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Tag: Microphone

How to Build a Working Microphone from Paper: Cardboard Cardioid

How to Build a Working Microphone from Paper: Cardboard Cardioid
Want a neat, but functional item to add to your desk? Check out this cool design for an old school microphone that’s made from cardboard, but actually works. YouTuber SKM builds lots of fun stuff from cardboard, and this is definitely one of his coolest designs. It looks just like…

Review: iKlip A/V Smartphone Pro Camera Rig

Review: iKlip A/V Smartphone Pro Camera Rig
Today’s smartphones are shooting better and better video, making them more than sufficient for most purposes. However, one area where smartphones still kind of stink is in their audio recording quality. Their puny internal microphones were designed for making phone calls – so they tend to be tinny, and pick…
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Life-size Classic LEGO Gadgets: The Brix System

Life-size Classic LEGO Gadgets: The Brix System
Boutique PC maker Love Hultén is known for building computers inspired by 20th century furniture. But his latest masterpieces are based on toys, LEGO to be specific. Love’s The Brix System are wonderful 6:1 scale functioning replicas of LEGO gadgets from the ’70s and ’80s Space sets. The Brix System…

Gyroscopes in Mobile Devices Can Act as Microphones: Censor that Sensor

Gyroscopes in Mobile Devices Can Act as Microphones: Censor that Sensor
Gyroscopes can be found in most modern mobile devices. They’re meant to help in motion-sensing, but a recent paper by researchers Yan Michalevsky, Dan Boneh and Gabi Nakibly shows that these sensors can also act as microphones. According to the researchers, what makes this accidental feature extra scary is that…

Giant Interactive Pinwheel Concept: Reverse Windmills

Giant Interactive Pinwheel Concept: Reverse Windmills
George Zisiadis – one of the designers behind the sweet mistletoe drone – shares with us one of his latest concepts: a public art installation on the facade of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History filled with large pinwheels. Visitors will be able to make the pinwheels move…

Disney Ishin-Denshin Microphone Passes Sound Through Touch: Operator 2.0

Disney Ishin-Denshin Microphone Passes Sound Through Touch: Operator 2.0
You can convey a lot of things through touch. You can give a sympathetic hug, a joyous high-five or an angry punch. But Disney Research Pittsburgh came up with an interactive installation that can transmit sound using the human body. The sound will then be heard when a carrier touches…

Working Tin Can Handset Needs to Be Funded ASAP

Working Tin Can Handset Needs to Be Funded ASAP
It’s not unusual to see kids using tin cans tied with a piece of string as a phone, but if Monkey Wrench Design has its way, you’ll see adults using tin cans to communicate. And not in a pretend way. You see, MWD has made The Can, a USB handset…

CB Transceiver for iPhone Looks Silly, Sends You Back a Few Decades

CB Transceiver for iPhone Looks Silly, Sends You Back a Few Decades
Remember those old CB radios with the huge microphones you spoke into? My dad told me a story once of how these radio used to be the “cellphones” of their time. They were huge when he was in college, and he and his friends would use this to communicate with…

Philips Desktop Microphone: Looks Like a UFO or a Frisbee

Philips Desktop Microphone: Looks Like a UFO or a Frisbee
If you ever have the need to record what people are saying in a conference room, here’s a cool looking microphone which might help you capture better quality sound than you might get from traditional microphones.…

Tascam iM2 iOS Stereo Microphone: Supersize Your Podcasts

Tascam iM2 iOS Stereo Microphone: Supersize Your Podcasts
If you use your iOS device to record music or to create podcasts, then you should definitely check out this add-on microphone. The new Tascam iM2 Stereo Microphone is specifically made to function with your favorite iOS device and is designed to record great sound with your mobile gadget.…

Wiretap Splitter Multiplies Usefulness of Headphone Jacks

Wiretap Splitter Multiplies Usefulness of Headphone Jacks
I was checking out the 2012 Time Traveler’s Calendar at Kickstarter when I stumbled upon – kickstarted upon? – this clever gadget by ESDevices. It’s called the Wiretap, and it’s a more versatile audio splitter because it also lets you use the headphone jack as a microphone jack. So if…

TalkO’Clock: Connecting People. In the Morning. When We’re Cranky. And Ripe for Trolling.

TalkO’Clock: Connecting People. In the Morning. When We’re Cranky. And Ripe for Trolling.
Do you wake up when your phone rings? Does your job involve people calling you at odd hours of the day? Or maybe you’re the type of person who just has to answer their phone, even if you don’t know who’s calling? Then this might be the best – and…

Want to Sound Like T-Pain Without an App? There’s a Mic for That!

Want to Sound Like T-Pain Without an App? There’s a Mic for That!
Following the success of Smule’s I Am T-Pain app, the R&B star collaborated with Jakks Pacific to make the I Am T-Pain Mic, so you can auto-tune your voice even if you don’t have an iPod Touch or iPhone and say silly things like “buy you a drank” without people…

Olympus TP-7 Telephone Recorder: Bug Your Own Phone

Olympus TP-7 Telephone Recorder: Bug Your Own Phone
Ever needed to record your phone calls? Let us pretend for a moment that you believe that there is some huge government conspiracy against you. If you tell anyone this, they’re going to think you’re crazy. Unless you have proof, that is. Now, you need to collect said proof. Spy…

Samson Meteor Mic is Retro Cool

Samson Meteor Mic is Retro Cool
There are all kinds of uses for a good USB microphone connected to your computer. You can use it to play games with speakers rather than having to use a headset with a mic, for making podcasts, and you can even use it to record your own music. Samson has…

Zoom Q3hd Video Recorder is Perfect for Concert Bootleggers

Zoom Q3hd Video Recorder is Perfect for Concert Bootleggers
If you are the sort that goes to a lot of concerts and records them, you have probably noticed that the audio on most camcorders is far from as good as the quality of the video. A company called Zoom has been making some very nice dual microphone audio recorders…
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