Sound

  • Kapture Aims To Build A Wearable Mic That Can Always Capture Up To The Last 60 Seconds Of Conversation

    Kapture Aims To Build A Wearable Mic That Can Always Capture Up To The Last 60 Seconds Of Conversation

    A Kickstarter project that launched this week wants to put a mic on your wrist, for constant audio monitoring, in a twist on the wearable tech and quantified self movement. The Kapture, as it’s called, pairs with an iOS and Android smartphone app that allows for quick sharing of audio clips recorded by the hardware wristband, which is constantly recording audio to a 60 second, recycling… Read More

  • Vibrating hearing aid being developed

    Vibrating hearing aid being developed

    A new product being developed in London will help the deaf to hear, using vibrations which can be felt through the skin. While the technology is still rudimentary, it has exciting potential for people who are completely deaf or deaf and blind. Read More

  • Hands-on: Psyko Audio Labs 5.1 Headphones

    Hands-on: Psyko Audio Labs 5.1 Headphones

    Everything is always better in surround sound. Most 5.1 or 7.1 headphones are a convoluted mess of speaker drivers, usually resulting in massive ear cups. But these headphones from Psyko Audio Labs have a rather innovative way to trick you into thinking sounds are coming from all directions. Read More

  • Egg chairs are back. Now with Surround Sound!

    Egg chairs are back. Now with Surround Sound!

    What was your favorite part of the 70s? If you said egg chairs, than stop and read the rest of this post. You won't regret it. Read More

  • File transfers via soundwave

    File transfers via soundwave

    Remember modems? No, not cable modems or DSL modems, which are more technically network bridges. I'm talking real, honest-to-goodness analog modems, the kind that actually made noise. The kind where, if you picked up the phone while you were connected to The Internet!, you'd hear warbling screeches and that nude picture of Samantha Fox that you were downloading would be ruined! Modem stands for… Read More

  • Weird electronic instrument influenced by Tai Chi

    Weird electronic instrument influenced by Tai Chi

    Doubles is a unique new instrument that really brings out the "performance" in performance art. It reacts to acceleration and centrifugal force to create sound. Read on to see a video, and learn a little more about it. Read More

  • Harman Kardon Go + Play iPod Dock Review

    Harman Kardon Go + Play iPod Dock Review

    Normally I deal with JBL, one of the companies Harman Kardon owns, so it’s good to get a breath of fresh air one could say. Harman Kardon is known all over the globe as a wicked speaker manufacturer. Some of the HK systems in cars blow the competition away. So when I received the Go + Play to review, the bar was already raised high. Read More

  • Google Earth Might Offer Sounds of Locations Around the World

    Google Earth Might Offer Sounds of Locations Around the World

    Google Earth is pretty cool as it is, letting users traverse the globe and see all sorts of landmarks and the like. What would make it better, though, would be to hear the sounds of the area you’re looking at. One company, Wild Sanctuary, has more than 3,500 hours of ambient sounds from all over God’s Green Earth. Collecting all those sound clips took 40 years and now the company is… Read More

  • Worms Can, Ah, Make Music Too

    Cross one part DIYer, one can of worms, and a whole lot of electronic circuitry and what do you get? A bunch of worms trying to become the next Aphex Twin. The device you see the worms crawling on is an electronic touch contact feedback device. In short, you touch it, the circuits become connected, and sweet blips and beeps are produced. Fun for all ages, but a total blast when you throw a bunch… Read More

  • M-Audio Studiophile AV40 Monitors Hands On

    M-Audio Studiophile AV40 Monitors Hands On

    Recording and engineering music is a difficult process. For years I’ve dabbled in producing my own songs and music. Nothing too serious, but enough to warrant the purchase of some equipment and software. However, one key component of my recording setup that I have been missing for years is a decent pair of studio monitors. When I was at CES 2007, I was shown a pair of AV40 Studiophile… Read More

 
  • T-Dancer Sound Sensitive Shirt Great For Illegal Raves

    T-Dancer Sound Sensitive Shirt Great For Illegal Raves

    Those who are currently sober at 11:10am on a Monday morning probably won’t understand the beauty of this. But to those who are drunk or using, the T-Dancer is some of the coolest apparel out there. On the front is a dancing lady with a neon-colored background. Nothing special, right? Incorrect you are my friend. The shirt comes with a sensitivity dial to increase or decrease the amount of… Read More

  • DIY Tin Can Mic

    DIY Tin Can Mic

    I doubt you’ll be adding this to your home recording studio rig anytime soon, but it’s still cool nonetheless. This microphone was made out of a piezo pickup, 1/8th-inch jack, and a tin can. I never thought about it, but yes, I suppose this is about the simplest microphone one could ever build. No clue on how the quality of the mic is, but it looks like it could give off a real vintage… Read More

  • Do You Love or Hate Bose? Tell Us Why and Win a Prize!

    Do You Love or Hate Bose? Tell Us Why and Win a Prize!

    Bose is sort of the Hillary Clinton of tech — you either love them or hate them, and they’ve got lots of cash. I’m looking to do either an upcoming column on the topic or, if your responses to this are amazing enough, a simple rundown of wild Bose stories. And so, dear readers, I come knocking for help. If you have any Bose stories, shoot me an email. Maybe your 3-2-1 system… Read More

  • Review: KEF 3000 Series Home Theater System

    Review: KEF 3000 Series Home Theater System

    If you’re looking for a home theater system that is affordable, sexy and sounds fantastic, look no further than the KEF 3000 Series Home Theater System. The system features a set four satellite speakers, a center channel speaker and a subwoofer. Each of the speakers is backed up by KEF’s Uni-Q driver, which boosts the mids and lows to output a better overall audio experience. The… Read More

  • JBL Spyro Speakers Hands On

    JBL Spyro Speakers Hands On

    JBL makes some of the best sounding iPod docks out there today. Its docks continue to impress me and it never ceases to create exciting new designs for its products. Recently, JBL released its Spyro series of speakers, which come in white or black. After spending some time with the black pair, it’s safe to say I’m impressed yet again. A bit costly at $130, these speakers may not appear… Read More

  • Windows Vista Start-up Sound Sucks, Is Holy

    in defense of Big Bill, informing us that: Microsoft’s Steve Ball gave Robert Scoble some reasons for the startup sound, which as of current planning cannot be turned off: 1) “A spiritual side of the branding experience. A short, brief, positive confirmation that your machine is now conscious and ready to react”; 2) “The startup sound is designed to help you calibrate or… Read More