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“Ear” Speakers Give Your iPod Touch a Dumbo Complex

“Ear” Speakers Give Your iPod Touch a Dumbo Complex
If you’re looking for a way to give the sound on your iPod Touch an extra boost, check out these portable speakers that appear to poke out of the sides of your media player. With their ear-like appendages, these Green House SPA-214ct speakers do look a little bit goofy (or like some other Disney character with big ears), but they do put the speakers in just the right location to provide decent stereo sound. When not in use, the speakers rotate out of site and hide on the back of an acrylic case that envelops your Touch.

Wireless Bird Doorbells Sure to Get Your Cat’S Attention

Wireless Bird Doorbells Sure to Get Your Cat’S Attention
Personally, I’ve got no problem with the traditional “ding-dong” when solicitors come to my front door (it’s the solicitors themselves that I have an issue with). But you nature-lovers out there might like something a little more organic when the doorbell rings. These avian doorbells from China not only look like birds, they let out a variety of dissonant chirpy and tweety noises when a visitor arrives on your stoop. While some might find the bird sounds soothing, I think I’d pull every last hair out of my head if I had to listen to one of these every time someone was at the door.
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Airheads Let You Make Music in the Air

Airheads Let You Make Music in the Air
These new devices let you create music by waving your hands in the air. The sensor sticks can detect the position and velocity of your hands as they move in front of them. Airheads work as a standard MIDI controller, you can connect them to most synthesizers or even a drum machine, so you can play some serious air drums.

Drawdio Music Pencil Lets You Doodle Electronic Sounds

Drawdio Music Pencil Lets You Doodle Electronic Sounds
Feeling musically inclined, but haven’t the time or knowledge to write sheet music? Now you can produce your own sonic creations simply by doodling on a piece of paper. Designed by Adafruit (in collaboration with Jay Silver), Drawdio is an analog synthesizer circuit that straps to any soft-leaded pencil, and lets you crank out electronic sounds while you sketch.

Tiny Cube Speakers: Portable, Also Easily Lost.

Tiny Cube Speakers: Portable, Also Easily Lost.
Here’s something for people who want some boom outside of their boom – I mean room. Landport’s cube speakers are so tiny, calling them ultra-portable would be an understatement. I say they’re ultra-losable. Measuring just 26 mm x 26 mm x 26 mm (appx.

Salad Bowl Speakers Serve up Scrumptious Sound [IKEA Hack]

Salad Bowl Speakers Serve up Scrumptious Sound [IKEA Hack]
While you could fill your salad bowl with lettuce, tomatoes, bacon bits and honey dijon dressing, that would be pretty boring. Personally, I prefer my salads to be made from anodized aluminum, magnets, and wire. Yum. UK modder HoopsOnToast was shopping at his local IKEA store when he realized the potential to make some nifty orb-shaped speakers by gluing together pairs of 8″ Blanda Matt solid birch hardwood bowls. The speakers get their sweet sound from a pair of full range (100Hz – 20kHz) Bandor 50mm drivers, mounted into the sliced-off face of one of the bowls. Word is that the cabinets sound simply brilliant, and they only took about 3 hours to put together.

Enjoy Some Electronic Turkey This Thanksgiving

Enjoy Some Electronic Turkey This Thanksgiving
If you haven’t already gotten your turkey for tonight’s Thanksgiving festivities, it’s probably too late for you. Unless, of course, you plan on catching your own bird. This Cass Creek electronic turkey call is sure to attract the elusive birds as it cranks out digitized samples of real turkeys.

Flash Beat Speaker Offers Sound-Sensitive Light Show

Flash Beat Speaker Offers Sound-Sensitive Light Show
Nope, this wild glowy sphere isn’t some sort of newfangled plasma weapon. Actually, what you’re looking at is a combination speaker/light show that’s perfect for your next big dance party. Inside the transparent red plastic orb of the Zumreed Flash Beat is a downward-firing speaker, surrounded by a rapidly spinning pink light.

Tuned Bear iPod Speaker: Louder Than the Average Bear

Tuned Bear iPod Speaker: Louder Than the Average Bear
Stuffed animal lovers, here’s a new portable audio setup that’s perfect for you – assuming that your animal of choice happens to be a faceless shiny bear, that is. Made by Hirokawa Japan, Tuned Bear is a complete sound system for your media player, stuffed inside a teddy bear.

Xpod: Tiny Speakers Fit in Your Pocket

Xpod: Tiny Speakers Fit in Your Pocket
Want to share your music when you’re out and about? Sure, you could ask your friends to try on your crusty headphones, or you could reach into your pocket and pull out a pair of these tiny speakers. XPod Active Sound speakers could be the smallest portable speakers I’ve seen yet.

IPhone Ocarina: Go Blow (Into Your iPhone)

IPhone Ocarina: Go Blow (Into Your iPhone)
I’ve seen all sorts of musical instruments running on the iPhone, but this is the first one I’ve come across that might involve getting a little spit on your screen. Smule’s new iPhone app, Ocarina turns your iPhone into a fully-functional musical wind instrument.

Zagg Z.Buds Earphones Give iPhone Owners a Choice

Zagg Z.Buds Earphones Give iPhone Owners a Choice
Ever since the iPhone hit stores a couple of years back, I’ve been an addict. While the iPhone itself is a star, I’ve never thought all that much of the earbuds that come with it. Now iPhone cronies have another choice for listening to tunes and making phone calls. I recently got an opportunity to go hands-on (or is that ears-on?)

Sound/Chairs Get Their Shape From Audio Waves

Sound/Chairs Get Their Shape From Audio Waves
This wild piece of modern furniture may look like an abstract shape from the mind of its creator, but it’s actually been precisely engineered from a 3-dimensional waveform plot of a brief audio clip. To make his Sound/Chair, designer Matthew Plummer-Fernandez started with a 3D plot based on the volume, time and frequency of a short piece of audio. He then fed the data into a computer-controlled water-jet cutter, which carves the body of each individual chair from a block of Polyethelene foam (the original prototype was hand-cut by the designer himself). In the process of coming up with the right audio recipe for his Sound/Chair, Plummer-Fernandez experimented with 719 unique sounds before he found the one that was just right for a comfy chair, with proper arm-rests.

Gakken Sx-150 Analog Synthesizer is a Hacker’S Delight

Gakken Sx-150 Analog Synthesizer is a Hacker’S Delight
The Gakken SX-150 is a little analog synthesizer kit that came packaged in a recent issue of a Japanese DIY science magazine. Now, these funky mini synths have started to show up around the globe, leaving all sorts of interesting beeps, blips and squeals in their wake. Originally included in an issue of Otonanokagaku (Science for Adults), the compact synth offers up a variety of basic sound adjustments including attack, LFO, pitch, attack, decay and cutoff.

Train Tracks + Vinyl Tracks = Sound Chaser

Train Tracks + Vinyl Tracks = Sound Chaser
This cool interactive art piece gives new life to old vinyl records. Created by designer/musician Yuri Suzuki, in collaboration with mechanical engineer Yaroslav Tenzer, the Sound Chaser uses chopped up curved slices of vinyl records and turns them into a custom musical track for a set of miniature trains to follow. Participants connect the vinyl record slivers into any configuration they’d like, and the trains follow along the track, creating user-generated music mash-ups. Now I have no idea how they managed to get such perfect slices out of these records, but they somehow figure out a way to do it accurately enough to keep the tiny trains from derailing. Each train car has its own independent guidance system, needle, speaker and amplification, so they’re completely self-contained.

Weighted Companion Cube Subwoofer is No Lie

Weighted Companion Cube Subwoofer is No Lie
Finally, there’s a Weighted Companion Cube mod that actually has enough heft to earn its name. This custom-built subwoofer bears a striking resemblance to that little cube that you had to euthanize the last time you played Portal. Modder d_stilgar spent the last several months painstakingly recreating the details of the Companion Cube, carefully mounting a heavy duty subwoofer and amplifier into the cabinet. And when the lights go down, the subwoofer glows in the dark, thanks to some cleverly integrated pink EL lighting. D_stilgar says he’s working on a pair of matching Portal-inspired speakers, but won’t reveal what they look like yet.
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