Nine Inch Nails, Aerosmith, Bassnectar, The Ting Tings and Richie Hawtin are all among the many artists around the world that use Livid instruments. The company is known for its grid-based MIDI and DJ controllers, allowing musicians to bring some of their favorite (just about any) software gear into the real world. While its main offerings consist of larger MIDI/performance controllers, mixers and this odd little Guitar Wing add-on, Livid has condensed years of experience into its new mini-sized music maker: Minim. expand full story
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You may think Nerf blasters and accessories are just toys for grade school kids and bored office workers, but you’d be dead wrong. They’re serious business. Legions of adults collect and mod these foam shooters. There’s even a full-length hardcover book dedicated to Nerf’s best gear.
Earlier this year at Toy Fair NYC Nerf announced its new RIVAL lineup which includes a blaster that fires foam ammo at highway speeds. As we inch closer towards its release we’ve gotten more details and even a new video demo of Nerf’s baddest blaster: expand full story
Admittedly, caviar is a food that I’ve only seen in the movies and on TV. Despite my lack of fine food experience, I can still respect those that enjoy this fishy treat. A new Kickstarter project might just bring the caviar experience to my humble midwest roots by way of a nifty little tool that can turn nearly anything into those small little orbs of flavor.
Meet the Imperial Spherificator – some name huh? – an all-in-one solution to turn your favorite sweets, vegetables, drinks and more into fun miniature spheres. With about three weeks left, the Imperial is close to meeting its goal… expand full story
Four million. That seems like a lot of anything. Canon has introduced a new multi-purpose camera that has an ISO capable of hitting that number. But what does that do? Well, for starters it means that videographers and photographers can capture content in almost complete darkness.
The ME20F-SH is loaded with features that offer professionals unique flexibility in different lighting situations. Consumers probably won’t find much interest however, given that it costs more than some cars… expand full story
From traditional AT-AT and Death Star building kits, to the wealth of high quality video games out there, LEGO and Star Wars certainly aren’t strangers. And while we already have a few hardcover LEGO-Star Wars collaborations in the form of character encyclopedias and the Visual Dictionary, Photographer Vesa Lehtimaki is readying a new kind of plastic block Jedi book known as LEGO Star Wars: Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy: expand full story
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With near certainty I can assume that most of you set out at one point or another to recreate a building with LEGO. I can also assume that it didn’t look quite right. Well, now is the time to redeem yourself. A new book, called The LEGO Architect, is on its way to detail how to build some of the most well-known buildings in the world out of those infamous plastic blocks.
We’re talking step-by-step instructions on how to make your own Lever House, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie House and many more. Head below for more details on other house designs, LEGO sets for this book and pre-ordering. expand full story
Once an absolute powerhouse in the mobile game space, Angry Birds has slowly started to fade.While the franchise is still relevant with the recent announcement of an official sequel and the droves of merchandise still flying off the shelfs, its stranglehold on our mobile devices has certainly loosened over the years. But it looks like the folks at Rovio are teaming up with arcade makers Play Mechanix and ICE to reinvigorate the bird slinging franchise once again: expand full story
Today Kodak announced that its PIXPRO SP360 action camera was adding support for YouTube’s new 360 degree video capture and playback. This new feature allows viewers to see a complete representation of the area around the camera.
The videos are so unique in that they allow users to explore the video in all angles during playback. Instead of a still image that can be moved around, playback continues while the video is rotated. Kodak has captured some really cool videos out in the wilderness and rollercoasters that bring this technology to life. expand full story
Crowdfunding campaigns and startups are pushing out some of the coolest gadgets in the market, but getting your hands on them is sometimes tough since these companies don’t have distribution and logistics locked down. Amazon Launchpad is designed to make it easier for these amazing products to get into the hands of consumers faster. Jim Adkins, Amazon’s Vice President, explains:
Amazon Launchpad gives customers access to a dedicated storefront featuring a variety of innovative new products from emerging brands. For startups, we handle inventory management, order fulfillment, customer service, and more, allowing them to focus their efforts on the innovation that results in more cool products.
The Amazon Launchpad Store already has more than 200 products from various venture capital firms, startup accelerators, and crowd-funding platforms. Some of which have been around for quite some time and others that are brand new.
Many consumers (myself included) are hesitant to back a crowdfunding campaign due to the murky purchase process and vague shipping timelines, but if you can wait until they hit Amazon Launchpad you should have a relatively stress-free experience.
This move by Amazon shouldn’t come as a shock, back in March the online retailer opened a similar store dedicated to selling innovative products from emerging brands.
Here are some of our top picks from Amazon’s new Launchpad store:
- Kinsa Smart Thermometer: $29.99
- littleBits Electronics Premium Kit: $149
- Ube U1000 Smart Wi-Fi Dimmer: $89
- Bluesmart Smart Carry-On Luggage: $349
- Osmo Gaming System for iPad: $76.99
- GrowlerWerks Ukeg 64 Copper Craft Beer Growler: $145
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We’ve all been there, someone trying to get our attention while we are jamming out to our favorite tracks or intently listening to an audiobook. After removing our headphones and engaging in a conversation that we probably didn’t want to have, we return to find that our favorite song was over or we’ve missed a chunk of our book. At that point we have to scrub back through the tracks to find the exact spot where we left off.
The new BackBeat SENSE uses built-in Smart Sensors to help solve this problem with a pretty handy feature….
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When the Lightning connecter was originally revealed alongside iPhone 5 back in 2012, Apple singled out its reversibility as a major feature. It made plugging in your iPhone an even more brainless task. The only problem is that being reversible doesn’t help if you can’t see where the Lightning port is on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod. That’s when Sewell’s ingenious Lightning cable comes in handy… expand full story
We’ve long been fans of JBL’s Bluetooth speaker offerings and the recently released Charge 2+ and Clip+ were no exceptions. Today the popular audio manufacturer has teased two new speakers via its YouTube channel that are designed for outdoor and on-the-go listening.
JBL’s Flip3 will be a follow-up to the previous generation model while the new Xtreme Portable Speaker has a bigger build for “larger sound”. Head below for full details and videos on both options. expand full story
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It has been a minute since Converse updated its iconic Chuck Taylor All-Star shoes, well, actually 98 years. The popular footwear have been found beneath some of the most important pop-culture figures over the last century, from famous basketball players like Dr. J to former President John F. Kennedy. For nearly 100 years, the design has served itself well since Indiana’s Chuck Taylor first improved the shoe as a Converse salesman.
But times change and your company gets bought by Nike. With the visuals largely going unchanged, Converse is finally bringing some of the technology pioneered by its Beaverton, Oregon parents to the iconic Chuck Taylor All-Stars. expand full story
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Perhaps you’ve heard of Jet.com, the new Amazon and Walmart competitor that launched nationwide today. With substantial backing and big ambitions, this new service plans on undercutting Jeff Bezos’ company on every product that the startup offers.
Head below for the full detail on this lofty new service’s plan to lower your costs on every item you buy. expand full story
Cusby, a new crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, wants to make your new 12-inch MacBook more versatile. This modular system lets you chain a variety of USB-C adapters together to create a customized hub: expand full story
Spigen’s original Apple Watch dock was an instant hit with early adopters. But that was before Apple announced watchOS 2 during WWDC. The first major software update for Apple Watch includes Nightstand mode, which turns your Apple Watch into an alarm clock while it charges overnight. It’s going to be a convenient feature, but the problem is that it is only available when your Apple Watch is sitting on its side. That means most current Apple Watch docks, including Spigen’s first offering, aren’t compatible with Nightstand mode since they can only hold Apple Watch in an upright position. However, Spigen’s new Apple Watch dock was built with Nightstand mode in mind: expand full story
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Following the success of Raspberry Pi, small simplistic computers are seeing a huge boom in popularity over the last year. Non-traditional operating systems are finding a place in schools and with at home tinkerers looking for a new challenge. From Chromebooks to Ubuntu, more and more consumers are looking for Windows and Mac alternatives.
After being announced last month, Jide Tech launched its Kickstarter campaign for the $30 Remix Mini Android PC five days ago and the response has been astonishing. expand full story
We have all certainly experienced this dreadful feeling at some point: accidentally catching your iPhone or Android’s charging cord with your foot, sending your device helplessly spinning across the room until it strikes the floor. Apple has long had MagSafe technology as a part of its laptop power supplies, although it may be on its way out, but it has yet to find its way to iPhone or iPad. The same is true of Android devices, we’ve come so far and yet our phones are easily turned into sling shots with an accidental trip of the cord.
Enter ZNAPS. A new Kickstarter project that is bringing the same concept of MagSafe to any Lightning or microUSB charging cable. Based on the response from the Kickstarter community thus far, there are a lot of users that desire this type of connectivity. expand full story
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