Inventor Henry Hanson wanted to create a trumpet unlike any other, and what he came up with was a block of concrete, literally. This fully-functional musical instrument was handcrafted from a single block of concrete, but the building process included several technologies that many are familiar with, including creating a virtual model and a 3D printer. Once a prototype was complete, finishing touches were added with wood and concrete. Read more for a video and additional information.
Put simply, ferrofluid is essentially a liquid that is attracted to the poles of a magnet that are made of magnetic particles suspended in a carrier fluid. Artist Dakd Jung decided to create a speaker that uses this liquid to visualize music, but for this to be possible, the glass container first had to be treated to prevent the particles from sticking. Next, the custom 3D-printed housing had to be sanded and wired to an electromagnetic device. Read more for a video of the project.
It’s true, Soulja Boy is back at it again, and this time, he’s released a TRDR handheld game console. For those who don’t remember, his SouljaGame brand has released several consoles over the years, including the Retro SouljaBoy Mini, which resembles a Nintendo Game Boy, and the SouljaGame Fuze, which is modeled after Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4. These were all pulled from his store after threats from Nintendo. Read more for a first hands-on look at TRDR and additional information.
Innovator will.i.am teamed up with Honeywell to debut XUPERMASK, a multi-functional face mask that combines style and technology into one. Set to launch on April 8, 2021, it’s made from innovative materials, including silicone face seal, and secured by an elastic strap for comfort as well as performance. It was created with durability in mind, which means you can wear XUPERMASK for 365 days a year anywhere in the world, complete with dual 3-speed fans, HEPA filters, active noise cancelling audio / microphone, Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, LED day glow lights, and a magnetic earbud docking system. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Jesse Dacri/West Coast Customs
Car spotters around the Los Angeles area have provided a first look at Justin Bieber’s custom Rolls-Royce Wraith by West Coast Customs, but the shop has just released a new video of the singer picking up the vehicle. Since the Rolls-Royce 103EX is just a concept, West Coast Customers had to custom fabricate just about every body piece that you see on this Rolls-Royce Wraith, with the most problematic area being the wheel covers that hide the tires. Read more for the reaction video and additional information.
“Never Gonna Give You Up”, released on 27 July 1987, is the debut single recorded by English singer and songwriter Rick Astley. In the past decade, it has become an internet meme called “rickrolling,” which involves an unexpected appearance of the music video. The use of this song as a meme dates back to 2006, but didn’t gain worldwide popularity until March 2007, when the first trailer for the highly-anticipated Grand Theft Auto IV was released onto Rockstar Games website. Read more to see this music video remastered by AI in 4K and 60FPS.
MayTree, a South Korean a capella group, is back at it again, and this time, with iPhone sound effects. Some of them include the alarm, marimba, messages, and even the lock screen. On a related note, did you know that development of what was to eventually become the iPhone began in 2004? That’s right, Apple began to gather a team of 1,000 employees led by hardware engineer Tony Fadell, software engineer Scott Forstall and design engineer Sir Jonathan Ive to work on the highly confidential “Project Purple”. Read more for the video.
Ever wonder what the original Super Mario World soundtrack sounded like before Nintendo compressed it? If so, then you’re in luck, thanks to dataminers. Technically speaking, they identified the exact samples used in the Super Mario World tracks, which were heavily compressed to fit on the SNES cartridge, and then rebuilt the songs using the full, uncompressed samples. Considering a standard SNES game is only 4MB, you can just imagine how much the audio was downgraded. Read more for two tracks and additional information.
Anyone who used Microsoft Windows throughout the early 2000s probably remember the many sounds of these operating systems. One place you probably don’t expect to hear them is from an a capella group. Whether it be the Windows XP Home Edition shutdown, Windows Vista startup theme, recycle bin, “USB In” / “USB Out”, the MayTree group from Korea has them covered, without the use of a computer. What could be next? Possibly some Mac OS sounds if there are any notable sounds worth recreating. Read more for the video and additional information.
“The Imperial March,” also known as Darth Vader’s Theme, was composed by John Williams for The Empire Strikes Back, and it premiered on April 29, 1980, three weeks before the opening of the film. Today, it’s still one of the best known symphonic movie themes, and over the years, fans have found unique ways to play this iconic tune, including with a toaster. That’s right, an engineer who runs the Device Orchestra channel managed to do just that, with the help of electric toothbrushes and a typewriter. Read more for the video and additional information.