Tapplock One+ is a Fingerprint-Based Lock

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Tapplock came out with a new product called the Tapplock one+. It features 7mm reinforced stainless steel shackles, strengthened by double-layered lock design with anti-shim and anti-pry technologies, making it the ultimate utility fingerprint padlock. Plus, a state-of-the-art capacitive fingerprint sensor allows unlocking in under 0.8 seconds. Its adaptive algorithm means the lock becomes faster and more accurate with each access. You can store up to 500 different fingerprints per lock, and manage users and fingerprints via the Tapplock app. There are three ways to unlock: fingerprint, Bluetooth, and Morse code. The battery lasts up to a year or 3,500 unlocks. You can get a single Tapplock one+ for US$99, a double pack for US$179, and a four-pack for US$359.

Tapplock One+ is a Fingerprint-Based Lock

These Algorithms Can Create Efficient Floor Plans

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

I’m always fascinated by a computer’s approach to human problems and experiences, because it usually ends up being something completely alien to us. Evolving Floor Plans is an experimental research project that I came across the other day. Using genetic algorithms, an optimized floor plan was created for a school.

The floor plan genome is a weighted, connected and undirected graph. Every desired room is represented with a node gene that contains information such as the room’s size. Connection genes specify two node genes to span as well as a randomly initialized weight; they are added in a random manner until the graph is connected. Adjacency requirements create a subgraph with maximum edge weight. For example, the cafeteria must be adjacent to the kitchen.

It’s neat that the optimization creates a building that looks like a biological cell. I’d love to see more examples, like an optimized apartment building or house with multiple floors.

These Algorithms Can Create Efficient Floor Plans

Here's How to Update Your HomePod Software

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

HomePod update light

HomePod is pretty much a hands-off device for maintenance, but what if you want to start a software update right now? Here’s how to update your HomePod software when you want.

How to Turn Off HomePod's Siri Light

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

HomePod Siri light

If you don’t want a pulsing light on top of your HomePod every time you say, “Hey Siri,” here’s how to turn it off.

Here's How to Check for HomePod Software Updates

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

Home app Location button gets to HomePod software update

HomePod will do its best to keep its software up to date, much like Apple TV. If you want to make sure your smart speaker really is running the latest and greatest update you can do that, too, but it isn’t exactly intuitive. Read on to learn how.

How to Change Your HomePod's Name

· Jeff Gamet · News

Changing HomePod name in Home app on iPhone

You can give your HomePod a unique name, or change the name you already gave it. Read on to learn how.