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Ant Commandos Double Range Guitar

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on May 22nd, 2008

Ant Commandos Double Range Guitar
The Ant Commandos Double Range Guitar sells for $59.99 and does double duty, since it can play both Guitar Hero and Rock Band in one guitar. The Double Range Guitar plays PS2 and PS3 versions of both Guitar Hero (I, II and III) and Rock Band.

It operates on 2.4GHz wireless technology with a belt clip that gives players unlimited freedom. All of the functionality is retained, like a second set of Rock Band solo buttons near the strum bar and distortion effects. This is a great option for those with limited space who want to play both games.

Review: Skullcandy Skullcrusher headphones

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on May 22nd, 2008

Review: Skullcandy Skullcrusher headphones
Skullcandy is known for their quality headphones. Skullcandy’s Skullcrusher headphones are not new, but I wanted to give them a try and see what all the fuss was about. They don’t have any sophisticated active noise canceling features, but still manage to drown out background noise with a nice level of bass rumbling and sheer over-powering volume. And they do it very well.

The folded headset takes up an amazingly small amount of space. They are pleasingly lightweight and portable, perfect for anyone on the go, especially if you use have a backpack. You get a vinyl protective carrying pouch, one AA battery, a 1/4″ plug adapter and a two-prong plug adapter. I really like the fact that with the included adapters, I’m covered no matter what. The cord is about 5 feet long, so you have plenty of freedom.

Concept lets you take your music for a walk

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on May 21st, 2008

Concept lets you take your music for a walk
If you lack a pet that you can walk and find yourself feeling somehow left out, fear not. If designer Inbal Tyagi has her way, you’ll be taking your music for nice romantic walks in the near future. Inbal Tyagi likes to design clean, smart and simple things. So naturally she gave the boom box some wheels.

And what we have is a large vacuum cleaner sized boom-box that is a rechargeable MP3 player powered by energy-batteries and a dynamo. Great in concept, but I have better things to do then push a wheel around and avoid awkward stares all day.

Sony Rolly finally hits the U.S.

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2008

Sony Rolly finally hits the U.S.
Everybody’s favorite whacked out, dancing, escape pod looking robot from Sony is finally making its way from Japan to the USA. The small egg-like bot can blast tunes from it’s built-in speakers, move its cute little flippers to the music and spin around. Is it useful? Hell no. And we like it that way.

The bot comes with pre-choreographed routines for songs. (“Also Sprach Zarathustra,” Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend”, Earth Wind and Fire’s “Boogie Wonderland”) You can also use the choreography software to create dances for own tunes. The 2GB bot can be had in black or white, and found online or in Sony stores for $400.

Wii Guitar Hero axe now a MIDI controller

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2008

Wii Guitar Hero axe now a MIDI controller
I’m sure everyone and their imaginary roadie wishes the Guitar Hero guitar played more like a real instrument. Forget the fact that you don’t have any talent.(If you’re like me anyway) Instead of just dreaming about it, Dave actually made it happen. He converted a Wii Guitar Hero axe into a full-fledged MIDI controller. No, really. There’s a 5-pin jack down there that makes it official.

Now it can play two octaves of an eight note scale at time, alter the keys and octaves, change tonal modes, use the whammy bar to bend the pitch and generally rock out far more effectively. My only gripe is that if you are going to go through the trouble, you should at least improve on the look of the fugly stock guitar while you’re at it. This isn’t an easy mod, but if you think you’re up for it, hit the link.

Zarva Zippo MP320 MP3 player

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2008

Zarva Zippo MP320 MP3 player
Everyone knows and recognizes the Zippo. Rugged lighters that guarantee to give you a light even in the harshest conditions. So why not use the same material as a Zippo lighter to create an MP3 player? Combine the Zippo’s tough exterior and design with an MP3 player and you have the Zarva Zippo MP320 MP3 player.

Unlike the lighter it has a tiny display used for user interface navigation. It supports audio formats only (MP3 and WMA), so no video playback. Some other features include USB 2.0 connectivity, seven EQ modes, and an integrated microphone. The 1GB model will cost you just $27.

iPod Lamps combine music, with a lamp…

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2008

iPod Lamps combine music, with a lamp…
Look at those silly iPod lamps all gathered together and having a great old time. All colorful and retro looking. They think they’re pretty special. I don’t have the heart to tell them that they offer nothing new. I mean, that would just be cruel. But, the thing is, they aren’t all that special. Sure, they’re retro looking, but get this. I’ve been listening to music with a lamp on at the same time for practically my whole life.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the colors, but I like you, already own a lamp. On the other hand, if lighting is something new for you and you want an iPod dock to go along with your foray into electricity, it retails for $150 and comes in white, pink, black and brown colors.

Samsung F400: Dual slider music phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2008

Samsung F400: Dual slider music phone
Samsung announced the launch of it’s dual slider music phone ‘F400′. It’s equipped with ICEpower technology by Bang & Olufsen and comes equipped with Smart Bass which provides a rich, deep sound with Smart Limiter which ensures an audio signal does not exceed the amplitude of the threshold. The metallic keypad is softly brushed.

When slide down, it’s a music player with dual stereo speakers. Also comes with Shazam, a music recognizing application that provides users with a connected music experience. With Shazam, users can find out the name and artist of an unknown song just by pointing their phone at the music. How cool is that? Some other features include 3M camera, FM radio, Bluetooth 2.0, in-box 1GB SD memory and a microSD slot that supports up to 8GB.

Radioraft iPod dock pumps up pool parties

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2008

Radioraft iPod dock pumps up pool parties
Pump up the volume during your next pool party, with this floating system. The waterproof Radioraft will have your tunes pumping and jumping a full 360 degrees with five speakers and a built-in ipod dock.

It’s a completely submersible radioraft, with 400 watts of power, that will give you 8 continuous hours of play time, with 6 stainless steel cupholders, a watertight glove box to protect your iPod with controls on the top. So, yeah, they basically took a bouy and put in some cup-holders and speakers. Oh, and an iPod dock. All for the outrageous price of $2000. Your pool party guests had better be paying at the door.

The appropriately named Pikasso guitar

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on May 14th, 2008

The appropriately named Pikasso guitar
I’m not sure if Picasso ever painted a guitar, but if he made a real guitar, the result would be something like this. The aptly named Pikasso was created by Linda Manzer and it makes regular guitars look like boring slackers. It has two sound holes, four necks, and 42 strings, so one can imagine the range of chords that could be produced with this thing.

This wooden oddity looks heavy, but it’s actually pretty light, weighing in at under 15 lbs. It’s also easier to handle despite what it looks like, thanks to a tapered back and a divot on the bottom, allowing the instrument to rest on your knee. Some of us can’t even handle a standard guitar, nevermind this beast.

Party Monitors tell you how rockin’ your party is

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on May 14th, 2008

Party Monitors tell you how rockin’ your party is
Not sure how your party is going? Maybe you are too drunk to notice. Just consult with the Party Timer to figure out what type of party it is! When you’re going about your daily activities, it acts like a regular clock. When the tunes start pumping that changes, as it goes into party mode.

Based on noise levels, it will classify your party as a Romantic Party, Talking Party, Lite Party, Music Party, Dance Party, Club Party, Mega Party and if you can hear yourself above the noise, you’ll want to announce an Atomic Party, when the noise levels are dangerously above 161db. Dude, this party is atomic!

Bodybeat metronome helps you keep the beat

Posted in music by Conner Flynn on May 2nd, 2008

Bodybeat metronome helps you keep the beat
If you are an aspiring musician who is having trouble keeping the beat, then here’s a new update on the metronome that will help. The BodyBeat is an electronic metronome that attaches to your fingertip and lets you feel the beat of the music.

The Peterson BB-1 BodyBeat keeps your beat on target by sending tiny little pulses down the wire to your fingertip. It’s a silent method of learning the rhythm that lets you concentrate on playing your music, instead of listening for clicks or watching for blinking LEDs. The Peterson BodyBeat retails for just under $100 USD. Money well spent to improve your jamming.

SKDubs Gold boombox looks beautiful & badass

Posted in music by Conner Flynn on May 1st, 2008

SKDubs Gold boombox looks beautiful & badass
This boombox is an awesome mix of music and sculpture built into the body of a double bass by artist David Ellis. He incorporated a four-way stereo speaker system, two vaccum tube preamps, a Crown power amp, and a Behringer equalizer.

In case you’re wondering, there is no iPod dock, but it does come with one of the Apple players to provide a music source. You’ll have a hard time getting your hands on one, it’s limited to a run of only three systems. Which is just as well, since many of us don’t have a spare $15,000.

Yamaha’s Keyboard Notepad for musicians

Posted in Yamaha by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2008

Yamaha’s Keyboard Notepad is a must for musicians
Here’s a first. This is a notepad with an integrated keyboard. This is perfect for musicians and composers. It allows them to try out their tunes right then and there, with or without using the built-in headphone jack. No word yet on availability. I suppose if you don’t have headphones with you, you could really annoy people with this one, in say, a subway car or something. Then after you annoy your fellow man and call attention to your sweet new device, he can steal it and sell it to some other dude. I hope not. I’m, just saying.

Basically somebody at Yamaha had a notepad sitting next to their keyboard and went…”Whoah”. No word on availability yet.

Yamaha Tenori-On concept instrument

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2008

Yamaha Tenori-On concept instrument
Yamaha has a new concept digital musical instrument known as “Tenori-On”. The device’s LED buttons are used to play phrases and tempos, making it pretty unusual and unlike any other musical instrument. Both rear and front sides feature 256 LEDs.

The LEDs on the front side can be pressed by the user to play music and compose songs, while the rear side LEDs show the same pattern in order to provide viewers with a visual presentation to complement the audio part. You can save the songs you created on the Tenori-On by recording them to an SD memory card. This concept digital music instrument will retail for $1,158 later this May.