Can a $37.99 tablet possibly be any good?
Obviously most people don't buy a tablet to run just one app, though I've often preached the value of repurposing older tablets for dedicated tasks: TV remote, music/movie streamer, alarm clock, nightstand e-reader, and so on. A cheap tablet could be ...
June 10, 2015
VOXX International Corporation Reports Fiscal 2015 Financial Results
Consumer Accessories sales declined primarily due to lower sales of digital voice recorders, clock radios and lower comparable sales in Mexico, offset by higher sales of wireless and Bluetooth speakers, improved sales in Europe and the launch of the ...
May 13, 2015
Ted Wiles creates huggable toaster for Involuntary Pleasures product range
Graduate shows 2015: a toaster that needs hugging and an alarm clock that buzzes until raised above the head are among Royal College of Art graduate Ted Wiles' collection of interactive household objects (+ movie). Wiles' Involuntary Pleasures products ...
July 13, 2015
How Rock and Roll Killed Jim Crow
In 1955, the Juvenile Delinquency and Crime Commission of Houston, Texas, asked local radio stations to ban twenty songs, a list that included “Work With Me Annie” (Hank Ballard and the Midnighters), and “I Got a Woman” (Ray Charles), black R & B that ...
October 26, 2014
Tivoli Audio Albergo Clock Radio With Bluetooth
It's certainly the best looking clock radio I've ever seen, and it doubles as a decent Bluetooth speaker to boot. The display isn't great, and the price is a bit too high, but the Albergo is worth a look if you're in the market for a new bedside alarm ...
May 30, 2014
Weird suburbia: How atomic bombs and UFOs created modern America
If the skies above Levittown seem particularly dark in 1947, it's because the Nuclear Clock has been set running for the first time on the front cover of The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. “The Usonian dwelling seems a thing loving the ground ...
March 16, 2014
The true cost of a Raspberry Pi is more than you think
Setup a burglar alarm which takes photos of intruders and emails me the pics. I've made My RPi is running a synchronet board, and a software TNC for connection to the amateur radio packet network…. It's also .. The Pi is cheap enough, small ...
February 15, 2013
"It feels warm when you hug it – that's why it's red, for feelings of warmth, love and comfort. Hugging increases levels of dopamine and serotonin chemicals in the user's brain, while reducing heart rate, resulting in feelings of comfort and happiness. The Smile Telephone is a contemporary version of a traditional wall-mounted telephone, with a mirror attached. A camera in the top the reflective surface uses facial-recognition software to determine the caller's facial expression, and only allows calls to be made and received when they smile at their reflection. "The telephone forces the user to engage with a positive self image of themselves and causes an increase in levels of serotonin in the brain," explained Wiles. "If you don't smile every ten seconds, it puts you on hold and reminds you to smile. The Reflective Mirror creates an amplified and distorted reflection in response to user moving their right hand in front of it. A Microsoft Kinect sensor detects the position of the hand, which computer software translates to an actuator that... Wiles, who studied on the RCA's Design Products course, presented the project at the institution's annual graduate exhibition earlier this summer.
Levittown — You can imagine how it will look from space: the houses and roads and backyards arranged in neatly ordered rows, a framework of streetlights and driveways in a perfectly arranged grid at night. Located on what was once an expanse of potato fields, midway between New York City and the munitions plants of Long Island, the first Levittown, formerly known as “Island Trees,” is opened to the public in February 1947. A planned community of six... A white picket fence, a front lawn, and a backyard to call your own, far from the crowded urban squalor of the streets, and all at such low, low prices: how can William Levitt and Sons afford to do it. Simple. Levittown’s original inspiration is the planned community created in secret at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to house the technicians and scientists of the “Manhattan Project” busily engaged in developing the first atomic weapon. For ease of orientation, the identical housing units that make up Oak Ridge are arranged along a series of precise grids and identified by numbers and colors.
As the Raspberry Pi craze sweeps the internet, you might have found yourself wanting to purchase the little computer to see what projects you can use it for. I recently ordered my first Raspberry Pi. I could never figure out what to do with it, but have wanted one simply because it’s a cheap, intriguing little computer. I bought a case — a Pibow — which I’ve always wanted more than the Raspberry Pi itself, and Pi requires a microUSB power cable, so I bought that as well. That’s still affordable, but it got me thinking: if you wanted to build a proper computer from scratch using a Raspberry Pi, exactly how much would it cost in the end. A school or business that is buying multiple RasPis almost certainly doesn’t have enough displays, keyboards, power supplies, and WiFi dongles lying around. Pibow case: $20. The most popular case for the Pi. MicroUSB 5V power cable, at least 700mA: $5. You can find these pretty easily from Newegg or Amazon. USB keyboard and mouse: $15 HDMI monitor: $120. Like when building any computer, the price skyrockets when you realize you need a monitor. You’ll likely want to take advantage of the RasPi’s HDMI port, and want a widescreen monitor.