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DT Daily: Artiphon Instrument, Podo selfie cam, Monolith longboard

Whether you simply aspire to one day play an instrument, or you’re already a seasoned musician… chances are good you’re going to want one of these. Artiphon’s Instrument 1 is a touch-sensitive controller which outputs sounds akin to the guitar, piano, violin, bass, or pretty much anything else you want. The device itself is pretty unassuming. Just a fret board with a head and body, a speaker, volume knob and instrument presets. Its ease of use and customizability quickly made it a hot commodity. The Artiphon Instrument 1 is nearing a half million dollars raised on Kickstarter, well past its goal of 75 grand. Starting price is 350 bucks, and it’s expected to ship early next year.

Like taking selfies, but don’t want to be that idiot who actually purchases and uses a selfie stick? Check out Podo. This tiny device, which takes 8-megapixel images and 720p video, can be stuck onto almost any flat surface and used to send images to iOS and Android mobile devices via Bluetooth.  Its dedicated smartphone app lets you see what Podo sees, so you can get in exactly the right spot before you tap the shutter button. Podo also sports a built-in ring flash. Once you’ve got the shot, sharing it on popular social media sites takes just a few quick taps. A cool design feature of Podo is its microsuction pad, which lets you attach it to an array of surfaces.

In the past few years, batteries and electric motors have both become drastically smaller and more powerful, and as a result, we’ve seen a boatload of different electric skateboard models pop up recently. Unfortunately they’re bulky, heavy, and can’t be ridden like a normal board would be. Inboard Sports- a startup from California, hopes to address these problems with its first product: the Monolith. Using custom-built in-wheel motors and an ultra slim battery pack, the board looks and feels like a regular longboard. Without any belts to slow you down, you’re free to push, slide, and bomb down hills just like you would on an analog board. It even has a swappable battery system, so when one pack runs out, you can just pop in another one and keep riding.