These High Tech Gloves Let You Create Music With Your Hands

Don't have room for a guitar, piano, or drum kit in your house? By slipping on these high-tech gloves from Remidi, you could compose music just by moving your hands.

The Remidi T8 is made up of one glove and a detachable, motion sensitive bracelet. The bracelet controls effects like reverb, echo, and tempo while sensors in the glove detect pressure. By tapping your fingers and palm against a table, wall, or even your leg, you can build a melody from scratch using sounds you hand-picked yourself. 

"You can program an 'A' chord from a heavy metal guitar on your thumb and a sample line from Daft Punk’s 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger; on your pinky," the description reads on the product's Kickstarter page. "Touch these two together and they’ll play simultaneously, or play them separately for isolated tracks."

After downloading the T8's companion app onto a phone or tablet, users can program the glove with the notes, sounds, and samples of their choice. The app also includes recording software, so any masterpieces created on-the-fly won't be lost. While the wearable instrument makes for a convenient song-writing tool anywhere you go, it can also be used in live performances. In the video below, you can watch the Remidi T8 being used during a DJ set.

LIVE DJ SET - See what you can do with Remidi.Check out Mettiu do a Live DJ Set... Turn the sound up, see what Remidi T8 Wearable MIDI Controller can do...Pressure & Gesture Tutorials ➜ http://kck.st/1oyCZVX

Posted by Remidi T8: Wearable MIDI Controller on Friday, February 19, 2016

Remidi is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, where they've already raised around $124,000 of their initial $50,000 goal. Backers have until the end of the week to reserve a musical glove of their own with a pledge of $229. 

Header banner/images courtesy of Remidi via Kickstarter.

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Bibo Barmaid Is Like a Keurig for Cocktails—and You Can Buy It Now
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To make great-tasting cocktails at home, you could take a bartending class, or you could just buy a fancy gadget that does all the work for you. Imbibers interested in the hands-off approach should check out Bibo Barmaid, a cocktail maker that works like a Keurig machine for booze.

According to Supercall, all you need to turn the Bibo Barmaid system into your personal mixologist is a pouch of liquor and a pouch of cocktail flavoring. Bibo's liquor options include vodka, whiskey, rum, and agave spirit (think tequila), which can be paired with flavors like cucumber melon, rum punch, appletini, margarita, tangerine paloma, and mai tai.

After choosing your liquor and flavor packets, insert them into the machine, press the button, and watch as it dilutes the mixture and pours a perfect single portion of your favorite drink into your glass—no muddlers or bar spoons required.

Making cocktails at home usually means investing in a lot of equipment and ingredients, which isn't always worth it if you're preparing a drink for just yourself or you and a friend. With Bibo, whipping up a cocktail isn't much harder than pouring yourself a glass of wine.

Bibo Barmaid is now available on Amazon for $240, and cocktail mixes are available on Bibo's website starting at $35 for 18 pouches. The company is working on rolling out its liquor pouches in liquor stores and other alcohol retailers across the U.S.

[h/t Supercall]

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New Health-Monitoring Litter Box Could Save You a Trip to the Vet
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Unsure if your cat is sick or just acting aloof per usual? A “smart toilet” for your fur baby could help you decide whether a trip to the vet is really necessary.

Enter the Pet Care Monitor: More than a litter box, the receptacle is designed to analyze cat urine for health issues, The Asahi Shimbun in Tokyo reports. Created by the Japan-based Sharp Corporation—better known for consumer electronics such as TVs, mobile phones, and the world's first LCD calculator—the product will be available for purchase on the company’s website starting July 30 (although shipping limitations may apply).

Sensors embedded in the monitor can measure your cat’s weight and urine volume, as well as the frequency and duration of toilet trips. That information is then analyzed by an AI program that compares it to data gleaned from a joint study between Sharp Corp and Tottori University in Japan. If there are any red flags, a report will be sent directly to your smartphone via an application called Cocoro Pet. The monitor could be especially useful for keeping an eye on cats with a history of kidney and urinary tract problems.

If you have several cats, the company offers sensors to identify each pet, allowing separate data sets to be collected and analyzed. (Each smart litter box can record the data of up to three cats.)

The Pet Care Monitor costs about $225, and there’s an additional monthly fee of roughly $3 for the service. Sharp Corporation says it will continue developing health products for pets, and it has already created a leg sensor that can tell if a dog is nervous by measuring its heart and respiratory rates.

[h/t The Asahi Shimbun]

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