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BatMP3 player is not from Wayne Industries

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2008

BatMP3 player is not from Wayne Industries
You might think that this Bat MP3 player is from Wayne Industries, but it’s not. Though it would be pretty cool if Batman’s own company made all of his gear. That would give up his secret however.

I have no idea who makes it, but I do know that even Batman needs tunes while beating the tar out of the Joker. It’s shaped after a 2.75″ black batshuriken, and comes with 1GB of flash memory within and features stereo headphones that look like…bat ears. It will be available this July for $80. The Batman probably could dock this on his chest.

DJGO concept for the DJ on the go

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2008

DJGO concept for the DJ on the Go
Kids these days and their crazy DJing. There’s always some new kid who wants to be the next big thing. The problem is, the amount of stuff they have to carry with them is insane. The DJ GO aims to help aspiring DJ’s with this portable DJing unit.

It’s a portable system that contains a pair of CD/ MP3 turntables and a mixer, all in a single unit which can be folded and carried in a bag. The hard drive will also help cut down the number of discs that need to be carried, and is capable of storing thousands of songs. The only thing missing, which you have to connect are the speakers.

Stitch CD Player is creepy, plays CDs

Posted in CD Player by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2008

Stitch CD Player is creepy, plays CDs
I admit, I’m not much of a Disney fan. Even if I were, I think that having this thing on my desk would creep me out. Runat Japan just announced this CD player based on Stitch from Disney’s popular series ‘Lilo and Stitch’. Stitch’s mouth opens wide revealing the CD tray, the ears double as speakers and the teeth are the controls.

It’s got an AM/FM tuner and the onboard speakers have an output of 0.6W×2ch. Here’s a great design move: It runs on 3 D batteries, which will give you a whole hour of play. The player is a Japan only and will cost you $92.

World’s first quadruple-neck guitar

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2008

World’s first quadruple-neck guitar
This guitar requires at least four times the skill of your normal rocker. It would be great for the alien band that has a few more limbs then most. With this baby you can be a one man bluegrass band with guitar, bass, mandolin and banjo all in one. I’m guessing the weight will destroy your collar bone though.

One of these monstrosities sold on eBay earlier this month for $255, which is insanely cheap, even when you consider the $134.98 shipping fee. It’s probably just as well, it’s gotta be a pain in the ass to restring this thing. You are NOT a guitar hero until you master this baby.

Harpejji: The Guitar & the Piano got it on

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on April 17th, 2008

Harpejji: The guitar & the Piano got it on
This right here is the result of a piano and a guitar finding themselves drunk in each other’s arms and later doing the nasty. You play it by tapping the 24 strings on the 24 frets. It’s actually the brainchild of math professor Jorn Starret who invented the thing as the StarrBoard.

Now it’s being produced by Marcodi Musical Instruments in Maryland, for the steep price of $5,995 depending what kind of finish you want on it. At that price it’s not exactly going to take the world by storm. I mean, c’mon, if you take the strings off, it’s little more then a fancy ironing board. I have to give it some credit though, it does have an interesting and at times unique sound and it seems like you could do quite alot with it musically. Check out a video below.

Beamz Infomercial: Stupidest promo ever

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on April 7th, 2008

Beamz Infomercial: Stupidest promo ever
Last week we told you about the Beamz Laser Music System, but we had no idea how um…retarded this thing is. I’m still not sure if I watched a comedy sketch or not and I’m not entirely clear on what era I’m living in.

Unless you are a middle-aged metrosexual who loves lounge music, you really aren’t going to want this thing for $600. It makes you look like a cat pawing a ball of yarn. Your money is better spent on video games. The big bald guy seems so desperate to fill the void in his soul with his playing. Probably because he looks like fat bald Vader from Return of the Jedi. The video is below.

Kicker iKICK iK500 for iPod & iPhone

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on April 6th, 2008

Kicker iKICK iK500 for iPod & iPhone
KICKER is expanding it’s audio lineup with the neat looking iKICK iK500. The portable stereo system features a built-in dock for the iPod (Touch) & iPhone. According to the company, “The iKICK will transform the way people listen to their MP3 players”.

It’s got large “bumping” speakers, 5-inch woofers, and a 40-watt stereo amplifier, so the iKICK iK500 should be loud enough to let everyone know where the party’s at. You also get a credit card-sized infrared remote, so you can adjust things like the stereo system’s bass, treble, and auxiliary-in options, as well as the iPod menu.

Music + gaming = Microsoft Xune

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on April 2nd, 2008

Music + gaming = Microsoft Xune
Check out this awesome concept. We all know the Zune has not been able to compete with the iPod. But the Xune on the other hand, would do very well I think. It combines music and gaming. It’s a combination of the Zune, iPod, Xbox and Sony Mylo.

The device features shoulder buttons, a touch-wheel with a center button, a sliding keyboard and 4:3 ratio aspect ratio screen. The keyboard can be used for web surfing, email and chat. It’s compatible with the Xbox 360 and Windows Media Center. It’s not bad looking. I’d hit that.

Beamz: Laser beam music system

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2008

Beamz: Laser beam music systemBeamz is a laser-based invention that is connected to a computer via your USB port. It allows you to pretend you are a musical genius from the year 2355, because you can play hundreds of musical instruments in true Jean Michel Jarre style.(Whoever the hell he is) How does it work you ask? Basically you are creating music by breaking the laser beams with your hands. It automatically generates pre-authored pulses, streams, riffs or loops of musical notes or sounds from a variety of instruments.

The beamz system as a whole has a “W” shape, with six laser beams over two sections. Just connect it via USB to your PC or laptop, and hook up some speakers. You’ll be rocking your lasers in no time. The interface is said to be simple and intuitive, making it easy to choose any of 30 included songs in 19 musical genres, for laying down a complementary rhythm track. The beamz library includes jazz, bluegrass, classical, hip-hop, reggae, heavy metal and more. Available from The Sharper Image for $599.95.

Cranking MP3 player from Thanko

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on March 27th, 2008

Cranking MP3 player from Thanko
Here’s an MP3 player from Thanko that can be hand-cranked, so you can enjoy your music no matter where you are, and not have to worry about batteries or the sun for power. They say that a single minute of cranking will get you 10 minutes worth of music. The device is capable of storing up to 1GB worth of audio, and supports MP3 and WMA formats. It even has a built-in flash light for when you are rocking out in the dark. The player retails for about 40 Euros. It’s not heavy on style and it won’t win mp3 player of the year by a long shot, but it gets the job done.

Plug & Play: wireless speaker system

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2008

Plug & Play: wireless speaker system
The idea behind this PLUG + PLAY wireless speaker system is that it would make all of your music available, regardless if it is stored on cell phones, PCs or MP3 players. That would be pretty damn convenient. The transparent speakers deliver high sound quality and also blend into most interiors at the same time. Audio files would be transmitted from a device and PLAY via the small PLUG elements. The plugs would be compatible with many different mp3 players, computers, cell phones and other devices. The end result is a system of speakers with a bluetooth receiver, and plugs as well as a bluetooth sender. Charging would be via the plug dock on the side of the speaker.

There is also a transparent LCD-display in the glass, that gives you the usual information about song title, equalizer, etc. This is a pretty fascinating concept, even though we won’t be seeing it anytime soon.

Review: Skullcandy Icons headphones

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on March 19th, 2008

Skullcandy Icons headphones
Normally I’m not a big headphones kinda guy. I mean, I use them fairly often, but I don’t really get much enjoyment out of them as for the most part, one pair always seems pretty much like the other. So I don’t really go out of my way looking for quality and comfort. It’s been my experience that there really isn’t much room for improvement in headphone design.

I was wrong. I can admit it after listening to these headphones. When you plug a pair of Skullcandy icons in and crank up the music, the difference between these headphones and a standard pair is obvious. First, the double headband design and weight of less than 45 grams, makes for an exact fit and total comfort. You don’t even know they are on you and they don’t bother your ears. As far as sound, the 30mm audio driver really does provide absolutely crystal clear and amazing sound.

Panasonic D-Snap looks tasty

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on March 18th, 2008

Panasonic D-Snap looks tasty
That’s right, another device that looks like a tasty candy bar. This is Panasonic’s D-Snap SV-SD870N, and it’s a bit slick looking with the display giving it a 2 tone design. It’s a digital player that offers over 100 hours of audiophile quality audio play using noise canceling technology.

It supports most audio formats and you can even record directly to a 2gigabyte SD card. Panasonic will start to ship the SV-SD870N in 5 colors starting April 18th in Japan.

A backpack for Stormtroopers

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on March 13th, 2008

A backpack for Stormtroopers
When you work for the Empire, you have a ton of gear that’s required. You know, spare blasters,a change of armor,lunch, plus assorted entertainment to help pass the hours of boring guard duty on the forest moon of Endor. The point is, you need a backpack and it’s got to match your armor.

That’s where the Reppo II boombox backpack concept comes in. One look and you know it’s not for rebel scum. These have the added feature of a built in pair of full-range speakers and an amplifier, so you can listen to tunes while you are on patrol. For the moment, it’s a concept design that has gotten as far as a functional prototype. No one is sure yet if they will see mass production. So for now, you’ll just have to cram all your stuff in your Imperial locker.

Korg DS-10 turns Nintendo DS into a synthesizer

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on March 12th, 2008

Korg DS-10 turns Nintendo DS into a synthesizer
Many gaming geeks also lead a double life as musicians and they can now prepare to wet their pants, when KORG releases its DS-10 software for the Nintendo DS. KORG has taken the design concept of their MS-10 synthesizer and added a four part drum module, two analog synth simulators, a 6-track/16-step sequencer and made use of the touchscreen. Plus a bunch of other cool features.

Damn, I wish I had some musical talent. It might also help if I lived in Japan, which I don’t. That’s where they will be releasing it at a price of 4,800 yen ($47) this July. You know, back in my day, music geeks always got picked on. Well, now they are having the last laugh as a lot of cool tech is being made just for them. Video below.