For decades, visitors to the White House have been banned from taking pictures and, more recently, from using social media. Now, thanks to the first lady, the White House is now encouraging people to snap pictures to post on social media—provided they don’t get too crazy about it. Livestreaming apps, selfie sticks, GoPros and cameras with lenses longer than 3 inches are still banned. Michelle Obama announced the new policy via an Instagram video that featured her tearing up the old “no photos or social media allowed” sign, and White House visitors have already begun posting away. Let freedom ring. Discuss
The design company Gramovox has created this “Floating Record" player, which plays records vertically, making them appear to be floating in air. A Kickstarter campaign for the device has already brought in more than $740,000—nearly $700,000 more than its initial goal. Sure, the design doesn’t aid in the vinyl sound, but is a unique take on a retro staple. Discuss
It’s about time. The moment we’ve all been waiting for may have finally arrived. Lexus has just released a video that appears to show a functioning hoverboard they are calling SLIDE. In the teaser video, we only get a brief glimpse at the board hovering just a few inches off the ground, but the automaker is being clear in their claims. The video is called, “Lexus has created a real, rideable hoverboard."
At the moment, there are no details available as to how it works—or even images of someone riding one—but there is hope. Hope that finally, our hoverboard dreams will soon be a reality ... Discuss
After just three months in the position, Peter Tonstad has stepped down as the CEO of the streaming music service Tidal. Back in April, then-CEO Andy Chen also left Jay-Z's music service, which relaunched in March to mix reactions from tech-watchers and users. According to some reports, recently, 25 employees were “force to leave” the embattled site ... Discuss
Every driver knows the frustration of being stuck behind a semi on a two-lane road, slightly drifting into the other lane occassionally to see if it’s safe to pass. Samsung is aiming to make that situation a lot less frustrating—and a lot more safe. The company is working on trucks with a camera that films the road in front of them and then projects that video feed onto the back of the truck, letting drivers essentially see through the truck. Samsung tested the truck in Argentina, and is now working on partnering with local nonprofits to put the trucks on roads around the world ...
A Dutch robotics company called MX3D and the software maker, Autodesk, released concept art images of their specially designed robot 3D printing a bridge in Amsterdam—and installing it at the same time. It will take the giant, robotic 3D printer two months to build the pedestrian bridge, which doesn’t use any independent support structures. The companies hope to display their ability to build complex structures that are just as strong as those constructed by traditional methods, and can be a cheaper, more efficient option for developers in the future ... Discuss