It’s hard to imagine Steve Jobs selling his Volkswagen Type 2 Microbus to help fund and produce friend, Steve Wozniack’s hand-built and custom-designed Apple Computer-I back in 1976, but that’s how the story goes. The Apple Computer-I, more casually called Apple-I, is a desktopcomputer that’s hardly in circulation today due to its discontinuation with Apple-II’s debut. Wozniak and Jobs first sold Apple-1 as only a bare board, a single-etched and silkscreened circuit board, with no electronic parts so that consumers could build their own computers, only needing an additional television set and keyboard. Today, Sweden-based designer, Love Hultén builds his own re-interpretation of Apple-1, or rather a midcentury display case to cradle the old tech relic, and calls it Aple.
Aple is a bespoke, made-to-order, battery-operated display cabinet that encases original, ‘Woz-built,’ Apple motherboards from 1976 or later. Unlike Apple-I’s consumer products, Hultén’s display case comes equipped with a fully integrated keyboard and monitor protection framing that’s hand-constructed out of either black walnut or old growth teak wood. The wooden monitor housing perches above the display cabinet on an angled mount carved from the same wood as the rest of the case. On the display case’s right side, a pull out drawer reveals the motherboard’s circuitry. Mostly enclosed, Apple-I’s circuit board can be magnified by looking through the case’s plexiglass dome, resembling a crystal ball cut in half, which Love Hultén might have included to evoke 1970s era mysticism. The backside of Hultén’s Aple unveils a retro, standard switchboard that deepens the product’s tribute to the technology of yesterday, eliciting curiosity for all the functions and hidden features to be unlocked.
The development and story of Apple-I are just as exciting today as years ago and Love Hultén is giving the tech giant’s initial success a brand new stage. Love Hultén is known for taking timely products, like tropical-themed synth players and portable, arcade-period gaming consoles, and turning them into artfully funky displays that give the designs of yesterday a timeless fit for today. Be sure to check out the rest of Love Hultén’s work and hey, if you ever find yourself with one of the six operating Apple-1’s in circulation today, send it over to Hultén for a modern-day facelift, he knows what to do.
Somehow, and I could be completely wrong on this one, but it feels like the MagSafe design team and the AirPods design team were stationed at two different corners of Apple’s massive headquarters. (Yes, Apple’s headquarters are circular, but you get my point)
I say this because there’s a palpable lack of synergy given that the two ideas feel like a match made in heaven. What if the AirPods team and the MagSafe team got together and realized there was potential to snap something more useful than a cardholder or a wireless charger to the back of your iPhone? Something like, I don’t know, a pair of TWS Earbuds?
While the guys at Apple seem to have dropped the ball on this potential goldmine of an idea, Scendo (a startup based out of Walnut, California) decided the idea was worth investing in. The Snapods by Scendo are a pair of TWS Earbuds that come with a flat case that snaps right to the back of your phone. Building wonderfully on the capabilities of the MagSafe feature introduced in the latest iPhones, the Snapods make carrying earphones convenient. Just snap them to the back of your phone and you’ve got yourself a pair of earphones that are easy to store, quick to access, and hard to lose.
The case’s design is inspired directly by where it’s located. Made to sit against the back of your phone, the Snapods case comes with a flat, wedge-shaped profile, making it easy to slip your phone into your pocket. The slim case doesn’t just dock the earphones, it charges them too, giving you an impressive 45 hours of playtime. The earphones match (and sometimes outperform) the AirPods in almost every category. Pop them out of the case and they instantly power on and connect to your phone using Bluetooth 5.2 technology. Thanks to the latest Qualcomm 3040 flagship chipset, the Snapods offer a seamless and incredibly responsive audio experience, with zero lag, stuttering, or pauses. The Qualcomm cVc 8.0 noise reduction algorithm is capable of cutting up to 30 decibels of ambient noise, and a combination of AAC and aptX compression algorithms give you high-fidelity audio playback at all times. As is customary with TWS earbuds, the Snapods feature touch-sensitive controls on the buds, allowing you to tap, double-tap, hold, and slide to control playback and volume, accept or reject calls, or summon your phone’s Voice AI. Oh, and they’re IPx5 water and dust resistant, a stage higher than the AirPods Pro rating of IPx4.
The Snapods are a pretty formidable pair of earbuds on the spec-sheet, but their clever magnetic attachment system really puts them in a different league altogether. They’re designed to snap directly onto any of the iPhone 12 phones, although a simple stick-on metallic ring lets you turn any smartphone (Android or iOS) into a Snapods-ready smartphone. This also means you could attach the Snapods to phone cases, tablets, or even your laptop! And of course, the Snapods charge wirelessly (even though they come with a USB-C port), which means you can snap them off your phone and onto your wireless charger to juice them. Theoretically, if your phone supports reverse charging, you could simply charge them by placing them on the back of your phone too!
All in all, you’re looking at a powerful idea that’s supported by great execution. Not only are the Snapods an impressive pair of TWS Earphones on their own, but the fact that they snap right onto the back of your smartphone also makes them even more of a compelling product. Think about it. Instead of carrying your earphones separately in a bulky case in your pocket or backpack (that could potentially get lost or left behind), why not snap them onto the one device they’re meant to be paired with? And when that device already comes with its own magnetic snap-on technology, doesn’t it just seem like a match made in heaven?
Snapods – TWS Earbuds w/Magsafe for iPhone 12 & More
The Snapods are a pair of TWS earbuds that have a snap-on design that keeps it attached to iPhone 12, or any phone’s back when used with the included ultra-slim metallic frame.
Super easy to carry, store and access, either on your phone or used alone.
“They are very comparable to Apple’s AirPods”
“Is one of the best AirPods alternatives I have tested”
Upgraded TWS Technology
With the latest Qualcomm 3040 flagship chipset embedded, you can finally bath in that fastest, sutter-free wireless audio you have always wanted. The next-generation Bluetooth technology successfully eliminates the audio pauses abound in almost all other TWS earbuds which could result in frustrating or even unbearable choppy music.
Quick To Access, Hard To Lose
The Snapods earbuds slot into shafts at the back of the phone. So whenever you need to use your phone to listen to music, podcast, watch videos, play games, make calls, or after you are done using it, you will always have your earbuds ready to be deployed or stowed away at fingertips.
Stand Up To Rigors Of The Impacts
The magnetic force holds Snapods earbuds and case firmly on your phone and won’t come loose or off during the fiercest movement, but will move smoothly when you slide them in or out.
Snapods features an upgraded TWS technology over the previous generation, the TrueWireless Mirroring Technology, which realizes true seamless and rapid swap between the two earbuds while cutting down the power consumption by 50%. In short, you will notice absolutely no interruption at all, and switching between earbuds will feel more natural and instinctive than ever.
Snapods comes with Bluetooth 5.2, the fastest, most advanced Bluetooth technology around to reach the lowest latency and highest level of robustness. You can confidently use your Snapods earbuds when facetiming, playing games, or viewing online videos with no lip-sync issues.
High-Quality Wireless Audio Quality
With a bespoke 13mm over-size dynamic driver coated in graphene, a high-performance, flexible diaphragm material for audio, the bass and treble response are both extended with high sensitivity and ultra-low distortion, so every music genre, from classical to contemporary, is enhanced on accuracy and clarity to ignite your emotions.
Snapods provides wired quality sound wirelessly through its support of the top two commonly used compression algorithms – AAC and aptX. Apple devices rely on the AAC for Bluetooth streaming, while most Android phones support aptX. They are practically synonymous with high-fidelity Bluetooth audio and present wireless audio as you would experience it in the live environment.
For iPhone 12 & Compatible with Much More
Snapods goes well with all other phone models when used with the included ultra slim, lightweight metallic frame. It is of negligible weight and thickness that it is imperceptible after being applied to the back of your phone, and invisible when covered beneath a phone case. The adhesive is specially treated to leave no sticky residue after peeling off.
Carry Your Earbuds On Almost Anything
In addition to your phone, Snapods also attaches to your fridge, locker, whiteboard, or anything metallic.
Up to 45 Hours of Playtime
There is up to 5 hours battery for each earbud, and up to 40 hours with the charging case. So a total of 45 hours of playtime keeps you swaying to limitless beats wherever you go, almost double the hours of Airpods.
Fast Wireless Charging
The case features Qi wireless charging without adding too much bulk. Snapods is the slimmest model to feature this technology. You can either place it on a wireless charging pad or plug in a Type-C cable for a quick recharge to the case. 3 LEDs on the case will flash to indicate the remaining power.
Four Microphones & Double Noise Cancellation
Each Snapods earbud features 2 microphones. The Qualcomm® cVc noise reduction algorithm used in Snapods has evolved into cVc 8.0, the most advanced version in the current market, which is capable of filtering out up to 30 decibels of ambient noise.
This cutting-edge technology kicks in after the added microphones sample the ambient noises from your voices captured by the original mics, to ensure a crystal clear call quality in boisterous conditions like a chaotic bar, busy street or loud subway.
Snapods gives you a complete and intuitive set of control over your phone never experienced before, so you can stay off your smartphone for most actions.
When it comes to paper airplanes, they usually don’t stay airborne for more than a few seconds. The guys at PowerUp weren’t satisfied with that, so they set their sights on making motorized paper airplanes. We’re now on the fourth-generation of the PowerUp, and it’s the most capable version yet, enabling paper airplanes to fly better and further than ever.
The PowerUp 4.0 consists of a lightweight airframe, along with a pair of motors at the rear and a sophisticated flight control computer in its nose. Working in concert with a smartphone app, it can automatically smooth out flight thanks to the use of both a gyroscopic sensor and an accelerometer. It can even stabilize flight in windy conditions.
The kit includes a design for a basic, reliable paper airplane, but it will work with your own custom designs too, and the motors are powerful enough to fly models made out of cardboard, styrofoam, or balsa wood as well. While the app and computer smarts aboard the plane should keep your flight stable, the frame’s durable nylon and carbon fiber construction means it’ll survive in the event of a crash landing.
Flying is easy – simply tilt your smartphone to steer, and pull the on-screen throttle control to accelerate. Depending on conditions, the weight of your plane, and your flying technique, your plane can fly for up to 10 minutes on a charge. The PowerUp 4.0 also has the best control range of any model so far – up to 230 feet.
You can get your hands on the PowerUp 4.0 smartphone-controlled paper airplane kit over on Amazon for just $79.99. They also sell a companion book with a variety of paper airplane designs for another $19.99.
Here is an organizational problem that music lovers face: not knowing where to put their bulky headphones when they aren’t wearing them. As someone who recently bought her first proper pair of headphones, I relate to the struggle. Most of us are used to tossing my earbuds carelessly on your nightstand, leaving them in your jeans pocket, or finding them on the carpet at the end of the day. The headphones, on the other hand, took up more space and were more expensive, so I’m more careful about where I store them. But, I have the same problem that inspired the Talking Heads Speaker: no clear space to set my headphones down neatly. Until the designers at LeapX thought: What better place to keep your headphones than next to your portable speaker? (Obviously, true audiophiles have both!). You might as well keep your audio gear in one place. And then, the designer found that few things sparked joy the way that the image of a speaker wearing a pair of headphones could.
This was the beginning of what would turn into the Talking Heads speaker. The portable speaker/mount changed to a spherical shape instead of a boxy one. Now, the product truly looks like a head listening to music. However, the Talking Heads speaker offers more than just a pleasing, humorous aesthetic; the device has practical uses too. First of all, the speaker’s spherical shape allows you to slip the headphones on and off without stretching out the headband. Secondly, two devices are connected and will let you switch between listening through the speaker and the headphones. You don’t have to press any buttons: just pick up or set down the headphones on the speaker/mount, and the devices will automatically switch audio outputs. It’s almost like they are reading your mind. Finally, the speaker/mount doubles as a wireless charger for the headphones. I can’t review the LeapX speaker based on audio quality, but its design gets a 10/10. I appreciate how a delightful sight gag evolved into a product that truly made its users’ lives a bit easier and more organized.
A product that resolves a problem while adding to the aesthetic appeal of your work setup, that’s the definition of a truly useful product design. While the market is flooded with abundant headphone stands, having the stand just lie in wait is a waste of precious desktop space! The dual functionality of this speaker+ headphone combo is intuitive in approach and hence is a worthy addition to every desk setup!
I must admit I feel very passionately about concepts. It definitely is a part of my job description, but to be honest, I’ve always loved the ability to imagine products that achieved well beyond what was possible in reality. Now I believe that there are broadly two types of concepts – Firstly, concepts that aren’t meant to exist, they’re just meant to serve as a way of express an obscure idea. In a lot of ways, flying broomsticks or real-life edible chocolate frogs from Harry Potter fall into this broad category. Secondly, concepts that are meant to exist, but only when technology evolves to the extent that they’re feasible. Here, we’ve got less outrageous but more innovative concepts, like hoverboards, or transparent smartphones, which are just a heartbeat away from reality.
The former category of concepts are what I like to call “Design Fiction, or “Design for Fiction”, while the latter serve more as “Design for a Future Reality” and just need a bit of a technological, financial, or developmental push to be turned into real-world products. That’s where the SHAPL Design Contest comes in. Envisioned as a contest that takes great ideas and turns them into great products, the SHAPL Design Contest crowd-sources ideas from designers and gets a jury panel to weigh in, along with an audience of potential customers/consumers to vote for their favorite ideas. Winning design-concepts are then developed into real products that hit the shelves, and can be bought by people across the world. This, apart from giving designers confidence in their ideas, allows them to also experience the incredible world of product-development and see their products really enriching lives. SHAPL also casually throws in a design patent that gets awarded to the creator of the product, and cash prizes amounting to a total of $100,000 for all winners!
The Hairstyler Pro is the perfect example of a product-idea brought to life by the SHAPL Design Contest. Conceptually, it fits perfectly into the second category of “Design for a Future Reality” and is the kind of idea I’d happily cover as a design concept on YD, but the SHAPL Design Contest helped take the idea to the next step by actually building the product. The Hairstyler Pro is a U-shaped hairdryer radically re-imagines how hairdryers look, behave, and interact with the users. The Hairstyler Pro looks nothing like a hairdryer because it’s so much more than one. Designed to be a dryer that works in your hand as well as hands-free, and with an attachment that turns it into a curler, the Hairstyler Pro is the ultimate hairdressing appliance. The U-shaped profile bends and contorts to assume different shapes that give it its variety of functions. A curler attachment (which applies the same curling principles found in Dyson’s curler) uses spiral wind patterns to quickly and effectively curl your hair, and the hands-free mode lets you use both your hands to comb/style your hair while the dryer stands vertically on your dressing table, blowing air exactly where you want it to!
The SHAPL Design Contest is currently in its 3rd edition and entries are free for all, and open till the 17th of December 2020… that gives you a month’s worth of time to come up with a great idea for a product, design it, and tweak it till it’s a stellar concept! There are no strict rules or regulations pertaining to what category of product you can submit, giving you the freedom to create anything from consumer electronics to home-decor, and from fashion and personal-care to even child-care! If you’ve got a winning idea for a product just like the Hairstyler Pro, send your concept in! It’s much better than just sitting on an idea and never really seeing how much potential it really has! SHAPL oversees the production and prototyping of your concept, collaborating with you over the choice of material, CMF, etc. Go ahead and shoot your shot! (did we mention, it’s free?) Entries are open till the 17th of December 2020. Give your renders the limelight and opportunity they deserve, and your portfolio the street-cred it deserves! Scroll down to check out some of the past winners from the 2018-19 design contest!
It’s that time of the year when the winter chill is setting in, and staying cozy warm is on top of one’s priority list. Trust me, I know since I need a heater to keep myself from freezing once the sun drops in the hilly terrains surrounding my home. Dropping body temperatures, especially in the colder regions can lead to numb hands and feet as the body tries to self-regulate the core body temperature. The lack of circulation leads to a host of diseases, so it is paramount to keep them warm at all times. Wearing gloves and socks is one way to get over this problem but it only works to a certain degree – once the temperatures drop to sub-zero levels, heated gloves and socks are needed to keep warm out in the chilling winds while snowflakes are falling down from the skies.
But you’ve got to ask the question – how practical the ordinary heated gloves on the market are? Can they regulate the heat depending on the outside temperature, do they distribute the heat equally to the fingers/joints, and can they last for a respectable duration to be useful enough? These are some lingering issues with the currently available heated gloves and socks. Quanta Vici addresses all these predicaments – giving you an easy solution to keep the hands and feet warm at all times. No matter how cold the conditions are. The smart app-controlled gloves and socks have a real-time heat regulation algorithm; generating a maximum heat of 131 Degrees Fahrenheit (depending on your preferred settings) for over 6.5 hours of operation on a single charge. The compression socks are designed to keep the feet from swelling and they also have an anti-blister cushion which is a good addition for long-duration use. Both these accessories are designed to be breathable, especially the gloves boasting thin and light material (anti-slippery grip texture) for dexterous tasks like operating your touchscreen phone or maybe playing the guitar. Yes, you can do that with the voice-controlled smart Quanta Vici gloves on!
To get that impressive battery of 6.5 hours on peak temperature settings (several days on moderate and low settings), there’s the Smart Sense Apparel Control technology – regulating the inside temperature to the exact temperature you desire – generating the right amount of heat. To extend the usage further, you can connect them to a power bank on the go while they juice up for your mountain hike in the fresh snowfall. On top of that, they both are machine washable (after removing the rechargeable battery), so you don’t have to worry about maintaining them. To make sure you don’t lose them or someone steals them (as they are so irresistible) there’s the anti-theft, anti-lost notification function too.
Now, that’s reason enough to get a pair of these smart temperature regulated gloves and socks to stay warm at all times without having to worry about a thing. The dexterity aspect of these wearables is what gives them an edge over the competition, and the app-controlled functions for seamless operation make them a must-have for daily use in the cold winter season. Plus, it’s a perfect Christmas gift idea for near and dear ones who always complain of frosty toes!
Quanta Vici: The First Ever Smart Heated Gloves & Socks
The Quanta Vici smart wearables heat up to 55º C/131º F for over 6.5 hours. Features include night visibility light, waterproof, smartphone App and anti-theft/lost notification.
On a single charge, Quanta Vici Smart Wearables can last up to 6.5 hours in cold conditions at the highest setting, or up to several days on the low heat setting.
Their wearables feature their proprietary system of built-in sensors that measure the temperature inside the wearable, regulate heat, and maintain your exact, preferred temperature down to the degree.
Their Integrated Smart Sense Apparel Control is capable of detecting component performance, such as heating and battery performance, and reporting technical issues, as well as acting on them. The devices can receive updates from our cloud through the app, so you can always stay up-to-date with their latest technology.
Tap and connect your Quanta Vici Smart Wearables to your phone to:
– See your wearables’ sensed temperature (C/F)
– Set your desired temperature (up to 55℃ 130℉)
– Voice Control
– Estimated Battery Time Left
Their app is secure through military-level encryption and will be available for both Android and iOS.
I’ve long said that this pandemic will push production in-house, and that’s precisely what the Snapmaker 2.0 hopes to do. In its second, more expansive, open, and fine-tuned iteration, the guys at Snapmaker have put together an absolute prototyping powerhouse that fits within a 3×3″ framework, and on a budget that’s about as much as your work laptop. The modular device can be built to run as a 3D Printer, a Laser Engraver/Cutter, and even a 3 or even 4 Axis CNC Machine. The Snapmaker 2.0 doesn’t just combine printing, engraving, machining into a single device, it scales it down to a budget-friendly consumer appliance that’s easy to use, and brings powerful fabrication tools right into your home, letting you prototype your own designs right at home, without dealing with external vendors, partnering with fab-labs, or stepping out to prototype your designs at the nearest workshop… all within a budget of roughly $1500.
The Snapmaker 2.0 builds on its predecessor’s ability to let you change modules and turn your 3D printer into a laser-engraver, a CNC carver, or even a 4-axis CNC lathe machine. In its second generation, however, the Snapmaker 2.0 boasts of a customizable assembly that lets you build exactly the fabricating tool you need, allowing you to expand or scale it down based on the size of your operation or your workspace, add a protective enclosure, or even modules like an IP Camera or an emergency kill-switch.
All of Snapmaker 2.0’s components come precisely machined from an anodized aluminum alloy, giving you a device that’s as robust as it is accurate. The machined components boast of incredibly low tolerances, resulting in precise outputs, and the Snapmaker 2.0’s own internal software like its automatic bed leveling system, or the camera that lets you preview laser-patterns and artwork before you etch them, just gives you the extra bit of control you need to create the kind of designs you’ve got in your mind. The Snapmaker 2.0’s frame and modules are ridiculously easy to assemble and disassemble, and its flexible design lets you build a machine that’s perfectly sized for your workspace, be it your bedroom, or your garage workshop. Moreover, Snapmaker’s native software guides you through the whole (incredibly simple) process. It provides a host of features that make it easy for novices (with relatively no skill or understanding of software) to operate it. The touchscreen interface on the Snapmaker 2.0 can alert you when the filament runs out during 3D printing (and even pause the build till you change it), while with CNC carving, Snapmaker 2.0 allows any consumer to easily switch between drill bits (a task that earlier required a CNC expert), and a camera beside the laser-engraving module even lets you accurately visualize your artwork on your product before you begin fabricating… so what you see, is exactly what you get. An auto-resume feature works exceptionally well if you’re in an area susceptible to power-outages. The device automatically pauses its processes when the power gets cut, allowing you to resume exactly where you left off when the power is restored, ensuring your final output isn’t affected in the process.
The device’s multifaceted approach to prototyping allows you to work not just with a variety of machining techniques but also with a wide range of materials. You can 3D print in a variety of plastic filaments, or CNC-machine materials like foam and wood, while laser-engraving on multiple mediums from paper to fabrics, leather, wood, plastic, and even composite materials. Designed for embracing creativity, the Snapmaker 2.0’s modules are easy to replace, and the machine automatically identifies the module you’ve plugged in, adjusting the touchscreen interface to match.
The Snapmaker 2.0 is running a special discount for YD readers, with an extra $50 off on their current Black Friday deal. Go ahead! You can literally build your own production line in your home… or better still, design your own holiday gifts!
The Snapmaker 2.0 is a modular 3-in-1 3D printers that unlock your full creative potential, from 3D printing to laser engraving, cutting, and CNC carving. Snapmaker 2.0 is smarter, faster, larger, and more powerful than ever before.
Snapmaker 2.0 modular 3-in-1 3D printers are ideal for beginners who are just getting started, hobbyists who prefer more customized options, as well as engineers and designers who want to print large objects or accurate parts with outstanding print quality.
Laser Engraving & Cutting
Traditional 3D printers can only 3D print. Your Snapmaker 2.0 is completely different. With interchangeable modules, Snapmaker’s functionality can be changed quickly and effciently, just like changing lenses on a camera. Now you can make many kinds of beautiful and artistic creations using laser engraving and cutting.
You can even use Snapmaker 2.0 as a CNC router to create precision 2.5D and 3D objects. It has faster working speed and a much larger workspace than the original model. It is the perfect machine to extend your interest to CNC carving.
3D Printing Samples
Snapmaker 2.0 allows you to print almost anything for your creative projects: from common applications to objects with specific mechanical properties, such as toughness, durability, and flexibility. Snapmaker 2.0 can do it all!
Laser Engraving & Cutting Samples
A wide variety of materials you find in daily life are laser engravable or cuttable, including paper, plywood, leather, acrylic, cardboard, paper, fabric, and even food like cookies and coconuts!
CNC Carving Samples
CNC carving is ideal for precisely carving or cutting hard materials. With Snapmaker 2.0, you won’t be limited with the options of plastic or soft materials, and you’ll be able to use the following materials for your creative projects: hardwood, PCB, acrylic, POM, carbon fiber sheet, and many more materials.
Built with high-precision parts and an overall upgraded design, Snapmaker 2.0 is able to consistently print, engrave, cut, and carve objects in high resolution. The repeatability of the machine is 0.005 mm, and the homing repeatability is 0.01mm.
Modular 3D Printer
Imagine a 3D printer that you can upgrade and customize. Snapmaker is more than just a series of machines. It’s a system of powerful modules and add-ons for creative people like you. You can enjoy a lot of new features simply by getting the new modules or new kits.
In 3 Sizes
Snapmaker 2.0 has three models: A150, A250 and A350. You can make large prototypes, or multiple smaller objects in one go. A350 provides the largest build volume, measuring 320 x 350 x 330 mm.
As an innovative Snapmaker owner, you can further enhance your creativity with a wide variety of add-ons to personalize your Snapmaker 2.0. For greater level of applications, we’ll have Enclosures, Lights, a Handwheel, an Emergency Stop Button and a Camera available for preorder soon!
Snapmaker 2.0 can support various tool heads, add-ons, multiple linear modules, and more features using simply one controller. A big reason we are able to do this is that we innovatively adopt the CAN (Controlled Area Network) bus expansion solution which was widely used in car automation. Rather than adding more ports and make a bigger control board with tangled cables, we’ve upgraded our controller to expand your creativity by providing universal ports, multiport adapters, and a CAN Hub for adding additional CAN-bus ports.
The Snapmaker 2.0 is modular. It allows for one machine to fulfil many roles which reduces space and cost. Snapmaker A150, A250 and A350 can be transformed into even more powerful machines with the upcoming Snapmaker Rotary Module, High Power Laser Module, 700W Spindle Module, and longer linear modules!
All the Snapmaker models are built to last. For Snapmaker 2.0, we pushed the boundaries of all-metal construction even further. All modules and major components are made of high strength metal. For example, both the controller board and power adapter use aluminum alloys housings for better heat dissipation; the original POM rollers are upgraded to steel rollers to deliver a higher load-bearing capacity and rigidity.
The aerospace-grade aluminum alloys are made into precision, reliable parts of Snapmaker modules after a series of processing steps. Each manufacturing process is strictly controlled, and every part is meticulously made. Snapmaker 2.0 not only looks premium, but also consistently delivers high performance.
Snapmaker 2.0 allows the high-precision computer-controlled tools to be readily accessible for every desk. Integrating only the finest quality components, it has high accuracy and repeatability, which allows it to 3D print, engrave and cut objects in high resolution.
Easy-to-use 3-in-1 Software
Our 3-in-1 software, Snapmakerjs, is tailor-made for your Snapmaker machines. One single and powerful software for all your tasks.
With the Wi-Fi feature and the USB port, you can connect your Snapmaker 2.0 to any configuration for your convenience. You can upload designs via Wi-Fi or USB flash drive and print with the touch of a button. In addition, you can update the firmware over Wi-Fi directly.
Snapmaker 2.0 comes with a smart touchscreen that simplifies the workflow of your daily projects, letting you manage the most-used tasks directly from the touchscreen. Similarly to a smartphone, this 5-inch (720 x 1280 pixels) movable touchscreen is equipped with a Quad Core A7 CPU @1.1GHz, running under Android OS. providing a smooth and fast interface.
You don’t have to worry about power outages anymore. Snapmaker 2.0 can automatically detect power-loss, and then resumes exactly where it left off. You can recover any project and get perfect printing/engraving/cutting/carving results all the time.
Easy to Assemble
3D Printing Highlights – Auto Leveling
Bed leveling is a tricky process, especially for a large heated bed and inexperienced users. To make bed leveling easier, we added an auto-leveling function. An induction sensor can probe the bed in a grid and apply mesh-based compensation that ensures you print on a level bed every time, all without the user having to go through complicated process.
Filament Runout Recovery
Equipped with a filament runout sensor, those who are looking to print a large object can now print without fear. This will prevent unfinished prints and “air printing”. Once it realizes that the filament has run out, the touchscreen will notify you to load a new filament and allow you to resume printing immediately.
Upgraded Cooling System
With Snapmaker 2.0, you can print objects with deep overhangs and get a more smooth finished surface! Cooling is just as important as heating when it comes to FDM 3D printing. For the Snapmaker 2.0, the cooling system is re-designed to cool the print in the most efficient way.
Removing a print is now easier than ever. Just lift the plate and flex it, no matter the size or shape of your print. As the heated bed uses a magnetic design, you can easily remove and put back the print sheet, or change it with the laser cutting work table or CNC carving in one minute.
Laser Highlights – Built-in Camera
The built-in camera allows you to preview your design with whatever material you use. You can edit your design and precisely position it exactly where you want it to be. What you see is what you get!
Draw, Cut and Capture
Laser cutting can be as easy as drawing. The Snapmaker 2.0 can recognize and transform your drawing into a vector image for laser engraving or cutting. Furthermore, you can edit the converted vector image directly in the Snapmaker software to fit into all your creative projects!
Faster is better. We added the Line (Normal Quality) mode to provide you a fast engraving option for grayscale images. This feature can save you hours when engraving big grayscale images. The quality is still very good compared to the original Dot (High Quality) mode.
Aluminum Grid Table
The Aluminum Grid Table is specially designed to prevent damage to the bed by defocusing the laser beam during cutting. It is removable and super firm.
CNC Highlights – ER11 COLLET
Snapmaker 2.0 features a fully upgraded CNC module. Using the standard ER11 Collet, it guarantees a better concentricity that allows for faster CNC carving speed and larger step down, which saves your time significantly. It also supports over one hundred carving and cutting bits. The diameters of the bits range from 0.5mm (0.020 inches) to 6.35mm (0.250 inches).
Wasteboard and Clamping Kits
Each Snapmaker 2.0 comes with an MDF wasteboard. It’s removable and it can protect the bed from damage as well as providing a smooth and leveled surface for precise CNC carving. Furthermore, you can use the provided aluminum clamping kits to hold down the materials more easily and more reliably.
Snapmaker 2.0’s linear module has been upgraded for easy maintenance. The leadscrew, driver chip and precision parts are completely enclosed in the aluminum alloys housings. It eliminates the problem of dirt accumulation, resulting in better durability.
Gifting someone who has everything – that is the problem I face every year as my best friend is a techie who buys what he wants, whenever he wants it. So gifting him is an exercise that requires planning and hours of meticulous online searching. But one thing he truly appreciates is tech from leading brands that work, which brings us to this post where we have highlighted the unusual products at Sony designed by their engineers to function like a dream. Sony is in a league of its own when it comes to crafting innovative technologies into commercial products. The creative minds at Sony never shy away from taking a detour, inventing extraordinary products, and making sure those products are of top-notch quality, virtually lasting a lifetime with judicious use. So what Sony has to offer for early adopters and people who are drawn to niche gadgets that’ll make them brag at New Year’s party? Here are the best products you can buy from the Japanese multinational that never ceases to amaze with innovation.
The Reon Pocket
A portable, wearable, air conditioner is no more a thing of futuristic TV shows. The Reon Pocket is a smartphone-controlled personal gadget that was designed to be compact and cool. It works using thermoelectric cooling and can cool the user’s body temperature by 13 degrees celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit) and raise your temperature by about 8 degrees Celsius (about 14 degrees Fahrenheit). Reon sits on the base of your neck in a special undershirt designed for it. It uses the Peltier effect which means a temperature difference is created by applying a voltage between two electrodes connected to a sample of semiconductor material. The heat is absorbed or emitted when you pass an electrical current across a junction to either lower your temperature or increase it without bulk or noise.
This minimalistic smartwatch by Sony is for the fashion-forward who want a fresh new look every single day of their life. You can choose the preset designs by well-known artists or create one of your own to add a personal touch. Then you are ready for the day’s challenge with your own personalized style riding on your wrist to match your clothing and accessories.
Looking for a wireless speaker and warm ambient lighting solution in one? The Sony LSPX-S2 Glass Sound Speaker is one that you need to get for your living room, or perhaps gift your loved ones. Elegantly designed, the speaker fills any room with a 360-degree spatial sound owing to the cylindrical shape. It’s styled to match any interiors and the in-built lamp has 32 levels of brightness for any occasion. The most attractive bit of the lighting is the candlelight flicker mode perfect for a lockdown candlelight dinner with your loved one.
It’s Black Friday and gifting your kids the KOOV Educator Kit will be the best thing. They’ll basically love to learn and learn to love with this bundle by Sony that makes kids learn the intricacies of mechanics and electronics. It ignites their interest in science, technology (robotics and design), engineering, and math. Virtually everything that forms the basis for a kid’s development as an intelligent brainy individual who can change the world with his/her innovations. The kit comes with more than 55 robotic builds, classroom management software, and collaborative learning options.
Sony has spent a lot of time, in fact, a decade developing Aibo robotic puppy that’ll never let you have a dull moment. A perfect combination of AI technology and cutting-edge robotics, aibo will make you fall in love – just like a real pet. The intelligent robotic pet develops its own personality over time thanks to the deep learning algorithm that analysis everyday interactions. Top that off with lifelike expressions and real puppy-like movements and Aibo will be the best investment you’ll make this Holiday season.
Turkeys, desserts, food, fun, family – and a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at YD! I love how festivities bring us all together – be it good, bad, or ugly and even though we are to be in touch virtually this year, that won’t abate the cheer that spreads through our hearts while we recall the eventful family gatherings throughout the years (you know, we all have that ONE funny story about an uncle who enjoys his drink a bit too much). Among the list of things to be thankful for this year, I want to add one more, which is good health. Especially given the pandemic this year that has disrupted our normal on a scale we have never seen before, we need to be thankful for our health and for everyone in the medical field who is saving lives every day. While the near future looks promising with vaccines coming up, the devices or innovations we focus on over here are designed to help prevent a medical emergency or treat it at our earliest. Each of these designs not only reduces the load on the medical force but it keeps the patients feel more secure in the knowledge that they can accurately monitor their health, whatever comes their way
Literally, the size of a quarter, Adam Miklosi’s Dab is an unobtrusive Holter ECG/EKG that rests comfortably on your chest, constantly reading your heart’s movements. Designed to be minimal, non-invasive, and simple, the Dab tries to bridge the gap between medical appliances and wearables. Its tiny yet classy design sits on your chest via a gel patch, while the electrodes capture your heart activity. The Dab’s dry-electrodes allow it to be used and reused, while constantly measure one’s heart activity (requiring periodic charging via their wireless charging hub), and keep logs of accurate readings, quietly sitting on your chest while you absolutely forget that they’re even there in the first place!
The Seattle-based cross-discipline design firm Teague collaborated with Nike to come up with the Athlete’s Plane that keeps athletes in top playing condition, even when they traverse three timezones to play a crucial away game. Specifically designed for a basketball team, the airborne facility has everything a player needs to be 100 percent mentally and physically fit to negate the “away disadvantage.” To extract the best performance out of players, when it matters, the quality of travel is important – for the team staff as well. To this end, Teague closely interviewed professional players, coaches, and operational staff to conceptualize this athlete-centric Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s interior.
While we can’t control accidents, we can be better prepared for them, and SCALED is a project from RCA aimed at doing exactly that – protecting and healing you to improve the quality of life to keep pace with longevity. This could be the next generation of casts that merge protection, healing, and mobility into one superhero-like wearable! Research shows that human joint injuries are often recurrent and likely to cause long-term immobility. Designer Natalie Kerres then looked at nature for inspiration to come up with a solution and zeroed down on animals that physically protected from threats by skin, shells, or scales. She wanted to design a product that mimicked the natural protection and healing while allowing flexibility – that is how SCALED was born. “The geometry of animal scales has changed through the process of evolution according to environmental parameters which are critical for survival. A scale structure is capable of impact force distribution and, moreover, is flexible in one direction and limiting/interlocking in another,” she explains.
Designers Chris Barnes and others at Cambridge Consultants of Cambridge, UK have designed a wearable health monitor for newborns in areas where current solutions are not easily available. Called ‘Little I’, their innovation empowers parents in low resource countries to monitor the health of their newborns by providing a low-cost, durable device that gives them assurance of their newborn’s survival despite lack of medical knowledge. This service is implemented by NGOs first buying and transporting the device to the community and teaching the workers how to use it. And in parallel, the mother/caregiver would hear about the device within the community and then later be provided one by a health care professional after giving birth. After 28 days, the device is returned which is then cleaned and recharged to be used by another newborn.
A band of Korean designers (Hong Seonghwan, Lee Hyungtaek, Lee Taekkyung & Song Yoojin) created the Median AMB, a special ambulance that can directly reach the point of the accident without getting affected by the traffic congestion created by the accident. The Median AMB sits on the road divider/median and drives up and down the highway almost like a monorail. It features sliding doors on both sides, seating for a driver and an assistant, and an area for a stretcher that holds the victim. The Median AMB drives down the dividers, right to the victim’s location, picks them up, and brings them to a proper ambulance that can take the victim to the nearest hospital.
Designed to help you get a more holistic view of your body, vitals, and internal organs, RaDoTech is a simple hand-held device that can, in a span of 5 minutes, help you perform a full-body scan to see how healthy you are on the inside. Bring it in contact with certain acupressure points on your body, and the RaDoTech reads electrical currents to judge the health of your internal organs. The clinically tested results are sent to your phone, allowing you to see how each individual organ is performing, giving you an accurate health reading, along with personal, actionable insights to help you live better.
While it is mainly a problem to get children to swallow tablets, I know many adults too who will go to any lengths to swap their tablets with syrup. This water-free medicine jelly is a life savior for many! Not only does this medicine design make swallowing easier, but it also addresses the larger problem of access to clean water in poorer countries. Since drinking water is a problem, even if medicines are available, it is harmful to people to be taking them with contaminated water. This innovative jelly medicine is created to be water-free so people don’t have to pick between curing themselves or adding on to existing health risks. The jelly is the same size as a sip of water so the patient won’t need to drink anything when taking the medicine. “Poor hygiene and poor water quality are causes of many diseases, including cholera and typhoid fever. When taking medicine in such conditions, there is a risk of acquiring additional illness if the medication is taken with unsanitary water. Jelly medicine eliminates this hygienic problem because it can be easily swallowed without water,” says the designer.
The concept behind the Pimoji by Jong Hun Choi tackles the two biggest problems of taking meds. Firstly, the ambiguity, given that almost all medicines look the same and their names are usually a complicated bunch of characters that often don’t convey anything, and secondly, the fact that the very act of taking medicines feels slightly daunting, and can often seem scary to most. The Pimoji’s solution to both those problems is simple, and between you and me, pretty innovative! Design each pill around an emoji-esque representation of the ailment they’re trying to cure. Heart meds are shaped like hearts, bone-strengthening meds are shaped like bones, toothache tablets are shaped like teeth, and the list goes on!
When sinus hits, we are willing to do anything to breathe normally again. It doesn’t just cause pain in the nose but also your head, temples, and even teeth! ClearUp (FDA approved) was designed to help alleviate the discomfort and provide a long-term solution instead of taking pills every time the season changes. It emits gently microcurrent waves when you glide the gadget over the affected area to reduce the pain and keep it all clear for up to 6 hours. This is especially beneficial if you deal with chronic rhinitis or year-long allergies which means a lot of medication that you can now get rid of. ClearUp’s study shows that 72% of the users got relief after using the device and 82% preferred it over medicines. It also eliminates the hassle of constantly having to clean or sterilize nasal sprays etc.
With as many as 6 patents (and 9 pending ones), Intake turns mouth-breathers into nose-breathers. Unlike those nose-strips that promise to work but fail to deliver on most accounts, Intake has a pretty straight-forward way of widening your nasal passages. Intake’s nose-breathing solution relies on two simple steps. Intake’s kits provide adhesive-strips with magnets on them that fasten to each side of your nose, right above the nostrils. A precursory alcohol-wipe makes sure the skin around your nose is free of dirt, dead skin-cells, or skin-oils that would cause the magnetic strips to fall off. The next step is fastening Intake’s nasal bridge across your nose. The relatively rigid bridge attracts the magnets towards it, pulling gently on your nostrils to widen them. With wider nasal pathways, it’s much easier to breathe through your nose rather than your mouth. Intake’s design solution is non-invasive, discreet, and works even through the sweatiest of workouts (and even in the rain)!
Check out more innovative and revolutionary medical innovations with more posts of this series!
The important distinction between air purifiers and the Clean-tech is that the Clean-tech isn’t a purifier. Designed to purify as well as sanitize the air in your room, the Clean-tech Air Sanitizer uses a combination of HEPA filters as well as a powerful UV-C lamp to trap particles and kill microorganisms, keeping the air you breathe clean as well as safe.
Designed to bring medical-grade purification technology into homes and businesses (because this year has proved that as important as air-purification is, it isn’t enough), the Clean-tech Air Sanitizer goes above and beyond what purifiers do. Its vertical design pulls air from the base, passing it through HEPA filters and then via a highly reflective internal chamber with a UV-C lamp before pushing pure, disinfected air out the top. While the H10 HEPA filters help trap particles, the UV-C chamber possesses the ability to destroy microorganisms by dismantling their DNA. The chamber features a massive 320mm long UV-C light that sits surrounded by a mirror-coated stainless steel cylinder. The ReflectTech coating on the steel gives it as much as 93% reflectivity, boosting the UV-C lamp’s efficiency in making sure every single microorganism is killed in a matter of mere seconds.
The Clean-tech Air Sanitizer runs on a quiet brushless-motor fan with 3 speed settings to choose from. Made to run 24×7, the Air Sanitizer can actively and continuously purify/sanitize air, even when you’re in the room. The concealed nature of the UV-C lamp means you don’t need to leave the room while the Clean-tech sanitizes the air, while the replaceable HEPA filter makes maintenance incredibly easy. Designed as a direct response to the health-concerns arising out of the pandemic, the Clean-tech Air Sanitizer makes enclosed rooms and spaces safer, by ensuring that every breath you take is purified to medical standards, making your home safe to live in, and your small business safe to run.
Clean-tech – World’s Most Powerful & Safest UVC Air Purifier
The Clean-tech is a portable, medical-grade UVC air purifier to keep your home and workspaces safe. It is 3x more powerful & effective compare to a traditional UVC air purifier and safe to use 24/7.
Designed to sanitize the air around you, while you’re there. Unlike UV-C solutions found in hospitals, or other UV-C devices that can damage your eyes and skin – everything happens inside the device. There’s zero light leak, so it’s safe for your loved ones to co-workers.
Re-open businesses, provide employee safety, and prevent putting people at risk.
Provide customers with the comfort and confidence to enter shared environments.
Most Powerful for its Size
The longer the air is exposed to UV-C light, the more cleaning power. That’s why their engineers created a vertical chamber to slow down the air and increase dosage time. The result? An industry leading 75% product height to UV-C light ratio while in the chamber.
Clean-tech uses an ultra powerful and high efficiency 254 nm UVC wavelength bulb that provides the right intensity, dose and duration that’s needed to inactivate and destroy the outer proteins of microorganisms.
Their unique ReflectTech mirror coating when applied to stainless steel increases the reflectiveness by 30%. This means that the UV-C light is magnified inside of the sterilizing chamber. The widened chamber slows down the air flow while exposing particles to maximum UV dosage. The coating also prevents particles from attaching to the sides of the chamber.
HEPA + UVC Light is Proven & Effective
HEPA and UVC light technology has been a trusted technology for air purification from hospitals to airports for decades. Recent UVC break-throughs in manufacturing have made it possible for high quality UVC bulbs to enter the consumer market. Clean-tech’s 2-Stage air purification rethinks the fundamentals by focusing on maximum UVC exposure time rather than just collecting pollution and maximizing air volume.
Stage 1 – Full room air purification begins with a HEPA 10 air filter removing larger particles and allergens to optimize the UVC effectiveness. Large particles will block the UVC light rays from deactivating microorganisms. This first stage is critical to cycling and purifying air at scale.
Stage 2 – Air flows into the purifying chamber coated with ReflectTech mirror coating the optimal 360 degree equidistance from the bulb for a amplified UVC dosage at extremely high intensity. The mirror coating both reduces particles from adhering to the side of the chamber, but bounces and focuses the UVC 254μm wave length into the chamber. All air flowing through the device is sterilized.