Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Thanks to MINI and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), we now know the answer — yes. The two groups recently got together on a campaign to prove that a little love and attention can go a long way with man’s best friend.
MINI built a specially-sized kart for the project that was adapted to allow the dogs to drive them. Three dogs in total went through the training program, all of which have proven successful to date.
Here’s a video of one of the dogs in the group driving. His name’s Porter and he’s a 10-month-old Beardie Cross.
Not sure about the audio capabilities of their new ride, but I think it would be pretty cool to strap on one of our portable speakers and have some Snoop Dogg going while the dogs are cruising down the street. Just a thought.
This month marks two exciting milestones for Boombotix. We hit our thousandth Instagram follower and got our thousandth backer on our Kickstarter campaign. The only unfortunate thing about a thousand is that then next major milestone is ten times higher. Anyhow, thanks to everyone that has been staying tight with our company. We consider each and every one of you to be more than just customers. You are friends. Onward march.
Swedish band Shout Out Louds come up with “cool” concept to promote latest album
Swedish band, the Shout Out Louds, along with their label company, Bud Fox Recording, recently came up with an unbelievably cool concept that we, the makers of the best sounding portable speaker in the world, couldn’t pass up on covering.
The concept was based around the task of coming up with a new and different way to promote their latest album, “Optica”. What they decided to do is release the album’s first single, “Blue Ice” to a select group of media and fans, by way of sending these individuals a kit with instructions inside on how to create a record out of ice and how to play it on an actual record player.
Crazy? More like crazy awesome. For me, you, and the rest of everyone who didn’t get a special ice-record kit, the group released an instructional video that explains how the mold inside is able to create a 3D LP out of nothing more than a little frozen water.
Now, granted, the sound isn’t that great coming off the ice record. The group estimates that it’s actually somewhere around 30% of its original quality. Still — they’re playing music off frozen water. That’s some amazing stuff.
Check out the Shout Out Louds how to make a record out of ice video below:
Gamepad can be used by itself or be attached to phone directly
You’re looking at PhoneJoy Play—a compact gamepad that gets attached to one’s phone, connects via Bluetooth, and instantly turns the device into a portable gaming console.
The controls copy traditional gaming controllers and are able to work with iPhones, iPads, Android, and PC products, giving you the option to either clamp the device to your smartphone for instant gaming wherever you are, or otherwise be clamped together and instead used as a standalone controller with your tablet or computer (Bluetooth 3.0 extends 30 feet).
The folks behind PhoneJoy believe that touch controls hurt — not help — a lot of games nowadays. That’s what inspired them to create this device. It’s small, measuring 102mm x 87mm x 37mm closed and 255mm x 87mm x 37mm open, and it’s lightweight, too, at just 250g, so it’s not a bother to carry around.
PhoneJoy Play has a long lasting battery (20 hours) and is also fairly inexpensive: listed on Kickstarter — like a certain popular portable speaker I know of — those who pledge $60 get their very own PhoneJoy Play. Not bad when compared to the astronomical prices of some of the other portable game consoles out there.