Nvidia launches new Jetson 2GB Developer Kit!

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Introducing the Ultimate Starter AI Computer, the NVIDIA Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit

By Suhas Hariharapura Sheshadri and Dustin Franklin |  Tags: CUDAcuDNNfeaturedIoTJetsonJetson NanoNGCRobotics
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Today, NVIDIA announced the Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit, the ideal hands-on platform for teaching, learning, and developing AI and robotics applications. The NVIDIA Jetson platform introduced six years ago revolutionized embedded computing by delivering the power of artificial intelligence to edge computing devices. NVIDIA Jetson today is widely used in diverse fields such as robotics, retail, industrial, agriculture, and AIoT.

In March 2019, NVIDIA launched the original Jetson Nano Developer Kit and enabled developers, students, and enthusiasts alike to learn, explore, and build AI applications for edge devices. Rapid adoption by the enthusiast community made this our most-loved developer kit and created a Jetson movement. The new NVIDIA Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit is priced at $59, making it even more affordable for learning AI and robotics. This developer kit is the ultimate starter AI computer and is available worldwide starting at the end of October 2020.

The Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit includes a Jetson Nano module with 2 GB memory and delivers 472 GFLOPS of compute performance with a 128-core NVIDIA Maxwell GPU and 64-bit Quad-core Arm A57 CPU. The included carrier board is equipped with interfaces commonly used in edge and embedded project development, including USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports to connect peripherals including USB cameras, one MIPI CSI-2 camera connector, a 40-pin header which is compatible out of the box with many peripherals and add-ons, an HDMI display interface, and a Gigabit Ethernet port. The developer kit also includes an 802.11ac wireless networking USB adapter.

Processing
GPU128-core NVIDIA Maxwell™
CPU64-bit Quad-core ARM A57 (1.43 GHz)
Memory2 GB 64-bit LPDDR4 (25.6 GB/s bandwidth)
Video Encoder*4Kp30 | (4x) 1080p30 | (2x) 1080p60
Video Decoder*4Kp60 | (2x) 4Kp30 | (8x) 1080p30 | (4x) 1080p60
Interfaces
Networking10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet
Wi-FiAvailable via included 802.11ac wireless adaptor†
USB1x USB 3.0 Type A port 2x USB 2.0 Type A ports 1x USB 2.0 Micro-B (Device Mode)
DisplayHDMI
40-Pin HeaderGPIOs, I2C, I2S, SPI, PWM, UART
Camera1x  MIPI CSI-2 connector
StoragemicroSD (Card not included)
Other IO12-pin header (Power and related signals, UART) 4-pin fan header†
PowerUSB-C 5V 3A

Table 1. Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit module capabilities and carrier board interfaces.
*Supported video codecs: H.265, H.264, VP8, VP9 (VP9 decode only).
 Not initially available in all regions

Powerful performance

The Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit is ideal for learning modern AI. The science of AI computing is changing fast, and researchers are constantly inventing new neural network architectures that deliver better accuracy and performance. AI practitioners today use a wide variety of AI models and frameworks in their projects, so the ideal platform for learning and creating AI projects is one flexible enough to run a diverse set of AI models and also powerful enough to deliver the performance required to create meaningful interactive AI experiences. The Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit not only supports all popular AI frameworks and networks, but also delivers a powerful AI performance.

Figure 2 shows the measured AI inference performance with popular DNN models for image classification, segmentation, object detection, image processing, and pose estimation. NVIDIA TensorRT was used to optimize the networks and accelerate inference for real-time performance. The Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit is unique in providing such powerful inference performance in this price range.

Figure 2. Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit inferencing performance (FP16) for various vision-based DNN models with JetPack 4.4.1 and TensorRT 7.1.

Ease of use and flexibility to explore

The Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit provides the development experience of a ready-to-use platform without putting any limitations on your curiosity to explore AI hands-on with various cameras, sensors, and peripherals. It’s powered by JetPack Software Development Kit (SDK), which includes a familiar Linux desktop development experience. JetPack comes with the libraries required to build end-to-end AI applications. For example, OpenCV and VisionWorks can be used for computer vision and image processing; CUDA, cuDNN, and TensorRT accelerate AI inferencing; and libraries for camera and sensor processing and much more are included.

Unlike cloud-only learning platforms, the developer kit supports many popular sensors in the AI community like Raspberry Pi cameras, Intel Real-sense cameras, the ZED 3D camera, and other USB cameras and peripherals, all working out of the box. JetPack 4.4.1 introduces support for this new developer kit and is available starting at the end of October 2020, aligning with developer kit availability. For more information, see the JetPack page.

You can learn and develop using the AI framework of your choice—frameworks including TensorFlow, PyTorch and MXNet are supported. Development containers for TensorFlow and PyTorch are hosted on NVIDIA NGC, which provide a quick one-step method to get your framework environment up and running. A Jupyter notebook learning environment with preinstalled TensorFlow, PyTorch, NumPy, scikit-learn, SciPy, and pandas is also easily installed on the developer kit using the Machine Learning container, also hosted on NGC.

If you prefer to install frameworks directly rather than using prepackaged containers, NVIDIA provides Python PIP wheels. For more information, see Jetson Zoo.

Developer community

The Jetson developer community is large and vibrant, including researchers, professional developers, AI enthusiasts, students, and hobbyists who are bonded by their passion for AI and the Jetson platform. Thousands of Jetson community members create and actively share cool videos, open-source projects, and real-world AI applications. Best of all, developers share source code and instructions for anyone to try, learn from, and enhance their projects.

NVIDIA regularly shares some favorites on the JetsonTV YouTube channel and on the Jetson Community Projects page. Most of the projects tagged for Jetson Nano can be run on the Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit. These are a great approach to exploring and learning AI.https://www.youtube.com/embed/fIESu365Sb0?feature=oembedVideo 1. Jetson community projects running on the Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit.

Jetson AI Certification Program

Also today, the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute launched the Jetson AI Certification ProgramThe first available course is Jetson AI Fundamentals, which includes a series of hands-on self-paced educational tutorials, video walkthroughs, and project-based assessments aimed at educators and learners. This course builds on popular open-source deep learning and robotics tutorials including Getting Started with AI on Jetson NanoJetBot, and Hello AI World, and includes new instruction videos created by NVIDIA instructors and community experts.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=embed/videoseries?list=PL5B692fm6--uQRRDTPsJDp4o0xbzkoyf8Video 2. Jetson AI playlist.

The Jetson AI Fundamentals course teaches the foundations of deep learning with classification and regression networks, along with object detection and semantic segmentation. Training and inference workflows, data collection, and real-time computer vision are all covered. The course also includes autonomous robotics topics, and walks through implementation of road following, collision avoidance and object following with the JetBot robot.

The Jetson AI Certification Program covers two certifications:

  • Jetson AI Specialist for students, makers, hobbyists, or anyone looking to get started with AI
  • Jetson AI Educator for educators and instructors who want to teach AI in their own classes or courses

To obtain certification, participants follow the hands-on Jetson AI Fundamentals course, and then create their own AI project using the concepts they’ve learned throughout the course. Projects are then reviewed by NVIDIA, with feedback provided as necessary.

Discover AI

The Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit is a powerful and accessible way for anyone to get started with AI and robotics. It’s great for hands-on learning and you’ll see your work perceive and interact with the world around you in real time. The online Getting Started Guide makes it quick to get up and running with a downloadable system image, and support for popular machine learning frameworks with the NVIDIA CUDA-X stack makes it easy to develop with the same software and tools powering the latest breakthroughs.

Pre-order your Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit today and begin your journey discovering AI.About the Authors

Suhas Hariharapura Sheshadri

About Suhas Hariharapura Sheshadri
Suhas Sheshadri is a product manager at NVIDIA, focusing on Jetson software. He previously worked with the autonomous driving team at NVIDIA, optimizing system software for the NVIDIA Drive platform. In his free time, Suhas likes to read books on quantum physics and game theory.View all posts by Suhas Hariharapura Sheshadri 

Dustin Franklin

About Dustin Franklin
Dustin is a developer evangelist on the Jetson team at NVIDIA. With a background in robotics and embedded systems, Dustin enjoys helping in the community and working on projects with Jetson. You can find him on the NVIDIA Developer Forums or GitHub.View all posts by Dustin Franklin Comments

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We received one of the boards to test and review and will report back more on our impressions of the board and its’ capabilities.

Audea Launches New Smart Speakers!

Press Release – September 16, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Download Press Release in PDF

SALT LAKE CITY, September 4, 2020 – AUDEA®, the world’s first voice controlled “Ultra Smart Speaker” that runs thousands of music and video Apps has begun shipping. AUDEA® is a new class of “Ultra Smart Speaker” that unlike simple streaming “smart speakers”, incorporates an App processor and display that allows you to run any App such as Spotify®, Apple Music® and YouTube® so you can browse and play your music and videos with or without a phone. 

The AUDEA Ultra Smart Speaker is the only smart speaker that allows you to browse, play and access the features of any App directly on the speaker.  “Smart speakers” or “smart displays” only stream wifi or bluetooth® music and show cover art with voice commands respectively. Only AUDEA allows you to browse your music and videos, create playlists, socially interact plus enjoy dozens of other unique App features, all with or without a phone.  In comparison, conventional smart speakers like the Amazon® Echo or Sonos® One require you to use voice commands without a display so you can’t browse and play music without a phone or desktop computer.  

AUDEA is the world’s highest quality smart speaker because it is not just a wifi streaming speaker but a complete high res 96 kHz 24 bit music player system that incorporates the first adjustable 13 band equalizer (EQ) with digital signal processing (DSP) and supports optional add-on powered speakers that dramatically enhances the spatial, immersive listening experience. 

AUDEA is the first truly universal smart speaker.  Because AUDEA runs any music App, you can play any online streaming music or downloaded music from any music store, in any music format.   For example, you can play purchased music on Apple Music, play auto curated music on Spotify, listen to Sirius XM® radio and watch YouTube music videos, all with or without a phone. 

You can run virtually any App on AUDEA including music, movies, games, news, weather, Google Assistant® home automation control, phone and video calls, email, texting, social media like Facebook®, cooking, karaoke, broadcast radio, among many others.  AUDEA is perfect for custom home integrators who want to customize a home entertainment system for their clients.

“Music lovers just want to browse and listen to their music with or without their phone” said Douglas Kihm, CEO, Founder. “Audea offers for the first time the freedom to instantly browse and play your favorite music with or without a phone.  It’s not just a wifi speaker, it’s a complete intelligent, HD quality, music and video entertainment system.”  Mr. Kihm continued, “People naturally want to visually browse by artist, genre, personal and daily curated playlists or their stored collection of high res music to choose the music they want to listen to.  Conventional voice controlled smart speakers don’t allow you to browse your music while “smart displays” only display cover art.  Audea reduces the time and effort to play music directly on the speaker”.      

Since music services such as Spotify®, Apple Music® and Pandora® offer virtually the same music, the primary value of the music service is the App’s Graphic User Interface (GUI) and unique features.  Only AUDEA gives you full control of the Apps GUI and features without requiring the use of a phone.  Only AUDEA plays high res music you own from your own cloud storage such as Google Drive® or Dropbox® so you don’t have to pay monthly subscription storage fees.  AUDEA is the only universal solution that plays all SD and HD formats of music including Apple AAC and ALAC, FLAC, WAV, MP3, Ogg Vorbis/Opus, WMA, DTS and music from its local storage or from any music store so you are not locked into one music store or streaming service.     

AUDEA is the first to play music wirelessly over Wi-fi, Apple Airplay®, DLNA and over the world’s first “2-way” Bluetooth wireless interface which allows you to both stream Bluetooth music to AUDEA from your phone and stream music to a Bluetooth speakers or headphones.

AUDEA’s “4-Play” allows you to play music 4 ways including it’s built-in 7-inch color touch display, a hand-held remote control, voice commands and with a phone, Mac or PC. AUDEA supports Google Assistant® voice control via a 4 microphone far-field array. Four touch keys on the front panel provides easy volume control, muting and a Google Assistant wake key. Its programmable 48 LED light ring indicates volume level, Google Assistant and other events.  

AUDEA is based on patented VOXXI® voice control technology.  AUDEA’s unique “private remote voice control” only turns on the microphone when the Remote’s Wake Key is pressed which prevents any potential online eavesdropping of private conversations.  

AUDEA includes a convenient hand-held remote that allows you to easily control music and video playback including play, pause, skip and volume plus 6 buttons that give you “one-click” selection of your favorite App.  AUDEA’s “EasyUp” periodically updates new software features.            

AUDEA features Android® 9 running on a 1.5 GHz Quad-core A7 processor, a 7-inch color display, 2GB’s of RAM and 10GBs of storage plus an HD 96 kHz/24-bit DAC and a 13 band Equalizer (EQ) online music player. 

AUDEA has an Aux Input for connecting a TV or phonograph plus an Aux output to connect to a stereo receiver or amplified speakers including the company’s “SoundMate 60”. AUDEA’s unique 2-way Bluetooth transmits and receives music to and from a Bluetooth device. A 48 LED, 360-degree Light Ring provides visual indication of volume, system status and system notifications. AUDEAs onboard storage and optional rechargeable battery pack plays stored music without Wifi or AC power. AUDEA incorporates dual class D amplifiers that drives a 5-way speaker system including a 4-inch high excursion, neodymium sub-woofer, two 2-inch mid-range drivers and two 1-inch tweeters. Users can customize AUDEA’s Apps, Graphic User Interface, Light Ring and system sounds to create their own personalized entertainment system that supports music, video, email and smart home Apps.  

AVAILABILITY

AUDEA is currently available online and shipped worldwide.  

PRICING

AUDEA® has a retail price of $399 MSRP.

AUDEA® TRIO, a bundled AUDEA with two SoundMate Speakers, has a retail price of $749 MSRP.

SoundMate, a 60-Watt ultra high-quality 2-way active speaker, has a retail price of $179 MSRP.

CUSTOM SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT KIT

AUDEA is based on an open architecture that can be customized for a multitude of applications.

Custom personalized features include custom home automation Apps, graphic user interfaces and LED light ring control, custom VOXXI® voice control commands plus complete customized hotel in-room and in-vehicle smart entertainment systems.

Audea Inc. is planning to release a custom Application Programming Interface (API) software developers kit for developers who want to develop custom AUDEA’s for in-home, hotel and in-vehicle applications. The “My Audea User Interface” (MAUI) software developers kit will be available at no charge to qualified developers Q4 2020.

ABOUT

Audea Inc.’s mission is to dramatically simplify and enhance people’s entertainment experience with a revolutionary, patented, voice controlled, intelligent app processor speaker that is based on patented technology. AUDEA is the world’s first “ultra smart speaker” that runs apps on its integrated app processor and display so you can browse and play music, videos and other apps with or without a phone.  It is the first smart speaker to incorporate a 13 band equalizer and optional add-on high fidelity speakers which dramatically enhances the listening experience.  Its unique Remote allows you to easily launch apps, control playback and remotely wake Google Assistant voice control with a wake key that prevents online conversational eavesdropping. 

Audea is a spin-off of Mozaex® which over the past 35 years has shipped hundreds of thousands of smart entertainment products to world class companies including IMAX® plus thousands of dealers in 24 countries. Audea’s VOXXI® voice control technology is patent protected. It’s founders are avid musicians, artists and scientists that are passionate about simplifying and enhancing entertainment. 

Audea Inc. © 2020.  All rights reserved. All product and company names are trademarks™ or registered® trademarks of their respective holders. 

Learn more at: www.myaudea.com            

Airdog X3 Air Purifier Overview

We recently received an Airdog X3 to test and review. It is easy to use, set up, and seems to work well. So far we are impressed. We will do a couple of videos soon of the system in action as well as its’ components.

According to Airdog, they are creating the world’s best breathable air. Join us.

Pre-Order launch soon on Indiegogo.  

Pre-Order

The purifier redesigned from within.

X3 integrates amazing power, simplistic style, and superhero-like technology at a household friendly price.

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Trusted

X3 solves 6 big problems with 
today’s air purifiers.

along with few others as well.
01.
Is it working properly?

X3 tracks and shows the air quality in real-time on the display and on phone App. 

It knows, and is happy to share. 

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They are big and heavy,

X3’s strong performance comes with a compact size, it has the same area as a piece of blank paper. 

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You need a tech-savvy cousin’s opinion

X3 has a smart Auto Mode that runs at peak performance when needed and runs quietly into the night… well.. all automatically. 

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They create garbage (literally)

People who use HEPA Air Purifier produce dirty filter layers as garbage (plus spends 500$ more every few months on new filters) compared to using X3 because X3 uses TPA filter that is washable by clean water.

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They make home messy.

all high-end filters use HEPA material similar to when you touch a piece of paper, like paper HEPA traps dirt as well as moist in the air that creates a bed of mold and bacteria that actually making the filtered air breath like grandpa’s old basement. 

X3 creates an electric field that kills bacteria and viruses then collected the dead remains with the next purification layer, no more filter with bad odor.  

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They demand maintenance fees

most high-end purifiers on the market, their life cycle is reduced to half after filtering about 10 packs of cigarettes.  

X3 uses filters made of material that is water washable as well as reusable demand no maintenance fees (except the water use to clean X3 of course). 

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High Performance Yet Quiet 

They thought why have a purifier that is too loud to use when you are at home working and resting? We made X3 strong air flow system in the way that no one will notices it, even for that famous Auntie’s unusual high standard.

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The X3 Story

built by an electrical engineer from beautiful California, initially seeking to get rid of the dust accumulated in the computer,  along the way with few others inspired, literally, we became dust collectors and air geeks,

that’s how Airdog X3 came alive.     

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X3 purification collecting layer can filter the smallest particles than any other purifier makers currently on the market;

Specifications

Height: 14.5″ (520 mm)

Width:  12″ (260 mm)

Power consumption: 25W

Weight: 12.7 lbs (5.8 kg)

Connectivity: Wifi, iOS App, Android App.

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Pre-Order launch soon on Indiegogo.  

Pre-Order

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Powervision Brings Video Conferencing AI to their Hybrid Drone!

Powervision Brings Video Conferencing AI to their Hybrid Drone!
PowerVision’s PowerEgg X Brings Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Video Conferences  


New AI video conferencing camera Mode Features Unit’s 4k/60fps UHD Camera  Hands-Free User Tracking on Screen Driven by Artificial Intelligence Brings Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Webex Meetings & Classes to Life   San Mateo, CA, August XX, 2020 – PowerVision Robot Corporation, a global leader in smart drones, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and augmented reality, has added an Artificial Intelligence (AI) video conferencing camera mode to its innovative, PowerEgg X multi-purpose drone. Its unique modular design with detachable arms allows the PowerEgg X to turn into a video camera in just one snap.  Simply attach the versatile unit to the included tripod mount, connect it to a standard tripod, or set it near a digital device! Compatible with popular platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Webex, users are no longer tied to their desks and are impressing classmates or meeting attendees aplenty!       “The PowerEgg X’s AI video conferencing camera capabilities fit very nicely in the worlds of distance learning, business meetings, job interviews, daily work tasks, and many other activities,” said Wally Zheng, Founder, and CEO of PowerVision. “Its 4k/60fps output and three-axis gimbal produce crystal-clear, stunning 12-megapixel images, making it perfect for such applications. When combined with Artificial Intelligence and facial recognition technology, users are no longer stationary and are free to move about while the camera tracks them.”   PowerVision is keenly aware that the Covid-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way people live.  Dining room tables have become classrooms, small living room corners have  been transformed into conference rooms or private offices. Even massive lecture halls and trade show floors have transformed into virtual platforms.       The company’s PowerEgg X – designed to provide quality, ultrahigh-definition images – has been for a while, and remains at the forefront  of video communications.   The PowerEgg X webcam allows fidgety students to fidget, meeting presenters to walk freely about in discussing visual aids and gives meeting attendees the ability to get up and stretch or move around without disappearing off camera. Its special facial recognition, deep learning, and a tracking field of view up to 170° keeps subjects in the middle of the frame at all times without repositioning the unit.   Users who find their hands full can begin or end their video participation with a simple hand or body gesture. Through deep learning, based on a database of gestures, the PowerEgg X supports multi-gesture intelligent recognition for a variety of functions.   In addition to the AI video conferencing camera mode, PowerEgg X also includes Autonomous Personal AI Camera, Handheld Gimbal Camera, or Smart Drone modes. In drone mode, the PowerEgg X is a professional tool for aerial photography and videography. The drone features a flight time of 30 minutes, automatic obstacle avoidance, precise landing, intelligent flight modes, wind speed resistance up to 20 knots (19-24 mph), 1080P image transmission within a distance of 3.7 miles, and much more. With additional accessories, the drone can also fly in rain, land and takeoff from water – making it the only camera you will need regardless of where your adventures take you.     Three years in development and with over 100 technology patents, the PowerEgg X is truly a one-of-a-kind, multipurpose smart device.    Pricing and Availability The PowerEgg X with AI video conferencing camera mode starts with an MSRP of $899, and is available at BestBuy.com, B&H Photo, Amazon.com, Powervision.me, and PowerVision dealers.   About PowerVision With a mission to “innovate the future,” the PowerVision Group is a global technology leader focusing on UAV-related products and services, including smart drones, data visualization and forecasting, virtual reality, and augmented reality. Founded in 2009, PowerVision Group employs around 500 employees globally in China, the U.S., Japan, Australia, Germany, and Finland. For more information, visit: http://www.powervision.me, or call toll free: (855) 562-6699. — 492  

Powervision Launches new Power Egg X Drone, Gimbal all in one!

PowerVision has the perfect device to take out on the water this Summer, its PowerEgg X All-Weather Drone. As a result of its innovative, modular design, the PowerEgg X comes with a removable waterproof housing and pontoons to make sure you never miss the shot, even out on the water.   The PowerEgg X is no ordinary camera.


Here are a few game-changing features that you are sure to love:  Waterproof/Water Landing (with accessories) – want to film at the pool, lake, or beach? No problem! The device comes with waterproof accessories (waterproof case and landing float) that enable it to take off from and land on water as well as fly in heavy rain. Camera Functionality – photography is all about capturing moments. With the PowerEgg, users can capture all of life’s best memories in ultra HD. Equipped with a 4k/60fps HD camcorder with a three-axis gimbal, the PowerEgg X produces professional-quality video and stunning 12-megapixel images. Versatile – we know that no two people are exactly alike. The device features a fully modular design, allowing users to quickly switch between the following modes: Autonomous Personal AI Camera, Handheld Gimbal Camera, or Smart Drone. AI Tracking – the device will utilize facial recognition, deep learning, and a tracking field of view up to 170° to keep subjects in the middle of the frame, even if they are running, dancing, or moving around. For more information, please visit www.powervision.me

We will be getting one to test and review and use for events. We are eager to check it out!

Here is the complete package:


You can use it as a gimbal, a drone, or on a tripod and it can be used near water, can land on water. It seems innovative and exciting!

Back to the future launches in 4K!


Available October 20!
In Honor of Back to the Future’s 35th Anniversary, One of the Biggest Motion Picture Trilogies Comes to 4K Ultra HD for the First Time EverExperience one of the most popular movie series of all time like never before with Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy! Join Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and a time traveling DeLorean for the adventure of a lifetime as they travel to the past, present and future, setting off a time-shattering chain reaction that disrupts the space-time continuum! From filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, this unforgettable collection features hours of bonus features and is an unrivaled trilogy that stands the test of time.SHOP MOVIES Update on Back to the Future Funko Pops – Finally Shipping in August!Due to a tremendously high demand for Funko’s new line of Back to the Future Pop Vinyls, delivery to online specialty retailers (including BacktotheFuture.com) was delayed after big rack retailers (Amazon, Walmart, Target, etc.) swallowed up all existing product. However, Funko assured us this past week that our inventory will finally arrive in August, allowing all your pre-orders to ship very soon. Thank you for your continued patience!SHOP VINYL FIGURES Available August 2020!Back to the Future 35th Anniversary Limited Edition 2020 2oz OUTATIME License Plate Silver Coin — extremely limited quantities available!To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the iconic Back to the Future release, The Coin Company is excited to present the Back to the Future 2020 35th Anniversary 2020 2oz Silver License Plate Coin.

The coin’s reverse replicates the legendary OUTATIME California license plate as seen on Doc Brown’s DeLorean Time Machine in the Back to the Future trilogy. The coin is struck from 2oz of 99.9% pure silver and comes in acrylic display box with the iconic rear view image of DeLorean Time Machine printed on it.The coin’s obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the year-date and the monetary denomination.

The Back to the Future 35th Anniversary 2020 2oz Silver License Plate Coin is produced under license by The Coin Company Australia as legal tender under the authority of Niue.

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Back to the Future 35th Anniversary 2020 2oz Silver License Plate Coin has a limited mintage of 750 coins.SHOP COMMEMORATIVE COINS MON, JUL 27In Honor of Back to the Future’s 35th Anniversary, One of the Biggest Motion Picture Trilogies Comes to 4K Ultra HD for the First Time EverBACK TO THE FUTURE: THE ULTIMATE TRILOGY will include all three movies in collectible discbook packaging plus a bonus disc including all-new bonus content. For the first time, the past, present and future collide in eye-popping Ultra HD resolution for a time-traveling celebration. New 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ deliver the highest quality picture, more colors than ever before, and immersive, multi-dimensional sound. From filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, this unforgettable 35th anniversary collection features hours of bonus features and is an unrivaled trilogy that stands the test of time making this a must-own for everyone’s movie library. All three BACK TO THE FUTURE films will also be available on 4K Ultra HD digitally for the first time ever and BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE COMPLETE TRILOGY will also be available on DVD.CONTINUE READING Nominate Back to the Future sequels to National Film RegistryIn association with Back to the Future Trilogy Writer/Producer Bob GaleBacktotheFuture.com has launched a public campaign to nominate both Back to the Future Part II (1989) and Back to the Future Part III (1990) to the National Film Registry.NOMINATE BACK TO THE FUTURE 2 & 3 Eaglemoss Collections:
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Stacker3d Launches Impressive 3d printer on Kickstarter!

Introduction

In the past few months the world has seen the power of 3D printing in action. As Covid-19 continues to disrupt and overwhelm global supply chains the 3D printing community has stepped in to fill the gaps with masks, face shields, swabs, ventilator parts, and more. The importance of local and on-demand manufacturing has never been more clear.

Face Shields – model by 3DVERKSTAN

Imagine if every small business, college, hospital, or fortune 500 company had just one 3D printer? Of five of them? Just imagine the impact this would have. It’s time for all industries to get involved with 3D printing. It’s time to establish your own manufacturing plant. Your own print farm. Your own creative space. It’s time for you to get the essential office machine.

from Prototype to Production the F1 has you covered

Essential Machine – Essential Accessories

We are proud to introduce our new F1 3D Printer and line of F-Series accessories. It’s where high performance meets incredible value. We did our best to infuse the F1 with best-in-class safety, print quality, and reliability. It’s also the most affordable industrial grade 3D printer we have ever built. We also did our best to design much needed accessories that work with nearly all 3D printers on the market today. 

NOTE: just to be clear, the F1 printer does not come with an F-BOX, F-PAC, or F-FLEX, these must be added to your pledge. See the FAQ.

 Note:  F1 printers do not include the F-BOX, F-PAC, or F-FLEX accessories, even though it’s shown in the photo. The F1 reward tiers correctly list the items that are included with the F1. 

1. Safety

We take safety very seriously because we know where our F1 printers are going to end up: at hospitals, business offices, schools, research labs, shop floors, college dorm rooms, and of course, people’s homes. We all know that 3D printers are run overnight, and sometimes for days on end. We also know that many users run their printers unattended. That’s why we built a printer with unmatched safety features. 

Advanced thermal runaway protection. What’s thermal runaway? Basically, it’s when your hot end keeps heating up and wont shut down until you cut the power. This can happen if your controller board fails, the temp sensor fails, the temp sensor gets dislodged from the heater block, or your firmware freezes and fails to reset. 

Most printers on the market today only rely on firmware to protect against thermal runaway. Software is not good enough. To make matters worse a lot of cheap printers didn’t even enable these basic software protections, even though they are built into the firmware. In the vast majority of cases firmware protection works well at protecting you. However, no firmware is going to protect you if it crashes or if you experience a controller board or temp sensor failure.

The F1 solution. That’s why the F1 incorporates redundant specialty electronic power cut-off circuits. These specialty circuits are completely independent from the firmware or other software controls. In other words, a bad transistor or crashed firmware is not going to prevent the specialty safety circuit from doing its job. The F1 also uses two temp sensors for added security. That’s right, two temp inputs, and each input is run through it’s own specialty circuit. If the circuit reads a temp higher than 325 C it will cut the power to your hot end. Please see the illustration below.

Better temp sensors, mounted better. The F1 uses PT100 temperature sensors made from Platinum, so they are extremely reliable. Furthermore, we designed our hot end to specifically prevent the temp sensors from dislodging during use. First, we use TWO temp sensors to add redundancy, as mentioned above. Second, we use multiple fastening points to retain the sensors. Third, our temp sensors are potted into metal cartridges, which allows us to attach them more securely. Finally, we engineered the cable management of the hot end wires to further prevent the sensors from coming loose.

Special hot end heat break and heat sink. We also use a special Bi-Metallic heat break sourced from Slice Engineering to keep the heat in the heater block instead of migrating upward into the rest of the hot end assembly. Not only does this improve the printing process, it makes the hot end safer overall. Finally, we designed our own heat sink to bleed off any excess heat that rises from the heat break.

The filament drive and hot end mount uses UL approved flame retardant materials for an extra level of safety. The hot end heat sink and heat break were designed to bleed off the heat before it can rise and damage the other components on the print head.

Insulated and guarded heater block. The stainless steel guard around the heater block helps reduce severe burning. It still gets very hot, so be careful!

All connectors are genuine MOLEX brand, not some cheap offshore knockoff found on many 3D printers. Moreover, we selected connectors that are rated to carry at least double the circuits required amperage. If that wasn’t enough, we only use glow wire rated connector housings. This means that if you take a hot iron (the glow wire) and pushed it into the connector, the connector would just melt instead of burning up.

Special Z rod guards protect your hair and fingers from getting pinched or wrapped up. Each Z Axis lead screw gets its own guard. This also keeps the lead screws cleaner and reduces maintenance.

Advanced firmware. The F1 uses a modular firmware by Repetier that includes the standard thermal runaway protections found in other firmwares, but it also includes a watchdog system that helps identify firmware crashes. If a crash is detected it resets the printer to rectify the situation. 

2. Print Quality

How do we achieve best-in-class print quality? We do it by getting rid of resonance, zero crossing moire patterns, ringing, z wobble, thermal banding, and other artifacts that show up in your prints. Oh, how did we do that? Now that’s where it gets complicated! It involved engineering, proper selection of components, and lot’s of testing. Here’s a few examples.

Engineering

We started by making the F1 frame and gantry system as strong and rigid as we could. The frame is then perfectly squared during assembly, and will stay that way for the life of the printer (unless you drop it off your desk onto a concrete floor!). Next, we engineered a simple but effective chassis dampening system using visco-elastic polymer because it has a very high dampening coefficient. It combines shock absorption, good memory, vibration isolation and vibration damping characteristics. Cheap rubber feet would have saved us a lot of money, but that’s not what the F1 is about.

Next, we designed the best filament drive and hot end we could. Our filament drive uses our special filament drive gears and gear reduction design for increased power and precision. The drive gears are hardened steel and the reduction gears are stainless steel, not plastic. The F1 hot end is all metal and carbon fiber ready. The key to making a high performance hot end that works with a large spectrum of filament types is to use a heat break that has the highest temp gradient you can find. 

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Accuracy

3D printing is about more than just creating “perfect” and pretty looking prints. Best-in-class print quality is also about parts that are accurate, and fit together. Parts that have sharp corners and no over extrusion. 

The F1’s firmware incorporates a hot end pressure balancing feature that reduces the extruder movement precisely as needed before the hot end reaches any portion of the part that slows down. This allows the pressure inside the hot end to release and do the extruding instead of the filament drive. It’s clever and it works great. In fact, the F1 doesn’t require any slicer tricks, like coasting or wiping (combing).

 Here is an example of the quality you can expect from your new F1. Most of these prints are just stunning, and big credit goes to the following designers: Fotis Mint, Clockspring3D, Wekster, Daniel Noree, 3Dprintlab, and Sid Naique. We’ll have full credits and high res photos for these designers up on our website soon. 

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 This model by clockspring3d is a great example of what print-in-place looks like.

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 This is varioshore filament from colorFabb. You can change the level of softness by changing the temperature. This part is all the same filament!

Operator box by clockspring3d – just to show you that functional can also be clever and beautiful.
Logo plate printed in I-Beam Blue Wax, a special filament for investment casting patterns. Top part is the titanium casting.

 3. Reliability 

It starts with engineering and ends with the selection of premium components and high quality manufacturing.

Better by design.

We all know that  hot ends jam for a variety of reasons. The cause is usually wet filament, improper retract settings, bad temp settings, poor quality filament (bad diameter tolerance or debris in the filament) and bad hot end engineering. Oh, leaving the hot end idle at full temp for a few hours is another great way to jam your hot end! If you’re like us you’re not perfect, that’s why the F1 hot end can be changed in seconds. This makes it fast and easy to change nozzles too.

Another amazing RC airplane part from 3Dlabprint, printed in colorFabb LW PLA, half the weight of regular PLA.

Premium Components

Lets take a close look at the 600 watt power supply built by Artesyn. The price of this key component is over $250. Heck, you can buy an entire offshore 3D printer for this price! So why do we use a premium power supply instead of one we can source offshore for 25 dollars, or less? Reliability and performance and safety. Our power supply incorporates PFC (power factor correction) which ensures that input voltage and current waveforms are as sinusoidal as possible. Besides, PFC is required by international regulations. Cheap power supplies don’t use PFC  and are not as reliable. Our power supply carries a 2 year warranty and should run for many years under normal use. 

Artesyn LCM600 series power supplies

Another example is our Vanadium nozzles made by Slice Engineering. These high speed steel nozzles are alloyed with Vanadium (increases strength and hardness) and then hardened to 65 Rockwell C. They cost over 30 dollars and imported nozzles cost less than 2. You get what you pay for. Slice nozzles carry a lifetime warranty against abrasion, and cheap nozzles wont last one roll of carbon fiber filament. We want you to swap nozzles to change your extrusion widths, not because they’re worn out.   

Vanadium nozzles we use on the F1
Control your printer from any computer or web enabled device. Repetier Servo Pro comes with every F1 printer. It’s the easiest and fastest way to run your printer.

Is the F1 for you?

We built the F1 for every type of business, school, or organization. It’s a true industrial grade printer, so this means it’s perfect for work groups big and small. It’s also ideal for print farms and maker spaces. The F1 is a high performance printer with advanced safety features. This means it’s safe enough for hospitals, research labs, schools, offices, and of course, your home. 

STACKER F1 FEATURES

  •  T-Slot Accessory Rail: Use the upper rail to mount your tool caddy, webcam, filament spool holders, etc
  •  Zero Maintenance V-Slot Wheels: ultra smooth, no noise linear motion
  •  Quad-Gear Filament Drive: powerful and flex filament ready
  •  Quick Change Hot Ends: swap nozzle sizes fast, all metal, 310C max temp
  •  Hardened Steel Nozzle: a must for abrasive filaments, made by Slice Engineering
  •  Dual Heater Blocks: faster and more even heat distribution for more even extrusion
  •  Redundant Electrical Cut-Off Circuits: These special circuits guard against thermal run-away of the hot end, the most critical part in any 3d printers. Provides: an extra safeguard beyond the standard firmware protections (firmware alone is not enough!), a must for safer printing, uses dual PT100 temp sensors for even more reliability
  •  Ultra Flat Print Bed: with auto bed leveling,a flat bed is key for proper fitting parts, bed leveling is, and should only be, for adjusting first layer heights to the particular bed surface
  •  Print Bed: Cast aluminum precision ground, with a 300 watt silicone mat heater and “Level Once” bed levelers.
  •  Carry Handle and LED Light Bar: comfortable grip and looks cool
  •  Customizable Front Logo Plate: print your own in the color you like
  • Dual Z Screw Guards: keeps hands and hair safe
  •  600 Watt Industrial Grade PSU: PFC type for EU regulations, smoothes out A/C pulses, more efficient, quiet,safe, reliable. Artesyn model LCM600Q-N
  •  Stacker Designed 32bit Electronics: faster printing, smoother and quieter operation, advanced safety features built-in
  • Wire free controller box: eliminates the potential for shorted wires and reduces heat and complexity
  •  Genuine Molex Brand Glow Wire Electrical Connectors: Safest connectors on the market, oversized to easily handle the current loads.
  •  Motor Drivers: ultra quiet type for smooth operation
  •  High Resolution Stepper Motors: 2X more precision over standard motors
  •  Ultra-Rigid Frame and Ganty: superior prints at a faster pace
  •  Flexplate System with BuildTak PC and PEI Bed Surfaces: optional nylon surface also available
  • Visco-elastic Dampening System: reduces noise and vibration, better print quality, won’t mar your table top
  •  Repetier Firmware: our custom version uses advanced motion planning and pressure balancing hot end controls to prevent over extrusion
  •  Repetier Server Software (requires dedicated pc, linux embedded device, or Pi): the best way to control your printer from any web enabled device, webcam option, time lapse, and a host of other amazing features, enterprise ready, NO WIFI for increased security (you can add WIFI with a Pi, we strongly recommend ethernet)
  •  Slicing software: One licence for Simplify3D, powerful and highly accurate slicing, multiple process feature, fantastic multi material print capabilities and the industry standard for generating support structures that break away cleanly. 
  •  285 x 285 x 285 mm Print Size: big prints from compact desk-sized printer
  • Compact Frame: fits on your desk
  •  Filament Spool Location: Multiple mounts available for front, top, rear mounting
  • F-BOX Compatible: Mounts in multiple locations
  • Made in the USA

Print Bed Surfaces

Genuine BuildTak brand flex plate and sheets

 We partnered with BuildTak to manufacture our custom printed PEI and Polycarbonate bed sheets and flex plate system for two reasons. First, they know what they’re doing. They are also a print shop, so they know how to produce high quality prints. Second, they make their products in the USA, and they don’t use cheap offshore components.  Again, it’s not the cheapest way to make a 3D printer, just the best. The F1 comes with a single steel flex plate, a mag base, and one sheet each of the PEI and PC. The black sheet is genuine Garolite and works amazingly well for nylon, sold separately. The PEI sheet has easier part release for a wider range of materials, but doesn’t hold has tight as the original PC sheet, especially when using PLA, PC, and PETG. 

Autodesk/Kickstarter FDM Test

We scored 28 out of 30. If you’re getting a lot of stringing between the spires it probably  means that your filament needs to be dried (and/or your retract and esteps are incorrect). Here’s how we scored it. Go here for more info on this test. 

  • Dimensional Accuracy: Score of 5
  • Fine Flow Control: Score of 5
  • Fine Negative Features: Score of 4
  • Overhangs: Score of 4
  • Bridging: Score of 5
  • XY Resonance: Score of 2.5
  • Z-axis alignment: Score of 2.5

It starts with a sketch

Step one for any new product starts as an inspiration, filling of a need, and filling of a demand. And then we sketch the product, the market, the features, etc. In other words, we make more of a story board than a pure sketch. It gave us a road map before we started the CAD modelling stages. As soon as we started to generate CAD models we began to test.

Here we’re discussing the relationships between our key verticals and feature set. It’s super important to understand what the market demand is so you can deliver on the final product. Below is the final CAD model we used for the printers you see in the video.

We usually begin by building discrete sub assemblies and important components, like the F1 Y axis (print bed) assembly shown below. The F1 uses a special 80mm wide extrusion for the Y axis, or moving print bed. This gives it rock solid stability so your prints come out accurate and looking fantastic.

First prototype Y Axis for F1

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The frames are now complete. 

And then we keep adding more and more components until we’re getting close to a finished prototype. We use advanced prototyping shops for metal, CNC, 3D printing (including a lot of prints on our own fleet of 3D printers), and fabrication. We like to have prototypes that VERY closely relate to the final product. This type of prototyping style costs more up front, but saves you a TON of headaches later when you’re into production of your first units. It just helps eliminate the inevitable surprises!

We went through a number of filament drive iterations until we finally settled on design shown on the bottom of this photo. We’re especially proud of our filament drive because it’s just so reliable, and so strong, and so light. It integrates the following components into a single 3D printed production part.

  • adjustable print head mounting bracket
  • filament out sensor bracket
  • fan mount bracket
  • ABL sensor mount
  • blower mount bracket
  • hot end attachment bracket
  • wire and cable management
  •  filament guide tube mount
  • belt guard

No matter what printer you own or what type of printing you do, we all want stronger, better looking, and more reliable 3D prints. It’s why we spend our money on top quality printers, filament, and other performance upgrades like better nozzles.

But there is one performance upgrade that is better than all the rest combined. This upgrade is guaranteed to make your prints stronger and better looking, and this upgrade works on any 3D printer. And it’s really affordable.

It’s called dry filament!

F-BOX mounted on a Prusa MK2

 No question about it, dry filament makes your prints stronger, better looking, and the printing process more reliable. The problem is that there is no easy and quick way to dry your filament, and keep it that way while you’re printing. If there was we would all be doing it. The current ways of doing it are just not very convenient, compact, and effective.

F-BOX can feed filament right from your desktop!

 The F-BOX works with ALL 3D printers (that use filament of course!). We already have designed custom mounting brackets for most popular printers. CAD files and STL modes will be available on our website by the time this product ships. Or, simply feed your filament from the desktop, as shown above. Use the PTFE guide tube that comes with every F-BOX.

The F-BOX works great on all printers, like this Creator.
Or mount it to your CR10 with this custom printed bracket!
The F-BOX is super easy to load!
Note, the F-BOX ships with TWO desiccant packs, not three. Extra desiccant packs will be available on our website soon.

WHY WE NEED TO USE DRY FILAMENT

Nobody likes ugly prints with a poor surface finish, so for this reason alone you should be drying your filament, but there are two more important reasons.

First, dry filament produces much stronger parts. You dry your filament to prevent polymer chain degradation, known as hydrolysis. Hydrolysis leads to really weak parts. The strength of your filament is derived from long chains of polymers. When humidity gets into your filament it acts like a knife, cutting up the long polymer chains into much shorter ones. 

Once your filament is dry you need to keep it this way at all times, before, during, and after the printing process is complete. In other words, drying your filament is good, but if you don’t dispense it from a dry box it will pick up new moisture in as little as 15 minutes. Also, don’t expect your filament to be dry from the factory. It’s not even close. Polyethylene bags are not impervious to air moisture. 

What size spools does it fit?
     1 Kg spools and smaller

Benefits

  •  Reduces jamming and stringing
     
  •  Dramatically improves print quality and layer bond strength
     
  •  Works with all filament, especially needed for ABS, PLA, PETG, PVA, Nylon,
     
  •  Keeps your filament dry, clean, and safe
     
  •  Helps reduce filament overrides
     
  •  Stackable design saves space
     
  •  Saves you time and money
     
  •  Better first layer adhesion
     
  •  Keeps you filament clean and dry
     

Features
Note: the F-BOX comes with TWO desiccant packs, not three as shown in some photos.

  • Exclusive square thru hole allows you to mount the F-BOX directly to any 3D printer! (may require printing a new square post spool holder, STL files available on our website).
         • Special seals keep out the moisture and dust.
         • Four quick release latches ensure a tight seal
         • Open lid design allows for fast filament spool changes
         • High performance quick change desiccant cartridges.
         • Color changing desiccant to let you know when a recharge is necessary
         • See thru box design for easy identification of filament levels, color, type, etc
         • Bowden tube fittings allow for closed loop dispensing and custom length tubes
         • Stackable, nesting, interlocking design.
         • Tightly sealed box to extend the life of your desiccant
         • Recharge your desiccant over and over and over.

The design
 We spent months perfecting the design of the F-BOX. There’s a lot more to this product than meets the eye. Take the spool post, it snaps into the main housing and has two special seals to keep out the elements, while allowing your filament to effortlessly unspool. The lid has four latches to ensure a proper seal. The high quality fitting has dual o-rings to create a perfect seal. The feet allow the boxes to stack and nest. Finally, the exclusive square thru hole allows the F-BOX to be mounted directly on your printer.

F-BOX early prototypes

As you can see our first model was, how should we say, a start?  It was a bit too big and clumsy. By model two we were off to the races and our final iteration proved to be everything we wanted. Along the way we went through MANY iterations of the feet, latches, and center post, not to mention the gasket types, sizes, etc. There is a lot more to this product than meets the eye.

We combined our F-BOX, F-PAC, and F-Flex into the Essential Accessory Kit.

F-FLEX Part Removal Tool

Removing prints from the build plate is an essential aspect to 3D printing in general. Even with modern “flex” plates, like those on the F1 and many other printers, the preferred method is still the scraper, especially for smaller parts. 

The problem with using a putty knife is the blade is too thick, the edge too dull, and the corners to sharp. We designed the F-FLEX to solve these problems. 

First, we designed the blade with just the right amount of flex. Second, we made the blade incredibly thin and sharp, very sharp. Third, we gave the blade special rounded edges to prevent it from digging into your build plate. Fourth, we fitted it with an ergonomic soft grip handle. Finally, a striking cap in the handle will allow you to “knock-off” your models.  

We can’t stress this point enough, THIS BLADE IS EXTREMELY SHARP! So please be careful and do not let children use this product. Always keep your hands behind the blade in case your print suddenly breaks loose.  

F-PAC High Performance Desiccant Pack

We know that most users store their opened spools of filament in big airtight containers, like these. It’s simple, effective, and affordable. Just make sure you’re using ones with foam gaskets for the best performance. It’s surprising how long your filament will stay dry in these boxes if you use enough desiccant. That’s why we designed the F-PAC.

The F-PAC holds a LOT of desiccant. About 2.5 lbs or 1130 grams.

 WHAT IS IT?
     The F-PAC is a custom designed high capacity desiccant pack used for keeping your filament dry. Contains approximately 2.5 lbs (1130 grams) of desiccant.

WHAT SIZE CONTAINER DOES IT FIT?
     It fits virtually EVERY container on the market today. Use one F-PAC for 5 -10 gallon containers, and more for larger ones.The size of the F-PAC is about the same size as a spool of filament.

 WHAT DOES IT DO?
     The F-PAC is a high performance molecular sieve. It absorbs moisture from the air.

FEATURES
     • High performance desiccant
     • Color changing desiccant to let you know when a recharge is necessary, the orange color is NOT a hazardous substance (the blue desiccant contains cobalt, and is hazardous).
     • Recharge your desiccant over and over and over, great value.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Weight: 2.5lbs (1130 grams)
  • Shipping weight: 3 lbs
  • Box material: Polycarbonate
  • Chemical Description Orange to Green Indicating Silica Gel
  • Formula SiO2 + H2O + C25H30ClN3
  • CAS (R Phrase Classification) 112926-00-8 amorphous silica 98.2%, activated coloring agent 0.2% max

Making a video during a pandemic

We thought long and hard about how we were going to keep everyone safe in our office. Of course the first thing we did was have everyone wear a mask during the entire shoot, except for some on camera work.  We also limited the number of team members present at the shoot to just a small handful. Finally, we opened all the doors and windows and we used a number of portable HEPA air filtration units. The good news is that nobody got sick and we are all extremely grateful for that.

Luke and John from TTPro doing their thing!

Why we chose Kickstarter?

For us this was an easy decision. First, this is our third campaign, so we have come to really value our backers on this platform. Second, Kickstarter is a fantastic platform to let the world know about your new ideas. Finally, most trade shows have been canceled for 2020 and this limited our reach. Getting early backers is so crucial to these types of products, because they take a huge amount of up front cash for molds and inventories. It’s backers like you that really make a difference in the world. Without you a lot of products would simply never see the light of day, even from established companies. Thank you for your support Kickstarter! 

We are really impressed by the printer at least via the videos and photos and the company. The design specifications and promised capabilities are impressive too. We backed the accessories since they are in the budget. If we had the funds we would back the kickstarter without a doubt or hesitation!

Slice Engineering Copperhead Hotend!

We are fans of Slice engineering and are impressed by their new products. We had tested and reviewed their mosquito last year. Now they recently launched a new hot end that is awesome and a bit more affordable.

, The Copperhead 3D Printer Hot End
The Copperhead hot end [Source: Slice Engineering]

The Copperhead is designed by Slice Engineering, a Florida-based firm that previously introduced the Mosquito hot end, a  450C device that featured a “one handed change” capability. Now they’ve come up with an improved hot end they call the Copperhead. 

There’s a good reason for calling it the Copperhead, as it is made from a great deal of copper. As you can see in this diagram, they use a bimetallic structure involving copper, aluminum and steel elements. 

They’re attempting to increase the effectiveness of the heatbreak. This is the component that separates the cold and hot zones within the device, and it is critical to correct extrusion. 

The reason has to do with the contradiction required within the “hot end”. One segment must heat up and soften the filament suitable for extrusion, but the other end must maintain a colder temperature so that the filament remains rigid and able to be pushed into the hot zone. 

3D Printer Heatbreak Problems

Today’s hot ends generally do this quite well. If they don’t, then the filament becomes soft where it should not and extrusion problems result. Usually this is a stripped filament, as the gears gripping the filament simply pull off chunks of soft material rather than pushing the filament. 

But there’s another effect that’s been happening in 3D printing these days: high temperature 3D printing. This is a result of increased interest in the use of engineering materials such as PEEK or ULTEM. 

These high temperature materials require, obviously, higher extrusion temperatures. But that means the hot zone is hotter, and the cold zone must somehow remain cold despite being attached to a much hotter hot zone. 

If inefficient, the higher heat could leak upwards into the cold zone and cause issues and ultimately filament jams. This is particularly evident on long duration 3D print jobs, where there is a lot more time for that heat to seep into the cold zone.

The Copperhead Hot End

, The Copperhead 3D Printer Hot End
Explanatory diagram of the Copperhead hot end [Source: Slice Engineering]

Enter the Copperhead. It is specifically designed to maintain the two separate thermal zones with the use of copper. That metal has excellent thermal transfer properties, and their design seems to leverage that very well. 

Slice Engineering claims the Copperhead “conducts 60% less heat” across the heat break, and they’ve been able to verify this by using a thermal camera to observe the flow of heat, as seen here:

, The Copperhead 3D Printer Hot End
Thermal image of the Copperhead hot end [Source: Slice Engineering]

Mounting The Copperhead Hot End

The Copperhead is designed to be easily mounted on many different 3D printer platforms and systems. They explain: 

“There are a few variants of the Copperhead™ (please see the Copperhead™ Variants table on the main campaign page), but three main mounting methods:

1. Groove mount – this is a standard groove style adapter common on many 3D printers. It includes a fitting to retain a PTFE tube

2. Heat break clamp – the “Standard” and “Mk10” variants of the Copperhead™ have straight shanks which can be clamped onto with a shaft collar or held in place with a set screw

3. Threading – the “RepRap 1.75”, “RepRap 2.85” and “Mk 8” versions of the Copperhead™ thread directly into a heat sink or base plate on the OEM extruder or carriage/end effector.”

, The Copperhead 3D Printer Hot End

We are going to order one of their hotends soon to test and review on our Lotmaxx SC-10 or the JGMaker A5S or one of the future printers that we are reviewing and beta testing soon.

Please click here to check out more information from Slice Engineering’s website https://www.sliceengineering.com/products/copperhead%E2%84%A2

Creality’s successful Kickstarter Campaign for an exciting new 3d printer!


From printing urgently needed medical equipment to cater to other specific needs through the use of 3D printing, this is a technology that has gained an unprecedented angle of social impact. That’s why we’re even more strongly committed to enabling the ease of use and affordability of this technology by developing the CR-6 SE 3D Printer and making it available to every creative mind out there.

Harnessing the power of 3D printing shouldn’t be as expensive and complicated as it has been. That’s why we created Creality’s CR-6 SE DIY 3D Printer, a simple and robust aluminum-built modular 3D printer that features an intelligent leveling-free system for superior accuracy and advanced 3D printing features, in an easy-to-use printer that is also affordable.

No complications. No special skills required. No confusion. Your CR-6 SE is ready to use out of the box. You can easily assemble it in only 5 minutes and then all you need to do is plug it in and switch it on. The CR-6 SE 3D Printer starts working and delivering amazing results—whether you’re a pro or a newbie—in almost no time!

For the most part, accurate 3D printing is the result of a leveled bed. That’s usually a challenging goal, though, because most 3D printers will present nozzle clogging, poor adhesion, and generally unleveled-related issues that compromise the quality of prints. The CR-6 SE offers precisely the opposite. Featuring an innovative true Leveling-Free Technology, this is a 3D Printer that lets you always rely on highly accurate results.

Never see your creativity and productivity affected by nozzle-related replacement issues. The CR-6 SE is designed with a modular nozzle that means you can customize it. From the heat block to the nozzle tip, among other parts, this is a Modular 3D Printer that’s easy to keep!

Better heat dissipation with unique caved heat sink

With its compact and reliable extruder, you know that a smoother extrusion and an easier filament feed will ultimately generate faster, quieter and smoother prints. Yes, this is what perfect 3D printing is all about!

Photoelectric filament sensor and flexible fixator

3D printers shouldn’t be annoying in the noise they make, which is why we added a Silent Chipset to the CR-6 SE. Its latest Trinamic driver helps to ensure that voltage control, fast movement and printing in silence are a given. We know: you’ll thank us dearly for that!

You only want hot, excellent, superb printing results, right? Well, the CR-6 SE 3D Printer comes with a carborundum glass hotbed platform that is flatter than aluminum and which offers a stellar thermal performance that ensures quick heating up, strong adhesion and prints that are easy to remove.

The CR-6 SE 3D Printer looks as strong as it is. It also looks very stylish! This amazing work station has a beautiful design that compliments any desktop you use it on. Meanwhile, self-designed profiles and stepper motor cover prevent from filament scraps and dust. The CR-6 SE also comes with a well-arranged ribbon cable that ensures safety issues are never a concern.

Sounds like the perfect 3D printing equation, right? This unique printer is designed with a wider foundation and equipped with dual Z-axises matched with an adjustable timing belt that translates into reduced unwanted motion and improved refined results. So the stability of the machine and its performance is simply impressive.

Weighing only 9.2kg and with manageable dimensions (442*462*540mm), the CR-6 SE is a 3D Printer that you can carry. In fact, it features a convenient removable handle that makes it easy to carry whenever you need to.

User experience improved by optimized details like sealed aluminum profiles, foldable filament holder, tools storage box, belt tensioner. 

  • Toolbox
  • Foldable spool holder
  • Adjustable belt tensioner
  • Flexible hotbed fixator

These are the three magic words that basically mean that your CR-6 SE will keep your printing performance running smartly and smoothly. If the machine suddenly runs out of filament or if it simply breaks, the printer’s photoelectric filament sensor will instantly pick up that disruption and will stop the machine. As soon as the new filament feeds in, the CR-6 SE will resume its operation without making you lose your work.

Did the power suddenly or accidentally go off? No worries! The CR-6 SE 3D Printer will resume printing if the power supply is interrupted. That’s right—you can forget about starting over because print failure is no longer an issue!

The CR-6 SE 3D Printer features a 4.3in HD Color LCD Touch Screen that allows you to easily and intuitively operate the device. Available in English and Chinese, and with a simplified and smart interface, this Touch Screen ensures that this very special printer’s user experience always equates to smooth sailing!

No dust, Neat and Notable

CR-6 SE revamps in quites a distinguished look. From the bottom to the top, the flat aluminum profiles makes the machine stylish and prevent from dust.

All-around Safety

Hassel free printing with over current protection, over-load protection, and thermal runaway protection, always keep your mind at peace.

Whatever you think of creating and shaping, the CR-6 SE 3D Printer is the powerful, convenient and creative sidekick you need. This is the printer that literally lets you unleash and give shape to your creativity.

Print your product, create prototypes, or develop complex 3D printed tools and devices. There are as many industrial applications for what the CR-6 SE 3D Printer as you can think of!

The CR-6 SE 3D Printer allows you to create spectacularly detailed architecture models, whether you need to present a project to a client or simply want to unleash your architectural creativity.

We are impressed by this new printer and would love the opportunity to test and review one..

Makerbot Sketch

ANNOUNCING THE NEW MAKERBOT SKETCH CLASSROOM FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

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SKETCH Classroom is built to be the complete 3D printing classroom setup with an ideal student-to-printer ratio that maximizes students’ access and teachers’ success in the classroom

MakerBot is excited to announce the launch of the MakerBot SKETCH Classroom™ designed to be the most reliable 3D printing setup for the classroom, giving students more access to 3D printing and setting up teachers for success. The SKETCH Classroom goes beyond the hardware and incorporates MakerBot’s complete education ecosystem, providing educators and students with the tools and resources they need to succeed.

Teachers are facing significant challenges in preparing students for a rapidly changing job market. Skill sets such as problem-solving and design thinking are high in demand; however, many students today lack those skills. 3D printing can be used to teach critical thinking, but there is a sharp learning curve to using 3D printing in the classroom successfully. Teachers and students need to learn to use the 3D printer, integrate the technology into their curriculum and manage 3D printing resources in the classroom. In addition, the challenging printer-to-student ratio in a classroom requires a different workflow setup for an effective deployment.

The SKETCH Classroom addresses the challenges of 3D printing in the classroom with a solution that includes interactive certification courses for both teachers and students that trains them on how to use the MakerBot SKETCH 3D printer, create and implement engaging curriculum, and teach design thinking and problem-solving with 3D printing.

The SKETCH Classroom offers a unique workflow solution that addresses the printer-to-student ratio challenge and provides the best setup for effective deployment. The SKETCH firmware and print management software are natively connected to MakerBot Cloud™ platform and incorporate a full suite of 3D printing applications. The SKETCH Classroom software suite provides print design, preparation, and management as a single solution out of the box. Students are able to submit their designs via MakerBot Cloud through their MakerBot account on my.makerbot.com, and teachers can seamlessly manage, queue up and monitor their students’ 3D printing projects. This is designed to be the best 3D printing setup for the classroom, making 3D printing more accessible to students, and setting educators up for 3D printing success.

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The SKETCH Classroom includes:

  • A set of two (2) MakerBot SKETCH 3D printers, with each featuring a fully-enclosed printing chamber, a heated and flexible build plate, a particulate filter, touchscreen capabilities, on-board camera, and Wi-Fi capabilities.
  • Two (2) teachers’ and ten (10) students’ licenses for the MakerBot Certification™ programs, which certify teachers in printer operations and curriculum creation and educates students in 3D printing, innovative design thinking, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. MakerBot provides the only ISTE-Certified 3D printer training programs with interactive and media-rich content, as well as applicable professional development credits for teachers.
  • MakerBot Cloud, a fully-connected platform that provides teachers with seamless 3D printing file management, allowing them to manage, monitor, queue, and print students’ projects from any browser. MakerBot Cloud is integrated with leading CAD design software, including TinkerCad®, Autodesk® Fusion® 360, and Onshape®.
  • Thingiverse Education™, access to over 600+ 3D printing lesson plans created by educators and designed for all grade levels and subjects, and the largest active 3D printing educator community.
  • Industry-leading support from MakerBot’s support team comprised of 3D printing experts.
  • Compatibility with MakerBot PLA and Tough™ materials; available in a wide range of colors, including yellow, blue, red, white, and grey.
  • Each printer comes with one (1) extra build plate, one (1) snips, and one (1) spatula.

“With SKETCH, we are changing the way 3D printing is used in schools and advancing the possibilities of learning to boost student innovation. We believe that SKETCH Classroom is the best 3D printing setup for the classroom, with an ideal student-to-printer ratio, making 3D printing more accessible to students, and setting educators up for 3D printing success,” said Nadav Goshen, CEO, MakerBot.

With its 3D printers in over 7,000+ schools across North America alone, MakerBot is one of the leading providers of 3D printing solutions for education. MakerBot’s education ecosystem is the most comprehensive on the market, providing thousands of educators with the tools and resources they need to successfully integrate 3D printing in their curricula.

SKETCH is easy to use and set up, and does not require tinkering, allowing teachers to spend more time integrating 3D printing within classroom learning. With a built-in particulate filter and enclosed chamber, the MakerBot SKETCH Classroom is safe to use in the classroom. Additionally, SKETCH is UL-Certified. MakerBot has tested the SKETCH 3D printer for over 46,000 hours for system reliability, subsystem, and print quality testing.

Full MakerBot Cloud integrations and additional features are planned for the coming months. SKETCH Classroom is expected to begin shipping on February 17, 2020 in North America, with availability in other regions shortly thereafter.

To learn more about SKETCH Classroom, visit www.makerbot.com/sketch.

Audio Technica-New Headphones for back to school!

Audio-Technica Makes Going Back to School Easier with New Turntable
and Headphones for On-Campus and Remote Learning

Audio Technica's ATH-M50xBT Wireless Headphones Are Worth It

STOW, OH, June 30, 2020 — Soon, students will be going back to school – but the educational landscape will be different this semester, with some learning from home and others on campus. Audio-Technica offers a variety of products that will help students hear their lessons more clearly and relax when they need to unwind, including the all-new AT-LPW50PB turntable, which is now shipping.

The AT-LPW50PB turntable (SRP: US$399.00) is designed to deliver exceptional sound from 33-1/3 and 45 RPM records, and has a stunning, high-gloss piano black finish that complements any dorm, apartment or room. It offers quiet, high-performance vinyl playback thanks to its belt drive, professional-grade aluminum platter, speed sensor-monitored motor, straight-line carbon fiber tonearm and other refinements. It comes with a pre-mounted AT-VM95E moving magnet (MM) phono cartridge and features a built-in phono preamp, allowing its use in any music system or with powered speakers.

Originally designed as a premium gaming headset, the wireless ATH-G1WL (SRP: US$249.00) is also ideal for remote learning, thanks to its high-performance features including stable, lag-free wireless connectivity, a detachable, highly directional boom mic, superior noise isolation to block outside distractions and long 15-hour battery life. And when it’s time to relax, the ATH-G1WL lets students enjoy powerful sound for gaming and eSports, with a virtual surround sound function for an even more immersive 3D audio gaming experience. The ATH-G1WL’s wireless USB transceiver ensures compatibility with computers.

For students who prefer in-ear headphones, the ATH-CK3TW combines outstanding sound quality with the convenience of truly wireless operation – there are no connecting cables to deal with. Available in black, blue and white, the ATH-CK3TW (SRP: US$99.00) features an Auto Power On/Off function that automatically turns the headphones on and connects to a paired smartphone, laptop, portable digital audio player or other compatible device when they’re removed from their case.

The ATH-CK3TW’s Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology with aptX™ delivers superior audio quality for everything from lectures to music and podcasts. Students will also enjoy maximum clarity during phone calls thanks to the headphones’ Qualcomm® cVc™ Clear Voice Capture technology. The ATH-CK3TW is also perfect for fitness-oriented users thanks to its IPX2 water resistance rating and features Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo Plus for reliable streaming.

Audio-Technica’s QuietPoint® ATH-ANC300TW truly wireless in-ear headphones (SRP: US$229.00) feature next-generation digital hybrid noise cancellation, to effectively block out outside noise for undisturbed studying or listening enjoyment. The headphones’ 5.8 mm DLC (diamond-like carbon) drivers deliver superlative wireless sound quality.

The ATH-ANC300TW supports Bluetooth 5.0, aptX and AAC codecs and has an easy to use control system for music playback. Its hear-through function allows some ambient sound to be heard if the listener wants to be aware of his or her outside environment. The ATH-ANC300TW also features Qualcomm cVc Clear Voice Capture for improved sound during phone calls, and  Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo Plus to ensure stable audio streaming. The ATH-ANC300TW comes with a charging case and its operation can be customized with the AT Connect smartphone app, which provides an array of convenient tools and features.

For students who want to experience the finest in music listening and voice quality, the over-ear ATH-WP900 portable headphones combines a beautifully crafted exotic-wood finish with Hi-Res Audio performance. The ATH-WP900 (SRP: US$650.00) is meticulously crafted in Tokyo and features earpieces made from flamed maple wood that look striking, and the wood’s high density also contributes to the headphones’ clear, natural sound. The ATH-WP900 features large-diameter 53 mm drivers with high-flux-density magnetic circuits for extraordinary audio quality. It comes with standard and balanced cables, enabling its use with a wide range of electronics including high-end headphone amps and audio components.

Students won’t miss a word when they’re learning from home or remotely with Audio-Technica’s ATH-M50xBT wireless over-ear headphones (SRP: US$179.00). The ATH-M50xBT’s 45 mm drivers deliver studio-quality sonic accuracy and the headphones utilize Bluetooth 5.0 and are compatible with aptX and AAC codecs for the best-possible wireless audio reproduction. Controls mounted on the left earcup provide easy handling of phone calls and music listening. An internal battery provides up to 40 hours on a full charge, and the headphones can also be used in wired mode. The ATH-M50xBT is compatible with the AT Connect smartphone app.

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Click here for AT-LPW50PBATH-G1WLATH-CK3TWATH-ANC300TWATH-WP900 and ATH-M50xBT product profiles and downloadable high-res photos.

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 ATH-ANC300TWATH-WP900ATH-M50xBT

 
Also see more here:

– Audio-Technica Promotional Video: “Always Listening to the Music That Moves Us”
– Additional News Releases

      

Celebrating over 50 years of audio excellence, Audio-Technica is a recognized leader in the development and manufacture of high-quality personal and professional audio equipment. Founded in Japan in 1962 by Hideo Matsushita, the company made its name by manufacturing state-of-the-art phonograph cartridges and tonearms. Today, Audio-Technica is a worldwide group of companies devoted to creating high-performance microphones, headphones, wireless systems, mixers, turntables, phono cartridges and other electronic products.

Audio-Technica LP-120XUSB (Black) Manual direct-drive turntable ...



A reputation for quality, durability, performance and value has made Audio-Technica products the first choice for many of today’s top musical artists and audio engineers, and for discerning listeners everywhere. Drawing from its audiophile heritage, Audio-Technica remains dedicated to providing music enthusiasts with great-sounding, innovative audio gear, including the award-winning QuietPoint active noise-cancelling headphones, popular ATH-M50x monitor headphones, versatile USB microphones, and new Hi-Res Audio headphones and high-fidelity gaming headsets. Learn more at www.audio-technica.com.

Lotmaxx launches new SC-10 Shark on Kickstarter

Imagine a desktop 3D printer that can print faster than average, featuring multiple functions such as auto leveling, laser engraving and bicolor printing using simple add-ons. Plus build quality with premium materials, sleek and ergonomic design.

Now stop imagining. LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK is a reality.  

LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK is our latest and first-ever crowdfunded desktop 3D printer and we chose to launch on Kickstarter for a reason. Kickstarter is always the base of unlimited creativity. Helping to bring the creative projects to life, Kickstarter would be the proven bridge between LOTMAXX and the 3D printing community by bringing us together.

We believe that 3D printing has unlimited potential, and we’re only just at the beginning of this emerging industry. 3D printing technology is penetrating widely and deeply across industrial, makers and consumer sectors. It’s by launching on Kickstarter and connecting LOTMAXX with backers, getting feedback and conducting discussion that we can make further progress on development of 3D printing.

We’re just getting started and your opinions matter to us. 

Establishing ourselves in 2018, LOTMAXX is a cutting-edge technology company specializing in 3D printing. Gathered with more than 100 professionals, experienced developers and engineers from 3D printing, tablet computer and machine manufacturing industries, we’ve harnessed the great capability of design, research and production of 3D printing.

We want to vitalize the industry with our innovation. By breaking further ground in 3D printing technology, we managed to bring LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK to Kickstarter. It’s printing faster, it’s more than the average desktop 3D printer.

It’s beyond your imagination.

Packing the Aeolus Heat Dissipation system (AHDS) and S Move System (SMS), LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK has effectively boosted the print speed and successfully saved up to 30% average print time*. 

*Source: stats from LOTMAXX lab.   

S Move System

LOTMAXX SC-10 stays cool while printing, thanks to the unique and signature design of its modular nozzles.  The Aeolus Heat Dissipation system (AHDS) is a highly efficient  dissipation system with its uniquely developed four-fan design. This cools the nozzle from all angles, increasing the efficiency of heat dissipation by 42%*(measured in LOTMAXX lab) without compromising sprinting quality and print speed. LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK has three speed modes available: normal, middle, and fast speed, to match your preference and need. Combining the high-speed motor, LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK is a powerhouse that guarantees unparalleled speed as well as the stability.     

The four-fan structure
Printing faster

Auto leveling, laser engraving and bicolor printing, your call. LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK is the whole package. No need to recode and no further adjustment is required, plug and play, it’s just that easy!  

There are 2 colors of SC-10 Shark(Deep Purple/Space Gray)

LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK comes with optional automatic bed leveling feature. The ultra-precise technology allows for 0.1mm accuracy. While the unleveled bed might cause nozzle clogging, scratch marks and poor adhesion, the auto leveling is one of the most important benefits that LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK can offer to the quality of your prints. Just tap the touch screen to activate the auto leveling interface, the inductive sensor will probe the heated bed. It precisely measures the print surface’s tilt, freeing you from the time-consuming and tricky manual process. Regardless of whether you are a newcomer or a skilled maker, you can enjoy a hassle-free auto leveling with SHARK!

Note: LOTMAXX procures 3D touch & BL touch from suppliers.

Auto-leveling
The 3D Touch

LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK supports an optional 1.6 W laser engraving and allows you to engrave with a wide variety of materials like wood, plastic, leather, PVC, paper and resin. The interchangeable module is extremely easy to apply on. Plug and engrave, simply attach the laser engraver module next to the printhead and you’re ready to witness creativity turning into reality.  

Ever so often, it’s color making the artwork unique and special. While most of the 3D printers come with just one nozzle, LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK offers optional dual color print head tier. Besides the basic option, you may choose a different package that comes with two extruders and one nozzle. Expand the possibility and upgrade your artwork, why not?

We have one of their original SC-10 printers and are very impressed with it. We are backers of the new SC-10 Shark on kickstarter. We are very eager to receive the new printer and put it through its’ paces.

Capsulier’s the compact custom-blend capsule packaging machine Subhead: Capsulier LITE starts pre-order in October

 

San Francisco, CA, Capsulier, a single-serve coffee pod packaging company, releases Capsulier LITE on soft launch Pre-Order Campaign. Capsulier LITE is a one stop, simple to use, mess free, Capsule Packaging. It is not only allowed consistent and fresh tasted capsule to be made, on demand but also it is redefined the standard of capsule coffee.  

Comes with a special Stainless Steel Reusable Capsule (CAPSI), convenient can now save our environment and our money at the same time. By having Capsulier LITE, anyone would act as a barista to create the own blend professionally, anytime, anywhere. These are the major blossoming factors of Capsulier LITE is developed.

 

Capsulier gives a great offer starting from USD59 that the customers will receive a set of Capsulier LITE and CAPSI in Nov 2018. It is sustainable that CAPSI is reusable and stainless-steel made. To rinse with water, CAPSI is back to clear and sharp; it would go back to Capsulite LITE to create more your custom blend.

 

Capsulier LITE is trimmed to be slimmer while the mechanical design is patented technology. Capsulier LITE is introduced as a manual capsule packaging gadget .  Capsulier LITE offers a distinctly new approach to Capsule Packaging, with features that make anyone at home to be their personal barista.

 

Capsulier LITE provides:

 

One quick push: Capsulier LITE is a capsule packaging gadget to make a single capsule in an eyeblink. From your favourite bag of ground coffee to a mess free cup of single serve coffee, a simple gesture using the lever will complete your tailor made capsule in just two seconds.

 

Consistency: Consistency is a gifted ability to any experienced barista; we made Capsulier LITE the perfect tool for anyone to package the own uniform capsule. which means you can expect the same good taste of coffee to be made customly every time. It is a truly mess-free capsule packaging process.

 

Custom blend: It gives a custom blend by any kind of coffee and herb, and even mix and match of your own choice. It feeds various of choices when it comes to make your own cup of beverage, for instance, butterfly pea tea, osmanthus tea, cinnamon tea, and rose medium roasted coffee, lavender italian roasted coffee, critic dark roasted cafe latte. It is not even mentioned about the cost is reduced as every ingredient is chosen by your own.

 

Nespresso Compatible : Capsulier LITE is designed to be Nespresso compatible. After custom freshly blend, CAPSI is put into Nespresso Lattissima One, a cup of your own blended is freshly made. Capsulier LITE is one-half smaller as Nespresso Lattissima One, and also Capsulite LITE only costs one-fifth less than Nespresso Lattissima One.

Media wishing to learn more about the company or interview Capsulier personnel should contact us at cs@capsulier.com

 

https://www.capsulier.com

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Audio Technica Launches New Gaming Headsets!

Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



Contact: Frank Doris
631-645-5668
frankdoris@frankdoris.com

 Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
1221 Commerce Drive
Stow, OH 44224
T: 330-686-2600
F: 330-686-3752
 audio-technica.com

Audio-Technica’s New Wireless ATH-G1WL and ATH-G1 Gaming Headsets
Bring Immersive Studio-Quality Sound to Game Audio

STOW, OH, July 1, 2019 — Audio-Technica today announced the introduction of its ATH-G1WLwireless and ATH-G1 premium gaming headsets. Taking design inspiration from the company’s iconic ATH-M50x professional studio headphones, the headsets boast precision audio reproduction and powerful performance as well as comfort and convenience.

The new headsets will transform even the most demanding players’ gaming sessions, as the lightweight design and proven studio audio quality allow both esports players and casual gamers to enjoy a long gaming session in extreme comfort.

“A compelling gaming experience just isn’t complete without great sound,” said Bob Peet, Audio-Technica US Marketing Manager. “Our new ATH-G1WL and ATH-G1 deliver powerful, expansive audio quality that lets gamers experience all the sonic impact of home gaming, online streaming and eSports.”




Audio-Technica ATH-G1

The wired ATH-G1 (SRP: US$169.00) is compatible with PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and any platform with a 3.5 mm headset connector. Once plugged in, the headset provides a secure connection and offers a superior audio experience.

Specially-tuned large-diameter 45mm drivers bring precise, clear studio-quality sound to game audio, while its 1,300mW input capacity takes full advantage of dedicated sound cards to deliver a full-force gaming experience.

Audio-Technica’s experience in developing professional broadcasting microphones, used at some of the largest sporting events throughout the world, has been employed to design a detachable boom microphone. Engineered for accurate voice communication and command, the ATH-G1’s microphone will not pick up distractions, like keyboards or ambient noise, with its hyper-cardioid directionality.

The ATH-G1’s lightweight design and breathable earpads keep the wearer comfortable through longer sessions, while the mic’s detachable design means the headset can be quickly transformed into on-the-go headphones. The 6.6′ cable’s inline remote features volume and mute controls and a Y-type stereo headset cable is also included.


Audio-Technica ATH-G1WL

Equipped with the same 45mm drivers and specially-engineered detachable microphone as the ATH-G1, with the added flexibility of stable, low-latency 2.4GHz wireless connectivity, the ATH-G1WL (SRP: US$249.00) is convenient, comfortable and cutting-edge. It also adds virtual surround sound, for an even more immersive 3D audio gaming experience that places you in the center of the action.

With 15 hours of battery life, the headset will last through the longest gaming sessions — but it will also work while charging. It features controls for surround sound, volume and mute on the earcup.

The ATH-G1WL is compatible with laptops and PCs via its wireless USB Type A transceiver. A pair of extra earpads is in the box for future replacement.



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– Audio-Technica Promotional Video: “Always Listening to the Music That Moves Us”
– Additional News Releases

Celebrating over 50 years of audio excellence, Audio-Technica is a recognized leader in the development and manufacture of high-quality personal and professional audio equipment. Founded in Japan in 1962 by Hideo Matsushita, the company made its name by manufacturing state-of-the-art phonograph cartridges and tonearms. Today, Audio-Technica is a worldwide group of companies devoted to creating high-performance microphones, headphones, wireless systems, mixers, turntables, phono cartridges and other electronic products.

A reputation for quality, durability, performance and value has made Audio-Technica products the first choice for many of today’s top musical artists and audio engineers, and for discerning listeners everywhere. Drawing from its audiophile heritage, Audio-Technica remains dedicated to providing music enthusiasts with great-sounding, innovative audio gear, including the award-winning QuietPoint active noise-cancelling headphones, popular ATH-M50x monitor headphones, versatile USB microphones, and new Hi-Res Audio headphones and high-fidelity gaming headsets. Learn more at www.audio-technica.com.

PARTY LIKE IT’S 1982 AS THEC64® MINI IS AVAILABLE NOW IN NORTH AMERICA

PARTY LIKE IT’S 1982 AS THEC64® MINI IS AVAILABLE NOW IN NORTH AMERICA 

Comes with 64 Retro Favorites Including California Games, Winter Games, Jumpman and More!

Ontario, Canada – October 9, 2018 – Retro Games Ltd. and Solutions 2 GO announced today that THEC64® Mini is available now at retailers in North America.

THEC64® Mini, a 50% replica of the world’s bestselling home computer that launched in 1982, comes pre-loaded with 64 classic games and THEC64® Joystick. Originally designed for fans of the original personal computer, THEC64® Mini brings kids and families together to play some of the best games of the neon decade with simple plug and play action. Aspiring gamers of yesteryear can revisit the past or even program their own games – just add a keyboard, and THEC64® Mini becomes a fully functional home computer complete with C64 BASIC.

THEC64® Mini is available in The United States at GameStop, Wal Mart, Amazon and Costco for $79.99 (USD) and in Canada at, BestBuy, London Drugs, EB Games, and Costco for $99.99 (CAD).

“THEC64® Mini is a complete revival of one of the most influential computer and gaming systems, and we are eager to see parents reminisce about their childhood as they share the experience with their kids this holiday season,” said Paul Andrews, Retro Games’ Managing Director. “We brought back a mini version of the classic C64 computer as we think gamers of all ages are going to want this reimagined piece of video game and tech history.”

Watch THEC64® Mini in action HEREwww.youtube.com/watch?v=6dgCYNS7mi8

Watch this video on YouTube.

Download THEC64® Mini launch assets HEREspaces.hightail.com/receive/TJQow8G2PG 

THEC64® Mini includes the following:

  • Pre-loaded with all the Retro Faves: THEC64® Mini comes with 64 classic titles already installed, including: California Games, Winter Games, Impossible Mission II, Boulder Dash, Jumpman, Pitstop II, Speedball II: Brutal Deluxe, Street Sports Baseball, Summer Games II, Temple of Apshai Trilogy, Uridium and more.
  • USB Ports: The unit comes equipped with two USB ports – perfect for adding an extra joystick for multiplayer games or plugging in a keyboard to create your own programming masterpieces.
  • Customized Visuals: The unit features high definition output at 720p and 60Hz via HDMI, 4:3 ratio, US/Europe display mode options, and a CRT filter for that classic look.
  • Back to the Basics: Plug in a USB keyboard and use as a fully functional home computer with C64 BASIC.
  • Don’t Forget to Save: For the first time, THEC64® Mini allows you to easily save your progress in games.
  • Always Optimized: THEC64® Mini supports software updates via USB flash drive so players have continued access to improved and enhanced programming.

Media interested in featuring the THEC64® Mini in a Holiday Gift Guide can email Danitra Alomia (danitra@reverbinc.com). Keep up with THEC64® Mini and like on Facebook, follow on Twitter, and visit the website.

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ABOUT SOLUTIONS 2 GO
Solutions 2 GO Inc. is a multinational distributor of video games, accessories and specialty products and is the exclusive distributor of THEC64® Mini console and joystick across the Americas.
Personally, having grown up in the 1980’s, I am eager to check this cool device out. I used a commodore 64 for many years for homework, gaming all through high school.

PITTA – Transformative Autonomous 4K Selfie Drone

For immediate release

PITTA, a transformative autonomous drone, launched on Kickstarter

Pitta Drone!

New York, NY – Dec 20, 2017 – PITTA is a modular transformative drone that enables true versatility in a way that you capture your experience. It’s not just aerial, not just handheld, not just wearable or mountable, it’s all of these. It’s a complete system packed into a single device.

PITTA is small (170 mm / 6.7 inches) and light (200g / 7oz) to take with you everywhere without added bulk. Out of the box, you get a camera, drone module and an action cam module to be able to get the collection of compelling clips in different points of views.

With our modular Snap and Twist-to-Lock design, mode changes between Aerial and ground are seamless and easy. Simply snap on the drone module magnetically and get PITTA off the ground to hover in the air. With the auto-follow mode on, you can start recording in the matter of seconds with you focusing on the experience.

When you are between adventures, PITTA can be turned into a Home Security (IP Wi-Fi) Camera that streams to your mobile device whenever and wherever you are.
Simply dock it on to the charging cradle and power the PITTA on.

With 1-click-flying modes and Auto-follow, even the first time pilots can fly and start recording their experience without any hassle. We also provide a manual flight interface to provide flexibilities in types of shots you want to capture with the following specs.

• Li-Polymer battery (Removable)
• 15 minutes of flying time in Drone mode
• 100+ minutes of runtime in Action cam mode
• 4K@30FPS
• H.264 Codec, MP4
• Software Image stabilization
• Circle, 360 Panorama, Follow me and Autonomous Fly,
• Time-Lapse, Slow-motion, Burst shots in Action cam mode
• Internal eMMC memory

 

About Eyedea, Inc: Eyedea is a computer vision solution provider with proprietary Smart Vision Module (SVM). With experience to bring the same technology to Smart factory, Surveillance and Medical sectors, we are implementing it to make the word’s first transformative autonomous drone; PITTA.

For more information, please visit Kickstarter link or contact contact@pitta.co

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Cubibot: The new standard of modern consumer 3D printer-A Preview!

We are intrigued by the Cubibot, a new 3d printer on Kickstarter.

 

According to Cubibot:

 

Cubibot is an affordable, user-friendly, high-quality 3D printer with a compact and dynamic design made to fit your lifestyle. Cubibot balances functionality and ease of use without compromising features. Matching the performance and quality of expensive, professional 3D printers at an affordable cost, Cubibot enables you to realize all your imaginations!   

 

It seems like a solidly designed device and would work well in educational environments, especially since it is completely enclosed and it offers an on-board air filter too.

From their Kickstarter Page here are some interesting highlights to the printer:

 

We are going to get a review unit later on and at that point we can test, review and let people know our opinion of it.

So far we are impressed with the design and implementation.

 

Please check them out on kickstarter:

The printer is being offered in two colors:

 and

 

 

In my opinion it is definitely worth a look!

 

Specification drawing:

See an overview video too:

Watch this video on YouTube.

 

 

 

 

 

Review of Meds Biotech CBD & Turmeric Capsules

We recently received samples of Med Biotech’s Tumeric CBD Capsules.

I had not previously tried Marijuana or CBD, which in nearly 50 years of life is pretty significant. I am type 2 diabetic, and acid reflex issues as well as off and on stomach pain from the Metformin and other medicines that I have taken for the last 13+ years. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when I was 36.

Here are some details on medbiotech’s CBD/Tumeric Capsules:

CBD Meds Biotech capsules are pharmacist formulated CBD capsules which contain a regular dose of Turmeric.

20mg of CBD and 25mg of Turmeric per serving.Product CategoryCBD CapsulesBrandMeds BiotechCBD TypeFull Spectrum CBD

Meds Biotech CBD & Turmeric Capsules


https://www.medsbiotech.com/products/meds-biotech-cbd-turmeric-capsules

I have been trying the capsules for about 2.5 weeks. I usually take 2 per day each morning. In the last 2 plus weeks, they have helped my stomach issues quite a bit. I usually have stomach issues, like having to run to the bathroom with stomach pain at least twice per week, sometimes more. My wife is a great cook, but makes spicy food quite often. Between the awesome food and my medicines, I also typically have had bad acid reflux almost daily for the last year or so. Since I started taking the CBD Tumeric Pills, my acid reflux is about 90% better and my stomach issues have been almost entirely gone. I have also noticed that my blood sugar has been averaging 20-30 points lower than it was prior to taking the cbd/tumeric pills. I have not noticed any other affects from taking them. I am asperger’s and have heard that their are some benefits to using CBD but I have not noticed any serious impact from their use in that respect so far. My benefits have been a reduction in intestinal issues, acid reflux and a blood sugar decrease. I am am not a doctor and can not guarantee how they would work for other people but they are having some positive impact on my body. These are THC free so they will not impact you in a “drug” type of way. I would recommend trying them for your self to judge their affect on your and your system.

According to Meds Biotech:

Harvested From Our Farms.

Our Non-GMO organically-grown plants are manually selected with careful precision, then gently harvested and dried under the most ideal conditions.  

Quality Check.

Our raw materials are constantly quality tested to ensure that they meet highest standards. 

CO2 Extraction.

Supercritical Extraction is one of our most gentle approaches to extract high-quality CBD, which retains the naturally occurring beneficial molecules in the hemp plant.

Lab Tested.

Every batch of an extract is lab-tested to ensure a consistent product and to achieve the utmost purity in our products. We carefully supervise the entire process, from growth to manufacturing, and distribution. 

Here is an interesting and beneficial article on turmeric and its’ benefits:

Please see this highly relevant article that talks about the numerous benefits of turmeric. It really is a remarkable spice with tons of healing benefits, and we feel everyone should know about it!

Monster Illuminessence Color Changing Mood Lighting!

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MONSTER DEBUTS “MONSTER ILLUMINESSENCE” 

AFFORDABLE COLOR-CHANGING LED MOOD LIGHTING SOLUTIONS – 

OFFERING INSTANT AMBIENCE STARTING AT $25 PER ROOM   

Perfect for Parties, Holidays or Just Everyday Mood Lighting, Totally Modular,

 Affordable “Monster Illuminessence” Kit Delivers the Look and Quality of 

Professional LED Lighting that’s easy to use and works right out of the box.

Brisbane, CA, December 21, 2018Monster®, the world leader in premium headphones, speakers and power accessories, today announced the debut of a bright new product category with Monster Illuminessence, an easy-to-use color-changing LED Lighting System that makes the fun and excitement of professional quality LED lighting significantly more affordable than ever before. Ideal for parties, holiday decorating or just everyday lighting fun, Monster Illuminessence lets you create instant mood and ambience, without the hassle of complicated devices and software set-up. Notable, because it uses a simple RF touch remote system that works right of the box. Monster Illuminessence is available today at Wal-Mart. For more information visit Monsterstore.com

Monster Illuminessence is easier to setup and use than Bluetooth or Wi-Fi products on the market. The new Monster Illuminessence line includes kits for large rooms, small rooms, light strips, bulbs, and longer power extension kits.

“Illuminessence is the start of a great thing for Monster,” noted Head Monster Noel Lee. “Lighting is a critical element for creating the perfect ambience for any situation. Imagine concerts or dance clubs without special lighting or Halloween “spookfests” without orange and black lighting. In an instant, almost like magic, great lighting creates a whole new atmosphere and ambience. Monster Illuminessence gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy a stunning, professional quality LED light experience without the complicated set-up or the budget-killing price.”

Kevin Lee, Monster’s COO, added “Monster has always been about improving the music experience through better sound.  And now we’re excited about making ambient mood lighting control affordable and simple to use for everyone for a better music experience.”

Simple Monster Illuminessence Multitouch Remote Controls It All!

With Monster Illuminessence, the simple multitouch RF remote control puts all the color-changing lighting power in the palm of your hand, allowing you splash light and color all over your home in an instant, turn the lights on and off, or even dim them all at once for a special effect. You can also select preset programmed modes like “Sunset” or “Lounge” for relaxation, of “Club” for parties – and the lights change automatically to set the mood. Special modes for holidays like Halloween, Christmas, and even the 4th of July help you celebrate in bright style! Additionally, users can opt for a pure “White” which delivers bright white light for everyday use.

Modular System Lets You Choose Perfect Size Kit for Any Room

 With Monster Illuminessence, LED lighting is easy to install and easy to use, allowing versatile, fun and useful lighting at the touch of a button. And because the system is completely modular, you can choose exactly the kit that best fits your room size. Each kit includes a different combination of LED color-changing bulbs and LED strips to suit your needs. Simply screw in the bulb to any light fixture, remove the adhesive on the LED strip and stick it below your bed, bar, kitchen cabinetry, or anywhere you want to add instant mood and ambience. Best of all, it’s easy to expand lights and rooms with additional Monster Illuminessence kits. You can pair up to four Illuminessence remotes with up to 30 different LED bulbs or strips in each group for the right light throughout your home.

Mood Lighting Kit Large

  • 1x Multicolor RF remote control ​
  • 2x Multicolor/White LED dimmable bulbs ​
  • 2x 6.5ft extra bright multicolour/white dimmable 60-LED strips​
  • USB powered, NO MAINS ADAPTER INCLUDED​

 Mood Lighting Kit Small 

  • 1x Multicolor RF remote control ​
  • 1x Multicolor/White LED dimmable bulbs ​
  • 1x 6.5ft extra bright multicolor/white dimmable 60-LED strips​
  • USB powered, NO MAINS ADAPTER INCLUDED​

Mood Lightstrip 3-Pack

  • 1x Multicolor RF remote control ​
  • 2x 6.5ft extra bright multicolor/white dimmable 60-LED strips​
  • USB powered, NO MAINS ADAPTER INCLUDED​

Mood Lightstrip XL

  • 1x Multicolor RF remote control 
  • 1x 16.4ft extra bright multicolor/white dimmable 150-LED strips
  • USB powered, NO MAINS ADAPTER INCLUDED

Extension Cable and Charger 

  • 10ft 5V USB extension power cable​
  • Power adapter with USB plug (not for sale internationally)​

Explore the world of Monster at www.monsterproducts.com. To become a fan of Monster® products, please follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/monsterproducts) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/monsterproducts)

About Monster:

Celebrating its 40th Anniversary, Monster® has been a catalyst for innovation and big ideas. After discovering that cables in hi-fi systems influenced the sound, Head Monster Noel Lee developed Monster Cable, which became an immediate hit with music lovers. Monster® went on to engineer the sound of Beats® headphones, and has now become the world’s leading manufacturer of high-performance headphones, all featuring Pure Monster Sound™ technology.  Today, the company offers advanced connectivity solutions for professional musicians, home entertainment, computing, mobile and gaming, as well as high performance AC Power and conditioning products. Monster® continues to lead in innovation, with over 500 Patents granted and 100 patents pending worldwide, offering more than 5,000 products in over 160 countries. Monster® also prides itself in helping those who are in less-than-fortunate circumstances through Monster Cares. Above all, Monster® does what it does Because the Music Matters. 

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We recently received samples of their new lighting, did some testing in different environments and are quite impressed by the quality and ease of use of the new lighting products created by Monster. I was first exposed to Monster products when I worked at Circuit City in Car Audio in the late 1980’s..they certainly have come along way and have done quite well for themselves!

Preview of our upcoming review: CBD Edibles from Meds Biotech!

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I have never tried any type of CBD products and have never tried any Marijuana Products either. I am on the autism spectrum as are my 3 kids. I am also have type 2 Diabetes. Every time that I go to a trade event or street fair or autism event I have heard about CBD Products. Now that Marijuana is also legal in Nevada I have heard more and more and more about the health benefits of CBD products. We recently were contacted by the Pr folks who work with several companies that are reputable and produce CBD products. We are going to have the opportunity to test and review a variety of CBD products in the next month. Soon we will be getting CBD Gummy Bears from Meds Biotech.

Once we have the samples from Meds Biotech we will try, review and report back on our perceptions as to what they actually do in terms of their impact on the body such as reducing back pain or anxiety. see https://www.medsbiotech.com/collections/cbd-edibles

In regards to Meds Biotech:

Expertly Made

Their products are specially formulated by CBD experts.


100% Natural CBD

Their CBD is 100% natural with no synthetics to ensure the highest quality. 

No THC

Their CBD contains no THC, which is the psychoactive agent of hemp. 

According to their website:

A New Frontier In Pharmaceutical CBD.

Trust in Meds Biotech to deliver the highest quality, best CBD products, using all-natural ingredients, 100% organic hemp and the highest methods of production.

According to Web MD:

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Cannabidiol (CBD) oil has become the hot new product in states that have legalized medical marijuana.

The non-intoxicating marijuana extract is being credited with helping treat a host of medical problems — everything from epileptic seizures to anxiety to inflammation to sleeplessness.

I have heard locally that some people say that CBD has helped with body pain, reducing blood sugar as well as stress.

We will test and review the products that we get and will report back as to their effects.

How does CBD Work?

CBD oil works in conjunction with the endocannabinoid system. Because CBD is a cannabinoid, it helps to supplement the body’s natural cannabinoids, in turn strengthening the endocannabinoid system. In other words, the endocannabinoid system is a vast system of cannabinoid receptors. Furthermore, the body itself produces its own natural cannabinoids. CBD oil or cannabidiol, in general, is known as a phytocannabinoid (plant-based cannabinoid) which can help to supplement the endocannabinoid system (ECS).

CBD edibles are usually found in something sweet, like CBD gummies. It’s a great way to get your daily dose of pharmacist-formulated CBD oil, especially if you are an on-the-go person who doesn’t have time to relax with an oil or something else.

Turmeric is an excellent addition to your CBD oil, which is why we put in in our CBD capsules. Some studies show that turmeric helps as a possible antioxidant, an anti-inflammatory, and with heart health.

We are looking forward to testing and reviewing the samples that we receive to get an idea of how they work and their impact on the body.

Happy Thanksgiving to all from those of us at Technewszone.com

We appreciate all of our friends and supporters. I appreciate my wife and 3 young adult children!

So far this year has been better than last year. In January I will start the alternative route to licensing for High School science teaching! I also sell solar and other construction products too!

God or Gods bless all depending on your perspective..

David Berkowitz

President, blogger, 3d print guy, teacher in training, aspie father of 3 with autism, and army veteran as well as  solar sales guy!

 

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CES 2018 First Night at CES Unveiled

We started this year’s CES adventure at CES Unveiled.

Tonight I will attend the Pepcom event for the first time.

Personally I have been attending CES for almost 25 years off and on,  and as press since 1/11/11 as Http://www.technewszone.com

XYZ Printing had their Davinci Nano and Full color printers on display

We find their printers to be decent.

A link to the full color Davinci Printer:

Davinci Color Printer

 

 

 

 

We also saw Ricoh and a new and interesting printer that can print on Shirts.

We saw several interesting audio and headphone companies, a few Robotics companies, Faucet companies-Moen and Kohler too.

 

We were impressed by Rylo’s 360 degree action cameras as well as their accessories.

We would love to get one to test and review!
 

We also got to meet the Folks from Mykronoz, who made my cool watch. We had been involved in their kickstarter efforts and are impressed by their awesome smart watches. At the show they are introducing their petite version of their Zetime watch. They offer the first Swiss Smart watch with mechanical hands!

Watch this video on YouTube.

Overall we were impressed by what we saw at CES 2018, Unveiled and will have continuing coverage as well as Youtube videos of products and interviews too!

Making Homes Autism Friendly

A Special Contribution from Lucy Wyndham:

For people on the Autism Spectrum, the world is a difficult place, full of sensory overload, unpleasantness, bullying and frustration. School, work and social events are all difficult situations to handle for people with ASD because of their unusual sensitivity to any kind of sensory assault, such as loud noises, bright lights and crowds. Technology can be particularly hard to deal with for people with ASD, as the noises, lights and stimulation associated to it can be too much to handle.

A home is a sanctuary for everyone, where everyone feels a sense of serenity, safety and peace of mind. It’s even more important for a person or child diagnosed with autism and understanding how to make an autism friendly home is very important.

We have already looked at how to make work spaces autism friendly; let’s look at how to make living conditions ideal for those who are on the Autism Spectrum.

Remodel the Sensory Environment

Making a home autism friendly isn’t easy, as it does require some renovating and some lifestyle changes; it can be challenging for siblings and parents who also have needs and would like to invite friends, make noise, choose new foods or otherwise complicate life. Family life is not always calm and changes are sometimes inevitable.

Avoid using fluorescent lights, which can induce anxiety and stress; soft, natural lighting is better for mood and attention. Certain colors of light – such as blue – have also been shown to help with creativity and calmness.

Another good idea is to have one area of the home filled with bright colors and technological activities for the whole family, such as a television and a stereo, and another area with soft colors, blank walls, quiet activities such as books and soft textures.

Technology Can Help

When refurbishing your home to make it accessible for autistic people, technology can be a great help. For example, a white noise machine in the bedroom can be an excellent way to calm down and stimulate sleep while reducing sensory overload. For maximum efficiency, limit the use of electric light after sunset.  Noise reducing headphones can be another solution to reduce sensory overload, whereas normal headphones can be used by other members of the family to listen to music or use other noisy devices such as video game consoles.

Certain types of portable technology, such as smartphones, computers and tablets, can also be useful and can provide an excellent tool to keep in the house. Many people with ASD are stimulated by computers and technology if used in the correct way. Today, there are thousands of applications which provide assistive technology to help communications. These can benefit people with ASD as they stimulate learning and communication while responding always in an expected manner. A computer or app is predictable, as the user knows exactly what the computer’s response will be when a specific action is completed, unlike interactions with people. This consistency is comforting and feels safe to people with ASD.

Keep an Eye Out for Stress

Remember that a person with ASD might not always be able to communicate exactly what the problem is, so a little detective work might be necessary. By remaining always attentive, it is possible to identify the problem and brainstorm simple solutions to fix the issue.  

OWC NOW SHIPPING AWARD-WINNING THUNDERBOLT 3 DOCK

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OWC’s Most Powerful Connectivity Solution Ever Features Thunderbolt 3 with 13 Ports, USB 3.1 Gen 1, Gigabit Ethernet, Mini Display Port, FireWire 800, SD Card Reader, Digital Audio, & More

Woodstock, IL – September 11, 2017 OWC®, a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company, announced that the groundbreaking and highly-anticipated new OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock, the latest in an award-winning lineup of connectivity expansion solutions, is shipping now. With an incredible 13 ports, the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock provides exceptional connectivity through an included Thunderbolt 3 cable, delivering power to laptops and other devices at the fastest speed possible.

“This is the best dock that I’ve found” – Guy Kawasaki

Business maven and chief evangelist Guy Kawasaki needed a solution to keep his own devices connected to the latest Apple MacBook Pros and had this to say about his OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock:   “This is the best dock that I’ve found. It has every freaking port you know you need and some that you don’t know you need yet.”

The OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock takes full advantage of the cutting-edge performance of Thunderbolt 3 technology with throughput up to 40Gb/s of bandwidth and allows users to realize the maximum utility of Thunderbolt 3 equipped Macs. The 13 ports offer the capability to charge mobile devices, connect one 5K or two 4K displays, add external storage (including legacy devices such as FireWire drives), import photos and videos from SD cards, access wired networks via Gigabit Ethernet, and enjoy pristine audio – all through a single Thunderbolt 3 cable.

Because Thunderbolt 3 delivers phenomenal bandwidth, the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock can be the foundation of a perfect custom display setup, providing the ability to drive the latest- generation 5K displays, two 4K displays or a combination of 4K, HD and other displays with the Mini DisplayPort (mDP) with DisplayPort++ support, and additional Thunderbolt 3 port.

For professionals working in the creative industries, there is typically a highly detailed workflow complete with specialized and legacy ports such as FireWire and digital audio. The OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock supports FireWire 800 and S/PDIF digital audio, as well as an SD card reader and analog stereo audio.

All that and the 2-year OWC limited warranty: OWC is proud to provide a superior level of support and warranty coverage to our customers. With OWC, the possibilities are endless.

Numerous users and reviewers have had high praise for the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock:

“The OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock is a versatile and capable device and a nice companion to a laptop computer in particular. Through its 13 ports, you can use and power a lot of different devices and its performance is good.” – Jeremy Grey, Imaging Resource 

“Devices like the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock come along to save the day and be the bridge between the new world and the just a little bit older world.” –  James Ivey, Pro Tools Expert

“Forget the rest. This is the Dock I’ve been looking for.”  Nicholas Calderone, MacSources 

Video reviews of the state-of-the-art Thunderbolt 3 Dock:
AppleInsider:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMU8yvhJ-qU
Geekanoids:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEXJJGLJ0Yc
Chuck Joiner, MacVoices: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQumqHK0U8k

About OWC

Having served the Apple community worldwide since 1988, OWC has become the reliable manufacturer and upgrade provider of choice for Apple and PC enthusiasts with its extensive catalog of accessories, storage, and memory upgrades for nearly every Mac made in the last decade. Recognized for award-winning customer service, OWC provides extensive U.S.-based technical support for Mac and PC users around the world and comprehensive step-by-step installation and support videos.

Get social: follow OWC on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Sculpto+: The world’s most user-friendly desktop 3D printer A cool new polar based printer!

We are intrigued by this new Polar Coordinate based 3d printer:

According to Sculpto:

About this project

3D printers are one of the coolest and most efficient ways for you to make your ideas go from the drawing board and into real life.

Two years ago we launched a new type of 3D printer on Kickstarter. We wanted to make the amazing world of 3D printing available to everyone – not just engineers and tech-savvy people. We believe everyone should be able to bring their ideas to life. We started delivering that dream a year ago and opened a world of 3D printing for regular people and schools all over Denmark. Since then we have refined our production and software while developing Sculpto+

The result is a small 3D printer with one of the biggest print areas seen on a plug’n’play printer. We have maximized printing performance while eliminating the noise and inconveniences of 3D printing – we have made the perfect desktop 3D printer. And the best part: Everyone can use it!

 

 

Sculpto+ is a small 3D printer. It only weighs 2.7 KG and is about the size of your household coffeemaker, but has a printing volume of 5 liters! You can print objects at the size of a football (Soccer)! If you compare the build volume of Sculpto+ to other consumer printers in the same category and price range you will discover the print volume of Sculpto+ is up to 5 times bigger.  

Thanks to the compact design and the built-in handle the printer can easily be moved from room to room or house to house without any trouble.

 

We would love to get one to test, review and help education too. It looks quite nice, easy to use and well designed.

It has integration with Thingiverse:

 

When you have a 3D printer you also need some nice things to print. That’s why you can browse between a selection of cool models that can be printed directly from the Sculpto App to your Sculpto+ 3D printer. It’s easy and convenient. You can download the app on Google Play and App Store or you can access the printer directly from your browser via our web app. We are currently in the process of developing the app into a new and improved version where our upcoming ‘model engine’ will collect quality content from Thingiverse and present it to you in a even more user-friendly way.

You can look forward to receiving a product that keeps getting better as we push new updates with cool features and improvements.

 

We are huge fans of 3d printing, and stem education, and find that this printer seems it would be great for educational purposes!

Check them out on Kickstarter – > Scultpo

Here is a nice video that they did to talk about the printer-->

Watch this video on YouTube.

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Geeetch Announces The Education-based 3D Printer E180 Launching Soon on Kickstarter for $199!!

The Education-based 3D Printer E180 Launching Soon on Kickstarter for $199

3D printing technology is a boon to facilitate the development of STEAM education, as testified by unlimited successful teaching cases worldwide. Geeetech, a Shenzhen based 3D printer manufacturer, is gearing up to launch a crowdfunding campaign for its new education-based 3D printer, E180, priced at $199, 33% off its retail price.

 

The aim of this Kickstarter funding is to encourage more and more like-minded friends to bring this enlightening technology to children and the classroom. Through hands-on play, children could grow up with confidence, perseverance, and systematic goal-completion competence and prepare themselves for future career planning.

Engineered to be affordable and reliable, E180 comes fully assembled and exquisitely crafted, with its black and white color combination imparting a touch of simplicity and elegance. Its necessary components, such as motors, fans, power supply units, control board and wires, are entirely enclosed in the frame, ensuring that this tiny device fits to the classroom and your home in great harmony. Besides, using PLA filament, a kind of safe and environment-friendly printing materials, adds to the security coefficient of E180.

What sets E180 apart from other congeneric products are its practical and convenient features. This new machine is characterized with a 3.2″ full-color touch screen, break-resuming capability, Wi-Fi connectivity, cloud 3D printing solution, EasyPrint 3D App and its self-developed printing and control software EasyPrint 3D. All these functions are iterated for many times, for the purpose of rendering E180 easy-to-manage and suitable for teaching and learning.

With the vision of making children more enthusiastic about science, technology, engineering, art and math by employing 3D printing technology, Geeetch’s crowdfunding for E180, such a considerate learning aide and cost-efficient option for kids, will start soon. Please invest your own effort to bring this funding campaign to life~ Children’s education is in need of YOU! Check the Kickstarter page.

Here is a video of the new printer in action. We are looking forward to getting our hands on one to test and review and to use it benefit stem education programs in our area.

Watch this video on YouTube.

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Making Commercial and Working Spaces Autism Friendly a Guest Post by Lucy Wyndham

Making Commercial and Working Spaces Autism Friendly

Special Contribution by Lucy Wyndham!

Our world is becoming ever more fast paced, especially from the point of view of technology. Whilst it’s easy for many people to simply adapt and move forward, for some people change is hard. If you’re someone who is on the Autism Spectrum, the workings of technology can be easy to get to grips with, but often, the noises, lights and stimulation associated with them can be absolutely unbearable, especially in a commercial or workplace setting where frequent communication and verbal interaction can also provide daily challenges.

Is there anything at all that can be done to make such spaces ASD friendly?

Facilitate your office space

Many people find they can work in an environment with background chatter, strip lighting and other extraneous noises from equipment like air conditioning machines or fans. People on the ASD spectrum may find their ability to work in such conditions is either impaired or totally impossible.

Often all that is needed are lighting options with dimmer switches and computer monitors that can be fixed with shading screens. Accommodations made by employers such as quiet work spaces, or escape rooms that the ASD person can go to for time out can make all the difference, too.

Offering equipment like noise cancelling headphones can really help in situations where there is little other chance of background noise being cut totally.

Routine and structure play a key role in all of this too. Unexpected noises, lighting changes and even things like meetings over-running or taking place unexpectedly can cause issues. Autistic people need to be informed of changes and anything that will affect how their day runs as soon as possible to avoid meltdowns or shutdowns. Making sure there is a noticeboard well placed in the office with timetables and clearly written instructions can help.

What shops can do to help

Some commercial shops and malls have been adapted and now offer “autism friendly hours” now, in which shoppers who are on the ASD spectrum can go in and know that the place they are visiting will have been made quiet, there will be no background music playing, little in the way of distracting lighting and background noise will be low.

This practise can also be carried over into the workspace too, with employers offering the same kind of adjustments, so that non-ASD people can see how their ASD counterparts benefit from having a quiet, low lit office.

Recognize that people with ASD have incredibly special skills to offer

ASD comes with it’s challenges, but for every challenge there is a positive and people on the spectrum have a lot to offer workplaces. For instance, Software company SAP recognize that their software testers need to have a keen eye for detail and an ability to focus specifically on one project for a long time. If their needs are met in terms of the adjustments they require in their working space, they can not only perform to a very high standard but actually become loyal, hardworking and trustworthy employees

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We have been on the web since 1/11/11.

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By WOW! First created Follow SparkMaker – The Most Affordable Desktop SLA 3D Printer-Kickstarter

SparkMaker

 

Introduces the most affordable one-button desktop SLA 3D printer Simple, affordable, 3D Printing is now available to anyone thanks to SparkMaker.

The company has announced the release of their one-button desktop 3D Printer that brings the quality of SLA printing to the masses. Now anyone, with a computer and a spark of creativity can unlock the magic of 3D printing. Although 3D Printing has been popular for several years, the hardware has been expensive preventing many from exploring the endless creative possibilities it allows. Adding to that, complicated design software and 3D modeling experience was a prerequisite to working in 3D. SparkMaker changes everything, with one-button print simplicity, easy load multi-color resins, and print-ready downloadable designs. They have created a system so simple and effective that anyone can begin 3D printing in only a few moments. It’s as easy as downloading a free design to an SD card, inserting it into SparkMaker and pressing the button. We recognized that many people would love to explore the fun and creativity of 3D Printing but from our years of experience in the industry, we knew that people were discouraged by the high price of the hardware and the complexity of the process. Our goal was to eliminate both and with SparkMaker we have done so. Martin, CEO & Co-Founder, SparkMaker. After putting together a team of experts, Martin and team used their experience and know-how in the 3D Printing industry to create a product that was simple, effective and affordable enough for home or office use. In fact, SparkMaker is putting the power of 3D Printing into the hands of their users for less than $100 dollars, a remarkable feat considering the technology and superior printing quality of the device. In spite of the low price, the SparkMaker is not short on quality, in fact it is the first affordable desktop printer to use the advanced SLA printing method. SLA is a method of selectively applying a laser to photo reactive liquid resin on a work area, forming very thin solid layers that stack up to create one solid 3D object. SLA is superior to the typical FDM printing method. In FDM printing, resolution is a factor of the nozzle size and the precision of the extruder movements. This fast printing method is prone to errors and inaccuracies which results in blocky, rough, edges. In contrast, SLA creates smoothly curving, natural contours that result in incredibly precise finished 3D models that have a greater resolution and better accuracy than the FDM method. SLA is preferred by advanced modelers and artists and it’s perfect for any task from arts and crafts to prototyping and small production runs.To begin pre-sales and offer special incentives to early adopters SparkMaker is launching a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter with early adopter pricing as low as $100 USD. Learn more here: https://www.ogadget.com/x/sparkmaker Summary: SparkMaker creates the first affordable SLA quality 3D Desktop Printer.

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May the 4th be with you, Star Wars Tribute!

It is hard to believe how popular Star Wars is, I was 7 or 8 when the first movie came out. My daughter who is sixteen is a huge fan! I am doing this post for her fandom too!

I was not a huge fan of Rogue One, but am looking forward to Episode 8 and 9.

It would be cool to see a Yoda and Chewbacca Origin story..

 

I found this awesome video on Youtube a rewrite of a few of the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Album honoring Star Wars by George Lucas!

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Event Star Wars Fans must eat!

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Proforge 3d Printer-Kickstarter

PROFORGE 3D PRINTER PRESS PACK

Introduction The PROFORGE is a thoughtfully designed, Large, Metal Frame OPEN-SOURCE 3D Printer Kit.

 

It can be FULLY ENCLOSED and is set for OCTOPRINT (a wifi/web-cam control system that uses the raspberry pi). AUTO-LEVELING, an LCD SCREEN and a HEATED BED are STANDARD FEATURES.

There is also a MAXIMUM OF 150 being made for this project, this is to ensure that people who do pledge receive their Printer in the described shipping time and that the project does not get “clogged” by over subscription.

Proforge 3D Printer FEATURE SPECIFICATION Build Volume 200 X 200 X 240mm Aluminium Surface Heated Bed RepRap MK2 Heated PCB Bed – Up to 110˚ Celsius Extruder E3D V6 Clone – Up to 250˚ Celsius Printable Materials PLA, ABS, HIPS, PETG & Other exotics… Min. Layer Height 0.05mm Electronics RAMPS 1.4 / Arduino Combo Power 12v 360W Dedicated PSU Standard Features Heated Bed, Auto-levelling, LCD Screen, SD Card Support Upgradable Options Octoprint (+£60), Full Enclosure (+£75) OPENSOURCE AND HACKABLE The Proforge is a completely opensource and hackable machine from the ground up. It uses entirely off the shelf components. The only “specialized” parts are the cnc machined HDPE panels, .dxf drawings for which will be made available on our website along with all other source files once printers start shipping. The proforge also makes use of 3D printed parts making modifying and/or replacing parts super easy. All this is built around a 2020 aluminium extrusion frame held together with cast aluminium brackets. EXTRUDER The hotend is an E3D V6 Clone, an all metal hotend capable of delivering up to 250 degrees Celsius, making it super easy to print a wide range or materials from PLA to ABS and other exotics. Compatible filament diameter is 1.75mm. The extruder is mounted onto an “extruder mount” which mounts onto a “tool carriage”, this allows for an effortless swapping of tool heads (only undoing two screws). Also on the extruder mount is a 50mm blower fan with a snap fitting fan shroud that blows a cool stream of air onto the print and an inductive probe sensor for auto levelling. The extruder Feeder is both Powerful and Precise, it uses a NEMA 17 Motor and a 3:1 herringbone gear setup. This drives an MK8 feeder gear,. The Idler arm is tensioned with a simple spring mechanism (holding the nut and tightening the M5 screw increases the pressure on the filament). The filament is then pushed up through the PTFE tubing and into the hotend. EXTRUDER FEEDER AUTO BED LEVELLING The Proforge uses an inductive sensor to probe the bed at 9 points to create a curved surface mesh. The extruder then follows this curved surface for the perfect first layer. Z-AXIS The platform is a sheet of CNC machined HDPE with aluminium extrusions on the underneath for support. The Print Bed is a 220 x 220 mm, 1.5mm thick aluminium sheet on top of a PCB heated bed that sits on top of four brass 12mm stand offs, the print volume is 200x200x235mm. The platform rides on long format linear bearings and is driven by a T8 Lead screw coupled to a NEMA 17 Motor, the coupler is a spring type that clamps onto the shaft rather than using grub screws which shift and misalign the shaft only contributing to dreaded “z-wobble”. The kit also includes some PTFE grease for the lead screw. SMOOTH MOTION The Proforge has a H-style gantry powered by NEMA 17 motors; the x-motor carriage, Idler and tool carriage are 3d printed. The gantry rides on self lubricating bronze bushings and 8mm stainless steel rods. The Bushings slot into the 3d printed parts and are held down using cable ties. The Y-axis is also geared to provide greater resolution in the axis. The X-axis pulley is central through the tool carriage and the Y-axis pulleys attach onto the outer sides of the x motor carriage and Idler creating a balanced system. This configuration is smooth and incredibly effective not only for maintenance purposes but also a considerable amount quieter when printing as opposed to using ball linear bearings. Also linear ball bearings over time scratch into the rods leaving grooves, the bronze bushings instead ride on a thin layer of grease. The frame is made from 2020 aluminium extrusions held together by die cast aluminium corner brackets. Attached to the frame are CNC machined HDPE panels. HDPE is a a dense material with a very high tensile strength. Unlike acrylic it does not crack or shatter and is attached to the frame with a bolt, t-nut and spring washer. The HDPE panels create a housing at the bottom of the printer for the electronics and power supply. On the top corners of the machine these brackets hold up the motion system and extruder feeder. FRAME ELECTRONICS The Proforge is powered by a RAMPS 1.4/Arduino Mega combo, an incredibly common and reliable electronics solution for 3D printing. Motors are controlled with pololu a4988 micro-controller boards which result in 1/16 micro-stepping of the NEMA 17’s. The Proforge also uses the latest version of Marlin (RC-8 at time of writing), a very common and opensource firmware. The machine is powered by a dedicated 12v 360W Power supply. The electronics compartment also has space for a Raspberry Pi for running Octoprint. The Proforge also has an LCD screen and SD card reader making it easy to monitor the machine, preheat heaters and move motors. The SD card also lets you print directly of it and have the printer run with out it being connected to a computer. LCD SCREEN & SD CARD READER CLEAN & TIDY The Proforge uses braided cable sleeving for routing wires which gives the entire machine a sleek finish. USB and power ports are all mounted onto the back of the machine making everything easy and accessible. OCTOPRINT Octoprint lets you control and monitor your prints over your homes Wi-Fi network. Take full control of the Proforge, start and stop prints, preheat heaters and send .gcode commands. Octoprint also allows you to make awesome time-lapses of your prints too with the included on-board camera! ENCLOSURE The enclosure is made of laser cut 3mm clear Perspex panels that go around all four sided of the printer. The roof is held together using t slots and swings up and can rest vertical. The door also swings open 180 degrees. The enclosure is incredibly useful for printing ABS and other exotic materials where print quality is enhanced by having a warm printing chamber. The enclosure also improves quality by preventing unwanted drafts from blowing across the print that may cause it to warp and crack. PROFORGE 3D PRINTER KIT – All parts to build the Proforge. – A small tool kit. – Kapton tape. – SD Card. – 10m sample roll of PLA. – Country dependent power cord.

AILABLE EARLY BIRD £279/$349 50 STANDARD £319/$399 100 SHIPPING & VAT TO BE COLLECTED LATER ABOUT THE CREATOR My name’s Adeel Ali, I’m an undergraduate Engineering student at the University of Bristol in the UK, I have currently taken some time out from my studies to pursue this project. I’ve been immersed in the world of 3D Printing for that last 4 years as a hobbyist, and have taken it seriously in the past year and a half to create the Proforge. I’m absolutely committed to bringing the Proforge to life and have little to no other commitments outside of Makertech 3D. In the future I plan on making more machines and innovations that help other makers make better things more easily and for a more affordable price. FAQ’S How long would the proforge take to get up and running? If the Proforge is your very first 3D Printer then I’d recommend clearing out a weekend for getting it up and running. One day for the physical build and second day for wiring, software and calibration. If however your familiar with RepRap style 3D Printers then you should be able to have the Proforge up and running with in a day. The physical build taking up most of the time. How have you managed to keep the price so competitive? If the Proforge is designed almost entirely from off the shelf parts, when bought in bulk the price comes down and sourcing is relatively easy too because the components are so common place on the market. The major advantage to this is not just a great price but also that if a part were to fail over time the user can easily find a replacement from Ebay or AliExpress. Why have only a maximum of 150 Proforge’s been offered on Kickstarter? 150 is the number I am confident I can provide in the timeline outlined and is also the upper limit of the number of people I’m willing to cater for at the moment to give the best possible experience of Makertech 3D. Limiting the campaign like this also prevents any chance of it becoming over subscribed and everyone’s experience of the project being a negative…a problem that has plagued many other large projects. Can I pledge for a Plotter/Laser/CNC Expansion mod? Unfortunately not, there are links in the campaign to what I used and can be sourced from Ebay or Aliexpress. The reason for this is to reduce project complexity. The expansion mods are there to Show what else the Proforge is capable of. I will however be providing instruction on how to do them, they will be made available on our website. What are shipping and VAT costs going to be? Firstly VAT is only applicable to UK and EU countries and will come to 20% of your pledge. However if you are purchasing as a company and can provide A VAT number then you do not have to pay this tax. Shipping is calculated using parcel2go.com with these parameters: shipping from the UK, 25KG Parcel weight and 60 x 50 x 30 cm Parcel dimensions. These are maximum estimates and may vary when it comes time to ship. Shipping estimates for some countries (cheapest options): USA – £68.39 UK – £9.78 (inc VAT) Germany – £12.71 (inc VAT) Canada – £68.72

 

We are rather impressed by the design and the printer and would love to get one to test and review. We also do educational events and a dual extruder printer would be cool.

 

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Now  that is pretty awesome!

Our Beta Test and Review of the Xyz Printing Davinci Jr. 2.0 Mix Printer.

We recently had the opportunity to test and review, beta test the Davinci Jr. 2.0 mix. This product is the company’s one of the newly released plus series 3D printers in the market. The physical appearance of the printer is very similar to the da Vinci Jr. 1.0. If you have limited experience with 3D printing or even if you are experienced it is an excellent choice too, I recommend you to adopt one of these cool printers.It is a decent  printer at an affordable price range and it offers many filament colors.
We found their software, Xyzware to be easy to use, and reliable. The output quality is very nice, actually better than most of the other printers that we have tested and reviewed. We like the design of the printer, it is cosmetically appealing, solid and it is solid in design. The set up was easy to do. The software, and wifi set up is relatively easy. It uses only the Xyz filament, which ensures that it works well, and with their equipment. It would be cool to be able to use other filament, but not a really big issue. The support is also quite decent from Xyz and their folks. Overall we recommend the printer to schools, families and small businesses. We really liked the ability to mix colors or print more than one color at a time too. It would be cool to have a full color version at some point.

We really liked the printer overall.

The only downside is that your have to use filament that is from XYZ Printing only and can not use open source filament.

It uses XYZware which we found to work well, especially for color mixing and printing.

Some folks like Cura, Simplify and Slicr, but overall we liked XYZware and it got the job done in an easy and efficient manner.

We wish that the printer could connect to wifi from the device, it uses a 2 step process, that works but could have been easier.

We definitely were impressed by the printer, its’ design and the output quality was better than most 3d printers that we have tested and reviewed in the last few years.

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Product Information

Product Dimensions 23.1 x 20 x 18.7 inches
Item Weight 35 pounds
Shipping Weight 35 pounds
Manufacturer XYZprinting, Inc.
ASIN B01NBVL966
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Item model number 3F2JWXUS00D
Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

Date first available at Amazon.com January 16, 2017

 

This is an unbiased, unpaid review!

 

 

See our youtube video collage as well on the cool printer:

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Our amazon Review of the Davinci Jr. 2.,0 Mix

Output Sample Gift Box

Our efforts to help education and autism via 3d printing and technology!

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TechNewsZone.com, and we are  currently in pending non-profit status. I am David and our  company seeks to help by donating technology, time, and care to people and families affected by autism. One of his biggest interests is in the 3D printing industry. 3D printing is the perfect blend of art and science, and presents a fantastic way for anyone with forms of educational disabilities to gain an interest in technology and get involved in their community.ProMolt 3D and Technewszone 3D printingWe are using ProMolt 3D filament on an Orion Delta 3D printer to bring learning to life to those with educational disabilities.We recently received 3 other printers to help our efforts and review.

We have a Hatchbox 3d Alpha:
A Upbox Mini 2:

and a Wanhao I3 Plus:

and a Afinibot A5!

If anyone want us to do a free or for donation event in Southern Nevada please let me know.

Last year, TechNewsZone was able to partner with Robo3D to donate one of their 3D printers to a local special education teacher. David has run many events with special education classes, as well as with his local Girl Scouts of America branch. The impact of sparking interest in young minds can’t be understated – the 3D printing industry is going to reach amazing heights in the next decade and it will be pushed even further by the kids that David works so hard to inspire!David is a skilled 3D printer, and writes many reviews on his site and keeps the autism community up-to-date on the latest, greatest trends via his Twitter account. To learn more about how you could help David and TechNewsZone.com make a difference in the lives of people with autism, check out his donor page and his mission statement. To see his thoughts on ProMolt 3D PLA filament, check out his reviews page and make sure you share his message on Facebook and Twitter.Full Article--> Link 

 

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Interdrone 2016 Highlights and our favorite drones!

We had the opportunity to cover the recent Interdrone 2016. We are into technology and are huge huge fans of drones.Our first impression of the show was from a Key Note by Chris Anderson from 3d Robotics(3DR).

 : He spoke in reference to control of drones and processing of data via the cloud. He also said that the future would bring drones for a variety of uses from security to delivery and for emergency life saving usage as well.

A bit of information on Chris Anderson:

Chris is the CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. From 2001 through 2012 he was the Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine. Before Wired, he was with The Economist for seven years in London, Hong Kong and New York. Chris is the author of the New York Times bestselling books “The Long Tail” and “Free” as well as the new “Makers: The New Industrial Revolution.” Chris also founded GeekDad, BookTour and a few other companies now lost in the mists of time. His background is in science, starting with studying physics and doing research at Los Alamos and culminating in six years at the two leading scientific journals, Nature and Science. He now lives in Berkeley, California with his wife and five children.

In terms of the show and its technology we were impressed by Powervisions Poweregg.

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We love would do get one to review and help education and autism too. We like the folding propellers as well as its’ innovative design. It reminded us of the Flying Robot Eve from the Wallee movie. They also had a more high end drone that competes with the DJI Inspire line of drones as well. It is the Powereye PowerVision PowerEye

 

The next interesting and orange drone was the Autel Robotics XStar Premium drone  which we also found to be impressive in terms of its’ design, and features.

Here is a video of it operation:

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We also had the opportunity to talk with the folks from Teal, who were showing the worlds fastest production drone:

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At only 18 years old, George Matus is the CEO of his own drone and software company, Teal, which sells the fastest consumer drone in the world.

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Teal is powered by the NVIDIA TX1, a crazy powerful mini supercomputer. It handles machine learning, autonomous flight, image recognition, and much more with ease, onboard the drone itself. This makes Teal a flying supercomputer. You can even plug Teal into a monitor, use it like a normal computer, play games on it, and go fly when you want!

Finally, we had the opportunity to visit with the folks at Yuneec(Pronounced like unique)

Though Yuneec offers a variety of drones for this article we found the most interesting one to be the Breeze due its’ size and the fact that it was unique from its’ competition in terms of its’s size and design.

According to Yuneec:

Introducing Breeze, the flying camera designed with you in mind. Both convenient and compact, Breeze is controlled by your iOS or Android device with the Breeze Cam app and weighs just under 1 pound. Now capture aerial photos and video of your daily adventures effortlessly– and do it in stunning 4K Ultra High Definition. Simply take Breeze out of the box and let it fly.

Overall we found the size and design, and the 4k video capabilities of the Breeze to be rather compelling. We would love to get one to test and review and do events for education and autism too. It also seems to be at an excellent price point as well.

 

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Our overall impression of this years Interdrone event were really positive. The show and technology has advanced quite a bit in the last 12 months. We are huge fans of drones and their capabilities. We are trying to use drones and 3d printing to do events to help stem education and autism! We covered some of the highlights of the show and what we were intrigued by at the show.
The only downside to the show is that 3dr and DJI were not exhibiting at the show, we would have liked to have sen them at the show as well.

Cetus 3d Kickstarter–>A Nice device for the price!

We are rather impressed by the new Cetus 3d Printer.

We have been talking with their team on social channels and may get one to test, review and do some videos on.

If we do get one will use it to help our educational and autism events and programs too!

Link to Cetus3d

 

 

Specifications:

Printer dimensions: 265 x 275 x 265 mm
Print volume: 180 x 180 x 180 mm
Layer thickness: 0.05 – 0.35 mm
Platform leveling: Manual alignment, software-assisted leveling
Operating systems: Windows 7/8/10, Mac
Print technology: Melted extrusion modeling (MEM)
Material: Designed for PLA but open to other materials
All three axes are controlled with high-quality linear bearings that the start-up maintains provides excellent print quality. It comes with a self-levelling bed and it’s also virtually silent.

Despite its minimalism, there’s a lot that the Cetus can do. It offers three different fast-change nozzle size options of 0.2, 0.4 and 0.6 mm, and a specially designed adhesive coating allows for good first layer adhesion along with easy print removal. It’s pre-calibrated and can be used right out of the box via either USB or Wi-Fi, and its bundled Cetus Software (also available as an iOS app) offers 2D to 3D conversion, blackout recovery and automatic support generation.

 

The device allows wireless access as well–>

We are looking forward to it being on Kickstarter and will update this article soon!

Link to Cetus3d

 

 

Cool 3d Printer on Kickstarter Worth Backing–>Big Bot!

I noticed this kickstarter project yesterday. We are huge fans of 3d printing and are trying to use it to help stem education and autism too. We are huge advocates for 3d printing and really love it. Please check out this project and back it if you can!

One of our missions is to help get new products to market that we find to be exciting and appear to be solid viable entrants to the market.
We are really impressed by this new, exciting 3d printer and like that it can print really large objects. We also like that the based does not move, just the print head. This is alot like a delta printer which we are also fans of. The fact that the object does not move as much would help it print smoother and in better quality as well.
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The skinny on specifications:
BigBot printers are premium 3D printers, tailored specifically for larger 3D printed parts:

Dual extruder options allow for multiple colors or materials.
E3D V6 Volcano-style hot ends allow a wide range of filaments to be printed with interchangeable nozzle diameters.
Large diameter nozzles are available to enable larger prints to print faster, while smaller nozzles are available for highly detailed prints.
LCD control with SD card reader enables printing without a USB connection and control from a computer (but can still be controlled by computer via USB).
High voltage motor and extruder power enable fast travel despite the larger build platform.
High power heated build plate brings the larger bed to 95C, enabling optimal bed adhesion.
Replacement parts are standardized, and readily available.
Open source firmware and hardware allow customization to suit specific needs.
Open work space allow for easy access to work for easy part removal and cleanup.
Durable ball bearings and hardened chromed steel rods ensure long term durability.
Filament feeds with minimal effort and high reliability while accommodating almost all filament spool sizes.
3mm thick aluminum build platform is significantly more durable than glass build plates and distribute heat well.
Project status: ready to supply production kits.
These printer kits are ready to be made and shipped to backers! Our BigBot printer kits have been fully tested and component supply has been validated for cost, quality, and demand. A successful kickstarter campaign enables bulk material ordering for affordable, large format 3D printer kits.

With successful funding, in addition to our kits we will supply users with:

High quality build instructions
30 day warranty against defective items
Large print instructional(s)
Open-source part models for recreating the printers
A website dedicated to BigBot printers which will include support for all hardware and software
This is in addition to the ever-growing, open source community support behind RepRap 3D prints, of which these printers are fully compatible.

We are impressed and hope these guys make it and get funded!

We are huge fans of reprap, and opensource 3d printing as well!

Hatchbox3d Filament loved it!

We recently had the opportunity to test and review Hatchbox3d Filament!

Hatchbox 3d

They also have a cool printer that we would love to test, review, and use to help education and autism, are intrigued by it.

As far as filament–>

We got to try a few varieties of their filament, some ABS, Some PLA and some Glass.

 

We used them on an Einstart -S, and a Seemecnc Delta Orion printer.

In nearly every situation the filament performed well. We are really impressed by the huge variety of colors and how well the filament performed overall.

According to Hatchbox3d:

From professional engineers to designers and hobbyists alike, enter into the world of HATCHBOX for endless opportunities of innovation and design in 3D printing. Our extensive collection of filaments caters to a variety of applications suitable for home, business, and anything your creative intellect aspires. Our distinguished craftsmanship is what makes us unique and sets us at the forefront of the competition. For consistency in quality, variety in selection, and affordability in pricing, HATCHBOX is here to provide you with the ultimate 3D printing filament solution. We encourage you to join our 3D printing community and share your vision in shaping and designing the future

We used some for a cub scout event back in May and it performed well.

In testing of the 1.75mm PLA filament and Glass Filament worked well even on a non-heated acrylic bed and all 3 types the ABS, PLA and Glass Filament performed well on a heated bed with the Seemecnc Delta Printer that we had on loan for a while.

It would probably perform as well on Hatchbox3d’s Delta Printer as well.

For more information go to Hatchbox3d’s site!

Would we recommend their filament to folks that need filament, of course we would we were rather impressed by their products!

The interesting and innovative Mocaheart Device by Mocacare!

We recently received a Mocaheart from Mocacare.

It is  an all-in-one smart heart tracker
that measures heart rate, blood oxygen,
and blood flow with a quick scan of your thumbs.

About Mocacare:

Here at MOCACARE, we’re driven by a vision to combine health, technology, design, and comfort. Our goal is simple – to make caring for health an easy, intuitive, and reliable experience.

Established in 2013, MOCACARE is headquartered in Palo Alto, California and has an engineering center in Taipei, Taiwan. With our international team of scientists, engineers, designers, physicians, and business leaders from Stanford University, California College of the Arts, and UCSF, we’re empowering people to care for their health every day.

MOCAheart was born from an urging need. We noticed that beyond finding an easier way to take care of their health, our loved ones also wanted a better way to care for each other. Using personal life experiences, human-centered design principles, and the latest heart health technology, we’ve created a health companion that enhances the connection between you, your health, and your loved ones.

Our impressions:

Overview:

There a variety of heart monitoring applications available for Android and IOS.

We found the Mocaheart device to be above the crowd in it’s ease of use, the quality of and utility of the application.

It worked well, and was easy to use.

Setup: 

The device was really easy to set up on the Iphone and from my understanding it is just as easy on Android devices.

The Mocaheart came with the batteries installed that were needed to operate it. To get it ready all one has to do is turn it on, pair to you devices bluetooth, and download the free application. It worked right out of the box the first time and every time We used it.

Why Use it!

According to the news and television and various other news media as well as my doctor, the threat of heart disease is on the rise world wide.

It is wise to keep track of your own health, especially heart health. The Mocaheart allows you to monitor and gauge your level of heart health on a regular basis.

With the Apple Iphone the Mocaheart device integrates with the health application present in IOS, as well as being able to be used with its own application.

The application as seen above is clear and easy to read, and understand. It allows you to use the Mocaheart and know your level of heart health, though it is recommended to see your doctor on a regular basis as well.

 

We were rather impressed by the device, its’ design, and its’ operation, ease of use and the application as well.

If you would like to get one of these cool wee devices you can check one out on Amazon!

In the Media

“The Future just happened” – Boehringer Ingelheim
For a product that started on Kickstarter

We would definitely recommend the Mocaheart for anyone that wants to track their heart health, in a nice easy, portable device!

Here is a nice overview video from youtube:

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Promolt 3d Tested and loved their filament!

We received a sample of Promolt3d’s black and one of their white filament.

According to the folks at Promolt3d :
 

“ProMolt 3D is committed to providing the best filament to help 3D printing enthusiasts bring their creations to life. 3D printing is revolutionizing the manufacturing industry as well as the art world. ProMolt 3D wants to give both sides the common factor to help them succeed – a quality, easy to use filament that keeps the creations coming. We think we have found a winner in ProMolt 3D PLA that delivers the highest quality and the best price.”
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Initially a team of engineers using 3D printing for prototyping designs, we now
share our passion by creating quality filament and nurturing a community to
support the desktop 3D printer user.
 
At ProMolt 3D we believe in the future. A future driven
by creativity and passion that expands our world.
We make products that empower our customers to dream bigger,
to believe stronger and to become the future.
So far the filament is performing well, we tested some on the Seemecnc Orion Delta printer and we are also testing some on a Shining 3d Einstart -S as well. The filament is performing well so far.  So far they seem to offer a limited selection so far however it works well.
According to Promolt3d:

Product Description

ProMolt 3D focuses on providing our customers the best 3D printing experience possible. This starts by providing professional grade quality filament at affordable prices. Our blend of filament is created using premium virgin materials through a high precision manufacturing process that ensures diameter tolerance accuracy verification through dual electronic laser diameter gauges.

Not only is this premium filament placed on a spool designed to fit most printers, but also is free of bubbles and impurities to ensure your first print is your only print.

Finest Material – 100% virgin Nature Works resin

Environmentally Friendly – Made from biodegradable materials

Long Lasting – Over 330m/1080ft of filament per spool

Satisfaction Guaranteed – 100% refund if not happy with the product

Tested Material Properties – ProMolt 3D Material Specifications page

We are really impressed by the filament that we received from them it works, well, produced nice quality output too.
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They are also trying to help us in our efforts to help education and autism too see the link–>

Help us to help autism see link Promolt3d our autism efforts link!

Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf: All-new computer game allows users to design, create and play custom golf courses

Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf: All-new computer game allows
users to design, create and play custom golf courses

May 3, 2016

North Palm Beach, Fla.—Acclaimed golf course designer Jack Nicklaus—known for his record 18 professional major championship victories in addition to his global portfolio of award-winning courses and host venues for the game’s most significant events—once famously said, “The game is meant to be fun.” And now, the Nicklaus Companies is upping the ante to an all-new level, with the launch of Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf, the most realistic golf computer game the market has ever seen. Golfers, non-golfers and gaming enthusiasts alike will have hours of enjoyment designing and playing golf courses just like the Golden Bear himself has done for the last 50 years.

“We have developed a number of innovative technologies bringing together the virtual and real worlds into a seamless environment,” said Robert Samuels, the Chairman and CEO of Perfect Golf. “We are proud to team with the Nicklaus Companies once again and look forward to our shared mutual success.”

Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf features an integrated online multiplayer with an in-game lobby for matchmaking. The game includes a fully integrated tournament function that allows external community sites to host their own tournaments in-game, using the publically available Application Program Interface. There is also an Integrated Control API, which can be used to connect external equipment to the game to provide a vast array of different simulation options.

The physics engine, built specifically for golf, implements true skid and roll bounce physics, as well as accurate green speed measurements. Inside the game, users can select different swing mechanics, including full controller support; various time-of-day and weather options, including real-time integrated weather; customize their players and golf clubs; and select from multiple difficulty options to play the courses they’ve designed. There are more than 20 modes of play, including the innovative hazard golf and a fully customizable Method of Play Creator, containing over 50 events that can be used to create custom game play modes.

Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf also gives players a completely customizable experience, bringing forth the expertise that Jack Nicklaus and world-leading Nicklaus Design have gleaned from designing nearly 400 golf courses worldwide over parts of six decades. Now, users can become expert golf course designers and architects too. Nicklaus Design Course Forge, the in-game course designer, is the same platform used internally by Nicklaus Design for its global projects. Not only can players dabble in golf course design—they can completely customize the surrounding landscape, selecting from a large array of camera angles, tracers, and graphics quality settings. The courses are also fully geo-referenced for future integration of real-world data and accurate sun angles, based on location.

Perfect Golf has a global reputation in 3-D modeling and simulation for entertainment uses. Perfect Golf’s graphics have set the benchmark and have been used during worldwide broadcasts of the most notable tournaments on the PGA TOUR to digitally depict golf course ball flights, playing conditions, and design elements on some of the best-known golf courses in the world including The Presidents Cup 2015 at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, and will soon be featured in the return of golf to the 2016 Olympics.

Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf is currently available on Steam for Windows, OSX and Linux (www.jacknicklausperfectgolf.com). The game will be offered soon on a variety of other platforms, including consoles and Android TV.

About Perfect Golf, Inc. (Perfect Golf®)

Perfect Golf is a sport technology venture specializing in advanced virtual 3D Games, Broadcast Technologies and simulation. All of Perfect Golf’s software products—including Terrain ForgeTM, Course ForgeTM, Broadcast SuiteTM, and now Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf—incorporate fully geo-referenced terrains and create a seamless environment between reality and virtual reality for the sports enthusiast.

As the consumer and commercial markets surrounding broadcasting, gaming and mobile continue to battle for user time, Perfect Golf is leading the push to integrate these three platforms into a single experience that will bring the user closer to the action and much more integrated into it.  The future of sports simulation is not just in making the experience more realistic, it is in making the user an integrated part of it and empowering users to compete against the professionals that are on television at their gaming console, PC or mobile device. Further, Perfect Golf is currently developing real-world technologies, such as GPS Golf Ball design, which can be fully integrated to the existing suite of products, and provide users with both quantitative data and their own qualitative 3D Broadcast SuiteTM for social media and re-integration back into the game via cloud-based technologies.

Perfect Golf, Inc. is incorporated in Delaware, with headquarters in Buffalo, NY, and satellite office locations in Washington, DC, and Manchester, England. For investment, shareholder information, or more information, please visit www.perfect.golf.

About the Nicklaus Companies

The Nicklaus Companies is dedicated to promoting excellence in the game of golf, preserving its great traditions and growing the game.  For nearly 50 years, the mission of the Nicklaus Companies has been to enhance the golf experience, and to bring to the national and international consumer, golf-related businesses and services that mirror the high standards established in the career and life of Jack Nicklaus.  In 2007, Jack Nicklaus partnered with Howard Milstein to help further the growth of the company and to realize the full potential of the brands and branded businesses.  Howard Milstein is Chairman of New York Private Bank & Trust, and is actively involved in the Nicklaus Companies as Co-Chairman along with Jack.

Products and services include golf-course design, development of golf and real estate communities, and the marketing and licensing of golf products and services. Nicklaus-branded products have been marketed worldwide since 1962.  The Jack Nicklaus and Golden Bear-branded lifestyle collection of products include: golf academies; ice cream; restaurants; beverages; wine; home appliances; flooring; cabinets; apparel; footwear; and golf equipment.

For more information on the Nicklaus Companies, please visit www.nicklaus.com.

An informational Overview on Adding Chat Services To Your Web Site

Adding Chat Services To Your Web Site:

Several years ago, it became a normal thing for companies that have a presence on the internet to start blending their service departments so that they could answer questions in by e-mail, by phone, and by offering live chat sessions.

They soon found out that customers that contacted them regarding their website were using the live chat service option a lot more than e-mail because it was possible to ask a specific question. The flip side of that when you first get started with full-line customer service on your website is that if your knowledgebase is not completely up-to-date, you may find that you are getting swamped with live chat help sessions.

Here are some other ways that you fine tune the process of adding chat services to your web site:

Use your chat service to make your customer service better: As mentioned, when you get started providing customer service, you won’t always know what the most common questions are. By implementing live chat, you can ensure that statistics are kept on all topics, giving you insight into precisely the type of service that your customers need in all parts of your customer support area.

Look at using a solid partner: Some hosting providers like Solidcactus.com offer chat services as an option that can augment the hosting applications that they provide for you. Because their options are standardized and used by many people, the price that you pay will be competitive and the technology will always be the latest. Another reason that a good partner is important is that they can help you maintain your level of service across the board. In some scenarios, if you do not want to hire your own customer service agents, your hosting provider may have workers available that can handle customer service with chat.

Leverage your chat service to increase your overall customer service: One of the hardest for website managers is to see sales fall by the wayside when customers are not able to close a transaction for one reason or another. If you watch your transaction queue with your workers, you can often initiate chat sessions and talk with the client in order to find out what happened. Companies that choose to go this route often end up converting those lost sales back into revenue because the customer typically just makes a data entry mistake when they are ordering.

Live chat services are one of the most popular ways to allow your customer service team to quietly make themselves available so that the customer experience can be everything that you have designed it to be. By finding a solid partner that can help staff you when you need workers you can add flexibility that will save you both time and money.

Live chat services are one of the most popular ways to allow your customer service team to quietly make themselves available so that the customer experience can be everything that you have designed it to be.

If you are an organization that needs these services, this sounds rather intriguing and a good way to get started with it.

Autism and Communication Some Interesting things!



 

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Communicotool-A New Communication tool for non-verbal autistic folks!

Autistic daughter inspires communication app for non‐verbal people After seeing non‐verbal 8‐year‐old Reinnah take her tablet everywhere she went, her father created CommunicoTool to help her talk with him. Now updated to version 2, it launches in the US to help non‐verbal children acquire, develop and use language skills. San Francisco, CA – March 11 – ​One in 68 children has Autism Spectrum Disorder, and roughly 25% of them cannot speak. These and non‐verbal children with other developmental disorders must rely on visuals, often flash cards or drawings, to communicate. Tablet app CommunicoTool 2 makes it easy for a non‐verbal child to find their words. With specialized visual and audio tools wrapped into one, these children have a library of pictures for expressing themselves, instructions for daily tasks set in simple sequences of images, and can have the entire experience customized to their particular needs. “Like a wheelchair for someone who can’t walk, CommunicoTool 2 lets children overcome their speech challenges,” says Frédéric Guibet, CommunicoTool’s founder and CEO. “Except that the app goes further, over time helping them to learn the words through repetition, and develop their language skills.” Guibet himself has a daughter who can’t speak as a result of her autism. He got the idea for the company in 2012 after noticing she would rarely go anywhere without her tablet.“My Reinnah, like many other autistic kids, thinks in a more visual manner than verbal,” he continues. “The tablet’s big, colorful screen was clearly the key to talking with her. Creating this app was the best way to get a direct line of communication with my daughter. Now I want to help other families live the same experience.” The first version of the app launched in France with two main features: a library of images to help people pronounce words and construct sentences, and a “Doloris module” to help communicate pain with a picture of a body to point to, and a scale to help show how badly it hurts. Its second version, debuted today at SXSW, adds a “Sequence” features that lets a caretaker arrange sequences that explain how to do something, like brush your teeth. This includes a timer, for things like the brushing itself, that need to be done for a set amount of time—a difficult concept to communicate without words. The whole experience can be personalized. Julie Laurent for example, a CommunicoTool employee with two autistic daughters of her own, created a to‐do list to help her daughter know what to do during library time at school. Her tablet shows a picture Julie uploaded of her daughter lining up with her classmates, then a picture of the library, then one of her listening to a story, then one of her taking a book, and finally one of her checking out a book with the librarian. With this routine, she learns what is expected of her and becomes more independent. Coming soon are the ability to build more complex sentences, and synchronization between devices to keep customization consistent between parents, teachers, specialists and other caregivers. The app is available for tablets running iOS or Android. The app is free for the first month, then costs $2.99 per month or $59.99 for life. For more information, visit communicotool.com or contact Courtney Sims at courtney@oxygen‐pr.com or 1 (951) 565‐6016. ### About CommunicoTool Created in late 2012 by Frédéric Guibet, CommunicoTool is a French startup specialized in communication applications, originally under the CTEXDEV masthead. Frédéric, who has an autistic daughter, quickly realized that the tablet was to his child what a wheelchair is to someone affected by motor disabilities. He decided to create communication apps for tablets aimed at people, like his daughter, who faced challenges from being non-verbal!

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Trinus3d Exciting NEW Crowdfunded 3D Printer!

Professional 3D printing now costs hundreds instead of thousands Starting March 30, Trinus will be available on Kickstarter for just $299.

SAN FRANCISCO, California (March 25, 2016) — Trinus is the first truly affordable 3D printer for everyday professional use. Currently, desktop 3D printers fall roughly into two camps. For under $500, you can buy a 3D printer suited for fun experimentation — one that is more toy than work machine. For $2000 or more, you can buy a printer that is suited for more serious prototyping and fabrication. If you want high-quality printing but are on a tight budget, you are better off getting your prints from a third party. Industrial designer Bojan Smiljanic fell into this camp. As a creator of consumer products, he used to send all of his prototype designs to third-party 3D printers such as Shapeways. He did not want The Trinus 3D Printer/Laser Engraver is the world’s first professional-grade 3D printer made from all metal parts for under $500 to spend thousands of dollars for a personal machine that might break down, fulfill only some of his needs, or require an upgrade after just a few years. However, relying on third-party printers had its challenges too. Once, Smiljanic ordered two prints of a prototype for $100. He waited 20 days for the prototypes to arrive, only to find that they were printed with plastic that was too stiff. This type of experience was not uncommon. Last year, Smiljanic joined Kodama, Inc., a small San Francisco-based startup looking to build a high-quality 3D printer that met the needs of professionals and hobbyists alike. They came up with Trinus, a fast, reliable, high-resolution 3D printer that can be transformed into a laser engraver within 60 seconds.


 

Unlike most other 3D printers under $500, Trinus does not contain any cheap plastic parts — it is made entirely of premium metal. “I wanted to make a machine that I would use as a product designer,” says Smiljanic. “With its speed, precision, and versatility, Trinus fits the bill. The prototype printer in my office has been running 24/7 since November, with no technical failures yet.” Starting March 30, Trinus will be available on Kickstarter for $299. The first 100 backers will get a Super Early Bird price of $199. Trinus can be converted from a 3D printer to a laser engraver in 60 seconds. Built to last Constructed entirely out of high-end aluminum and steel, Trinus is the world’s only all-metal 3D printer under $500. More than a printer Trinus has a “transformer” design: Its 3D printing head can be taken off and exchanged with a laser engraver. By the end of 2016, we aim to launch a third head — which is why we named our product Trinus, the Latin word for “triple.” We are currently working on designs for a dual extruder (for mixing multiple filaments), a paste extruder (for printing with viscous substances such as chocolate), and a CNC router (for cutting wood and metal). No filament restrictions In addition to traditional PLA filament, Trinus can print with exotic materials, such as flexible, polycarbonate, wood, and aluminum filaments. Through our Kickstarter we are providing premium Polymaker filament at an exclusive discount. Stability and precision To make Trinus we scaled down the mechanics of industrial-grade machines. Built with a single-axis slider and robust internal components, Trinus does not require constant recalibration. Its parts stay in place. High print quality Trinus maintains quality printing up to print speeds of 70 mm/sec but is capable of running at a maximum speed of 150 mm/sec. With a minimum layer height of 50 microns, its prints come out clean and smooth. Hassle-free assembly Since Trinus has a simple modular design and only 11 units, someone with no technical experience can put it together in 30 minutes. Other, more expensive printers can have hundreds of pieces and require a full day to assemble. Intuitive software Trinus comes with its own proprietary Pango software, which includes many built-in features and works twice as fast as other slicers. However, you’re not tied to Pango — Trinus is compatible with any other software package or gCode. Enclosure and HBP We offer many options to ensure you can optimize Trinus to your needs, including an enclosure case and a heated bed platform that lets you print ABS and PC. To deliver you the best product, we teamed up with three partners • Flextronics, one of the biggest names in the world for electronics and manufacturing • Polymaker, one of the best and most innovative filament suppliers on the market • Panowin, a 3D printing company with 3+ years of experience in the industry and more than 20 patents filled Tech specs • Print volume: 120mm x 125mm x 125mm • Print speed: up to 70 mm/sec | Moving speed: up to 150 mm/sec • Minimum layer height: 0.05mm (50 microns) • Print material: 1.75mm PLA, ABS, PC, flex, wood, aluminum • OS supported: Windows, Mac • Connectivity: USB, SD Card (autoprint) • Power consumption: 60W • Weight: 9.8kg About Kodama, Inc. Kodama is a small San Francisco-based team of entrepreneurs, designers, and engineers working on 3D printing technology. We created the Trinus 3D Printer to bring high-quality and affordable 3D printing to every creative soul.

For More Info See–> Trinus3d
Kickstarter:

 

We would love the chance to test and review one of these interesting hybrid devices.

Our impressions of the Vivitek Novo Pro Presentation Collaboration Device

a.Vivitek-NovoPro We recently had the opportunity to test and review the Vivetek Novopro Presentation and Collaboration device.

According to Vivitek, it is:
NovoPRO is a wireless presentation and collaboration system designed to support highly interactive and collaborative meetings or classroom learning activities. Meeting participants, instructors, teachers and students can interact and share digital content via their PCs, tablets, Chromebooks and smartphones — a true BYOD device.

NovoPRO supports true screen mirroring from iOS and Android devices. It features screen preview/moderator control, 4-to-1 projection, video streaming, instant response system (IRS), file sharing, and access to cloud-based resources. Built-in, whiteboard-interactive features encourage meeting or classroom participation, and all Novo’s can be managed remotely over the network. The built-in Ethernet port allows for dual-network connection to accommodate Corporate/Guest or Student/Faculty networks.

The NovoPRO can also be optionally equipped with the Launcher; a USB-connected device with software preloaded that, with the insertion and click of the Launcher, displays the computer screen. A true plug-n-play-to-display solution.
Request for demonstration. within your facility by a Novo Specialist. If you are a corporation, university or school region/district looking to standardize your BYOD infrastructure, click the link below:
– See more at: http://www.vivitekusa.com/productdetail.php?product_id=151#sthash.CGO0C3BF.dpuf
We tested our demo unit from a few devices and in few ways. I used an Android Laptop and an Ipad to do a presentation and wirelessly sent it to an older DLP television. After a bit of set up and a brief learning curve I was able to get it to allow me to show a presentation from the 2 tablets on the tv. I also tried streaming video from the TV and the 2 tablets as well. As long as the presentation software recognized the codec of the video then it worked rather well. It did not play all the videos we tried to stream but it did work well most of the time. The device would be great for educational and business applications.

Here is an image of the devices ports and connections:

 

 

In summary it is a devices which is:

A Pro Presentation and Collaboration System Output: HDMI (1080p, 4K 60FPS) Integrated wired network capability Works with LauncherPro Connectivity: Up to 64 users can simultaneously connect; Up to 4 users can simultaneously present on the screen Compatability: Windows, Mac, ChromeBook, iOS, Android Features: Voting, Annotation, Whiteboard, Wireless hot-spot for up to 8 devices, Capture screenshot, Works with Dropbox and Google Drive. It would fit well in business and education as well as religious environments!

We were also sent the Vivitek Launcher tool which allows several users to collaborate and share video together during an education or business or other event. We tested it with a number of devices and it worked well and allow sharing of video and presentations between multiple users. It is a nice and productive business and educational tool.

 

The NovoPRO’s built-in Ethernet port and Wi-Fi module allow for standard dual network support so that both a wired and wireless connection can be accomplished to accommodate, for example, both guest and corporate networks. To make operation simple, the optional Launcher buttons allow for instantaneous screen sharing though this USB connected device. In a collaborative setting, the Launcher also has placement buttons for the four screen quadrants to provide an easy selection of multiple display devices. Lastly, the Launcher has the software preloaded, which makes it truly plug-n-plug to PCs or Macs. (No software installation is required.)

We found both devices to be rather easy to use, and they do what they are supposed to do and work rather well.

We liked the design of the devices, the ease of use, how well built they are, as well as their small size. They are really small and ought to fit in your bag to take with you and use on the go. The only improvement is there needs to be support for video types and codecs.

We appreciated the opportunity to test and reviews these fine Vivitek Products.

Our interviews with Barry Bostwick & Patricia Quinn–Wizard World Comicon Las Vegas 3/2016!

We are attending Wizard World Comicon in Las Vegas as Press. We met a few famous folks at Wizard World Comicon Las Vegas March 17, 2016!

We met and interviewed Barry Bostwick see-->Barry Bostwick from IMDB Barry Bostwick Picture

Our interview:

Watch this video on YouTube.

We also met Patricia Quinn also known for the Rocky Horror Picture Show as well as tons of other movies, plays including Lady McBeth recently. A link to her IMDB--Patricia Quinn! Patricia Quinn Picture

Our interview:

Watch this video on YouTube.

An a video of Victor Dandridge from Blue White and Red All Over, a blog of note!

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Watch this video on YouTube.

 

MOTA JETJAT™ Nano-C Preview

We are going to be reviewing a tiny but interesting drone from Mota Soon.

 

Nano-C

MOTA JETJAT™ Nano-C

 

The world’s smallest and lightest camera drone is merely a pint-sized 32 x 32 x 22 mm. Travel sized and 1/10 the size of an actual camera, the Nano-C delivers aerial camera capabilities so you can get those hard-to-capture shots. Video recording is made simple with an easily accessible SD-Card but the fun doesn’t stop there! Agile and nimble, the Nano-C can perform flips and stunts only daredevils dare to attempt. For a little drone that merely weighs .6 oz, the Nano-C epitomizes stable flight, video capturing and coins the term ‘pocket drone’. Tiny fun for the little ones, agile and powerful for hobbyists, and video capabilities for growing professionals; fly indoors and out without worry.

 

n  The world’s smallest and lightest video drone is merely gumball sized!

n  Built-in camera and micro SD card so you can record everything but your favorite TV series.

n  WOW your neighbors – This pocket sized design has a flight distance of up to 80 ft, LED lights for night flight and flying high over houses!

n   With the latest 6-axis Gyro hardware and videogame style 4-Channel Controller, experience amazing flight control.

n  Play with your pets around the house or shoo away flies before dinner; Nano-C does it all!

n  Upgraded high-capacity battery gives you extended flight time with shorter charge time. USB charging cable included has a light to help you identify charge status.

We are looking forward to checking out the wee beastie.

Please check out their website for more info JETJAT!

Our initial impressions of AMX3d Filament

We recently were sent samples of Amx3d’s white and black pla.

amx 3dThey are located at AMX3d.

An Overview on AMX3d:

AMX3d provides 3D printing supplies of the highest quality to customers demanding the best!

We are passionate about 3D printing… but how did we get here?

Every company has a story… this is the AMX3d story… technology, Robert, the wedding & 3D Printing…

For us, when we started and how it started began in the summer of 2015…

Our founders were tech savvy entrepreneurs before Rep Rap (the birth of much of the technology we use today for 3D printing) was conceived. A father and son team they had formed a mobile technology company located in the Chicago suburbs mostly as a hobby. The son kept his job in technology, the father was a consultant in the financial industry by day. Android and IOS apps kept them busy during the evenings (you can find their apps on Google Play and Amazon appstore if you are curious- search Gen3 Software)… late evening calls when everyone else in the family was asleep were the norm. In general, the conversations were technical talks about APIs, UX, the next opportunity in mobile, the latest IPO. Just what you’d expect father and son tech geek talks to be.

One evening, the topic was a little different. The son was getting married. His Aunt had just called to tell him that she and his Uncle would be unable to attend the wedding due to a very serious health condition with which the Uncle had been recently diagnosed. Upset, disappointed and concerned that his Aunt would be unable to attend, it was boldly proposed that they work together evenings to build a telepresence robot so his Aunt could “attend” the wedding.

Some father son teams go fishing or hunting. This team built technology. Build a robot? Challenge accepted! They attacked this project like they did any new project on a short deadline and fast became familiar technologies that were new to them… robotics, Raspberry Pis, Arduinos, solenoids, relays, voltage converters… and of course, enlisting the expert artistic touches where needed…

We were impressed by the filament, we tested on Seemecnc’s Delta Orion printer and an Eistart S from Shining 3d. It worked well on both Printers:
amx3d.BlackPLa_71f51f8c-e737-4cea-abef-669973ab1672_grandeWe received a sample of White and Black pla. We used it at 210 to 220 degrees and the quality was quite nice. We used the filament at a range from an unheated and heated bed and it worked well. On the Einstart -S we used a glue stick to help the adhesion, on the Seeme CNC, I used a heated bed at about 45 degrees Celsius.

I was also impressed with the lack of smell from the filament while it printer as well–>
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Reviews-DJI Phantom 3, Cel Robox 3d Printer and Seemecnc Delta Orion 3d Printer!

In our efforts on the web to do reviews and help autism too, now after 5+ years on the web we are starting to get somewhere to get technology to use to to review, and help autism and stem education too.

We were donated a DJI Phantom 3 Standard, loaned an Amazing Cel Robox 3d printer, and a really nice Seemecnc Delta Orion printer too.

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We are in the process of testing and reviewing these devices and intend to use them for autism events in the near future too!

We appreciate the opportunity to work with DJI, Cel-Robox and Seemecnc!

Check out our partners and their awesome products:

DJI–drones link

Cel-Robox–3d Printers link!

Seemecnc–Orion Delta Link!

Deadpool Movie Review: David Berkowitz-Technewszone.com

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Film Review: ‘Deadpool’

I had the opportunity to attend the screening of Deadpool recently in Las Vegas.

I went with 2 of my teens. My 15 year old daughter and my 19 year old son.

My 19 year old son is a huge fan of Deadpool, he really loved the movie.

After seeing the movie, I realize that my daughter is too young to have seen the movie. I kept having to tell her to “oh, close your eyes quick during the movie.”

The movie had me laughing during most of the screening. At the age of 47, I am more of a fan of traditional Super Hero movies, such as Guardians of the Galaxy, which was quite funny and a great movie, Ant Man which was funny and a bit irreverent. However, Deadpool took it to a whole new level. I think for the young folks from teens to maybe 25 years old it would be perceived as an awesome movie and they will love it. It kind of seems like they merged a Marvel movie with a script for Family Guy or South Park.

It definitely earns its’ R rating, there were a few sex scenes that we quite edgy especially for a super hero movie or in this case antihero.

Overall I would give the movie a C, not the worst movie ever, but not The Avengers or Iron Man either.

My 19 year old son loved it, and would give it an “A.”

In terms of the special effects, cinematography and that type of thing, I was rather impressed. The music, sound effects were nice as well.

I liked the breaking of the 4th wall per se’, whereby Ryan Rynolds, who did a nice job in Guardians of the Galaxy, talks directly to the audience. I am definitely a fan of things that are different and this movie definitely fit that profile; it was different, interesting and compelling in a sort of Raunchy, a bit nasty way. Overall the movie should appeal heavily to male teen age folks to early 20 something males as well.

That is not to say that other people will not like it as well.

The movie seemed to be in the same genre as movies like Kickass, and Beavis and Butthead but in a well filmed, really funny sort of way.

According to IMDB and 20th Century Fox:

This is the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.Written by 20th Century Fox

It definitely lived up to that description, as a humorous, dark, twisted, but at times funny on a sarcastic level. I am not sure about the “Feel the love Valentine’s day tagline, but you will have to see the movie to find out for yourself as to your thoughts and perceptions of the movie.

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Reviewed at AMC Townsquare, LAS Vegas. MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 107 MIN.

Production

A 20th Century Fox release and presentation, in association with Marvel Entertainment, of a Kinberg Genre/the Donners’ Co. production. Produced by Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds, Lauren Shuler Donner. Executive producers, Stan Lee, John J. Kelly, Jonathan Komack Martin, Aditya Sood, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick.

Crew

Directed by Tim Miller. Screenplay, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick. Camera (color, Panavision widescreen), Ken Seng;editor, Julian Clarke; music, Tom Holkenborg; music supervisor, John Houlihan; production designer, Sean Haworth; art director, Nigel Evans; set decorator, Shannon Gottlieb; set designers, Randy Hutniak, Sheila Millar; costume designer, Angus Strathie; sound (Dolby Atmos), David Husby; supervising sound editors, Wayne Lemmer, Jim Brookshire; sound designers, Craig Henighan, Lemmer, Ai-ling Lee, Warren Hendriks; re-recording mixers, Paul Massey, Will Files; special effects coordinator, Alex Burdett; visual effects supervisor, Jonathan Rothbart; visual effects producer, Annemarie Griggs; visual effects and animation, Digital Domain, Atomic Fiction, Weta Digital; visual effects, RodeoFX, Luma Pictures; stunt coordinators, Robert Alonzo, Philip J. Silvera; associate producer, Thane Campbell Watkins; assistant director, James Bitonti; second unit director, Robert Alonzo; second unit camera, Roger Vernon; casting, Ronna Kress.

With

Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Leslie Uggams, Brianna Hildebrand, Karan Soni, Jed Rees, Stefan Kapicic, Randal Reeder, Isaac C. Singleton Jr.

BandLab Adds Android Pro Mix Editor, Web MIDI Editing and New iOS and Android Explore Features

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11, 2016—BandLab, the first free, cloud-based platform (iOS, Android and Web) where musicians can capture ideas and create new songs in collaboration with musicians and music fans everywhere, today announced the launch of its Pro Mix Editor for Android. In the coming weeks, BandLab will release other new features, including a more helpful way to discover categories of music on iOS and Android, and a new Web MIDI Editor. All these updates will be available by downloading and signing up for BandLab (for free) on iOS, Android and Web.

ANDROID PRO MIX EDITOR

When Android users click the Pro Mode button on their BandLab recording screen, a 12-track Mix Editor now opens. Android users can now further explore their creativity by importing audio and adding vocals, instruments and ambient sounds to take their music to the next level—wherever they are. Having 12 tracks also makes it easier for other BandLab users around the world to add their own ideas to tracks and collaborate on songs.

THE NEW EXPLORE ON ANDROID AND iOS

There are also changes to the way Android and iOS users can explore and get inspiration from BandLab. User content is now sorted by categories, making it even easier for musicians and fans to find the kind of music they like, as well as new collaboration opportunities with other artists.

WEB MIDI EDITOR

BandLab’s new MIDI Editor turns every note played into a square on a musical grid. These squares can then be placed correctly on the timeline—either manually or using BandLab’s automated quantization tool. The notes can also be deleted, moved, stretched or have their velocity increased or decreased to change their sound. Once the notes are in place, users can also change them to a different MIDI sound bank (like changing a piano part to drums or guitar), providing even greater musical possibilities.

The BandLab MIDI editor will automatically detect when a MIDI device like a keyboard or a pad controller is connected. Users can also play the onboard instruments to create MIDI music directly from the desktop.

“These are all major updates for BandLab, and we’re very excited to be releasing them all in the same month,” said Meng Ru Kuok, BandLab’s CEO and Co-founder. “Together, the Android Pro Mix Editor and the web-based MIDI Editor (in addition to our existing cloud storage) make BandLab the first truly cross-platform, multi-track DAW. So now musicians can express their creativity and collaborate on songs—wherever they are. While the new Explore page on iOS and Android will make it even easier for musicians to find the music they love, the inspiration they’re looking for and new opportunities to collaborate.”

The BandLab Android Pro Mix Editor officially launches worldwide today, with the MIDI Editor and the new Explore feature for iOS and Android coming soon. Musicians, bands and fans can sign up for FREE at bandlab.com or download the FREE BandLab mobile app from iTunes or Google Play.

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About BandLab
BandLab is a new cloud platform (iOS, Android mobile apps and Web) where musicians can capture their ideas and create and produce new songs with unprecedented levels of collaboration with other musicians and even fans anywhere in the world. Musicians and bands can sign up for FREE at bandlab.com or download the FREE BandLab mobile app from iTunes or Google Play.

Synek hopes to change the world, at least for Beer Lovers!!

We ran into Synek a year or so ago and did an article on them and their new innovative beer brewing system. Now they are gaining momentum, and becoming an impressive force in the industry! They make an incredible device for beer lovers which allows them to have the best quality and best tasting beer from home.

They first launched on Kickstarter in 2014, see link kickstarter!

 

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They have now made 3 huge advances to their brewing device:

1) A Growler Adapter so you’ll be able to use the dispenser both with the company’s specifically designed bags and with the big glass jugs that bars are more used to filling.
2) Redesigned bags that can hold more pressure. This will help homebrewers who want to carbonate their beer in the bag.
3) A pliable sling for participating bars that will help them distribute beer while introducing less oxygen.

They are like the Keurig or Nescafe of beer, allowing folks to enjoy the best at home.

We have not tried their beer or device so far, but if given the opportunity to test and review the device we would love to and then we can tell our perceptions of how good it really is compared to other ways of partaking of beer.

Please take a look at their exciting new overview video seen here-->

Watch this video on YouTube.

 

KICKSTARTER GRADUATE, SYNEK, ANNOUNCES NEW INNOVATIONS

FOR RELEASE: FEBRUARY 4th, 2016 10:00AM CT

(ST. LOUIS) After raising $650,000 on Kickstarter and a subsequent $3.1 million in initial funding, SYNEK (“sin-eck”) announces three major product innovations that will further expand the quality and variety of beer to its customers.

“We’re not a one trick pony,” said Steve Young, SYNEK founder and CEO. “Delivering the last preorder is just the beginning of our quest to make great beer available to all.”

While hundreds of breweries already partnered, introducing the Growler Adapter will expedite their vision of perfect access by tapping into the industry standard. For the first time, this expands SYNEK’s capabilities to the increasingly popular nitrogen infused beers.

To optimize for the strong homebrewing community, the newly redesigned SYNEK cartridges now tout a 50 percent higher pressure rating. The reinforced design allows homebrewers an easier, safer and cleaner way to package and pour their own brews.

A vast majority of the beer industry currently uses vented faucets. While common, these faucets introduce beer killing oxygen with every pour. By creating a simple pliable sling, these taps can be upgraded to provide higher quality and longer lasting beer whether enjoyed in a pint glass, growler or SYNEK cartridge.

“We’re not reinventing the wheel, just beer,” Young said.

All of these innovations are currently being tested by select breweries and will be available mass market in Spring 2016.

ABOUT SYNEK

Born on Kickstarter, SYNEK pours your favorite beer on draft, at home. By filling a simple cartridge from any tap, the dispenser keeps your beer chilled, pressurized and at perfectly captured quality for 30+ days. Now, every brewery is available at home. Craftsmanship deserves to be shared. Learn more at www.SYNEK.beer

Please check out the link on Engadget.com – >Engadget Synek Article

And their article on Cnet!--Synek Article on Cnet!

 

 

Our Initial Impressions of Aftershokz Titanium Bluetooth Headphones

We ran into Aftershokz at CES 2015 and 2016. This year they sent us a sample to review after the show. aftershocks 3 colors

We have had them for a day or so and are impressed. They sound good for playing music, listening to movies. I also tried them to talk on with my smart phone and they work rather well. To check out their website and products out go to–> AFTERSHOKZ

According to Aftershokz:
THE AFTERSHOKZ WAY

Bone conduction is a natural part of the hearing process—sound travels through our eardrums and bones simultaneously. We’ve taken the concept to the next level through development of a suite of proprietary audio technologies and design patents. The result: headphones that deliver unrivaled situational awareness and comfort.

HOW THEY WORK

Transducers guide mini vibrations through the cheekbones to the inner ears, delivering sound without plugging or covering them

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They come in 3 colors, we received the black or dark gray ones and are impressed by their style, design and the quality seems nice.

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They seem to be rather innovative and interesting and are great for talking on the phone while driving which is safer than holding the phone, during sports like running and biking. Aftershokz headphones are sturdy and sweat resistant as well.

We would definitely recommend them to people that do outdoor activities or for conversations on your smartphone or for use at the gymnasium.

Here is an interesting graphic showing the internal design of the awesome Aftershokz headphones:
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About Aftershokz:

AfterShokz brings patented bone conduction technology, initially developed for military special operations and law enforcement by Voxtech in 2001, to sport, mobile and Bluetooth® headphones designed and priced for everyday use. Through a suite of proprietary audio technologies and the only completely open ear design, AfterShokz headphones deliver premium stereo sound and a promise of safety and comfort that is second to none. Since its inception in 2011, the company has been committed to innovating unconventionally and making situational awareness a priority. Learn more about how the brand inspires users to #beopen and #hearitall at aftershokz.com.

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Our Review of Toughtested’s USB Cable and Charger!

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We recently ran into the folks at Tough Tested, a Mizco company, at CES 2016. They sent us 2 products to test, and are sending us some Bluetooth headphones soon as well. We recently received a rugged usb cable and a usb wall charger for usb devices.

Not only are the products nice, I really like their rugged packaging as well. The cable for usb is strong, and flexible and seems well made and rugged. It is a nice product.

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The wall charger is also solid, rubberized and seems to be well made. We were impressed by both. In my perception, anyone that needs rugged accessories, speakers and headphones ought to heavily consider Toughtested’s products. We had also tried a set of their wired in ear headphones too last year, and they are also very nice. They sound good and stay in the ears very well. One can also use them with their built in Microphone to talk to people and do conference calls as well. If you need nice, rugged devices or know someone that works in construction, the military, Law enforcement or a Fire Department, I would recommend Toughtested’s products. We love them and would love to test more devices.

 

For more information go to Toughtested’s website or Amazon.toughtested headphones

Mcor Launches World’s First Full-Color, Desktop 3D Printer, Mcor ARKe!

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Company aims to put a 3D printer in every office, classroom, and did showcase Mcor ARKe at CES 2016

LAS VEGAS, January 6, 2015 – Mcor, the leader in industrial full-color 3D printing, today launched Mcor ARKe, the world’s first, full-color, desktop 3D printer. With Mcor ARKe, Mcor now offers their industrial quality full color 3D printing on the desktop. The premium 3D printer is also low cost, reliable and safe, enabling 3D printing to jump the chasm to a much broader range of creative professionals and truly facilitating creative learning like no other 3D printer has to date. CES 2016 attendees can see Mcor ARKe in action today through Saturday, January 9 in the 3D Printing TechZone, Sands Expo Booth 72916.

Developed with the vision of making full color 3D printing more accessible to a latent creative market, Mcor ARKe achieves this goal in several ways:

• Full, photorealistic color: With a DPI of 4800×2400, Mcor ARKe brings high resolution color to the desktop transforming desktop 3D printing from a monochromatic age to a world of full color
• Cost-effective: using Mcor’s unique Selective Deposition Lamination technology, Mcor ARKe makes low cost, professional class 3D printing accessible
• Safe and eco-friendly: No harmful particle emissions, or toxic chemicals are used during printing, making Mcor ARKe a safe addition to any classroom or office. Further, green processes and recyclable materials are used in operation
• Customizable and compact: Mcor ARKe allows users to choose from a selection of covers to suit their unique style
• Reliable and easy-to-use: High-resolution touchscreen and LED progress task bar makes viewing status of a build possible from anywhere in a classroom or studio
“Our mission is to put a 3D printer in every office, classroom, and eventually every home, and Mcor ARKe is a huge step in that direction,” said Dr. Conor MacCormack, co-founder and CEO of Mcor Technologies. “The launch of Mcor ARKe is a defining moment for Mcor and the 3D printing industry, much like the iPhone was for Apple and the 747 was for Boeing. I believe that this is a disruptive step that will transform this industry stimulating widespread adoption of 3D printing particularly in education and among creative professional. Further, we have already received over 2,500 pre-orders for Mcor ARKe and anticipate unrivalled demand in 2016.”

Mcor ARKe has a launch price of $5,995 USD MSRP for the CES event and is available Q2 2016. For more information on Mcor ARKe, please visit [www.mcortechnologies.com] or stop by Booth 72916 at CES.

 

A sample of their output–>

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About Mcor
Mcor Technologies Ltd is an innovative manufacturer of the world’s most affordable, full-color premium 3D printers. Established in 2005 with a talented team of specialists in the area of 3D printing hardware and software, Mcor’s vision is to make 3D printing more accessible to everyone. The company operates internationally from offices in Ireland, the UK, America and APAC. www.mcortechnologies.com.

Our Commentary:

I had the opportunity to see samples printer on MCOR’s printers and I was quite impressed. They are made from paper, and are printed in full color so the objects look close to being real. Despire being made of paper, the printed items feel quite solid. I am rather amazed by my first exposure to their amazing 3d printer.

David #makers4autism

Today, 1-11-2016 is the 5 year Anniversary of Technewszone.com!!!


Today, we have reached 5 years on the web.

For 5 years we have talked tech, reviewed products, tried to get funding to become a 501c3 to help autism!

We also do articles on autism and advocate to improve the lives of people with autism!

We like tech, especially 3d printing and Drones, plus videography.

Our intent in the next year is to do an educational event to help folks with autism involving 3d printers and tech, and to advocate for autism, and raise funds to help folks on the autism spectrum too! In the future we plan to use drones, 3d printing and tech to help autistic people appreciate and experience the world and technology and to do a documentary for autism. Please help us in our future efforts!antibullyasd imagecropped-autism-image-e1451411631479-1.jpg

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Happy New Year 2016 from the Employees and Staff at Technewszone.com and Tech4autism

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People Like You

A brand new year!
A clean slate on which to write
our hopes and dreams.
This year:

Less time and energy on things;
More time and energy on people.
All of life’s best rewards,
deepest and finest feelings,
greatest satisfactions,
come from people–
people like you.

Happy New Year!

By Joanna Fuchs

May 2016 be one which brings Peace on Earth,
an end to War,
Acceptance of all people with unconditional love for all,
An end to hate,
A realization that color is color is only skin deep,
An awareness that there is one race, Human, at least on Earth,
An acceptance of all people as equals even those with special needs and autism!,
A realization that we all are under the same God despite all of the so called religions of men,
God Bless Us All and may 2016 be amazing!

By

David J. Berkowitz
President and Blogger!

Cubicity/twoBEars filament review!

We recently received filament samples from Cubicity here in the USA, they sent us samples made by twoBEars:

The  Company
twoBEars was founded in 2013 to devolop bio-material for 3D-Printing, rapid prototyping and additive manufaturing.

Their Philosophy
twoBEars develops and sells only products, produced by sustainable processes. We and our business are focused on the benefit for humans AND environment.

Their Goals
twoBEars has the target to develop biopolymers with different features out of renewable raw materials and offer these materials under fair conditions to you, customers. We do not want to use polymers , which belongs to the food chain, because of ethic conflict.
Our sustainable management balance the social, environmental and financial aspects of our business.

 

We especially liked the green algae based filament. It has a smell like the ocean, but it works well, and is interesting in its texture.

Algae-Fuel 3D Printing Filament (2.2lbs/1kg Spool)Algae-Fuel 3D Printing FilamentWe would definitely recommend the algae based filament to anyone that needs an interesting, rougher material. It reminds me of Carbon Fiber in the way it feels to the touch. It produced  a cool unique odor while printing which is different than the typical filament.

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They also offer samples as well to try out see–>Free Filament Samples

We tested samples of 2 Biofila 1.75 samples of the Linen and Silk, which produced nice output.

We had a small amount of linen and recycled abs that worked well on a Printrbot and Robo3d printer.

 

We appreciate the opportunity to test their filament and really liked it. We also received a really nice filament cleaning cube from Voltivo set that help keep the filament from getting dirty and dusty and reduces clogging of the print head–>3DP Essentials - Filament Cleaner

For more information see Cubicity!

Solidoodle Press-Preview !!

We were given a Solidoodle Press to test and review and use to help autism too for a bit.

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So far we are impressed by the design and its’ compact size.

We like that it is a fully enclosed device.

According to Solidoodle:

The Solidoodle Press is a one-touch 3D printer designed to fit in your home. A consumer machine with no manual calibration required to get started. Just take it out of the box and start printing with our new SoliPrint software.

Product Comparison: Not sure what to buy? Check out our comparison chart to see which printer is right for you.

Filament: The Solidoodle Press has a proprietary spool. While you can use other filament, we recommend Solidoodle filament for your printer.

Warranty: All printers come with a limited warranty.

SoliCare: Extend your warranty coverage with SoliCare! For coverage above and beyond our standard warranty, SoliCare covers any defects or malfunctions in your new Solidoodle Press printer shipped within the United States for one year after it ships to you, whether due to manufacturing, shipping, normal wear and tear, or accident.

International Shipping: For international orders, customs fees, import taxes and VAT may apply and are not included in the shipping costs charged by Solidoodle. Please note that we cannot estimate your country’s import taxes at this time. For an estimate we suggest using this Duty Calculator.

We have been able to print some small objects with the printer and are working on a review of it.

We appreciate receiving the printer and look forward to future testing and reviewing of it.

We would love to test and review other 3d printers and drones as well. In terms of the design of the printer, it is very appealing to look at and would fit in well in ones home or office.

There are several options as far as the software, you can use Soliprint, Solidoodle’s proprietary software, Mattercontrol from Matterhackers, Simplify 3d or Repetier with a slicer like sl3cr.

 

Our Pleasant experience with the Mbot by Makeblock.

We recently received a Blue wee robot called the Mbot from Makeblock. I assembled it with of one my teen aged sons. It was a fairly simple process and would be a great science project for Middle School or Elementary school or possibly high school science or computer classes.

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After the robot was assembled we put it through its’ paces.

I also took it to a local autism organization and let the young folks there play with it too.

They kids liked the remote controlled operations and the follow the line on paper modes.

I also tried some programming with it and it performed well in that mode too.

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In term of design the device is mostly made of metal, has nice solid wheels covered in rubber, and was a really amazing little device. It operated well on concrete, tile floors and carpet as well. I wish we would have such excellent devices when I was a kid in the 1980’s.

The young folks, autism educators, my teen aged sons and daughter and I were quite impressed with the Mbot.

We would love to test and review some of their cool robots too especially the ones with treads.

according to Makeblock–>

mBot is a low cost, easy-to-run robot kit for kids to get hands-on experience about graphical programming, electronics, robotics. It is an all-in-one solution for robotics learning and designed for STEM education.
Cute shape with easy assembly is our goal. mBot contains only about 45 pieces in total, so it is easy to have a sense of achievement for kids to assemble in 10 mins quickly.

I would definitely agree we really liked the wee robot.

For those who want to learn how to program:

Since Scratch2.0 is very popular in teachers and students as a graphical programming software, it has almost been proved to be the most easy-to-use graphical programming tool. So based on Scratch 2.0, we develop a new software mBlock to use Scratch-style coding to program Arduino and robots.

They offer a free download too of the software download link

Here is a link to Makerblock’s site to take a look at the mbot and learn more about these cool devices–> site link

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We are huge fans of Makerblock and their educational learning tools.

Testing the Davinci 1.0a from XYZ Printing!

We were recently loaned a Davinci 1.0A printer to test and review.

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So far as first impressions it is very commercial in its’ design almost like a microwave, which is nice for the office environment.

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It self calibrates and is quite easy to set up out of the box to get it up and running.

The print quality so far has been rather decent as long as one occasionally cleans the print head.

We tested it with the abs filament and were impressed.

I am not entirely sure if it can print with soft PLA so that phone cases can be printed with it or not.

Here is  one of the test prints that was printed on it–>


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We will have more details in a future article.

So far we like the design, ease of setup and use, and the build quality is decent.

We wish that it could print on materials other than pla and abs.

In addition, the software is works well but not as flexible as other software such as matter control from matterhackers.

For more information go to XYZ Printing!

We will have a video up soon, and more information on the Davinci 1.0a as well.

Overall it is a nice device that is very solid and well constructed and is definitely a decent value for the money.

Help us to become makers for autism, donate for a 3d printer and supplies.

We are trying to use technology like 3d printers to become makers for autism!

We are trying to raise the money to buy a 3d printer or 2 and supplies.

Our plan is to the use the printer for autism educational projects and fundraising events.

We are also trying to become a non-profit foundation for tech and the arts too!

Please help us get the funds to make a difference!

 

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The Yezz Monaco 47 Windows Smartphone

We recently had the opportunity to review the Yezz Monaco 47.

If you like Windows phones then you will really like this phone.

See more info at YEZZ!

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Overall we liked it a great deal.

On the plus side it offers:

--> A nice quality camera for videos and photos
--> A nice design, it feels good in the hand
--> It is very light weight, almost surprisingly light
--> It comes with several backs and acccessories
--> It performed well as a business phone

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On the downside:

-->It could use a longer battery life, it is not bad, but could be better
-->It could be faster
-->The sound level over speakerphone and blue tooth though decent,could be a bit louder.

Here are the detailed specifications:

Height: 5.35
Width: 2.65
Depth: 0.28
Weight: 4.23
Network: GSM Quad Band 850/900/1800/1900
2G Networks: Dual SIM Quad Band 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G Networks: HSPA Connection – 850/1900 MHz Bands
Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi / Hotspot / Wi-Fi Direct
Headphone: Jack stereo
Connectivity: EDGE/GPRS/3G Connection
SIM Card: Dual SIM (Mini SIM)
Screen Size: 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.7 inches
Memory Card Slot: microSD, up to 128 GB
Internal Memory: 8 GB, 1 GB RAM
Camera: 13 MP Primary Camera/5 MP Front Camera
Bluetooth: v4.0, A2DP
Extra Features: panorama
Battery: Li-Ion 1550 mAh battery
Stand-by battery time: Up to 480 h (2G) / Up to 350 h (3G)
Talk time battery time: Up to 16 h (2G) / Up to 7 h 30 min (3G)
USB: Yes, microUSB
Radio: FM Radio
Games: Yes
Flashlight: Yes
Video: Yes
Music/Video player: Yes
Java: No
Analog TV: No
Multimedia Player: Yes
Organizer: Yes
Calendar: Yes
3.5 mm jack: Yes
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
Predictive Text Input: Yes
Sound Recorder: Yes
Calculator: Yes
Stopwatch: Yes
Operating System: Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1
Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, compass
MP4/WMV/H.264 player: Yes
MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player: Yes
Google Search, Maps, Gmail: Yes
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa: Yes
Voice memo/dial: Yes

I have been using it as a daily driver for several weeks and it has performed well.

I was able to do all of my work related things with the phone with few complaints and it has performed solidly overall.

I have used other Windows phones and I would rank it up there with the best of them.

I would definitely recommend the device to anyone who needs a Windows smart phone with a nice design and style.

I appreciated the opportunity to test and review this nice device and overall I liked it.

In comparison to the Lumia devices, this one definitely held its’ own.

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I would definitely consider YEZZ and its’ devices for future phone needs.

I found a nice unboxing video on Youtube with regards to the Monaco 47-->

Watch this video on YouTube.

Robo3d Customer Features:Amazing Father Uses 3D Printer To Teach His Blind Daughter

Published on 16 Apr 2015
See how this amazing family uses a 3D printer to teach their adopted blind daughter about the world around her. The Walker Family is truly inspiring. Please SHARE!

Watch this video on YouTube.

That is awesome and inspiring!!

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R1 Robo 3d Printer, a Preview

We were recently introduced to Robo3d and their exciting line of 3d printers.

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Here are a few videos with regards to their products:

An overview of the advantages of creating your world-->

Watch this video on YouTube.

and a cool one on how to make a bow tie-->

Watch this video on YouTube.

and finally a Celtic Skull with nice electro-techno music-->

Watch this video on YouTube.

and an overview video from Rasim Muratovic-->

Watch this video on YouTube.

and one by Barnacules Nerdgasm a fellow tech nerd blogger-->

Watch this video on YouTube.

DJI Unveils Next Evolution in the World’s Most Popular Consumer Drone Phantom 3

I have been a fan of DJI for years and would love to test and review their products:

  • DJI Unveils Next Evolution in the World’s Most Popular Consumer Drone
  • New Phantom 3 Professional and Phantom 3 Advanced open top tier aerial imaging to everyone
  • First integrated professional-quality aerial cameras available to any level of pilot
  • App features self-editing function for sharing professionally edited aerial videos instantly
  • Integrates with YouTube Live to stream aerial footage in near real time

 

Launch Video-->

Watch this video on YouTube.


Cool Video-->

Watch this video on YouTube.

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New York, April 8, 2015 – DJI, the world leader in creative robotic equipment, today announced the next evolution in its ground-breaking Phantom drone platforms – the Phantom 3.
With two variations, the Phantom 3 Professional and Phantom 3 Advanced, this new milestone in aerial innovation provides greater control and creative options from the sky.
Both Phantom 3 versions feature the strongest professional control features DJI has developed so far. Using DJI’s innovative Visual Positioning System (VPS), these Phantom 3 platforms can hold their positioning indoors without GPS and can easily take off and land with the push of a button.
Controllers for the Phantom 3 come paired with DJI’s Lightbridge technology, which allows pilots to see what the Phantom 3 camera is seeing in HD (720p) at a distance up to 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) with almost no latency.
“In developing the next generation Phantom, DJI remained committed to providing a top tier flight experience in one easy-to-use platform,” said DJI CEO Frank Wang. “We pride ourselves in creating a flying camera that fits in a backpack and can be ready to take professional quality videos from the sky in less than a minute.”

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The Phantom 3 Professional is capable of shooting 4K video at up to 30 frames per second, while the Phantom 3 Advanced records at resolutions up to 1080p at 60 frames per second. These cameras are stabilized using 3-axis gimbals to keep the video smooth regardless of flight or wind conditions.
Both models shoot 12 megapixel photos using a 94⁰ FOV, distortion-free lens, and a high-quality, 1/2.3” sensor that is more sensitive to light than the sensor in previous Phantom 2 Vision models.
All camera settings, including ISO, shutter speed and exposure compensation, can be set using both the DJI Pilot app and the physical controls on the remote controllers. The DJI Pilot app also features a Phantom 3 flight simulator for virtually practising aerial manoeuvers, and a ‘Director’ feature, which automatically edits the best shots from flights into short videos that can be shared immediately after landing.
The upgraded app also allows pilots to live stream their flights to YouTube.
“Pilots, whether they are journalists, extreme athletes, or global travellers – will not just be able to share aerial videos of where they were, but will also be able to send a YouTube link to their friends and colleagues to show them the aerial perspectives of where they are right now,” said DJI’s San Francisco General Manager Eric Cheng. “This has tremendous potential for changing the way we share experiences with one another.”

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Additional Features
Enhanced GPS (with GLONASS) for better position accuracy
Flight logging to help document flight statistics
Safe flying zones to prevent take off or flight near airports and other sensitive sites
Dedicated remote controller with camera and flight controls for enhanced ease of use and safety
Rechargeable Intelligent Flight Battery with sensors for real-time battery information
The Phantom 3 Professional and Phantom 3 Advanced will begin shipping in a few weeks for a suggested MSRP of US$1,259 and US$999, respectively. More information can be found at DJI.com/Phantom3.

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About DJI
DJI is a global leader in developing and manufacturing innovative camera technology for commercial and recreational use. DJI was founded and is run by people with a passion for remote-controlled helicopters and experts in flight control technology and camera stabilization. The company is dedicated to making aerial photography and filmmaking more reliable and easier to use for creators and innovators around the world. DJI’s global operations currently span North America, Europe and Asia, and its revolutionary products and solutions have been chosen by customers in over 100 countries; for applications in film, advertising, construction, fire fighting, farming, and many other industries.

For more information, visit DJI online: www.dji.com
Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/DJIGlobal
Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/DJIGlobal
Subscribe to our YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/djiinnovations

Preview our Autism Fairy Tale-Francesco the Autistic Puppet.

I am collaborating with a friend, David Grant, an author on a fairy tale involving an autistic character.
It has a positive message, and shows that people or characters with special needs can do great things.

Check out the book here--Francesco

Here is a link to the first book in the series a prequel to the book involving Francesco the Autistic Puppet:

link to–>Bellarina!

Dw. Grants Novel Bellarina

link to–>Bellarina!

We are splitting any funds raised to  help us to help autism and get our 501c3 !!

I have a preview the next book about an autistic puppet character who winds up doing great things a chapter per week starting soon.

 

Please buy both books, Bellarina now, and Francesco later when it is published to help us to help autism, plus the books are excellent and worth reading.

 

Here is a Brief summary Francesco the Autistic Puppet and info from the cover of the new Book:

 

Geppetto’s Autistic Puppet

 

By DW Grant

For Dave B.,

and the great big smile that comes up from his very large heart.

A summary of the second Chapter of the Book!
In a deep green valley in the Alps, between the Two Great Mountains, an old
toymaker searches the forest for the perfect piece of wood that may contain his
next toy. When he walks in the door of his shop with a twisted, knotted, and
impossible to carve old tree branch, his finished toys shake their heads. What
could crazy old Geppetto be thinking?
The old man knows exactly what he is thinking. He is thinking with his heart again,
this time about the sadness of his village. They need his creative skills, so the
wood he looks for must bottle up the magic in this next puppet and it must be
strong, and made from the most solid tree. Then he will attack the impossible
with his knife and chisel and create a miracle for those he loves.
Not long ago his valley was happy and joyful, and, like the smoke from their
chimneys, a song rose from every house. Farmers sang in the fields, and every
village shop was full of creative play and joy. Candles were made with waxy love,
cakes were frosted with sweet humor, and even their cheeses filled mouths with
a witty sharpness. The joy of caring for farm, family, and each other made each
day a holiday, at least before The Great War broke out.
The madness of The Great War stole the villager’s sons, and singers, killed the
song in their lives, and left their souls angry and bitter. A dark cloud rose from
devastated hearts instead of song. It hung like a heavy winter coat over each
person, making each once joyous service a task, and a burdensome duty.
Geppetto suffered a loss too, so he not only saw it, but felt it as much as any of
his neighbors. Pinocchio was gone too, and it grieved him to the deepest parts of
his heart.
Remember, Pinocchio became a real boy, but he also grew into a real man, and as
real men must sometimes do, marched off to a Great War with other sons, but
had not returned. Like the other fathers around him the old toymaker was proud,
but broken hearted. Was his son dead and gone forever? He was not sure, and his
prayers attacked Heaven often for the answer.
Good King Festweiller knew how his subjects were feeling too, for the halls of his
castle were cold and damp from the grief he was feeling for his own two sons. But
being a good and wise King, Festweiller cared beyond his own heart for the lives of his people, and he decided to create some magic of his own. One dark morning
he sent his messengers out to the villages with a proclamation and an invitation.
The members of his guard that were too old to march off to war visited each
village, and declared his solution.

Stay Tune for more previews from Francesco the Autistic Puppet coming soon!

Here is a link to checkout and purchase the first book in the series a prequel to the book involving Francesco the Autistic Puppet:

link to–>Bellarina!

Dw. Grants Novel Bellarina

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Cool Videos of 3d Printing from Youtube-Pretty cool, Eh?

3D PRINT

We are huge fans of 3d printing and really want to want to test and review a few of them:

Here are some cool examples in action!!

Makerbot Cityscape video-->

Watch this video on YouTube.

Ultimaker 2 – 3D printing timelapse of a beautiful Deer model

Watch this video on YouTube.

Solidoodle Timelapse of Dr. Who Chess

Watch this video on YouTube.

3D Printer Da Vinci Timelapse With GoPro

Watch this video on YouTube.

Time Lapse footage of an Afinia H-Series 3D Printer creating a Klein bottle sculpture. We know that black would have been more traditional, but this color looks much cooler!

Watch this video on YouTube.

We really want to be makers for autism education and fundraising events, really want to test and review a few printers, and do art for autism with them!

An a variety of things that have been made with a 3d printer-->

Watch this video on YouTube.

In the Process of Testing and Reviewing the ByRobot Drone Fighter

We were given a Byrobot Drone figter to test at CES 2015:

We are huge fans of drones and want to really delve into the various types sizes, and brands.

So far we are quite impressed, and will do a follow up review of it once we more thoroughly test it. One of my teen age sons has been testing it as well and is quite impressed.

Here is a Youtube video that we were sent a link to from a flyover that the folks from Byrobot did at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.

 

Sadly enough we do not, at this point have the camera.

We are still learning to fly the wee device but this is a cool image from Byrobots site showing the flight capabilities of the mini drone–>

So far it is a nice device.

The one thing that I wish it had was a gyroscope of some sort so that it can hover in place.

We will have a follow up article and some videos as well once we are more versed in flying it.

One nice aspect of the product is the quite decent flight simulator software that it comes with. One can plug the tiny controller that comes with the quadcopter into your pc and you can practice flying it in a virtual environment.

David

BlackBerry Z10 Review

I recently had the opportunity to test and review the Blackberry Z10 and was quite impressed by it overall.BlackBerry  Z10

It offers  a decent  4.2-inch 1280 x 768 display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage. It is similar in size to the Iphone and a wee bit smaller than the Motorola Atrix HD.

I liked the user interface, especially the integration of email, and social media functions into one hub. It has decent applications available but just needs more of them.

Design:

The phone is a master of the simplicity of design, but it offers a nice level of function as well its’ form.

Compared to the iphone it is slightly larger, and feels  nice in the hand as well:

 

Personally I found the phone to be one which would make a nice daily driver and would work well for my life.  It could be a bit bigger, however there is now a larger device available on the market which was not available at the time of the original review.

I also liked the rubbery coating on the back of the device as well. It was great to stop it from slipping out of the hand.

Camera:

The camera was nicely designed, and worked fairly well. It was decent for day to day usage. Could it be better, of course, but things could always be better when it comes to technology.

Software:

I liked the user interface, the sound quality, and the overall design and usability.

I would definitely would recommend this device to most users. The design feels nice, well  made and nicely made. There are other devices out there made of aluminum and other materials, but it really does not matter, but it is nicely designed as it is.

I like Android and IOS but I find Blackberry OS to be a refreshing alternative.

Expansion:

The device offers microSIM and microSD slots.

I think that the sd card will support up 32 gb, but have heard that it will also offer 64gb or larger cards as well.

The phone comes standard wiith  16GB of internal storage, which will appeal to many who have been put out by the devices that do not offer sd card expansion like the Iphone, and HTC’s One M7.

The phone also offers NFC communications, as well as Bluetooth which are quite nice features to have as far as expansion and connection to the world around us.

Besides the standard volume keys, the device also offers a third button to do voice control and play and stop music too.

Overall I was impressed by the phone, and it could work quite well for  most users.

 

Pico Hybrid Hot End Launches on Kickstarter!

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Story Pico Hybrid Packaging Design Pico Hybrid is an upgraded hotend for your 3D printer.  Pico Hybrid improves your printer’s reliability, expands the types of materials you can print with, and lets you reach higher print speeds. Stiff, weak joints on conventional heater cartridges can cause wires to break, leading to print failures.  Pico Hybrid’s […]

Wainlux K6-Kickstarter Laser Engraver

Meet The Wainlux K6

We found this intriguing project on kickstarter and would love to test and review one and are tempted to back it, if the budget permits.

It’s time to leave the large expensive engraver behind. Start with a Wainlux K6 and bring it with you where you go. It’s the perfect portable art studio you can bring anywhere! 

 Engrave Your Design On Almost Any Object 

Wainlux is simple to set up, easy-to-use, and extremely stable. Its powerful laser is capable of engraving your designs clearly and quickly on almost any surface, from wood to rubber. Unleash your creativity with the world’s most compact, powerful, and easy-to-use engraver.

Simple Connect. Smart Control

Just connect your computer or smartphone to the engraver to start creating!  Using either a cable or Wi-Fi, once you connect you’ll select your design in the App and start the engraving process.

Ace engraving

Connect with your phone through WIFI by using the Wainlux APP (Ace engraving). It’s easy to use and lets you edit your photos and design without needing a computer. 

Using the WIFI connection with high speed and stable transmission won’t be limited by distance and it’ll provide more functions. You will also have two modes to set up the WIFI: 1) Wainlux K6 will create a WIFI hotspot network for you to connect to; 2) Wainlux K6 can be connected to your local network via WIFI and your devices can connect to Wainlux K6 as long as they are in the same network.

You can also connect via USB to connect your Windows or Mac computer. Once connected you can edit your designs with our software, where you can easily transform your photos into a creative engraving.

Preview and Engrave

Wainlux K6 projects a preview of your image on the surface before engraving! It displays the planned size of the engraving, making it super easy to see where your finished project will be located. Users are able to adjust the size and position of the laser. Once it’s lined up to your object, just press START to begin creating!

What Everyone’s Saying About Wainlux K6

Note: The laser’s power should be 3000mW and the Engraving Area should be 8cm x 8cm or 3.14 inch x 3.14 inch.

Small Size. Powerful Laser.

Leave the large pricey Engraver behind and bring your Wainlux K6 with you where you go. It’s the perfect tiny art studio you can bring wherever you go!

Its 3000mW laser power makes it 3x faster and more powerful than any other portable engraver. It makes engraving on harder surfaces a breeze!

Built For Safety

  •  Laser Shield:  Built-in protective lenses means you don’t have to wear safety glasses or attach independent shields. We wanted to create something you can set up quickly without giving up on safety.
  •  Movement Protection: Using a sensitive 3-axis accelerometer for motion deception, it will notice an accidental movement during operating, and Wainlux will shut down immediately.
  •  Overheating Monitoring: Wainlux works in any environment with enough heat dissipation. If the inner temperature approaches its heat threshold, Wainlux turns itself off for user and device safety.
  •  Safe For Engraving Food: Laser engraving on the surface of food won’t cause any chemical reactions and toxicity. With a low laser power, it’s just burning the food surface. The food is 100% safe to eat.

Engrave On Any Size

Thanks to its innovative rail and baseless design, the Wainlux can engrave objects of any size so long as they are kept horizontally stable under the laser’s XY axis.

One-Click Offline Engraving

The mobile phone or computer can work continuously in an offline state, and at the same time, the last pattern can be memorized and manually engraved. Easy to duplicate the engraving work or bulk work without re-setup.

By including a One-Click Button for offline engraving, you can set your Wainlux to engrave without a constant connection.

High Value. Low Price.

 How K6 Improves On Previous Models 

Many cheap laser engravers on some e-commerce websites are using our old ODM solution for Wainlux K2 / K4 a few years ago. Wainlux K6 is the lastest of our ODM solution.  It has been upgraded connection to smartphone App via WIFI from Bluetooth and increased the laser power to 3000mW. With the brand-new closed hidden design for the machine body include an electric motor and circuit board, the new design makes the product more compact and stable. The new power supply solution that has the certificate of CE,uL,PSE,KC provides more stability of power output. Also, the stroke switch has been developed to enhance productivity (open the machine and automatically reset to detect the maximum engraving area of ​​the product).

Maximum Customization

Manual Focus (manual control of focal length; has an accuracy of up to 0.01mm) allows you to get a deeper or better engraving with a little bit of extra work.

The best engraving distance is 3-5cm and manually rotating the focal length allows you to control the best position and accuracy of the blue light laser.

Enjoy full control of your Wainlux K6 with Directional Control (adjustable laser head) letting you move the head up, down, left, and right according to your need. You can even start and pause to make the operation easier and fit your schedule.

Durable Design

The built-in exhaust van stops any smoke from the engraving process from affecting the final design, protects the lens of the laser, and helps to dissipate heat. And with additional heat sinks, the Wainlux works for up to 8 hours continuously without overheating while maintaining strict safety standards.

Hundreds Of 5-Star Reviews On Our Old Models

With the successful development of the K1/K2/K3/K4 series, the Wainlux team has years of experience in laser engraving technology. The Wainlux K4 series was a hit with users and received hundreds of 5-star reviews on Amazon.

How To Use Wainlux K6

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Software on Computer

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Smartphone App

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Wainlux K6 Specifications

  • Weight: 0.9 Kg
  • Product dimensions: 172mm * 172mm * 162.5mm or 6.77 inch * 6.77 inch * 6.39 inch
  • Engraving time: 5 mins to 1 hour depends on the size of the image, power, and depth
  • Engraving area: 8cm * 8cm or 3.14 inch * 3.14 inch
  • Laser Source: OSRAM semiconductor blue color laser
  • Lifetime Estimation 10000 hours
  • Laser Output: 100 level adjustable max 3000 mW
  • Routing Speed: 1500 mm/min maximum
  • Resolution: 508 dpi adjustable
  • Materials: ABS + Aluminum alloy
  • Supported File Format: JPEG/ JPG/ PNG/ BMP
  • App Connection: Wifi network
  • App OS: iOS 10+; Android 4.4+
  • Computer OS: Mac OS 10.13.+; Windows 7/8/10/Vista/XP
  • Power Input : AC 110-220V, 47-63Hz

What You’ll Get

We provide the standard outlets used in different regions of your choice, including UK, UE, AU, US. We will match you with the standard plug of the corresponding region as per the delivery address you provide.

 Share the “Wainlux project” to the social platform and get 12% cashback by using Kickbooster.

 The Wainlux Production Process 

FDA/CE/FCC

Wainlux K6 has registered with the FDA (Accession Number: 2010047-000). Wainlux K6 is a Class 2 Laser product with CE, FCC, and other certifications. This means we are experts in laser requirements. 

About Wainlux 

Xinjia Laser Technology Co., Ltd. is a professional R&D, sales, and production company of microlaser equipment. We have been helping Amazon sellers and offline channels for ODM and OEM. We hope to launch the Wainlux brand further and innovate our products through the powerful platform, Kickstarter. We have been recognized by the European and American markets since we developed the K3 / K4 series. Now with the powerful Wainlux K6, we hope that many more users in need are satisfied with our products.

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Risks and challenges

We have been helping Amazon sellers and offline channels for ODM and OEM. We hope to launch the Wainlux brand further and innovate our products through the powerful platform, Kickstarter. We have been recognized by the European and American markets since we developed the K3 / K4 series. Now with the powerful Wainlux K6, we hope that many more users in need are satisfied with our products. Wainlux K6 has registered with the FDA (Accession Number: 2010047-000). Wainlux K6 is a Class 2 Laser product with CE, FCC, and other certifications. This means we are experts in laser requirements. We will ship products worldwide where our logistic partners can ship to, with the exception of Iran, Syria, North Korea, Sudan, Cuba, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, Somalia, and Libya. We’ll be working in manufacturing at the end of July in advance and will get started to ship out the products once we receive the backers’ information. We are fully confident in production quality. However, unforeseen conditions in our production or delivery process might arise which may cause delays. If anything unpredictable happens, we will keep backers informed as we try our best to solve the problem. The delay risk is fairly minimal because all Wainlux K6 will be produced in July.Learn about accountability on KickstarterQuestions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Uber to Acquire Postmates

July 06, 2020

Combination of platforms to provide more choice and convenience for consumers, increased demand and tailored technology offerings for restaurants, and new income opportunities for delivery people

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Uber Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: UBER) and Postmates Inc. today announced that they have reached a definitive agreement under which Uber will acquire Postmates for approximately $2.65 billion in an all-stock transaction.

This transaction brings together Uber’s global Rides and Eats platform with Postmates’ distinctive delivery business in the U.S. Postmates is highly complementary to Uber Eats, with differentiated geographic focus areas and customer demographics, and Postmates’ strong relationships with small- and medium-sized restaurants, particularly local favorites that draw customers to the Postmates brand. Additionally, Postmates has been an early pioneer of “delivery-as-a-service,” which complements Uber’s growing efforts in the delivery of groceries, essentials, and other goods.

For restaurants and merchants, Postmates and Uber Eats will together offer more tools and technology to more easily and cost-effectively connect with a bigger consumer base. Consumers will benefit from expanded choice across a wider range of restaurants and other merchants. And delivery people will enjoy more opportunities to earn income, with increased batching of orders to make better use of their time. Following the closing of the transaction, Uber intends to keep the consumer-facing Postmates app running separately, supported by a more efficient, combined merchant and delivery network.

“Uber and Postmates have long shared a belief that platforms like ours can power much more than just food delivery—they can be a hugely important part of local commerce and communities, all the more important during crises like COVID-19. As more people and more restaurants have come to use our services, Q2 bookings on Uber Eats are up more than 100 percent year on year. We’re thrilled to welcome Postmates to the Uber family as we innovate together to deliver better experiences for consumers, delivery people, and merchants across the country,” said Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.

“Over the past eight years we have been focused on a single mission: enable anyone to have anything delivered to them on-demand. Joining forces with Uber will continue that mission as we continue to build Postmates while creating an even stronger platform that brings this mission to life for our customers. Uber and Postmates have been strong allies working together to advocate and create the best practices across our industry, especially for our couriers. Together we can ensure that as our industry continues to grow, it will do so for the benefit of everyone in the communities we serve,” said Postmates Co-Founder and CEO Bastian Lehmann.

Uber currently estimates that it will issue approximately 84 million shares of common stock for 100% of the fully diluted equity of Postmates.

The boards of directors of both companies have approved the transaction, and stockholders representing a majority of Postmates’ outstanding shares have committed to support the transaction. The transaction is subject to the approval of Postmates stockholders, regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close in Q1 2021. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz served as legal counsel to Uber. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC served as financial advisor and Latham & Watkins LLP as legal counsel to Postmates.

Conference Call with Uber Executives to Discuss Transaction

Today at 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time (8:30 a.m. Eastern Time), Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi will host a conference call with Uber CFO Nelson Chai to discuss the transaction and answer questions from financial analysts. The live webcast of the conference call and a slide presentation will be available on the Uber Investor Relations website at investor.uber.com.

Uber Second Quarter 2020 Results Conference Call

Uber will hold its quarterly conference call to discuss its financial results for the second quarter of 2020 on Thursday, August 6, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time (4:30 p.m. Eastern Time).

A live webcast of the conference call and earnings release materials can be found on Uber’s Investor Relations website at investor.uber.com. A replay of the conference call will be accessible for at least 90 days.

Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains forward-looking statements regarding Uber Technologies, Inc.’s (“Uber,” “we” or “our”) future business expectations which involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from the results predicted, and reported results should not be considered as an indication of future performance. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical facts and can be identified by terms such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “contemplate,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “hope,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “objective,” “ongoing,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “target,” “will,” or “would” or similar expressions and the negatives of those terms. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors relate to, among others: risks and uncertainties related to our pending acquisition of Postmates Inc. (“Postmates”), including the failure to obtain, or delays in obtaining, required regulatory approvals, any reverse termination fee that may be payable by us in connection with any failure to obtain regulatory approvals, the risk that such approvals may result in the imposition of conditions that could adversely affect us or the expected benefits of the proposed transaction, or the failure to satisfy any of the closing conditions to the proposed transaction on a timely basis or at all; costs, expenses or difficulties related to the acquisition of Postmates, including the integration of the Postmates’ business; failure to realize the expected benefits and synergies of the proposed transaction in the expected timeframes or at all; the potential impact of the announcement, pendency or consummation of the proposed transaction on relationships with our and/or Postmates’ employees, customers, suppliers and other business partners; the risk of litigation or regulatory actions to us and/or Postmates; inability to retain key personnel; changes in legislation or government regulations affecting us or Postmates; developments in the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting business and operational impacts on us and/or Postmates; and economic, financial, social or political conditions that could adversely affect us, Postmates or the proposed transaction. For additional information on other potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from the results predicted, please see our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and subsequent Form 10-Qs or Form 8-Ks filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). All information provided in this communication is as of the date of this communication and any forward-looking statements contained herein are based on assumptions that we believe to be reasonable, and information available to us, as of such date. We undertake no duty to update this information unless required by law.

No Offer or Solicitation

This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Important Additional Information Will be Filed with the SEC

Uber will file with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4, which will include a prospectus of Uber. INVESTORS ARE URGED TO CAREFULLY READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT UBER, POSTMATES, THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS. Investors will be able to obtain free copies of the registration statement and other documents filed with the SEC through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov and on Uber’s website at investor.uber.com.

About Uber

Uber’s mission is to create opportunity through movement. We started in 2010 to solve a simple problem: how do you get access to a ride at the touch of a button? More than 15 billion trips later, we’re building products to get people closer to where they want to be. By changing how people, food, and things move through cities, Uber is a platform that opens up the world to new possibilities.

About Postmates

Postmates is a leader in on-demand food delivery. The platform gives customers access to the most selection of merchants in the US with more than 600,000 restaurants and retailers available for delivery and pickup, many of which are exclusive to Postmates. The market leader in Los Angeles, Postmates operates in all 50 states. Customers can get free delivery on all merchants by joining Postmates Unlimited, the industry’s first subscription service. Learn more or start a delivery by downloading the app or visiting www.postmates.com.

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