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  • Anker PowerExpand Elite Puts A Baker’s Dozen Ports On Your Desk

Remember when you got a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, thinking this is how you’ll free up your desk from cables? Yeah, that’s not the really the case, as seemingly even more devices just show up requiring you to plug in to an open port year after year after year. Suffice to say, there’s no getting away from all the peripherals that will want to connect to your PC. The Anker PowerExpand Elite 13-in-1 should give you the ports you need to accommodate all of them.

That’s right, this hub brings a whopping baker’s dozen ports to your desk, giving you a whole lot of slots to plug in the glut of accessories you use throughout the workday. Whether it’s an extra monitor, an external SSD, or some newfangled input peripheral for your creative tasks, this thing lets you plug them all, with plenty of room to spare. Hopefully, since we really can’t imagine what your desk looks like if you need a 26-in-1.

The Anker PowerExpand Elite 13-in-1 Thunderbolt 3 Dock is a port hub that measures 4.9 x 3.5 x 1.6 inches (height x width x depth), with a design that makes it look like a mini-desktop that you can set up as a tower or rest flat on its side (both options work). It has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one 85W and one 15W, which you can use to plug in two compatible displays or use as standard USB-C ports for charging and data transfer, as well as an HDMI port for hooking to more conventional displays without Thunderbolt support. According to the outfit, the 85W Thunderbolt slot can even accommodate dual displays if you plug in a USB-C to dual HDMI splitter, so this just might let you set up an extra four monitors, which will be a great thing to have at your disposal.

Those two Thunderbolt ports, of course, support high-speed charging, along with an 18W USB-port, so you can charge three devices at optimal speeds simultaneously. According to the outfit, the 85W Thunderbolt 3 slot will fully charge a 13.3-inch MacBook Pro in just one hour and 50 minutes, while the 18W USB-C port will fully charge an iPhone 11 Pro in one hour and 45. Do note, these charging speeds can only be guaranteed for devices that support Power Delivery, DisplayPort Alt Mode, and USB-C 3.1, so there’s a good chance it won’t work with that obscure mini-laptop you picked up when you last visited Asia.

The Anker PowerExpand Elite 13-in-1 Thunderbolt 3 also has another USB-C port for the glut of USB peripherals out there and four USB-A ports for your older devices, so you don’t have to buy new peripherals when the old ones still work well enough. As with any self-respecting port hub, it also offers an Ethernet port for when the Wi-Fi isn’t reliable, a memory card slot (supports, pretty much, every format), and a 3.5mm headphone slot (because, you know, some of us still use wired headphones). Basically, it has everything covered.

The Anker PowerExpand Elite 13-in-1 Thunderbolt 3 is available now.

 

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You Can Scream On Stream Using The Elgato Wave 1 Mic Without Breaking Your Viewers’ Eardrums

Over the last few years, Elgato has pivoted to cater heavily to streamers, with broadcast dashboards, capture cards, and other products geared towards making erstwhile amateur streams feel a lot more professional. This time around, they’re looking to help your stream’s audio sound so much better with the Elgato Wave 1.

Billed as a “broadcast-grade microphone,” the device looks to challenge the mighty Blue Yeti by offering an alternative that brings a similar balance of quality, price, and ease of use. We’re not exactly sure how it’s going to do Blue’s popular line of microphones better, but given the amount of streamers and podcasters invested in Elgato gear, we imagine they already have the audience who will be willing to give it a shot.

The Elgato Wave 1 is a condenser mic with a cardioid polar pattern, making it ideal for streamers who blurt out their gaming insights, pleas for subscribers, and the occasional cussing after losing a close game right in front of the mic. The outfit claims it’s been fine-tuned for speech, so it’s strictly for streamers, podcasters, and other folks who talk in front of a camera, while the sample rate of 48kHz should be pretty standard for streamer microphones. While we obviously have no idea how it sounds, Elgato promises it will deliver “broadcast-grade detail and clarity.”

It has built-in headphone output for zero-latency monitoring, so you can plug your favorite cans right on the mic, making it convenient to use even headphones with shorter cables. A dial with LED indicators out front allows you to adjust the headphone volume on the fly, all while doubling as a button that you can press to quickly mute the whole thing. Around back sits a multi-function dial that you can use to adjust mic volume and adjust gain, saving you from having to reach for your streaming PC to make these pretty common adjustments.

The Elgato Wave 1 comes with built-in Clipguard anti-distortion technology, which actively monitors when the sound input gets too loud and automatically reroutes that signal to a different path that runs at a lower volume. That way, you won’t end up breaking the sound when screaming during an intense sequence while playing (sometimes, you just have to let all that pent-up anger out), ensuring that you broadcast clean and consistent audio on your stream at all times. It has an all-steel grille providing durable protection for the 17mm Electret capsule while smoothly diffusing the sound, as well as a U-mount desk stand with a padded base, so it’s very stable on your desk. The outfit is also offering optional accessories for the mic, namely an anti-vibration mount and a dual-layer metal mesh noise shield.

It comes with Elgato’s Wave Link software, where you can manage up to nine input channels, blend audio sources, and create independent mixes (e.g. one for you, one for the audience). The software is available for both Windows 10 and macOS.

The Elgato Wave 1 is available now, priced at $130.

 

Build Your Own Robot Dog Army With Boston Dynamics’ Now-Available Spot Robot

Over the years, you’ve probably seen multiple videos of Boston Dynamics doing demonstrations of their four-legged robot. Heck, it was even on Silicon Valley, if we remember it correctly. Last year, they actually started leasing it to businesses as a way of testing its industrial viability. Seems like, that turned out good results because the Boston Dynamics Spot is now going on sale for the consumer market.

That’s right, you can get yourself your own robot dog, so you can freak out people that visit your home with its animal-like movements and physical reactions. Forget the dog – have this thing patrol your home and make any unwelcome guests feel like they’re in an apocalyptic video game where they’re about to meet a gruesome death by robot. Or something like that.

The Boston Dynamics Spot is a four-legged robot designed to nimbly move in a variety of terrain, allowing it to climb stairs, move past obstacles, and walk across off-road trails in a manner that’s freakishly natural-looking. Basically, it’s designed to move in places that wheeled robots aren’t able to traverse, which immediately makes it viable for a whole load of applications, more so with its ability to carry payloads that a typical aerial drone just won’t be able to handle. It also has 360-degree vision, so it can see everything going on around it in real-time, allowing it to respond to everything that happens in the moment, as well as obstacle avoidance, so you can let it loose on its own without worrying about the robot getting stuck.

It can also run really fast. No, we’re not saying it’s going to outrun a cheetah (or whatever the fastest four-legged animal is), but it definitely can get from one point to another faster than a puny human (judging from the videos out there), making it a really interesting robot to add to any work process.

The Boston Dynamics Spot can be remotely controlled by a human operator, so you can have it perform nefarious (or heroic, whichever the case may be) acts under your watchful eye. More importantly, it’s fully programmable using the SDK, so you can have it perform a whole load of actions, provided you’ve got the programming chops to bend it to your will. You can further expand its hardware, too, by adding sensors onto the assembly, allowing you to turn it in the robot of justice, the automaton of doom, or whatever other robot application you can dream up. It also has mounting rails and payload ports, by the way, for adding any accessories or cargo you want to put on it (yes, a submachine gun on top of it make be a nice touch).

Aside from being a fun robot to play around with, Boston Dynamics is hoping the robot will find its footing in various industries, such as construction, utility, mining, public safety, healthcare, and research. Not to mention, all the entertaining robot battles we will probably see down the line once people start outfitting this with chainsaws, spikes, and wrecking balls. Yes, we definitely need wrecking balls.

 

LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor Lets You Build Five Programmable Motorized Robots That Do A Whole Load Of Tricks

LEGO’s Mindstorms line have long had some of the most impressive robot-building sets, but releases do come few and far between. So much so, in fact, that the last major release was back in 2013. Fortunately, that changes now with the announcement of the LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor.

As with previous Mindstorms releases, the set combines LEGO’s construction bricks with the cutting-edge of modern robotics, allowing fans both young and old to build LEGO robots that can be programmed to perform a whole host of actions. Whether you’re a Mindstorms fan ready to build something new, a LEGO fan looking to branch out into powered robot models, or just some kid who’s looking to explore robotics as a new hobby, this looks like a great set to pick up for your next building session.

The LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor is a 949-piece set that you can use to build any of five different robots. These pieces include all the bricks for building the main model, along with a variety of electronic and mechanical parts. These include four medium-angular motors with integrated rotation sensors, a color sensor that detects and measures light, a distance sensor for recognizing the presence of objects around it, and a piece called the Intelligent Hub. This hub is, basically, the central brain of the system, housing a six-axis accelerometer, Bluetooth radio, rechargeable battery, speaker, a LED matrix, and various IO ports for connecting to the motors and sensors. While designed for Mindstorms, it’s also compatible with Technic and System sets, so you can use it for a whole host of projects beyond the five robots in the kit.

The first robot is called Blast, a 14-inch tall wheeled robot that can smash obstacles out of the way or grab them for moving from one spot to another. It can also fire darts, so you can have it annoy your family non-stop, provided you can program it to identify them in the room, saving you from having to pull out the Nerf blaster every time you want to be a pesky annoyance.

he LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor also includes a robot called Charlie, a playful robot that can play drums (yes, parts of the kit can be built into a drum set), move objects, and move its arms for various actions, while a robot called Gelo ditches the wheels for four legs, so you can have a walking robot strutting around the desk at the office to soothe away the stresses of the day. There’s also Tricky, a sport robot that can be programmed to perform tricks with a ball, and MVP, a vehicular robot platform that’s meant for modular play, allowing you to turn it into a remote-controlled buggy, a construction machine, or an absolute battle tank.

It’s designed to work with the companion app (Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android), which you can use to program the robot. As with many robot coding systems, it has a Scratch-based options for younger coders and Python support for more experienced programmers.

The LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor will come out in the fall. Price is $359.99.

 

Colors Live Brings The Classic DS Painting App To The Switch With A Pressure-Sensitive Stylus In Tow

If you owned a Nintendo DS or 3DS, chances are, you remember Colors! and Colors! 3D, apps that turned those erstwhile game consoles into fun digital sketchbooks. As fun as they are, drawing stuff with a finger or a regular stylus just isn’t that great, especially with the rise of pressure-sensitive styluses for tablets in recent years. That’s why, the Switch-bound modern version of the painting app, now called Colors Live, comes with a handy stylus that’s unlike anything else you’ll find for the console.

You know how styluses for the Nintendo Switch are, basically, just glorified fingertips? As in, they don’t do anything tapping on the screen with a finger won’t do.  While you can draw stuff on the screen with it, you won’t be able to apply pressure the way you could with an Apple Pencil, since the console’s touchscreen isn’t meant to sense pressure the way many modern tablets and smartphones can. This stylus changes that.

The Colors Live app is meant to work with an accessory called SonarPen, a wired stylus that connects to the headphone jack of the Switch. With the stylus plugged in, the app will continually send an 8,000 hertz tone to the writing instrument, which it monitors as the user starts doodling onscreen. When the tip of the stylus touches the screen, it dampens that tone at varying degrees, depending on the amount of pressure you’re applying. This altered tone is then picked up by a microphone inside the stylus, which sends it back to the app, allowing the app to recognize the pressure level and make adjustments on what’s being scribbled onscreen based on that. It’s clever.

While we doubt it can detect pressure at the same range and precision as many dedicated stylus products, we have to say, figuring out a way to bring that tech to the Switch is a big deal. The Colors! app has historically been one of the most popular downloads for the DS and many people who own a Switch have probably dabbled in it over the years. Getting it in updated form with a pressure-sensitive stylus to boot makes this an attractive proposition that’s likely to have many takers.

The Colors Live app should have all the same features found on its earlier predecessors, making it quite the powerful painting tool, especially with the addition of the pressure-sensitive stylus. For this iteration, they’re also integrating a new game mode called Colors Quest, which challenges you to paint stuff based on a set theme and pre-defined rules. These themes and rules are meant to change every day, so you’re always expanding your horizons, while an integrated reward system should keep people motivated to improve their skills over time.

The stylus, by the way, comes with a 20-inch cable, so you’ll be dealing with a fair bit of wire management if you’re going to use this thing. And ditching the cable is not an option, since it needs constant communication with the app in order to provide proper pressure detection. On the upside, it requires no batteries or charging.

A Kickstarter campaign is currently running for Colors Live. You can get both the app and the SonarPen for pledges starting at $41.

 

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