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A Pandemic-Induced Bankruptcy Killed the HAL-9000 Smart Speaker

A Pandemic-Induced Bankruptcy Killed the HAL-9000 Smart Speaker

If you need another reminder that it’s an especially risky time to back crowdfunded products on sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter, Master Replicas Group, who introduced a smart speaker version of the HAL 9000 computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey, is shutting down, and unless a minor miracle occurs (space…

This MIDI Controller Swaps Piano Keys for 39 Swivelling Joysticks

This MIDI Controller Swaps Piano Keys for 39 Swivelling Joysticks

More often than not, MIDI controllers take the form of tiny keyboards with a limited number of plastic piano keys. If you know how to play the piano, they’re useful, but if you’re looking for a more creative way to express yourself musically, the Joyst JV-1 replaces piano keys with…