Become a stove-top DJ and “cook” your beats

Artist uses new interface to create music

Viktor Jan Beatoven

Pretty cool concept from Korean new media artist Viktor Jan. It’s called “Beatoven” and it incorporates the principles of cooking with creating new music.

Beatoven interface

The project allows users to mix sounds in a very realistic cooking experience — a pot is placed on the “stove” and “ingredients” in the form of different shaped boxes get dropped into the pot to play different tracks and form a new sound.

Beatoven in action

On top of the stove, there are revolving buttons that allows the DJ to adjust the “heat” and change the sound. When the lid gets placed on top of the pot, the sound slows down to give the experience that the music is actually coming from inside the pot.

Video of the Beatoven in action below:

Check out the thinnest watch in the world

Project on Kickstarter looks to hit shelves with new e-ink watch

CST-01

Thin is in and damn—it’s beautiful. This contraption here, dubbed the CST-01, comes from Central Standard Timing and at 0.80mm, it’s the thinnest watch in the world.

What the CST-01 looks like

The patent is still pending on this innovative piece of technology genius, but according to the company’s press release, here are the details:

(The) CST-01 is assembled by laminating thin, flexible components into a 0.5mm pocket etched into a single piece of flexible stainless steel, making it different than traditional digital watches which typically use the same form factor of an analog watch. An embedded Thinergy Micro-Energy Cell that charges in 10 minutes from an external dock, lasts for over a month and has a lifetime of 15 years, eliminates the hassle and expense of changing batteries.

Inside of the CST-01

Yes, you read that correctly. An e-ink display on a wristwatch. If marketed properly, this stands to be something big, looking less like something George Jetson would wear, and something more along the lines of what the average Joe out there would likely wear. Throw in the fact that e-ink takes up hardly any juice, and the CST-01 stands to be something big for a long, long time.

It’s simple. Durable. And it goes everywhere with you. Quite frankly, it sounds like a pretty awesome portable speaker I know of—but I digress. Charging is conveniently done via micro-USB. It weighs 12 grams and will be available in black or white when it first hits the shelves. In terms of size, Central Standard Timing is still prototyping different size options, but there’ll likely be a small (14-17cm wrist circumference), medium (17-20cm), and large (20-23cm) option available.

As things stand now, the watch is on Kickstarter looking to raise $200,000. The good news is they still have 38 days to go—and have already doubled their goal with over $405,000.

The CST-01 promo video below:

$400 pillow changes shape while you sleep

Pillow incorporates modern-day technology to help users sleep better at night

intelliPillow

Got a couple hundred bucks to blow? You might be interested in the “intelliPillow”: a high-end, high-tech pillow that automatically adjusts and changes shape whenever a user rolls over.

The cost? Oh you know, just $350-400.

Inside the pillow is a series of inflatable chambers connected to a compressor that sits below the bed. A mat placed on top of the mattress detects when a sleeper shifts from lying on their sides to their backs, or vice versa. When an adjustment is detected, it notifies the compressor of the change in position, whereupon the device inflates or deflates the chambers of the pillow to a pre-determined shape.

Compressor for intelliPillow

Demonstrating intelliPillow

Cool stuff, but you know what else works? Alcohol. Lots and lots of alcohol.

Drunk sleeping

Passed out drunk

Drunk guy passed out

intelliPillow won’t be available till later this year.What do you think? How much is a good night’s sleep worth to you?

Sound bottle captures everyday noise and remixes them into songs

Simple concept allows users to hear the soundtrack of their everyday lives

The Re: Sound Bottle

Now here’s a novel concept: Tokyo-based design student Jun Fujiwara came up with a project called the “Re: Sound Bottle” which captures everyday noises and remixes them into a different song every time the bottle is opened.

Person using Re: Sound Bottle

The way it works is relatively simple. As you can see, the bottle itself features an opaque design. This covers the recording device within the bottle itself. Every time the bottle is uncorked, the recording device is turned “on”, and when it gets re-corked it’s officially “off.”

Recording device for sound bottle

When the bottle is uncorked and recording, flashing lights go off to indicate that the device is in sound-capturing mode. It can record a bevy of sounds, allowing users to either speak directly into the bottle or otherwise uncork it in the middle of a quiet park to capture the sounds of nature.

Like, I said—it’s not very complicated. The real magic happens once the sounds have been recorded. You see, it’s at that point that the device takes the sounds and remixes them into various new sounds. Shaking the bottle or re-corking it pauses and changes the song, kind of along the lines of a user skipping tracks on a digital music player.

Sound bottle being re-corked

What makes audio enthusiasts like you and me want this device even more is the fact that it’s a one-off design. He created it for a school project with the goal of getting everyone who uses it to not just passively listen to the sounds around them, but instead actively listen to their surrounding environment.

Sound bottle eiwth cat

“I felt something missing in the habitual use of music reproduction media, so I thought to create an interactive music medium that changes,” he writes on his Vimeo page. “By using everyday voices as sources of music, the sounds that are heard all the time every day carry infinite possibilities and help us reaffirm the enjoyment of music. I hope people can experience their own music.”

Check out the Re: Sound Bottle in action below:

Phone attachment eliminates need for all other portable gaming consoles

Gamepad can be used by itself or be attached to phone directly

PhoneJoy Play gamepad

GENIUS ALERT!

You’re looking at PhoneJoy Play—a compact gamepad that gets attached to one’s phone, connects via Bluetooth, and instantly turns the device into a portable gaming console.

PhoneJoy closed

PhoneJoy open

PhoneJoy with phone

The controls copy traditional gaming controllers and are able to work with iPhones, iPads, Android, and PC products, giving you the option to either clamp the device to your smartphone for instant gaming wherever you are, or otherwise be clamped together and instead used as a standalone controller with your tablet or computer (Bluetooth 3.0 extends 30 feet).

Kid playing with PhoneJoy

The folks behind PhoneJoy believe that touch controls hurt — not help — a lot of games nowadays. That’s what inspired them to create this device. It’s small, measuring 102mm x 87mm x 37mm closed and 255mm x 87mm x 37mm open, and it’s lightweight, too, at just 250g, so it’s not a bother to carry around.

PhoneJoy fits into pocket

PhoneJoy Play has a long lasting battery (20 hours) and is also fairly inexpensive: listed on Kickstarter — like a certain popular portable speaker I know of — those who pledge $60 get their very own PhoneJoy Play. Not bad when compared to the astronomical prices of some of the other portable game consoles out there.