The Vamp: A Bluetooth Audio Device That Actually Does Something (Besides Streaming Music)

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I won’t pretend to be an expert in the ever-expanding category of bluetooth audio, but I understand the appeal: After decades of being tethered to all variety of boxy, clunky or otherwise cumbersome hardware, technology has liberated us from those proverbially Gordian tangles of cables, if not the speakers themselves. Although we have more or less consummated the portability of playback devices, speaker cones and circuitry are confined to bulky cabinets, and—cheap computer speakers notwithstanding—require a separate amplifier to translate signals into noise (so to speak).

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Which is precisely why I was interested to see that Paul Cocksedge‘s latest project, called the Vamp, not only offers wireless audio but a built-in 4–9-watt single-channel amp as well, all in a lemon-sized, USB-rechargeable device—effectively refurbishing any serviceable old speaker into a quasi-portable jamblaster.

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And while I’m generally skeptical about such devices—in my experience, you might get some combination connectivity, audio fidelity, battery life and/or durability, but not all of the above—I have enough random old speakers around the house to make the Vamp a practical home audio solution.

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Live Drone and Prosper: Promoting Star Trek via Quadrocopter

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While debate rages in the U.S. over drone surveillance of its citizens, drones were pressed into service over London on Saturday for a less contentious purpose: To promote the upcoming Star Trek movie. Ars Electronica Futurelab, an Austria-based media art lab, collaborated with German quadrocopter manufacturer Ascending Technologies to give Paramount Pictures publicity via “spaxel.”

Thirty autonomous, LED-equipped “Hummingbird” drones took to London’s evening skies, then self-assembled into the Star Trek logo, which then rotated as a whole. If that sounds simple, it sure ain’t; Futurelab’s software has to keep the drones from crashing into each other while they take off and find their positions, and the matter was complicated by both wind and snow, the former affecting the navigation and the latter affecting the drone-to-drone communication. Nevertheless, they were able to pull it off:

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Mosaic Chair 02 by BRC Designs

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Designer Benjamin Rollins Caldwell, of BRC Designs, is known for creating furniture in unusual materials and I’d say stained glass fits in that category. Mosaic Chair 02 references mid-century design with its low, angular frame, a frame that looks like a stained glass window.

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Inspired by “the abstract nature of stained glass windows,” the faceted chair is made up of half inch frosted tempered glass that is inset into a black, auto paint-covered steel frame. The goose down cushions are covered in lamb shearling that’s dyed red.

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The hard angles of the frame are balanced out with the softness of the cushions, making this one functional piece of art.

Mosaic Chair 02 by BRC Designs in home furnishings Category

Mosaic Chair 02 by BRC Designs in home furnishings Category

Mosaic Chair 02 by BRC Designs in home furnishings Category

Mosaic Chair 02 by BRC Designs in home furnishings Category

Mosaic Chair 02 by BRC Designs in home furnishings Category


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MakerBot Digitizer 3D Scanner

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At SXSW, Bre Pettis, founder of MakerBot announced the new MakerBot Digitizer, a 3D scanner that allows you to scan just about any object and create a digital 3D version to manipulate and print on a MakerBot.

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This is really exciting! This moves into the world where we’ll be scanning and printing things on our own at home. Not only is this great for design professionals, but imagine the possibilities for the rest of us? It’s a great step into the future.

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What do you think of the MakerBot Digitizer? Would you use it? If so, what would you scan + print first?


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Handpresso Coffee Maker

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The next generation of coffee making machines is here. I am talking about the portable espresso maker named Handpresso Wild Hybrid. The company responded to fans’ wishes and created this machine which will provide versatility and easy use.
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snohetta: europacity competition proposal

the proposal combines a strong agricultural component to the integrated program creating a new concept of ‘agri-culture’ promoting localized production and consumption.

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Maserati Lounge Chair by Zanotta

Maserati Lounge Chair by Zanotta

This chair isn’t just named the Maserati chair, it’s actually a Maserati chair. Designed by Italian design firm Zanotta for the car brand Maserati, for a cool $5K you can say you own a Maserati. In your living room, that is.

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Part of Maserati’s lifestyle brand and one of the initial products in their new Home and Office collection, it expresses the “made in Italy” spirit and values: a sign of style, comfort, craftsmanship and state-of-the-art materials and shapes, which never loses sight of the tradition of timeless elegance.

The lounge chair pays homage to the new Maserati Quattroporte. Ludovica and Roberto Palomba of Zanotta conceived the project by analyzing and reinterpreting the harmonious and slender lines. The look of the leather is inspired by the traditional “capitonné” technique with a modern twist, without buttons, to obtain an extremely soft and comfortable surface.

Looks comfy. I could sit cross-legged in this chair and watch a TV marathon for sure. Pass the popcorn.

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