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Density People Counter: The Tally King

Density People Counter: The Tally King
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.

Deal: Save 63% on the 1byone Digital Indoor HDTV Antenna

Deal: Save 63% on the 1byone Digital Indoor HDTV Antenna
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.
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Remote AR Augmented Reality Troubleshooting App: Call a Friend 2.0

Remote AR Augmented Reality Troubleshooting App: Call a Friend 2.0
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.

Review: Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K Drone

Review: Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K Drone
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.

LEGO Robot Motion Controlled with LEGO Exosuit: LEGO Build Fighters Try

LEGO Robot Motion Controlled with LEGO Exosuit: LEGO Build Fighters Try
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.

Gnarbox Portable Video Editing Computer Turns the iPhone into a Dumb Terminal

Gnarbox Portable Video Editing Computer Turns the iPhone into a Dumb Terminal
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.

Microduino mCookie LEGO-compatible Modular Computer

Microduino mCookie LEGO-compatible Modular Computer
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.

R2-D2 PS4 Laptop: The Console You’re Looking for

R2-D2 PS4 Laptop: The Console You’re Looking for
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.

MemoriesCable Backs up Your Dirty iOS Pics Locally

MemoriesCable Backs up Your Dirty iOS Pics Locally
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.

Cydia Impactor Unjailbreaks iOS Devices: Rewalled Garden

Cydia Impactor Unjailbreaks iOS Devices: Rewalled Garden
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.

Dynamic Drum Trigger Knows Where and How You Hit the Drums: Sensory Percussion

Dynamic Drum Trigger Knows Where and How You Hit the Drums: Sensory Percussion
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. 

Robot Swans Measure Water Pollution: NUSwan

Robot Swans Measure Water Pollution: NUSwan
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.

Using Disk Drives and 3D Printers as MIDI Musical Instruments

Using Disk Drives and 3D Printers as MIDI Musical Instruments
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.

Dogs Trained to Sniff out Storage Devices: Scentsitive Data

Dogs Trained to Sniff out Storage Devices: Scentsitive Data
The security dog training firm Tactical Detection K9 has an unorthodox and cute way to find all the thumb drives and microSD cards you’ve misplaced. The company recently started training dogs that can find storage devices by scent.

Raspberry Pi Retro Console with Two Halves: Game Boy SPlit

Raspberry Pi Retro Console with Two Halves: Game Boy SPlit
Inspired by Adafruit’s PiGRRL, Thingiverse member Jooxoe3i made his own Raspberry Pi retro console. But he wanted to make it as small as possible, so he came up with a two-part build. The upper half of the console contains the Raspberry Pi and the PiTFT 2.4″ screen, while the lower half is the USB controller.

Teen Invents Baseball Strike Laser Sensor: Perfect Pitch

Teen Invents Baseball Strike Laser Sensor: Perfect Pitch
Baseball players have pitching machines for batting practice, but what about pitchers? Thirteen-year old Nick Anglin’s Strikey Sensor could be a solution. It uses an array of lasers to detect whether a pitch is within the strike zone.
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