Pimp my tub? Bathroom fixture has digital controls, speakers, and built-in sink

One of the bathroom’s most basic components gets major facelift

I’m not going to lie—if I had a tub like this in my home, I’d be a shriveled up prune because I would never-ever leave the thing.

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The curvaceously-appealing Symbiosis bathtub from Desnahemisfera features an electronically controlled water pressure and temperature system, both of which can be adjusted with the easy push of a button. It also includes built-in speakers, which allow the bather to stream their favorite music from their mobile device.

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As if that’s not already enough, there’s also a sink attached to the tub because, well, why not, right?

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From the company’s website:

Symbiosis is the harmony of a bath and washbasin. The merger of two bathroom fixtures creates a form completely adapted to the human body. All plumbing installations are concealed from the human eye in the dual bottom, bringing to the fore the design purity of the object itself.

Besides the design aesthetic, Symbiosis is also a technologically advanced product, as water temperature and water pressure can be controlled at the touch of a button, while its built-in speakers enable you to play your favourite music on your mobile phone or device while you enjoy a relaxing bath.

Not too surprising is the fact that there’s no price tag tied to the Symbiosis, which means if you have to ask how much it is, you probably can’t afford it.

That being the case, feel free to browse our selection of Bluetooth, SPLASH-PROOF speakers that you can bring into the room with you to enjoy while bathing in your own filth.

As for attaching your sink to the tub, sorry, but you’re on your own with that project.

How to use your smartphone as a bike lock

New mobile app brings modern-day solution to timeless product

If you live the biker’s lifestyle, then you know that bike locks are an essential part of the gear that you have to carry with you – right up there with a backpack and a Bluetooth, handlebar mountable speaker.

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The problem that I have with most of the bike locks I’ve owned in the past is remembering the combination or locating the key once I’m ready to lock the bike up. Call me lazy, call me irresponsible; regardless, dealing with either issue is a major hassle.

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That’s why I love the concept behind this app I came across the other day. It’s called BitLock and when you download it, your smartphone becomes the key to your bike lock.

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Bike wheel acts like car trunk, can store bags and backpacks

Innovative concept figures out how best to utilize unused space

A team of students at Georgia Institute of Technology have figured out a pretty innovative way for bicyclists to tap into unused space: use the front wheel of their bikes for storage.

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Yes, much like how we figured out how to strap a ridiculously loud Bluetooth portable speaker to the handlebars of one’s bike, David Hotard, Matthew Campbell and Edwin Collier worked out a way to use another part of severely underutilized space on a bike.

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Ink that’s electrically charged lets kids play music with their drawings

Kit teaches children about music in an interactive and technological way

Technology. Creativity. Music. While those three words might perfectly encompass our brand of ultraportable Bluetooth speakers, they can also be tagged to MusicInk, an awesome new educational toy that teaches kids about music using art and technology.

Basically, MusicInk is a paint-it-yourself musical instrument kit. It includes with it stencils and a bottle of Bare Conductive paint, an electrically conductive ink that turns any surface into a simple-to-use electric circuit.

So, the way it works is kids use the paint to draw out musical instruments on paper. The paper is then hooked up to a Sparkfun MPR121 touch sensor and connected to an Arduino Duemilanove board so that the different musical notes being played can be deciphered.

Everything is encapsulated in a wooden box, which can accommodate up to twelve individual electrodes at a time. Depending on the number of electrodes for the instrument, MusicInk can play multiple devices at a time.

A good for instance: say a piano has six keys. Well, it would require 6 different electrodes. A trumpet, on the other hand, would need just one electrode.

All of the notes the children hear were professionally recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Check out the demonstration below (if you want to skip the part where the kids are being introduced to the Kit, go to about the two-minute mark to see everything in action).

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Google Glass app helps bikers navigate through city without having to pull out their phones

Integration of wearable technology was inevitable

R/GA Prototype Studio has developed a Google Glass app called “NYCycle” specifically for New York City’s Bike share program to help bikers navigate their way through the streets of the city without ever having to pull out their phones as reference for directions.

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