Perhaps the biggest problem with tablets is that most of them don’t have very good speakers built in. With few exceptions, tablets have tiny, tinny sound. I’ve got an iPad Air, and it’s certainly not very good in the audio department.
Last year we looked at Harvard University’s prototype for a robot that folds itself up from a flat shape into a spider-like form when exposed to heat. This small…device invented by MIT and TU Munich researchers has a similar feature, but I don’t know if I should call it a robot.
Last year we heard of Microsoft Research’s prototype keyboard that used infrared sensors to turn the entire area above the keys into a multitouch surface. Now a company called Innopresso is raising funds on Indiegogo for a similar device called the Moky, short for “motion keyboard.”
I worked at Disney World when I was in high school. It was not fun and it was not glamorous. I flipped burgers and sold soft serve ice cream. The cool kids I knew had jobs on rides, and the coolest kids were characters.
I’ve tested out numerous headphones and earbuds over the years, but this is actually the first time I’ve tried a pair of in-ear monitors. These specialized earphones are optimized for performers to use on stage so they can hear their performance without the echoes and ambient noise from the venue around them.
Different multirotors have different strengths and weaknesses, but they all share a common bottleneck: batteries. For its Yeair! quadcopter, a company called Airstier went around the problem by using good ol’ combustion engines.
Each of the quadcopter’s propellers has a 600w electric motor and a 1.6kW two-stroke engine.
Hardware and software developer Sergey Grishchenko made this small remote-controlled model of NASA’s Curiosity rover from scratch. Sergey designed and printed most of the toy’s non-electronic parts, including the wheels and the claw arm.
Sergey used a LinkIt One computer to power his mini Curiosity.
Here’s an interesting smartphone case with a hilariously tangential pitch. Isominds claims that their product will protect your phone, but actually Isocase’s main draw is giving you a bigger screen and battery. In other words, the case turns your phone into a tablet.
Game backup devices and hardware mods let you extract the data from video game cartridges into playable ROMs, but most of them require deep technical knowledge and are each compatible with only a few – if not just one – consoles.
I just saw a post on Time.com about a patent Google has filed for a high-tech Teddy Bear. (Hey, it had to happen sooner or later.) So I clicked on the link to read the patent application and what I found was pretty darn freaky.
The Pixelkabinett 42 is Love Hulten’s latest furniture inspired retro-futuristic computer. It’s a two-player arcade cabinet based on “old industrial cabinets, vintage mixing consoles and early space travel.”
The cabinet itself is made of ash and American walnut.
Building on its heritage as one of the premier makers of amps for the music industry, Marshall has extended its reach with the quality of its home audio products. Unlike some companies who might just slap their logo on a licensed piece of third-party equipment, it’s clear that Marshall cares about the quality of not just the hardware, but the sound of its home gear.
The KFC Tray Typer is a paper-thin Bluetooth keyboard made so that you don’t get chicken grease on your devices. It was created as a promotional item for new KFC locations in Germany. Apparently they were a big hit.
Most quadcopters and consumer drones have a central case that holds its other electronics and rotors branching out of it. But Ascent AeroSystems’ Sprite looks like a toy propeller, with two pairs of rotors mounted on top of a tubular frame.
Online services like Amazon’s Mechanical Turk or Fiverr let you hire people for small tasks. NOVP Limited’s Nobot is a… strange extension of that. The idea is that you’ll buy a small robot to perform manual labor.