Verbatim’s 96668 Keyboard is perfect for people who have now have external speakers with no on/off switch. It features integrated dual stereo with volume and bass keys. It also has back lighting for nighttime illumination with play and pause control on the media console, connects by USB and is compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista. The Speaker Keyboard generally sells for about $79.00, but we managed to find one on Amazon with a $20.00 rebate if you purchase before December 23.
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What a unique idea. Designers Chueh Lee and team from Samsung, China came up with Touch Sight, a digital camera for the visually impaired. The cam records sound when the shutter button is pressed and can be used as a reference for managing the photos. The device has a lightweight Braille display sheet with a 3D image instead of an LCD. Once taken, the images can be down or uploaded for sharing. The team discovered that the forehead is the best place for this device to aim and stabilize. We can’t wait to see the results if the prototype becomes reality.
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We wish that GreenHouse had photographed these earbuds with a head so we could have seen just how ludicrous they look when in actual use. The Buta Earphones go in one ear and out the other and were designed to cut out extraneous noise. They have an impedance of 16 ohms, a playback frequency of 20Hz-20KHz, weigh only 17 grams, and have a 0.9m cable. Available in small, medium, and large, and in colors of pink, white, and black, you can pick up a pair for $35.99.
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Gamers, time to get excited with a way to make your fave video game more lifelike. Creative has released their PCI Express Audio Sound Card. Connect to your home theater system with a single cable for Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. The company promises super 3D positional audio with X-Fi CMSS-3D and great EAX 5 sound effects even with headphones. You should also get clearer voice chat when you plug in your mic. You can “hear it all,” as Creative says, for $149.99.
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Made by I-Mu, I-Jerry is a rodent-like MP3 Player with 1 GB memory. Control him by the ear, and get ready for his bottom which, when placed on a surface, turns it into a speaker. The company also features an i-Pig, an i-Bird, and a basic design that does the same thing, but we have to admit we are partial to the mouse. Visit the i-Mu site and find out there is more to music than sound, it’s a philosophy. Expect an arrival later this year at a $99.00 price.
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The Gear Live crew got the only private listening session of the newly-announced Beats by Dr. Dre headphones during CES, and our thoughts are in this episode. Be sure to check out our other Beats by Dr. Dre video, and our Beats by Dr. Dre photo gallery.
We got a private demo with Monster and had the opportunity to listen to what’s amounted to more than two years of obsessive research and attention to detail. All the materials, the drivers, the amplifier and more are clearly thought out and it shows. The response from these is absolutely incredible. Their intent was to allow you to listen to the music as the producer intended and dare I say it’s as faithful reproduction as you’ll find on a $400 set of headphones. It’s enough that I would buy these before buying the nearest-priced Logitech system for my computer. The bass response was impressive to the Nth—low bass held its tonal quality through a great deal of dynamic range, something not usually seen. The midrange was rich and warm and perfectly presented and the high ends came out just as well.
I’m sad because I really want these. I mean, I was upset that I had to go home tomorrow to my sound system, and that it’s nothing close to how these performed. They were comfortable, sexy, and sounded absolutely incredible.
Try these when they come out in June. But only if you’re prepared to buy them.
We got a chance to catch up with Noel Lee, Head Monster of Monster Cable to talk to him about their newly announced Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. Noel goes into the background and development of these amazing headphones, the two-year development, and the relationship with Dr. Dre. Be sure to also check out our Beats by Dr. Dre photo gallery to get a good look at these things.
Chan-Hui Lee and his team at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology purport that someday we will be able to listen to music within a Personal Sound System that will not bother others standing outside it. Their prototype features 9 1/2-inch speakers arranged in a row. They found that there was a 20 decibel difference between the center and the outside, comparable to a regular conversation and a whisper. Lee foresees the technology being utilized eventually for cell phones and PDAs. We would just settle for using it on the neighbors’ backyard barbecues.
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Sometimes, sitting at my desk all alone at night, I wish I had some company. Someone I can interact with for a moment, then get back to work. Someone who doesn’t demand all of my attention, just a little diversion to clear my head. I do believe I have found that someone, and Tengu is his/her/it’s name.
A little buddy to plug into a USB port, Tengu reacts to sound. It lip syncs to everything from the music playing in the room to TV to the dog’s bark. Granted, there’s a little bit of a learning curve when it comes to things like music and voices, but as we all have witnessed, it seems everyone has a little bit of a learning curve when it comes to things like that.
Tengu is available now for $58.
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Pioneer has released their SE-CLX9 Canal-Phones with options. They come with 8 different sets of earbuds and pads so that you can vary the sound to different types of music. The nozzles include heavy bass, mild bass, standard, high tune and light tune. The buds feature an impedance of 32 ohms, playback frequency of 20 to 20000 Hz, and a pressure response of 105dB. With mini-plug and a cord length of 0.8 m, they weigh a mere 8 grams. Find them with an MSRP $199.00.
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