Core77
7 days
Mealtimes can be messy affairs, and not just with food. Wakufuru is a new furniture collection intended to take the edge off the loud sounds that often come with dining spaces. Designed for Glimarka by Johan Kapui, the set of tables, benches and additional seating all incorporate sound muffling materials within the simple solid ash wood frames. The tabletops are veneered MDF. Below is a hidden acoustic filling pad made from felt, perforated board, foam, and a layer of air to maximize the threat to clatter. The furniture itself is elegant, sturdy, and modern. The smooth legs are modular, designed with a single cut and attachment system to streamline production and assembly across the differently sized pieces. Incorporating sonic relief into the wooden frames, the Wakufuru system is aimed at homes and public spaces with calm aesthetics and less soothing acoustics. Hopefully someday someone will make a budget version for high schools across the planet. More info at Glimakra . Via Leibal .
Futurity
10 days
The researchers conducted a series of underwater bond tests in tanks of artificial seawater. These findings are helping to reveal which aspects of mussel adhesion are most important when managing attachment within their wet and salty environment, Wilker says. All that is needed for high strength bonding underwater appears to be a catechol-containing polymer. 17X stronger Surprisingly, the new adhesive also proved to be about 17 times stronger than the natural adhesive produced by mussels. In biomimetics, where you try to make synthetic versions of natural materials and compounds, you almost never can achieve performance as good as the natural system, Wilker says. One explanation might be that the animals have evolved to produce adhesives that are only as strong as they need to be for their specific biological requirements.
NBC News
14 days
BoingBoing
15 days
Last week I tried out BioLite's CookStove , which uses sticks for fuel and has a battery-powered fan to create a hot flame that rivals gas camping stoves. BioLite just introduced a new version of its CampStove , which is similar to the CookStove, but it has the extra feature of generating electricity from heat and storing it in its battery pack. The battery can charge the fan and charge any USB powered device as well. The video above shows how it works. I love the way it looks, and how it folds neatly into the included cloth bag. BioLite puts a lot of care into their products. It's designed to work with the BioLite KettlePot (though you can use any old pot, really), and the Campstove Grill Attachment (to grill food). Ben Z, the lead engineer behind the CampStove 2, is the host of the video above and will be hosting a FB Live session at 1pm ET today.
Bike EXIF
17 days
It's been angled a little forward too, to keep the rider planted under acceleration. The tail section's been braced with a hefty steel subframe, allowing it to double up as a luggage rack. Tucked into the back is a one-off LED taillight and turn signal combo. Speedtractor also added threaded mounts into the ends of the frame rails, to function as multi-use attachment points. Preferring spoked wheels over alloy numbers—but wanting to keep it in the familyMatthew shoehorned in a set of meaty Ducati Paul Smart wheels. Brembo four-pot brake calipers were then carefully massaged to make sure they cleared the spokes. Other chassis upgrades include adjustable 41mm Showa forks from a Ducati 900SS, and an Öhlins shock out back. There are carbon fiber fenders at both ends, and the alloy side covers on each side of the seat are removable. We're suckers for a well thought-out cockpit, and this one's pretty special.
Mondoweiss
23 days
Cnet
24 days
The entry-level Alcatel A5 lets you program the lights on this attachment to sync to music or the sound of your voice.
The Canary
a month
Jordan Reeves is 11 years old and has an undeveloped left arm. Her solution? An artificial arm that doubles as a glitter blaster. She calls her creation Project Unicorn. She demonstrated the sparkly attachment on the US equivalent of DragonsDen, along with a more practical design for getting paper towels out of dispensers. Jordan also [...] The post See the girl who can shoot glitter from... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.
Design Milk - Art
a month
Digital Trends
a month
Meet the latest Moto Mod, one of the many add-ons to a Motorola smartphone that will allow you to transform your handset into something a little ... extra. It's called the Linc and it's a "smart" walkie-talkie attachment. The post Time-tested tech: The Linc Moto Mod turns your smartphone into a walkie-talkie appeared first on Digital Trends .
Hackaday
a month
The paper cut-off wheel makes short work of this nigh-impenetrable brick of plastic, revealing the electronic goodies inside. This cut-off wheel will also cut through small bits of wood, like a bit of molding. After cutting halfway through the wooden molding, the paper disc quickly disintegrates this is the same behavior we last year when this trick was being used on a table saw . But any home should get more than enough junk mail for a steady supply of paper Dremel cut-off discs. While this new attachment for your fancy rotary tool won't last very long, it is a very expedient way to get into bits of electronics without paying Dremel several cents for a cut-off disc. Filed under: tool hacks
Hackaday
2 months
Here's a blast from the past, or future, reminiscent of the self-lacing shoes from Back to the Future Part II. [Vimal Patel] made his own self-lacing shoe using LEGO bolted to the shoe's sole. We think these are cooler than the movie version since we get to see the mechanism in action, urging it on as the motor gets loaded down pulling the laces for that last little bit of tightness. The electronics are all LEGO's Power Functions parts. A Dremel was used to make holes in the soles to hot glue LEGO pieces for four attachment points. The attachment points are permanent but the rest can be easily removed. In case you want to look them up or make your own, he's using the using the 8878 rechargeable LiPo battery box, the 88003 L-motor, the 8884 IR receiver, and the 8885 IR remote control. That's right, these shoes are laced up under command of an IR remote control, well, provided the battery box is powered on.
Hackaday
2 months
How do you make the most awesome gaming peripheral ever made even more bad? Give it a 21st-century upgrade! [Alessio Cosenza] calls this mod the Power Glove Ultra , and it works exactly as we imagined it should have all those years ago. The most noticeable change is the 3D-printed attachment that hosts the Bluetooth module, a combination USB charger and voltage booster, and a Metro Mini(ATmega328) board. On top of a 20-hour battery life, a 9-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass gives the Power Glove Ultra full 360-degree motion tracking and upgrades the functionality of the finger sensors with a custom board and five flex sensor strips with 256 possible positions for far more nuanced input. [Cosenza] has deliberately left the boards and wires exposed for that cyberpunk, retro-future look that is so, so bad. [Cosenza] has also modified a Wiimote Nunchuck controller to provide complimentary functionality for games that require an analog stick (such as a first-person shooter game).
MacRumors
2 months
The triangles are made of a lightweight opaque plastic, so with three adhesive strips, they are well and truly stuck. The triangles aren't going to slip off the wall or come down in an earthquake, and while mine have only been up for two weeks, I suspect if one strip begins to fail, the other two strips will keep it attached. Paper mockup All of this adhesive makes it a hassle to rearrange the panels, which is a shame. I would love to be able to change my design on a regular basis to keep it from getting stale, but unsticking the panels from the wall is a huge pain (not to mention the 3M strips can damage some paint). On the plus side, using adhesive for attachment makes for a clean, futuristic look with just a single wire connecting the entire setup to a power source. I started out with 12 triangles (the main kit and an extra kit Nanoleaf sent) but once I set them up on the floor, I loved the look enough that I went to Best Buy and bought another expansion kit.
Futurity
2 months
A 3D-printed flutecase snaps onto a watch to support Whoosh. The attachment has eight holes around the bezel, each with varying lengths. When a wearer blows into each of the holes, unique frequencies are generated much like a flute. (Credit: Georgia Tech) Dingtian Zhang, a PhD student and labmate of Reyes, also designed a 3D-printed case that snaps onto the watch. The attachment has eight holes around the bezel, each with varying lengths. When a wearer blows into each of the holes, unique frequencies are generated much like a flute. The watch's microphone and the Whoosh system detects the subtle differences in the frequencies produced and identifies the intended target. Each target is linked to a specific action within applications. The final project, TapSkin, allows users to tap on the back of their hand to input numbers 0-9 or commands into the watch.
Hackaday
2 months
Until the industrial revolution, humans made use of animals to make our labor easier. This is still seen in some niche areas, like how no machine yet has been invented that's as good at sniffing out truffles as pigs are. [William] has hearkened back to humanity's earlier roots, but in a more modern twist has made something of a general purpose dog that could feasibly do any work imaginable. Now his dog is remote-controlled . [William] accomplished the monumental task in a literally cartoonish fashion using the old trope of hanging a hot dog in front of something's face to get them to chase it. The attachment point was fitted with a remote control receiver and an actuator to get the hanging hot dog to dangle a little bit more to the dog's right or left, depending on where the operator wants the dog to go. [William]'s bulldog seems to be a pretty good sport about everything and isn't any worse for wear either.
Den of Geek
2 months
Connie Nielsen has also signed up to the movie. Nielsen ( Gladiator ) is set to take on the role of Hippoyta in the film, the queen of the Amazons and mother of Wonder Woman. Robin Wright ( House Of Cards ), Danny Huston ( X-Men Origins: Wolverine ), David Thewlis ( Naked ), Ewen Bremner ( Trainspotting ), Said Taghmaoui ( American Hustle ), Elena Anaya ( The Skin I Live In ) and the brilliant Lucy Davis ( Shaun Of The Dead ) have all been confirmed for parts in the film as well. More recently, so has Elena Anaya. Missing from that list is Nicole Kidman, who had been linked with a major role in the film. Right now, it doesn't look like she's part of the ensemble. But still, there's plenty of very talented folk there. Plus, Patty Jenkins is finally getting to direct a superhero movie, after her brief attachment to Thor: The Dark World. Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder and Charles Roven are producing Wonder Woman , presumably ensuring that it sticks within their wider DC Extended Universe plans.
Digital Trends
2 months
3D scans of your own face to try on makeup or create custom avatars could be easier to find this year if this new startup is successful. Bellus3D has the hardware to take scans from your smartphone -- now they just need software developers. The post Time to up your selfie game: Bellus3D attachment takes a 3D scan of your face appeared first on Digital Trends .
Hemmings Daily
2 months
To further stabilize the car under heavy braking, the McLaren employed a computer-controlled air brake that balanced the load across the rear, also countering some of the weight transfer to the front wheels. The McLaren F1 LM. Five production examples were built in honor of the five F1s that ran in the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans. Underpinning Stevens’s sleek carbon-fiber body was a carbon fiber monocoque, the first used in a production automobile. The weight savings didnt stop there, either: suspension attachment points were made of titanium instead of steel to save weight, wheels were made of cast magnesium, suspension components were crafted of aluminum alloy, the transmission housing was aluminum and even the tool kit used titanium components. Inside, the F1 never came with a factory-installed radio, but it did include the smallest and lightest 10-CD changer that McLaren could source at the time.
Core77
3 months
After reading our post on Ikea's new table leg connection system , reader Jason Campbell wrote us about a similar concept. Interestingly enough, it has to do with surfboards. Surfers have been using fins on the bottom of their boards since at least the 1930s. Detachable fin systems were invented in the 1950s—a slotted "fin box" inserted within the board's underside could accept the rider's fin of choice—yet the attachment method was clumsy, and permanent, "glassed in" fiberglass fins remained popular. The problem was that, like tires on a car, fins of different configurations confer completely different performance benefits (i.e. better straight-line speed, or easier turning, or better "hold" on larger waves). This meant that changeability was desirable. So in the 1990s a trio of Australian surfers invented a way to quickly and securely attach and detach fins to the bottom of their surfboards by means of set screws : Their company, FCS Fin Systems, saw multiple competitors pop up as their detachable fins grew in popularity throughout the '90s.
Hackaday
3 months
For anyone living in cooler climates, the annual onslaught of snow means many hours shoveling driveways and sidewalks. After a light snow, shoveling might seem a waste of time, while a snow blower would be overkill. If only there were a happy middle ground that required minimal effort; perhaps an RC snow groomer with a 3D printed snow blower would work. We featured an earlier version of this project last year. This year's model features a slipper clutch combined with a differential from a heavy RC truck to forestall damage to the attachment if you happen to hit any rocks or ice chunks. The blades are also thicker and lack teeth in this iteration, as they would catch on anything hard and shatter the blade more often than not. Designed by [ Spyker Workshop ] (aka [The_Great_Moo]) the snow blower attaches to the front of RC snow groomer which is originally meant to act like a plow.
Daily Mail - Science
3 months
The prank message contains an attachment to a large file known as a vCard. The new exploit was found by hacker vincedes3 who has also provided a fix.
The Event Chronicle
3 months
The more you can activate the flow in you, the greater the resolving effect you'll witness. And if you can't catch that at the time it's happening, take yourself off into meditation later in the day and reflect again on those particular circumstances, working to bring realigning flow to them. Of course you can't simply override your own attachment or unrealised consciousness in it to have a beneficial effect. In which case, you're need to explore and unravel your own tightness first (check out this video to give you a sense of how to work). Hugely exciting times to be alive So these are really exciting times. As we prepare for the beginning of the New Year (2017), the consciousness field is so loosened, it's ripe for major shifts both in your own personal circumstances and society at large. Even, and especially, since the shadow side has revealed itself, means that shifts can greatly strengthen.
Design Milk - Tech
3 months