e-pundit: Spyn, AI guitar, and more…

Making decisions fun

This is someone’s wise idea of how you no longer need to agonise over your decisions. It’s called Spyn and involves just that. Spin a top, and let fate decide for you how to chart out your future. Spyn calls itself “precise, perfectly-balanced, stainless steel spinning tops designed to make everyday decision-making more fun. Fidget with a purpose!”

You can use it to take trivial decisions, such as who buys the next round. Or should you watch a movie or read your book? Work out or sleep in? Whose turn it is to walk the dog? Opt for a red dress or black?

The principle is simple. Create a top which spins, and decides for you. It is created from 303 stainless steel, is “nicely pocketable”, and spins like a dream in a while that gives you a decisive and unbiased stop. “Call it fate, intervention or chance, Spyn makes any decision-making event a bit more enjoyable,” says this product’s tag-line.

The Spyn top comes with differing kinds of information. Dots (like a dice). Yes or no. Now or later. You or me. Or just blank, where you can write your own choices. Obviously, the lack of being able to decide will mean a lot of Spyns in your pocket, and a lot of money to be spent.

This project has attracted quite some attention on kickstarter.com It had a goal of raising $1000. Instead, it has raised almost fifty times that much, with almost a thousand backers and (at the time of writing) almost a fortnight to go.



Guitar, without tears

e-pundit: Spyn, AI guitar, and more…

It’s called the Fret Zeppelin, and this new invention promises to teach you to play the guitar without problems. Very, very fast. It’s a state of the art LED addition to your guitar.  It fits just above the frets, and shows you just where to place your fingers to play “anything you can imagine”.

Guitars can otherwise be one of those instruments which take time to learn. And a lot of discipline too. Select what you like to play with a smartphone app. Once you know where to place your fingers, all you need to do is to strum. It doesn’t interfere with your strings or fingers as you play. Chords, notes, scales. All the options come. AI (artificial intelligence mode) allows you to choose the next most-likely note.



Weigh, and go

A weighing scale that you can use when you’re travelling. The Tariss Jetsetter Digital Luggage Scale can be carried in your pocket. Latch your bag onto it, and simply weigh. It can manage 110 pounds, or almost 50 kg. In India, the price is Rs 2.5k. Surely it must cost less overseas. But then, it helps you plan for your trip. And avoid having to pay overweight fees too, which can cost a lot! The Tarriss Travel Gear portable digital luggage scale is very accurate, and can weigh within upto 0.2 lbs.


Women in Linux

e-pundit: Spyn, AI guitar, and more…

Check out this website, which is a community for women working in the Linux environment. Women in Linux mission is to address actionable solutions to bridge the gaps in tech diversity initiatives. It exposes women to GNU/Linux focussed careers. It creates and combines lanes of instruction. Besides offering continuous monitoring, it helpls to bridge the learning and income gaps.

Its founder Tameika Reed comments: “Women in Linux were formed based on being in the field for 16 years and seeing no one else that looked like me. I have attended many conferences and most of the time I see women doing marketing, human resources, and sales.”

Linux is a Unix-like computer operating system assembled under the model of free and open-source software development and distribution. But it is still seen as suffering from a gender gap, like much of technology in general, probably more so because of its geeky nature.



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