Control Vinci’s Workout Earbuds With a Wave

It’s cumbersome to skip songs on a long run or during an intense gym workout, so a startup made earbuds that can control music playback using hand gestures.

LAS VEGAS–Fumbling with your smartphone to turn up the volume or advance to the next track while you’re on a long run is no fun. So a startup called Vinci decided to make a miniature version of its original over-the-ear gesture-sensitive earphones, which let you manage music playback with a wave of your hand.

The Vinci 2.0 prototype, unveiled at CES, looks like many other wireless workout earbuds, including the neck band, except for one key difference: There are tiny motion sensors embedded in the earpieces that sense your hand movement. That means you can simply raise your hands to your ears and wave them forward to raise the volume, wave them backward to lower it, and hold your hand over the sensor to start or pause playback.

Vinci 2.0 lasts for up to 14 hours between charges, and includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for syncing your playlist with your phone. You can also use it to stream wirelessly using the built-in 3G modem. Adjusting settings is accomplished via a tiny 1-inch OLED display. In addition to hand gestures, you can also speak commands to Amazon Alexa, and Vinci said that it plans to add support for Google Assistant as well.

Once the Vinci 2.0 goes on sale (the company is currently taking pre-orders on Kickstarter) , it will retail for $89 with 8GB of storage. If you have a large music collection and are bucking the recent trend of streaming music via Spotify or similar services, the company also plans to sell a 16GB version for $149, and a 32GB for $249.

, it will retail for $89 with 8GB of storage. If you have a large music collection and are bucking the recent trend of

via Spotify or similar services, the company also plans to sell a 16GB version for $149, and a 32GB for $249.

See Also : Organizer of Neo-Nazi Rally Tweets That Death of Heather …

Jason Kessler, organizer of the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville that left one woman dead and dozens injured by a terrorist (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Jason Kessler, the organizer of last weekend’s neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville and a former contributor to the Daily Caller , tweeted overnight that the death of Heather Heyer was ” payback time .” Response in the white nationalist community was mixed, with some distancing themselves from Kessler, others applauding his tweet, and still others floating various conspiracy theories.

Jason Kessler, the organizer of last weekend’s neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville and a former contributor to the

.” Response in the white nationalist community was mixed, with some distancing themselves from Kessler, others applauding his tweet, and still others floating various conspiracy theories.

Jason Kessler’s tweet calling Heather Heyer, the woman killed by a neo-Nazi terrorist, a “fast, disgusting Communist” and saying that her death was “payback” (Twitter)

Kessler’s tweet referred to Heather Heyer, the woman killed by a neo-Nazi in Charlottesville, as a “fat disgusting Communist” and claimed that since Communists had “killed 94 million” people throughout history, her death was “payback time.” His tweet included a link to the Daily Stormer, a white supremacist site that has been booted by both GoDaddy and Google and has had a hard time finding a home .

Kessler’s tweet referred to Heather Heyer, the woman killed by a neo-Nazi in Charlottesville, as a “fat disgusting Communist” and claimed that since Communists had “killed 94 million” people throughout history, her death was “payback time.” His tweet included a link to the Daily Stormer, a white supremacist site that has been booted by both GoDaddy and Google and has had a hard time

The most notable conspiracy theory was floated by neo-Nazi hacker Weev, who said that he had hacked Kessler’s account. Weev, whose real name is Andrew Auernheimer, published a post on the social networking site Gab about two hours after Kessler’s tweet, taking credit for the hateful message. But Weev is known for making outlandish claims and so far there’s been no evidence presented to substantiate the claim that he hacked Kessler.

Notorious neo-Nazi hacker Weev, real name Andrew Auernheimer, in a post on the social networking site Gab, taking credit for the Kessler tweet (Gab)

Other white supremacists who attended the rally in Charlottesville, like Richard Spencer, said that they would no longer associate with Kessler . Spencer, who was a mentor to Trump White House advisor Stephen Miller at Duke University, came to prominence after leading a neo-Nazi rally in November of 2016 while shouting, “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!”

Other white supremacists who attended the rally in Charlottesville, like Richard Spencer, said that they would no longer associate

. Spencer, who was a mentor to Trump White House advisor Stephen Miller at Duke University, came to prominence after leading a neo-Nazi rally in

White supremacist Baked Alaska, who also attended the rally and posted video of himself shouting “hail victory,” also sought to distance himself from Kessler, disavowing “actual racial hatred.” Baked Alaska’s real name is Tim Gionet.

It’s not clear what Gionet means by the tweet, as marching in a neo-Nazi rally seems to be the very definition of “spewing actual racial hatred.” Gionet has seemingly been much more open to the cause of non-violence since getting maced at the rally in Charlottesville, but not open enough to denounce the cause of white supremacy. He also doesn’t seem to understand that things like Holocaust denial and retweeting “Hitler did nothing wrong,” is itself a call to violence.

It’s not clear what Gionet means by the tweet, as marching in a neo-Nazi rally seems to be the very definition of “spewing actual racial hatred.” Gionet has seemingly been much more open to the cause of non-violence since

at the rally in Charlottesville, but not open enough to denounce the cause of white supremacy. He also doesn’t seem to understand that things like Holocaust denial and retweeting “Hitler did nothing wrong,” is itself a call to violence.

But there was a broad mix of responses to Kessler’s tweet on Gab, the social network of choice for white supremacists who’ve been banned from Twitter. Some on the network insisted that Kessler’s tweet was proof that he’s actually a “paid plant” controlled by the US government to make white supremacists look bad.

Screenshot from the social networking platform Gab, claiming that Jason Kessler is a paid plant for lefty causes who only pretends to be a white supremacist (Gab)

Some so-called alt-right activists have said that Kessler is a secret Barack Obama supporter and even wanted Hillary Clinton to win, basically the worst things you can say in the white supremacist community about other neo-Nazis . Others said that Heather Heyer herself was some kind of government agent .

Some so-called alt-right activists have said that Kessler is a secret Barack Obama supporter and even wanted Hillary Clinton to win, basically the worst things you can say in the white supremacist community about

Several white supremacists insisted that anyone distancing themselves from Kessler were cucks and traitors to the cause of white nationalism. The term cucks has been popularized in the Trump-supporting community as a derivative of “cuckold” and is meant to be a derogatory term for other conservatives.

One alt-right YouTube and podcasting personality, Tara McCarthy, said on Gab that she understood why some people would “lay low” for the time being, but hinted that the idea of disavowing the cause made one a traitor.

Screenshot from the social networking platform Gab by Tara McCarthy claiming that people who now disavow the alt-right in any way are traitors (Gab)

Gizmodo has reached out to Jason Kessler for comment and will update this post if we hear back. Heather Heyer couldn’t be reached for comment because she was killed by a neo-Nazi terrorist.

Update, 7:48am ET: Jason Kessler has now deleted the tweet, but has not responded to Gizmodo’s request for comment.

Update, 7:55am ET: Kessler just tweeted, apologizing for the tweet about Heather Heyer and claiming that he was hacked last night .

Screenshot of a tweet sent out by Jason Kessler claiming that he had been hacked last night when a tweet about Heather Heyer was sent out (Twitter)

We have yet to see any evidence to confirm or deny whether Kessler was hacked, but he has previous used the term “payback time” in tweets from June 16, 2017 where he said , “And platforming militantly anti-white academics from # UVA. Now its payback time. The # altright & right wing will have its day to speak.”

We have yet to see any evidence to confirm or deny whether Kessler was hacked, but he has previous used the term “payback time” in tweets from

Update, 8:04am ET: And now Kessler just deleted his tweet saying he was hacked for some reason. But I got a screenshot.

And now Kessler just deleted his tweet saying he was hacked for some reason. But I got a screenshot.

Update, 10:49am ET: Kessler just sent out two tweets where he no longer claims that he was hacked and instead blames his tweets about Heather Heyer on stress and a combination of alcohol, sleep medication, and anti-anxiety drugs .

Kessler just sent out two tweets where he no longer claims that he was hacked and instead blames his tweets about Heather Heyer on

Update, 12:54pm ET: It appears that Jason Kessler has either deactivated or permanently deleted his Twitter account. I’ve uploaded screenshots above for all the tweets that were previously embedded.

It appears that Jason Kessler has either deactivated or permanently deleted his Twitter account. I’ve uploaded screenshots above for all the tweets that were previously embedded.

See Also : Hurricane Harvey Has Knocked Out 25 Percent of Gulf Gas …

Hurricane Harvey, the Category 4 storm that barreled into southeastern Texas on Friday evening, has shut down approximately a quarter of US gas production in the Gulf of Mexico.

on Friday evening, has shut down approximately a quarter of US gas production in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to Reuters , storm-related shutdowns have knocked approximately 428,568 barrels of oil per day off the US’ “roughly 1.75 million bpd pumped from the Gulf,” per the estimate of the Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. That’s up from a Friday estimate of 22 percent, when numerous oil production facilities were taken offline in preparation for Harvey’s homecoming.

, storm-related shutdowns have knocked approximately 428,568 barrels of oil per day off the US’ “roughly 1.75 million bpd pumped from the Gulf,” per the estimate of the Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. That’s up from a Friday estimate of 22 percent, when numerous oil production facilities were taken offline in preparation for Harvey’s homecoming.

Per the Associated Press , before the hurricane made landfall on Friday night, “Dozens of oil and gas platforms had been evacuated, at least three refineries had closed and at least two petrochemical plants had suspended operations.” If the storm continues dumping tens of inches of water across large swathes of Texas, as is expected, flooding in the Houston and Beaumont areas could continue to affect oil production.

, before the hurricane made landfall on Friday night, “Dozens of oil and gas platforms had been evacuated, at least three refineries had closed and at least two petrochemical plants had suspended operations.” If the storm continues dumping tens of inches of water across large swathes of Texas, as is expected, flooding in the Houston and Beaumont areas could continue to affect oil production.

The AP reported the Interior Department said personnel evacuated 86 of the 737 oil and gas platforms in the Gulf before the storm hit, contributing to the contraction. But analysts who spoke with the AP mostly predicted the shutdowns would have a minor and temporary effect on US gas-guzzling, with rises of five to 15 cents per gallon most likely, and a rise of 25 cents per gallon possible.

One fear going into Harvey was that the region’s heavy concentration of coastal oil and gas facilities put it at risk of a major disaster like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout. A 2016 investigation by ProPublica and the Texas Tribune warned major storm damage to Houston petrochemical facilities could risk skyrocketing gas prices and flood shipping lanes with deadly toxins, wreaking ecological and economic havoc.

One fear going into Harvey was that the region’s heavy concentration of coastal oil and gas facilities put it at

warned major storm damage to Houston petrochemical facilities could risk skyrocketing gas prices and flood shipping lanes with deadly toxins, wreaking ecological and economic havoc.

While reports have not yet indicated those warnings have come to fruition, officials are still assessing storm damage. Days of potentially catastrophic flooding ahead mean the region is not out of the danger zone yet, either.