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Smart ping pong paddles remix music to the speed of play

I love playing table tennis, but my backhand topspin is average at best. I'll play for an hour and grow tired of chasing wayward balls, knowing that I'll never have a smash quite like Peco from Ping Pong. Never mind -- now I can cut loose with a game of "Ping Pong FM" instead. The modified bats, which have contact microphones inside, log when you've hit the ball and remix music accordingly. Exchange slices too slowly and the song will drop to a lower tempo; likewise, driving the ball with some vicious top spin will cause it to speed up. You can try to match the beat or purposefully remix the music in weird and wonderful ways -- it's entirely up to you.

Via: designboom, The Verge

Source: Ping Pong FM

Engadget 17 Oct 15:21

Machine turns your Twitter posts into tasty cocktails

Ever wondered what your tweets would taste like if you could distill them into a drink? Probably not, but there's now a way to find out. Clément Gault and Koi Koi Design have whipped up Data Cocktail, an Arduino-powered machine that creates a drink based on Twitter updates. In its current incarnation, it looks for the five latest tweets mentioning keywords linked to ingredients, and fills the glass accordingly. The result is an original, spur-of-the-moment mix -- it'll even print out the 'recipe' (really, a ratio of the keywords) and thank the users who unwittingly contributed to the beverage.

Via: The Creators Project

Source: Data Cocktail

ICYMI: Cockroach torture, an app for Parkinson's and more

Today on In Case You Missed It: A cybernetic cockroach how-to describes how to use an Arduino to control where a cockroach goes, which makes all of us uncomfortable.

The Coming Civil War over General Purpose Computing

This enlightening article (talk) by Cory Doctorow appeared on BoingBoing last August. This is not (only) a must-read in terms of  imaging our near future, but an interesting way to weight the importance of the moral meaning Open Source Hardware has in real terms. Happy reading (or listening)

Full transcription on [BoingBoing]