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Piano Genie

Magneta, a Google research team, has developed Piano Genie, an artificial intelligence-powered interface that lets anyone improvise on the piano using just eight buttons. The researchers were inspired by Konami's Guitar Hero, a rhythm game, and rather than have users play actual songs, they wanted them to create their own melodies in real-time, which is made possible by an AI trained on a large data bank of classical piano music, thus enabling the AI to predict what notes follow each other. Continue reading for three more videos and additional information.

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SpotMini Robot Dancing

Boston Dynamics has just released a new video of its SpotMini robot dog, and not only can it perform basic tasks around the house, but also groove to your favorite tunes, like "Uptown Funk". For those who haven't seen this robotic wonder, it's all-electricm weighs 66-pounds, and can run for 90-minutes straight on a single charge. The robot's 17 joints and slightly creepy arm with five degrees of freedom enable it to move smoothly. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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World's Largest Sequencer

The Red Bull Music Academy's 20th edition unveils the world's largest step sequencer, and it was temporarily located just outside of iconic Berlin club Tresor for crowds to test. Officially called the RBMA-20, it was designed and built by Berlin-based creative studio Neulant van Exe using 30 technicians over the span of 5-weeks. It also takes the title of world's largest drum machine, measuring in at about 33 feet long, 7.2 feet high, and weighing just over 1,300 pounds. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Kanye Trump iPlane

Photo credit: Shabtai Hirshberg

Kanye West was surrounded by reporters in the Oval Office on Thursday as he pitched the "iPlane 1," a hydrogen-powered replacement for Air Force One, by industrial designer Shabtai Hirshberg, to President Trump. "We want to start with this - I brought a gift with me right here. This right here is the iPlane 1. It's a hydrogen-powered airplane, and this is what our president should be flying in. We're going to have Apple, an American company, work on this plane," said West. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Inside a Cello

Photo credit: Adrian Borda

Adrian Borda, an artist and photographer from Reghin, Romania, was inspired by a print campaign for the Berlin Philharmonic, which involved snapping photos inside old instruments, for his latest project. So, he took a Sony NEX-6 camera with Samyang 8mm fisheye lens, placed it inside a cello, and then used a smart remote to capture these amazing shots. Continue reading for more.

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Space Blanket Burning Man

The Burning Man festival, held in the Black Rock desert, is known to reach extreme temperatures nearly, but its attendees could have some relief this year, in an unlikely way. Artist Alex Shtanuk has proposed to create a 107,000-square-foot NASA space blanket, made of thin, vacuumized metal, to reflect up to 97% of radiant heat, cooling the people hiding under its waves. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Elvis Presley Today

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Thanks to advances in photo age progression software and the skill of digital artists, Sachs Media Group has put together a series showing how many well-known late celebrities would look if they were alive today. Starting off we have Elvis Presley, a pioneer of rockabilly, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country music and rhythm and blues. With a series of successful network television appearances and chart-topping records, he became the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll. Continue reading for more.

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Kanye Ye Album Cover

Photo credit: Peta Pixel

As many know, Kanye West released his eighth studio album this week, titled "Ye," but one large detail you might've missed is that the mountain photo you see was shot by the artist himself. That's right, Kanye used his iPhone to shoot the snowy mountains on the way to a listening party for the album, and latter added the caption "I hate being Bi-Polar its awesome." Continue reading for the uncropped image.

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Anorma SR15 Music Player

Let's face it, many people user their smartphones to listen to music these days, but for those who still prefer a dedicated player and have $699 to spare, Astell & Kern's new A&norma SR15 is just for you. Apart from its crooked display, it boasts a Cirrus Logic CS43198 DAC, quad-core processor, native DSD / PCM playback up to 24-bit/192kHz, Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity with AptX HD, and a 3.3-inch WVGA (800 x 480) TFT LCD, all wrapped in a sleek solid aluminum alloy body. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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PAL Cassette Music Player

Want some nostalgia in your life? The "PAL" should do the trick, as it's a modern music player designed to look like a classic Walkman. Not just for looks, the battery compartment hides the Bluetooth earphones, while the actual cassettes are USB drives that can be loaded with your favorite tunes. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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