• Sonos announces the Sonos One, a self-contained, Alexa-connected speaker

    Sonos announces the Sonos One, a self-contained, Alexa-connected speaker

    The Sonos One is a new speaker designed from the ground-up for voice interaction via Alexa. The speaker is similar to the current home speakers Sonos sells but six internal microphones allow you to speak to the speaker without extra voice control hardware. Pre-orders are starting now for $199. Today’s new speakers will ship soon. The system uses echo-cancellation tech to hear you over… Read More

  • Sonos is testing a speaker with a mic and voice control

    Sonos is testing a speaker with a mic and voice control

    It looks like Sonos is nearing the release of a speaker that has a built-in voice control assistant. According to an FCC filing found by Dave Zatz, the company is seeking to get approval from the U.S. Government to sell a speaker that sports “integrated voice control functionality with far field microphones” and “multiple voice platforms.” It’s impossible to say… Read More

  • Security researchers can turn headphones into microphones

    Security researchers can turn headphones into microphones

    Security researchers at Israel’s Ben Gurion University have created a proof-of-concept exploit that lets them turn headphones into microphones to secretly record conversations. The PoC, called “Speake(a)r,” first turned headphones connected to a PC into microphones and then tested the quality of sound recorded by a microphone vs. headphones on a target PC. In short, the… Read More

  • An AI project can tell you when the cow goes “Moo”

    An AI project can tell you when the cow goes “Moo”

    A new project from Disney Research can recognize various objects in videos — cows, cars, very small rocks — and add appropriate sounds — “Mooo!”, “Vroom!”, a witch’s cackle — automatically. The system ignores the surroundings and other audio and simply adds simple sound effects. The system works by watching video and correlating sounds… Read More

  • Researchers find a way to snoop on you through your phone’s vibration motor

    Researchers find a way to snoop on you through your phone’s vibration motor

    Cover up your webcam, disable microphone access and put on your tinfoil hat — but it won’t make any difference, because the Illuminati can get at you through your phone’s vibration motor now. Well, kind of, anyway. Your best defense? Talk in a high voice. Read More

  • Apple Patents Mechanical Shutters That Could Ruggedize Speakers And Mics On Future iPhones

    Apple Patents Mechanical Shutters That Could Ruggedize Speakers And Mics On Future iPhones

    Apple has applied for a patent (via AppleInsider) that would introduce mechanical shutters to mobile devices that would slide shut when they detect a potential fall or impact, protecting sensitive weak points like speakers and microphones. These areas are currently kept safe using wire mesh and extremely small openings, but a shutter system would make it possible to build devices with bigger… Read More

  • The iRig PRE: A New Microphone Interface For iOS Devices

    The iRig PRE: A New Microphone Interface For iOS Devices

    Jeez, CES is barely over and already NAMM is upon us. Unfortunately, this blogger is not in Anaheim for that event, but to be honest, I am still reeling from the few days I spent at CES with Team TechCrunch. Instead, I’ll happily watch the music industry event from a safe distance this year. I did however spy the iRig PRE while I was at CES but it was not yet ready for prime time. It… Read More

  • Review: GoBiz i-Microphone

    Short version: The GoBiz i-Microphone is not a complete cure for your smartphone’s mic, but it’s a pretty cheap way to get better recordings. Read More

  • Scosche Announces The freedomMIC For The Flip UltraHD

    Looks like Blue isn’t the only company getting in on the Flip camera microphone market. Scosche’s offering is quite a bit more advanced though, with wireless Bluetooth controls, a rechargeable lithium ion battery pack, and DSP noise cancellation. Read More

  • Get the Band Back Together And Sing Into the Shure Special Edition Super 55

    This $299 may look like something Betty Boop used to record that “Boop boop be-boop” thing she used to do but it isn’t. It’s a high quality, high-output mic with a supercardioid polar pattern and vintage styling for those who need a little extra to get them through the session. Read More

  • The Go Mic goes with you

    The cleverly named Go Mic is yet another USB microphone aimed at podcasters on-the-go, and anyone else trying to record decent audio outside of a professional studio. At $50, the Go Mic sits comfortably in the “Sure, why not” category of gadgets you can buy without suffering too much buyer’s remorse. Read More

  • Yet another microphone for your podcast that no one listens to

    There you are, sitting in your basement with your headset on, getting ready to record the latest episode of your kick ass Transformers podcast. You glance at your Feedburner stats and wonder, for the millionth time, why your subscriber volume has remained so low for so long. Maybe it’s because no one can understand you, what with your crappy headset mic? Read More

  • Review: Revolabs Solo TableTop Wireless Microphone

    The Revolabs Solo USB microphone is a wireless mic/speaker for use in a meeting room setting. It can connect to a computer via USB, or to an A/V system with audio in/out. It consists of a charging base that connects directly to the audio source and a removable mic/speaker component. Read More

  • Incipio's Lloyd adds a microphone to your 4G iPod Nano

    iPod microphone add-ons have been around for…well…as long as the iPod and Incipio has a refreshed model dubbed Lloyd for the new(er) iPod Nano. It simply snaps onto the bottom located dock connector and even features a pass-through headphone jack. All this goodness, including noise reducing design, can be yours for only $17.95. Read More

  • Voice-recognition technology finally utilized in remote controls

    Outdated? OKI and a group of researchers of Waseda University in Tokyo have developed a device that is able to extract a person’s voice from a mix of background noise and other persons’ voices. The new voice-extraction technology is combined with a voice-recognition system that makes it possible to control appliances via spoken commands. The prototype (which there are no photos of… Read More

  • Review: Revolabs Solo Desktop Wireless Microphone System

    The Solo Tabletop RF-Armor from Revolabs is a high-end wireless microphone system using 1.92 to 1.93 GHz for its radio transmissions, with enhanced shielding which allows it “to operate cleanly even when in direct contact with all wireless electronic devices known to cause unwanted audio interference, such as GSM mobile phones, smart phones, etc.”  The base station connects to your… Read More

  • Faux-chrome olde-style USB microphone

    Podcaster, eh? I know your type. Always talking, never listening to other people’s podcasts. Well since you’re so sure you’re the next Edward R. Murrow, maybe you oughta look the part. Tuck in that shirt, you hippie. Get some suspenders! Roll up those sleeves… stop! Too much, roll them down again. Now get this chrome-lookin’ USB microphone and talk into it… Read More

  • Japanese company offers flashlight with integrated video camera for use at crime scenes

    Japanese accessory maker Carrot Systems began to sell a flashlight [JP] last month, which is able to record video and sound via an integrated mini CMOS camera and microphone. The AD-1500 stores recordings in MP4 format on miniSD cards. 2GB can hold up to 180 minutes of video material. The flashlight is ready for infra-red video recording (within a distance of 4 meters). Carrot Systems wants… Read More

  • V-Moda Vibe Duo: High-end audio for the iPhone

    For those unhappy over the iPhone’s inability to play nice with headphones, V-Moda just released a pair of Vibe Duo buds that not only work with the weird recessed headphone jack, but also feature inline call controls and a hidden microphone. Just like the standard iPhone headphones. Three pairs of ear-cushion-things are included to ensure a snug fit for the best possible sound. As any… Read More

  • Boynq Alibi, Batteries Not Included Ring A Bell?

    The moment I laid eyes on the Boynq Alibi it immediately triggered happy memories from my childhood. Before I go off on another tangent like I usually do, I’ll give the deets on the Alibi. It’s an all-in-one device that clears up even more room on your desk than the Brando USB Hub. The Alibi combines a Web cam, speakers and microphone into a stylish and modern looking thingamabob. Read More