Artist Uses iPhone ARKit to Visualize Sound in 3D Space

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Zach Lieberman is an artist who is exploring how to create art using iPhone ARKit. His latest creation? Recording audio in space. In the demo video, Zach makes sounds like “woosh, psh, ah, click.” After each sound, a white blob bursts into the air, and as Zach walks backward, each blob is linked to the other blobs like a audio timeline. When he walks forward again through the trail, you hear each sound playing in reverse. Zach, who helps run the School For Poetic Computation in New York City, built the demo using Simultaneous Localization And Mapping (SLAM). It uses the iPhone’s sensors and camera to create a low-res map of the room. The app records sound with the microphone, processes and visualizes it, and then maps each sound blob to a location within the room.

Be Prepared with Emergency Apps and Readiness Gear

· Kelly Guimont · Deep Dive


With the US battling both fire and water, it’s a good time to review your own readiness, both in gear and in software. Kelly has some tips for both to help you be prepared.

Everything You Should Know About the 2017 Equifax Breach

· Jeff Butts · News

2017 equifax breach

The company’s offering you the chance to find out whether you’re affected by the breach and get free identity theft protection, but there’s a catch that just might be a deal-breaker for many.

Droplr 4-Year Subscription: $39.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Droplr on MacBook

We have a deal on Droplr, a collaboration and sharing service aimed at teams. It works on macOS, iOS, Android, Windows, and Linux. Our deal is on a four year subscription for $39.99.

Your iPhone, Caller ID Spoofing & All That Jazz

· John Martellaro · Analysis

Spoof - Caller ID

If you’ve been receiving robocalls from numbers not in your contacts, they’re fairly easy to block. But Caller ID spoofing is another, more difficult, matter.

BopPad Uses Smartcloth to Improve Drum Pad Response

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

There’s a new drum pad out there from Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI) that uses smartcloth to make the device more accurate and responsive. At least that’s what the company claims, and they’re using smart fabric sensors from BeBop Sensors to do it. Funded on Kickstarter last year, BopPad is a, “location and pressure-sensitive drum controller with a wicked-fast playing surface.” I’ve yet to meet an electronic drum I love to play, but I’m looking forward to checking out BopPad. Just watch the video. The device is $199 through the KMI website.

Hey Musicians, How about a Wearable Metronome?

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Here’s something for musicians called Soundbrenner Pulse. It’s a wearable metronome that uses haptic feedback so you can feel the beat. The company says that haptic feedback is “up to seven times stronger than the vibrational alerts found in today’s smartwatches.” This is a standalone device that can be strapped around your arm or leg, or worn on your chest. Better yet, it’s controlled by an app that can sync with up to five Soundbrenner Pulses. That means five people in the band could be marching to the same beat! Come on, that could be game changing for musicians! Soundbrenner Pulse is $99 at Amazon, and it’s shipping now.

Hey Musicians, How about a Wearable Metronome?

Siri, Alexa Susceptible to Ultrasonic Voice Commands

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone and bug

Apparently Siri, Alexa, and other voice assistants are susceptible to hacks from bats and dolphins—or maybe just hackers that know how to use ultrasonic frequencies.

Ztylus Stinger Car Charger Emergency Tool: $19.95

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Ztylus Stinger Car Charger Emergency Tool

We have a cool device for you today called the Ztylus Stinger Car Charger Emergency Tool. It’s a car charger with two USB ports, but it also has a built-in window breaker and seat belt cutter for emergency use. It’s $19.95 through us.