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Record Players vs Modern MP4

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The world of audio equipment is a bit torn lately with the comeback of old technology in record players. The youth would have thought that their Ipod’s were the latest and most advanced music players, but boy were they wrong!

There are a bunch of new companies as well as old proverbial ones in the turntable industry that are producing these products at a high pace nowadays. It seems like market demand for turntables have been increasing steadily since the past 10 years, and what a surprise it may seem! Let’s take a look at the difference between old record players and modern mp4.

The Differences Between Record Players and MP4

The way these systems work requires a bit of manual work. You can’t just purchase one, insert your record in, and just have sweet music playing right away. Unless you purchase a fully automatic record player, you’re going to need a few things first. Most importantly, a phono preamp to connect the RCA output in, and a pair of external speakers to plug that preamp from and to.

There are plenty more options for more advanced setups, but nonetheless the average buyer won’t have to worry about that. If you are interested in learning more, the resource Thebestturntable is a solid one to check out.

But anyway, back to the debate of record players vs modern mp4. The main advantage that record players have is sound quality. If you have a proper setup with some decent equipment, you can really get a mesmerizing sound that is unmatched by modern mp4 players. Your ipod will not even come close to the clarity and detail that a record player provides. However, there are some drawbacks. As stated before, to get a nice setup it requires a lot of money and time.

Furthermore, if you do not know what you are doing, you will have grave difficulty setting everything up. The knowledge required to be an audiophile is quite hefty, so you might need someone to help you get setup if you are just starting out. Sure there are the new products that have built in preamps and speakers, but that seriously diminishes the quality you get by not having an external preamp and speakers.

So here is the final weigh in:

Sound quality: Record players
Convenience: MP4
Price: MP4
Cool factor: Record players

There you have it. It is a tie. You really can’t go wrong with both modern and older technology. If you have never heard a record player playing vinyl in action before, you should really get around to it. You will really enjoy the experience and have more of an appreciation for the older days. Or you can just keep shuffling music on Spotify or your Ipod. Choice is yours!


Why 5G will be Far More Life-Changing than you Think


Mobile technology is evolving rapidly. Every 10 years or so, a huge paradigm shift is brought in the wireless communication technology. Just a decade ago, the latest generation of cellular network technology was developed. The very firstcellular networks were introduced in 1980s, followed by GSM in 90s and the LTE was launched in 2010.

From GSM to LTE and Beyond

Each new generation of communication protocols seeks to fix the problems and errors in the existing systems. GSM rectified the security failure in analogue telephony; whereas 3G offered a great fix for solving the data loss encountered in GSM systems. 4G aimed to enhance the user experience of mobile data usage.

The Dawn of 5G

5G is appearing on the horizon as the next generation of cellular and wireless communication. The very emergence of 5G brings us to the very fundamental question: what problems does 5G aim to fix?

5G remains more of an enigma in the world of communication systems. The major complaints regarding the modern mobile services are price and the offered coverage.As a matter of fact, neither of these problems need to be addressed by introducing a new generation of mobile systems. Interestingly, 5G delivers a lot more than just fast speed and coverage. It actually forms a network that can manage not only the communication requirements of today, but can also tackle the challenges of future communication.

5G actually sorts out the problem of latency, which basically is a delay between the request sent for data and the reply containing the received data. With the IoT joining zillions of devices, a recent forecast suggests that by 2020, even 4G will not be able to deliver data immediately.

Let’s take a look at this scenario in a broader perspective. The latency issue will not affect your movie streaming and games and downloads only, but it will alter each and everything connected to the system. 5G can allegedly address this issue efficiently. The fifth generation of mobile data communications is expected to sort out the latency issue by discarding the crowded radio spectrum employed by current networks in favor of higher frequency bands, or via an improved handling of the current spectrum. The ultimate system design may even opt for a blend of both of these solutions.

Apart from swifter connections and low latency, the upcoming mobile technology will also need low power requirements. It is also expected to affect the gadgets tremendously. You can certainly enjoy apps instead of channels in the coming future and can also watch the sporting events from the other side of the stadium for a better view.

5G is an abbreviation of the fifth generation of mobile communications; however, there is not a one 5G standard. Primarily, 5G refers to all those forthcoming technologies that are anticipated to be all over the place by 2020.

South Korea, which is likely to be a little ahead of the rest of the world specifically when it comes to technology and innovations, claims that she isn’t prepared for a 5G trial before 2017. Similarly, the United States trials are not expected before 2018.

Let’s see what else 5G has in store for us. The future will definitely unveil some more amazing benefits of this technology.


Meet Emily: The Robot Lifeguard launched from a Helicopter


If you thought impervious, jet-driven superheroes in vibrant costumes exist only in the films and comics, you got another thought coming. Emily, a remote-controlled robotic life guard, currently confirmed her worth by rescuing around 300 Syrian refugees from drowning off the Greek Isle of Lesbos.

The Refugee Plight: Those in Peril On the Sea

The isle of Lesbos faces an in surge of over 2000 refugees daily. The local people have witnessed the appalling situation of the refugees as they attempt to reach safety in capricious boats, frequently ending up in the harsh waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

An Arizona-based company, dubbed Hydronalix, took on the challenge to design a system to alleviate the suffering of those in peril on the sea.

Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard; Emily

The robotic lifeguard system is formally called Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard ( or Emily ). Emily was outlined by Tony Mulligan in association with ONR.

Emily took around 15 years of extensive research and development. At first, Emily was tested on various marine mammals for an on-going research on the whale movement.

“Emily’s 15-year progression is inspiring. From whale-monitoring efforts, to supporting warfighters in harm’s way, to impacting global humanitarian efforts;EMILY is a classic overnight success story years in the marketing.”
Emily has been devised to be launched from a helicopter, from a bridge, or even from a boat to drive up to a drowning person in the water. The robot acquires propulsion just like a jet ski and the best part is that it does not include propeller blades, resulting in less injuries and harm. The robotic lifeguard moves at a rapid speed of 22mph. The robotic savior can handle up to 30 feet high waves and is able to endurebumps against rocks and reefs whilebeing operational. This apparently indicates that Emily can survive in the roughest of the possible conditions.

According to Tony Mulligan, designer of Emily and CEO Hydronalix:

“Emily is made of Kevlar and aircraft-grade composites and is virtually indestructible.”

The flashy color scheme comprising of red, orange and yellow hues makes this beauty absolutely easy to spot. The robotic lifeguard is fitted with light for night-time rescue missions. Emily also sports two-way radio system that enables the rescuers to communicate with the people striving in water along with a video camera to see them properly.

Although Emily’s most apparent use is as a crisis flotation tool that can cater up to six individuals struggling in the water at the same time, the robotic lifeguard can also handover lifejackets and is able to drag a rescue line as far as 800 yards in waves or currents.

At merely 25 pounds and four feet length, this lifeguard robot may be slightly short sized for a hero. However, unlike her fictitious counterpart, Emily’s indeed is a real world life savior.

Till date, around 260 Emily units have been shipped to the search and rescue organization around the world including Greece, Brazil, USA, Singapore, South Korea and United Kingdom. This lifeguard robot, along with other high-tech devices from the range, will be exhibited in Maryland during this year’s Naval Expo 2016.

Needless to say, advancements like Emily and 3d printing are going to make the future quite interesting.


Could your next Louis Vuitton be 3D Printed

From architecture to engineering and medicine to the vibrant fashion world, 3D printing is progressively making a huge impact on various industries around the globe.

Van Herpen was the very first fashion stylist to send 3D-printed fashion down the ramps. Since then, the trend has evolved into a latest tool in the fashion universe, with prominent fashion houses and renowned fashion artists designing geometric cutout long gowns, thick and slick trims, and apparel that looks like skeletons and antique shields.

While thinking of an opulent French Fashion house, the only thing that pops in our mind is the glamorously fabulous designs crafted with some really delicate fabrics. However, if you inquire Louis Vuitton artistic director Nicolas Ghesquiere, the high fashion’s dependence over the handcrafted elements has been, to some extent, exaggerated.
According to Ghesquiere;

“Fashion is a wonderful industry because fashion is scared of nothing. Fashion was always very supportive of the craft, and at the same time fashion has never refused innovation, never refused to go further, to look for a new way to do it, and technology is a part of it.”

Fashion meets Technology

The enthusiasm to get hold of the latest is something that has construed the French fashion designer’s career. Since he took over the French fashion mammoth’s management, Ghesquiere is aiming to match the Louis Vuitton’s legendary history and classical methodologies with technological upgrading. From aesthetically perfect laser cut ensembles to digital heroines, the French artist certainly knows how to blend technology with the methodology. As per Ghesquiere; he is bringing the novelty into the legacy.

While talking about the man against machine argument, Ghesquieredoes not seem inclined to opt for a decisive global winner. He prefers to analyze which system, manual or automatic, is more adept at the task that needs to be completed. Undoubtedly, certain kind of embroidery can only be accomplished perfectly if done with hands. However, 3D printing mechanism is a lot more productive and less time consuming than its manual substitute.

“The work of the designer today is also to display those techniques of fabrication to decide which way you should go and what you should mix to create a beautiful dress,” Ghesquiere said.

Although technology has absolutely grown beyond and above our wildest fantasies to forge a way for progress and development in almost every industry possible, it has also been a source of new innovations driving the industries to readjust and modify accordingly.

Although, we may not realize accurately how 3D printing will disturb the present setup of the fashion business; and whether or not it will be a boon or a bane to the industry, change is certainly inescapable. How will 3D printing systems amend the way consumers select and buy fashion is a question that will soon be answered.

For true Louis Vuitton admirers, what matters the most is the same legendary, unmatched style that they have witnessed for the past so many years, crafted both technologically and manually. What do you think about the introduction of the 3D technology in the fashion world? Are you all set to buy some of the technologically-crafted luxury 3D printed fashion pieces for you?