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Sound Collar Turns People Into Voice Puppets

human-speaker-collar-by-nic-wallenberg

Nic Wallenberg has created something called The Human Speaker. It’s a special collar attached to two wires at the front that makes your throat produce a sound without you doing anything more than opening your mouth. The collar transmits vibrations directly to the upper throat (bypassing the vocal cords altogether) and generates a surreal note that can be modulated by the wearer into different sounds, much as one would do when talking or singing. The system is only able to generate two notes at a time, so several people have to wear a different collar in order to produce a more complex arrangement. Or they can be composited together as they have in the video below.

It’s a strange effect, and The Human Speaker doesn’t seem to have any commercial applications or ambitions at the moment. It’s still worth taking a look, if only for the novelty of it.

[ The Human Speaker ] VIA [ Technabob ]

[ Enjoy a faster way to dial on your phone using a voice dial enabled phone. ]

CataCoffin and CataTomb: Take Your Love for Music to the Grave

You only live once. So why not make the most of life and enjoy it while you’re still alive? After all, you can’t really take anything with you in the afterlife–not your money, not your house, and certainly not your fancy car. One thing you can take with you, though, is your love for music, all thanks (or no thanks?) to the CataCoffin and the CataTomb.

It’s got such a strange premise that it’s hard to believe that it’s an actual product. The CataCoffin is basically a coffin with a built-in 3-speaker sound system that’s controlled by the CataTomb tombstone on the surface. That way, the people who come visit you can dance on your grave and party while you lie ten feet beneath the ground, slowly decomposing away to the beats of their choice.

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Sound Beginnings Is A Speaker For The Still-Baking Baby

Aw, isn’t that cute? Sound Beginnings is a speaker system for babies that are still, you know, unborn. Worn around the mother’s belly like a belt, the doule-ply fabric band is said to be comfortable and the high-quality speakers are waterproof. You can even toss the entire thing in the washing machine!

No, it’s definitely not a new product, but we’re sure some mothers will hear about it for the first time here. For $47, you can start your baby off on a musical journey before he’s even taken his first breath.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

Urban Fidelity Art Speakers Are A New Take On An Old Product

By David Ponce

It’s not every day a new audio company goes up against Bose, Sony and Best Buy. But the new Urban Fidelity Art Speakers are trying to do just that. Where typical speakers in the $300-$400 price range are black or gray generic boxes, Urban Fidelity speakers are like pieces of art for your living room, featuring dozens of designs from popular indie artists. They also boast features like eco-friendly construction and are made in Los Angeles, not China.

We’re told Urban Fidelity is aiming to do for home stereo what Skullcandy and Beats By Dre did for headphones. In the world of hi-fi, many speaker companies are competing to see who can make the smallest, most invisible speakers. Urban Fidelity dissents and thinks speakers should be as interesting as the music they play; forget hiding your speakers, these are meant to be seen.

The Urban Fidelity speakers pack some pretty impressive technology that’s unlike anything else in the price range: dipole Air Flow driver, 8” double cone and a crossover-free design that’s said to greatly improve clarity. Specs are mid-50Hz to 20kHz, and up to 80 Watts power handling.
Pick up a pair on Kickstarter for only $269. After they launch, the price jumps to $400.

[ Project Page ]

Rocketfish Bluetooth Speakers Nestle Right Into Smart Cover

By David Ponce

Bluetooth speakers are a dime a dozen. It’s also pretty boring tech. So why are we covering it? Well, these particular speakers from Rocketfish (Best Buy’s house brand) feature a nice triangular design that makes it possible to insert them right into your iPad’s rolled up smart cover. It’s neat because that’s how you’d have it if you were watching a film, presumably, so the speakers integrate pretty seamlessly with your Apple tablet. Connection is of course through Bluetooth, which means they will work with other devices but not quite so elegantly.

There’s no word on power output or battery life, but we do know that they are currently on special for $50, down from the regular $70.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ YankoDesign ]

Jean Michel Jarre’s 11-Foot Tall AeroDreamOne iOS Device Dock

Jean Michel Jarre's 11-Foot Tall AeroDreamOne iPhone Dock (Images courtesy Jean Michel Jarre)
By Andrew Liszewski

There are truly some ridiculous designs for iPhone-friendly speaker docks out there. So at this point if you’re going to throw your hat into the ring and try to outdo them, you really need to go for broke. Like Jean Michel Jarre has done with his new AeroDreamOne which stands 11 feet tall and includes a built in ladder so that mere mortals are still able to easily dock their iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad on top.

The 870 pound behemoth features 10,000 watts of total power broken down into a 4,000W low-end speaker, a couple of 1,600W mid-range speakers and a couple of 1,400W high-end speakers. Now given the AeroDreamOne is taller than the ceiling height in your average home, you’ve probably already guessed it’s not designed for your average consumer. And you’d be right. With a price tag of ~$560,000 (€399,000) I’m guessing your local Apple Store won’t be keeping them in stock. So not only do I now have to stare disappointingly at the tiny speaker dock I use, I’ve also got Popcorn stuck in my head. Awesome…

[ Jarre ] VIA [ Newlaunches ]

Logitech Doesn’t Think Your Tablet Is Loud Enough (Or Bulky Enough)

Logitech Tablet Speaker (Images courtesy Logitech)
By Andrew Liszewski

The iPad isn’t loud enough to compete with your average home stereo setup, but I think it’s adequate enough for personal use, or even with a small group. Logitech doesn’t think so though. In fact they feel that all tablets are severely lacking in the sound department, and so have created a clip on speaker to significantly improve their oomph.

Powered by a built-in rechargeable battery that’s good for up to 8 hours of use in optimal conditions, the Tablet Speaker attaches to any tablet with a rubberized clip. So while all the product shots show it in use with an iPad 2, it should also work with its competition. To maximize battery life it forgoes the popular wireless Bluetooth connection option in favor of a simple 3.5mm audio cable that connects to your device’s headphone jack. It looks like it’s going to add a bit of weight to whichever tablet you use, not to mention some unnecessary bulk. And with a price tag of ~$60 (EUR 39.99) it will cost you roughly as much as a pair of low-end, over the ear headphones. Which might be a better investment.

[ Logitech Tablet Speaker ] VIA [ Pocket-lint ]

iLuv iMM514 ArtStation Pro Turns Your iPad Into A Mini Home Theater

iLuv iMM514 ArtStation Pro (Images courtesy iLuv)
By Andrew Liszewski

When you inevitably get tired of holding your iPad while watching a movie, iLuv will come to the rescue with their new iMM514 ArtStation Pro ‘dock’ which turns your tablet into a miniature home theater. The iPad itself attaches to an articulated, swivelling arm ensuring it’s always positioned at the optimal angle. And it can be switched between landscape and portrait orientations for watching videos, or browsing a website.

The ArtStation Pro’s hefty base also incorporates what looks to be a generously sized speaker, if you prefer to use it as just a stereo. And an included wireless remote provides rudimentary functions like skipping tracks or adjusting the volume, while magnetically sticking to the back of the unit so it doesn’t go MIA when not in use. It’s also compatible with iPhones and iPod Touches, though it seems a little oversized to be used with those smaller devices. Available in August for $169.99.

[ PR – iLuv Launches Award-Winning ArtStation Pro ]

Soundsitive Gesture-Controlled Speaker

Soundsitive Gesture-Controlled Speaker (Images courtesy designboom)
By Andrew Liszewski

At the moment the technology world is still all caught up in ‘touch’ functionality, but one day it could very well be replaced with even easier gestures, creating a planet inhabited by people constantly waving their arms and hands about in the air. And that would probably be ok with industrial designer J.C. Karich, who created this Soundsitive gesture-controlled speaker as part of the Designlab show in Paris last month.

As you move your hand closer or farther away from the top of the speaker, an outer wooden veneer sleeve raises and lowers, causing the volume to increase or decrease. Or more likely, just serves as a visual indicator that your gesture has been detected and adjustments are being made. And skipping tracks, forward or back, is controlled by simply swiping your hand over the top of the speaker in either direction, depending on whether you want the next or previous song. On one hand it’s nice not requiring a remote or buttons to control the speaker, but on the other hand, the invention of the remote control, and not having to get up to interact with something, is truly what separates us from other species.

[ Designlab – Soundsitive Gesture-Controlled Speaker ] VIA [ designboom ]