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TDK’s Sound Cube Makes Music Beautiful

TDK Sound Cube

TDK calls their Sound Cube “a movable and sharable centerpiece for out-loud expressions of personality”, and I’d say that’s a pretty good description for something that looks as good, if not better, than it sounds.

With sound ports on each of its four sides, the Sound Cube delivers 360 degrees of sound, and with a tailored handle and lightweight, solid frame, it’s designed to go where the party goes.

The included USB port charges your iPod or iPhone while playing, or you can use the auxiliary audio jack for connecting just about any source that needs a bit of extra audio oomph.

[TDK – Sound Cube]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Sector111 Exige?

Sector111 Exige

The Lotus Exige is already a rather remarkable little car, so when you take it and hand it off to a tuner, the results are often mind blowing.

Sector111’s Exige is a prime example of that fact. The track-tuned terror is ready to take on any supercar thanks to a roots hybrid supercharger that brings horsepower up to 240+. (Which doesn’t sound like much, until you remember that the car weights just 2,000 lbs with a full tank and a fat driver.

Sector111 Exige Details

With great power comes great responsibility however, so the Sector111 Exige also includes aerodynamic enhancements like a carbon fiber front splitter, undertray, 5-element rear diffuser, side skirts, rear wing, and arch louvers. In addition, carbon fiber body mods include a CF roof, rear hatch, access panels, and side scoops to keep weight down without sacrificing aerodynamic performance.

An AP Racing Big Brake Kit brings everything to a halt when needed, and a Nitron Exige GT3 triple adjustable suspension system keeps all four wheels planted through even the most pant soiling turns.

Want more?

That’s just too damn bad, because there’s just not much left on the car to modify! (Lightweight valve stems coming soon…)

[Sector111]

[Via: Serious Wheels]

…Kipp Wettstein makes beautiful large format cameras?

Kipp Wettstein

Kipp Wettstein makes his own large format cameras as part of what he calls The Camera Project.

The cameras are designed to suit Kipp’s “operational tendencies for the singular application of mobility”, and make a “simple, elegant and accurate method to connect the lens and film planes”.

    The beauty of the design is that it is built around the elegant form of the image cone produced by the lens. Not only does this design yield an attractive camera but it is extremely accurate. The lens and film planes have a parallel accuracy within the fractions of a millimeter. These designs have no perspective-controlling movements. They are small, lightweight and extremely precise.

His latest, called the 8×10 Carbon/Aluminum, is a beautiful “portable, wide-angle camera using a molded carbon fiber cone attached to a body plate machined from a solid block of 7075-T651 aircraft aluminum”. The lens is a Schneider 165mm Super Angulon, and “at four pounds, its weight nearly matches that of the camera body”.

Want one?

He’ll make one for you (or at least take your inquiry about one), but keep in mind that “ultimately, large-format photography is a costly process”.

[Kipp Wettstein – The Camera Project]

[Via: NOTCOT]

…You can make your own ultraportable?

Palm Pilot Notebook

Sure, the Asus Eee PC is small, and the MacBook Air is powerful, but what about making your very own lightweight portable computer out of an old Palm Pilot a keyboard, and a copy of the Guinness Book of World Records?

It might not be small and powerful, but it is cheap, and the DIY factor alone should give you plenty of bragging rights at your next Starbucks laptop spec shootout.

[Make – Palm Pilot Notebook]

[Via: MAKE: Blog]

…Timberland’s HT2 does everything?

Timberland HL2

If you want your watch to do a bit of everything, then check out the HT2 from Timberland.

The watch features analog and digital clocks, an altimeter, a thermometer, a barometer, an analog and a digital compass, a chronograph, and a tachymeter.

Plus, according to Timberland, “it is reasonably lightweight and feels great on the wrist”.

Reasonably…

[Timberland – HT2]

[Via: Acquire]