I'm a big fan of music documentaries, but "The Wrecking Crew: The Untold Story of Rock & Roll Heroes" is easily the best I've seen in years. The band was made up of LA studio pros who would show up for a 3- or 4-hour session, and produce hit after hit. Their biggest successes came in the 1960s and 1970s, and for six consecutive years starting in 1966 the Wrecking Crew played on the Grammy Award-winning "Record of the Year." The band worked all the time, with Frank Sinatra, Simon & Garfunkel, the Beach … Read more
Can computers, and even coding, be as simple and fun as Lego?
Yes, says the London-based group behind Kano, a $99 DIY computer that's designed to provide a sense of play and exploration for what can sometimes seem like just a black box.
Since its debut on Kickstarter earlier this week, the concept has raised more than $460,000, far beyond its funding goal of $100,000. What's so exciting? … Read more
It's something those of who live in urban areas don't really think about, but just like riding bicycles, driving cars, and walking around in the dark, horse riding requires low-visibility safety precautions.
Enter Tail Lights, a new product by wrangler, rancher, and search-and-rescue rider Sami Gross. It consists of a sort of long tassel that attaches to a horse's tail via specially designed neoprene and Velcro wraps -- and the tassel's fronds are strips of LEDs.
The idea began when one of Gross' friends, riding at night and wearing reflectors, was hit by a car, which injured her horse. … Read more
If you were a kid back when the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) first ruled the gaming world, your drink of choice was probably soda or milk. Now that you're all grown up, you may like your gaming with a shot of something harder. You might as well keep that liquid substance in a stylish container that matches your retro gaming fandom.
The Ink Whiskey Concealable Entertainment Flask on Kickstarter is pretty self-explanatory. It's a flask that looks like an NES game cartridge, right down to the classic dull-gray color. Sure, the flask is in disguise, but people may wonder why you're carrying a game in your back pocket.… Read more
Some of the most entertaining musicians to watch are the ones who really get into their instruments, moving around the stage and playing guitars over their heads. With the Motion Synth system from Auug, movement is a requirement. The Kickstarter project brings gesture-controlled music creation to the iPhone and iPod Touch.
The Motion Synth consists of a case and strap that holds the iPhone in position on your hand and an app. An overlay over the screen helps you position your fingers to trigger different sounds. The app turns movements into signals that control other audio apps or external hardware devices. Which means by moving and angling an iPhone, musicians can do things like control audio, trigger vocal effects, and shape notes and harmonies.… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Scene from Mrs. Doubtfire helps 7 year old save her mom's life.
- Crowdfunding political murder with Bitcoins on "The Assasination Market".
- This gadget reaches inside your brain to help you lucid dream.
- Vancouver's ban on the humble doorknob likely to be a trendsetter.
Electric skateboards are nothing new, and those that go offroad have been around for years.
But here's one that can transition from street to mountain path in under two minutes by swapping out the wheels.
We've all been there: One haphazard shuffle or slip of the fingers and time slows down as your smartphone sails toward the sidewalk, slamming down with the not-so-satisfying slap of glass on concrete. But rejoice, for the infamous feeling of shame upon shattering one's device may have a bright side. It turns out dismantled iPhones that are injured beyond repair make for interesting pieces of functioning furniture, jewelry, and kitchen accessories.
That's the idea behind Twice Used, the project of Chris Koerner, a phone and iOS screen repair specialist and owner of Alabama-based LCDcycle. On Friday, Koerner launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds in an effort to make the initiative a core part of his business, and to get out in the wild his iPhone ornaments -- from picture frames and coasters to pieces of jewelry and artistic renditions of clocks and coffee table countertops.… Read more
When I was young, I found my father's old geology sample set from when he was a kid. One of the rocks had a faintly yellowish look to it and was labeled "uranium." Ah, those were the good old days. Liability worries and an overly protective society have taken a lot of the fun out of science kits for kids. The Heirloom Chemistry Set Kickstarter wants to bring the magic back.
A quick look at chemistry sets on Amazon finds a lot on offer, but few that sound compelling. Most have a token number of bland chemicals to work with, not the sort of mad-scientist, chemistry-explorer type of environment that really gets kids excited.… Read more
We all know recycling is better than stuffing landfills full of obsolete electronics, but items like bulky old CRT computer monitors and televisions can be challenging to reuse. Fireclay Tile has found a creative way to grind that old glass into a product that will look good in your home.