We all know about the simple office pastime of bouncing tennis balls off the wall. Much to the chagrin of our coworkers, you can now use the Oddball to make unique drum beats and loops by doing just that. This fun little device is currently funding on Kickstarter and is down-sized drum machine thats been encased in a bouncy ball that you can throw, drop and bounce to activate. The Oddball acts as the percussion trigger and the internal sensors can translate the noises via Bluetooth to the Oddball mobile app. Intensity is control by the force of the bounces and for the more advanced audio mixers the drum machine can act as a MIDI controller used in apps like Pro Tools, Ableton, Logic Pro and Garageband. The ball charges over USB and ships with the companies own app that is preloaded with multiple effects and audio tools.
Oddball Drum Machine
McIntosh MT2 Precision Turntable
McIntosh just released the third edition of their MT2 Precision and we think its their most stylish and high performance release yet. Combining the latest in turntable technology and design they are able to deliver top-notch audio quality, accurate playback and a clean, refined aesthetic. The MT2 is belt-driven and comes with a moving coil cartridge capable of handling high outputs from both moving coil phono and moving magnet inputs. The MT2 can play both 33-1/3 and 45 RPM records and is ready to play right out of the box.
POWERUP 3.0 Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane
Everyone has their own perfect paper airplane design, but now you can power those up with the POWERUP 3.0 Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane engine. It can attach to almost any paper airplane design, and it’s controlled from your smartphone. Conceptually it’s clearly pretty simple, but the crash proof design and reliable Bluetooth capabilities, alone with the designs and extras included in the kit, makes this a fun gadget worth picking up. It’s fun for all ages. The product does rely on relatively straightforward aerodynamics. There are no stabilizers or horizontal props that we’re used to seeing in drones these days, so if your paper airplane folding skills aren’t the best, or if the weather isn’t cooperating, it might throw a wrench into the works, but when conditions are great it’s tons of fun. And right now you can get a good deal for it on amazon for under $50.