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This Wristband Lets Air Guitarists Show Off Their Skills

If you're a virtual rock star who's serious about your air guitar skills, this new device lets you put them to the test. AirJamz is a self-described "wearable air guitar" that snaps around your wrist and uses an accelerometer to monitor your hand movements as you jam along to the song of your choice, Engadget reports. 

Unlike a traditional air guitar performance, onlookers will be able to tell when you mess this one up. The device works like the video game Guitar Hero by only playing the notes if you hit them at the exact right moment. After purchasing the wristband, owners can download the AirJamz companion app, choose from a list of songs, and strum along with the music to play the guitar section. Air guitarists have the option to give a solo performance, or they can collaborate with other AirJamz wearers in an all-out jam session. And like Guitar Hero, the device also allows users to trigger hard-core audio effects as they play. 

AirJamz is one of many gadgets that swaps out bulky instruments for smart tech. The Remidi gloves, which are about to be funded on Kickstarter, use built-in sensors to turn any surface into a playable instrument. Zivix, the company behind AirJamz, is best known for their Jamstik, a wireless device that produces the sounds of an electric guitar and more at a fraction of the size of traditional instruments. Their wearable air guitar was demonstrated at this year's SXSW and is set to go live on Kickstarter at the end of the month.

Header/banner images courtesy of AirJamz. 

[h/t Engadget]

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Improve Your Chopping Skills With This Knife-Cutting Board Hybrid
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Chopping ingredients properly is an impressive skill, and for those who haven’t mastered it yet, this part of the cooking process can be a pain. Luckily, it is possible to do your slicing and dicing without the awkward hand positions and frequent slip-ups. All you need is a knife that stays attached to the board where you’re doing the cutting.

Spotted over at Mashable, spéciale is a high-quality walnut cutting board that comes with a 17-inch Damascus steel knife built in. Whether you’re breaking down fruits, vegetables, cheese, or charcuterie, the blade can rotate across the board as you cut while the tip stays fixed in place. This leaves one hand free, so you don’t have to pause to put down your glass of wine before the chopping starts.

The designers focused on aesthetics along with functionality, so when the board is not being used in the kitchen it doubles as a serving platter. And after you’ve had a chance to enjoy the fruit of your labors, you can pop the knife off the board for easy clean-up.

Spéciale recently wrapped up a campaign on Kickstarter where it raised more than $150,500, and prior to that it debuted on Indiegogo, where it raised nearly $170,000. The product is still available to order through the Indiegogo page for $195.

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The Commodore 64 Will Return as a Mini Console With Dozens of Games
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Today’s video games may be more innovative than ever, but that doesn’t stop many from returning to the old-school games that remind them of their childhood. Following Nintendo’s massive success with the NES Classic in 2016 and the SNES Classic in September, the Commodore 64 is set to be the next vintage gaming device to get a miniature makeover. As Nerdist reports, Retro Games Limited will release a plug-and-play version of the 1982 bestseller in 2018.

The C64 Mini will be half the size of the original Commodore 64 computer and will feature 64 retro 8-bit titles, including Impossible Mission, Armalyte, Paradroid, and California Games. The kit will include a joystick, an HDMI cable for hooking up the console to your TV, and a USB power cable for charging it.

The console will have two USB ports that can be used to connect an extra joystick or plug in a full-sized keyboard to use the C64 Mini for simple coding. This could be especially useful when you get bored of the pre-loaded games and want to program a new one of your own from scratch.

The C64 Mini is set to retail for around $70 when it hits shelves in 2018, making it $10 cheaper than the newly-released SNES classic. Retro Games also plans to revive a full-sized version of the original Commodore 64 to sell in 2018. For an idea of what that might look like, check out this classic Commodore 64 how-to video from 1982.

[h/t Nerdist]

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