I’m proud to announce that after two and a half years and thousands of man hours Myro:Air has passed Apple Certification for AirPlay and Made for iPod, iPhone and iPad. Myro:Air is designed, engineered and made in the U.S.A with domestic and foreign parts. The boards are assembled in Washington State — one of the main goals in creating Myro:Air was to keep as much of the product made in the U.S.A. as possible.
From a technical perspective, Myro:Air is the first AirPlay streamer of it’s kind (most AirPlay devices are wireless speaker systems or receivers). Features like RS-232 for home automation/control systems like Crestron and AMX brings transport control (play, pause, next track, previous track) and metadata integration to custom installers. As well as smartsource support for Russound RNET based controllers. For the audio output side, Myro:Air provides analog output via the venerable Wolfson WM8741 DAC. It can also output digital audio in parallel via a Wolfson WM8804.
I’m especially excited to finally be able to share Myro:Air with the rest of the world!
As many of you know I’ve been busy finishing my latest hardware creation, Myro:Air and as part of a certification process, the USB port on the back of the unit must be able to provide a stable 5V at both 1A and 2.1A loads. Long story short, it’s been quite the process to test the power supply consistently until I found this nice Programmable DC Electronic Load system. It’s marketed under many different brands like TekPower, Circuit Specialists & ProTek but it usually also contains the model number of 3710A and is made by Array. The best part is the price — $349 for the 360VDC/150W and $499 for the 360V/ 300W version.
I purchased the unit from Circuit Specialists and will post a full video review soon. It’s allowed me to easily test different component profiles as well as test the required overload protection of Myro:Air’s USB circuit. The unit also features a built in multimeter that can also measure the voltage of the circuit under load though I still prefer to use my DMM for more accurate measures. I’ll also demonstrate the PC software it ships with in the video.
Feel free to post an questions in the comments and I can answer then in the video.
2013 was a great year for tech lovers and I’ve finally found a moment to post a link to my Technology Holiday Gift Guide showing all the gadgets I recommended and ran last month on ESPN and a few ABC Owned television stations. Even though the Holidays are over these gift ideas are still relevant for upcoming birthdays or heck, even a well deserved gift for yourself. Also, if you ever find a cool tech product please let me know about it as I’m always compiling a list of ideas for the next gift guide.
- 2013 ESPN Gift Guide: Technology
Here’s the latest update for those that have been following the progression of Myro:Air — an AirPlay Streamer featuring Wolfson’s WM871 DAC and offers home automation control options. Click here for the latest update on the project!
When I was a kid I always had my eye on the Team Associated RC10 but it was very expensive. I was however still lucky to get my hands on a Tamiya Grasshopper (also recently rereleased), but it was never a RC10 replacement. I come to find out that Team Associated has rereleased the RC10 Classic kit for a limited time. Still made in the U.S.A. (or “a good portion of it is”) with the same basic parts (full list of changes here) — I believe the tooling has changed but for the most part they are identical (read about it more here). Even the most iconic component, the gold anodized aluminum tub chassis, is included except it has been updated to fit either a 6-cell NiMh or 2S LiPo battery packs.