Sony recently set me up with a couple of pieces of audio gear from their Hi-Res Audio line, so I could hear first hand the differences between typical digital music players and the higher quality sound one can expect from their product line.
Introverts rejoice! A new company called Density has come up with a real-time system to find out if a location is crowded using a fairly simple sensor and a mobile app.
Density’s sensor simply detects when someone (or something) passes in front of it.
Final Fantasy fans get out your wallets. You will want to plunk down the $119.99 that ThinkGeek wants for this slick action figure. This is a 10.9″ tall figure of Cloud complete with his building slicing Fusion swords.
The action figure comes with a cloth cape that has wire inside so you can make look like it’s flowing while you play.
You can buy specially constructed prisms that turn a mobile device – or any small display for that matter – into a hologram-like projector. But you can save a few bucks by making one out of a CD case instead.
The materials needed for this hack are commonly found, and it involves simple cutting and taping so anyone can do it.
On a chilly night, nothing warms your blood like an Alien Xenomorph wood stove, while also chilling you to the core. Everytime you throw a log in, you’ll have to count your fingers.
This horrific wood stove was made by Burned by Design and I wouldn’t want to be sitting by this thing on a cold dark night.
Last month we saw how you can reuse a DVD-RW’s laser diode to make a small laser engraver. But if you’d rather buy something like it instead, check out the MicroSlice.
Made by Instructables member SilverJimmy, MicroSlice has a 405nm laser module, similar to the ones found in Blu-ray drives.
Time is a power pellet in this retro Pac-Man wall clock. Made to celebrate the yellow gobbler’s 35th birthday – the game was first released on May 22, 1980 – the ~2ft. tall clock has a handcrafted case that looks like the game’s original arcade cabinet.
The clock plays the game’s music and sound effects at the top of every hour, and its coin slots and marquee are backlit.
It also has a handmade Pac-Man sculpture on top, a 2D Pac-Man pendulum and his nemeses Pinky, Inky, Blinky and Clyde as clock weights.
You can order the Pac-Man arcade cabinet wall clock from Bradford Exchange for $200 (USD).
If you’ve decided to cut the cord and skip cable and satellite in favor of streaming services, you still can watch your local channels the old fashioned way – over the air. In fact, OTA HDTV digital signals are often better quality than the highly-compressed versions that get passed along by cable or satellite providers.
To receive OTA digital programming, all you need is a fairly recent model TV and a good HDTV antenna.
A year ago Creatables came up with a miniature inclined Slinky treadmill. Sadly, it appears the toy never made it into production. But one of our favorite woodworkers Matthias Wandel came up with a DIY and hand-powered alternative.
Matthias’ slinky machine is a hand-powered escalator.
LEGO fan Ethan Marak (aka BreaksBricks) hopes that someday soon we could get off-the-shelf LEGO kits that let us build tiny video arcades for our minifigs.
He’s currently raising support for his project over on LEGO Ideas, which includes a couple of different stand-up arcade cabinets, a cocktail-style machine, gumball machine, and even one of those old-school change machines to break bills.
The PS4’s touchpad makes it easier to use the console’s virtual keyboard, but nothing beats the real deal, like Nyko’s new Type Pad for the current gen PlayStation.
This isn’t the first mini keyboard that fits into the DualShock 4, but it is the first one to have dedicated @ and .com
We’ve seen a couple of ways for augmented reality technology to train or enhance one’s knowledge in real time, even if the teacher isn’t in the same location as the learner. ScopeAR’s Remote AR app is a lot like that, but it’s geared towards troubleshooting.
You can think of Remote AR as a combination of Skype and MS Paint.
I imagine Darth Vader isn’t much of a morning person. He probably doesn’t sleep that well in that hot mask and I bet his significant other complains about his noisy breathing all night. The result would be a Vader that you don’t want to talk to in the mornings lest he force crush your balls.
It’s rare that I get my hands on a gadget these days that lives up to my expectations, let alone exceeds them, but Yuneec did both with their incredible Typhoon Q500 4K drone. This is no toy quadcopter.
We have some good news and bad news for X-Files fans who are also LEGO fans The good news is that a concept for an awesome X-Files LEGO set was submitted to LEGO Ideas. The bad news is that it was rejected because it was thought to be too mature for children.