The Royal Institution shares a 1985 lecture by professor David Pye as he shows off a vintage analog device which allowed a skilled player to synthesize sounds that approximated a human voice. He then showed off what was then state-of-the-art electronic speech synthesis.
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Modern image recognition technology is getting really good at identifying objects. But engineers at MIT CSAIL show us how simply playing with their textures can confuse the AI into thinking an object is something completely different than what it actually is.
Incase’s 22L NoviConnected luggage is a well-priced option if you’re looking to buy a travel bag with a built-in power bank. Its 10500mAh charger has both USB-A and USB-C ports, and can be monitored via an app. Works in a two-wheel or four-wheel configuration.
Kodak keeps physical pictures alive with the Mini Shot. It’s a compact instant camera with a 10MP sensor and a 1.7″ LCD viewfinder. It prints one picture in 50s and makes up to 20 prints per charge. You can also use it to print photos from your mobile device.
Take awesome time-lapse videos and record underwater with the Activeon CX 1080p Wi-Fi Action Camera. It’s packed with features for a fraction of the cost of other action cams. Use promo code GIFTSHOP15 for an extra 15% off The Awesomer Shop (good through 12/14/17)
While so much of the focus has been on BB-8 in recent years, R2-D2 is still our favorite droid. Now you can build your own 12″ tall R2 unit using this DIY kit which includes all the parts you need, and stickers for customizing your bot. Great for kids or kids at heart.
Make: author Caleb Kraft came across this nifty plaything by Mike’s Electric Stuff, which uses sensors and a cylindrical grid of LEDs that simulate falling snow or sand as it’s flipped end-over-end. Mike needs to turn this thing into a toy you can buy. He’d sell thousands.
Techmoan is back with more awesomely weird retro tech. This time, he shows off the Roland MT-80S, a compact music player that played back MIDI files using songs stored on a 3.5 inch floppy disk. Since it was designed for learning music, it also packed a digital metronome.
Adafruit Industries shares a relatively simple, yet very cool project – a wand which displays a persistence of vision illusion when waved in the air. Naturally, the build uses parts from Adafruit, including DotStar LEDs, and a Feather controller board. Tutorial, files, and code here.
The Circa alarm clock has an optional sleep sensor that will tell it to wake you up only when you’re in light sleep. It also comes with several soothing ambient noise tracks and a gentle pulsing light mode. You can also use it as a Bluetooth speaker and Internet radio.