Monad Studio Gives a Different Approach to Music

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If you’re still not convinced about the awesomeness of 3D printing, then be prepared – Since this technology is definitely going to be making a big impact. For the past few months, there have been cars, clothes, and even houses made directly from 3D printers. And now, the next big thing is creating musical instruments for rockstars and musicians.

Abyecto mural

Abyecto mural

These 3D-printed instruments were built by Monad, an architecture studio. The instruments are a part of an installation called ‘Abyecto’, which translates to ‘abject’ and ‘heinous’. Abyecto is a type of interactive installation that merges music, design, and architecture by using spatial performances. Changing and multiplying the guitar’s profiles create the mural’s structure. This extends the object’s traits into a bigger field consisting of 3D curves, and small variations that go well with the ambiance of the instrument’s performance. So the room, the musicians, the instruments, and the listeners will all take part in the shaping of an intricate and collective sensory experience.

Some of the other instruments made using a 3D printer include a cello, a violin, an Australian didgeridoo, and cornucopia, which is a large horn instrument with valves. But the main attraction is a 3D-printed baritone electric guitar with a single string. The guitar is also known as a ‘monobarisitar’, and is made by sound artist Scott F. Hall.

Monobarisitar

Monobarisitar

Hall has worked on this project and also plays the instrument. The monobarisitar’s single string can be detached, and includes a central neck and pickup structure. Hall’s monobarisitar works as an electric bass and baritone guitar that can be played in touchstyle.

The monobarisitar has a minimal look and a two-handed tapping technique, letting it articulate notes at several times in different speeds. It may be monophonic, but there is actually a hint of sonic illusion.

The one thing that these instruments have in common is the “rack” into which they are incorporated when not being used – This comes in the form of a 3D-printed mural that is hung against the wall. This mural can also be considered as the sixth instrument in the series.

Those who want to play these 3D instruments can also interact with the installation, by simply being in contact with the playing transducers opposite the sculpture. This allows you to personally explore the structure of the instruments, as well as the mural.

Monad

Monad

Monad Studios concentrates on the spatial perception. Their explorations vary from the structure of buildings, product designing, and landscape installations.

 

Blackberry Hopes to Reinvent Itself with New Slider Phone

BlackBerry

BlackBerry

BlackBerry seeks to make lots of changes in itself as a company. They have plans to move away from becoming just a smartphone manufacturer, and start providing business services to their customers instead. These services include assisting companies in managing a variety of mobile devices. BlackBerry has already made announcements in regards with their new venture, and it has done it again during the recently-concluded Mobile World Congress. Their goal is to bring more apps to BlackBerry phones, as well as offer services to both Samsung and Apple smartphones. They also want to build partnerships with Samsung.

BlackBerry’s president of devices and emerging solutions, Ron Louks, has also given hints about an upcoming new smartphone that has a curved display, similar to Samsung’s newly released Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. The new BlackBerry phone will also come with a slide-out keyboard. And since the device has yet to be given a name, BlackBerry’s CEO, John Chen, has given it the name ‘The Slider’. The company also has plans to release a second Porsche BlackBerry, as well as a keyboard smartphone.

BlackBerry’s sales took a downward slide when the smartphone started gaining popularity. Their phones gained a huge following amongst businessmen and CEOs, with their Qwerty keyboards being used to compose quick emails and messages. But one of the downsides was the keyboard almost taking up half of the phone’s face, which limited the screen’s size. Nowadays, as people start to get used to web surfing, playing online games and streaming videos on their phones, the public now prefers larger phone screens over smaller ones. This placed BlackBerry in a difficult situation.

BlackBerry Slider

BlackBerry Slider

This resulted in the creation of ‘The Slider’, which merges a giant touch screen together with a keyboard. The phone’s keyboard can be locked when you’re not using it, or popped out if you want to compose a message or send formal emails.

This is actually not the first time that BlackBerry has released their own line of smartphones – In 2010, they launched the Torch smartphone line, which also featured a slide-out keyboard. If their Slider phone catches the public’s attention resulting in high sales, then BlackBerry has a huge chance to stop fading into obscurity. But if sales are low, then the company could suffer the same fate as their slider phones.

BlackBerry Z3

BlackBerry Z3

But even though they want to start providing lucrative software and services to consumers, BlackBerry still receives most of its revenue from smartphones. They unveiled four new gadgets last year – The BlackBerry Z3, a Porsche edition BlackBerry, the BlackBerry Passport, and BlackBerry Classic.

 

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HTC Aims to Level Up with New Smartphone

HTC One M9_2

HTC One M9_2

Amidst all of the new pieces of information regarding new products from Nokia, LG, Samsung, and Huawei, HTC’s announcement regarding their M9 phone stands out. Samsung, one of the big phone companies on the market today, will be unveiling their new Galaxy S smartphones at an event located in Spain. This event is a trade show called the Mobile World Congress, which happens annually and showcases the latest updates in mobile phone and smartphone technology.

The main reason why HTC’s announcement was worth looking forward to was because of their plans to re-invent themselves as a bigger personal technology company.

HTC

HTC

This can be a risky type of business change – It means that once HTC gains success with their new products, they can gain another source of revenue and a brand new direction. And if they fail to do so, then it will remain stuck inside the increasingly competitive business of smartphones and mobile phones. Big-time companies such as Samsung and Apple dominate this industry. But as of now, HTC still has no plans of leaving the smartphone industry. In fact, the company just introduced their latest gadget, the M9, last Sunday.

HTC One M8

HTC One M8

Last year, their One M8 had an abundant amount of metal that encased the whole phone. This time, with the M9, it is now quite the same – The phone only contains a few minor changes and adjustments. The back of the phone is modified, providing you with a better grip. The polished edges have also been replaced. But if you look at it closely, the M9, which comes in a lovely gray color, might as well be a doppelganger of the One M8.

HTC intends to keep their original products, and provide a few tweaks and changes to the M9’s appearance and functionalities. But despite all of this, the M9 still boasts a 20-megapixel camera, with a sapphire camera cover lens that brings you crisp and clear photos. A built-in amp accompanies front-facing stereo speakers, as well as high-quality Dolby Audio surround. The M9’s all-metal body contains mirrored edges that are designed to give you a sturdy grip on your phone. Its back is curved to create the feel of the signature HTC One series smartphone.

Aside from its classy look, the HTC One M9 contains tons of customizable options. It contains the brand new HTC Themes app, which allows you to change your M9’s look and feel by just using your favorite photos.

 

 

SanDisk Provides the Answer to All of Your Storage Problems

SanDisk

SanDisk

SanDisk, a company that specializes in flash memory, wants you to capture as many photos and videos as possible using your smartphone. This is because they are set to release a 200GB microSD card, as well as drives that can be connected to both your computers and mobile phones in case you need some backup. These microSDs are also suitable for dashcams. All of these new products were unveiled during the Mobile World Congress, held recently in Spain. During the event, SanDisk announced a wide variety of storage products for people who own smartphones or tablets that could use a little bit more storage space. These new microSDs have cloud-based synchronization, as well as storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive, Apple iCloud and Microsoft OneDrive. With today’s technology, it is now easy for consumers to backup their photos and videos and move them to a computer.

SanDisk microSD

SanDisk microSD

There is, however, a downside to all of this – SanDisk’s products have some limitations and fees that are connected with these services. First is their aptly named Ultra microSDXC, which has a storage space of 200GB. This card can fit into every camera, tablet, or phone that has a microSD port. Their previous card only had 128GB, so this new model has plenty of room while still being able to maintain their data transfer speed of 900MBps. The small card also costs $400.

Next up is SanDisk’s Premium Edition UHS-I card. This contains the same technology as their 128GB microSD, except a bit bigger. But this large amount of space won’t make the card slow down – It still transfers 90MB per second – Which is equal to 1,200 photos per minute.

Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Card

Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Card

According to SanDisk’s official website, the 200GB card has a 10-year warranty and is set to be available worldwide in the next few months. It’s still amazing how one small card can cram in 200GB of memory. This is much bigger than their previous microSD card model, which stored 128GB of data. SanDisk has revealed that the secret to their new card’s high amount of storage was utilizing a proprietary design, as well as applying a type of production process that enabled a bigger amount of memory for each chip.

Although the SanDisk website didn’t mention the exact process, the card’s ability to store a large amount of data can provide a clue as to how it has reached to the present limits of today’s current manufacturing technology.

Samsung Promises a New Look for Their S6 Phones

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung’s brand new phone models, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, almost look the same. For instance, both phones run Android 5.0 Lollipop alongside high-definition 5.1-inch displays. But the latter, the Galaxy S6 Edge, will most likely get a bigger share of the spotlight thanks to its two edges that are made of curved-glass . Each edge will wrap along the long side of the phone providing users with a crisp and smooth display.

Galaxy S6 Edge Display

Galaxy S6 Edge Display

Samsung unveiled the twin phones during the annual Mobile World Congress, held in Spain. This event is known as the most important showcase when it comes to cellular phones or smartphones. And even though they won’t be out in the market until the second quarter of 2015, Samsung is hoping that their new products will succeed. S6 comes with a whole variety of features, including a fingerprint scanner and an upscale metal design. It is probably designed to catch up to Apple’s iPhone 6, whose release proved to be a tough contender for Samsung’s large screen phones. In fact, during a press conference in which the two new phones were revealed, Samsung also announced that they are launching a pay service that will compete with Apple Pay. Its name? Samsung Pay.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

A downside to the Samsung S6 and S6 Edge is the lack of a removable battery, as well as a microSD card slot. And unlike its predecessor, the Galaxy S5, both phones are not waterproof. But the main question is whether all of these features will be enough to persuade consumers into buying the phones. A well-loved feature in most of their previous models is the fact that their batteries can be removed, and have a place to put in a microSD card. And as mentioned, these two key features are not present in both the S6 and S6 Edge. Samsung’s top executives have discussed this issue during the launching event, claiming that the battery life of their new phones was “so good”; consumers don’t even need to worry about having them replaced. But still, this new feature might be a turn-off for some of Samsung’s loyal customers.

The battery life for both S6 and S6 Edge can last for up to 12 hours. According to Samsung CEO Jong-kyun Shin, it can also be charged quicker as compared to other mobile phones in the industry. It will only take a charging time of 10 minutes for 4 hours of battery life.

 

Welcoming Apple into the World of Wearables

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Children with 3d-printed Arms given a New Lease on Life

3D Arms

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