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The AirPiano not as cool as the air guitar

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2008

The AirPiano not as cool as the air guitar
If you’ve ever wanted to play music without touching the instrument, the AirPiano lets you do just that. It’s never going to be a star like the air guitar, then again the air guitar makes no noise. The AirPiano is designed by Omer Yosha. It’s a musical interface that allows you to play and control software instruments just by moving your hands in the air. It is a virtual matrix of keys and faders, each assigned with MIDI messages and ready to be triggered.

It’s a lot like the ultra dorky BEAMZ music system, just a thousand times less dorky. It’s a shame that no one can be taken seriously with these things. Check out the video below. Kinda neat.

Amp follows you around, plays your tunes

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on June 21st, 2008

Amp follows you around, plays your tunesThis bot makes Sony’s Rolly look like the lame dancing egg that it is. AMP stands for Automated Music Personality, from Hasbro’s Tiger Electronics and Sega Toys, and it’s here to dance, follow you around with music and look just plain awesome.

It’s got Segway-like legs that dance to the beat of any MP3 player via a 3.5mm jack. Also sports 49 LEDs that shine nicely too, because bots have to have lights. The A.M.P. has touch-sensitive DJ scratching pads and 62 sound effects built in so you can jazz up your songs, and an IR sensor so he will follow you from room to room and keep the music with you at all times.

Guitar Hero World Tour’s new guitar

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

Guitar Hero World Tour’s new guitar
Most of you have heard the rumors about a touchpad on the new guitar, well now we get to see it for real. IGN previewed the new gear, and they say that the strip will be used for notes during sustains, tapping to play notes, and interfacing with the new music creator.

Interestingly, the guitar is larger than those that have come before it. Back to the drums. They’re pressure sensitive, with a plain jane mic, and the music creation software is apparently very awesome. Sadly, you can’t record vocals for songs though. The Wii version of the game will have all of the same features, which is good news for Wii owners.

Apple’s iTunes store serves 5 billionth song

Posted in iTunes by Darrin Olson on June 19th, 2008

Apple iTunes reaches over 5 billion songs downloadedApple is touting themselves as the world’s largest online music retailer and these numbers are tough to argue with. As of Thursday the company announced that iTunes has reached the 5 billion mark and beyond for the number of online song downloads since their launch in 2003. It seems like it was only a year ago that they reached the 3 billion mark. In fact it was not quite a year go last July when they announced they had reached 3 billion downloaded songs.

To get an idea of just how many songs that is, customers had to have downloaded a little over 2.5 million songs per day on average since the site launched. In reality 2 billion of these were done in just the last 10 months, making it over 6 million per day for the past year.

Fugliest MP3 player ever is a real dog

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on June 18th, 2008

Fugliest MP3 player ever is a real dogWhen it comes to MP3 design, you’re generally more concerned with things like what features it has, or whether it’s slim enough and has enough memory. With this one you’re concerned that it’s fugly little face might come alive and kill you quickly. This is the CJ7 Dog Doll MP3 Player with Built-in Speakers and yes, it seems like the crack pipe was passed around liberally at the design meeting that day.

It looks like a flower humped a tiny dog and the two mutated together. It has 1GB of internal memory, built in speaker and charges through the USB port, which is in the dog’s butt. The headphone jack is in the front. It’s $18.67 worth of wtf.

T-Shirt wired for iPods runs on sucker power

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on June 8th, 2008

T-Shirt wired for iPodsI don’t know about you, but some iPod accessories just rub me the wrong way, are just plain annoying, not mention overpriced. Example: These iPod T-Shirts. They come in a variety of designs to appeal to both males and females of the species, but that really doesn’t help. I have no desire to part with my money at all.

Would you want to wear this? They just attached earbuds and a pocket to hold the device. They did go out of their way to be environmentally friendly though, since the shirts are made from cotton and bamboo. The $70 price tag is just too much for a crappy shirt.

Speak-er concept has nice form

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 5th, 2008

Speak-er concept has nice formI think we can agree that most speakers are just plain boring. Sure, there are exceptions to that rule, but not nearly enough. The Speak-er concept manages to say quite alot. We like it’s simple and clever design.

It’s designed to be an attention getter with it’s familiar shape and it’s hard not to notice it, halfway expecting text to pop up. It would probably be very appropriate if it displayed the lyrics of whatever you were listening to.

Newman’s Cool Man MP3 player

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on June 5th, 2008

Newman’s Cool Man MP3 badge
You’ll feel like Seinfeld with this PMP that can pin onto your clothes. When a thief rips it off of you, you’ll have no choice but to just grit your teeth and say “Newman”, since you knew that would happen anyway. The Cool Man MP3 player is Newman’s latest PMP.

The idea is that it’s convenient to be able to attach it to yourself. Here’s to hoping said thief doesn’t pull your whole shirt off. I’m not sure a thief would even want this, since he can just snag that other guy’s iPod. It has a basic OLED display, MP3/WMA compatibility and built-in microphone with a plastic looking casing that resembles a face. No price yet but should be available in 1GB.

iPhone or iPod touch rotating alarm clock

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2008

iPhone or iPod touch rotating alarm clock
Here’s a pretty decent looking and unique alarm clock setup for your iPhone or iPod touch. It was designed specifically for both devices, taking advantage of their screen. This way you have your device and a slick looking clock both on display. Just like all the other docks, the iH41 will charge the player and throw out the audio.

The interesting feature here is that when you turn it on its side to view your device horizontally, the clock on the dock rotates so you can still read the time. The dock has an auxiliary jack that should be compatible with just about any MP3 player if you haven’t jumped on the iWagon yet. It will cost you $79.99 and it ships in July.

MP3 Players preloaded with tunes

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on May 29th, 2008

MP3 Players preloaded with tunes
The REDI is a 1 GB mp3 player no doubt geared toward those who can’t figure out computers or are too lazy to go get the music themselves and put it on their mp3 player. They come with about 250 tracks already on them, which would give you about 6 hours of listening time. (There’s bound to be a ton of what you don’t want, just like buying CDs)

It sports a USB mini jack so you can upload your MP3′s should you actually know how to boot up your PC, or if your grandchild comes over to help. Since we don’t all have the same tastes, the REDI comes in a several different flavors. You can get an Ultimate Workout Mix, Golden Classics, Ultimate Rock N’ Roll Collection, the R&B Soul Collection to name a few. They’ll cost you $39.99 each.

Cassette watch is all kinds of awesome

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on May 28th, 2008

Cassette watch is all kinds of awesome
I don’t know who had the idea, but all I can say is that the end result is pretty awesome looking. It’s like wearing a mix tape on your wrist, without the often annoying music of the era. It’s made of sturdy stuff, namely stainless steel and features twin dials. One for hours, one for minutes.

The detail on the cassette face is really awesome and authetic looking. The hands almost look like they are advancing the tape. The only way it could possibly be any cooler is if it played real music, which it doesn’t. It will cost you about $70. Expect an 8-Track watch in the near future.

You & Pacer Suit make beautiful music together

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on May 27th, 2008

You & Pacer Suit make beautiful music together
Usually, you dance to the music. With this suit, you dance to create the music. Whether shaking your groove thing or gettin jiggy with it, you become a human musical instrument. It’s a concept that measures the electrical impulses of your muscles and converts that info into music or sound effects.

The suit can do it all by itself, with it’s amplifiers and speakers, but it’s also capable of doing so wirelessly by using infrared and a control console. With the console, the user can manipulate the sounds and arrange them alone or with sounds from others. Mostly, the Pacer Suit will just make you look like an extra from the Cantina scene in Star Wars.

Wireless Floating Speaker for your iPod

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on May 27th, 2008

Wireless Floating Speaker for your iPod
It’s that time of year when you are going to want to be in the pool and you’re going to want some tunes too. There’s no need to mount your iPod on an oversized raft, when a smaller more Roomba looking thing like this will do. And even though it’s easy enough to have a radio nearby, it’s always much cooler to have your music floating around with you.

You won’t have to worry about your precious iPod drowning since this floating speaker is capable of wirelessly connecting to and streaming from your iPod dock. It will cost you $129.95 to have this bit of floating debri nearby.

Rock Band stage kit spotted

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2008

Rock Band stage kit spottedThose into Rock Band will love this news. The Rock Band Stage Kit has been spotted and it will help you more fully forget your current reality of slinging hash by day at some burger joint while crashing in your mother’s basement at night. Instead, you’ll be on stage with your band mates with lights and smoke. The crowd will be chanting your name…Oh that was your mom intruding on your other life. She wants to know when she’s going to have grandchildren. Obviously girls will have to wait. You have a gig.

The Stage Kit is available for pre-order. Looks like it comes with a 360 controller/strobe light thing and it will cost you $100 in nerd money. Available on August 15th.

Guitar amp iPod speaker

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2008

Guitar amp iPod speaker
It seems that the guitar mania that has engulfed the geek world with games like Guitar Hero and Rockband is here to stay. So you may as well embrace it and get yourself this iPod speaker amp. You probably already have the Guitar Rocker and the catbox 360 after all. I’m sure this will make your life complete.

Just plug in your MP3 player and you are ready. It’s not just for your mp3 player either, you can also use it as a computer speaker. It has working treble and bass knobs and a 5-watt output. It can be powered from your computer via USB, or by using 3 AAA batteries.