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— Computers

Cusby transforms lone Macbook USB-C port into an a-la-carte device hub

By - July 27, 2015 3 Pictures

The new USB-C connection is powerful, versatile, and poised to shape the future of many consumer electronic devices. But despite this promise, new Macbook owners accustomed to having separate ports for HDMI, USB, and/or video, may find a single USB-C port to be rather limiting. Cusby is a compact, modular and expandable adapter designed to make the transition to a USB-C future a bit easier.

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— Wearable Electronics

Torque adds tunable twist to headphone modularity

By - June 22, 2015 13 Pictures

Back in April, Denmark's AIAIAI announced a new headphone line that allowed buyers to customize their preferred sound and look by swapping out components. Los Angeles-based Torque Audio has a similarly modular outlook to headphone design and has hit Kickstarter to try and bring its new flagship headphones to release. The t402v models feature a proprietary bio-cell diaphragm and will come with supra-aural and circumaurul ear pads that can be tuned for bass response.

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— Architecture

CannonDesign shoehorns an entire dorm room into a tiny pod

By - May 18, 2015 4 Pictures

The Yazdani Studio of international design firm CannonDesign recently revealed its new living unit, dubbed Sleeping Pod, that will serve as diminutive digs for students at the University of Utah's Lassonde Studios. Featuring everything you'd expect to see in a dorm room shoehorned into a small package, Sleeping Pod could also prove a good fit for temporary housing, or serve as an additional bedroom or office space.

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— Children

Crossbeams lets you design and build your own toys

By - May 8, 2015 29 Pictures

Electrical engineer Charles Sharman noticed several years ago that as they got older, the children he taught at Sunday School tended to migrate from Lego and other building toys to video games. He wanted them to keep creating, so he started a company called Seven:Twelve Engineering and began designing a building toy that could hold the attention of these older kids. That toy is called Crossbeams, and it can be used to design and assemble a huge range of toys – including big, detailed, moving cars and helicopters.

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— Mobile Technology

Modular Nexpaq case can add battery life, laser pointers and much more to your phone

By - April 29, 2015 5 Pictures
Google's Project Ara might be a way off getting a full consumer launch, but a new crowdfunding project hopes to scratch that modular itch in the meantime. Nexpaq is designed for selected iOS and Android handsets, providing users with a choice of add-ons that can be clipped into the back of the case, with options that increase battery life, add an SD card slot and much more. Read More
— Home Entertainment

AIAIAI launches TMA-2 modular headphones

By - April 15, 2015 10 Pictures
Though some headphone designs cater for replacing comfy foam earpads that have lost their memory or audio cables that no longer let the music flow, when a driver unit packs up it's usually time to hit the stores again for a new pair. With the launch of its TMA-2 headphones today, Danish audio design firm AIAIAI is offering another way. If users want to try out different drivers, they can just buy the component and swap out the existing ones. Likewise for headbands, earpads and cables. The modular headphones have arrived. Read More
— Outdoors

Modular Buddy Box furniture makes your van all kinds of recreational vehicles

By - March 27, 2015 9 Pictures
In recent years, we've seen many modular camper conversions and camper-in-a-box kits. The hardware can transform an average, everyday vehicle into an overnight recreational vehicle, then be removed when the road trip is over, leaving the base vehicle ready to drop the kids off at school and make the commute to work. Designed by German architect, carpenter and all-around garage tinkerer Gerhard Euchenhofer, the BuddyBox represents an even smaller, more flexible modular conversion option. Not only can BuddyBoxes convert your van into a full camper, they can make it a tailgating party wagon, a picnic in the park, a sports support vehicle and more. When the trip's over, remove the BuddyBoxes and you have your standard-spec van back. Read More
— Games

Grifta gamepad splits in two and changes size

By - March 25, 2015 12 Pictures
If you've ever wished for a gamepad that conforms to your needs rather than forcing you to conform to its rigid shell then you'll appreciate the idea behind Grifta. It's a modular gamepad system that divorces the left and right units from each other and offers three interchangeable handle sizes. The three-piece Grifta's main selling point is backed by a keyboard mode for play with one grip plus a mouse as well as eight extra buttons on each of its two handgrips. Read More
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