Hipsters rejoice! Turn table cuts vinyl as song plays, so you can now own your very own custom-cut record

New technology from German engineer debuts at this year’s SXSW festival

Many baby boomers have spent countless hours converting their vinyl records to MP3 files so that they can listen to their favorite songs on the go, whether it’s by headphones or Bluetooth portable speaker.


A German engineer by the name of Souri Automaten has done just the opposite. His technology is called “Vinyl Recorder” and it’s an effortless way to cut a new record in the time it takes for a song to play all the way through.


To use it, the user connects the record lathe to a music player and hits play (hard, I know). Once everything’s in motion, a diamond stylus will cut the vinyl record in real-time based on the sound vibrations produced from the playing music.


Vinyl Recorder made its debut on the trade floor at this year’s SXSW. One thing to definitely note about this is that it ain’t cheap—at $4,000, it’s not for your average hipster. What it could be cool for is bands who want to create limited-edition vinyls of new releases without having to meet the minimum quota larger facilities impose on them.

Check out Automaten’s Vinyl Recorder in action below:


Samsung’s new music streaming service is totally free, comes completely chock full of songs

Technology manufacturer enters online music streaming competition

Hey iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, and Songza — watch out, here comes Milk Music.


The oddly named new music streaming service comes from technology giant Samsung. At present it’s only available on Galaxy phones in the US, but for those rocking the company’s flagship device, users have free access to over 200 radio stations and some 13 million songs that they can stream right into their ears or over their Bluetooth portable speakers.


As mentioned in the first line of the story, the play area for music streaming services is already crazy crowded with some really big names. What’s more, these services can be streamed on any smartphone device on the market.


Despite this competitive advantage, the South Korean-based company is confident their particular product will attract users.

“We feel that while the music space is very competitive there is room for improvement,” said Daren Tsui, vice president of music at Samsung Media Solutions.

Worth noting is the fact that this is not Samsung’s first venture in to music streaming—the company launched a service called Music Hub back in 2012.

Also worth noting – it was recently shut down.


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.


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.



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


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.

New Microsoft earbuds monitor user’s mood to help pick next song

New device detects how the user is feeling, finds the right song to bring them up or mellow them out

Microsoft has announced a new project called “Septimu”, basically a pair of earbuds that monitors the user’s health, including things like heart rate, temperature, and other biorhythms, to determine his or her mood which, in turn, can be used to select the most appropriate next song.


It’s a lot of technology for such a tiny device: the buds include various sensors, like thermometers, inward-facing microphones, and IMUs, all as a means for picking up the body’s key indicators.


Along with acting like your own personal DJ, the headphones also note when the user’s posture is off, can act like a health and exercise diary when hooked up to a computer (it’ll transfer all of the recorded data), and overall, act like an in-your-head health coach.


The Septimu earbuds work in conjunction with the app “Musical Heart”, which was developed by researchers at the University of Virginia Center for Wireless Health.


Septimu isn’t an on-the-shelf product just yet, but it does show promise for the developing health-tech sector, where we’re seeing gadgets and devices that can easily be incorporated in to our active lifestyles.

New wetsuits make surfers invisible to sharks

Two versions available depending on what you’re doing in water


There are two things we love here — our surfer audience and mother f’ing science. That’s what makes this story so awesome:

A group of ridiculously smart dudes and dudettes, including scientist from the University of Western Australia, researchers at Shark Attack Mitigation Systems, and Ray Smith, the former Quicksilver designer, have created wetsuits that are specifically made to deter shark attacks.


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