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Hot New Car Paint Is Very Cool

Hot New Car Paint Is Very Cool
One of my least favorite things is getting into a steaming hot car in the middle of summer. You can open the windows, turn on the air and start driving to get the breeze flowing and you’re still going to suffer and sweat it out for a while.

Live Action First-Person Shooter Controlled via Chat: Chat of Duty

Live Action First-Person Shooter Controlled via Chat: Chat of Duty
Realm Pictures created the 21st century equivalent of text-based games: a chat-based game. The film studio set up a live action zombie roleplaying game in their office and then had people on Chatroulette, Omegle and Skype control the hero in first-person. Here’s how it went down (minus the random penis sightings I assume).
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Review: Basis Peak Titanium Edition Fitness Tracker

Review: Basis Peak Titanium Edition Fitness Tracker
I’ve had the opportunity to try out a number of smartwatches and fitness trackers in the last couple of years, and while there are a handful that work as advertised, I’ve had several complete duds as well.

The Beast Large Format 3D Printer: Attack on Tight Times

The Beast Large Format 3D Printer: Attack on Tight Times
A new company called Cultivate3D has developed a large format 3D printer that won’t devour your budget. The Beast has a 470 x 435 x 690mm (~18.5 x 17.1 x 27.2″) build area in a single extruder setup, and can be equipped with up to four extruders for faster printing. Having up to four nozzles means you can print a single object faster, or print several smaller objects at once. The Beast also has a deft touch – its layer resolution can be set to below 100 microns for highly detailed prints. For its competitors, The Beast’s most fearsome quality just might be its price.

Nintendo 3DS Homebrew YouTube Hack: 301+ Brews

Nintendo 3DS Homebrew YouTube Hack: 301+ Brews
The last time we checked on Smealum and co.’s Homebrew Launcher for the Nintendo 3DS, it required the user to have a copy of Cubic Ninja, a game that’s now rare and expensive for this very reason.

Review: NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Wireless Router

Review: NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Wireless Router
As a tech guy, I’ve been through a number of different wireless routers over the years. Between ever-improving speed and range, as well as the occasional hardware failure, my closet is a veritable graveyard of routers gone by.

DIY 3D Printed Talking D20 Will Tell You the Odds

DIY 3D Printed Talking D20 Will Tell You the Odds
What’s better than a magic 8 ball? A magic 20 icosahedron. Adafruit and Phillip Burgess made a guide that shows us how to make a D20 that talks about the resulting roll. The die’s accelerometer helps it figure out which face is up.

Mycroft Open Source Personal Assistant: Maker Street

Mycroft Open Source Personal Assistant: Maker Street
Like 3D printers, electronic door locks and PCs on sticks, it seeems like everyone’s making personal assistant devices these days. One of the latest electronic PAs is Mycroft, and it stands out from the rest by having open source technology. Like its competitors, Mycroft is operated using voice commands.

Nebia Showerhead Uses up to 70% Less Water: Shower Thoughtful

Nebia Showerhead Uses up to 70% Less Water: Shower Thoughtful
Carlos Gomez Andonaegui owns a health spa in Mexico City, which doesn’t have a nearby water source. As a result, their water bill would sometimes be ridiculous. Five years ago Carlos thought of a way to reduce his business’ water usage.

Touchjet Wave Turns HDTVs into Touchscreens: Semi-smart TV

Touchjet Wave Turns HDTVs into Touchscreens: Semi-smart TV
Last June we checked out Touchjet’s Pond, an Android projector that turned walls into touchscreens. It’s a good device for its price, but it wasn’t without sacrifices, particularly the quality of its display. Touchjet’s new Wave eliminates that problem, because it’s counting on your display. The Wave is an Android device on a stick, except instead of hiding it at the back of your HDTV or monitor you perch it on top of your display.

WalkCar Personal Transport: Haul-U

WalkCar Personal Transport: Haul-U
We already have a wealth of options for traveling short distances in urban areas. Bicycles, skateboards and scooters are getting smaller and lighter, with electrically-assisted variants to choose from. But if Cocoa Motors’ WalkCar is for real, we might be seeing this all over cities in a couple of years. The WalkCar’s most notable feature is its extreme portability.

OrCam Helps Visually Impaired Read & Recognize Faces: Hey Listen!

OrCam Helps Visually Impaired Read & Recognize Faces: Hey Listen!
A couple of years ago we checked out OpenGlass, a prototype software that used Google Glass to help the visually impaired identify objects. OrCam has a very similar function. It has a camera that clips on to eyeglasses and recognizes text, faces and objects. OrCam can read non-cursive text and identify objects and faces to the wearer through its bone conduction speaker.

Automatic Feeder Mod Makes Cat Work for Food

Automatic Feeder Mod Makes Cat Work for Food
Benjamin Millam came up with a brilliant way to help his cat Monkey eat and have fun at the same time. Benjamin modded Monkey’s automatic feeder so that it will dispense food in exchange for a wiffle ball. Benjamin made an Arduino-controlled add-on to the feeder that has an RFID reader.

Exoskeleton Simulates Aging: Inevitable Reality

Exoskeleton Simulates Aging: Inevitable Reality
While many companies and universities are working on exoskeletons that enhance the human body, the exoskeleton in the R70i Aging Experience intentionally does the opposite to help us understand and empathize how it feels to be old. Made by insurance company Genworth and Applied Minds, the R70i’s exoskeleton simulates arthritis, muscle loss and other bodily impairments brought about by old age.

Review: Ruark R1 MK3 Tabletop Radio

Review: Ruark R1 MK3 Tabletop Radio
Last month, I had the opportunity to test out the Ruark Audio MR1 Bluetooth audio system, and thought it offered very good sound for its size, and an excellent, substantial build quality. Now I’ve got the Ruark Audio R1 MK3 Tabletop Radio sitting on my desk, and it’s equally as compelling. Like the MR1, the R1 has been available in Europe for a while, but has only recently made its way to the U.S. 

Lifestyle Home Elevator Will Beam You up. Eventually.

Lifestyle Home Elevator Will Beam You up. Eventually.
English company Terry Lifts has a small elevator designed to be an alternative to chairlifts. The Lifestyle Home Elevator lets residents, especially old people, shuffle between their floors with ease. It’s also a hilarious way to make an entrance. The elevator has a capacity of about 550 lb.
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