Use Alexa to solve a small town murder in the new board game “St.Noire”

NEWS – I loved playing board games when I was a kid, as an adult not so much. The only time I play them now is on occasion with my young nephews. Let’s face it they haven’t changed much over the years, and they’ve just lost their appeal. However, a new type of board game may change all that.  St.Noire, is a new board game created by Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell that is powered by Alexa. The game is a voice-controlled Murdermystery board game. Alexa provides the games atmospheric background and cinematic voice performances. There are over 2,500 lines of dialogue that are performed by 12 different characters.

The basic gist of the game is that you have seven days to solve a murder in the small town of St.Noire. As a detective, you have to gather clues and question suspects as you piece together the events on the night of the murder. Using Alexa, you can visit various locations around town and question suspects.

On every turn you can choose to either:

  1. Examine a location for evidence.
  2. Choose to question a townsperson about where they were and who they saw on the night of the murder.
  3. Accuse a suspect.

Winning the game is done by figuring out “who done it” before the end of night seven. But, If you make two incorrect accusations or make a wrong accusation on night seven, the killer skates free. Don’t worry it doesn’t take seven days to complete the game. The game only takes 20-30 minutes to play. Perfect for today’s short attention spans. And you can play by yourself or team up with friends to solve the crime.

The game should have good replay-ability. No two games are the same because storylines, endings, victims, and killers are all randomized.

The game, of course, is an Amazon exclusive and comes with everything you need to play except The Alexa speaker itself. But everyone has at least one of those in their house by now, don’t they?

If you’re a fan of murder mysteries and immersive gameplay you can order St.Noire from Amazon for $40. Although it does appear the game is currently sold out.

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Use Alexa to solve a small town murder in the new board game “St.Noire”

NEWS – I loved playing board games when I was a kid, as an adult not so much. The only time I play them now is on occasion with my young nephews. Let’s face it they haven’t changed much over the years, and they’ve just lost their appeal. However, a new type of board game may change all that.  St.Noire, is a new board game created by Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell that is powered by Alexa. The game is a voice-controlled Murdermystery board game. Alexa provides the games atmospheric background and cinematic voice performances. There are over 2,500 lines of dialogue that are performed by 12 different characters.

The basic gist of the game is that you have seven days to solve a murder in the small town of St.Noire. As a detective, you have to gather clues and question suspects as you piece together the events on the night of the murder. Using Alexa, you can visit various locations around town and question suspects.

On every turn you can choose to either:

  1. Examine a location for evidence.
  2. Choose to question a townsperson about where they were and who they saw on the night of the murder.
  3. Accuse a suspect.

Winning the game is done by figuring out “who done it” before the end of night seven. But, If you make two incorrect accusations or make a wrong accusation on night seven, the killer skates free. Don’t worry it doesn’t take seven days to complete the game. The game only takes 20-30 minutes to play. Perfect for today’s short attention spans. And you can play by yourself or team up with friends to solve the crime.

The game should have good replay-ability. No two games are the same because storylines, endings, victims, and killers are all randomized.

The game, of course, is an Amazon exclusive and comes with everything you need to play except The Alexa speaker itself. But everyone has at least one of those in their house by now, don’t they?

If you’re a fan of murder mysteries and immersive gameplay you can order St.Noire from Amazon for $40. Although it does appear the game is currently sold out.

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Use Alexa to solve a small town murder in the new board game “St.Noire” originally appeared on The Gadgeteer on July 21, 2019 at 10:00 am.

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2020 Corvette goes mid-engine and high-tech

NEWS – Chevrolet has finally announced the long-anticipated 2020 Corvette with a brand new mid-engine design.  Moving the engine behind the seats changes the overall weight and balance of the vehicle for better overall performance.  This has long been the case in exotic supercars like Ferrari and McLaren for the well-healed that can afford $100K – $250K or more for their daily driver.

Chevy is bringing this new supercar to American consumers starting at about $60K.  The C8 Corvette car is all-new with a claimed single part carried over from current C7 design. The new 6.2L LT2 V8 produces 450 HP and is expected to produce 0-60 MPH runs in under three seconds. The Z51 performance package should up that to 495 HP and 470 lb-ft of torque. The engine sits on glorious display under a rear hatch window. The new powerplant

Storage is improved with enough room in the back for a couple of golf bags  Moving the engine behind the seats allows for additional storage up front, a “frunk”. This means that the new Corvette should be practical for limited weekend travel.

The all-new cockpit is driver-centric and offers great Bluetooth phone connectivity along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.  A squared-off steering wheel improves visibility for the electronic instrument cluster and a color heads-up display.

Having owned a 1985 Corvette myself, I can tell you that speed bumps and driveway curbs are evil and will destroy the low front-end air dam.  The 2020 Corvette has a high-tech answer for that with GPS-aware front lift!

For the driving enthusiast, the standard performance data recorder (PDR) can track all aspects of your drive along with dashcam video.

Like other performance cars, the drive mode is selectable for sport, touring and so on.  The new Corvette adds “Z-mode” and “My mode”, where the driver can completely customize all the performance characteristics and return to their favorite settings in a click.

Delivery dates have not yet been announced, but since other 2020 models will be available later this year, it shouldn’t be too long before these beauties will begin hitting the road.

To learn more, and to design and reserve yours, visit Chevy’s 2020 Corvette page here.

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2020 Corvette goes mid-engine and high-tech originally appeared on The Gadgeteer on July 21, 2019 at 8:00 am.

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Logitech Harmony Express remote, Nitecore EDC knife, and more – Weekly roundup

NEWS – Don’t let the weekend go by without checking out this full listing of all the articles, news, and reviews that we posted here on the Gadgeteer in the last 7 days. Enjoy!

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Logitech Harmony Express remote, Nitecore EDC knife, and more – Weekly roundup originally appeared on The Gadgeteer on July 20, 2019 at 10:41 pm.

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Google’s plan to improve local news will start in Youngstown, Ohio

Today, Google announced that Youngstown, Ohio, will be the first city in its Compass Experiment, a joint venture with newspaper publishing company McClatchy to revive local news. The announcement couldn't be more timely, as Youngstown's long standing...

Stick NozNoz in your nose to lose weight or perform a self-lobotomy

NEWS – I think the guy in the image above shoved the NozNoz a little too far up his schnoz and did some major brainial damage. He just looks way too happy to be pushing a small piece of plastic in his nose in order to lose a few pounds.

Are you thinking that this is a joke product? Me too, but it’snot (sorry, I couldn’t resist…). The NozNoz is a real wellness “wearable” that has been designed to help people lose weight without drugs.

Smell influences our behavior, memories and emotions and can trigger eating when not necessarily hungry, and as well as pleasure based eating. NozNoz redirects scent-filled air away from the olfactory system to reduce our sense of smell and help users on their weight management journey.

NozNoz comes two sizes that should fit a variety of snouts and If you were on the fence about possibly buying your own pair of NozNozes, the fact that they come in their own little storage case might be the determining factor for you. Or not.

You can buy the NozNoz for $59.99 at NozNoz.com.  There’s a 30-day money-back guarantee. Come on, I dare you.

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Stick NozNoz in your nose to lose weight or perform a self-lobotomy originally appeared on The Gadgeteer on July 18, 2019 at 1:01 pm.

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Withings launches new BPM Core and BPM Connect

NEWS – Withings has been one of my favorite brands when it comes to fitness and health gadgets and now they’ve added 2 new BPMs (blood pressure monitors) to their line up of fitness watches and other health devices. The BPM Connect is an easy to use smart BPM, while the BPM Core is simple but advanced BPM.

The BPM Core is the first over the counter device that’s designed to measure blood pressure, record an electrocardiogram (ECG) and listen to your heart using its built-in digital stethoscope. Just press a button and the BPM Core will give your heart a 3-in-1 checkup all in the comfort of your home.

BPM Core checks for high blood pressure – 1 in 3 adults has high blood pressure (hypertension), which is a silent condition with no outward symptoms that can lead to heart disease and stroke.

BPM Core checks for AFib – 1 in 4 middle-aged adults has atrial fibrillation (AFib). This condition is the most common form of arrhythmia and can lead to heart failure, stroke, fatigue, and shortness of breath. Like hypertension, there can be no outward symptoms of Afib, but it can be detected via an electrocardiogram.

BPM Core checks for VHD – If you’re one of 1 in 3 adults with high blood pressure, you have a higher risk of developing valvular heart disease (VHD). This condition is characterized by a defect of the heart valves that can lead to heart failure. VHD can remain silent for a long time and people with VHD often don’t know that they have it. Early detection can be key to treating this problem.

The Withings BPM Core will be priced at $249.95 and will be available soon. You can visit withings.com for more details.

If you want a new BPM now, you can check out the new BPM Connect which is an update of their classic BPM that we reviewed over 5 years ago. The BPM Connect has been slimmed down and is simplified so that you can take and review readings without needing your phone nearby. The BPM Connect is available today for $99.95 directly from Withings.

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Withings launches new BPM Core and BPM Connect originally appeared on The Gadgeteer on July 18, 2019 at 12:29 pm.

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The Pakt Coffee Kit is a brewing system for the road

NEWS – Making coffee when staying in hotel rooms is easy. Making good coffee is darn near impossible. The tiny electric drip or pod based machines typically provided are generally not capable of making a good cup of coffee. Does it get the water hot enough? Who knows! How clean are the insides? Hard to say! Combine this with the dubious quality of the pre-packaged filters or pods and you’ve got a recipe for uncertainty and, most likely, disappointment.

Enter the Pakt Coffee Kit. This fully contained (well, almost, as it doesn’t include a grinder) travel brewing system is designed to give you a tasty brew by removing the uncertainty from your morning coffee routine. Pakt has managed to fit an electric kettle, grounds container, mug (stainless steel and double-walled, of course), pour over dripper, scooper and lids into a compact travel case. Nested together, the entire kit weighs 3.76 lbs (60.15 oz) and measures 12” x 4.5”.

The Coffee Kit contains a pour over style brewer and comes with a reusable mesh metal filter. If you prefer paper, the system is also compatible with the 01 size of the Hario V60. Just heat the water (I’d suggest bottled) and scoop your preferred amount of pre-ground coffee into the filter. Then, simply pour the water over the grounds and before you know it, you’ll be enjoying a hot and fresh cup of quality coffee.

The Coffee Kit is currently on Kickstarter and has surpassed its funding goal of $25,000 with 37 days to go (as of this writing). A pledge of $124 (a 34% savings off the $189 retail price) or more will get you one Pakt Coffee Kit with an expected delivery of December 2019.

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The Pakt Coffee Kit is a brewing system for the road originally appeared on The Gadgeteer on July 18, 2019 at 11:03 am.

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