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Gizmag visits the Paris HQ of Keecker for a chat with CEO and Founder Pierre Lebeau (Photo...

Back in January, French startup Keecker made a bit of a CES splash with a cute and curvy home entertainment computer capable of moving around on its own or as instructed by an app-based remote, and transforming any wall, door or ceiling into a huge projected screen. Gizmag dropped in on the company's Paris home at the weekend for a chat with CEO and Founder Pierre Lebeau, and a one-on-one with the multi-talented Keecker prototype.  Read More

The servos are controlled by a cabled foot pedal via an Arduino running custom code

Though mostly associated with country music, there's a pretty good chance that you've heard the sweet singing tones of a lap steel guitar in whatever modern genre floats your boat. OK, maybe not techno or electronica, but certainly blues, rock, jazz and folk music. Rather than gently stroke the six to ten high action strings of an electric lap steel with a glass or metal bar though, Dean Miller opted to recreate the sound using four servos controlled by a modified foot pedal array and an Arduino running some custom code. The result is pretty astounding.  Read More

The earform cap of the Normal earphones are 3D-printed to provide a snug fit

If you enjoy music on the move, there's a very good chance that you've been troubled by earphones popping out of your ears just as you're getting into the groove. There are high-end earphones or professional in-ear monitors available that require the buyer to pop along to an audiologist and go through an uncomfortable custom fit process to ensure the buds won't keep falling out as you run through the park or jump around the stage. Or you could look into having a custom set of earphones made. This is precisely what Normal founder Nikki Kaufman did, but the significant cost and long shipping delay she encountered prompted her to find another way. She came up with a way to tailor each pair of earphones to the wearer using a free mobile app and a 3D printer.  Read More

The HummingBoard computer comes in three configurations

Since shipping in 2012, Raspberry Pi boards have found themselves the brains of such diverse DIY projects as a mobile phone, a touchscreen computer or even a treat dispenser for the family dog. Now there are three new boys in town that promise faster processing, more system memory and more connectivity options. Yes indeed, SolidRun's new HummingBoard family has all the makings of a serious Pi killer.  Read More

The Hammer Jammer installed on an electric guitar

With what's got to be one of the shortest campaign pitches on Kickstarter, Ken McCaw is putting second production run hopes for his Hammer Jammer percussive guitar attachment in the hands of players. Described as essentially turning the guitar into a new instrument, the fretting hand is still used to form chord shapes or single-note runs. But players tap, stroke or bash the big raised "buttons" at the picking end, causing soft or hard hammers to sound the strings.  Read More

With Kudoso on guard, kids will have to earn points towards time online

Parents have been able to set controls on TVs and set-top boxes for a while now, whether to try and encourage a more active lifestyle from their offspring, or just to get the kids to tidy up, do homework or even read a book. In today's connected world, a good many youngsters get their entertainment and social gratification online – and spend numerous hours glued to a computer, tablet or smartphone screen. Many smart devices come with some form of parental control, but setting up and managing blacklists across multiple gadgets can be a little overwhelming. The Kudoso system controls internet access at the router, and kids only get to play when a checklist of parent-created tasks is complete.  Read More

The Odin projector from Dos Owls

The wealth of available online content can mean that a TV sits in the corner gathering dust and the monthly subscription to a set-top box service just goes to waste. Such was the case for Alex Yoo of Dos Owls, so he got rid of both. Though quite liberating, he missed being able to sit back on the sofa and watch a movie on a big screen TV. He turned to a hefty projector and connected computer, but fighting through the cable spaghetti and dealing with issues like overheating prompted him to try and find another way. And so the idea for Odin was born – a pocket-sized projector with its own computer running Android KitKat, and packing built-in speakers, Wi-Fi and a battery.  Read More

The Alfa Romeo guitar from Harrison Custom Guitar Works

In the unlikely event that Alfa Romeo takes its Marshall MiTo concept car into production, you might find yourself looking for a guitar to plug into the JVM205H head at the back that matches its rock pedigree. A guitar like this eye-catching build from Harrison Custom Guitar Works perhaps.  Read More

The Interactive Music Battle from phonotonic

Even though music-driven games like Rock Band and Just Dance could see you engage in epic contests with friends and family, you still spend much of the time looking at a screen rather than truly interacting with fellow players. The only display needed for the Interactive Music Battle system from Paris-based phonotonic is an iPad screen to choose from banks of sounds. After that, motion sensors convert player moves into music – one providing the rhythm and the other the melody.  Read More

Ztylus iPhone 5/5S protective case with Revolver RV-2 lens kit installed

If you like the idea of Sony's QX lens system, but don't warm to the extra weight and bulk (not to mention the rather high price tag) it adds to your smartphone, Ztylus has something that may be of interest. The company has produced a stylish case to protect your iPhone, Note 3 or S4 from life's bumps and scrapes that's also home to a circular mount onto which a multiple lens system is attached. This gives mobile snappers four additional lens options to play with. The downside is that the case and lens system need to be purchased separately, but it's still a nifty way to expand the photographic capability of your smartphone.  Read More

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