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Super-tough portable box keeps gadgets safe, dry and charged

Your smartphone likely has no difficulty keeping up with you during normal days in your home or at work, but how good does it do when you head off into the wilderness for some recreation or relaxation? Drops, mud and water tend not to be such good friends of electronics. If you cage them up in the now-being-Kickstarted RokPak though, they'll reportedly be able to take the best that Mother Nature — or your own clumsy hands — has to throw at them.Read More

Electronics

Wireless WeKast offers alternative solution to awkward laptop presentations

Whether presenter or presentee, many of us have sustained minutes of stinging silence as human and machine grapple to cooperate. Such is the cliche of pairing laptops with projectors for the purpose of narrating PowerPoint slides in a somewhat restless room. But a new, pocket-sized adapter may replace all those hassles with smart simplicity. The WeKast is designed to be plug and play, instantly casting presentations from a mobile device without the need of Wi-Fi, cables, or a laptop.Read More

Bicycles

Cycling computer now comes with a bike attached

Although many serious bikers use a cycling computer to track their riding stats, it is one more thing cluttering up the bars, plus it can be stolen when the bike is left unattended. That's why SpeedX developed the SpeedForce, a gadget that combines a computer, handlebar stem and headlight all in one device. Now, with the announcement of the Leopard, the company has added one more thing to that combo – a carbon fiber aero road bike.Read More

Music

Slide on chord shaper will have you strumming in minutes

Learning to play guitar like an axe god isn't easy. It takes time and dedication and many, many hours of study. Hardly surprising, then, that many would-be noodlers give up even before the first calluses start to form. We've been introduced to a good many teaching aids over the years, including those which light up the fretboard, others that transform learning into addictive games and even complicated keyboard-like overlays. University of Texas graduate Alex Levine says that his Guitar Now system will have students playing three major chords in minutes, allowing players to strum along to hundreds of songs by the likes of Taylor Swift, The Beatles and the Foo Fighters in no time.Read More

3D Printing

3D printer uses light from a smartphone screen to harden creations

Over the past few years, 3D printers have become more versatile and accessible to the average consumer. Many models are easy to use, some of which can occupy a minimal amount of space with footprints hardly larger than a sheet of paper. But the latest 3D printer takes portability to the next level, given that millions already own half of the required hardware. OLO is designed to let users create 3D prints by using the light from a smartphone screen.Read More

Outdoors

All-terrain, three-wheeled Triborg e-board brings dirt bike design to skateboarding

Rugged, all-terrain electric skateboards like the Dominator Pro and Gnarboard had better watch their backs. The Triborg Skateboard is about to hit the dirt and street. Hailing from Lansing, Michigan, this funky aluminum block features a dirt bike-inspired three-wheel design with plenty of power to kick up dirt and roll over obstacles. Its designers think it's the strongest, most versatile board on the planet – will riders agree?
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Music

Loopa lets you sing to yourself

Recording vocals and then replaying them in a loop to sing over the top of can involve a complicated mix of hardware and software, and some technical know-how to bring them seamlessly together. UK-based Sonuus is looking to put loop control in a singer's hands. The Loopa is billed as the world's first microphone that puts loop and overdub controls on the mic itself.Read More

Wearables

Wireless earphones put a microphone in your ear

Toward the end of last year, the first truly wireless earphones became available for consumers to buy and plug in. We were sent a pair of Earins to review and were impressed by both performance and build quality, though found them a little on the quiet side. Taking calls while using them was also a bit of a hassle, as they didn't feature a built-in microphone. The RippleBuds project supports hands-free calling with the inclusion of an in-ear microphone, while also promising increased play time.Read More

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