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Tag Archives: Audio

Sound Cloud: Interactive Cloud Lamp Speaker

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It’s raining beats. Well, sort of. That man-made cloud up there might loos like an art installation of some sort, but it’s actually an interactive lamp and speaker. Its name? Yep, you guessed it: Cloud. Designed by Richard Clarkson, the Cloud reacts to nearby movement and lights up to the beat of the music that you’re playing.

Put Icona Pop on and turn out the lights, and you’ve got a thunderstorm of a completely different sort, right there in your room.

This smart little creative lamp is replete with lights, motion sensors, microphones, and a powerful speaker system. A remote control allows user to set it to different modes, getting it to act like a simple thunder cloud, to respond to movements in its surroundings, or to respond to sounds or music that it hears around it.

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Paper Speaker is Feather-Light But Offers Heavyweight Sound

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Get ready for some sweet sounds the next time you step into a room and see this. No, that’s not a paper fan or some flimsy-looking decor. That’s actually the Phonon Kamome and it’s a speaker made from paper. It’s shaped in the form of a feather and the cool part is that it’s feather light too, weighing in at only 129 grams.

So how does it work? The Phonon Kamome uses micro vibrations technology between the paper to generate sound. It’s connected to an amplifier with an output connection, which you can use to hook the speaker up to your MP3 player or phone/

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Deal Of The Day: 25% Off On DJ Connect Bundle

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Any DJs in the house? Or rather, aspiring DJs? The deal you’re looking at today is made up of two parts. The first is the Griffin DJ Connect device that splits your audio so that you can have one signal go to your sound system, and another to your headphones, which is just about the most basic and essential ability that DJs require. To go along with this piece of hardware, you also get a download, which is Djay for Mac. With this application, you have access to some more advance features like Harmonic Match, which detects a song’s key and allows you to match it with songs in the same key. Normally $119, you can get both of these for $89 today.

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Thinklabs Updates The Stethoscope With Tech

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You guys ever notice that doctors are using stethoscope technology that dates back almost 200 years? Not that there’s anything really wrong with it, and there’s no need to re-invent the wheel, but in this case, Thinklabs may definitely be on to something. The One is their version of what a modern stethoscope should be, and it’s packed with features. Aside from amplifying sounds up to 100 times, the smartphone-connected device lets physicians filter the audio for “for low, midrange or higher frequencies, as well as for S3, valves and murmurs, and lung sounds. Filter out ambient noise frequencies.” This lets physicians focus on specific characteristics that they’re looking for and potentially arrive at a diagnostic faster and more accurately.

The fact that The One is connected to a smartphone also means your doctor is able to record the audio from your chest or abdominal cavity for later analysis or even just for archival. It’s used by connecting to some high-end headphones, either the ones provided by the company, or your own. Yes, that does mean that your doctor could one day listen to your heart while sporting some Beats. Matter of fact, the company has a Beats package in case you don’t already have your own. It’s $500 for the device only (with regular high-quality earbuds), or $800 for the Beats package.

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For Explosive Sound: Nine Millimeter Earphones

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Pull the trigger on explosive sound with these Nine Millimeter Earphones. Featuring an in-ear design, these earphones are machines from a copper alloy housing coated with titanium. The Kevlar-reinforced fabric cable means that you can expect these to last despite constant wear and usage. It also comes with an in-line [M]ic suppressor so you can change tracks or answer calls when you’re on the go.

The earphones are available online for about $106. They’re compatible with most smartphones, music players, and gadgets with a 3.5mm stereo jack.

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Small Speaker, Great Sound: Aiia Ssssspeaker

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Big sound, small speakers. That’s probably what best describes the Aiia Ssssspeaker. At first glance, the speaker with the unusual name doesn’t really look like much of a speaker. In fact, it probably looks more like a hockey puck when it’s not in use. But pull the collapsible cone out from the base of the speaker and get ready to get lost in your favorite tunes.

One major downside? Aiia isn’t built with Bluetooth so you won’t be able to hook it up with your music player or smartphone wirelessly; instead, you’ll have to hook it up via the 3.5mm auxiliary port.

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SoundCloud and Why Music Production will Never Be the Same

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SoundCloud has become ubiquitous around the web as a source for DJs and new bands to upload their tracks and get some recognition and attention for their work. Game soundtracks like Hotline Miami and FTL: Faster Than Light found homes here, as well as new pop-rap acts like HyperCrush and Santigold. Hypem culls songs from music blogs all over the web, and those songs more often than not come from SoundCloud.

There is a movement away from SoundCloud, but the influx of uploads to the service suggest that more people than ever are trying their hands at making music. Electronic music is inexpensive to produce, and while musical knowledge is required, the bar for entry is much lower than for a standard musical instrument.

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Timbre: They’re More Than Just Glass Bowls–They’re Actually Speakers

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“What’s a bunch of glass bowls doing in the game room?”, someone might ask.
“Those aren’t just bowls,” you might answer. “That’s actually a speaker.”

That’s a hypothetical conversation that you might have with someone if: (a) you actually had the Timbre Speakers and (b) if you actually had a game room. These unusual speakers were created by designer Casey Lin and they’re obviously unlike your typical speakers.

All the electronic components are hidden from view inside the box, including the surface transducers that vibrate the box, in effect turning it into the actual speaker. The glass bowls, which are set on top of the box, are instrumental in the design as well, since they amplify the sound from the box and function as physical equalizers, too.

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Flip Headphones Cost Money, The Fist To Your Face Is Free

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These have been out for a bit, but new headphones come out every other day so you’ll have to forgive us for not having noticed. And we’re only discussing the Flip headphones now because, well, we hate them and feel like ranting. The gimmick here is that in normal listening mode they’re just another pair of headphones, but flip them around and they become a pair of speakers. Yeah, they’re specifically designed so you can walk around with your music blaring around your neck, gracing your surroundings with your undoubtedly wonderful taste in music… These are the headphones that allow you to be ‘that guy’ that everyone at the bus stop just wants to punch, but is too civilized to do so. Unlike you. You… you aren’t like most people, you need attention because maybe your parents didn’t love you enough as a child. We don’t know, but if we see you wearing some Flips, we’re going to… really glare at you.

They’re $120. Now if you don’t believe us about how awful an idea this is, watch the below video and see if it isn’t the most cringe worthy minute you’ve ever seen.

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