Smart Rope, A Connected Jump Rope With Embedded LEDs That Display Jump Data in Front of the User

Smart Rope is a connected jump rope created by New York City startup Tangram that features embedded LED lights that display a user’s jump data in their line of vision. The rope also communicates wirelessly with mobile devices, keeping track of data like jump count and calories burned. That information can also be shared via social network. The project is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter.

Smart Rope

Smart Rope

Smart Rope

Smart Rope

Smart Rope

images via Smart Rope

via Boing Boing

‘Mahou Shojo’, A Two-Player Card Game About Magical Girls Battling Each Other

Mahou Shojo is a two-player card game by DeerFox Games about magical girls battling each other. The goal of the game is to transform Alter Egos into Magical Girls in order to defeat opponents while also trying to prevent others from transforming. The folks behind the game are currently raising funds to produce it via a Kickstarter campaign.

Two players face off against each other in sparkling combat in order to defeat the other and capture their gems so that their rival cannot transform. Decks span from a number of themes including Nightmares, Daydreams, Sweets, Flowers, the Constellations, and even the Internet. Playtime is under 20 minutes, which is more than enough time to show your rivals what true (sparkling) pain is.

Mahou Shojo

Mahou Shojo

Mahou Shojo

images via Mahou Shojo

Emotiv Insight, A Wireless Headset Designed to Track Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health

The Insight is a new wearable electronic headset created by San Francisco bioinformatics startup Emotiv that is designed to track user brainwaves with several sensors, translating them into measurable data that can be viewed on a mobile device.

For the first time we can quantify and measure your brain’s performance with cutting-edge wearable tech. Emotiv Insight measures and tracks your Attention, Focus, Engagement, Interest, Excitement, Affinity, Relaxation and Stress levels.

The device, which gained funding through a Kickstarter campaign in 2013, will begin shipping in April 2015.

Insight

Insight

Insight

Insight

Insight

images via Emotiv

Bucolic Forest Dragon Lizard Appears to Strum a Guitar-Shaped Leaf While Resting Against a Twig

Lizard Playing Leaf Guitar

Indonesian photographer Aditya Permana captured an absolutely brilliant image of a bucolic forest dragon lying back on a twig and seemingly strumming a few chords on a guitar-shaped leaf.

Permana also caught the sight of a full-bellied little frog hanging out in between two branches, making the happy amphibian appear to be walking on stilts, along with another incredible image of a frog hanging out with his praying mantis buddy.

Stilt Walking Frog

Frog and Praying Mantis

images via Aditya Permana

via Daily Mail, Bored Panda

A Beautiful Musical Tribute to Leonard Nimoy on a Vulcan Harp and Theremin

Canadian musician Peter Pringle has released a new performance in which he plays a beautiful tribute to the life of the late Leonard Nimoy on his Vulcan harp and theremin, a 26-stringed instrument resembling the one that Spock used in Star Trek: The Original Series.

Since the Vulcan harp was introduced by artist and visionary Wah Ming Chang more than 40 years ago, it has evolved considerably, along with the technology involved with its manufacture. It is acoustic, electroacoustic and electronic (it is the electronic component that permits such things as the playing of complex harmonies, glide pitch shifts, etc.).

Pringle also performed “The Katric Ark” back in 2011, which is one in a series of 12 compositions:

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‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Sits Down for Some Guidance With Eccentric Media Coach Janessa Slater on ‘Sound Advice’

To paraphrase MC Hammer, I would have to say that I am, in fact, so legit that I shan’t be quitting any time soon.

“Weird Al” Yankovic sat down for some guidance with eccentric media coach Janessa Slater (Vanessa Bayer) in a recent episode of the Above Average series Sound Advice. Slater tries to convince Yankovic to adopt “normcore” and start a feud with another celebrity like Kenny G.