Kickstart It: Stefan Loble’s Miracle Pants and His Vision for Online Apparel

Stefan Loble wants to liberate your life by changing your pants. It’s an idea that’s wild enough to work. Loble recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to springboard his apparel company into business. He has one flagship product and a promise: to eliminate the time we need to spend caring for our pants, so we can go follow our dreams.

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Stefan Loble about his Kickstarter project, and his goals to start an apparel company.

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Kickstart It: Touch the Temp with the Cryoscope Thermal Display

Robb Godshaw believes conventional temperature measurements like Celsius and Fahrenheit are arbitrary and difficult to translate. Using the assistance of crowd-funding platform Kickstarter, Godshaw hopes to upend convention with his touch based weather forecaster, the Cryoscope. Using a thermoelectric Peltier heating and cooling element, the Cryoscope can recreate any current or future temperature conditions from around the globe. Instead of mentally calculating what 67 degree weather might feel like, the Cryoscope allows you to feel it with the palm of your hand.

I recently had the chance to talk with Robb Godshaw about his Kickstarter project, the Cryoscope, and his goal to raise $80,000.

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Turntable 101: Needles, Arms, Motors, and Grooves

Happy Record Store Day. Go out and buy some vinyl to support the real industry of music. Go right now then come back. Okay, you’re back now with your copy of “The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends” or something equally awesome. You pull out the 12 inch slab, spin it around, and admire the vinyl microgrooves. Buy the disc, take the ride. You head over to your turntable, which you call a record player, that appears to be made my Fisher Price. It’s got some rad knobs, a sweet plastic housing, and you’re pretty sure you saw a DJ with something like in a movie from the 90s. It’s connected to a receiver that belonged to your parents, and that’s connected to speakers that your Grandpa owned before your Dad took them to college and spilled beer on them every weekend during his six year stint at education. You pop the record on, sit back, and comment to your girl/boyfriend (or maybe just to yourself) how much better vinyl sounds than digital. You immediately drown in the sludge of your own smugness.

What you’re listening to doesn’t sound better than a digital file. I 93 percent guarantee that. Your turntable is cheap, light, and imprecise in every possible way. Your speakers likely have diaphragm issues and need to have some rotten foam gaskets replaced depending on when they were made. Your amp might be okay. (They age well and the technology hasn’t really changed much in the last 40 years. In fact, older amps are better because newer ones are over-priced and plasticized to support ridiculous home theatre set-ups.) But it’s not your fault your set-up is awful. You’re trying your hardest with your limited resources and understanding of the technology. Rest assured, the rumors of vinyl sounding better than CD, Tape, MP3, and FLAC are completely true.

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Apple in Cider: iPhone 5 Rumors

Apple in Cider details all the inside information about the next generation iPhone.

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The New iPad: A Love Story of Infinite Pixels

Rain is falling in Santa Monica, CA. At 5:30 AM my iPhone starts buzzing; ten minutes later I’m out of bed. At 6:30 I’m driving to the Verizon store. I’ve decided to forego the lines at Apple’s landmark store on the 3rd St. Promenade. I like to show up ninety minutes before the doors open for these events. I’m already late. It takes eight minutes to drive there, fourteen to find a parking spot. I duck under the Verizon awning at 7:00 AM.

There is nobody there.

I checked my phone. It indeed is March 16, and the third-generation iPad does go on sale today. I wait.

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Infinite Sustain: The Ebow

Ebow

The Ebow, or electric bow, is a device that creates a focused feedback loop directed at a single string. What that means is that the Ebow is used to produce a sound similar to playing a single guitar string with a violin bow. Still, although the Ebow is conceptually impressive and sonically functional, there are some glaring flaws in its design.

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Superior Drummer: 2.0

Superior Drummer
Ever since I became a musician my dream was to one day set up my own recording studio. I loved writing my own music but when it came to recording full band songs I always had an extremely difficult time tracking the drums. I was never the best player and every time I tried to record drums I just couldn’t record them with the clarity that I wanted. Once I moved out of home and moved into my college dorm I had no way of even attempting to record acoustic drums like I once had. This is when I decided to turn to the Toontrack release, Superior Drummer: 2.0.

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    If you haven’t heard, electroencephalograms (EEGs) have been getting better. Way better. Artificial limbs and even video game controllers are utilizing the non-invasive brain-wave monitoring method to guide computers by thought. Now English startup This Place has developed a way to bring the technology to Google Glass, allowing Google’s wearable to read your mind. Well, […]

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    Within the cultural centers of the world lurks a mechanical beast draped in silver spinning madly and capturing everything, sometimes even itself. In 2011 Google created the Art Project, an initiative to bring their Street View technology inside the cultural epicenters of the world. Google enlisted 17 world-class museums in short time. Institutions such as […]

  • Purple Mountunes Majesty: The Most Patriotic Playlist
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    A while ago, Paul Lamere of The Echo Nest, a music-analysis company, took to finding each state’s most distinctive, yet popular, artist in a viral article. Spotify took note, purchasing Echo Nest for their analytical talent. Together, they’ve released a blog post documenting each state’s most distinctively American song creating a patriotic playlist for the […]

  • Emojinealogy: Where the Heck Emojis Come From
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    On June 16th, the Unicode Consortium announced that 250 new emoji would be added to the list of symbols available to people’s cellphones and computer devices. The list of the new symbols can be found on Emojipedia. And no, the list doesn’t include the much needed minority representation, but it does include your favorite (?) […]

  • The Decline and Fall of the American Mall
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    For ages, the shopping mall was as essential to the architecture of suburbia as Levittowns and freeways. But in an era of online shopping, these epicenters of brick and mortar yesteryear are quietly being abandoned across the country. While the U.S. currently has around 1,500, the number may soon shrink, and rapidly, leading to abandoned […]

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