Following in the footsteps of giants we admire like swissmiss and berg, we’re going to assemble Friday Link Packs from now on — and here’s our first batch! The content that we are going to share here are things that inspired or provoked us this week, or simply made us laugh.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more packs to see what we found.
[Glowforge] – We’re all excited about the glowforge not just because we all secretly want a laser cutter in the home but also because it’s a fantastic example of user centered design. Self registration using webcams, multiple materials on the bed at the same time and even cutting based on lines drawn by hand on the materials, it makes using this high precision device as easy as scrapbooking and that’s highly inspiring. Favorite feature of the “pro” model: a pass through for the bed so you can use materials that are physically larger than the bed area.
PrintPut gives you the ability to 3D print and drop resistive and capacitive input wherever you want into a model, meaning that your object comes off of the printer bed ready to be wired up to whatever micro-controller you choose. We love thinking about ways to prototype novel forms and screen-less interactions and adding channels for doing that right from a CAD tool would be great fun. The paper from Queens University in Canada gives more detail.
“RePhone GSM + BLE features the world’s smallest System-on-Chip (SOC) for Wearables and Internet Of Things. It offers a wide range of communication protocols including GSM, GPRS and Bluetooth (4.0 and 2.1 Dual mode). It supports quad-band 850/900/1800/1900MHz, connecting onto any global GSM network.” Hard to see how that’s not tantalizing. We’re still excited for our Particle Electron of course, but having a few more tools in the toolbelt never hurts, especially after seeing this video about the Chinese phone market.
It’s official the Apple Car cometh and it now has a date: 2019. We can’t help but wonder not only what it will contain but also what this means for Googles car efforts and whether it will be made out of one piece of aluminium.
Health monitoring data is finding its way into the hands of employers and ultimately the health insurance companies they employ. Playing on the reality that for all their supposed sophistication most of these devices really are just an accelerometer, Surya Mattu and Tega Brain have cheekily suggested ways for anyone to trick their devices into crediting them with far more activity than they deserve. Or perhaps it’s all deserved.
Ramesh Raskars Camera Culture group at MIT has been working on and publicizing their trillion (no that’s not a typo) frames per second femtophotography cameras for quite a long time now but this NOVA video lays out an easily digestible explanation of why it’s so intriguing.
Mobile Speakers are awesome, pairing with them is still at times frustrating. Oaxis created a speakersystem that incorporates a “close contact technology” that captures the electromagnetic signal of the phone’s speakers. You don’t need to pair with the device in any network, but play the music on your phone and put it on the speaker to amplify the sound.
While we are talking about sound systems: HiddenHUB is yet another mobile speaker. This one packs a cool piece of technology, though. It detects its surrounding architecture and calibrates to let its sound perfectly bounce of the wall. A great example of how technology can adapt to the way you use it.
We spill our drinks from time to time. And especially with expensive hardware and precious prototypes on the table, this can cause a horrible mess. We are excited about this set of cups and mugs that don’t tip over.\
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