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Tag Archives: Portable Audio

Eggy Portable Mini Speakers Come From My Fantasy Chicken

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By Evan Ackerman

Somewhere in South Korea lives a chicken. This chicken lays eggs that are, in fact, reasonably attractive and potentially useful computer peripherals. Break one open (the two halves are joined by magnets) and inside you will find 4 watts of yolk-y audio goodness with a built-in digital amplifier. Designed for things like PMPs and Netbooks, the Eggy speakers are USB powered, and while the picture makes them look seamless and slick, the USB wire and audio-in wire and the wire that connects the left and right speakers are sure to make a mess of things, and I also have no idea where the little speaker stands come from. So, the concept is pretty cool, but in real life things may look a bit different.

S&J Co. has the right idea here: instead of designing electronics, just wait for some freak of nature to design them for you… If you have an infinite amount of chickens laying an infinite amount of eggs, you’re pretty much guaranteed that one of those eggs will be a pair of speakers (or anything else you want, for that matter). I’m sure S&J Co. doesn’t actually have an infinite amount of chickens (an infinite amount of anything presenting some significant logistical challenges), but that doesn’t preclude them from getting lucky with a finite amount of chickens, which is obviously what happened.

The Eggy speaker will be putting on an appearance at CES 2010, and if S&J Co. picks up some distribution channels, we should all feel very sorry for their poor mutant chicken.

[ Press Release ]

K-box Makes Anything Into A Speaker With Special Goo

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By Evan Ackerman

Short on speakers? How about you try a K-box, a speaker that turns anything you stick it to into a better speaker using some kind of “patented ‘gel-audio’ technology.” Things like this have been around for a little while, but the K-box is supposed to put out clean, powerful bass (that is “guaranteed to deafen your neighbours”) all the way down to 40 hz, something that other stick-on speakers are notoriously lousy at. It’s about the size of an iPhone and comes with a 20 hour battery that recharges via USB.

Although you can supposedly buy this right now, there’s only one picture, and it’s very render-y… There are also no specs on what the audio output power actually is, or even what inputs it accepts. So, I’d maybe hold off on this until someone actually gets a pic of a real one or something. It sells for about $60 from Kerchoonz.com

[ K-box ] VIA [ Pocket-Lint ]

Converter TV Enlarges iPod Nano Screen To Micro Size

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By Evan Ackerman

If your iPod Nano is too small for you, you should ask yourself why on Earth you bought an iPod Nano. You do know what “nano” means, right? It means “tiny,” except about a million times smaller. The iPod Nano Converter TV won’t solve your problem, but it will help mitigate it by enlarging the Nano’s screen up to 2.8 inches (after you shove it up inside) and playing audio through built in stereo speakers. As retro sexy as the TV/VCR combo styling is, its bulkiness does have the side effect of de-nanoing your Nano, and without any obvious Apple branding on the outside, you’ll probably start to ask yourself why you’re bothering to use this thing at all. It’s about $23, with free shipping.

[ iPod Nano Converter TV ] VIA [ RFJ ]

Mashimaro Weird Rabbit MP3 Player

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By Evan Ackerman

This is Mashimaro. It’s supposed to be a rabbit, but it’s called Mashimaro because it looks like a marshmallow or something. It is, I guess, Korea’s defense against Hello Kitty, in that it supposedly has some kind of anime series behind it (that “puts a humorous light to toilet habits”) but it’s most often seen on products of dubious quality and usefulness. And here you go, it’s a Mashimaro MP3 player.

Measuring 54 x 38 x 38mm (about matchbox sized, just fatter), the 19 gram MP3 player comes with 2 gigs of storage. It has light-up ears that also serve as a five way controller. There’s a butt-jack for headphones as well a USB connector in there somewhere that charges an internal battery for up to 9 hours of playback. the Mashimaro MP3 player costs about $45, comes in white, sky blue, or soft pink, and you may or may not be able to get it at the partially translated website below.

[ Sorikom ] VIA [ PMP Today ]

Angel – Devil Earphones Play Music Both Good And Eeeeevil

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By Evan Ackerman

Hey. Psssst. Are you listening to good music? You should be listening to eeeeevil music. At least some of the time. You know, to maintain a healthy spiritual balance. Ideally, you want to be listening to half good music and half evil music to keep yourself centered. And these are the headphones to do it with, boy howdy. The Angel – Devil earphones don’t have stellar audio quality, to be sure, but they’re awfully cute, aren’t they? And you can remix all your music to have Black Sabbath playing out of the eeeeevil ear, and Miley Cyrus playing out of the angel ear.

Or, wait, do I have that backwards? I think I have that backwards. Well, either way, it’d probably give you a heck of a headache. The Angel – Devil headphones come in 5 color combinations, include the little stand, and cost only $35.

[ Geek Stuff 4 U ] VIA [ InventorSpot ]

Squishable Music Balloon Speaker

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By Evan Ackerman

Electronics are often pretty sterile in nature. Slick and shiny is certainly a cool look, but it’s not very organic or tactile or, honestly, pleasant to hold a lot of the time. The Music Balloon takes a little portable speaker and wraps it up in what looks like a Nerf ball. Inside the 2″ round and squishy case lives a 0.7 watt speaker, a rechargeable battery that lasts about 2 hours, and an audio in jack that doubles as a USB charging port.

You won’t get a lot of oomph out of the Music Balloon, but it’s certainly colorful and, as I like to keep saying, OMG squishable. I’m not sure that makes up for the price, though: $76. For one.

The Music Balloon is available from GeekStuff4U in pink, black, blue, red, or yellow.

[ GeekStuff4U ] VIA [ Newlaunches ]

iDive 300 Plays Your Tunes 0.016 League Under The Sea

By Evan Ackerman

The ocean is a big place. It gets boring. So, you might as well bring along some music if you’re going to go exploring the murky depths. Whale songs, Under the Sea on endless loop, that kind of thing. The H2O iDive 300 is designed for the serious scuba diver, able to keep your tunes high and dry 300 feet down. An integrated dock and microprocessor allow for control of touch wheel and even touch screen iPods through external buttons. The headphones can be tucked under your dive hood, or clip directly onto your mask strap.

The coolest part, I think, is that since you can get cases for the iPod video and the iPod touch, you can watch movies underwater. Underwater movies! The future is here, man! It’s the perfect accessory to have along for decompression dives and safety stops as long as you have Finding Nemo queued up. The $350 retail price seems like a lot, but it shouldn’t surprise you that much if you’ve ever bought any dive gear. Oh, and if anyone knows of any music that’s likely to attract charismatic macrofauna, be sure and let me know.

[ H2O Audio ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Cy-Fi Wireless Sports Speaker

By Evan Ackerman

I’m told that it’s not the greatest idea to wear headphones while riding a bicycle. ‘Cause, you know, you might get distracted or something and slam into the side of a bus. If you’re not the type to bungee a boombox to your bike, you might be interested in the Cy-Fi wireless sports speaker, which allows you to continue listening to Le Tigre while weaving in and out of traffic and ignoring stop signs. The Cy-Fi stereo speaker system is completely self contained, weighing in at a mere 4 ounces including the integrated 6 hour battery. It comes in either an iPod version (with a wireless transmitter attachment for your iPod) or a A2DP stereo Bluetooth version. The iPod version even lets you change volume and tracks from the speaker unit itself.

Although you can use the Cy-Fi just about anywhere, it was originally designed for bikes, and that seems like what it’s most appropriate for. It mounts on your handlebars, with the directional stereo speakers pointing back toward you. The Bluetooth version is also great for hands-free phone calls; you can yell at it if your cell phone supports voice dialing and hold a windy conversation up until you slam into the side of a bus, which should be most entertaining for whoever is listening on the other end.

The Cy-Fi speaker systems should be available online October 1; the Bluetooth version should retail for $179, with the iPod version going for $199.

[ Cy-Fi ]

Sony DR-BT160AS Sport Bluetooth Headphones

Sony DR-BT160AS (Image courtesy Sony Europe)
By Andrew Liszewski

Someday bluetooth equipped headphones will be indistinguishable from regular models, but unfortunately today is not that day. And that’s why these new DR-BT160AS ‘Active’ stereo headphones from Sony feature a large pod on either side to accommodate batteries as well as the bluetooth reciever. On the plus side, if you’re a runner or like to listen to music during physical activities, you won’t have to deal with a pesky cord bouncing around and can instead stream music from a bluetooth friendly MP3 player or cellphone. The headphones also includes a built-in mic allowing you to make or take calls if you are using it with a phone, and a set of playback buttons for remotely skipping tracks or adjusting the volume. The soft elastomer hangers feature a sliding earpiece shaft ensuring a secure and comfortable fit, and the whole thing is splashproof meaning sweat won’t hurt it, but you’ll probably want to keep it out of the rain. Expect it to be available from the Sony website sometime in October.

[ Sony DR-BT160AS ] VIA [ Digital Drops ]