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I’m happy to announce a limited edition Bot we’ve been working on since this morning over a bowl of cereal.  I would love to tell you what kind of cereal, but I totally don’t want us to get sued.  Let’s just call it ‘Raptain Runch’ and leave it at that.

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Out of the box circuit board turns wearable tech into easy DIY project

Board could serve as foundation for new types of wearable tech

Wearable tech is all the rage these days — whether it’s the more traditional item, like a watch . . .

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. . . or something a bit more unique, like your Bluetooth speaker . . .

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. . . if it’s an electronic that can also serve as a complimentary accessory to one’s outfit, then it’s getting worn.

The trouble with this growing industry is the pace with which its popularity is expanding; that is, there are not enough wearable electronics available to satisfy market demand. That’s what makes a project like “MetaWear” so exciting.

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Measuring less than the size of a quarter, MetaWear makes it super easy for even the amateur hobbyist to create hardware and devices for clothing that sync to their smartphone. It operates via a tiny ARM+Bluetooth LE Platform (the only development and production platform designed for wearables) and is compatible with both iOS and Android systems.

These two features alone significantly educe overall cost and time spent prototyping ideas.

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Those who order MetaWear can browse the company’s Github account, which includes API libraries, documents, and sample iOS / Android apps to help get their idea started. Its BLE radio has been CE and FCC certified, and the device is cost and BOM optimized, so if an idea really takes off, there are few hurdles in the way.

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The folks behind MetaWear foresee a range of products that could result from it being put out to the public for research and development, including headbands that count calories and miles run, anti-theft checkers for valuables, a fake phone call trigger, etc.

Right now, the MetaWear is on Kickstarter. It has already surpassed its target goal seven times over. Those who invest $30 will not only receive the MetaWear board but also a rechargeable USB battery, coin vibrator, and a buzzer.

The campaign will be live till May 2. Good luck to the MetaWear folk!

Watch kids try and figure out what a Walkman is

Funny video shows just how much technology has advanced in recent years

Ready to feel super old? Check out the clip below “Kids react to walkmans”, aka: portable cassette players, which were first introduced to the market in 1979, and turn 35 years old this year.

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Put together by the very funny “TheFineBros” team, the video runs about 7 and a half minutes long, and features children aged 6 thru 13 (so they weren’t alive in the 1990’s) as they’re interviewed about a black brick-like object that somehow plays music. It’s as much amusing as it is sad in the sense that, if you remember using these things, you suddenly realize just how old you really are.

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“I feel like I’m Indiana Jones or something,” one kid said after getting the cassette inside the device.

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Briefcase scooter makes commuting to work a breeze

Electric cycle-esque scooter also holds on to all of your important work documents

If you live in any sort of over-crowded metropolitan area, commuting can be a real drag, especially when you have to try and make it through crowds while carrying a bag or suitcase of all your important work documents.

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The new Commute-Case from Green Energy Motors tries to solve both problems. It’s a suit case, sure, but it’s also a scooter.

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The Commute-Case is powered by a lithium-ion battery that takes about an hour to charge, but once it’s all juiced up, it can run you a solid 25 miles. That kind of technology’s not light, though. Weighing it at a somewhat hefty 27 pounds, the Commute-Case is a bit heavier than your typical suitcase. But if you’re packing on weight from the muscle you’re gaining while carrying this contraption around, you needn’t worry if the case can still carry you – it can actually support a weight of 275 pounds, while still achieving top speeds of about 13mph.

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It might seem like the kind of technology that’s still a few years away from being available to the average owner, but believe it or not, the Commute-Case is already available on the company’s website for just under $3,000.

If you’re like me and can’t afford something like this, then take in all of its glorious technological wonders in the preview clip below, while you’re waiting for your bus to come pick you up:

Now you can play music off your tattoo

Visual artist takes body modification to a whole new level

Tattoos are all about self-expression, and some times, that message gets a bit lost.

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(We love to customize our Bluetooth portable speakers, and are big fans of individual expression, but you have to have gone “WTF” when look at at least one of these.)

Russian visual artist Dmitry Moroz has seemingly solved this conundrum for the misinkerpreted, with his project “Reading my Body”. Using rail-mounted sensors that traverse across his arm, the device reads “notes” off a barcode-like tattoo, and plays sounds based on the data it picks up.

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The device is also equipped with a 3-dimensional Wii remote controller, which uses OSC protocol in order to give the user additional expression by moving one’s hand in space.

Worth noting: the sensors can either move on their own or be controlled manually, meaning each tattoo isn’t limited to one song, and one song only.

As Moroz explains on his Vimeo page, the point of this project is to “represent the artist and his instrument as a creative hybrid.”

Pretty cool concept. Take a listen for yourself below:

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