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Paul Ridden

Paul Ridden

While Paul is loath to reveal his age, he will admit to cutting his IT teeth on a TRS-80 (although he won't say which version). An obsessive fascination with computer technology blossomed from hobby into career before the desire for sunnier climes saw him wave a fond farewell to his native Blighty in favor of Bordeaux, France. He's now a dedicated newshound pursuing the latest bleeding edge tech for Gizmag.

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UNICEF updating Uganda's Digital Kiosk computing platform

By - August 26, 2014 2 Pictures
For the past couple of years, UNICEF Uganda and partners have been designing, developing, prototyping and rolling out youth-focused community computers that can operate on mains power where available, or solar-power in remote rural areas. Work has just finished on the design of the second generation Digital Kiosk, and the UK's fanless computer specialist Aleutia is now working on a new open source, low power computer system to squeeze into the table-topped repurposed oil drum that will become the Digital Drum. Read More
— Music

Customuse 3D prints affordable "Custom Shop" guitars

By - August 20, 2014 8 Pictures
Whether you're new to the guitar or a seasoned git-fiddler, chances are that the shape, color and hardware of your go-to axe have been determined by the company that produces it. The cost of having an instrument made to your exact specifications can cause the heart to skip more than a few beats, and the bank manager to question your sanity. 3D printing technology has the potential to help create your dream guitar for a fraction of the cost of a Custom Shop model, and that's precisely what's on offer from the UK's Customuse. With three stock designs already available, the company will shortly open a browser-based platform for full customization. Read More
— Computers

LG curved ultra-wide monitor leads IFA 2014 assault

By - August 18, 2014 4 Pictures
Gamers, graphic artists, CAD designers and even humble tech journalists who regularly spread their onscreen activities across multiple displays will doubtless have been as impressed as we were with LG's 34-inch UltraWide UM95 monitor on show at CES back in January. Now the Korean consumer electronics giant has gone one better with the announcement of an IFA 2014 debut for its 21:9 aspect curved QHD monitor, the UC97. Read More
— Music

Tom Doyle completes the late, great Les Paul's final project

By - August 13, 2014 10 Pictures
When guitar virtuoso and tech innovator Les Paul died five years ago, one of his last projects was an attempt to create high impedance humbuckers that matched the clear, dynamic sparkle of his beloved low impedance pickups. Sadly, the Reaper took the Master before his endless experiments hit pay dirt. But his collaborator and guitar tech for over four decades has picked through Les Paul's numerous experimental models and prototypes, his extensive notes and hotchpotch of parts and joined the dots to realize his friend and mentor's dream and create the Tru-Clones PAF 57 humbucker. Read More
— Home Entertainment

Sony joins the curved UHD party with the launch of the Bravia S90

By - August 7, 2014 6 Pictures
Given the frequent displays of one-upmanship from LG and Samsung over the last few years, you'd be forgiven for thinking that they were the only companies to manufacture UHD televisions. Of course other players like Sharp, Panasonic and Sony have all been knocking out 3,840 x 2,160 resolution TVs for at least as long as LG and Samsung, some even longer. Sony Europe has today announced that it's joining the curved 4K TV sparring ring with the launch of its Bravia S90. Read More
— Electronics

oneTesla shrinks its singing Tesla coil kit to palm-friendly proportions

By - August 5, 2014 10 Pictures
The folks who successfully crowdfunded a DIY singing Tesla coil kit last year have taken to Kickstarter again to bring a smaller version into production. Like its older and bigger brother, the tinyTesla shoots out bolts of artificial lightning while playing MIDI music using the electricity itself. It looks like that polyphonic MIDI version of Danger High Voltage by Electric Six might just come in handy after all. Read More
— Music

Olaf Diegel reveals first prototype of 3D-printed alto saxophone

By - August 4, 2014 5 Pictures
While attending Euromold 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany, last December with a band playing 3D-printed instruments, Olaf Diegel was set a challenge by the head of 3D Systems, Avi Reichental. The Professor of product development at Lund University, Sweden was given the task of creating a 3D-printed working saxophone. The first ODD prototype was revealed last week in a short demonstration video, which you can see after the jump. Read More
— Home Entertainment

Soundsight headphones put HD video recording on tap

By - July 29, 2014 6 Pictures
Walk through just about any Hi-Fi retailer and before too long you're sure to come across a huge section bursting with personal audio gear. There seem to be headphones and earphones for every taste and budget, including wired and wireless units and models that offer just that little bit extra. So how does a newcomer to the headphones game make a splash in what would appear to be a very well stocked marketplace? Say hello to the Soundsight cans, which are billed as the world's first video recording smart headphones. Read More
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TouchPico Android PC projects a touchscreen on the wall

By - July 29, 2014 5 Pictures
Gizmag is no stranger to pocket-sized image projectors. We've shared the first baby steps from the likes of Microvision and TI, right through to integration in smartphones and even more recently in portable computers. Now the palm-friendly home-theater-sized display thrower has taken another leap forward with the launch of TouchPico, a portable projector-packing Android computer that can transform any flat surface into a big touchscreen display. Read More
— Music

Ruach gives always-in-tune Live Series cajon its own kick

By - July 28, 2014 16 Pictures
The percussive sound of folks sitting atop a cajón de embalaje and banging out a rhythm has accompanied traditional music for years. Many, many years. Often called a drumkit in a box, many of today's examples come with built-in snare sounds, bass drum pedal attachments and all manner of jingle-jangle accessories, but the basic instrument remains true to its Peruvian ancestors. Teenage cajon maker Stephen Henderson has designed and built a new series of wooden boxes with a 5-way snare lock mechanism and integrated kick pedal. Read More

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