Bringing A 50 Watt Laser Cutter to Life

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This is the future and we live in a world of 3D printers and laser cutters. Have you ever pondered the question of getting yourself a laser cutter? Well [Erich Styger] just landed a 50 Watt Laser Cutter from AliExpress and has written up a detailed guide to his experience.

[Erich] had been wrestling with the idea of buying one for himself for some time but was put off by the difficulty in their operation. This changed when [Scorch] published the K40 Whisperer control software which allows for better control over these machines. With the hopes of an interesting weekend …read more

This is the smallest full-featured DJ controller on the market

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Numark has just announced its newest piece of DJ hardware — the DJ2G02 — and it’s the smallest full-featured DJ controller on the market. Designed to fit across a standard laptop, the DJ2G02 is built to not take up any additional space during a performance or practice. To set it up, simply plug in your headphones and connect it with speakers through the master 1/8” output.

For how tiny the DJ2G02 is, it packs a lot of crucial functionality in comparison to other smaller controllers, like the Hercules DJ Control Compact. The DJ2G02 features a built-in sound card, two channels with pitch control, a master gain, headphone output, crossfader, 8 cue point buttons, and the ability to browse and load songs. It even has jog wheels, although it…

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My face is ready for the Cinera

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I’m not afraid of the future. When the robots come for me, I’m not going to cower in fear, I’m going to be chilling with my Cinera, experiencing IMAX-like immersion from the comfort of an oversized personal theater headset attached to an articulated mechanical arm.

Cinera is a new project on Kickstarter that looks astonishingly uncomfortable and impracticle. But the tech specs! The headset has dual 2560 x 1440 displays and a wide 66 degree field of view, which the creators compare to an IMAX theater experience. It can play standard or 3D movies over HDMI, or through the built-in Android OS. The headset does have a 9-axis gyroscope for motion control, but there’s no mention of VR — the tilt sensing is supposed to be used for flying…

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Schlage adds Android support for its Bluetooth smart lock

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Schlage is adding Android compatibility to one of its Bluetooth-enabled smart locks. Google Play is getting the Schlage Sense app, which was previously limited to iOS. Schlage also just announced the Sense Wi-Fi Adapter, which will allow both iOS and Android users to access the lock remotely. The Schlage Sense lock was initially only compatible with HomeKit, which required an Apple TV for remote use.

The app lets you set unique access codes on the lock for all your favorite people, schedule access for certain guests, and notify you when the lock is used. You can also use HomeKit to get into your home if you prefer. Unfortunately, there’s no mention of Alexa support.

Schlage offers another smart lock, the Schlage Connect, that’s…

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Google is testing a ‘Search Lite’ app for countries with slow connections

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Google is testing a light version of its Search app meant for areas with poor or slow internet connections, according to Android Police. The app is currently only available in the Play Store in Indonesia.

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The functions of Search Lite, as it appears to be named, are mostly the same as what’s available in Google’s current cross-platform Search app. Users can search for things by typing or speaking, there’s a translate function, a Google News section, and local information like weather and businesses. While the regular Google Search app starts users off with just a search bar, it quickly turns into a photo-rich experience with animations that appear as you scroll. Search Lite appears to skip that…

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Superconference Interview: Ben Krasnow

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Ben Krasnow is a consummate prototyper. He’s built a machine that makes the perfect chocolate chip cookie, he has a ruby laser, and he produces his own liquid nitrogen in-house because simply filling up a dewar is too easy. If you need a prototype, Ben is the guy to talk to.

Ben gave a talk at last year’s Hackaday Superconference on prototyping quickly and verifying technical hypotheses. The philosophy can be summed up simply as, ‘Build First, and Ask Questions Later’. This philosophy served him well when he wanted to see if backscatter x-ray machines were actually more effective than …read more

Shonin isn’t just a wearable, it’s a body cam for civilians

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A new palm-sized body cam called Shonin has launched on Kickstarter, positioning itself as a security device (as opposed to other wearable cameras like FrontRow meant for capturing “experiences”).

The camera, which can be attached either by a clip or magnetic backing, begins recording with a tap to the body, and uses either cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity to instantly allow you to share video to destinations like Facebook Live or YouTube. It also securely stores videos on the Shonin cloud, lets you view videos on your phone via the Shonin app, and perform simple edits. If no connectivity is available, the camera can also store encrypted captured footage to its internal 8GB SD card. The camera is also IP67 waterproof, is GPS enabled, and…

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Netflix’s ‘What Happened to Monday’ looks like Orphan Black-style sci-fi

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 Netflix has a new original sci-fi film called What Happened to Monday available to stream on Friday, starring Noomi Rapace playing seven different characters. The movie’s fictional world has a global law against having more than one child, to stem overpopulation, but the father of Noomi’s characters goes against the grain when he has identical septuplets. A sci-fi movie where… Read More

Crowdfunded reMarkable e-paper tablet ships on August 29

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 The idea of using technology to replicate the simplicity and versatility of paper is an enduring one, but no device has nailed it just yet. That may change with the reMarkable, a unique and ambitious tablet that aims to do what paper does, but better. And four years after the concept was first proposed, the team is finally shipping its first devices on August 29. Read More

How HBO’s Westworld installation made fans ‘the center of the universe’

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One of the highlights of last month’s San Diego Comic-Con was HBO’s Westworld: The Experience. The half-hour attraction gave small groups of guests the opportunity to visit the offices of Delos, Inc., the fictional company behind the Westworld theme park. The experience included a one-on-one, in-person evaluation with a company psychologist, interactions with a number of actors playing “hosts” — Westworld’s sentient android entertainers — and a chance to hang out in a recreation of the show’s Mariposa Saloon. The event served 500 guests over three days, and it was an unquestionable hit. Fans waited in line overnight just for a chance to step inside.

With theme parks like Disney’s Star Wars land on the horizon, immersive entertainment is…

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The Nokia 8 flagship keeps the bezels, adds a ‘bothie’ camera

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HMD Global, the Finnish company that licensed the rights to produce Nokia phones, is revealing the company’s first Nokia-branded Android flagship phone today. The new Nokia 8 will be available in early September across Europe, priced at 599 euros ($705). As we saw with the leaks, the Nokia 8 has a 5.3-inch display (2560 x 1440), and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.

The specs are mostly what you’d expect from any top phone this year, but HMD is sticking with capacitive keys and larger display bezels despite an emerging industry trend to slim bezels down and move the fingerprint sensor to the rear. In terms of design, the Nokia 8 is slim at 7.3mm on average across its curved frame, and it…

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Google brings Q&As to Google Maps and search

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Google products like Maps and search more or less exist, on a basic level, to answer questions. So it kind of makes sense that Google is adding a Q&A feature to results in Maps and search to make those questions easier to answer.

Now, when you open up a business listing in Maps or search, there’ll be a Q&A section waiting for you where you’ll be able to see questions that other people have asked, ask your own queries about the location, and upvote information with a thumbs-up button, which will surface those questions toward the top. Business owners will also be able to add frequently asked questions, and directly respond to queries, too.

The new Q&A feature should be rolling out to Google Maps for Android and mobile…

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Dig into hard ice cream with this pointy tip scoop

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The old ice cream scoop we had wasn’t really an ice cream scoop. It was a disher, and was more suited for scooping mashed potatoes than ice cream. When the trigger mechanism on it finally broke, I happily got rid of it and replaced it with the OXO Good Grips Solid Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop ($15). This surprisingly heavy scoop is made from a solid chunk of stainless steel with a comfortable rubber grip, and comes with a pointed end that digs right into hard ice cream, especially if you run hot water over it. It’s supposedly dishwasher safe but why put it in the dishwasher? Just rinse it and dry it with a towel.

David Byrne: The secret appeal of technology is that it takes away the need to talk to people

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Writing in MIT Tech Review, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne points out the secret and, in retrospect, obvious driving force behind tech: it reduces the often awkward and unreliable process of dealing with people, so you can buy music without asking friends for recommendations, take a cab without talking to a dispatcher, buy your groceries without speaking with a clerk, and get your money out of the bank without seeing a teller.
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