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Floating Record Spins Your Vinyls Vertically

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The joke is getting old: kids won’t know what this is. I think it’s fair to say that it’s been made long enough that kids know what vinyl records, at least as the subject of a very lame joke. So we won’t make it… but we’ll use it as a segue to introduce the Floating Records Vertical Turntable anyway. Those of you who bother to have records probably feel very protective and fond of them, so you ought to get yourself a turntable that lives up to the quality of your affections.

An all-in-one solution, it features built-in, full-range stereo speakers, so it’s easy to get up and running. It uses an Audio-Technica AT95E cartridge mounted on a fully-adjustable carbon fiber tone arm, a DC manual belt-drive system to spin both 33s and 45s, and a high-mass acrylic plinth and platter. It has a headphone jack for private listening, and RCA outs with a built-in preamp in case you want to integrate it into your existing system. Assembled by hand in Chicago.

It’s a striking device, and it comes at a relatively reasonable price of $349. This is a pledge to the Kickstarter campaign, so you will unfortunately have to wait until December to get your shipment.

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With MyoWare, You Can Build Your Own Wolverine Claws

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You don’t need to a mutant to become Wolverine. Well, you won’t become him per se, but you will be able to build something that’ll extend and retract your claws on command. For that, you’ll need the MyoWare, which is a wearable muscle-sensing platform that lets you control bots, video games, and prosthetics (claws and all.)

MyoWare works by monitoring muscle activity and generating voltage when the muscles are flexed. The harder the wearer flexes, the higher the output voltage produced.

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Bartesian Is Like A Keurig Machine For Cocktails

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Single-serve cocktail machine? Sign us up! Partisan promises to work much like the single-serve pod-based coffee machines most of you are familiar with. Just like these machines need to be filled with water, Bartesian does require you to fill it with basic spirits (vodka, rum, gin, and tequila). But then you just pop in a flavour capsule and it takes care of the rest; all you have to do is pick the strength and press a button.

At launch you’ll be able to make one of six classic cocktails, like a Margarita or a Cosmopolitan, but there are obviously plans to expand the line if successful. It’ll cost you a $249 Early Bird pledge to get yourself a Bartesian with 12 capsules, and it’s an extra $20 for a pack of 12 more pods. The next pricing tier is $300, so if you’re down, act now while the campaign hasn’t completely taken off.

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Hank The Beer Tank Is A Portable Keg

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Kegs are great: cold beer, fresh suds, crisp taste. But they’re also a bit of a mess to set up and maintain, and they’re certainly not portable. Unless it’s Hank the Beer Tank, that is. It’s about half the size of a traditional kegerator, and can run off 110-240AC or 12-24DC so you can either plug it in at your friends party, or use your car’s cigarette lighter port for kickass tailgate parties. It accommodates a 1/6bbl (a bbl is a regular beer barrel), or a 5 gallon home-brew keg for portability and variety. Just dump it on a cart and you can take it anywhere. It’s $699 as a Super Early Bird, so act fast because retail will definitely be higher than that. Considering what you’ll be able to do with it, seven Franklins isn’t that much.

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The Space Case 1 Is A Suitcase Loaded With Tech Features

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The Space Case 1 isn’t the first smart suitcase we’ve talked about, but as time goes on manufacturers learn how to add even more features, and this case is packed. Here’s a quick rundown of what it does:

– Digital BioLock
Forget about small padlocks or easy-to-forget number combinations. Press your finger against the reader and Space Case 1 opens up for you. We do imagine there’s a TSA override, though.

– Global Tracker
Know the location of your suitcase at all times.

– Digital Self Scale
Sensors built into the wheels make it possible to weigh your suitcase at any time.

– Power Bank
A 12,000mAh battery, hooked up to 3 USB ports (2 external, and 1 in an internal front pocket), means you can charge your devices during long haul flights, or extended layovers.

– Bluetooth Speakerphone
Take or make handsfree calls from your hotel room, or stream some tunes while you work. The Bluetooth speakerphone is integrated.

– Proximity Sensor / Anti-Theft
Get a notification when your luggage arrives at the carrousel. If someone were to leave with it before you get to it, the case locks down and sounds an alarm.

– And more

Prices start at $249 for a carry-on. It’s a fully-funded Kickstarter, with an expected November delivery.

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HidrateMe, The Connected Bottle That Reminds You When To Drink

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It seems surprising that you would need a piece of tech to remind you when you need to drink; you feel thirst, after all, don’t you? Yet, there’s considerable interest in HidrateMe, a Bluetooth-connected 24oz. water bottle that glows when you’ve gone too long without drinking from it. It’s blown past its $35,000 funding goal and is currently sitting at $108,875, which means a good number of you have accepted the notion that a gentle nudge to consume more water is something you want. Well, ok then, HidrateMe does that by glowing an inner LED when you’ve gone too long without a sip, and it also tracks your overall H2O consumption, because data. “The app also integrates with your wearables to help tune your water goals even more accurately to your activities. Using your location, the app can adjust your daily water goal depending on the temperature, humidity, and elevation of your surroundings.”

Its design is attractive, and so is its price point: $45.

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SensorWake Alarm Wakes You Up With Nice Scents

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Typical alarm clocks rely on loud, jarring sounds to wake you up. It’s effective, but it’s also a pretty rough way to get your day started. Guillaume Rolland, an 18-year-old French entrepreneur, thought there was a better way to go about it and created SensorWake. It’s an alarm clock that releases a scent, and in testing is able to wake 99% of people up within 2 minutes. Scents are stored in special replaceable pods, and range in variety from “Continental breakfast: Espresso & Hot Croissant” to “Candy Rush: Sweet peach & Strawberry candy”. If you fail to wake up after 3 minutes, then SensorWake will revert to a backup audible alarm so you don’t miss your important meeting. Each scent pod lasts up to 60 times. You can get in on the action with an $89 pledge, which includes a 2-capsule pack.

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B-Unstoppable Is A Tank Quadcopter Hybrid With An Awesome Name

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So now you’ve seen every type of quadcopter drone under the sun, from the tiny palm-sized ones to the large professional camera rigs, and all that’s left to do is wait for prices to drop and drop. Or… wait for new companies to cook up new and creative form factors, like the B-Unstoppable pictured above. See, it’s not just a quadcopter drone, it’s also a remote controlled tank! That’s right, when it’s on the ground you can drive the vehicle over rough terrain, and simply take off if it comes across anything too large to drive over. The basic version doesn’t have a camera, but it’s possible to outfit the B-Unstoppable with a 720p camera that shoots at 30fps, as well as a wireless FPV (first person view) system that beams back images as you fly. Getting in on the action will cost you a £55 (about $85USD) pledge for the basic system, while the price goes up to £99 (about $152USD) for the all-inclusive FPV version.

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Sprite Drone Isn’t A Quadcopter, Does The Same Things

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We’re used to seeing quadcopter drones, as this form factor is the one that’s favoured by just about every manufacturer out there. It works well enough, so we have nothing in particular against it, but after finding out about the Sprite, we can see room for improvement. Quadcopter drones are great until they’re forced to land on any surface other than one that’s completely flat; at that point they’re in danger of damage. But the Sprite drone, with its vertically stacked twin counterrotating retractable blades, is able to land on just about any surface. As soon as it touches down the blades retract in half a second, and the rest of the body is able to safely roll out of harm’s way. The body is waterproof so you can land on “rocks, a bush or even a swamp without issues.” And while it’s in the air it

has fully autonomous flight using waypoint navigation and “follow me” modes, along with a built-in 1080p camera (with optional 3rd party FPV) and a 2-axis stabilized gimbal. You’ll also get a GoPro compatible 2-axis gimbal that can be swapped without tools, and control via a smartphone, tablet, or optionally, an R/C transmitter. The current flight time is around 12 minutes with the LiPo batteries, but the makers are striving to improve that before it ships.

The Sprite is not a toy and this is reflected in the price: it’s $799 to get started, with an additional $150 for the R/C transmitter, and another $300 for the First Person View capability.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]