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This Mini Speaker May Be the World’s Most Compact Record Player

Vinyl isn’t the ideal medium for listening to music on the go. (Though that hasn’t stopped some people from trying). For the days when you can’t wait to get home to listen to your new purchase, the RokBlok offers a convenient solution: Just lay your record on a flat surface, place the mini speaker on top, and watch it “ride” around the album, broadcasting its musical contents with each rotation.

The new Kickstarter project claims to be “the world’s first infinitely portable, wireless record player.” At 4-by-2-by-2 inches, the block is small enough to slip inside a purse or even a roomy pocket. The pre-amp, speakers, and rechargeable battery are all contained within the wooden package, so all vinyl lovers need to start listening is a good album. If they want to pause the tunes for any reason, holding a hand above RokBlok stops it in its tracks.

RokBlok works with what it has, which means the sound quality may not be up to par with every music aficionado’s standards. Luckily it's Bluetooth-compatible so users can wirelessly connect it to their phones, headphones, or portable speakers for a bigger sound.

The player requires a flat, stable surface to function, so listening to your favorite vinyl on long car trips may still be a dream for now. Taking records into the park, however, is easier than ever. Just place the album cover on the ground and you'll have the makeshift tabletop you need for RokBlok to do its thing.

The product has already surpassed its funding goal of $50,000 with six weeks left to go in the campaign. You can reserve yours today for a pledge of $69 (30 percent less than the $99 retail price) with shipping set for September of next year.

All images courtesy of RokBlok.

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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.

[h/t Mashable]

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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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