We are thinking that sometimes people have way too much spare time on their hands. However, the Yellow Drum Machine is a clever bot all the same. It moves around, collects data, then finds an isolated object to keep the beat. After sampling this for a “good sound,” it will play along with it. It will also keep time if you decide to make a noise or clap. The robot was created for about $120.00 in about twenty hours and runs on 4 AA batteries. Full instruction and details are on Frits’ site.
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Nokia has brought out its N95 to help you find your way. With its 2.8-inch (240 x 320) QVGA screen with up to 16 million colors, it has 8GB of memory, A-GPS, and HSDPA connectivity. It features a 5 mp cam with Carl Zeiss optics, WiFi, music player and FM tuner, and supports Nokia Share online for a one-click upload of images or videos for Flickr or Vox. If you live in the U.S., you also get a bonus of voice guidance and direction in their Maps for 6 months as a freebie. Look for the N95 online and at retailers for $779.00.
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We just received a tinbot and couldn’t be happier. Designed by artist Christopher Lee, it fit perfectly with our iPod classic. Everything is quite snug inside and we think that it gives our music player quite a bit of class. We figure for all our clumsiness that this case, with tin on the outside and neoprene inside, is perfect for travel and a lot classier than our basic iPod case. We definitely recommend them for the terminally clumsy who have an iPod video 30/60/80GB or a classic 80/160GB at the MSRP of $29.95. Although it is not waterproof, the tinbot is certainly water-resistant to a spring rain. A very kewl gift for others, too, especially if you want to decorate it yourself, as they have one you can customize for $10.00 less.
Check out more shots after the jump.
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Not to be outdone by Panasonic, Korea’s Digix has released a mini-MP3/video player. The IXING M1-TM weighs only 20g and is 5.6mm in thickness. It comes in 1, 2, and 4BG sizes and includes an FM tuner, text and video viewer, and voice recorder. It will handle MP3, MJPEG VIdeo, JPEG , Text, WMA, MPEG1, MPEG2, and MPEG2.5. The 2GB model is available for 75,000 won (~$75.00.) More information is available on Digix’s site if you can wade through a minimal translation.
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It’s Panasonic’s turn to challenge the iPod by coming up with the D-Snap SV-SD870N. The player will run for over 100 hours on a 3 hour charge and features noise canceling technology that they say will get rid of up to 83% ambient noise. It also allows recording with a 2 gig SD card for up to 1,000 tunes and USB 2.0 connectivity. At a size of 35.0 × 90.7 × 11.4 mm and a weight of 40g, manage your music with its SD-Jukebox. The D-Snap will be available in red, white, black, silver, or blue in mid-April in Japan.
There is a new way to play DJ. The iSpin allows you to hook up two iPods or other MP3 players, or a combination of the two, and mix up a few tunes. The portable kit features cross-fading and other fun tricks with the ability to switch audio between original and mixed effects.The combo headset/microphone also lets you route your mic either directly or through the effects . At a price of $140.00, contact Sergio to get more info on availability.
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If you are a fan of laser shows, now you can put them on for you and your buds. The Red Hot Laser Light Show not only is encased in scarlet, it projects red circles, lines, spheres, and shapes. With two modes, if you add some tunes it will respond to the music. The device is portable, wireless, and includes a mic so you can bring it to the nearest pub to entertain everyone, until they tell you it is interfering their pool playing. Remember to get some AA batteries as they aren’t included. Get yours for $24.95.
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Imagine earning your B.A. degree just by creating a prototype. That is almost what German designer Joonas Saaranen did by combining music with mobility. His Reppo II is a hardshell backpack that would be great on camping trips, bicycling, and even exercising. Inside are speakers and an amplifier. It took him about 8 months to build and his focus group seemed to think he had a dynamic idea. We do, too and hope he moves it along to reality.
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Brando is always coming up with the latest in USB gadgets and has just acquired two mini-speakers. Both work with all electronics that have a 3.5mm stereo audio connector such as a cell phone, MP3 player, or CD player. They also have a 2W output, rechargeable Li-ion batteries, and on/off and volume switches. You can even wear them with included neck straps. Both come with audio and USB cable. Select from the Mini Lips or Mini Mouse with flashing eyes at a price of $14.00 each.
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Update: Turns out, Apple is saying this is an unsubstantiated rumor.
“This is not news nor is it a scoop,” says an Apple Inc. spokesman, declining further comment.
In a USA Today interview, Steve Jobs said that:
It will happen — I hope by the first half of next year. As soon as they’re ready, we’re ready.
The original story:
Get ready to welcome Sgt. Pepper to your iPod. Sir Paul has finally reached an agreement with Apple and the iTunes store. For $400 million, they will receive the Beatles’ back catalog. Proceeds will be divided between McCartney, Ringo Starr, the families of John Lennon and George Harrison, and no doubt will trickle down to Heather Mills. Michael Jackson, EMI, and Sony, who also own part of the Beatles music, will also receive stipends as part of the deal.
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