My girlfriend’s parents just bought a GoPro camera for their travels. We tried using it and even with barely an hour’s worth of clips, I already saw how it can be daunting to find the good shots, not to mention edit them.
Last year, we checked out a light switch that let you toggle lights just by waving your hand. Knocki lets you do that and more but by knocking or tapping on a surface.
Unlike the Clapper, Knocki doesn’t use microphones to detect knocks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A few years ago we checked out a motion-controlled robot. LEGO designer Daniele Benedettelli also came up with a motion control setup for his Cyclops robot, but instead of using a motion sensor he made a exoskeleton made of LEGO that tracks his movement and relays it to the robot.
Daniele’s current exosuit detects only his arms, which in turn means he can control only the robot’s arms.
The past couple of years we’ve seen PCs the size of flash drives. The Gnarbox is a specialized portable PC. Designed to let you view, store, edit and share videos and images on the go, this tiny computer uses the iPhone as its screen and interface.
The Gnarbox is aimed at sports and outdoor enthusiasts or photographers, beating even the smallest of laptops in terms of portability.
The past couple of years we’ve seen single board computers separated into modules to make them more accessible to newbie makers, especially children. Microduino knows there’s no better way to get kids interested than with LEGOs, so it came up with the mCookie.
Like littleBits, mCookie modules attach to each other using magnets.
Ed Zarick made a name for himself cramming current gen consoles into a laptop form, but so far the case mods he’s done have basic decorative details, mostly the 3D printed corner pieces. He must have realized that too, so he built this R2-D2-themed PS4 laptop to show off what he can do.
Instead of using decals, Ed filled the laptop’s case with 3D printed replicas of Artoo’s parts with the help of the guys at Astromech.
I think we learned a lot from the Fappening, you know that massive leak of celebrity nudes. For one we learned that the blonde from iCarly is much hotter than Carly herself. For two, we learned that your nudie pics are only as safe on the cloud as your password or someone’s resolve to see your hooters.
Normally, a jailbroken iOS device can be reverted back to the stock iOS setup by restoring it on iTunes. But restoring means your device will receive the latest version of iOS, which might not be compatible with jailbreak tools.
A drum trigger is a device that converts hits on an acoustic drum into electronic signals that activate digital sounds. You can use them to achieve a cleaner sound in live performances or use sound effects without resorting to electronic drums or synthesizers.
Researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) are testing robotic swans that can track water quality and upload collected data in real-time. The system is called NUSwan, a nod to the university but also short for New Smart Water Assessment Network.
The researchers chose to make the NUSwan robot resemble a bird to make it blend well with environments where bodies of water are subject to pollutants from both industrial and recreational activities.
We’ve seen floppy drives and hard drives used to make music, but laurens.weyn’s Unconventional Instrument Orchestra can use “pretty much anything with steppers, or anything that makes noise on a signal pulse as percussion.” That includes hard drives, and floppy drives along with 3D printers, CNC machines and even doorbells.
While it’s fun to watch the hardware play, laurens.weyn