Those who enjoy radio but don't like listening to advertisements might want to look at a unit from PopCatcher, a Swedish audio designer. Its FM radio system turns radio broadcasts into MP3s, leaving out talk and advertising. The self-learning PopCatcher software separates music from DJ conversation and commercials, automatically saving songs as separate music tracks. Those tracks are recorded at 192 kbyte/sec and stored in internal memory or a USB-connected MP3 player. The radio/recorder uses a Blackfin processor from Analog Devices for both DSP audio processing and control, eliminating the need for a separate device.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the user.
Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. In a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, iFixit gave the Surface Pro 3 a score of one (out of a possible 10) for repairability.
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