When everyone else is playing Guitar Hero, are you the type that secretly wants to lead an orchestra? Then the USB Virtual Maestro is for you. Designed to get kids interested in music, Teresa Nakra and her team of programmers with Immersion Music came up with software that will speed up or slow down the orchestra with the use of a Nintendo Wii remote. The project includes a free-standing wall, a speaker, and a 42-inch plasma screen displaying the music makers.
Two of the games have been on tour around the States since November and there is a chance that it will hit Europe this summer. We are thinking that if they get enough support, the team will try to come up with one for consumer use.
EKS has released its next generation Otus, a USB DJ board. The 2-in-1 controller uses virtual audio tech for two channels. At a size of 365 x 335 x 70mm and a weight of 1.5 kg, the aluminum device has a large, configurable 7.5-in jog wheel, a physical pitch slider, and a touchpad and motion sensors for samples, effects, or cuepoints. A switch key allows two control layers. With MIDI support and mappers, you can program both audio and video. To get the cool-looking Otus in June, contact EKS to find price and availability nearest you.
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We love robotic animal toys almost as much as the genuine article, with the exception being the annoying Furby, even though that probably doesn’t qualify as an animal. Hal the Hamster sings and dances to Styx’s “Mr. Roboto.” Standing 6-inches, he needs 3 AAA batteries to do his thing and has a price of only $9.99. We think we might have programmed him with something more appropriate, such as “Chewy, Chewy” or “Spinning Wheel.” Then again, he is wearing a spacesuit.
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Sanyo is introducing its new ICR-PS1000M Diply Talk in Japan. The PCM voice recorder has a stereo mic and recording system. The device will hold up to 50 hours of music and/or voice. Using a 4GB miniSDHC will give you 5h40/min. if recorded in PCM and 279h30/min. if you use Mp3 (32kb/s.) By the way, it seems that there was a certain amount of discussion about its English name and the fact that it might get “picked on.” If they decide it needs rebranding, Sanyo’s price will undoubtedly go up. We shall see when/if it hits the States in time for this holiday season.
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If you are looking for a baby present, but the kid is too young for an iPod, what would be better than a Onesie to get the little nipper in the correct frame of mind? Unfortunately, it won’t change itself if you push a button and there is no mute. The American made garment is screen printed and available for $25.00 in a size of 6 to 12 months. Those greedy 3 to 6 month olds bought up all of them in the smaller size but you can pre-order for when they are back in stock. Of course, by then the infant will have outgrown it.
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If you can’t afford your own Ferrari, you may be able to compromise with the F1 phone. The cellie features a 2.2-inch LCD with 260k colors, a camera with 1280 x 1024 max output, and does 3GP and MP4 video as well as JPGs, GIFs, and Midis and MP3s with a support equalizer and a single stereo loudspeaker. Available in several language choices, the F1 also has Internet capability, a phone book, games, calculator, and alarm at a price of £96.38 (~$190.00.)
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The Korean Company GDIS has released its Floral titi MP3 player to compete with the pack. Available in
colors of strawberry, mocha, carrot, aqua, sweet pink, vanilla, lavender, mint and ice blue, the music player weighs only 10g and can be clipped onto a backpack, shirt, or belt. We are not really sure about that name, but the design is decent and the titi offers 8 hours of play time. Choose between 1GB for 39,800 KRW (~$41.00) and 2GB for 54,800 KRW (~$56.00.)
The Japanese company Elecom has been selling their Ear Drops since 2006 and they have obviously been successful at it as they are now offering 9 more models. Weighing only 3g, the earphones are adjustable, and they have a slide adjuster to prevent tangling of the 1.2m cord. With playback frequency of 20Hz to 20kHz and a pressure response of 96dB/1mW, the Ear Drops come in three colors in three different designs. Each set will set you back ¥3,000 (~$29.00.)
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An interesting meeting took place during the Song Summit Sydney (S3) in Australia. Mark Meharry, co-founder of Music Glue, said that consumers are changing and that the record industry will have to respond to the fact that there is now much more file sharing as opposed to purchase. He says that downloaders are music fans, not thieves.
Considering the fact that the current generation can get what they want without spending a dime, Meharry suggests they let the music be free and concentrate on other products available, such as music players or concert tickets. Some of the bands listed on Music Glue, which was started about a year ago, offers free downloads in exchange for an e-mail addy or small donation. We like the idea but suspect that this is a debate that will not end for quite a while.
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In this election year, we find more patriotic gadgets than we will ever actually need. The Musical Statue of Liberty is no exception, but at least this one is non-partisan. Draped in the American flag and made of hand-painted vinyl, the mini-statue not only looks tacky, but press her button and her torch keeps time to the thrilling tune of “New York, New York.” Standing all of 10-inches, she requires 2 AA batteries (not included) and carries a MSRP of $11.98.
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