Digital Trends
4 days
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
10 days
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
20 days
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
24 days
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
25 days
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
a month
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
a month
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
a month
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
a month
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
a month
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
a month
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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 months
The Huffington Post
2 months
A poultry farm in Hautefeuille, centre of France, at the beginning of the 20th century. CM Poultry require daily care for selection, feeding, and monitoring. France witnessed an outpouring of empathy from farmers during the slaughter of bovines with suspected spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease), which spread through Europe in the 2000s. While we are unlikely to see the same for duck farmers who force-feed their animals, it is still fair to say that these farmers are attached to the birds they have domesticated -- that is, taken into their homes (domus), according to the root of the word. Through a project on social representations of pathogens at the frontiers between species, I managed a team of anthropologists who studied how zoonoses are managed outside of France and Europe. The risk of infection from the wild is perceived differently, depending on the kind of attachment people have to their domestic animals.
Techradar
2 months
Bandolier / Utility belts The world of Star Wars is overflowing with utility belts, and were definitely going to have to embrace the bandolier if we want the full range of action add-ons that every well prepared galactic explorer needs. Chewbaccas bandolier is a bit of a mystery, and although we assume it contains ammunition and dull stuff, wed also like to think its where any self-respecting Wookie keeps his electro-comb. Lukes stormtrooper utility belt has a rope attachment that is simply the best for Death Star swinging, and Boba Fetts probably does something dangerously awesome like inducing vomiting in the Sarlacc (wishwishwishwish). Nearest equivalent: The bum bag. Its making a comeback people Darth Vaders armor Limbs in the Star Wars universe are fairly easy to replace, but practically all of them and also having your airways seared by lava is enough to cause some fairly hefty health problems for anyone.
Hackaday
2 months
When the center is found, the mill is zeroed on its XY axis. The software is a bit simpler than a device that has OpenCV processing running on a microcontroller. Detecting the center of the bore, for instance, happens on a laptop running a few Python scripts. The mill attachment communicates with the laptop over WiFi, and sends a few images of the downward-facing camera over to the laptop. From there, the laptop detects the center of the bore in the fixture plate and generates some G-code to send over to the mill. While the device works remarkably well, and is able to center the mill fairly quickly and without a lot of user intervention, there were a few problems. The camera is not perfectly aligned with the axis of the spindle, making the math harder than it should be. Also, the enclosure isn't rated for being an environment where coolant is sprayed everywhere.
Techradar
2 months
The 3,150 mAh pack can be charged separately from your phone and also has a built-in efficiency mode to help squeeze every last minute of use out of your Moto Z. The Incipio Vehicle Dock costs $64.99 (about 50/AU$85) and the Mophie Juice Pack runs for $79.99 (about 60/AU$110) and are both available starting now in the US. While the Moto Z itself and previous Moto Mods like the Hasselblad True Zoom camera attachment are currently available in the UK and Australia, the company asks that interested customers contact their local store representatives for pricing and availability for the new Moto Mods outside of the 'States. Have your own brilliant idea for kitting out the Moto Z? Motorola is still accepting submissions for new Moto Mod designs on Indiegogo through to the end of January. Considering the company hopes to pump out a dozen new Mods each year , we imagine it has an open mind to suggestions. What we want to see from 2017's Moto Z
Techradar
2 months
The 3,150 mAh pack can be charged separately from your phone and also has a built-in efficiency mode to help squeeze every last minute of use out of your Moto Z. The Incipio Vehicle Dock costs $64.99 (about 50/AU$85) and the Mophie Juice Pack runs for $79.99 (about 60/AU$110) and are both available starting now in the US. While the Moto Z itself and previous Moto Mods like the Hasselblad True Zoom camera attachment are currently available in the UK and Australia, the company asks that interested customers contact their local store representatives for pricing and availability for the new Moto Mods outside of the 'States. Have your own brilliant idea for kitting out the Moto Z? Motorola is still accepting submissions for new Moto Mod designs on Indiegogo through to the end of January. Considering the company hopes to pump out a dozen new Mods each year , we imagine it has an open mind to suggestions. What we want to see from 2017's Moto Z
Ars Technica
3 months
Enlarge / Now I'm freeeeeeeee... free fallin' Way back in 2010, a full year after it was first announced as a PlayStation 3 game, The Last Guardian creator Fumito Ueda stressed to a Tokyo Game Show press conference audience that the key to the game he envisioned was developing an "emotional attachment" between the game's unnamed boy character and Trico, his three-story tall mythical animal-hybrid companion that combines elements of a bird, a dog, and a horse. Six years later, after finally completing Ueda's oft-delayed opus, I find that the main emotion I feel towards Trico, and the game he inhabits, is frustration. A beautiful disaster The Last Guardian plays out as one big joint escort quest, with Trico and the boy working together to escape the extremely intricate ruins of a crumbling tower complex built into the side of a cliff. Before I dig into what frustrated me so much about the game, I'd be remiss not to laud the architectural feat of that digital environment.
BMW Blog
3 months
It can go off-road, but it prefers not to if possible. It has a gorgeous design thanks to its coupe profile, which means it’s pretty, and pretty things usually make us happy. It’s got M Performance design and engineering, which means it’s powerful, it’s fast, and handles well for its size. In short, I really can’t think of a better way to describe the X4 M40i other than it being a veritableBavarian Army Knife” that carves its own unique path away from its bigger X6 brother both in the concrete as well as the sometimes less-paved jungle of modern life. Check out the pictures in the photo gallery below, and let us know what you think in the comments section! mg width="120" height="120" src="http://cdn.bmwblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/2017-BMW-X4-M40i-review-127-120x120.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="2017-BMW-X4-M40i-review-127" data-attachment-id="209665" data-src="http://cdn.
Design Milk - Home
3 months
Core77
3 months
First, let's elaborate on some of June's key features (all really useful, assuming they function as stated): — Speedy Preheating: June is able to hit 350 degrees in a little over four minutes, which beats standard ovens by a mile (my ancient oven takes around 25 minutes to reach the same temp) — Smart Probe: The smart thermometer attachment inside of June lets you track the temperature of your meat. It figures out the optimal temperature and speed of reaching said temperature to take out all the guesswork. — Easy to Clean: June's removable door panel makes it hard to trap food where you don't want it. This is a useful feature, but it's hard to tell if it will be bothersome to remove. — Advanced Insulation: There's nothing more annoying than accidentally touching a hot toaster ovenJune remains cool to the touch no matter what, even the glass front.