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Wireless earphones designed for running also track fitness
Regular readers of Springwise may remember our recent coverage of OwnPhones, the 3D printed earbuds that don’t fall out even when doing physical activity. Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, Freewavz is another brand of fitness earphones that combine wireless technology with in-built exercise tracking capabilities and audio feedback. READ MORE…
In Manchester, gym workouts for indie music fans
For many, exercise is more of a chore than something to look forward to, and for others it’s only bearable if there’s a distraction to take their mind off what they’re actually doing. In the past, Blue Goji has successfully tricked people into doing exercise to control games characters. Now The Fit Sessions in the UK is hoping to entice alternative music fans — not typically the most sporty types — to keep fit by bouncing along to the indie genre’s more upbeat tracks. READ MORE…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Ice cream offers a musical accompaniment with each lick
Eating is about more than just the taste of the food in our mouths, and the experience can be enhanced or tainted by a whole range of factors, from atmosphere and ambience to dining partner. NY-based artist Emilie Blatz has now created Lickestra to take advantage of just that, demonstrating ice cream that acts as a musical instrument when it’s licked. READ MORE…
Smart wristband tells DJs if the audience is enjoying the show
The crowd can make or break a concert — if they’re not having a good time then the entire event can fall flat, and the best performers can adjust their sets by reading the audience’s reaction. A piece of wearable tech called Lightwave now hopes to make this process easier, by delivering crowd engagement data to DJs in real time. READ MORE…
App forces users to give to charity for playing cheesy tracks on Spotify
Handing over money to charity is enough for some to feel good about themselves, but nonprofits and social good organizations often find it difficult to elicit donations without offering something in return. We’ve already seen gaming site GoodGames let users raise money simply by playing ad-supported titles, and now the UK’s Guilty Pledgers is hoping to do something similar for music — charging partygoers for adding an embarrassing track to a Spotify playlist and sending the cash to charity. READ MORE…
Motorbike helmet add-on enables headphone-free listening
Motorcycle helmets are growing up. First, we saw the NUVIZ Ride:HUD — a helmet add-on that gives them a Google Glass-style head-up display with information such as maps and speed. Now HEADWAY from Germany-based startup Rockatoo aims to replace motorcycle headphones with a device that turns any helmet into a loudspeaker. READ MORE…
Hi-fi coffin for audiophiles offers a soundtrack to the afterlife
Music lovers are fanatic enough that they would probably take their favorite albums to the grave with them. Taking this idea literally, Sweden’s Catacombo Sound System is a funeral casket that eternally plays the deceased’s choice of tracks while they’re six feet under. READ MORE…