RE:PLAY lets you rediscover the joy of interaction with revived use of phone to play in retro

The way we interact with objects today has become increasingly virtual. The excitement is limited and we need reasons to fall back on the past for rejuvenation. This is recaptured with a new way of engagement of using physical objects from the past in the RE-PLAY.

RE:PLAY is designed as a revolutionary concept aiming to bridge the gap between the virtual and the physical. It invites us to reflect on the value of human-object interaction. By leveraging sound players as vessels, RE:PLAY ingeniously blends old-world physicality with modern digital audio sources; an exciting amalgamation that gives rise to a captivating experience to resonate with our nostalgic hearts.

Designer: Shin Huei Tsai, Tzu Yu Huang and Zhuang Zhujun

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Gone are the days of cassette tapes and vinyl records as primary sound sources. But in the RE:PLAY, these classics are seamlessly integrated with smartphone as the conduit for modern music.

Vinyl players have always evoked a sense of serenity and ritual and paired with a smartphone the contraption is very fresh. The cherished ritual of positioning the tonearm and spinning the disc is revived here with a modern twist. Your phone becomes the vinyl record itself. By carefully positioning the tonearm on your phone, you can indulge in the magic of playing music while visually interacting with the spinning disc.

Who can forget the cassettes? RE:PLAY pays homage to this beloved format by preserving the age-old action of spinning the tape in a cassette recorder. But instead of inserting a physical cassette, you kickstart music by placing your smartphone into the designated slot. We’ve also reimagined the once-cumbersome task of flipping the cassette over as a seamless way to switch songs. Every five songs, you’ll find yourself flipping your phone to continue the melodic journey.

The aesthetics of RE:PLAY are carefully crafted. Pristine white is chosen as the base color allowing the physical interfaces to take center stage. Translucent frosted acrylic adds depth and richness to the design that permits the spinning discs and tape to be visible while playing.

In an era where the virtual often overshadows the physical, RE:PLAY is a beacon of hope.  It’s a visual feast that blends nostalgia with a contemporary flair.

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Nothing headset (1) concept headphones with detachable amplifier bumps up audio listening experience

Nothing Phone 2 is just around the corner and Carl Pie is pinning down targets with maximum conviction. So, what’s going to be the next prime target in his crosshair? Over-the-ear headphones sound like the next big untapped product to capture for now.

Since we are talking about a consumer-centric gadget, a wireless pair of headies looks like the most probable bet. Whether it’ll please purist audiophiles or not, still the market is huge to get a big chunk of the pie.

Designer: Yungwon Kang

If you already loved the head (1) wireless headphones concept, then there’s another one that’ll pique your interest. These pair of cans christened headset (1) are envisioned for high fidelity audio delivered right to the ears and come with a detachable amplifier to amp the quality on demand. No need for steeply-priced AMPs, DACs or high-fidelity cables – just attach this amplifier to the outside of the headphones nd the audio instantly sounds lively.

The exterior design and color theme look inspired by the AirPods Max, albeit the round-shaped cushions lend them a signature look. The see-through character is sensibly kept limited to the outer shell of the cans, suggesting they are not open-back headphones and provide good sound isolation for noisy environments.

Addition of the dedicated amplifier module promises bidirectional audio output for a life-like soundstage. Something that’s very close to what the audio creator intended to achieve and is replicated in the output of the headphones. All the amplifier controls are embedded on the surface, while the controls for ANC, volume and power lie on the sides of the cans.

Yungwon has chosen the signature white and black color options for the headphones. It’ll be interesting to see if Nothing draws inspiration from this concept design to create a pair of wireless headphones to take on the likes of Sony, Bose, Sennheiser and Apple.

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This modular camper rig fits any mid-sized truck bed for year-round escapades

As the demand for versatile and compact camping solutions continues to rise, Scout Campers has attended to this need with their latest Scout Tuktut. Designed to transform mid-sized pickups into fully functional campers, the Tuktut offers a convenient and affordable way to embark on outdoor adventures without sacrificing comfort or mobility.

The hardtop rig is apt for seamless integration with mid-sized pickups without breaking the budget. Built specifically for the Ford Maverick, the Tuktut attaches to the truck bed, creating a cozy living space that can comfortably accommodate two people. The camper’s lightweight construction ensures it remains agile, allowing for easy maneuverability, both on and off the road.

Designer: Scout Campers

Despite its compact size, the robust module makes intelligent use of its available space. The camper features a foldable and comfortable queen-sized bed, providing a sleeping area after a long day of adventure. It even comes loaded with a convenient kitchenette equipped with a sink, stove, and mini refrigerator, allowing campers to prepare meals and store perishable goods without relying on external facilities. The camper shell boasts ample storage compartments for camping gear and other essentials, ensuring a clutter-free living space.

One of the standout features of the Scout Tuktut is its off-grid capability. The camper is equipped with a sizeable lithium battery and a 175W monocrystalline solar panel system, so that adventure seekers can power their electronics, charge devices, and run essential appliances. This freedom allows campers to immerse themselves in remote locations, away from crowded campgrounds to experience the serenity of nature without any worries.

The modular design adds to its versatility to the rig as campers have the option to choose additional add-on modules such as a rooftop tent or a shower enclosure. The quick and easy installation process allows for seamless customization based on individual preferences and camping requirements. Whether embarking on a weekend getaway or a long-term expedition, the Tuktut can adapt to different scenarios, making it a flexible and reliable companion.

Scout Campers initiated preorders shortly before the public unveiling of the camper Overland Expo West 2023 held earlier this month. The camper’s base model, dubbed Minimalist configuration, starts at a price of $16,500. For those seeking additional customization, Goose Gear Explore modules are available, with prices ranging from $595 to $2,395. Delivery of the Tuktut campers is scheduled to commence in the third quarter of 2023.

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Miniature Handheld game console the size of credit card is a nostalgic Game Boy dupe

Nintendo, Valve and Asus are keeping the handheld gaming niche intact, encouraging new entrants to come up with their own versions. The average screen size for these gaming monsters is anywhere around 7 inches, but when a handheld measures no more than a credit card, it’s bound to grab our attention.

This is the RG Nano ultra-portable mini-game console by ANBERNIC all set to land in the hands of busy gamers who want an option to kill time on their evening transit. The Chinese company has already created ripples in the portable gaming industry with offerings like the RG35XX emulator that plays retro games as smoothly as it could get.

Designer: ANBERNIC

Measuring just 68 x 42 mm, the gadget is smaller than the SEGA’s Visual Memory Unit (VMU) designed for Dreamcast. It is ideal to hook up with your keychain since the miniature handheld comes with an offline clock function. It can even slot in a microSD card to store music files for audio playback. The ability to play high-fidelity lossless files will make you skip the high-resolution audio player when space is a premium. The only downside is, it doesn’t have a dedicated headphone jack and you’ll have to connect to the USB-C charging port with a USB-C adapter.

The build quality is impressive since the 2.5-inch handheld is made from a textured aluminum alloy body. Given the small form factor, don’t mind the missing analog joysticks which give way to the single D-pad with four action buttons. Thankfully a pair of shoulder buttons means you’ll be able to play 16-bit games with ease.

The mini handheld’s screen has a 1:1 aspect ratio perfect for playing all-time classic titles from the Game Boy Color, NES, SEGA, SNES or even the Genisis games. Playing Game Boy Advance titles won’t be recommended though, since the aspect ratio won’t match and the viewable screen area will be shrunk down even more.

Allwinner K3S chipset-powered RG Nano is loaded with a 1050mAh battery which should be enough for a few hours of non-stop playing. There’s no word on the pricing yet but it should come for less than $65 which stacks it right in the impulse-buying domain.

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Unique Reuleaux triangle-shaped wheels on this bike is far more comfortable than you’d imagine

If you thought the square-wheeled bicycle was a logically impossible build, a Reuleaux triangle cycle ride is even bonkers. Sergii Gordieiev, who’s an engineer by profession and inventive fabricator by nature, bamboozled us with his earlier creation and now, another fresh DIY has left us yearning for more.

Just like the square-wheeled bicycle that seemed logically impossible to move – but still, it did smoothly – this ingenious build too surprises with its nifty engineering. The ingenious bicycle riding on wheels with rollers move in a linear manner, forming adjacent lines between each one of the rollers and the flat surface it’s riding on. This enables the triangle wheels to overcome their limitation and roll more comfortably than presumed.

Designer: Sergii Gordieiev

Even more so, the bicycle can traverse and maneuver uneven terrain like dirt trails with equal dexterity. If we think based on the laws of physics, for the Reuleaux triangle-shaped wheels it is the “simplest and best-known curve of constant width other than the circle.”

The DIY bike is ridden like any other pedal-powered bicycle even though it looks highly improbable. Also, the rider doesn’t feel as much discomfort as one would assume. Articulated arms soak up most of the wheel’s movement and don’t transfer it to the rider. Truly a feat of engineering that’s a cakewalk for Sergii, given his previous builds.

Although it doesn’t ride as smoothly as the square-shaped version, still the dampening of all that lateral movement is an achievement. Just seeing those wheels and the noise coming from them will grab anyone’s attention.

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New Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Spider-Man Tourbillon is for Marvel fans

In 2021, Audemars Piguet (AP) introduced the world to a remarkable and collaborative timepiece; the first-ever Royal Oak Concept x Marvel watch. It was a sensational creation dedicated to the Black Panther. The Royal Oak presented with the fictional character appearing to elevate above the dial in 3D.

This extraordinary watch captures the attention of enthusiasts and collectors alike, resulting in a unique timepiece going out in an auction for a staggering 5.2 million dollars. The resounding success of this collaboration is a germinator of the next edition Marvel collaboration; the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Spider-Man Spider-Man Tourbillon.

Designer: Audemars Piguet

Recently, Audemars Piguet released, to the enthusiastic audience in Dubai, its second Marvel-inspired watch. This time, the superhero on the timepiece is everyone’s beloved Spider-Man.

Just like its predecessor, the Royal Oak Concept Spider-Man Tourbillon showcased the Marvel character seemingly suspended within the intricate case. The watch has a 42mm titanium case, surrounded by a black ceramic bezel and crown. What sets this timepiece apart is the superhero that’s carved from CNC-milled white gold and adorned with exquisite engravings and hand-painted details.

Powering this horologically sound rendition of the Royal Oak is the hand-wound, in-house Calibre 2974, providing 72 hours of power reserve. To enhance its versatility, the watch comes paired with a black and grey interchangeable rubber strap or a rubber strap in black and red, adding an extra touch of dynamism to the overall look.

The Royal Oak Concept Spider-Man Tourbillon is a very exclusive creation. It is limited to only 250 pieces worldwide. Priced at 195,000 Swiss francs (approx. $215,000), the meticulously detailed and inclusion of Spider-Man iconic elements make the watch a highly sought-after collector’s item.

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Sony’s new gaming handheld device streams PS5 games on the go

At the PlayStation Showcase 2023 event, Sony unveiled a handheld device that’ll make gamers both excited and longing for more. That’s because the Japanese electronics giant did unveil the Project Q gaming device but with a spoiler.

Rather than being a follow-up of the PlayStation Vita, the handheld will be more of a streaming gadget for mirroring PlayStation 5 games when you want to shift to the smaller screen for a while. That’s something akin to the Logitech G Cloud and the Razer Edge. This further reiterates Sony’s belief in mobile gaming since they announced the Backbone One game controller a few days back.

Designer: Sony

By no stretch of imagination is this gaming handheld a competitor for Steam Deck or Nintendo Switch. It’s basically a device to be used with PS Remote Play, and looks like a stretched DualSense controller. Much like a third-party mobile gaming controller that fits your smartphone.

Even though it won’t play any games standalone or without internet connectivity, the option to stream your favorite titles on the 8-inch HD LCD screen sandwiched between the controls is simply awesome. The device will be capable of streaming games at upto 1080p and 60fps over a Wi-Fi connection. Not to forget, you’ll get all the buttons and features of DualSense controller like the haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.

According to PlayStation boss Jim Ryan, “Innovation is our passion, and that applies to not just what games you play, but how you play them.” He further emphasized the cloud gaming aspect moving forward, making the streaming handheld a potent tool in the quest for leveraging the “trend of mobility.”

For now, Sony has just uncovered these details and there’s no word on the pricing or the release date of the Project Q handheld. That said, we are still rooting for Sony to release a dedicated gaming device that’s more than just a cloud gaming gadget and can play offline as well.

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Sony reveals PlayStation earbuds with lossless, low-latency audio for PC and PS5

At the PlayStation Showcase event, Sony announced a lot of new gaming titles, a streaming-only handheld, and towards the end of the event, a pair of TWS earbuds. These first-ever gaming wireless earbuds from the Japanese electronics giant are all set to increase the in-game immersion three-folds, be it on PC or PS5. Strangely, they somehow look inspired by the EVOLUTION 3D conceptual TWS Gaming Earbuds by Adam Shen that were mustered up a couple of years ago.

Already Sony dominates the premium wireless earbuds market with the WF-1000XM4, and the value-for-money LinkBuds S. Now with the PS5 earbuds Sony wants to create a niche offering for passionate gamers who desire immersive audio to hear every little detail for in-game tactical advantage.

Designer: Sony

The PlayStation earbuds will come with innovative wireless technology developed by SIE for superior lossless audio and low latency. The earbuds codenamed Project Nomad has been in development for some time now with industry leaks and renders giving the tech community a sneak peek of the design and hardware details. Although Sony has officially revealed the earbuds, they’ll only be up for grabs sometime during the holiday season.

They are understandably themed on the PS5 gaming console with the contoured white outer shell and bulb-like design to suit the ergonomics of the human ear better. Charging case for these audio accessories are also distinctly crafted with a cylindrical shape. Something like the Nothing Ear Stick, sans the twisting mechanism, as they open like a pouch.

From what is apparent, the buds have physical volume rocker buttons and a subdued light bar on the charging case indicating the remaining charge levels. Sony has also confirmed that they’ll “simultaneously connect to smartphones via Bluetooth” for audible strategic advantage in action games. Other than these visual details, everything is still under wraps — things like the details of ANC mode, audio drivers, or multipoint connectivity option.

If Sony can make them compatible with the PlayStation VR 2 headset, both will make for another compelling reason to own one. While they might not be positioned as premium as the upcoming WF-1000XM5’s, we expect them to be stashed between the Linkbuds S and the recently launched WF-C700N for budget buyers.

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Dyson’s most powerful robot vacuum has six times better suction to deep clean across all floor types

After lackluster response for the Dyson 360 Eye robovac in the US market, Dyson is back with an improved version that’s better suited for American homes. This comes after seven years of development and it also purifies the indoor air, which is a good perk.

The robotic vacuum cleaner launched initially in Australia will land in the US later this year for roughly $1,600. Dubbed 360 Vis Nav, the home appliance gets its name from the intelligent 360-degree vision system that’s aided by the next-generation processor.

Designer: Dyson

The UK company claims the robovac has six times the suction power when stacked against a previous Dyson vacuum cleaner. On the hind side, however, it lacks elusive features, self-emptying for instance. With this level of suction, the 360 Vis Nav ensures a thorough cleaning, leaving no dirt or debris behind.

Powered by a motor delivering blistering speeds, the 360 Vis Nav is significantly faster at an impressive 110,000 RPM, which is well above the 78,000 RPM its predecessor clocked. Further, Dyson takes versatility to a new level with the 360 Vis Nav, wherein it introduces the triple-action brush bar, which allows the robovac to adapt its cleaning approach according to different surfaces.

This intelligent design permits soft nylon bristles for hard floors, nylon bristles for carpets, and carbon fiber filaments for finer dust. Interestingly, the new Dyson robot vacuum cleaner comes with LEDs surrounding its lens that help improve its visibility to spot landmarks in dark areas. It ensures the dust can hide from this astute cleaner!

Alongside venturing under chairs and around furniture with ease, the 360 Vis Nav is also equipped with 26 sensors, allowing the intelligent robot vacuum to detect and navigates seamlessly around objects. With a runtime of 50 minutes, the 360 Vis Nav offers a quick cleaning session before automatically returning to its dock for recharging and returning back (after recharge) to start from where it left.

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The Beepberry is a messaging gadget that curbs smartphone addiction while looking like a retro BlackBerry

Pebble smartwatch founder, Eric Migicovsky has been under the wraps for quite some time, and he has a side project that’s got everyone interested. While he’s deeply engrossed with his chat aggregation app Beeper and a mystery Android phone, Eric has gone back to his roots and created a computing device for sending or receiving messages.

Dubbed Beepberry, the strange-looking gadget is a raw prototype that is right out of the hardcore tech DIY realm. It’s a dump phone to get rid of smartphone addiction as the innovator wanted a “weekend device” to keep connected with people but not have the multimedia distractions of a modern phone.

Designer: Beepberry

To keep things simple, the gadget only works with the in-house Beeper app and nothing else is a privilege here. For those who don’t know, Beeper is an all-in-one chat device with all the chat platforms like WhatsApp and iMessage in one place.

Migicovsky says that the raw gadget is essentially an “e-paper Cyberdeck” that seamlessly fits in “your pocket.” For the Beepberry, the creator has mashed up Sharp’s 2.3-inch Memory LCD screen (400×240 resolution), genuine Blackberry Classic keyboard and Raspberry Pi Zero W into one. Since it is virtually open source for now, so in the right hands it acts like a portable e-paper computer for geeks.

In fact, the official website where the Beepberry is up for $79 describes it as a handheld device that can be tweaked for getting weather updates or playing Ascii Star Wars. Since the gadget is barebones for now, you’ll have to figure out a way to somehow hook on the 2,000mAh battery. Some of the demos show the creators using a rubber band to hold it in place!

Shell out $99 and you’ll get a Pi Zero W preinstalled to make things easier. For now, there is no cellular connectivity option, so you’ll not be aware of those messages if they are important. Nor does the gadget come with a case, so you’ll have to 3D-Print it yourself.

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