Originally released way back in 1970, the unique sound of the Minimoog analog synthesizer means the hardware is still in demand today.But since Moog stopped producing the synths back in 1981, they re incredibly rare and expensive now—unless you re happy to add this sofa equivalent to your studio.The sofa s outer shell is made from washing machine-safe canvas that s been printed with an oversized Minimoog design using eco-friendly inks.It s filled with polystyrene beads, which means that without a frame it probably feels more like plunking down on a bean bag chair instead of a sofa—but that s still a great place to take a nap.Pricing is around $420 so it s definitely more expensive than a nondescript bean bag chair.If you still want to make music with it, just go download Moog s new $30 synthesizer app and curl up with your smartphone.
It ll get you off the sofa if the Xbox is down … The Call UpWith the Imax-scaled Warcraft inbound, this lowish-budget Brit attempt to replicate gaming s immersive properties – stalking nerds around an, of course, mysterious corporation s wipe-clean HQ while they beta test a VR shoot em up – risks looking a bit Amstrad.Yet it s been capably produced: writer-director Charles Barker may cleave to a dusty old slasher-pic template but he hustles everybody briskly between levels, sending his industrious design team ahead of him to redress a presumably limited number of sets.If it s far from bleeding edge – within days, it ll look as dated as Tron and The Lawnmower Man do today – it s a modest upgrade on all those killer-website movies that popped up a decade ago, keeping us at least semi-interested as to who stands and falls.It ll fill a slot, if your Xbox connection is down and you feel inspired to quit the sofa.
Originally released way back in 1970, the unique sound of the Minimoog analog synthesiser means the hardware is still in demand today.But since Moog stopped producing the synths back in 1981, they re incredibly rare and expensive now—unless you re happy to add this sofa equivalent to your studio.The sofa s outer shell is made from washing machine-safe canvas that s been printed with an oversized Minimoog design using eco-friendly inks.It s filled with polystyrene beads, which means that without a frame it probably feels more like plunking down on a bean bag chair instead of a sofa—but that s still a great place to take a nap.Pricing is around $420/£287 so it s definitely more expensive than a nondescript bean bag chair.If you still want to make music with it, just go download Moog s new £23 synthesiser app and curl up with your smartphone.
Originally released way back in 1970, the unique sound of the Minimoog analog synthesiser means the hardware is still in demand today.But since Moog stopped producing the synths back in 1981, they re incredibly rare and expensive now—unless you re happy to add this sofa equivalent to your studio.The sofa s outer shell is made from washing machine-safe canvas that s been printed with an oversized Minimoog design using eco-friendly inks.It s filled with polystyrene beads, which means that without a frame it probably feels more like plunking down on a bean bag chair instead of a sofa—but that s still a great place to take a nap.Pricing is around $420/£287 so it s definitely more expensive than a nondescript bean bag chair.If you still want to make music with it, just go download Moog s new £23 synthesiser app and curl up with your smartphone.
It ll get you off the sofa if the Xbox is down … The Call UpWith the Imax-scaled Warcraft inbound, this lowish-budget Brit attempt to replicate gaming s immersive properties – stalking nerds around an, of course, mysterious corporation s wipe-clean HQ while they beta test a VR shoot em up – risks looking a bit Amstrad.Yet it s been capably produced: writer-director Charles Barker may cleave to a dusty old slasher-pic template but he hustles everybody briskly between levels, sending his industrious design team ahead of him to redress a presumably limited number of sets.If it s far from bleeding edge – within days, it ll look as dated as Tron and The Lawnmower Man do today – it s a modest upgrade on all those killer-website movies that popped up a decade ago, keeping us at least semi-interested as to who stands and falls.It ll fill a slot, if your Xbox connection is down and you feel inspired to quit the sofa.
Excellent on open carpet and hard floorsGreat for pet hairs on carpetEasy to empty and clean filterFunky designRelatively quiteBulky tubes and over-sized toolsHard work on stairsCant clean under sofas/obstaclesPoor button position on handleKey FeaturesQuadruple-A energy ratingPower: 750WCapacity: 2.2lWhat is the Vax Air Revolve Pet?But can the funky design and unusual ergonomics add up to more than just a design statement?Perhaps thankfully, there is no on-board storage for the four other tools as it would become a proper double-digit porker.We have had issues with the latter s over-sized air channel cut outs when used with Vax s cordless models, but for this powerful mains cleaner they are perfect for stopping the head getting stuck fast to your sofa.Yet the large wheels do mean it likes to go straight on and the shape tends to get caught on chair legs or similar obstacles.Arguably, a traditional cylinder with tear-drop shape, rear wheels and trolley type jockey wheel at the front is probably a little easier to manoeuvre around obstacles and furniture.
The model apartment is for customers to get the touch and feel before they strike. But you come to a border when it is not possible to make smaller apartments. - Many have found that this is safer than regular outlets, because you can pick off the socket when not in use, says Lotta Sjödin. By electrical outlets are removable you avoid using extension cords while increasing freedom of choice for each lamp can be placed. Eight families have lived there for two weeks each to know how the solutions work in practice. - In the evening, before the laying of the children, there were many who chose to move the TV closer to the wall sofa to create a cozier atmosphere, says Lotta Sjödin.
Desk lamps with shades over globes, downlights in household ceilings, fluorescent light fixtures in offices.Dyson s chief engineering complaint is with the way that comparatively new LED bulbs have been built, and how their impressive life-span claims rarely stack up to reality.Because we ve managed to get such an even distribution, we don t need diffusers — which cut the efficiency by about 25 per cent.The LED has a 60-degree angle on it, so that little yellow phosphor blob acts as a lens, but there s no side-spill because of that cone.Because that LED is cooled to its absolute peak performance, and is operating at the ideal efficiency, Dyson says, you get more light — and you can run that light for four, five, six times longer than a competing retro-fit product.Rather than a space lit with a grid of criss-crossing downlights and direct overhead lights, Jake says, the ideal lighting for any room is a combination of indirect lighting — upward-firing lights, reflecting off a ceiling and distributing luminance evenly around a space — and task lighting, focusing on the job at hand, whether that s a kitchen table or a sofa, or an office desk or a corporate boardroom table.
Desk lamps with shades over globes, downlights in household ceilings, fluorescent light fixtures in offices.Dyson s chief engineering complaint is with the way that comparatively new LED bulbs have been built, and how their impressive life-span claims rarely stack up to reality.Because we ve managed to get such an even distribution, we don t need diffusers — which cut the efficiency by about 25 per cent.The LED has a 60-degree angle on it, so that little yellow phosphor blob acts as a lens, but there s no side-spill because of that cone.Because that LED is cooled to its absolute peak performance, and is operating at the ideal efficiency, Dyson says, you get more light — and you can run that light for four, five, six times longer than a competing retro-fit product.Rather than a space lit with a grid of criss-crossing downlights and direct overhead lights, Jake says, the ideal lighting for any room is a combination of indirect lighting — upward-firing lights, reflecting off a ceiling and distributing luminance evenly around a space — and task lighting, focusing on the job at hand, whether that s a kitchen table or a sofa, or an office desk or a corporate boardroom table.
Forget smartphones, HTC now wants to take you to places you never dreamed possible.Its new Vive virtual reality headset has just gone on sale and these gadget goggles are the future of a night indoors.From the comfort of your sofa you can hit a virtual golf course, smash a volley on the tennis court, head deep under the ocean or even deeper into space.One of the reasons you ll need this space is the Vive is the only headset that allows users to move around the room.GOGGLES: The Vive is comfortable to wearTwo sensors keep track of where you're meandering and warn you when you re getting close to walking head-first into a wall.IN CONTROL: The Vive features two wireless controllers SET-UP: Although the Vive looks complicated you can be up and running in 20 minutesHowever, VR is still in its infancy and the potential for this new platform is massive.
High-definition, for example: it s the kind of improvement you saw years ago when you switched from VHS tapes to DVDs.That means you get all the detail that comes with having 8 million pixels on the screen, coupled with all the subtlety that comes with the TV s ability to reproduce the light you see in the real world.It s so well implemented, in fact, that the reviewers at What Hi-Fi?– people who are notoriously hard to impress – recently gave the Sony KD-55XD9305 the full five-star treatment, saying, What impresses us about Sony s interpretation of HDR is what we believe is most important: a broadened colour palette in terms of gradation that panders to the subtler hues, making skin tones appear more natural and even bolder colours more nuanced.So when you re watching all the sport that s on this summer, you won t just be seeing a sea of green with some bright splashes of colour running around on it; there ll be subtle variations in the grass, in the strips, and in the crowds.6 It s wafer-thinDespite all that tech on board, the XD93s are super-slim, thanks to Sony s Slim Backlight Drive technology, which makes edge-lit LED TVs perform more like full-array models.
Most young folk adjusting to single life away from their parents have probably got used to bathrooms without windows in them by now, as that's the first space-saving measure introduced by landlords rejigging their stock for maximum yield.Yes, regional people, it's time to laugh at how Londoners live!They may have the best buses, but they have to spend all of their money, and inevitably half of their parents' money when they go sobbing home at Christmas to get their debts paid off by daddy, on living in bleak rooms that people in the North and Wales would probably keep as a place to put boxes, bikes, camping equipment and broken TVs they can't be bothered to dump.This particular windowless flat is currently up for rent in Brixton, where £1,625 per month gets you two bedrooms, a kitchen diner, a separate bathroom, but... no windows.Twitter user Daniel Ruiz Tizon regularly trawls the estate agent sites for the very worst converted rooms and corridors, revealing such horrors as mezzanine beds not a good look if you're over 13 , converted corridors being rented out for £910 a month as if they're entire homes, and sofa beds in kitchens, all popping up as landlords convert former cupboards, attics and immersion tank spaces into homes they can charge a grand a month to put a social media intern in.Not a nice place to live unless your dad's happy to pick up three quarters of the tab each month or you're OK with being able to control the cooker while sitting up in bed and have a fridge as a bedside table.
Most young folk adjusting to single life away from their parents have probably got used to bathrooms without windows in them by now, as that's the first space-saving measure introduced by landlords rejigging their stock for maximum yield.Yes, regional people, it's time to laugh at how Londoners live!They may have the best buses, but they have to spend all of their money, and inevitably half of their parents' money when they go sobbing home at Christmas to get their debts paid off by daddy, on living in bleak rooms that people in the North and Wales would probably keep as a place to put boxes, bikes, camping equipment and broken TVs they can't be bothered to dump.This particular windowless flat is currently up for rent in Brixton, where £1,625 per month gets you two bedrooms, a kitchen diner, a separate bathroom, but... no windows.Twitter user Daniel Ruiz Tizon regularly trawls the estate agent sites for the very worst converted rooms and corridors, revealing such horrors as mezzanine beds not a good look if you're over 13 , converted corridors being rented out for £910 a month as if they're entire homes, and sofa beds in kitchens, all popping up as landlords convert former cupboards, attics and immersion tank spaces into homes they can charge a grand a month to put a social media intern in.Not a nice place to live unless your dad's happy to pick up three quarters of the tab each month or you're OK with being able to control the cooker while sitting up in bed and have a fridge as a bedside table.
To some, the American Dream might consist of living in a multimillion dollar mansion in a gated Beverly Hills community — however far-fetched tha idea might seem.Essentially a modified camping trailer, the Tiny Drop is a minimalist s dream and an abode that would have any outdoor lover salivating at the opportunity of owning one.Under the hood, the Tiny Drop consists of a continuous thermal blanket and innovative home sealing technology that delivers high-quality insulation — as any avid camper would tell you, this is an incredibly beneficial feature.Aesthetically, the designers adorned Tiny Drop s exterior with a wooden frame complemented by aluminum cladding on the sides and front.They also installed a whisper-quiet moisture and odor-removing bathroom fan.A combustion-exhaust-controlled furnace and on-demand water heater allow the home to feel even cozier while the rooftop solar panels provide owners all the energy needed to keep the rig s appliances — and ultra-efficient LED lighting — humming.
Credit: VizioVizio took the wraps off a new line of home-theater sound bars today, each of which features integrated Google Cast audio as well as multi-room audio support.They ll be able to play, pause, adjust the volume, and control other settings.All of the speakers will also support Bluetooth audio streaming, but the big advantage that Wi-Fi provides is that the music won t be interrupted by incoming phone calls, alerts, and other sounds from your smartphone as it will with Bluetooth.The SmartCast 45-inch 5.1 Slim Sound Bar System is designed for 47-inch and larger screen sizes and comes with discrete speakers for the surround channels and a 3.0-inch tall subwoofer that can be tucked out of sight under a sofa.Why this matters: Multi-room audio support is rapidly becoming an essential feature in larger home-audio systems.If Vizio delivers its usual bang-for-the-buck performance with this line of sound bars, they should deliver very good value for mainstream consumers who aren t overly finicky about audio.
Scientists have found some new stuff down the back of the sofa of the universe, somehow realising that four new types of element exist around us.The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry is the lucky institution given the job of coordinating the naming process for the newly confirmed finds, and it's plumped for:Nihonium symbol Nh , named after Japan seeing as it was found at the country's RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science, and given an atomic number of 113.Tennessine Ts , numbered 117 and named after Tennessee.Oganesson Og!and number 118 , named after Russian physicist Yuri Oganessian, who helped in a big way when it came to tracking down these exciting new little Lego bricks of the universe, hence he gets a pretty amazing piece of irrevocable scientific history all to himself.The IUPAC approved these suggestions made by the discoverers themselves, and there'll now be a five-month public review of the ideas to make sure they don't mean anything rude in Italy or Mexico and can therefore be officially adopted and memorised for use in future pub quizzes.
Scientists have found some new stuff down the back of the sofa of the universe, somehow realising that four new types of element exist around us.The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry is the lucky institution given the job of coordinating the naming process for the newly confirmed finds, and it's plumped for:Nihonium symbol Nh , named after Japan seeing as it was found at the country's RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science, and given an atomic number of 113.Tennessine Ts , numbered 117 and named after Tennessee.Oganesson Og!and number 118 , named after Russian physicist Yuri Oganessian, who helped in a big way when it came to tracking down these exciting new little Lego bricks of the universe, hence he gets a pretty amazing piece of irrevocable scientific history all to himself.The IUPAC approved these suggestions made by the discoverers themselves, and there'll now be a five-month public review of the ideas to make sure they don't mean anything rude in Italy or Mexico and can therefore be officially adopted and memorised for use in future pub quizzes.
Once a lone-ranger in the online European food delivery realm, Just Eat has a number of well-funded competitors across the continent these days.But buoyed by its $2.45 billion IPO two years ago, Europe s answer to GrubHub is alive and kicking in 15 markets across Europe, the Americas, and Oceania, and today the London-based company is lifting the lid on a handful of new initiatives designed to make it easier for families and friends to order food for delivery.Similar to the aforementioned GrubHub, Just Eat aggregates a bunch of restaurants from across the culinary spectrum and lets users order and pay for food in-app without leaving their sofa.Now Just Eat is rolling out what it s touting as an industry-first group-ordering feature on Apple TV and its first dedicated app for smart TVs.Anyone who has used GrubHub or Just Eat to order food as part of a group will have faced a scenario where they pass a phone or tablet around so everyone can view the menus and make their food selection.With Just Eat s new Apple TV app, however, anyone on the same Wi-Fi network can sync their iOS device so they can place a combined order from multiple devices.You may remember GrubHub also launched an Apple TV app last year — though it promises a similar group-ordering experience, it s more about viewing menus collectively on a big-screen rather than facilitating individuals within a group making orders from their own devices.In addition to its new Apple TV app, Just Eat says it is also committing to the broader TV realm and will be introducing apps for multiple smart TV brands within the next few moths.Working with brands like Apple, Amazon and others, we want our technology to become a permanent feature in our customers living rooms, as well as in our restaurant partners offices and kitchens.The new product announcements today come as the company vowed to grow its product R team, having already pledged to spend around $60 million in marketing and technology in the U.K. alone this year.As we ve seen across the technology realm over the past couple of decades, companies that sit still and stop innovating tend to stagnate and are susceptible to being blindsided by younger, more agile startups.By investing in R, Just Eat is looking to stop that from happening in what has become an increasingly competitive landscape.
The new Phab2 Pro is the first smartphone to feature Google s Project Tango AR softwareLenovo s Phab2 Pro smartphone will deliver Augmented Reality AR to the palm of users hands thanks to Google s Project Tango.The latter could be particularly useful in terms of interior design, as Tango technology looks to revolutionise the way people think about mapping indoor spaces, allowing the creation of experiences such as museum tours or the recreation of ruined buildings – or even just seeing how a new sofa will look in your living room.Put simply, we wanted to take what was an amazing concept and transform it into a commercially viable mobile device, said Jeff Meredith, vice president and general manager of Android and Chrome computing at Lenovo.However, to truly make the Phab2 Pro a game-changer, we developed it at an affordable price for mainstream consumers, delivering not just a bleeding-edge phone, but an all-around fantastic phone that s first to market.As for the phone itself, the Phab2 Pro pictured above features a 6.4in HD display, and is powered by Qualcomm s Snapdragon 652 processor alongside two 13MP rear cameras and 4G LTE capability.It will be available globally from September, although there s no news on a UK specific price or release date yet.
Remember that bit in Iron Man 3 where Tony Stark relaxes in his Iron Man armour on a sofa?Well, good news for fans who ve been waiting to create that moment on your toy shelf for three years: you finally can.Yes, seriously, Comicave studios is releasing this special version of its recently unveiled Mark 42 Armour 1/12 Scale Figure at Comic-Con this year.There s no real difference from the standalone figure—it s still 6" tall, it comes with all the accessories like alternate hands and repulsor blast FX pieces.It s certainly an impressive little toy.It s so goofy, you can t help but love that an action figure whose accessories include such explosive elements as rockets and hand-blasters and all that nonsense, also now comes with something as innocuous as a couch.
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