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    Avec Phonocut, vous pourrez bientôt graver vos propres vinyles / JournalDuGeek – 5 days ago - 17:00

Crédits : Phonocut .

Aujourd’hui, sur Kickstarter , Phonocut lance un projet audacieux. Profitant de la résurgence actuelle du vinyle sur le marché de la musique, la start-up californienne proposera à tout un chacun de produire ses propres disques vintages, à l’horizon du mois de décembre 2020. Le Phonocut Home Vinyl Recorder et son stylet en diamant sont, en effet, capables de graver n’importe quel morceau ou playlist sur un support de vinyle vierge . Il suffit de se doter d’un tel support – vendu par la start-up au prix de 9€ – puis de brancher votre appareil contenant la version digitale de la musique à graver (via un câble audio Jack, par exemple) et d’actionner le Phonocut. C’est aussi simple que ça !

Parmi les formats de disques vierges disponibles, la start-up offre la possibilité d’enregistrer sur des 45 tours classiques – soit, 5 à 7 minutes de musique par face – ou des disques de 25 cm de diamètre capables de lire jusqu’à 15 minutes de musique. Ce dernier est un format peu commun, à la capacité moindre que le plus standard 33 tours de 30 cm de diamètre, utilisé pour l’enregistrement d’albums ou « long-plays ». Le Phonocut vient avec un système d’enregistrement optimisé, comportant un égaliseur intégré.

« Le problème du numérique, c’est que ce n’est pas réel » , déclare l’un des cofondateurs du projet, Florian Kaps, à Wired . « Grâce au numérique, vous pouvez accéder plus facilement à la musique mais vous ne pouvez que la voir et l’entendre. Vous ne pouvez pas la lécher, la sentir ou la toucher. Les êtres humains utilisent cinq sens et nous en avons besoin en totalité pour tomber amoureux et être heureux » , conclue-t-il soulignant ce qui, peut-être, conduit à la nouvelle popularité du vinyle. Malgré sa facilité d’utilisation, cette machine s’adresse plus particulièrement aux groupes de musique amateurs ou aux DJs souhaitant personnaliser davantage leurs performances. Comptez aussi à l’avenir environ 1000€ pour acquérir le Phonocut Home Vinyl Recorder.

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    Cute Little Fuckers gets Kickstarter’s seal of approval for sex toy project / TechCrunch – Tuesday, 24 September - 17:00

Running a sex tech company is hard , so it’s worth calling out when companies overcome the many barriers to running one. Cute Little Fuckers , a gender-inclusive sex toy company, just launched a $13,500 campaign on Kickstarter.

“This is the first one that has been approved for a while,” Kickstarter Senior Outreach Lead of Design & Technology Beau Ambur told TechCrunch. “A large part of that was because of the type of project and the values it’s representing — specifically the inclusivity and sex-positive aspects are what we felt fit really well with our values.”

Sex toys are oftentimes geared toward cisgender and heteronormative people. Cute Little Fuckers aims to do away with that and instead focuses on sex toys that are gender-inclusive. That means these toys are for everyone, including folks who are transgender, queer, intersex, non-binary, genderqueer, cisgender, male, female and more.

“I am gender fluid and do a lot of sex-positive and queer activism,” CLF founder Step Tranovich told TechCrunch. “I felt like there weren’t a lot of toys that felt gender-inclusive. As someone who spends a lot of time helping people feel more sexually expressive, a lot of toys felt very stiff or foreboding.”


Step Tranovich, founder and creator at Cute Little Fuckers

The idea is to serve people of all gender identities, including those who may be going through gender transitions, have gender dysphoria or simply have more complex relationships with certain parts of their body.

Cute Little Fuckers started with sketches of about 60 different monsters of varying shapes and forms, Tranovich said. From there, they took those sketches to about 100 different people to see what resonated most. Tranovich said they found four monsters kept coming up, which are the four characters they landed on.

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Each monster has its own name, pronouns and likes. They live out their lives in the Cute Little Fuckers webcomic series . The toys are silicone, vibrate at five different speeds and are USB rechargeable and waterproof.

Cute Little Fuckers has produced and shipped its first batch of toys, but is looking to raise additional funding on Kickstarter to bring its second character to life.

Kickstarter does not have an explicit ban on sex toys, but does review products that fall within that category on a case by case basis. Tranovich first approached Kickstarter in January, saying they were starting to work on the project and wanted to put it on Kickstarter.

“It was a process,” Tranovich said. “In general, it was positive and it wasn’t easy. It was positive and not easy because there was a lot of support from the individuals at Kickstarter and it was a bit of a feat to turn that individual support into the company actually taking a stance.”

In Tranovich’s opinion, what got the project through the door was the social impact focus of it.

“That was the thing that had Kickstarter considering this in the first place and be willing to deal with me through the whole process,” Tranovich said. “The specific gender-inclusive nature and the fact that we have a webcomic series focused on spreading gender-inclusive information. That’s why they were willing to have the conversation.”

The goal is to start shipping its second batch before Feb. 14, 2020. Already, there are manufacturers lined up, Tranovich said, so it’s mostly a matter of getting the fund to pay them.

“We’re excited to have the project on Kickstarter and very much looking forward to the launch,” Ambur said. “At the end of the day, we want to give our creators as much freedom as possible.”

Learn how to build a sex tech startup of your very own at Disrupt SF Oct 2-4 . A panel of investors and founders will discuss the opportunities — and challenges — of building a successful sex tech startup, and how to capitalize on a market that’s projected to be worth more than $123 billion by 2026. Get your tickets now.

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    Zhiyun’s Smooth-Q2 aims to be the most portable quality smartphone gimbal available / TechCrunch – Wednesday, 28 August - 15:16

Zhiyun has been steadily rolling out new gimbals for smartphones and dedicated cameras for a few years now, and the company’s quality and feature set has improved dramatically over time. Now, it’s launching the Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 smartphone gimbal on Kickstarter , with the aim of delivering a “truly pocket-size” gimbal that has all the bells and whistles you could ever want or need.

The Smooth-Q2 is indeed a portable powerhouse – the company sent me a pre-production unit to test, and though it’s not the final shipping hardware, it already works and feels like a polished, quality device. The first thing you’ll notice right away about the Smooth-Q2 is its size – it can indeed slip inside a coat or pant pocket, though you’ll need a fairly deep one to make that work. Even if you don’t necessarily have a compatible pocket, it’s hard to beat the Smooth-Q2 for sheer portability, and that’s bound to save you some packing space when you’re getting ready for your next trip.

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There’s another recently released small-size smartphone gimbal on the market – the DJI Osmo Mobile 3. That has a clever method of folding down for easier packing, but the Smooth-Q2’s design, while similar in overall footprint, means it’s much easier to put in your actual pocket (or pack in a bag’s side pocket) than is the DJI version. And while both are incredibly easy to balance even if you’re a gimbal novice, I found the Zhiyun was actually the simpler of the two.

The Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 also feels more solidly constructed, though its simpler controls (it doesn’t have a trigger around or a zoom lever) may leave some creators wanting. There are some other advantages here, too, however – a quick release spring-loaded clip means you can detach your smartphone quickly for other uses without unbalancing the gimbal, and go right back to shooting when you’re done. Plus, you can connect via Bluetooth and control your smartphone’s native camera app directly, instead of relying on their ZP Play app – which you can still use for features like object tracking.

The Smooth-Q2 offers 16-hours of battery life, so you should easily make it through a day without requiring power, and it can do time lapses, with or without programmed motion, a vortex mode for capturing crazy rotational footage, and an aluminum body that should be able to withstand less-than careful stowage in your bag.

In terms of quality, the Smooth-Q2 really delivers in early testing with my iPhone XS Max, and I’ve included two quick sample clips so you can see for yourself. These are shot in the gimbal’s basic PF mode, in which the camera pans as you turn the gimbal side to side.

Zhiyun’s crowdfunding these but the company’s history and reputation mean that you can count on them to deliver. The entry-level price is set at $109 U.S. for backers, which is a $30 discount off the planned retail cost, and they should ship to backers in October according to the company.

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I strongly invite you to try out the preview version on #Steam, there is even a #linux release! And if you liked it do not hesitate to help them on their #kickstarter.
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