The guys over at iFixit are the leading experts on tearing down new gadgets, splaying their guts open for all to see. They pay their bills by providing tools and docs for those who want to repair their own gear. Motherboard went behind the scenes to learn about their business.
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Teenage Engineering – the folks behind the awesome Pocket Operator synths are collaborating with Chinese tech giant Baidu to create a robotic speaker reminiscent of Pixar’s Luxo, Jr. The R moves and grooves to music, while displaying patterns on its LED head.
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Simone Giertz and William Osman teamed up to do something stupid and silly. They took Simone’s goofy Citicar and turned it into a giant computer mouse. Driving and steering controls the cursor, while honking the horn is a click. It totally sucks, but that’s what we expected.
Handheld maker wermy shows off a nifty build he found on the sudomod forums. Moosepr’s TinyPi is a ridiculously small gaming system that’s can run all kinds of retro games, and is about as small as you can get using a Raspberry Pi Zero board. Part kits available here.
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Voltera’s machine lets you print two layer circuit boards right on your desktop. Its plotter lays down layers of silver-based conductive ink, making circuit prototyping and experimentation crazy simple. it can even prep, heat, and reflow solder for surface-mounted components.
If voice assistants like Siri had existed back in the ’80s, they might have had a slightly different user experience than we’re used to today. Squirrel Monkey imagines what life might have been like if Siri shipped on a 3.5″ floppy and downloaded answers via a 1200 baud modem.
Portable espresso machines often use pumps or screws to push water through ground coffee. The upcoming Leverpresso uses a simpler lever mechanism that still lets you control your coffee’s taste. It also lets you make up to two shots of espresso in one go.
The Mycroft Mark II is a voice-operated A.I. assistant. Unlike Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri, it’s open source, which means any programmer can inspect and improve its software. It also won’t sell your data to advertisers, and by default it does not store your voice prompts.
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