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Free and Sci-Fi

Where no radio engineer has gone before

Back to work (if you can call it that) after a two-week hiatus. Hopefully you had the chance to hit the NAB Show in Vegas. Great show but radio couldn’t have been more spread out (though I hear rumors that radio finally gets consolidated back to the North Hall next year … which is great!) This week on Off the Beaten Path, a few neat freebies and some fun stuff.

Orban Free Loudness Meter Software
Many of you may have already seen this (and grabbed it) but if you haven’t, here’s a cool little Windows app which allow you to monitor computer audio.

Free “Space Sounds”
Anything free is always cool, but you might have a production in need of this (or just enjoy the freakiness of space sounds).

“Tron Paint”
If you saw “Tron” (the old or new), besides being in a small group of people, you probably thought their transportation was interesting. I thought this video was reminiscent of “Tron.” It’s actually a paint Volvo calls Life Paint and could really be a future lifesaver.

Solar Roadways
Here’s something to file under “wish I had thought of that!” This is a fascinating idea which I hope comes to fruition someday. The idea is using roadways as massive solar collection systems. It’s an interesting idea and fun to imagine as part of our future.

And finally …
Many people in technology are into Star Trek (and the many iterations of the show). Might be because it paints a great future for society or maybe it’s just the cool stuff in the shows. As a Trek geek, I stumbled across this neat link of the Top 10 Star Trek endings. You might enjoy this too.

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