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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Push the button – Pictar, the camera grip for the iPhone

Get the grip with Pictar, the iPone camera-grip (image: © miggo)

Get the grip with Pictar, the iPone camera-grip (image: © miggo)

The initiators of  Pictar were certainly annoyed, as LG has introduced with the CAM Plus for LG5 a camera-grip for the smartphone. But that’s not as worse as it’s sounds because the Pictar is a camera grip exclusive for the iPhone. Different target group, no problem.

Good for mymiggo.com, the creator of pictar is also that the CAM Plus grip of LG is still very restricted in his ability. It has only a dial and a timer. Pictar is way more versatile.

But nevertheless let’s take a look at the shutter release button at first. This can be half pressed like a real camera. So after you’ve find the focus, half press the button and then move the picture while keeping the focus. Whether the camera app will play along has to be proven. And don’t forget that the autofocus of a smartphone works differently than the autofocus of a DSLR. The smartphone has no cross-field sensors. It will be exciting to see how that is implemented in software.

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Pointer on the wheel – Omata One, the analog GPS bike computer

Let's get back the classical style of analog devises on your bike with modern technology - Omata One (image: kickstarter/© omata.com)

Let’s get back the classical style of analog devises on your bike with modern technology – Omata One (image: kickstarter/© omata.com)

In the late 70th, early 80th, when I was a kid, the hot shit on everyone’s bike around the block was a speedometer. At that time, the parts were indeed constructed purely analog. A shaft caused by a driver at the wheel made the speed indicator go around. We felt like driving daddy’s car.

Nowadays everything tends to optimize the good old mechanics away. Even the largest bastion of analog valves, the automotive industry, is increasingly on current digital display technology. But now the Omata One cycling computer try’s to bring the classic analog speedometer back on the wheel.

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On your marks – Trinus 3D printer

Looks nice and sturdy - the Trinus 3D printer  (image: © 2016 Kodama, Inc. )

Looks nice and sturdy – the Trinus 3D printer (image: © 2016 Kodama, Inc. )

This smells yet again like a quick funding. On 03/30/16 the Trinus 3D printer launches it’s campaign at kickstarter. Fast fingers can save perhaps a quite interesting appearing 3D printer for $ 199 plus shipping.

Despite this extremely low price (the planned regular $ 299 sound even low) the Trinus 2-in-1 3D printer points out to be a solid and complete metal construction. The printer is made of 11 parts, and even inexperienced prospective should be able to build it up in 30 minutes. And because 3D printing is not enough, it will probably also able to carry a laser engraving head.

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Good e-Reader 13.3“ android e-reader

A realy big e-reader, the Good e-Reader (image: indiegogo/ © Michael Kozlowski)

A realy big e-reader, the Good e-Reader (image: indiegogo/ © Michael Kozlowski)

Although e-book readers are now not hip anymore, in my opinion, they still have a number of advantages against normal tablets. The fact that the manufacturers sticks just so hard to the 6 “form factor is in my eyes the problem. As an e-book reader’s intended primarily for reading books, you should really be able to view the contents of a classic book page at one time. 6” aren’t not enough for this. A far bigger display now Good e-Reader offers with its 13.3″Android E-Reader at Indiegogo.

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OLO 3D printer – printing with light

A cheap entrance in the world of 3D printing - OLO (image: kickstarter/© OLO 3D Inc.)

A cheap entrance in the world of 3D printing – OLO (image: kickstarter/© OLO 3D Inc.)

While 3D printers have become a whole lot more favorable in recent years, as cheap as the OLO is none. $ 99 for a 3D printer? How does it work?

The basic principle of the OLO is very simple and is based ultimately that OLO will have developed the first Resin that can harden by sunlight. Photosensitive Resin are dehydrated natural resins that until now only could be solidified by a laser. The resin used by OLO should be allowed to be hardened by the light of a smartphone.

If the rest of the technical construction works is quite simple. It only needs a box with glass floor, in which the liquid resin is filled. Then you need a controllable motor plate on which the object to be printed is drawn upwards. Of course, the servomotor which regulates the distance from Resin must be correspondingly accurately. The whole computation is controlled by the smartphone, that also provides the necessary light to harden the resin

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