Sound

  • 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

    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!

    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

    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! Read More

  • 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

    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 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… 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… Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • 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… Read More