Hardware Weekly | Vol 87

The week's top hardware news.

December 30th, 2015


The Sound Reactive Mask

Just in time for New Years, Canadian startup Outline Montréal launched their first Kickstarter campaign for a wild party animal mask. Harnessing the potential of sound reactive technology, they created a luminous jaguar mask that translates musical beats into light. Translation: a sweet light show. On your face.

The sound reactive mask

Connected Beauty Mask

Another mask spotted on Kickstarter is to help compensate for that wild rave you went to the night before. Mapo is a connected beauty mask made out of medical-grade silicone and packed with sensors. It measures the skin’s temperature and moisture level and offers tips on further, more traditional cosmetic treatments. Glowing skin for... $295. + a 3D makeup printing pen


Here’s a drone you won’t need to register with the FAA because it fits into the palm of your hand. ONAGOfly is a smart nano drone with GPS and video that has the utility of an enhanced selfie stick, really. Smile recognition included. :) + tweeting drones

+ cute R2D2 drone

+ what GoPro drones might look like


SpaceX Lands First Falcon 9

While you were wrapping Christmas presents, Elon Musk was live tweeting the first Falcon 9 rocket landing in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This is a big win for SpaceX after its last rocket exploded during takeoff this summer. 

+ Wired: all the year’s badass science from space

Oculus Might Use Electromagnets for VR

With Oculus shipping their final Rift virtual reality headsets to game developers, an interesting research project emerged. One that hints at how the Oculus device may use electromagnets and sensors in the future to track the motions of each finger in 3D. + 2015 in VR+ Oculus + LeBron James

Pirate Attacks the Music Industry

One of the most notorious figures against copyright-based industries, Pirate Bay’s co-founder Peter brokep Sunde created a device he calls the Kopimashinout of a Raspberry Pi, some hacked python code and an LCD screen. The wacky device makes 100 copies / second of the Gnarls Barkely song Crazy, costing the music industry a million dollars a day. + how the IoT got hacked

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