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Arduino Uno with Integrated Solderless Breadboard: BreadBro

Arduino Uno with Integrated Solderless Breadboard: BreadBro
If you’re a newbie looking to get into electronics or a maker looking for a portable prototyping solution, Piote’s BreadBro might be right up your alley. It’s a solderless breadboard with one less power bus, allowing it to fit between the Arduino Uno R3’s pins. One of the BreadBro’s best features is the BreadBro guide card.

Affordable Handsfree Bluetooth Mouse for the Disabled: GlassOuse

Affordable Handsfree Bluetooth Mouse for the Disabled: GlassOuse
Last year, we checked out a cheap and open source sip-and-puff mouse for the disabled. CEBA’s GlassOuse seems to be another affordable alternative. It uses Bluetooth to connect to both desktop computers and mobile devices. It looks like a pair of eyeglasses but without the lenses.
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Interactive Table Tennis Trainer Will Be a Smash Hit

Interactive Table Tennis Trainer Will Be a Smash Hit
We’ve seen projection mapping applied to pool tables for decorative or instructional purposes. This one’s a sleek version for table tennis. Made by Thomas Mayer for his thesis in Interaction Design, the Table Tennis Trainer will turn you into the Ivan Drago of ping pong. Thomas used a pair of PlayStation Eye cameras and a projector to track the ball and turn the table into an interactive display.

Review: Definitive Technology Symphony 1 Headphones

Review: Definitive Technology Symphony 1 Headphones
When you think about headphones these days, the first thing that comes to mind is those silly little earbuds you attach to your iPhone. But serious audio junkies know that proper over-the-ear headphones can sound better than loudspeakers, providing an immersive, dynamic and personal listening experience like no other.

Hover Camera Drone: Khalisah Bint Sinan al-Jilani, Westerlund News

Hover Camera Drone: Khalisah Bint Sinan al-Jilani, Westerlund News
Consumer drones equipped for photography or videography often have automatic tracking or path-finding so you can shoot with them even when you’re alone. Zero Zero Robotics’ Hover Camera might be the smallest and most durable of its kind to pack those features. The Hover Camera weighs around 238 g (approx.

PolySmooth PVB and Polysher Isn’t a New Rap Group

PolySmooth PVB and Polysher Isn’t a New Rap Group
If you were a parrot who wanted to get into the rap scene, PolySmooth PVB and the Polysher would be a great name for you and your DJ. This has nothing to do with rap music though, PolySmooth PVB is a new 3D printing filament, and the Polysher is a fancy gizmo that makes the plastic smooth and shiny. When the PolySmooth PVB filament is done printing from your 3D printer, it will have a matte finish and the lines you get from the layer printing process.

Modeling Clay Electronics Kit for Kids: Squishy Circuits

Modeling Clay Electronics Kit for Kids: Squishy Circuits
You might not know it, but Play-Doh and similarly made modeling clay are conductive, which makes them a great way to introduce electronics to kids. Squishy Circuits has kits and recipes for both conductive and insulating clay.

VIZIO Continues to Push the Price/Performance Ratio with 2016 M- and E-Series Displays

VIZIO Continues to Push the Price/Performance Ratio with 2016 M- and E-Series Displays
Not too long ago, VIZIO revealed its updated P-Series displays, which offer some of the best image quality you can get on a big screen these days. Now, some of the tech that was previously limited to top-of-the-line models has trickled down to VIZIO’s entry-level and mid-range displays. The new 2016 M-Series displays not only feature 4K UHD, but get a 64-zone full-array LED backlight for optimal contrast, along with support for Dolby Vision HDR content.

Noria Is an Ultra-compact Window Air Conditioner

Noria Is an Ultra-compact Window Air Conditioner
Window air conditioners are something that many of us use in the summertime. They work great, but the drawback is that they take up a good amount of window space. They are also heavy and awkward to install.

Circuit Classics: Getting Restarted in Electronics

Circuit Classics: Getting Restarted in Electronics
The electronics books of Forrest M. Mims III have educated and inspired millions of people since the ’80s, thanks to Mims’ friendly and concise writing style and his hand-drawn illustrations. Electrical engineer Star Simpson is one of Mims’ fans, and she came up with a wonderful homage to the author. Star’s Circuit Classics are newbie-friendly circuit boards based on three of Mims’ many sample circuit diagrams: a dual LED flasher, a stepped tone generator and a bar graph voltage indicator.

Review: Definitive Technology W7 & W9 Wireless Speakers

Review: Definitive Technology W7 & W9 Wireless Speakers
If you’re in the market for a wireless sound system, you’ll definitely want to check out the speaker lineup from Definitive Technology. The company offers a variety of wireless speaker systems which connect to your Wi-Fi network to provide high quality audio in every room of your home. I recently got my hands on a selection of their speakers for review, and the first ones I’ll be checking out are the W7 ($399 USD) and W9 ($699), both self-contained sound systems that work well on a bookshelf or tabletop.

Review: iRig Mic Lav Lavalier Microphones

Review: iRig Mic Lav Lavalier Microphones
If you’ve ever needed to interview someone for a podcast or video shoot, you know it can be tricky to get the microphones set up properly. You can buy a couple of pricey mics, connect them to a mixing board, and then hook them up to a dedicated recorder, or you could travel light and grab a pair of IK Multimedia iRig Mic Lavs, and your smartphone instead. This reasonably priced box set includes two lavalier microphones that are perfect for voice recording.

Simple Control Interface for Linux Computers: pyLCI

Simple Control Interface for Linux Computers: pyLCI
It’s becoming increasingly clear to makers that single board computers and the DIY devices based on them need control interfaces that are simpler and faster to use than desktop peripherals or even full-on PCs. Pičugins Arsenijs believes he’s come up with a much simpler alternative. Arsenijs’ calls his invention as he sees it: a Python-based Linux Control Interface, or pyLCI.

3D Printer Error Detection Mod: Axistential

3D Printer Error Detection Mod: Axistential
3D printers are prone to a problem called layer shifting, which is when the printer’s x- or y-axis stepper motor skips, causing layers from that point onward to be misaligned with the previously printed layers. That of course leads to a useless object and wasted time and materials.

Spyce Kitchen Fully Automated Restaurant: Cooking Master Bot

Spyce Kitchen Fully Automated Restaurant: Cooking Master Bot
We have robotic bartenders, why not robotic cooks as well? Actually, Spyce Kitchen is not just a cook but an entire restaurant that works on its own, from measuring ingredients to washing its pots. MIT mechanical and electrical engineering students Kale Rogers, Michael Farid, Braden Knight, and Luke Schlueter are the wizards behind the robo resto.

Extremely Thin and Flexible Wearable Electronics: Soft & Smooth Screen

Extremely Thin and Flexible Wearable Electronics: Soft & Smooth Screen
Today’s wearable devices often mimic the forms of analog devices such as sunglasses and watches. But that won’t be the case forever, in the same way that today’s smartphones look very different from their predecessors. Researchers at the University of Tokyo’s Someya Group give us a glimpse at the future of wearables with a series of electronics that are thin and flexible enough to be laminated onto skin. The image above shows three of the Someya Group’s proof-of-concept electronic skin or e-skin devices.
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