Monster Cable has announced Beats, a new line of high-end headphones coming this summer. The headphones are promising to provide audiophile quality sound in a stylish set of cans. The $399 headphones have been made in partnership with Dr. Dre and other big names in the music industry, and are aiming to bring the sound of completely un-portable $5,000 sound systems to the mobile iPod and iPhone user on the go. Check out our Beats by Dr. Dre gallery.
Beats headphones are fully iPhone compatible - they feature a longer headphone jack to slip into the iPhone, and a microphone to allow users to make and receive phone calls without the hassle doffing their headphones. Monster Cable is hoping to bring out a whole range of high-bitrate fans by providing iPhone compatible headphones capable of reproducing every nuance (or artifact in low bitrate audio) of the music people love.
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Sanyo and NS-Elex have combined forces to create a really ugly-looking earphone/microphone designed for those in loud environments. It cancels out especially loud sounds and amplifies your voice at the same time. The device can be used on cell phones, radios, or any other device with the proper plug in. Set to come out by April 2008, it will carry a price of ~$355.00. A Bluetooth version will also be available for ~$530.00. Can you say feedback?
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For spies on the go, the DVR Pen has a wireless, low-power digital recorder and a microphone stuffed into an 0.55 x 5.7-inch pen. You can record 320 x 240p at 30 fps on flash memory or microSD and transfer data to PDA or PC via Bluetooth. The pen features 5 different motion detection sensitivity levels for low light targets and can send an alarm when movement occurs. And yes, it even writes. Still a prototype, Pacific Defence foresees a target date next March.
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The Vero ENB-100 allows for hands-free, Bluetooth communication within 30 feet of your cell phone. The solar powered car kit has voice recognition and will call by one word, even if your phone has dropped under the passenger seat. Three LEDs let you know the status of a call, and battery and solar recharging. It also features noise reduction, echo cancellation, an omni-directional mic, simplistic buttons, and promises up to 15 hours of talk time or 600 hours of standby, depending on the weather that day. At a size of 91.3 × 50.5 × 13.3 mm and a weight of 60 g, it comes with with a car charger, cradle, and mounting accessories. We think this would be a great addition to any dashboard, unless you happen to be in one of those dark-glassed, paparazzi-proof limos. It comes with a price tag of £51.06 (~$105.00.)
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JVC’s latest entry into the world of electronics is their “hand clap & gesture recognition” TV. Unveiled at the CEATEC 2007, you clap 3 times into its mic for a menu. A cam sitting atop the screen tracks your hand, thereby turning it into a tuner. Hook your finger and you click a button. There are also different clapping patterns for such features as volume control. There is no target date set for this prototype’s commercialization. While this is a definite advantage if you are one of those who had a “clap-on” signal for your remote control when it got lost, we are curious as to its response to a televised concert when the applause rolls around.
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We recently reviewed the V-Moda Vibe Duo headset for the Apple’s iPhone and were quite impressed. Aside from a faulty pair of earbuds our biggest complaint was the lack of a button on the microphone to enable answering of calls and pausing of music. It sounds like V-Moda has listened and they just announced the 2nd generation Vibe Duo which will feature the same button as Apple’s stock iPhone earbuds. The 2nd generation Vibe Duos promise the same spectacular sound quality, luxurious cloth wrapped cables, and comfortable design.
It looks like the new version will drop at the same $99 price tag. If you have been considering a pair of these fabulous earbuds it might be worth it to wait a few weeks for the new ones to show up in stores.
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The Official Xbox Magazine’s podcast has an interview this week with Harmonix co-founder and president Alex Rigopulos about their upcoming game Rock Band. In the interview he talks about the game bundles, although light on concrete details he does confirm a band-in-a-box bundle that will include a guitar, drum kit and microphone. However, he goes on to say that the PlayStation 3 version will include a wireless guitar controller while the Xbox 360 version will have to include a wired guitar because Microsoft‘s wireless technology is too expensive to make the bundle reasonably priced. Since the 360 also has only two USB ports, the 360 Rock Band bundle will also be packed with a USB hub.
Rigopulos goes on to discuss the game’s career modes a little, saying there will be both solo career mode that progresses in a linear fashion similar to what Guitar Hero players are used to, but they are also including a less linear band career mode. In this mode you traverse to various venues trying to build up your fan base and in some cases return to previously played locations to maintain your fame there. Also it’s worth noting that the solo career mode will not include a bass career track so your options are vocals, guitar and drums in solo career mode. But Rigopulos did reveal that the finale songs for each career path (and therefore likely the difficulty distinctions throughout) will be different for each instrument, and he even said that at this point the drum finale will be The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”
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This Roboman Webcam stands, sits, or leans with his 6-inch tall frame and features 350k pixels and captures 30 fps. He pops into your USB 1.1 port, has an integrated mic with 11 points of articulation, and comes with a driver disc. The cam has 2 LED eyes and a 52-inch cord so he can move around at night and commune with other bots while you are asleep. We were just kidding about that part, but he does have movable arms and legs so that you can position him in ways that are really not possible in humans. Get yours at ThinkGeek for $19.99.
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How clever of the Hue Webcam to be so flexible, whether you keep it on its base or plug it into your laptop when you are on the move. The cam has a 1.3 MPX sensor and integrated mic with noise reduction technology and a handy one-touch snapshot button. It is compatible with Windows/XP/Vista or Mac OS 10.4 or above, and requires at least a 16 bit color display adapter, Intel Pentium III 800 or above, and 128 MB RAM. In a choice of 6 colors, the cam is available for $79.99 and plugs in to your USB port with its included 6 foot cable.
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As we had guessed a few times before, MTV, Harmonix and EA are working together to suck the Guitar Hero well dry. The news today is that these three companies will be working together to produce Rock Band, a GH-like game that will include new peripherals that will let you drum, sing, and of course strum your way to rockstar fame. Looks like it’s time to make some more room in your home for gaming peripherals - given that the Guitar Hero guitar is nearly real-guitar sized, we can only imagine how big the Rock Band drum set is going to be… or perhaps they’ll build some nifty motion-sensing drumsticks?
With online play, killer peripherals, and a pretty hot looking list of record labels signing on, this game could be huge… both in the metaphorical AND physical sense. Hopefully the controller(s) won’t make the game as expensive as a new console, though. Rock Band is currently announced for the PS3 and Xbox 360 although developers have hinted that a Wii version is also in the works.
Click the jump for the full press release…
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