People often present ‘visual thinking’ as an inherent skill- either you have it, or you don’t. (And those who ‘have’ it are often portrayed as more creative and artistic than those who ‘don’t’.) But in reality, visual thinking can be learned and improved in a myriad of ways, such as coming up with new ways to conceptualize information.
PocketDrum is a virtual drumkit that you can take anywhere to learn and play. The portable drumkit provides you with the most realistic drumming experience without the burden of a huge drum set. The Bluetooth enabled sticks connect wirelessly to the AeroBand App so you can jam freely, play along, or learn the basics of drumming. The PocketDrum uses spatial awareness and haptics to make it feel like you’re playing the real thing, you can even play without any noise if you connect your headphones. And to make things even more realistic, each stick vibrates with each hit, with different vibrations based on the bounce of drum and force of the hit. The drums also deliver different sounds based on the force of the hit, allowing you to better control your dynamics.
Wide-open spaces, durable porcelain tile and integrated gadgetry help a disabled woman feel independent again
After an accident left Mary Kay Michelis in a wheelchair full time and forced her to retire from her work as an ophthalmologist surgeon, her master bathroom became entirely unusable — for 10 years. Her electric wheelchair wouldn’t fit through the door frame. An awkward built-in corner tub was a no-go. And the small, curbed shower wasn’t even up for discussion.
So Michelis and her wife, Sharon Dame, mostly ignored the space, opting for a guest bathroom elsewhere in the home that was easier for Michelis and her licensed caregiver to use. For a while, though, Michelis was staying mostly in an assisted long-term care facility. Recently, as her health improved and she was transitioning back to living at home, she and Dame decided it was finally time to overhaul the master bathroom and make it functional.
They enlisted the help of designer Heather Poulliot to take the bathroom down to the studs, create an open floor plan with a large, curbless shower, lots of grab bars and automated features that allow Michelis to do everything she needs to with minimum, independent effort.
Things move very quickly on social media. Blink and you might miss the latest trends or groundbreaking news. So wouldn’t it make sense to learn how to navigate faster through the different networks? Keep this keyboard shortcuts cheat sheet in handy and never miss a beat.
iRig Micro Amp is a new portable, simple and easy to use battery-powered guitar amplifier with app connectivity and a decent enough power of 15W. This thing is perfect for everything from a bedroom or desktop to jamming with friends or street busking. The USB connection allows you to connect an iPhone/iPad directly or to a Mac/PC with the included Amplitube 4 software.
Another cool feature of this item is the fact that you may get it to go using only 6 AA batteries, which would cut your power in half but that still would be enough to get your practice going with reasonable power. It also gets you 3 different analog channels: Clean, Drive and Lead with crisp, rich sound plus all the regular main controls such as bass, treble, and medium. It also gives you the chance to hook up a regular player using a standard jack or set it up with your headphones should you want to listen to yourself more discretely. Well built and with a rugged look the iRig Micro Amp sure is worth a glance.
Playing a musical instrument is one of the great joys of life. But learning how to play the piano from scratch might be an expensive hobby if you have to pay for lessons. Digital instrument maker Roli have announced the LUMI Keyboard, a smarter way to learn and play music.
The illuminated keyboard and companion app teaches users how to play the piano from scratch, before transforming into a tool for jamming and even composition. The LUMI app will stream your favorite songs and light up the notes to play on the small keyboard, which is designed to snap on to other sets for an expanded instrument once you master the basics.
The app also has lessons on scales, chords, and playing techniques, among other things. LUMI Keys will also work as a MIDI controller, and it comes with ROLI Studio Player. watch the video below
If you’ve given up on traditional broadcast television, you’ve truly cut the cord. But do you fear that you could be missing out? If so, here’s everything you need to know so you’re still up to date with all the shows you love.
Are you a pencil-lover or would you rather take your class notes with a keyboard? Classrooms and computers are more entwined than ever. Today’s infographic is all about the relationship between students and technology.
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