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CES 2014: The iSense is a 3D Scanner for the iPad

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Now you can do more with your iPad with the iSense. It’s a 3D scanner for the iPad by 3D Systems which will be launching later this year. It was designed with convenience in mind, as users simply have to snap the device onto their iPads and it’ll be good to go. The iSense will be compatible with apps that are made for Occipital’s Structure Sensor and is ideal for applications in physical photography.

Rajeev Kulkarni of Consumer Products explains: “iSense has the most diversity in its class for scan size and can capture everything from a delicious cupcake to a full body selfie, processing in seconds to a 3D printable, and comes with powerful, intuitive software that lets the user crop and enhance with easy and automated tools.”

On usage, he adds: “Users simply attach the iSense to an iPad, and they can literally walk around and scan entire objects or environments obtaining a photorealistic copy of the real thing. iSense is powered by the same software as 3DS’ popular Sense scanner.”

The 3D Systems iSense will be priced at $500.

VIA [ Engadget ]

‘How to Keep Your Electronic Messages Private’ and More on Gobookee

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The following article is brought to you by Gobookee. -Ed.

Security is a huge deal these days. There are so many scams floating around these days that attempt to gain access to your personal information by hacking into your email, perhaps in a bid to steal your identity or obtain your bank account details. For example, the Nigerian and “You just won the lottery!” email scams have been extensively reported on for the past few years, but there are still people who fall for it every day. For sure, a resource like the Email Security ebook would be helpful to would-be victims.

This title is just one of the many digital books, manuals, and guides on gadgets and gizmos that you can find on Gobookee. As you would expect from a typical library, the site also offers resources on a variety of topics, including Arts, Business, Family, Food, Health, Law, Medicine, and Sports, among others. Titles are featured regularly You can browse through the books in the different categories if you’re not looking for anything particular. If you are, then simply type in the relevant keywords and hit search to see what Gobookee can find on the topic. You can find out more about the book by clicking on the title. You then have the option to buy the book or find a similar free ebook elsewhere.

SoundCloud and Why Music Production will Never Be the Same

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SoundCloud has become ubiquitous around the web as a source for DJs and new bands to upload their tracks and get some recognition and attention for their work. Game soundtracks like Hotline Miami and FTL: Faster Than Light found homes here, as well as new pop-rap acts like HyperCrush and Santigold. Hypem culls songs from music blogs all over the web, and those songs more often than not come from SoundCloud.

There is a movement away from SoundCloud, but the influx of uploads to the service suggest that more people than ever are trying their hands at making music. Electronic music is inexpensive to produce, and while musical knowledge is required, the bar for entry is much lower than for a standard musical instrument.

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BitLock is a Digital, Keyless Lock for Your Bike

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With the advent of apps and hardware that allowed people to enter their homes with a digital key, it’s high time the technology was used for commute-related purposes. Specifically, for bikes. BitLock is a U-lock that is part of the keyless bike lock system that lets cyclists use their smartphones to unlock it instead of an actual, physical key. This means added convenience to most bikers, especially those who habitually forget their keys.

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ShopThis Lets You Buy Stuff, Straight from the Pages of Digital Magazines

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There’s a lot you can do on your tablet these days. For example, with a few taps, you can surf the web, read digital magazines, and do some online shopping. An app that sort of combines the last two activities is ShopThis. It’s being pushed by MasterCard, who’s working with publisher Conde Nast to work on integrating the app with the iPad edition of Wired magazine.

The feature will roll out in the magazine’s November iOS edition, where users will be able to buy whatever is being advertised with a quick tap. The process involves using MasterCard’s MasterPass for mobile payments, which essentially turns your tablet or smartphone into a credit card.

It’s definitely a convenient feature to have, but it’s probably something impulse shoppers don’t need. What do you think?

VIA [ C|NET ]

Meet Hal Lasko, the 97-Year-Old Pixel Painter

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Hal Lasko is legally blind, but that doesn’t stop him from creating awe-inspiring works of art. His medium of choice is especially unusual. Hal doesn’t use oil or pencils; rather, he uses a mouse and Microsoft Paint to come up with unique and detailed masterpieces. The basic paint program has a zoom feature, so Hal takes advantage of that to make up for his deteriorating eyesight.

Hal, aka the Pixel Painter, began creating pixel art fifteen years ago. He’s pretty dedicated to his craft too, as he spends about ten hours a day in front of the PC working on his latest piece.Continue Reading

Custom Animation and Tweets on Your Tee? It’s All Possible with tshirtOS

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Now this is just plain awesome. It used to be that shirts are just for, well, wearing. But CuteCircuit, in collaboration with Ballantine’s, is setting out to change that with the tshirtOS. Think of it as a shirt with its very own operating system that you can program, tweak, and configure so you can make it do whatever it is you want it to do.

Want to share your thoughts with the world? Then hook it up with your Twitter account and have it display your latest tweets, right on your chest. Missing your kids who’re off to summer camp? Then hook the shirt up to display your family pictures and your favorite portraits of the kids. The possibilities are literally endless with the tshirtOS.

Check out how the technology behind the shirt works by watching the video after the jump.

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