Another edition, another change to the Playlist format. From now on, we’re going to be reviewing discs weekly, with two releases reviewed in each edition. This week we have a disc from indie rockers Hot Hot Heat, and another solo release from singer/songwriter Ben Folds, enjoy.
A few weeks ago we reviewed the SLEEPTRACKER watch which aims to change one’s life by improving the start of their day. We got a lot of questions from readers who wanted more information on the background of the product, so we decided to go straight to the source. Lee Loree is the Managing Partner of Innovative Sleep Solutions, and the mind behind the SLEEPTRACKER. We were able to chat with him about the function of the device, as well as the success it is enjoying.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself, along with what your position is at Innovative Sleep Solutions?
I came up with the idea for SLEEPTRACKER as I lay reading in bed one night. My wife had been asleep for a few hours when she rolled over. As she rolled over I said something and she responded. We spoke briefly then she went back to sleep. I waited about 10 minutes and tried to speak to her in the same tone and she did not respond. I found that exchange interesting so I started spending evenings in libraries and on line researching sleep. From there I had meetings with doctors in the sleep field to access our idea and work to build our model.
It has been promoted as The Return of the Voice. Saying that the “old” Mariah is back. She’s been co-producing her own albums since 1990 and has more #1 hits than any other female artist in history. She is the #1 selling recording artist of the 1990’s. Is she back? Where did she go? Does this album have what it takes to redeem her credibility as an artist? Producer? Singer? I decided to take a trip home with Mariah on her emancipation journey partly expecting to be disappointed, but also hopeful of all the hype this album has created. Does it live up? We take a track-by-track look at Mariah’s latest.
We have gotten so used to giving away free gear, we now feel bad about neglecting to offer something for you to carry it all around in. Please accept this giveaway as our official apology. Tom Bihn is known for making super-functional bags for all sorts of needs, and they fit right in with the needs of those who are obsessed with technology. One item we were particularly impressed with is their Brain Bag - so much so that we are going to give one away. To enter, leave us a comment telling us what gear you currently have to have on you at all times. We want to hear about what our readers just can’t live without when they are on the go. As always, this one is open to US residents only. For more information on the Brain Bag, check out the product page.
Weather-wise, it was a horrible day in NYC. But that couldn’t stop 500 soon-to-be PSP owners to come out and stand in line for hours at the SONY Style store in Manhattan. Yours truly stood in line with the crowd and got hailed on for hours just to get the opportunity to be part of entertainment history.
I was owned. I mean, completely owned by the impending launch of this sexy device. The PSP images swam in my head daily, the unquenchable desire of having it in my hand invaded my dreams, and its capabilities punctuated almost all my conversations. It is handheld gaming taken to a whole new level, and after a great launch in Japan a few months ago it was finally coming to the US in grand fashion. Today we’re covering the midnight launch experience in New York City, at the same time that we look at how this thing changed lives.
Update: If you think the SLEEPTRACKER watch is cool, check out our video of the SLEEPPHASE Alarm Clock!
A few weeks ago we told you about a product called SLEEPTRACKER. The SLEEPTRACKER watch is unique in that while it tells you the time and has a built-in alarm like every other digital watch, this one actually monitors your sleep and wakes you at the moment that your body would best adjust from moving from a sleeping state to being awake. Does it live up to the hype? Find out after the jump.
Another contest has come to a close, this one sees three people walk away with one year of free online storage courtesy of Box.net. The three winners are benplaut, bayyar, and TheMetsAreBad. You will now have 1 GB of online storage for a year. All the rest of us can get it on it for $2.99 per month.
We received over 400 entries into our PrizeCube sponsored Sony PSP Value Pack Giveaway, which is the most we have had for any contest thus far! Unfortunately, only two people will actually be walking away with Sony PSP Value Packs from this contest. If your name is R. Franz or E. Barrett, you have already been in contact with me regarding your prizes. For all the rest of you, don’t fret - you didn’t really want one anyway, did you? Oh well, at least you can look at some images until launch.
We have a schizophrenic Playlist this time, with rappers and beach bums, with soul singers and pop bands. 50 Cent is back, as is Jack Johnson, both trying to improve over their last successful releases. Sage Francis furthers the cause of underground hip-hop, and Sam Cooke is our collection essential, putting a little soul in this dreary winter. Enjoy the Playlist, and let me know what you think in our forums or by emailing me.
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