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The Nikon 1 V3, including optional EVF and grip

Nikon is adding a new member to its 1 system mirrorless camera range. The company is claiming the world's fastest continuous shooting frame rate (among interchangeable lens digital cameras) for the V3, which also brings a new image sensor, an impressive hybrid autofocus system, high ISO noise reduction prowess and built-in Wi-Fi. The new model is also a little more compact than 2012's V2, having had the built-in electronic viewfinder stripped away.  Read More

The Rhythm Wolf analog drum machine and bass synth from Akai

Solo musicians looking to generate their own backing tracks or DJs wanting to lay down some beats can seek out software solutions, but those who really want to get their hands dirty may prefer to opt for rhythm machines like the recently-announced Electron Rytm or Roland's Aira TB-3. Such things can prove expensive choices though, which makes Akai's vintage-inspired Rhythm Wolf analog drum machine and bass synth with built-in sequencing quite a compelling piece of kit. And yes, it comes with a sonic howl feature.  Read More

The Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 from LaCie

LaCie, which is now part of the Seagate house, has released a new version of its Little Big Disk storage unit that's claimed fast enough to enable simultaneous plug-and-play RAW 4K video editing and display. The device boasts a terabyte of onboard storage, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and near silent dual cooling performance.  Read More

Braven's new BRV-X outdoor wireless speaker

Braven has announced the immediate availability of an adventure-proof high definition wireless speaker system that could be deserving of a place in the rugged section of our recent round-up of Bluetooth speakers. First announced at CES back in January, the BRV-X outdoor speaker is the bigger brother of the BRV-1 that impressed us back in January 2013, has a built-in battery that can be used to charge other portable devices, and is described by the company as "the tank of mobile speakers."  Read More

The footswitches can be used to send program change messages to the software, or they can ...

There are a number of ways to take digital amp and effects modeling to the gig or studio, including the new AMPLIFi models from Line 6, or routing your signal through a laptop or tablet running something like AmpliTube. Accessing and controlling settings on a device screen can be somewhat fiddly, though, and many guitarists feel more comfortable with physical knobs and switches. This is where the Amperage MIDI controller pedal could help to bridge the gap between analog stomp familiarity and the brave new world of digital tone tweaking.  Read More

Jason Barnes and Professor Gil Weinberg demonstrate the robotic prosthesis

In 2012, Jason Barnes lost the lower part of his right arm after being electrocuted. Though he could have pursued his dream of becoming a professional drummer using only his remaining limb (like Def Leppard's Rick Allen, for example), he decided to build his own stick-wielding prosthesis. The attachment certainly allowed him to make some noise, but it wasn't flexible enough to give the speed or bounce control he was looking for. Now, thanks to the work of Georgia Tech's Professor Gil Weinberg, Barnes is preparing for a gig later this month where a novel robot drumming prosthetic arm will help him pound out precision rhythms with a live band.  Read More

Pioneer's DJE-2000 (left) and DJE-1500 (right) inner-ear headphones for DJs

It's not always practical for gigging DJs to wrap a pair of hefty cans around their heads when selecting or preparing tracks on a portable music player, smartphone or tablet, but even high-end earbuds might not cut the mustard when it comes to the specific audio needs of today's digital pancake turner. Pioneer's Professional Sound and Visual Division has developed some enclosed inner-ear headphones specially tuned for mixing and playing on the move.  Read More

The Fender Slide instrument interface for iOS, PC and Mac

Fender has joined the likes of IK Multimedia and Apogee in the iOS musical interface market with the release of the Slide. The guitar-making giant promises audiophile-pleasing sonic output, independent control over volume and mix and is bundling a complimentary version of IK Multimedia's AmpliTube effects and amp modeling suite and a full version of the Rock Prodigy learning app with the device.  Read More

Armin Oberhollenzer's Leaos 2.0 Carbon City Design e-bike

Pedal-assist electric bikes come in all shapes and sizes, and are made from a range of materials including aluminum and steel. Armin Oberhollenzer's material of choice is carbon fiber and, though his Leaos 2.0 Carbon City Design e-bike has been making appearances at bike shows throughout Europe since last year, it's now set to land on US soil.  Read More

One of four tactile demos on Fujitsu's prototype haptic sensory tablet

Many smartphone or tablet users will already be familiar with receiving vibration feedback when typing on a virtual keyboard, but, though better than nothing, it's not particularly convincing. There have been attempts to make sensory feedback from touchscreens more realistic using electrostatic force, for example, or even creating the sensation of physical buttons by pushing liquid into prearranged tactile pixels, but Fujitsu is claiming to break new ground with its prototype haptic sensory tablet.  Read More

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