120 dollars and it’s available now on their website.

Every year Apple packs their smartwatch with more and more features – and yet the size remains the same. Their release this year, the Series 6, includes a blood oxygen sensor along with a faster processor and other tweaks. Website iFixit has done yet another one of their detailed teardowns - and the components are just packed in there.

Among the improvements are a bigger battery so you can use it longer between recharges and to track your sleep, and a bigger “Taptic Engine” - that’s the little thing that makes the watch vibrate on your wrist. And of course, more sensors at the bottom to read your vitals. Starting at $399, you get a ton for your money.

Finally, scientists at the University of Queensland have discovered that one of Australia’s native plants has more in common with a dangerous spider than with other flora. Indigenously it’s called the “gympie-gympie,” and a chemical analysis found that its sting contains a toxin similar to the venom found in spiders and cone snails.

So what does it feel like to get stung? Apparently the leaves have fine hairs that act like hypodermic needles, injecting toxins when they come into contact with skin. The pain can last anywhere from 36 hours to several weeks… so hopefully they find a treatment ASAP.