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Slacker gets on-demand song queuing

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2010

Despite the name, the folks at Slacker are anything but. They’ve just announced that their Internet radio service will blossom into a full on-demand system, as subscribers can now have access to a new paid feature that will include the option of finding and playing specific songs, as well as creating their own playlists.

Unlike other services like Rhapsody, the radio feature can come into play even in this mode and will auto-create a playlist based on favorited songs and create a larger radio station out of a user-made playlist. You gain controls such as skipping back through songs.

Bird Identiflyer enjoys clever wordplay, birds

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2009

Bird Identiflyer enjoys clever wordplay, birdsMost humans out there who really love birds probably have some bird related knowledge and can identify birds by their songs. But maybe you are a novice bird enthusiast who hasn’t yet learned to identify them by sound. Well, the Bird Identiflyer can help.

The Bird Identiflyer can quickly identify bird songs with just the press of a button. It will help you to identify 120 birds and even 10 frogs by their songs and colors. You can search by region, color, habitat or alphabetically. Select the bird, then press a button to hear its song.

Nokia’s song-inspired Bluetooth headset designs

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2009

Nokia' song-inspired Bluetooth headset designsNokia’s Music Almighty headset design competition attracted 6,000 entrants, and Nokia is showing off the five winning designs, which have been manufactured as fully-functional one of a kind headsets. The rules were that all of the headsets had to be inspired by a song.

So naturally that inspired a wide range of designs, like the Daft Punk “Robot Rock” set above, which we like the best. It was inspired by Daft Punk’s “Robot Rock” and was designed by G. Smith. Pretty clever competition.

Learn guitar with lasers

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on February 4th, 2009

Learn guitar with lasersYou want to be a Guitar Hero, but you don’t know any songs. Just attach this Maestro device onto your guitar, load a music file of the song you want to learn and it will point out the frets you need to hit, using lasers. As any rock god will tell you, guitars and lasers are an awesome combination.

But just be warned, if you suck, no amount of lasers are going to stop you from sucking. You still have to strum and finger the frets. But it does seem like a great way for guitar players to learn songs quickly. If this concept ever gets made, it would probably do really well.

Bird Song Identifier is no help at all

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

Bird Song Identifier is no help at all
At first glance you might think this is an awesome way to identify birds in the wild or in your backyard, by the song they sing. After all, it’s got a 54 page song book and a scanner that looks like a pen. This is just what you needed to identify birds by sound. Except it’s not quite what you think.

You scan the barcode for a bird, and then you can listen to a digital recording of the song from the speaker. That’s all well and good if you need to know what a bird sounds like, but it doesn’t help you identify a song you hear just now outside. The only thing to do is scan through all the damn birds in the book! In short, this device is for the birds!