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Pilot Earphones Translate Spoken Language in Real Time: Babelpiece

Pilot Earphones Translate Spoken Language in Real Time: Babelpiece
A few years ago, we featured Vocre, a mobile app that translates speech from one language to another using your mobile device as a display, a microphone and a speaker. A new company called Waverly Labs claims it’s working on a more elegant solution that uses wireless earphones. Waverly Labs’ Pilot earphones still need a mobile device and an app to function, but at least you don’t have to hold up your phone between you and your buddy. 

Trainerbot Ping Pong Robot: Eiichiro Maruobot

Trainerbot Ping Pong Robot: Eiichiro Maruobot
If you can’t afford a table tennis coach but a wall isn’t good enough for you, check out the Trainerbot. It’s a smart ping pong ball launcher that will give you the exact shot you want for as long as you want. Using its mobile app, you can program Trainerbot to fire very specific shots.
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BioLite BaseLantern Lights Your Campsite and Charges Your Gadgets

BioLite BaseLantern Lights Your Campsite and Charges Your Gadgets
BioLite has unveiled a cool new light source called the BaseLantern, designed specifically for hikers and campers who want a light source that can also provide power for other devices. The BaseLantern folds flat and is said to be no larger than a sandwich when folded.

ColorFabb HT Clear Filament Lets You 3D Print Transparent Objects: Fresh Prints

ColorFabb HT Clear Filament Lets You 3D Print Transparent Objects: Fresh Prints
It’s hard to 3D print a transparent object because even if the raw material itself is clear, you’ll need to completely fill any gaps at the right temperature and speed in order to avoid imperfections. ColorFabb claims that its new HT Clear filament makes it easier to print transparent objects thanks to its high flow rate. These two pictures show small objects that are made of HT Clear, which is the latest variant of ColorFabb’s high temperature-resistant copolyester filament.

Disney PaperID Turns Paper into Input Devices Using RFID Tags: Fiber Haptic

Disney PaperID Turns Paper into Input Devices Using RFID Tags: Fiber Haptic
RFID tags are most often used for tracking or identification. But scientists from Disney Research, University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon University have figured out a way to use them to create buttons, knobs and other input devices out of paper.

Build a Home Theater with These Great Projectors

Build a Home Theater with These Great Projectors
Have you ever considered a home theater projector instead of (or in addition to) a TV? Hear us out – the big reasons that home projectors are a less-used alternative to HDTVs is that they take a certain amount of space to project correctly, and they traditionally don’t work well with physical media like discs.

Materiable Interface Can Change Its Shape and Material Properties: Jake the Desk

Materiable Interface Can Change Its Shape and Material Properties: Jake the Desk
In 2013, MIT’s Tangible Media Group unveiled inFORM, a form of interaction that uses a series of actuated pins to change the shape of its surface. The group’s researchers are building on inFORM with what they’re calling Materiable, which can not only change its shape but also simulate varying degrees of flexibility, elasticity and viscosity. Like inFORM, Materiable’s pins can be assigned with different properties at the same time.

Tesla Model S Activated via Amazon Echo: I Need Ya Buddy!

Tesla Model S Activated via Amazon Echo: I Need Ya Buddy!
There are various features of Tesla’s cars that can be activated using mobile apps. If you have a compatible garage door opener, you can even have a Tesla vehicle enter or exit your garage with just a few taps. 

BB-8 Xbox One Laptop: All-in-One Droid & Gaming System

BB-8 Xbox One Laptop: All-in-One Droid & Gaming System
Last year, console modder Ed Zarick showed off the aesthetic side of his customizing skills with an R2-D2-themed PS4 laptop. Now he’s back with another beautiful one-off, this time based on the new droid on the block. This Xbook One is the same as Ed’s made-to-order Xbox One laptops, except its case has BB-8’s white, orange and silver patterns as well as LEDs on its lid.

Photoshop Brush Size & Eraser USB Controller: BrushKnob

Photoshop Brush Size & Eraser USB Controller: BrushKnob
Graphics tablets usually have a couple of programmable buttons, but concept artist Wataru Kami wanted to have a more intuitive way of toggling between the Brush and Eraser tools in Photoshop as well as adjust the active tool’s tip.

Hands-on: HP Pavilion 12 x2 Detachable PC/Tablet Combo

Hands-on: HP Pavilion 12 x2 Detachable PC/Tablet Combo
Until recently, if you wanted both a tablet and a computer, you had to buy two devices. But these days, computers are becoming versatile enough to serve both of those purposes – and more. Take, for example, the HP Pavilion 12 x2.

Intel Brings Its 100 Dancing Drones to Palm Springs, California

Intel Brings Its 100 Dancing Drones to Palm Springs, California
Back in January, Intel set up a very cool nighttime drone program that had the flying machines festooned with colored lights and flying in unison. There were 100 drones in that show and they flew in tune with music played by an orchestra.

FormBox Desktop Vacuum Former: Suck Mold, Then Make Molds

FormBox Desktop Vacuum Former: Suck Mold, Then Make Molds
You can find guides online for building small vacuum formers, and you can also get cheap ones that need both an oven and a vacuum cleaner to work. But if you’re willing to pay a bit more for convenience, Mayku’s FormBox may fit your needs. The FormBox has built-in heating elements so you won’t need an oven, just a vacuum cleaner for the molding process.

Review: Definitive Technology W Studio Micro 3.1 Soundbar and Subwoofer

Review: Definitive Technology W Studio Micro 3.1 Soundbar and Subwoofer
If you’re looking to amp up the sound in your living room from those tinny speakers built into your TV, but don’t want to run wires all over the place, a soundbar system is one of the best solutions.

Puma BeatBot Robotic Pacer: Harder, Better, Faster, Bolter

Puma BeatBot Robotic Pacer: Harder, Better, Faster, Bolter
In competitive running, pacers are hired runners who run at a pre-determined speed – and therefore time – so that the contestants can gauge their own pace or be motivated to run faster. To push its sponsored runners during training, Puma made Beatbot, a robotic pacer. You can think of BeatBot as a smart RC car.

AppGameKit for Raspberry Pi: Emulate Developers

AppGameKit for Raspberry Pi: Emulate Developers
The Game Creators’ AppGameKit is an affordable cross-platform development software that lets you make games and other programs for both desktop computers and mobile devices. Now the company is lowering the barrier to software development even further with the free AppGameKit for Raspberry Pi. AppGameKit for Raspberry Pi lets you make games and other apps for any version of the Pi using any version of the Pi, from the original to the Pi Zero.
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