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The Tempescope Will Recreate Tomorrow’s Forecast For You In A Plexiglass Cube


If you want to know whether you’ll be needing your umbrella tomorrow, you could just fire up a weather app on your smartphone and check. But it’s a lot more fun if you use the Tempescope to get that information. It’s a plexiglass cube that doesn’t tell you the weather: it recreates it. The device is able to generate microclimates within its transparent enclosure, and it’s currently able to do rain, clouds, and lightning. The company is working on making it snow, but we imagine that’s quite the engineering challenge. It goes online and is able to retrieve the forecast for your city, or any place you designate, allowing you to share your current weather with your loved ones, for example.

The IndieGogo campaign launches on September 30th and the first 2,000 unit run will be offered to anyone willing to pledge $200 for it.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

DeepCool’s New Case Looks Like That Star Wars Ship


It’s quite rare that we’ll discuss straight PC hardware on OhGizmo!, simply because there’s not a whole lot of actually interesting innovation in the field. It’s all about marginal increases in miniaturization, speed, or some other interesting-to-some-but-not-us metric. But DeepCool’s TriStellar S PC case, while not technically innovative, does stand out from the crop. For one, it looks like the Evil Emperor’s private shuttle from Return of the Jedi. And despite the creative chassis, functionality hasn’t been sacrificed:

It is split into three separate compartments that can accommodate mini-ITX motherboards, a 120 mm liquid cooler, full-length graphics cards and power supplies, an optical drive and two 3.5-inch drives.

The TriStellar S case is a limited edition model, with only 50 being sold worldwide. And it costs a whopping $599! That’s the budget some people put down on a whole PC build, but hey, when you’ve got the disposable income, luxuries can be afforded. That said, this particular case is almost identical to the TriStellar (no ‘S’), which is $399 itself; DeepCool simply added a window to see the garphics’ compartment, some lights, and Bill Owen’s signature on the side (with whom this was apparently co-designed). If you’re on the slightly more mature side of custom PC-building (because, let’s face it, you’re still considering the purchase of a PC case that looks like a Star Wars ship), you might want to save yourself the $200.


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Acer Announces Modular PCs


Modular computing appears to be a rising trend, with Acer being the latest major manufacturer to throw its hat in the ring. Having easily replaceable and upgradable parts is a much smarter way to build your electronics, and Acer’s Revo Build M1-601 seems to be a worthy entrant in this field. It’s a Windows 10 PC that features a series of stackable blocks with varying functionality. The base block houses “a super small form factor PC that only occupies 125 millimeters square on your table and comes with a low-power Intel Pentium or Celeron chip.” The other blocks can house things like hard drives, “audio modules (for using Cortana), projectors and a wireless charging plate that pulls double duty as a mobile battery.” Each block is connected to the others with magnets and pogo pins, so it’s really easy to remove and swap for something else.

The result is a PC with an unusual form factor, but one which will give consumers added options and functionality… provided Acer doesn’t get greedy in its pricing. These start at €199, or about $223, with an expected launch around October in EMEA and December in China.


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Znaps Adapter Gives Your Mobile Device MagSafe Powers


If you’ve ever owned a MagSafe-equipped device, you’ll know how great it is to be able to magnetically snap your power adapter in place, and just as easily tug it free. You can now give that same functionality to any mobile device, thanks to the Znaps adapter. You simply plug the small dongle into the MicroUSB or Lightning port, and just leave it there. Then you insert a special sleeve over the connector of your existing power cable, which converts it to work with the dongle on your mobile device. In less than a minute you’ve given your device magnetic charging capabilities, allowing you to plug it in one-handed, unplug it with a tug, and do any of the things that MagSafe-like connectors allow you to do. The best part is that at an $11 pledge, you’ll have to pay very little for this cool new functionality.


[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Hub+ Is The Only Hub Your New MacBook Will Ever Need


The new MacBook looks great, but you pay a price for its looks. Aside from its less-than-stellar computing performance, it also comes with only one USB-C port, which can make life complicated for anyone who’s, well, normal. And even though we wrote about a port hub before, we’re much more interested in the Hub+. That’s because it’s designed to look like it belongs with your Macbook, unlike the HydraDock. Connect it to your MacBook’s only USB-C port, and instantly gain access to the following:

– 2 USB-C ports
– 1 SDXC card reader
– 1 mini DisplayPort (mDP 1.2 video output, 4k displays at 60Hz refresh rate)
– 3 USB-A \ charging ports
– Built-in lithium ion 400mAh battery to charge ANY phone

And of course you can use it to charge and power your MacBook while you’re doing stuff with all these ports, since the company includes a USB-C to USB-C cord to connect the Hub+ to your laptop. It’s a $79 pledge, with a July 2015 delivery.


[ Project Page ] VIA [ The Awesomer ]

C.H.I.P. Is A $9 Computer


With the Raspberry Pi’s success, the idea of an ultra-low-cost computer became a reality. But as cheap as the $35 Pi is, it’s still exorbitant next to the C.H.I.P, a full fledged computer that costs all of $9. For this price you get a board that carries a 1Ghz CPU, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of onboard storage. You can do all kinds of things with C.H.I.P, such as work on documents with LibreOffice; surf the web with the Chromium browser; connect any screen, old or new; attach keyboard and mouse wirelessly thanks to its Bluetooth chip; connect to WiFi B/G/N. There’s camera sensor support, and you can power C.H.I.P. for hours with a single LiPo battery. It comes pre-installed with tons of apps, and you have access to thousands more, all free. It’ll even play games. All this in a 2.3in. (60mm) by 1.5in. (40mm) package.

All in all, C.H.I.P. has the potential to broaden the computing revolution to more parts of this world, as well as introduce children to computing from an early age. It’s a fully-funded Kickstarter project, with expected delivery in May 2016.


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Nexpaq Case Gives Your Current Phone Ara-like Functionality


Remember Phone Bloks? No? What about Project Ara? In case you need a refresher, this is one of Google’s projects, one that will create a completely modular smartphone, where individual hardware components can easily be replaced, independently of others, at your discretion. Well, it’s a nice idea but it’s taking a while to get to market. Meanwhile, we have a cool case here that purports to do much the same thing, only with an iPhone 6, Galaxy S5 or Galaxy S6 Edge. The case comes with a 1,000mAh battery, and you can add up to 6 different modules that can do a variety of things, like a breathalyzer, an Air Quality sensor, an SD card reader, extra battery modules, a Super LED flashlight, and more. The integrated battery powers the modules, and can also give your phone extra juice. Modules can be swapped between cases, so an Android user could technically trade one of his modules with an iPhone 6 user. And of course the SDK is open so third party developers are free to make new modules that will work with the Nexpaq case.

It’s an awesome idea, and if it works as advertised, we can’t wait to try it out. Better yet, the pricing seems to be just right, with the case and four modules starting at $89, or $109 if you miss the Early Bird pricing. It is fully funded, but you’ll sadly have to wait until August 2016 to get yours.


[ Project Page ] VIA [ MikeShouts ]

This LEGO Computer is Legit

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Normally, when you see something like a computer made from LEGO parts it’s just some dude’s DIY project, and you get to stare at some pictures and wonder how cool it would be to own your own. But you can actually buy Mike Schropp LEGO Computer. He’s been making custom LEGO PC creations for clients for a couple of years, and he finally decided to make a design that you can outright purchase on his website. Configurations all include one of Intel’s Core processors, an Intel HD4600 graphic card, a 120GB SSD, 8GB or 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM, a DVD/CD Combo Superdrive, and a Noctua Low Profile Cooler. The entire thing is housed in a 7.5″ X 7.5″ X 6.5″ case that comes in three flavours: Industrial, Brick, and Tiled. A customizable LED strip accents the case, and the two lower grooves along the sides are actually air vents. It’s a cool looking, decently powerful PC, and is priced to move: the Core i3 configuration is $999, while the Intel i7-4790s Quad Core version is only $1,199. Considering these are all hand-crafter and Mike is currently getting a fair bit of attention, we don’t know what the lead time will be on your order so act fast if you don’t want to wait forever.

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Silent Power PC Uses Copper Foam For Cooling Instead Of Noisy Fans


Have you ever turned off all the electronics in your room? Notice just how much quieter everything is? Despite being able to tune these droning sounds out after a while, they’re quite real and it’s only once they’re completely gone that we realize how loud they were. If you manage to get your hands on a Silent Power PC, however, you’ll have that much less white noise to deal with. Its salient feature is its use of an innovative copper foam to dissipate heat, instead of the traditional fans. Since the foam presents such a high surface area and copper is so conductive, the PC never reaches excessive temperatures during regular use. The lowest end setup you can get comes with an Intel quad-core i7-4785T 2.2 GHz processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a 500 GB hard drive and should cost around $935. The company’s plan is to be on the market in 2015, after they’ve reached their crowdfunding goals. A post on their blog, however, suggests that Paypal is putting up some roadblocks and have seized their account pending clarifications on their business model. This is standard practice for Paypal, unfortunately, so hopefully the company will clear that up soon and resume work on bringing this innovative PC to market.


[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]