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Lego helmet reads comics for you

Posted in lego by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2011

Do you love comics, but don’t particularly want to flex the brain muscles required to actually read them? Then suit up spaceman, because this helmet is for you. Jonathan Robson has designed this Lego minifigure-inspired helmet, just for you.

The helmet has volume control and even a page skipping button on the side. On the back, there’s even a port for plugging in a USB flash drive loaded with audio content. Sadly the helmet is designed just for kids, but if you have a tiny head then go for it.

Audio Light Bulb from Hammacher

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2011

Online store Hammacher wants to combine your light and audio and so they are offering the Audio Light Bulb which allows you to light up your room and listen to some tunes at the same time. Audio is transmitted wirelessly to the light bulbs through a transmitter plugged into your stereo or computer.

It is said to deliver crisp quality audio thanks to it’s 10-watt speaker, which receives interference-free wireless audio signals from up to 50 feet away from the transmitter, which docks with any iPod/iPhone equipped with a 30-pin connector. The speaker will give you lighting similar to a 60-watt bulb.

eGANG W3 IGM-7000 Audio Mouse

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2011

eGANG Corporation has released the W3 IGM-7000 Audio Mouse. The device comes with a built-in stereo speaker and a microphone. It also offers 1000dpi tracking, a 2-channel stereo speaker and a microphone that can be used for listening to music and making VoIP calls.

It’s basically an all in one mouse. Well, not all, but the eGANG W3 IGM-7000 Audio Mouse does more than yours does. It is also ergonomically designed and has browsing control and volume control buttons.

Sony MDR-EX1000 Earphones are expensive

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2010

The MDR-EX1000 is an Asia-only release, which comes with ultra large drivers of 16mm for superb sound reproduction. It also includes 10 different silicon earbuds for better fits. That should mean no more sore ears for any of us.

The 16mm drivers can inject 3-30,000Hz of audio awesomeness into your skull, which will wrap around your brain like a spiky nano-storm of audio-erotica. At least, I hope it’s that cool, because these babies cost $799. Better start saving.

Oxygen Audio Car Stereo with iPhone interface

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

French electronics manufacturer Oxygen Audio will introduce an audio system at CES 2011 that uses an iPhone as the head unit interface. The O’Car audio system allows your iPhone to dock right to the front of the audio deck. A cantilever swivels the phone horizontally or vertically, and angles it in any direction.

You’ll be able to use your favorite apps for traffic information and navigation or whatever new technology comes to the market–as long as it goes to your phone. A downloadable app controls the entertainment system, which offers AM/FM/RDS radio, 4 by 55 watt amp and subwoofer control, and also provides seamless app multitasking.

Sennheiser outs new Gaming Headsets

Posted in Sennheiser by Conner Flynn on October 27th, 2010

Sennheiser has expanded its gaming headset lineup with four new sets. There’s the flagship Sennheiser PC 360, the surround sound PC 333D and PC 163D, and the PC 330 G4ME.

These should make your games sound pretty awesome. The flagship PC 360s have been available overseas for some time, but now they’re arriving in the U.S. for $299. They feature Sennheiser Open-Aire speaker technology, sport a volume control on the right ear cup, and the mic can be muted just by lifting it up. These should make gaming easier on the ears, while not hitting the wallet too hard.

Marshall teases new headphones

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2010

We don’t know much about these new headphones from Marshall, but we do know that they’ll be available on November 15 and that they’re apparently perfect for hipster graffiti artists.

Maybe tattoo artists as well. The packaging alone makes these tempting and the name Marshall certainly carries a lot of weight. At any rate, all will be revealed soon. Hopefully the price won’t keep them too far out of reach. We definitely like what we see so far.

Bose Lifestyle 235 2.1 channel home theater system

Posted in Bose by Conner Flynn on October 17th, 2010

Bose has introduced the Lifestyle 235 home theater system and the company is claiming that it is their best 2.1 channel surround system yet. You can connect up to 6 audio or visual sources and the system also supports HD upscaling for non HD media up to 1080p.

The system comes with an iPod / iPhone dock, a remote and a headset which can be used to calibrate the system’s sound. The Lifestyle 235 will cost you $2300.

Siemens miniTek streams audio to Hearing Aids via Bluetooth

Posted in Bluetooth by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2010

Siemens has announced its new miniTek, a small black box that works with Siemens hearing aids. The setup is simple, you just hook up the transmitter to your TV, stereo, phone, music player, or PC via Bluetooth or 3.5mm jack.

Then the device will be able to wirelessly stream stereo audio to you for up to five hours at a time. You can even use it to answer phone calls. This should make many hearing impaired folks very happy.

Scosche motorMOUTH II Handsfree Audio Car Kit

Posted in Bluetooth by Conner Flynn on September 29th, 2010

Scosche has released the motorMOUTH II Bluetooth handsfree car kit and streaming audio receiver. The device plugs into your vehicle’s AUX input for hands-free conversations. It will stream audio from any A2DP device.

Built-in motorMOUTH DSP echo cancellation technology makes sure you get a crystal clear conversation even when the kids are fighting in the back seat. It comes with a Y-adapter in case you don’t want to use Bluetooth.

Amazon Kindle Editions with video and audio

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2010

Sadly, Amazon didn’t just release a new Kindle that does motion video with embedded audio. But Amazon did just update the content for the Kindle app running on Apple devices, which will give a few books some multimedia.

As an example, Rick Steves’ London Kindle Edition with audio/video features walking tours with Rick narrating. Meanwhile recipe books could feature video tips etc. Unfortunately, right now it looks like there are only about a dozen titles classified as “Kindle Edition with Audio/Video”. Amazon seems to be testing the waters here.

PS3 firmware 3.30 adds remote play from PC, bitstream audio options

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2010

Aside from additional trophy sorting and 3D gaming readiness, the latest v3.30 system update has a few surprises in store. There’s a toggle for Bitstream Direct (output audio with the original digital signal prioritized) or Mix (mixed with sound effects such as button sounds and then converted to bitstream format) on Blu-ray movies. Future VAIO PC owners can even use remote play without any PSP intermediary.

Some other, unconfirmed reports include updated Flash compatibility, enhanced region free Blu-ray movie playback.

Steampunk sequencer generates audio from Legos

Posted in lego by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2010

Musician Yoshi Akai is an unorthodox musician. He dreams up ways to turn color into sound, and other unusual ways of producing music. Like this Lego Sequencer MR II, which uses three-dimensional Lego structures to emulate a three-channel, eight-step sequencer.

Each differently colored plastic brick produces a different sound and complex combinations (including tremolo and overdrive) are possible when the blocks are stacked. It works using resistors in every block, with parallel networks of resistors formed as the bricks pile up, equalling lower resistance, which means a higher frequency sound is generated.

Solar Powered Audio Bibles shipped to Haiti

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2010

Everyone is trying to do their part when it comes to helping those in Haiti. The Faith Comes By Hearing group are doing something as well, but they aren’t sending food, blankets or water. They are sending 600 audible Bibles.

Each of the Bibles can broadcast scriptures in Haitian Creole to an audience of up to 300 people. Aside from those 600 Bibles, they’re also raising money to send 3,000 more solar-powered audio Bibles to Haiti.

Audio records made from glacier ice

Posted in music by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2009

Audio records made from glacier iceRemember that James Bond movie with the Ice hotel? The entire hotel was sculpted out of Ice and it’s for real too. Everything in the hotel is completely usable. Similarly, artist Katie Paterson taken the idea and made recordings of 3 glaciers (the Langjökull, Snæfellsjökull and Solheimajökull) of Iceland.

She pressed them into three records that were cast and frozen with the melt water from each of the glaciers. When the time came, the records were played on three separate turntables non-stop until they melted. The process took only 2 hours.