Do It For Dad

 

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Fatherly Advice

Take a walk down memory lane.  You could catalogue all of the times your dad gave you advice.  You could also catalogue all of the times he gave you advice and you didn’t listen.  For me the latter was the most prominent, as I always knew what was best.  I even knew the best way to do things; better than my dad.  Which is why I want to pay homage to Dad with these three tidbits of fatherly advice I should have listened to.  Oh man….hindsight really is 20/20.

1.  Credit Cards:  Your right, Dad.  You do have to pay them back.

2.  Cars:  Regular oil changes….who knew?

3.  Work:  Hard work pays off. It’s hard not to ignore this mowing the lawn or doing chores.

DAD’S LIKE DEALS

We have a pretty sweet deal for your Dad this Father’s Day and a pretty sweet deal for you.  Pick up a BOOMBOT2 and get 20 bucks off!

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To Guarantee Father’s Day Delivery (June 15th) Order by these dates:

  • Thursday 6/12 before 4pm PST – Standard (2-Day) Delivery
  • Friday 6/13 before 4pm PST –  Overnight Shipping

You’ve grown up a bunch and now you probably like the same music.  It’s weird how that happens!  So the next time you’re sharing a brewski with Pop’s you will be serenaded by the sweet sounds he’s most accustomed to.Thank God for Polaroids, am I right?

HIS FINEST MOMENTS

Our memories sometimes fail and luckily technology is there to help us regale in the most incriminating photos.  For Dad, there is no such thing as “too ridiculous” or “over-the-top”, that’s why we’re asking our friends on the intertubular webs to show off their goofiest photos of Dad on Instagram!

That said, you send us the goods, we’ll deliver the goods.  Check the prizes and contest info below!

PRIZE PACKS & CONTEST INFO:

Starts – 6/10/14 (TODAY!!!)
Ends – 6/17/20141st Place – BOOMBOT2 & Metro Edition Socks
2nd Place – BOOMBOT2
3rd Place – Metro Edition SocksDon’t forget to #BOOMBOTIX, #doitfordad #FTW kids, and stay tuned for more goodies from your favorite ultra-portable, rugged & Dad friendly speaker company.

Floating speaker shows sound waves as it plays

Concept device stimulates the auditory and visual senses

Check out Giorgio Bonaguro and Juan Soriano Blanco’s new audio techno-gadget: the Virtruvio speaker.

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Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man drawing, the spherical speaker features a unique design which allows the user to see the actual sound waves of the music as it’s being played.

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Made of a cubic wooden box, rubber wires in each of the eight corners suspend the speaker in the center. The wires are attached along the diagonals, meaning the speaker — made of either metal or ceramic — gets bounced around by the force of the sound waves generated by the music, thereby giving the user the ability to actually see the sound.

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Virtruvio comes with an auxiliary in-feed, so just about all devices on the market can wire up to it. Right now, though, the speaker’s still in its concept stages, so it won’t be on the market any time soon. Those in the NYC area can check it out later this month at Wanted Design’s Launch Pad.

It’s a cool concept, and certainly a better presentation of sound waves than corn starch vibrating at 30 Hz:

New 3D printing technique lets you create speakers out of any shape

New method opens door to all sorts of possibilities for the future of audio technology

Researchers at Disney (yes THAT Disney) have unveiled a new printing technique that lets any 3D-printed object work like a speaker, regardless of its shape.

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The way in which they were able to achieve this feat was by making the decision to use electrostatic loudspeaker technology instead of the much more common electromagnetic approach we see in a majority of speaker technology nowadays.

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For those unfamiliar with the technology, electrostatic loudspeakers date back to the 1930s. What the Disney researchers did was they 3D designed an object and included layers of electrodes and insulators in the object itself, which vibrate when a current is applied.

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Obviously, the sound quality is nowhere near what you get from today’s top of the line Bluetooth portable speakers. Depending on the size of the object being 3D printed, though, it can be extremely loud.

The researchers foresee this sort of technology becoming popular as 3D printing becomes more mainstream, and works its way into the homes. When that happens, parents would be able to 3D print toys for their children which make noise when placed on a special conducting base.

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Learn more about this pretty cool technology via the video below:

Pyro board visualizes song’s beats with dancing flames

Idea based off Reuben’s Tube

What’s cool about the project below is the fact that not only do you get a bit of visual entertainment, you also get some learning in, too.

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Per the science video blog Veritasium, the “Pyro Board” is a demonstration of what happens when sound waves travel through flammable gas set aflame.

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It’s all based on a Rubens’ Tube, which is basically a long tube that’s able to illustrate stationary sound waves (a.k.a.: “standing waves”). In using some songs as the source of the sound waves, the pressure variations caused by the sound waves affect the flow rate of the aforementioned gas from the holes in the pyro board. This results in not on the height of the flame being adjusted per the beat, but the color too, making the board an awesome visual display of a fairly simple project.

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The video runs six and a half minutes long because it goes into how everything works on a bit more of a granular level. If you just want to see some dancing flames, head to the three and a half minute mark.

Boombotix Releases the Chronic Edition

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I’m happy to announce a limited edition Bot we’ve been working on since this morning over a bowl of cereal.  I would love to tell you what kind of cereal, but I totally don’t want us to get sued.  Let’s just call it ‘Raptain Runch’ and leave it at that.

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