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Stick-on knobs let iPad DJs mix with physical dials
Music consumption has almost completely lost its physicality since the advent of digital, with entire back catalogs available at the click of a button. Musicians and producers themselves are now using virtual instruments and equipment such as DAW software and tablets have given rise to the iPad DJ. Catering to the latter in particular, Tuna Knobs aim to bring the tactile control of mixing desks to tablets, with attachable buttons that work with multiple DJ apps. READ MORE…
Virtual pet can only be fed through walking
Getting children to exercise instead of sitting inside with computer games is becoming an ever more difficult task. We’ve already seen Loop, the outdoor game where young players use tracking sensors to score points and compete with friends. Now Wokamon is a virtual pet app from China that requires kids to walk and exercise in order to keep their creature alive. READ MORE…
Wireless earbuds are custom 3D printed so they won’t fall out
Earbud headphones come as standard with most smartphones, but they’re typically prone to breaking, and their one-size-fits-all design means that they can be uncomfortable and fall out when exercising. In the past, we’ve seen HeadFoams make the devices more durable, especially for young users. Now OwnPhones is enabling consumers to customize their earbuds to their own unique style and ear shape through 3D printing. READ MORE…
Cell phone radio brings entertainment to media blackspots
The web has enabled more and more people to become better informed about the world thanks to the relatively free and instant sharing of information across national borders. However, there are parts of the world where consumers don’t get to participate in the global conversation due to a lack of such a technological infrastructure. In the past we’ve seen VascoDe provide SMS versions of popular apps such as Twitter and Gmail, and now Kan Khajura Tesan is an always-on radio station that those in electricity-scarce locations can access by calling it on their cell phone. READ MORE…
Energy-harnessing musical instrument provides power to communities off the grid
There are areas in the world where energy infrastructure is next to nonexistent, meaning that the people living there can’t rely on a consistent source of electricity. In the past, products such as theSOCCKET soccer ball have harnessed energy from human activity when they’re interacted with in order to provide power later on. Now a new project has developed SPARK, a musical instrument that takes a similar approach. READ MORE…
Browser plugin lets you listen to any YouTube video in your language
Hollywood movies and foreign films are considered to be two different artforms — one is for the masses and the other is for the preserve of aesthetes. However, the schism is still largely a result of limited language options for films. While MyLINGOhas made an effort to introduce dubbed translations into the cinema through viewers’ own smartphones, a project called alugha is now hoping to bring the same capability to the web, with a plugin that provides alternative language tracks for existing YouTube videos. READ MORE…
Live two-way gig streams let any venue book the biggest EDM acts
The thing that makes live performances compelling is their one-off nature and the thrill of securing a ticket. However, it’s those same aspects of gig-going that make it all the more disappointing when a show is sold out, or an artist never tours in a particular neighborhood. While EVNTLIVE has solved the first problem through online feeds of sold out shows, Mixify is now aiming to help virtually bring top EDM artists to any corner of the world through synchronized streaming events in clubs. READ MORE…
Liveguide is a what’s on listing for web live streams
The internet is changing the nature of visual entertainment. We already have YouTube and Netflix offering on-demand content, and even shows such as@SummerBreak integrating social media as a medium for additional storytelling. Platforms such as Twitch are now showing that there’s real demand for live streams on the web, and Sweden’s Liveguide is an app that acts as a comprehensive schedule listing for livestreamed content across the web. READ MORE…
Social headphones bring back the art of listening to music together
Music is something that should be shared with friends, but the rise of iPods and smartphones means that many consumers now experience music predominantly as a solitary affair, closed off from the world through their headphones. We’ve already seen Muzik attempt to make headphones more social with built-in buttons to instantly share current tracks on social media. Now California-based startup Wearhaus is introducing its ARC headphones, which can pair with other nearby users, syncing audio across multiple devices. READ MORE…
Zagga aims to be Netflix for the blind
Accessibility isn’t always at the forefront of businesses’ minds, but those who fail to cater for less able customers will be closing off an entire section of their market. When it comes to entertainment services, we’ve already seen Regal Cinemas make the big screen more accessible through its individual head up display subtitle glasses, but emerging companies like Netflix aren’t doing much to help users with sight difficulties, for example. Zagga is a video-on-demand service that caters for blind and partially sighted customers with built-in audio description. READ MORE…
Tamagotchi-style wristband encourages active play for kids
Any parent will know how difficult it is to get kids to go out and exercise instead of playing on computer games all day. We’ve already seen gamified exercise in the form of the Loop audio and motion sensor-driven gaming platform, and now Leap Band is a digital pet that responds to children’s activity, tracks their performance and teaches them about healthy eating. READ MORE…
App-controlled airplane seat lets passengers customize their experience before they board
A key aspect of a holiday is comfort, and consumers come in all shapes and sizes when it comes to what helps them feel at ease. While we’ve already seen the UK’s Whitbread hotel chain let guests customize their room before they arrive through itshub project, now Thales Group has unveiled its Immersive Business Class Seat, an airplane seat that can be controlled by an app or which automatically detects their entertainment preference using social data. READ MORE…
Subscription service pairs vinyl records and cocktail recipes each month
Music can be an integral part of any social evening, and this idea has been picked up in the past by Turntable Kitchen, a subscription service that helps members discover new music, as well as new foods. Now Vinyl Me, Please is a new service offering curated vinyl records as well as a cocktail recipe to try while listening. READ MORE…
Music speaker is future-proofed for hardware upgrades
We recently wrote about the Aether Cone, a speaker that learns how users interact with it in order to play music tailored to them. Now, a new product called Boom Boom is a wireless speaker that offers voice feedback and gesture control, as well as a slew of hardware features that enable future upgrades. READ MORE…
Just jammed the perfect riff? This always-recording cable will save it
Moments of inspiration can strike at any time, and part of being a professional musician is being able to capture it when it does. While the automatic Looxcie life-capturing camera could do the job, guitar manufacturer Gibson has now created the Memory Cable, a lead featuring an in-built recorder that enables players to save every note they play in case they hit on a good idea while jamming. READ MORE…