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Review: SoundCover Amps up iPad Speakers, Protection

Review: SoundCover Amps up iPad Speakers, Protection
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.

Miniature Machine Controlled by Heat and Electromagnetic Fields: TermiNature

Miniature Machine Controlled by Heat and Electromagnetic Fields: TermiNature
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.
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Moky Keyboard Doubles as Touchpad: Feather Touch

Moky Keyboard Doubles as Touchpad: Feather Touch
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.”

Disney Creating Cartoon Robots that Could Prowl Its Parks

Disney Creating Cartoon Robots that Could Prowl Its Parks
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.

Review: Audiofly AF120 In-Ear Monitor Headphones

Review: Audiofly AF120 In-Ear Monitor Headphones
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.

Yeair! Quadcopter Has Gas Engines: Older, Better, Faster, Stronger

Yeair! Quadcopter Has Gas Engines: Older, Better, Faster, Stronger
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.

DIY RC Curiosity Rover is Ready to Explore Your Backyard

DIY RC Curiosity Rover is Ready to Explore Your Backyard
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.

Isocase Protects Your Smartphone by Hiding It in a Tablet

Isocase Protects Your Smartphone by Hiding It in a Tablet
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.

Retro Freak Multi Cartridge Console Also Rips Games: Emulator’s Wet Dream

Retro Freak Multi Cartridge Console Also Rips Games: Emulator’s Wet Dream
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.

Google’s Patent-pending Robotic Stuffed Animals: Cute or Creepy?

Google’s Patent-pending Robotic Stuffed Animals: Cute or Creepy?
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.

3D Printing Heads to the Kitchen

3D Printing Heads to the Kitchen
I have seen a lot of really cool stuff come out of 3D printers. But all of that was just a morsel compared to the crazed creations the ChefJet Pro from 3D Systems can churn out using food.

Retro-futuristic Arcade Cabinet: Pixelkabinett 42

Retro-futuristic Arcade Cabinet: Pixelkabinett 42
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.

Review: Marshall Woburn by John Varvatos Limited Edition Speaker

Review: Marshall Woburn by John Varvatos Limited Edition Speaker
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.

KFC’s Paper Keyboard Protects Devices from Grease: Finger Clickin’ Good

KFC’s Paper Keyboard Protects Devices from Grease: Finger Clickin’ Good
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.

Sprite Tubular UAV: Torpedrone

Sprite Tubular UAV: Torpedrone
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.

Nobot Robot Lets You Hire People to Control It: Mechanical Mechanical Turk

Nobot Robot Lets You Hire People to Control It: Mechanical Mechanical Turk
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.
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