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Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Ultra-grippy Socks and Dirt-cheap 3D Printers

At any given moment, there are approximately a zillion different crowdfunding campaigns happening on the Web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll find no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there – alongside some real gems. We’ve cut through the Pebble clones and janky iPhone[1] cases to round up the most unusual, ambitious, and exciting new crowdfunding projects out there this week.

That said, keep in mind that any crowdfunding project — even the best intentioned — can fail, so do your homework before cutting a check for the gadget of your dreams.

Wiral — cable slider for GoPro[2]

Cable cam systems are awesome. When used properly, they allow filmmakers to capture jaw-dropping shots that would otherwise be impossible. The only problem is that, more often than not, these rigs are cumbersome, complex, and extremely expensive, so they’re generally out of reach for amateurs and casual videographers.

But thanks to a startup called Wiral, that might soon change. The California-based company has recently taken to Kickstarter to crowdfund the development of an affordable, compact, and simple-to-use cable cam system designed for compact cameras. Wiral Lite, as it’s called, is a complete cable cam rig that fits in a backpack, sets up in three minutes, and accommodates a number of different lightweight cameras, including GoPros and smartphones.

Oh, and did we mention it’s motorized? Once you’ve set the cable and pulled it taut, Wiral Lite allows filmmakers to drive the dolly from a snail’s pace 0.006 mph all the way up to 28 mph, shooting for up to three hours on the built-in battery. A time-lapse mode also allows for moving time-lapses at three different speeds.

If you’re looking to take your GoPro[3] footage to the next level, look no further.

NewMatter Mod-t 2.0 — affordable 3D printer[4]

Back in 2014, there weren’t many sub-£500 3D printers floating around — but then NewMatter burst onto the scene with the Mod-t[5], a unique new printer with a simple design and an affordable (£399) price tag. The machine was a resounding success on Indiegogo, but like many first-generation products that are brought to life via crowdfuding, it had some problems that needed to be fixed. Fast forward to the present, and NewMatter is finally back with the new-and-improved version that addresses those issues: the Mod-t 2.0.

In place of belts and gears, the Mod-t uses a toothed build plate placed atop two perpendicular pinion rods. As these grooved rods spin, they catch the teeth on the bottom of the build plate and move it in a given direction. This configuration doesn’t boost accuracy or precision in any major way, but what it does do is simplify the overall design of the printer.

Because the pinion rod setup combines the driving force of one axis with the guiding force of another, the Mod-t requires far fewer parts than it otherwise would. This makes it cheaper and easier to manufacture than most other 3D printers, and allows NewMatter to sell the printer for such a low price. You can get one one Kickstarter right now for less than £200!

SpeedGrip Socks — high-traction athletic socks[6]

Ever since the dawn of athletic footwear, shoe manufacturers have been trying to out-do each other.

If it seems like shoes get more and more advanced with each passing year, its because they do. Just take a stroll through the nearest Nike[7] outlet and you’ll encounter everything from shock-absorbing foam to 3D printed insoles. But while the footwear industry has been so fixated on shoes, the other side of the equation — namely, socks — has largely been left behind.

But NY-based upstart Storelli Sports has a plan to change that. The company’s latest product — SpeedGrip Socks — are a clever new take on athletic socks. When paired with a set of specialized insoles (which Storelli crowdfunded on Kickstarter earlier this year), SpeedGrip socks provide outrageous amounts of traction — not between your foot and the ground, but between your foot and your shoe.

This, in turn, translates to better traction, more reliable grip, and better overall performance, since your foot doesn’t slide around as much inside your footwear. Why aren’t more companies doing this?

I’m Back — digital upgrade for analog cameras[8]

As you may or may not have noticed, film photography has enjoyed a resurgence as of late, and as it continues to claw back some of its former popularity, inventors are finding more ways to blend classic photography with digital convenience. I’m Back is the latest such invention to hit the crowdfunding scene.

After finding success with a 3D printed, Raspberry Pi-powered[9] film camera, the creators of the device are back with a clever new gizmo that transforms old film cameras into digital shooters. Here’s how it works. Instead of popping a roll of 35mm film into your old camera, you open up the back and attach the camera to I’m Back.

The device’s 16 megapixel sensor will then pick up light that passes through the cameras lens, and save it to an SD card. If you’d like you see the photo afterward, you can even connect your smartphone and use it as a display screen.

The Universe in a Sphere — Glorious desk ornament[10]

Remember that scene from Men In Black? The one that zooms out to reveal that our entire galaxy sits inside the marble on a cat’s leash?

Well if that scene stuck with you, there’s a good chance you’ll appreciate this new desktop trinket that recently popped up on Kickstarter. The Universe in a Sphere is exactly what it sounds like: a desk ornament that contains a tiny scale model of the cosmic neighborhood that we live in. “What I did was is to take a catalog of galaxies, including our home supercluster called Laniakea, converted the XYZ coordinates and selected all of the 675,758 galaxies in a radius of 125 megaparsecs,” creator Clemens Steffin told Digital Trends in an interview[11]. “One megaparsec stands for about 3.2616 million light years, so the cloud in my glass sphere represents a diameter of 815,400,000 light years.” Steffin next searched for (and found) a company capable of lasering in each one of these 380,000 dots, each representing an entire galaxy, into a glass sphere.

After that, he launched his Kickstarter.

Editor’s Recommendations


  1. ^ iPhone (www.digitaltrends.com)
  2. ^ Wiral — cable slider for GoPro (www.kickstarter.com)
  3. ^ GoPro (www.digitaltrends.com)
  4. ^ NewMatter Mod-t 2.0 — affordable 3D printer (www.kickstarter.com)
  5. ^ Mod-t (www.digitaltrends.com)
  6. ^ SpeedGrip Socks — high-traction athletic socks (www.kickstarter.com)
  7. ^ Nike (www.digitaltrends.com)
  8. ^ I’m Back — digital upgrade for analog cameras (www.kickstarter.com)
  9. ^ Raspberry Pi-powered (www.digitaltrends.com)
  10. ^ The Universe in a Sphere — Glorious desk ornament (www.kickstarter.com)
  11. ^ interview (www.digitaltrends.com)

2018 Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport first drive review

The Jaguar F-Type has been around since 2013 as Jag’s halo sports car[1]. It’s fast, sexy, expensive, and pretty much has everything you want in a performance two-seater. To keep the F-Type fresh, Jag keeps coming up with new models and features, so now there are 24 different ways to order an F-Type.

It’s even got a four-cylinder model coming this year. But to its credit, Jaguar’s new variations on the F-Type theme are real and different models, with nary a paint-and-stickers special edition to be found. You can get your F-Type with a fixed roof or a ragtop, with a God-fearing stick shift[2] or a smooth eight-speed automatic.

And now you can pick from four, six, or eight cylinders and horsepower ranging from 300 to 575.

What’s new

The latest twist on the F-Type platform is the 400 Sport. This model uses a juiced-up version of the same 3.0-liter supercharged V6 as the 340 and 380 horsepower versions, but boosted to produce 400 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. The 400 Sport comes only with the eight-speed automatic transmission with driving modes and paddle shifters, but you have your choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive.

Jeff Zurschmeide/Digital Trends

The 400 Sport package also includes upgraded brakes, which Jaguar calls “Super Performance” and a set of 20-inch wheels unique to this model. The front brakes are 380mm and the rears are barely smaller at 376mm. On top of that, you get “Configurable Dynamics” driving modes that change the shock damping, steering, throttle, and shifting behavior, so you can set the 400 Sport to predefined settings for comfort or sportier driving, or dive in and create your own custom settings.

Trim levels and features

In most cases, a GoPro will show that you’re not nearly as fast nor as brave as you like to think you are.

The 400 Sport trim offers a reasonable set of choices. You are limited to a monochrome paint color, which we find unfortunate. Black, silver, or white is what you get, with yellow and gray badges, and yellow top-stitching in the cabin.

And there’s a nifty front splitter and rear diffuser to complete the visual package. But the more important choices are yours to make. You can choose a coupe or a convertible, and rear- or all-wheel-drive.

Once you get in the 400 Sport and start driving, I suspect you won’t care about the outside color. Other items that come with the 400 Sport package include adaptive LED headlights, which change the shape of the beam based on your speed, and LED rear light clusters as well.

Technology overview

The F-Type 400 Sport comes with Jaguar’s latest technology setup. That means a Touch Pro interface with an eight-inch touch screen and a fast 60GB solid-state drive.

You can customize your in-car desktop, and the F-Type comes with navigation. Tablet gestures are supported. The basic Meridian[3] 10-speaker sound system is good and of course you can always spring for the 12-speaker surround sound upgrade.

Jeff Zurschmeide/Digital Trends

Jeff Zurschmeide/Digital Trends

Jeff Zurschmeide/Digital Trends

Jeff Zurschmeide/Digital Trends

Perhaps more interesting to the track-day crowd is the GoPro ReRun[4] feature.

This allows you to shoot dash-cam video with your GoPro and then overlay driving data such as throttle position, brake force, steering wheel angle, gear selection, speed, and g-forces. The footage is editable, and GoPro[5] will give you a highlight reel. It’s all designed for easy upload to social media.

However, in most cases the GoPro will show that you’re not nearly as fast nor as brave as you like to think you are.

Interior fit and finish

Jaguar has updated the interior of the F-Type for 2018, and it’s very comfortable. The seats have a new slimline design that really works. Of course, they’re 12-way power-adjustable including lumbar support.

The seats are both heated and ventilated. With all that, the new seats still weigh in about 16 pounds less than the old seats. They even have magnesium frames.

2018 Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport Compared To

As mentioned, you get yellow contrast top-stitching in the 400 Sport, and that looks good.

The sill plates and center console are trimmed in brushed aluminum.

Driving performance and MPG

The driving experience is really what sets the 400 Sport apart from the other F-Type models. First, the numbers: 0 to 60 in 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 171 mph. To compare, the 575-horsepower SVR[6] model does 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds, while the current 340-horsepower V6 F-Type does it in 5.1 seconds, or 5.5 with the manual.

But what the numbers don’t tell you is that the 400 Sport is an eager-revving grin machine. The V8 F-Types[7] are supreme torque monsters, while the 400 Sport feels like a lightweight sports car should feel. Drop the shifter into Sport mode or use the paddles to hold a gear and the 400 Sport will cheerfully scream its way to redline with all the power you want, under perfect control.

This car is a dancer, not a weight lifter.

Jeff Zurschmeide/Digital Trends At press time, the EPA had not passed judgment on the fuel economy[8] of the 400 Sport, but the other V6 models get around 18-20 mpg city and 26-28 mpg highway, give or take (mostly take) a bit for coupe or convertible, AWD, and manual transmission. But honestly, fuel economy will be the farthest thing from your mind on a nice day with the top down in this Jag.


The 2018 Jaguar[9] F-Type 400 Sport sits right in the middle of the price range for the F-Type.

When the four-cylinder version comes out, it’s supposed to carry a pre-destination sticker price of £59,900. The V6 models start at £68,000 (pre-fee) and the 400 Sport will cost you £89,500, plus £995 for destination and handling. The supercharged V8s top out at £121,900, for comparison.

The 400 Sport is definitely a driving enthusiast’s car. It sits right in the sweet spot that experienced sports car lovers know very well. It’s not the most powerful engine you can buy, but it’s got enough power and it’s got the brake and suspension upgrades.

It’s got enough luxury touches to be comfortable, but it’s not a boulevard cruiser. Finally, it’s a lot less money than the super hot rod. For what it’s worth, if I was choosing an F-Type[10] to drive every day, I’d get a convertible AWD 400 Sport, and I’d never look back.

One final caveat: if you want a 400 Sport, you need to start your planning.

Although Jag didn’t mention any production limits, the model is supposed to be made for only one year.

When the 2019s come out, there will be something else to take its place.

Editor’s Recommendations


  1. ^ sports car (www.digitaltrends.com)
  2. ^ stick shift (www.digitaltrends.com)
  3. ^ Meridian (www.jaguarusa.com)
  4. ^ GoPro ReRun (www.digitaltrends.com)
  5. ^ GoPro (www.digitaltrends.com)
  6. ^ SVR (www.landrover.com)
  7. ^ F-Types (experience.jaguar.com)
  8. ^ fuel economy (www.fueleconomy.gov)
  9. ^ Jaguar (www.digitaltrends.com)
  10. ^ F-Type (www.f-typeclub.com)

Peppa Pig Castle Art Mosiac by Numbers – Recommended

Peppa Pig Castle Mosaic by numbers

Let Peppa Pig’s world become 2D3 characters and 1 Castle sceneContains 380 Foam StickersBig pieces for small children fingers

For Ages 3+Contains small partsThe colours of the contents and the details may change

  • Contains 380 foam stickers to decorate Peppa’s world!
  • Make a 2d Peppa Pig castle for Peppa & Friends to enjoy
  • Mosaic by numbers to help your child learn while playing
  • Big pieces for small children
  • Hours of fun for children aged 3+

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