Not a zero – Raspiboy, the Retropi handheld

Raspberry Pi as a handheld - Raspiboy (image: © 8b craft)

Raspberry Pi as a handheld – Raspiboy (image: © 8b craft)

Early Bird Alert on Nicholas Day. On 6.12.2016 the kickstarter campaign for the Raspiboy will start. Sounds like Raspberry Pi. So this should be worth a preview of the story.

The Raspiboy is actually a small Raspberry Pi. More specifically, a Raspberry Pi Zero. This is combined with an interface board, a display, a few buttons and a battery quickly to a Game Boy emulation station.

As it seems, 8b craft will be primarily offering the Raspiboy as a kit. But do not worry, you do not need any experience in SMD soldering. Rather, we have to do with a plug-in kit, which is also easy for the non-electronics technician to put together. Just have a look at the video. The assembly looks really quite simple. Reminds me a little of the assembly of a toy from a surprise egg. Only without chocolate.

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Swiss movement – MOSKITO, analogue smartwatch and bike computer in one

This has style - analogue smartwatch as a bicycle computer, the Moskito (image: © moskitowatch.com)

This has style – analogue smartwatch as a bicycle computer, the Moskito (image: © moskitowatch.com)

Since the makers of the analog bike computer Omata have been silencing since July, it is nevertheless nice that now with the Moskito Smartwatch / Bike computer a new concept is preparing it’s launch.

So that you can spontaneously prepare on it, I would like to give a first outlook. Unfortunately, many technical data are not expected until Monday. But the pictures, which already exist, look very sexy.

The Moskito is actually a device with two application areas. On the one hand, we are dealing with a Smartwatch. However, since the Moskito is only completely based on an analog pointer display, one can assume that the Smartwatch functions will be more limited to vibration alerts for incoming messages and calls. A paired smartphone provided of course.

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Folding wonder – Prefeel, the “automatically” foldable folding bike

The fastest folder - Prefeel folding bike (image: kickstarter/ © prefeel.com)

The fastest folder – Prefeel folding bike (image: kickstarter/ © prefeel.com)

Again an interesting folding bike concept: The Prefeel claims to be the first automatically foldable folding bike. Of course we have to take a closer look at it.

As an old Foldy fan, interesting folding bike concepts in my german blog are already a good, old tradition. But since we have already seen there yarious ideas it is not easy to astonish me. But the Prefeel has some fresh ideas, which are absolutly worth talking about. But one after anonther.

In the unfolded state, the Prefeel looks like a normal folding bike. However, a few attachments and the frame curving forward to the side quickly fall into the eye. The attachments are castors and a handle, which in the folded state allow the owner to push the wheel like a trolley upright through the area.

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JamStack, the plug in guitar amplifier

 (image: kickstarter/©jamstack.io)

(image: kickstarter/©jamstack.io)

Getting a  4×12”’ full-stack with a fridge size rack right on time to your hand when you want to jam with your beloved guitar isn’t always possible. Ok, and the neighbors will probably thank you, if you do put it on 11 in your bedroom. So maybe you should take a look at JamStack.

Today small amplifiers are not seldom and even smartphones now shine with quite cool amp simulations. Unfortunately you’ve got to fights here most times with handling problem. The smartphone on the knee is nevertheless rather a shaky matter.

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Keep cool – Tonbo, the flying fan

A fan over your head? No problem with tonbo, the flying fan drone (image: kickstarter/©:Dsin)

A fan over your head? No problem with tonbo, the flying fan drone (image: kickstarter/©:Dsin)

And again another nonsense of the week candidate: Tonbo, the flying fan drone.

Anyone who has ever let fly a drone will have noticed that they are blowing a lot of air. Ok, this is also not a big surprise for anyone who does not have a drone yet.

This air must also be used, the ladies and gentlemen of: Dsin thought and so Tonbo was invented. We have  at first sight a common drone. Only the cable to which Tonbo flies differs him from his unexpected relatives.

Tonbo on the leash

The idea is actually very simple. Tonbo floats over the owner’s head on hot days like a tethered balloon. The exhaust air of the rotors then provides a pleasant wind. The cable has two reasons. On the one hand, Tonbo can not run away, and on the other hand, he does not hit the head after five minutes.How big the Powerbank is in the backpack is left to your own.

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Burning Money – THE CYCLOTRON BIKE

So futuristic that we will probably have to wait a long time for it - the Cyclotron Bike (Picture: kickstarter / © Cyclotron Cycles)

So futuristic that we will probably have to wait a long time for it – the Cyclotron Bike (Picture: kickstarter / © Cyclotron Cycles)

Here is a perfect example of a project that will definitely won’t be a successes. The CYCLOTRON BIKE looks really very spacey. How can’t you think about the movie Tron, when you look at it?

In addition to the lighting concept, of course, you will at first notice the lack of spokes and hubs. The rest is formed like a stealth fighter from the 80s. So controls you should have no problems with radar controls.

The spokes loose wheels can accommodate luggage if required. Nice idea, but not the first to come up with it. Just take a look at the TraSport-Bike.

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Back something for your back – VERTEPAC backpack own spine

 (image: © VERTEPAC)

(image: © VERTEPAC)

Once we have looked recently at the Bobby backpack it’s worth to take a look at another, completely different backpack concept. While Bobby stands for the safety of your backpack contents, the makers of VERTEPAC have more the safety of you own back in focus.

Basically, backpacks have not really developed in the last 1000 years. Ok, eventually someone came up with the idea that a waist belt could be good for the comfort. Nevertheless, most of the load lasts usually still somehow on your shoulders. And even if you have your backpack properly adjusted and the weight is carried by the hip, it is still limitating the freedom of movement due to the two carriers.

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6 can be straight – STRING BUTLER, the String control system

Avoid string friction with the STRING BUTTLER (image: kickstarter//© Sven Dietrich)

Avoid string friction with the STRING BUTTLER (image: kickstarter//© Sven Dietrich)

All good things come in threes and so I put another little guitar project on after the last two items on the blog. With STRING BUTLER you make you straight. Ok, just the strings of your guitar.

Who plays a western or electric guitar without a locking nut will certainly have struggled with it before. Just the deep, wound strings tend to stuck on the nut while tuning. Is not a drama, the tuning of the guitar makes but then a bit more uncomfortable but who likes to play with a classic tremolo and often bends is used here certainly to have problems with the tuning stability.

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Plugged – Ripcord, the USB to 9V Converter Cable

Finaly using a pedal with a powerbank or a USB-power supplies - Ripcord (image: kickstarter/© Paula O'Connor and Luke Brennan)

Finaly using a pedal with a powerbank or a USB-power supplies – Ripcord (image: kickstarter/© Paula O’Connor and Luke Brennan)

Rats, almost missed a very cool project. Only three days and unfortunately just below the funding limit. Yesterday  we had a guitar that allows to play amplified without an amplifier. Ripcord goes another way.

Guitarist (and other musicians) who work with pedals or other tool with 9V power will know the problem. Batteries are always empty and if one wants to take a PSU it usually entangles with the cables, you need distribution and so on. Has always annoyed me.

Too bad that most USB-Power Banks works with 5V. It would be fine if you could use them. Here Ripcord comes into play. This small cable claims to that it can transform 5 V from a power bank or a smartphone to 9V. That would be really cool. It allows to get a small amplifier, walk to the mall and earn the 14 € for such a cable with your music..

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Unplugged plugged – Model One guitar with built-in amplifier

Let's make noise without a power outlet – Model One (image: kickstarter/© ElectroPhonic Innovations)

Let’s make noise without a power outlet – Model One (image: kickstarter/© ElectroPhonic Innovations)

Unplugged is somehow out. Ok, MTV also doesn’t play music on television anymore. With the Model One from ElectroPhonic Innovations the buzzword Unplugged gets a whole new meaning.

The Model One is in fact an electric guitar that has an analog pre-amp, a power amp and speakers already just build in. Even a small FX section with Delay, Reverb, Phaser, Flanger and Chorus is included.

Ok, a guitar with built-in speakers isn’t new. There were of course already guitars on the market. Unfortunately, almost of them are based in low-cost / Beginners / China quality. With an obviously ugly sound.

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