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Check out this Tablet/Phone that Rolls Up Like Scroll

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Let me state right up front that this thing is useless, a bad idea in search of a problem. I don’t care, because it’s also super cool and a herald of some crazy cool stuff yet to call. That out of the way, here’s the Magicscroll (via TechCrunch), a research product from scientists at Canada’s Queen’s University Human Media Lab. It’s part smart-ish phone, part tablet, and part wonky, because it rolls into a cylinder, thanks to a 7.5” 2K resolution flexible display. Watch the video, and you can see how they use the ends to navigate and unroll the screen to use it as a tablet. Ish. Here’s why I’m excited about it: it’s that rolled up display. While “displays” are eventually headed towards holographic projectors (I’m telling you now), an intermediary step is going to be displays that roll up into tight little cylinders we can take with us. Again, I’m telling yo now. The Magicscroll is an early step towards much more useful iterations, and you have to start somewhere. Also, I love to see anyone trying to think about different ways to do things, even if those ways seem absurd. You know, like this one. So, check it out!

Check out this Tablet/Phone that Rolls Up Like Scroll

BeeLine Reader Lifetime Subscription: $29.99

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BeeLine Reader

We have an interesting deal for you on BeeLine Reader, a speed reading tool that works on Chrome or Firefox on your Mac or PC. According to the company, “this speed reading tool applies an eye-guiding color gradient to your text, with the color at the end of one line matching perfectly with the beginning of the next.” The deal is for a lifetime license good on one browser for $29.99. If you choose the 5-browser version ($39.99), the company will donate five licenses to low-income students.

So LEGO Built a Life-Size Bugati Chiron from LEGO Technics, and Drove It

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Yeah, so the folks at LEGO might be crazy. I mean, real crazy. They built an actual-size replica of a Bugati Chiron supercar and then drove it. Fine, sure, it has a steel frame, a couple of batteries, some 3D printed gears, an electrical motor of some sort, and it rolls on real Bugati wheels. It’s otherwise made out of LEGO Technic bricks and pieces. And the spoiler rises and falls with the push of a button, the doors open and close, and the speedometer—made of Technic pieces—is functional. Come on, that’s crazy! And they spent 13,500 man hours doing it. And then they took the whole thing for a drive? They got it up to 13 miles per hour, for goodness’ sake. Just look at the driver sitting in his LEGO Technic seat. This is heroically insane. The whole thing. And a brilliant stunt. Check out the video, and TechCrunch has a bunch of photographs of this madman’s exercise being built.

Killing the Lighting Port, Buying into Apple Watch Series 4 - ACM 477

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What would it take for Apple to ditch the Lightning port on iPhones? Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet explore the possibilities, and Bryan ends up convincing himself to buy Apple’s not-shipping-yet AirPower charging pad. They also ask themselves what it would take for them to want Apple Watch Series 4, iPhone Xs, new iPad Pros, and new MacBooks. Their conclusion? It’s going to be an expensive fall.

Blue Microphones Announces Yeti Nano USB Mic for Content Creators, Includes Mac/PC Controller App

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Blue Microphone (now part of Logitech) announced the Yeti Nano USB microphone on Tuesday. This device is aimed at YouTubers and other content creators, both for streaming and pre-recording. It’s much more compact than the original Yeti mic, and it comes with a new Mac/PC app called Sherpa (currently in beta) that allows you to control the mic from your desktop. That app allows you to, “mute and unmute your mic and headphones, fine-tune gain and levels, switch polar patterns, and change sample rates.” The mic also comes with both a Cardioid more and an Omnidirectional mode for use in multiple settings. It comes with a metal stand and is compatible with the optional Radius III shockmount and Compass boom arm. There are also four finishes for the mic, including Cubano Gold, Red Onyx, Shadow Grey, and Vivid Blue. All in all, at US$99.99, it looks like a solid mic option for a lot of content creators, and it’s available now.

Blue Microphones Announces Yeti Nano USB Mic for Content Creators, Includes Mac/PC Controller App

Spectre Drone with HD Camera - Price Drop to $69

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TRNDlabs Spectre Drone

We have a deal on the Spectre Drone with a built-in HD camera. This device features a 6-axis gyro and can do 360 degree flips. It also has built-in LED lights for night flying. It comes with a hardware controller, and you can view the HD video through your iPhone. The price has dropped to $69, too.

Sid Meier's Civilization VI on Sale for $23.99

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Screenshot from Civilization VI

We have a deal today on one of my favorite games: Sid Meier’s Civilization VI! This is a turn-based strategy/sim game where you guide your civilization from a city-state to the dominant power on Earth. The deal is for Civ VI on Mac or Linux on the Steam platform. It’s $23.99 through us. Check out the trailer.

A Stringed Instrument from Dr. Seuss's SciFi Nightmares

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Check out this oldy-but-an-awfully-goody called Resonant Chamber from Animusic. It’s a virtual stringed instrument that’s part Dr. Seuss contraption and part SciFi nightmare of a beautiful, articulated monster coming to get you. Wait, is that just me? In any event, according to the IG post where I saw it this weekend, the music was created for the virtual instrument after the virtual instrument was designed. The whole thing is amazing, delightful, and semi-surreal. It’s also hypnotic to watch, and I find myself isolating which notes I am hearing are matched to which movements I am seeing. Hopefully you think it’s cool, too.

Check out This Absurdly Awesome Door

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Check out this crazy, this stupidly cool door. It was created by one Warwick Turvey, who is, of course, an Aussie, because [Oz]. And yeah, sure, it has a hole in the door where the handle is, but who cares?!? That’s how cool it is! According to various sources who have mentioned Mr. Turvey’s work, he was inspired by video games. This YouTube incarnation of the video mentions unnamed art as an inspiration, too. All I want to know is how it’s possible that EVERY door doesn’t work this way now that we’ve seen it done!