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Yeeu K1 Smart Lock Box Gives Airbnb Homeowners A Convenient Way To Give Guests Their House Keys
Many people choose to put their rental properties on Airbnb, as it lets them earn money on rent without dealing with the hassle of regular tenants. It’s just convenient. Problem is, you have a revolving door of renters, requiring you to regularly drop by to give each new guest the keys to the house. And it’s not as convenient. The Yeeu K1 Smart Lock Box wants to change that.
Designed for the Airbnb crowd, the connected lockbox allows you to stash keys and key cards for your guests right by the front door, saving you from the hassle of driving by to let them into the house. Sure, you can replace your traditional deadbolts with smart locks and give them access instead, but that could really complicate things for guests who are not comfortable with smart locks. Do you really want them to keep calling you every time they forget the key code? Yeah, going this route is definitely simpler.
The Yeeu K1 Smart Lock Box consists of a small box that can be mounted to the wall using screws or hung somewhere on your front door using the optional shackles. Able to open using either a password or a fingerprint (or both), it allows you to give guests easy access to the house keys by simply sending them a password. After they open the box and take the keys, it’s done – that’s probably all the interaction you’ll need to have with them for the rest of the stay, at least as far as access to the house is concerned. For the next batch of guests, simply put the keys back in the box, put in a new password, and you’re done.
It has a capacitive keypad at the lower part of the cover, where your guests can enter the password you assigned to them, while the fingerprint sensor sits near the top, giving you the option of biometric access, in case you can’t remember the password you set and you don’t have your phone handy. The box can pair with your phone over Bluetooth, allowing you to easily change passwords after you finish setting up the box. All access to the lock box is logged in the app, by the way, allowing you to check whether there’s been any unauthorized access at any time.
The Yeeu K1 Smart Lock Box has room inside for up to eight keys, which should be enough to let them lock and unlock every room in the house, all while being large enough to accommodate a stack of access cards if you use those for your home locks instead. Construction is all-aluminum, with a durable build that, the outfit claims, is secure from tampering. There’s also an optional weatherized build, in case you’re leaving the box in an area where it will be exposed to rain, sun, or snow, ensuring it won’t incur damage caused by the elements.
Slated to ship April 15th, the Yeeu K1 Smart Lock Box is priced starting at $89.
•Prompt Watch Uses Vibrations To Discreetly Tell The Time
It doesn’t look like any regular timepiece. In fact, it doesn’t work like any regular timepiece. There’s no dial, no hands, and no straightforward way to tell the time just from looking at it. The Prompt, however, is a timekeeping device that simply tells you the time of day in an entirely different way.
Designed to let you check the time discreetly, the wearable device lets you know the current time using tactile cues, so you can carry on listening to a speaker, holding a conversation, or participating in a meeting. No need to risk being rude by checking your wrist, looking at a wall clock, or pulling out your phone to check the time – this thing lets you know the time without requiring a single glance.
The Prompt consists of a round device similar in size and shape to a traditional watch case, which you can either keep in a pocket or wear in your wrist like regular timepieces. For timekeeping, the watch is designed to convey one of four moments in time using vibrations – the first, second, third, and last 15 minutes of the current hour. It vibrates once to indicate the first quarter of the hour, twice in the second, three times during the third, and four times in the last fifteen minutes. Why not give the precise time like a normal watch? According to the outfit, they realized most people didn’t need to know the exact time, but would happily do with the approximate moment of every hour, as it’s enough to let them know whether they’re early, late, or just in time.
Want to know the exact minute of the current hour? The watch has visual cues for that using LED markers on the bezel with five minute intervals and four LEDs between the 12 and one o’clock position. When it’s 33 minutes into the hour, the LED at the six o’clock position lights up, along with three of the four LEDs on top. At 45 minutes into the hour, only the LED at the nine o’clock position lights up, with all four LEDs at the top staying turned off. This mode is activated by pressing the center of the watch three times.
The Prompt, by the way, has no way of telling the exact hour, so if you just woke up with no sense of the current time, you’ll want to check the wall clock in your bedroom or your phone on the nightstand instead. For the rest of the day, though, it should be fine to use for most folks. The watch case measures 42 x 8.4 mm (diameter x thickness), so it feels like a regular timepiece if you wear it on your wrist, all while running on a regular coin battery, so it’s powered much like many traditional watches. Do note, it doesn’t have lugs like regular watches, so you’re stuck to using whatever band is supplied with the watch.
A Kickstarter campaign is currently running for the Prompt. You can reserve a unit for pledges starting at $195.
• Electrosmith Daisy Is A Board Computer Designed For Synths, Pedals, And Other Sound-Processing Hardware
It looks like any board computer. You know, the kind you can buy, program, and use for your personal tech projects. Except, the Electrosmith Daisy is designed specifically for use in musical instruments and sound processors, giving you a more accessible way to design your own music-making hardware.
That’s right, this Arduino-like board is packed with most everything you need to get started building your own synthesizer, guitar pedal, or drum pad, significantly lowering the barrier to entry in the ever-growing electronic music space. Whether you’re a musician who wants a new kind of sound processor for your live shows, a gadget nerd with the hankering to build a unique guitar pedal, or just some dude who wants to recreate your favorite synth from scratch, this thing should let you do all that and more.
The Electrosmith Daisy is an open-source microcomputer with two channels of line-level audio IO onboard, courtesy of the built-in 192 kHz 24-bit stereo audio codec, complete with enough juice to handle digital signal processing (DSP) during audio generation. You can also add new audio channels via 32 GPIO headers, which can connect to external sensors and devices via protocols such as I2S, TDM, PDM, and S/PDIF. It has full support for USB MIDI input and output through the onboard micro-USB port and the USB pins on the header bank, as well as UART pins for hooking up MIDI hardware via DIN or TRS cables.
It’s powered by an STM32 ARM Cortex-M7, which runs at 480MHz and sports a 32-bit floating point processor, which you can use to process DSP instructions in an optimal manner. There’s also more RAM here than similar boards we’ve seen at 64MB, which is enough to hold up to 10 minutes of audio at a time, as well as 8MB of built-in storage for any audio files. It also boasts bare metal audio drivers that, the outfit claims, enables a latency of under one millisecond, so there’s very little delay between input and output.
The Electrosmith Daisy’s 32 GPIO pins, by the way, can be configured either as standard GPIO, an alternate audio channel, or one of many possible functions, including as SD card interfaces, 12-bit DACs, or PWM outputs. It has full OTG support, so you can just plug in via the micro-USB slot without any complications. All power transfer, programming, debugging, and firmware can also be accomplished via the same micro-USB connection, although you can also use the VIN pin on the header bank to hook it up to a battery. It supports a host of programming languages, including C++, Arduino, and Max/MSP, among others.
You can get just the board itself and you’ll be ready to get started building that sample player you’ve been dreaming up for a while. However, those who might need some guidance can purchase one of four pre-built devices the outfit has made that uses the board, giving you a chance to reverse-engineer an already-working system. Those pre-made devices, by the way, consist of a breakout board, a guitar pedal, a Eurorack module, and a desktop synthesizer.
A Kickstarter campaign is coming for the Electrosmith Daisy. You can reserve a unit for pledges starting at $29.
• Sharpin Ultra Might Be The Most Practical Way To Own A Pinball Machine
Pinball machines are fun. From their engaging gameplay and colorful cabinets to the playful themes and lively sound effects, they add a whole new arcade experience to anyone’s game room. Problem is, the darn things are huge, making buying one only feasible if you have a reasonably large home with room to spare. For the rest of us, the Sharpin Ultra just might be our only option for enjoying an arcade-like pinball experience at home.
No, it’s not a real pinball machine. Instead, it’s actually just a digital screen mounted on a cabinet that mimics the angled positioning of the classic arcade staples. It’s also designed to sit on a table instead of taking up floor space, allowing you to have a close-enough replica of a pinball machine without the usual demanding footprint. At this size, you can keep a pinball machine on your coffee table, your home office desk, or even the kitchen countertop, as well as move it to anywhere around the house.
The Sharpin Ultra is, basically, a miniature pinball cabinet with a built-in 24-inch full HD monitor on top that’s positioned in portrait orientation and angled similar to the game areas of traditional pinball machines. Sitting inside the cabinet is a computer that’s custom-built to run Android (unspecified quad-core CPU, MALI 450 GPU, 4GB RAM), essentially making this a giant tablet that should run any pinball game available for the platform. That includes everything from Pinball FX3 and Pinball Arcade to Pinball Deluxe and everything in between. And yes, you can use it to run any Android game or app, too, complete with the option to plug in a controller (it has ports), although you’re limited to games that play on portrait orientation (unless you want to strain your neck).
It has one button on each side for controlling the flippers, as well as a button on the front edge for releasing the ball, making it very intuitive to use with any pinball game. Even better, it should work with any title out of the box without having to fiddle with any settings, allowing you to simply plug it in, load any app you want, and start playing.
The Sharpin Ultra comes with dual speakers, so you don’t need to hook up additional speakers to hear all the bleeping, blooping, and other sound effects. Prefer pinball games on PC rather than on Android? Not a problem, as the Sharpin Ultra can also act as a regular monitor. That means, you can plug it into your PC and configure it as a second display, allowing you to enjoy pinball games with full-fledged PC graphics. Do note, you will likely have to fiddle with game settings a bit to transfer flipper controls to the Sharpin’s buttons, but we imagine that isn’t too much of a hassle.
Truth be told, we wish they added a secondary display on top of the cabinet. It would have gone a long way to making it feel like a real arcade machine. While we’re talking about that, a sensor that can detect nudges should also help make it feel like a real arcade rig, although we have a feeling they’ll need to design games specifically for this machine for that to happen.
The Sharpin Ultra is currently on preorder, with an April ship date. Price is €499.
Anker Soundcore Strike 1 Brings High-End Gaming Headset Functions At A Low-End Price
We’re big fans of Anker and their various accessories, which seem to always strike the perfect balance of quality and price. Suffice to say, they make affordable things while delivering a function comparable to more expensive products. And they’re slowly bringing that same impressive combination to a wider range of products. This time around, for instance, they’re looking to find a space in your gaming setup with the Anker Soundcore Strike 1 Gaming Headset.
Designed for competitive gamers, the cans boast gaming audio that enhances the sound of footsteps and gunfire in a way that makes it easier to locate exactly the direction from which they’re originating. That way, you’ll have an easier time finding enemies, instead of spending your time cowering in a corner, unsure of where you should be aiming your own sights.
The Anker Soundcore Strike 1 Gaming Headset uses 52mm drivers, compared to the 45mm usually found in similarly-sized headphones, allowing it to bring a bigger, fuller sound that, the outfit claims, has more “punch, power, and stunning realism.” Those drivers are housed in specially-designed acoustic chambers in each cup, which enhance the sound by amplifying positional audio cues, such as footsteps, movements, and gunfire, making it easier to locate where they are coming from. Truth be told, we’ve heard companies say this before about their gaming headsets, but at this price, we definitely don’t mind giving it a try.
The sound it produces, by the way, is very bass-driven, as it allows the audio to provide the visceral feedback required to make locating sound sources much easier. From what we’ve read in reviews, the tuning for the drivers make it terrible for music listening, although it does seem to get praise for its gaming performance, which would be the only reason you’d want to buy it anyway.
The Anker Soundcore Strike 1 Gaming Headset comes with an integrated mic that’s designed to isolate your voice from background noise, ensuring your calls are transmitted to your teammates while any ambient sound gets toned down, so they don’t distract on the other end. The mic, by the way, is IPX5-rated for water resistance, so you can motor mouth your way through any game and cover the mic in your saliva without causing it any damage. Plus, it’s removable, so you can take the mic out for cleaning while leaving the headphones on your desk.
It uses memory foam ear pads that are infused with cooling gel, so it can help keep your ears from heating up too much during long hours of gaming, while a volume-limiting switch can keep the loud noises down to ensure you don’t incur any hearing damage. This is a wired pair of headphones, by the way, so if you prefer being undistracted by wires while playing, you might want to look elsewhere. It’s just regular headphones, too, so no special software needs to run anywhere, making it compatible with any gaming PC or console.
The Anker Soundcore Strike 1 Gaming Headset is available now.
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