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Step Up Kids’ Chair is a High Chair, Stool, and Slide In One

Step Up high chair

When you’ve got a kid, you’ll quickly realize that your once-spacious apartment is too small for comfort. A crib there, a playmat there, a high chair in the corner… If moving to a bigger place isn’t an option, then you might want to go for modular furniture like Step Up. It starts out as a high chair, but you can easily transform it into a step stool when you need one and a slide when it’s time for playtime.

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Modular Smartwatch Gives You Options

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The Internet tubes exploded in a fury a while ago when word that a modular cellphone called Phonebloks was possibly in the works. We then found out Google might actually be putting their weight behind it under the guise of Project Ara, and we rejoiced. Well it stands to reason that modular is now becoming the it thing in the consumer electronics world, and the smart watch is receiving the treatment. Simply called Blocks, the idea is that you can customize your watch to your liking, attaching as many or as few of the myriad components available: accelerometers, thermometers, heart monitors, galvanic skin response sensors… The list goes on. With Blocks you’ll be able to pick out the face of your liking and combine it with as much functionality as you want or can afford.

Better yet, Blocks will have an open marketplace for developers, which is likely to spur innovation and result in greater choice and competition for the customer. As for when or if this might ever see the light of day, that’s another question. The UK team behind the watch claim they have a working prototype and are aiming for a crowd funded launch sometime in mid-2015. You can sign up on their website to be notified of when it’s time to put some money down.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Techcrunch ]

Would You Bring A PC With You Everywhere, If It Would Fit In Your Pocket?

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Tango PC is hoping you will. The idea is that they’re making a fully self-contained PC that’s about the size of half a standard smartphone, which is powerful enough to do pretty much anything you’d do with a full-size machine. The PCs work in tandem with a Tango docking station which has ports for everything, including 2K and 4K outputs, ports for keyboards, monitors, game controllers, etc. The key of the entire setup is that the cooling fan is in the dock, which allows for the microprocessors only to remain in the portable unit and retain its small size, while allowing higher a higher processing power than could be achieved without active cooling. You could then have a multitude of docks (one at work, in the home office, in the living room, etc.) and simply shuttle your Tango PC around.

So what sort of power are we talking about?

The first generation cartridge is a quad core AMD A6-5200 clocked at 2GHz with anywhere from 2-8GB of laptop ram and 32GB to 512GB of storage onboard. It will run any OS that you can install on an x86 computer today, including the Linux distro needed for a Steam Machine if that’s where you’d like to go with this rig.

That’s decent enough. The company has blown past their funding goals, and should have the product shipping by April. $449 will get you a system with one docking station. Each additional dock is around $70-$80.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

Project Christine Is The PC Gamer’s Dream Concept

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The console vs. PC gaming war rages on, and Razer may have recently dealt a pretty serious blow to the console folk. Project Christine from Razer is an eye grabbing concept for a liquid cooled PC that features a bunch of swappable modules. Each component of this gaming rig (RAM, hard drives, graphics card, etc.) can be replaced by another, making the PC easily upgradeable and configurable. Every module features an input and output connection for the mineral oil liquid cooling solution, which not only will help keep the temperatures down but also significantly lower the noise levels. The pump for the oil is housed in the main unit, along with the heat exchangers that do the actual cooling.

The idea behind the project is to remove some of the complexity involved in building your own PC, while at the same time mating an attractive design to a powerful and convenient gaming solution. Project Christine is only a prototype at the moment and there is no firm release date or projected price. But don’t expect anything until at least 2015.

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Aspekt is a Modular SLR Camera System That Lets You Keep On Shooting

Aspekt Modular SLR

Not all cameras are created equal. The same can be said for accessories. Photographers and hobbyists prefer different tools to create and capture their photographic masterpieces, which is why it’s so difficult to choose from only one brand because other lines might have more suitable options.

With this in mind, a team from the University of Applied Science in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany created Aspekt, a modular mirrorless SLR camera system that lets users attach and use different accessories and older lenses that are not normally supported by SLR cameras.
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