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QuadBot, which has recently launched on KickStarter, is a 3D Printed, customizable crab robot designed to be accessible across all age groups and experience levels. The project created by the Manchester University graduates aims to bring robotics into the classroom with the aid of 3D printing.

QuadBot is a 3D-printable, 100 percent programmable, Arduino-powered walking robot. It is designed to transform you from zero to robotics hero through a crash course in everything it takes to bring your very own crazy-looking crab robot to life. Unlike the many similar code-your-own-robot projects we have covered in the past, QuadBot is not limited to kids, and instead promises something for the everyone from aspiring makers to more confident hackers.

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QuadBot Robot

The QuadBot, comprised of roughly 27 hours of the 3D printed parts, servo motors, an Arduino based QuadBoard, cables, bluetooth module and some cords, it is fully open-source. This means that after eventually the receiving and going through the challenge of assembling the bot, you’re able to change its code and 3D print custom modifications (using raw Autodesk Fusion based design files) to your creative liking.

The QuadBot robot is available in a number of different kits allowing you to either 3D print your very own casings and legs or simply purchase a complete kit with everything you need straight out of the box. Prices start at $155 for a maker kit and go up to $275 for a full version with Bluetooth module. Shipping is set to take place in end of March 2017.

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The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV arrives this year, followed by a redesigned compact Tiguan sport/utility, so it follows that a b-segment, subcompact crossover is not far off for the brand. Volkswagen of America is now looking into entering the segment just invaded at the auto show here by the launch of new Toyota CH-R, and led by the Chevrolet Trax, Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V.

Like the Crossblue concept, the VW Atlas is based on the flexible MQB platform found in the smaller Golf and other models from the Volkswagen Group. The Atlas SUV features the largest version of the platform and it’s aimed at the value-oriented family crowd. Competitors include Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse and Toyota Highlander not to mention minivans.

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Volkswagen Atlas

Some minivans may actually be more stylish than the Atlas. Its boxy shape definitely communicates the fact that this is an SUV, ties the Atlas to other Volkswagen models, but it does not offer much pizzazz. At least it’ll look distinctive at night, thanks to the standard LED headlights. LED daytime running lights are also standard, with LED taillights optional.

The VW Atlas measures 198.3 inches in length, 69.6 in height and 77.9 in width. This makes it the largest vehicle in VW’s fleet. Inside, there is a big and airy cabin which features a design nearly identical to the CrossBlue concept, with big knobs, and a large touchscreen infotainment sys, and wood trim.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV Performance:

Volkswagen will offer two engine options at launch: a 238-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, and a 280-hp VR6 (basically a V6, but more compact). Both the engines will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive will be standard, along with all-wheel drive available on VR6 models.

Infotainment will be available with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV Price:

Official pricing for the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV is expected to be released this fall. It’s expected to start below $40,000 and span to almost $50,000.

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Richard Clarkson Studio and Crealev are the creators behind Floating Cloud, a levitating speaker designed with the sound-reactive LED lights. The cumulus-shaped puff autonomously hovers above a reflective oval base, which is embedded with the magnetic components that enable the cloud to float 1-2 inches from its surface. while base itself must remain plugged in, and a rechargeable lithium ion battery powers the cloud and allows a completely wireless and unobstructed levitation while in use.

Clarkson originally built the cloud as a lighting fixture. For the latest model, he worked with Crealev to design a way for the cloud to levitate.

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Floating Cloud

‘Making weather’ blends crealev’s innovative levitation technology with the form and function of richard clarkson’s cloud product, creating an in-home device that’s both practical and playful. The inbuilt bluetooth speaker and sound reactive LED lights relay a realistic atmospheric experience akin to a storm, with the colored luminescence generating lightning-like flickers as music is played and rotating fully above the base and bobbing vertically. This floating cloud speaker is both a surreal and sensible addition to the home.

The cloud rotates and bobs above the base to create a realistic-looking cloud experience. Whilst also playing your favourite tunes via a built-in Bluetooth speaker and sound reactive LED lights. Like all clouds in our lives.

A remote control enables you to control the cloud from the comfort of your sofa.

Before you get too excited, this is currently just a prototype, but both the companies hope to make this available soon as a commercial product. Heads up, it won’t be cheap though. The last cloud creation was around £2,000.

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Samsung recently announced an $8 billion deal to buy Harman International Industries, one of the largest providers of the connected technologies for car, but also known for its audio systems and infotainment solutions. Marking a major push into the auto electronics market and the biggest overseas acquisition ever by a South Korean firm. This space has become of increasing interest to tech companies in recent years as cars become more connected.

Around 65 percent of Harman’s sales — which totaled $7 billion over the last year — were for car-related products. Samsung added that the Harman products, that included connected car devices and audio sys, are installed in an estimated 30 million vehicles worldwide.

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$8 billion deal

Samsung lags Google and Apple on in-car entertainment and software systems (Android Auto and Apple CarPlay) so this deal will give it the kind of reach that could allow it to compete more evenly with its rivals in the car.

In addition to the automotive segment, Samsung will tap into the Harman’s advances in the IoT space in rolling out the’next generation of cloud-based consumer and enterprise experiences, as well as end-to-end services for automotive market through the convergence of design, devices and data.’

Samsung is also looking to leverage Harman’s audio brands — which include JBL, Harman Kardon, Mark Levinson, Lexicon, AKG, Infinity, and Revel — to ‘deliver enhanced customer benefits and elevate user experiences across Samsung’s complete portfolio of consumer and professional products and systems.’

While automotive is clearly the big focus of this deal, Harman will bring a lot of audio know-how that could combine well with Samsung’s consumer electronics focus. Reverberations will be felt both on the consumer and the professional products sides.

Other notable acquisitions from Samsung of late include Viv, a highly-regarded virtual assistant from the creators of Apple’s Siri service, and also cloud computing company Joyent.

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Gamers looking to the adventure into the e-Sports arena might be interested in a new gaming monitor which has been unveiled by BenQ in the form of the ZOWIE XL2540 240Hz 24.5 inch e-Sports Monitor. The XL2540 is one of the few monitors on the market with support for a 240Hz refresh rate, and BenQ leverages its feature set in a pitch aimed squarely at esports competitors and professional gamers.

BenQ ZOWIE XL2540 240Hz 24.5 inch e-Sports Monitor Specs:

The monitor is a 24.5-inch unit that has a native resolution of 1920×1080. BenQ seems to want people to come by and see the monitor in action stating that the specs do not tell the full story. We know the ZOWIE XL2540 has a 16:9 aspect ratio and a pixel pitch of 0.28mm. Typical brightness is 400 cd/m2 and the typical contrast is 1000:1.

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BenQ ZOWIE XL2540

It has connectivity options including DVI-DL, DP1.2, two HDMI ports, mic jack, and a headphone jack. The monitor has an integrated USB hub with the three downstream ports and a single upstream port. It isn’t stated if those are USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 ports. The display has no integrated speakers. Its power supply is built-in and has 55W power consumption.

BenQ ZOWIE XL2540 240Hz 24.5 inch e-Sports Monitor Features :

  • Native 240Hz refresh rate delivers smoothest ever gameplay experience
  • S Switch enables you to easily access settings
  • Shield helps you focus on game by blocking out distractions
  • Specially designed frame minimizes the reflective screen glare
  • The effortless one-finger height adjustable stand provides personalized viewing angles
  • Built-in Black eQualizer tech brightens dark scenes without over-exposing the bright areas
  • BenQ ZOWIE XL2540 240Hz 24.5 inch e-Sports Monitor Price:
  • BenQ notes that players can get a hands-on experience with the ZOWIE XL2540 at the upcoming DreamHack Winter festival and showcase, which will kick off on November 24 in Sweden. The ZOWIE XL2540 is available now for pre-order at a suggested retail price of $500.
ZOWIE XL2540  Price
USA $500
UK £403
Australia $653 AUS

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Bluetooth speaker maker BRAVEN has unveiled the 1100, 2200m, and 2300 speakers as part of its new premium home line that does not only sound good but looks good as well.

BRAVEN 1100:

The smallest and most portable of the Premium Home line, the new Braven 1100 uses a single extended range driver and dual passive radiators for the bass. This is by far the most portable model of the three, that offering an impressive 28-hour battery life, along with the built-in 8,800 mAh battery doubling as a charger for your mobile devices

Braven 2200m:

The Braven 2200m is smaller than the 2300 and boasts up to ten hours of playtime using the built-in battery. It includes wall-mounting hardware in case you want to set it up in one room semi-permanently. Like the Braven 2300, the Braven 2200m is available in white and graphite. This model sells for $300.

Braven 2300:

The flagship of the new Premium Home series is the Braven 2300. The loudest and largest of the three models comprising the series that features extended range drivers and a built-in subwoofer. Using the Braven Smart app, the two of the speakers can be paired together for stereo sound and even more impressive volume. This model is available in white or graphite, and sells for $350.

All three are controlled with the BRAVEN Smart App, which does more than just stream music from the smartphone to speaker or turn it on or off. The app features for setting EQ just the way you want it, and locking the speaker’s hardware buttons to prevent accidental presses, as well as an ad hoc pairing mechanism for instant audio streaming.

This BRAVEN Premium Home Series are now available for purchase online. The 1100 speaker goes for $250, the 2200m for $300, and the 2300 for $350. The BRAVEM Smart App is available for free on both iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

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Apple announced an update to its video editing app – Final Cut Pro X. It now gets latest features for the Magnetic Timeline, and Touch Bar integration on the new MacBook Pro and redesigned interface. The Touch Bar replaces keyboard’s traditional function row along with a Retina-quality Multi-Touch display, which adapts to Final Cut Pro X. Besides, Apple has also announced an updates to Motion and Compressor.

Final Cut Pro X Features:

  • Magnetic Timeline:

Final Cut Pro X 10.3 features a new Magnetic Timeline that enables users to understand their film at a glance. It presents a customizable arrangement and color coding of the audio clips based on type, including music, dialogue, and effects. The software will let users simply drag to the instantly rearrange the vertical layout of their timeline or even highlight particular audio roles when editing.

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Final Cut Pro X
  • Touch Bar integration on the MacBook Pro:

The Touch Bar allows new MacBook Pro users in Final Cut Pro X to create, assign roles and give each one a unique color. Editors can also drag their finger to instantly rearrange the vertical layout of their timeline and highlight specific audio roles while editing.

  • Redesigned interface:

The interface has been redesigned with a darker, flat look to put the focus on content, and there are customisable workspaces to adjust window arrangements for the different tasks. There’s also full support for wide colour workflows to let users import, edit and also deliver video in standard Rec. 709 and Rec. 601 colour spaces, or in wide gamut Rec. 2020 colour space, Apple writes in the press note.

  • Motion and Compressor:

Motion 5.3 and Compressor 5.3 have also been updated with the Touch Bar support and a new darker look to match the Final Cut Pro X update. Motion 5.3 includes support for the wide color workflows and 3D text enhancements, it also offers a new Align behavior for quickly connecting separate objects. Compressor 4.3 features a wide color support and updates and improvements that make it quicker to deliver packages to the iTunes Store.

Price:

Final Cut Pro 10.3 is available as a free update for existing users, and at $300 for new users on the Mac App Store. Motion 5.3 and Compressor 4.3 also available as a free update for existing users and for $50 each for new users on the Mac App Store.

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The new YoUP is currently raising funds on Kickstarter, where it is still in the early stages, with $808 out of $21,730 pledged. A contribution of 40 Euros (currently $44) gets you a YoUP in the color and size of your choice, and you can choose between green, blue, grey, and red.

YoUP is a standing desk that’s surely more convenient than any of its competitors. With research continually showing that sitting for extended periods of time can have short- and long-term health impacts, standing desks have gained popularity in offices around the world. The inexpensive device is an inflatable and portable, and turning any surface into a standing desk.

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YoUP

The YoUP measures 10 inches wide by 14 inches long, which means that it should support laptops with the displays as large as 15 inches. The YoUP Small expands to the 10 inches in height, while YoUP Regular inflates to a height of the 13.8 inches.

All you do it pull the top and bottom apart like an accordion, that causes it to automatically inflate to 90 % of its full size. Then, with a couple of the steady puffs, or using the supplied air pump, it will be sturdy enough to hold your laptop. When your work’s done or you are done standing, its maker claims that you can deflate YoUP in a ‘few seconds’ so you won’t be there for ages looking like a nitwit trying desperately to squeeze all air out of it.

The YoUP even comes out with a connected companion app that tracks your standing progress and then offers suggestions on improving your sitting/standing behavior based on your profile.

YoUP’s team hopes to start shipping its inflatable standing desk in April. Early bird backers can bag one for as little as €40 ($44), €30 lower than expected retail price of €75 ($82).

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The chinese company vphone decided to create the smallest smartphone in the world called vphone S8. Back in 2011 when Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note, that smartphone was considered to be huge, and it sported a 5.3-inch display. These days, we just consider 5.7-inch phones to be quite normal, and 5.3-inch phones are actually considered to be small. This only goes to prove that how much things have changed since 2011, in a number of ways.

Vphone S8 Design:

The smartphone weighs only 30 grams and possesses a shape like a smartwatch. It fits perfectly in your palm and somehow looks like a kid’s toy rather than a smartphone. The phone features 1.54 inch display covered by 2.5D curved glass. Despite its tiny size, it is quite shinny and a little mysterious with black and silver color. Vphone S8 comes with one power button on right side, and three virtual button in the front.

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Vphone S8

Vphone S8 Specs:

In terms of other specs, the phone sports 64 megabyte RAM and 128 megabyte of internal storge accompanied with a microSD card. It uses MT 2502 processor and the tiny phone takes power from the source of 380mAh battery capacity.

Vphone S8 Features:

Vphone S8 is compatible with Android as well as iOS Smartphones and the company is also working to bring its compatibility for other platforms. This phone can be paired with any smartphone via Bluetooth, and the user can answer or make a call if the phone is successfully paired. User can also read and reply SMS and use other social networking apps from smartphone remotely.

The device is also capable of giving all the round protection of the health with its built-in motion chip, that records the consumption of each calorie, and there’s a second generation heart rate monitor to keep and check on the heartbeat.

The device is equipped with the FM radio, which is quite interesting, while it also comes with USB 2.0 and Bluetooth 4.0.

The Vphone S8 comes in Black and Silver color variants, and will be available for purchase for $30 soon.

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Samsung has recently announced it will be updating the YouTube app on all of its 2016 Quantum Dot and 4K Ultra HD TVs so that they will support HDR content.

If you have a 4K TV, one of the biggest hurdles to enjoying all those extra pixels is finding content that actually stretches the format’s technical limits. Thankfully for the Samsung TV owners, there is now some new 4K high dynamic range (HDR) video coming down the pipe, all thanks to YouTube.

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4K Ultra HD TVs

The update will be automatically installed over the air and you’ll know when it’s done because there will be a dedicated HDR section within the app and on YouTube’s 4K channel.

HDR is the latest must-have TV tech. It works by making a picture even more lifelike and as the director intended, by just improving the contrast ratio of an image. It also helps to bring out subtle shadings and gradations to add an extra sense of depth.

‘With global availability of YouTube’s HDR, we at Samsung are thrilled to support the best HDR viewing experience and a wide range of HDR content for users to enjoy,’ said Seline Han, Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung.

Currently, the only way to get HDR content is via Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and Ultra HD Blu-ray as well as YouTube. It’s hoped that one day we will be able to watch live TV with HDR thanks to Hybrid Log Gamma, a tech being developed by the BBC and Japanese broadcaster NHK.

Samsung’s announcement also states that while the update is intended to be global, it’ll roll out ‘progressively’ from Dec. This implies a gradual distribution model, where some territories get the updated app earlier than others. So do not necessarily expect it to be available for your set by the time you’ve finished reading this article!