The World’s First Official Shower Beer Is Here And It Looks Glorious

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Is there anything more satisfying that a shower beer? Crushing a brewski while lathering your dirty-ass body is one of the best drinking traditions in all of Bro-kind. Personally I’m a Bud Light shower beer kind of guy – cans, never bottles… why risk slicing your dick on glass if you drop your beer in the shower? That said, I’m a fan of the marketing gimmick Swedish brewery PangPang is trying to pull off: A 10% pale ale made specifically to drink in the shower. It’s in a 6ozish bottle, according to Thrillist, so its the perfect size to grip while lathering your hair with your other hand.

It’s currently sold out (and good luck getting it here in America), but you can follow the project right here.

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Kodak Swears It’s Not Giving Up on that Digital Super 8 Camera

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Last year, one of the coolest things we saw at CES was a mock-up of Kodak’s digital Super 8 camera that recorded to actual Super 8 film. We were supposed to get more details in the spring and it was supposed to come out in the fall. And then the fall came and went and we heard nothing.

But Kodak promises (truly), that the digital Super 8 is actually real and is actually going to ship. At CES, the company is even showing off working prototypes, with the goal of having limited edition models out in the May.

Just like last year, the concept remains incredibly cool. You’ve got a fully analog film camera that records to Kodak Super 8 cartridges, but with an LCD monitor, an SD card (for recording audio with an external mic) and even an HDMI port for people that want to monitor footage on the big screen.

So what was the hold-up? Kodak promised me it wasn’t about manufacturing delays, but that as they heard feedback from potential users, they wanted to add in more features. One of those features is a new scroll wheel that lets you easily choose what speed you want to record you film in the camera and a trigger button on the top for users who want to record while moving quickly. The LCD screen is larger too.

The plan for getting your analog footage back from Kodak remains the same. You’ll send your film cartridges for Kodak and tell them what speed you want it processed. They’ll digitize it and send it back to you in a resolution and format that you can use in your favorite editing software.

Kodak also announced that it is reviving its color-reversal Ektachrome film for photograph and motion picture. The new Ektachrome film will work in the new Super 8 camera.

One thing that has changed from last year is the price. The first model that is promised to ship is a special limited edition. It will be limited to about 2,000 units and will cost $2,000. That’s way more than the $400-$750 promised last year. The non-special edition will be available “cheaper,” but I very much get the sense that it will cost you an arm and a leg.

Seeing a working unit makes me more convinced this product will actually ship, but I’m not holding my breath on that May release target.

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Chip Pro is a $16 computer empowering makers to build IoT gadgets

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Say you want to create the next generation of voice recognition-enabled, AI-ensmartened, buzzword-laden gadget. The fist thing you need to do is pick a platform. Arduino isn’t powerful enough. The Raspberry Pi works great for prototyping, but going from Pi to production is a many-step process. Next Thing‘s Chip Pro is stepping up to fill the gap with a smart development kit for IoT creators.

The heart and brains of the operation is a Chip Pro, which is easily machine-placeable into a larger circuit board for mass production.

The heart and brains of the operation is a Chip Pro, which is easily machine-placeable into a larger circuit board for mass production.

The dev kit is a clever combination of just the core chip needed to build your applications, and a slighty bigger development board that enables all the features of the chip. The idea is that you use the development board (which includes an USB host port, power controllers, battery and mains power sockets, an audio jack, a couple of microphones, servo controllers, LEDs, and more) to quickly prototype and build a version of the product. Once you have a working product, you can take the chip off the debug board and start building your own products from there.

An example projects built on the Chip Pro is the Trntbl internet-enabled record player, which now is available for pre-order for $425. It’s a normal record player, except the team added some IoT magic: It’s possible to stream your turntablist magic straight to Spotify for the world to enjoy. Useful? Who knows. Awesome? Hell yes.

“The gadget renaissance is happening right now, stemming from the creativity we’ve seen from our community’s projects over the past year,” says Dave Rauchwerk, CEO and co-founder of Next Thing Co. The community he is referring to is the 60,000 people who have already been working with the company’s previous product, the

$9 Chip

. “I am very excited to see all the things people are building with our products. We have people inventing hit gadgets, including

smart home devices, robots, AI powered audio, children’s toys and

in-car infotainment systems

.”

When placed into the dev board, rapidly prototyping becomes much easier.

When placed into the dev board, rapidly prototyping becomes much easier.

The real magic with Chip Pro is that it’s a predictable constant. The company sources the 100 or so components that make up a Chip Pro, before assembling and testing it, taking a huge chunk out of the supply chain challenge for makers. The company has a pretty simple pricing, too: $16 per unit. It doesn’t matter if you order one or a million; the cost is $16. As someone who’s built electronics for mass manufacture in the past, let me just say this: I wish this thing had been around when I did. It would have made mass manufacturing a whole lot easier.

The company started in 2013 with a Kickstarted, hackable GIF camera called OTTO. The team ran into some interesting challenges along the way, and it made the company realize that there would be a market for a simple, low-cost computer platform for makers to use. That, too, received a warm welcome on Kickstarter, raising more than $2m from almost 40,000 backers.

I can’t wait to see what impact the current generation of Chip Pro will have on the next generation of gadget inventors.

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