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The Barcode Guitar Is Cooler than a Keytar

The Barcode Guitar Is Cooler than a Keytar
Unless you’re talking about a Keytar, most guitars are played using strings and frets. But this unique electronic instrument has neither of those. Instead, it’s played using a barcode scanner. Maker James Bruton built this unusual electronic guitar that’s covered with barcodes on its four necks.

This LED Wall Clock Is Accurate to 1/100th of a Second

This LED Wall Clock Is Accurate to 1/100th of a Second
While there are plenty of clocks and watches out there which don’t even have a second hand, I prefer to know the time with at least one second of precision. But that certainly wasn’t good enough for one engineer, who decided he needed decidedly more confidence that he knew the EXACT time. What you’re looking at here is what Mixtela claims is the “most precise and accurate wall clock you can get.”
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TOYOTA Boshoku MX191 Concept Lets You Rearrange Its Interior

TOYOTA Boshoku MX191 Concept Lets You Rearrange Its Interior
I recently attended the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, and among the numerous displays of production and concept cars, I came across the booth for the Toyota Boshoku Corporation, who makes seating, interior, and exterior components for vehicles.

Cat Head Chargers: For Purring up Your Gadgets

Cat Head Chargers: For Purring up Your Gadgets
Do you like cats? Got some electronic devices that need charging? Then have I got something for you! These battery packs from Japan look just like cat heads. And just like real cats, they’re kind of weird. Nyanko cat head phone chargers comes in five different cat breeds, each of which balances precariously on the thin line between adorable and creepy.

Toyota e-Palette Autonomous Vehicles to Transport Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Athletes

Toyota e-Palette Autonomous Vehicles to Transport Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Athletes
We’re less than a year away from the start of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, so the Japanese city is well underway with preparations for the celebration of athletic talent, sportsmanship, and global goodwill. Among the many things that will be needed for the games to be successful will be methods for athletes to get quickly and safely between their housing and venues during the games – and automaker Toyota is working on just that. These specially-designed vehicles are based on the e-Palette, an autonomous, battery electric mini-bus first shown in 2018.

This Drone Has Legs and Can Walk

This Drone Has Legs and Can Walk
I always thought the point of a drone was so it could fly around and do its work without having to touch the ground. But engineers from Caltech’s Center for Autonomous Systems & Technologies (CAST) have been working on an unusual drone which actually has legs. The LEONARDO (LEg ON Aerial Robotic DrOne) uses its upper body thrust to stand upright, while a pair of jointed limbs at its bottom help it to walk along flat surfaces. 

Pechanga Casino Resort Bets on Security Robot

Pechanga Casino Resort Bets on Security Robot
Hitmakers headline the new concert stage every week at SoCal’s popular Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula wine country. But the five-star getaway’s real star is Buddy, the first autonomous security robot in the country to patrol a casino.

Trill Gives Makers Easy Touch Sensing

Trill Gives Makers Easy Touch Sensing
Makers, here’s a new set of gizmos for your bag of tricks. Created by open-source interactive sensor company Bela, the Trill series is a line of sensors which make it easy to add capacitive touch interactions to any DIY electronic project. There are three devices in the Trill series, each designed for a different sort of touch project.

People Sang Like Robots in the 1940s

People Sang Like Robots in the 1940s
The Vocoder was wildly popular in the disco era, and was given a new lease on life by Daft Punk and other electronic bands. But it turns out that there was a similar device that was used all the way back in the 1940s, called the Sonovox.

Commercial Turns Real World Stuff into Game of Tetris

Commercial Turns Real World Stuff into Game of Tetris
I’ve always enjoyed playing Tetris. It’s just one of those games that keeps your mind occupied 100%, and is a great way to kill time sitting on a train or airplane. There have been countless games over the years which expand on the block-stacking game dynamic.

2020 GMC Sierra HD Trucks Make Trailers Transparent

2020 GMC Sierra HD Trucks Make Trailers Transparent
Over the years, the camera technology in vehicles has dramatically improved. We started out with rudimentary low-resolution backup cameras, and now we have crystal clear images with multiple views, guidelines, and radar sensors to detect obstacles.

Sony Aibo Robot Dog Review: K-9 Eat Your Heart Out

Sony Aibo Robot Dog Review: K-9 Eat Your Heart Out
The first time I came across the concept of a robot dog was Doctor Who’s pet dog K-9, and then Rags, the talking dog in Woody Allen’s Sleeper. While both of these science fiction dogs were charming in their own ways, they’ve got nothing on the latest version of Sony’s Aibo robot companion, a true wonder of 21st-century engineering. Sony first released an Aibo robot dog the way back in 1999, with new versions released every year until 2006.

Vizio 2019 M7-Series Quantum 65″ Display Review: Vibrant Visuals and Vizio Value

Vizio 2019 M7-Series Quantum 65″ Display Review: Vibrant Visuals and Vizio Value
FTC Disclaimer: Technabob was provided with the hardware tested in this review by VIZIO at no cost. Our reviews are the unbiased opinions of our authors, and in no way represent the views of the manufacturer represented here.

Origin Big O 2019 Computer Packs a Gaming PC, Xbox One X, PS4 Pro, and Nintendo Switch

Origin Big O 2019 Computer Packs a Gaming PC, Xbox One X, PS4 Pro, and Nintendo Switch
We’ve seen some pretty amazing computer builds over the years, but this just might be the most impressive yet. The guys at Origin have created a custom gaming rig that not only is a high-end gaming PC, but has an Xbox One X, PlayStation 4 Pro, and Nintendo Switch built right in. The 2019 Big O pays tribute to a gaming rig that Origin built back in 2009.

Fenix PD36R Flashlight Review: A Pocket Powerhouse

Fenix PD36R Flashlight Review: A Pocket Powerhouse
If you’re looking for a super-bright and well built flashlight that’s up to about any task, look no further. Measuring in at just 5.4″ long, the Fenix PD36R may be small, but it is also mighty.

These Digital Characters Have a Full Musculoskeletal System

These Digital Characters Have a Full Musculoskeletal System
In a quest to make virtual characters more realistic, engineers have been working on ways to make their skeletal structures and muscles more like those found in living beings. Recently, a technology was shown off which takes those simulated biological components to the next level. Engineers Seunghwan Lee, Kyoungmin Lee, Moonseok Park, and Jehee Lee published the paper Scalable Muscle-actuated Human Simulation and Control, which includes a humanoid digital model with a full skeleton and 346 muscles The digital characters can even learn to kick, jump, run, and even lift weights.
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