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You Will Treasure These Futuristic, Intelligent Headphones

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

VinciEverybody is searching for the perfect pair of headphones that have great sound and a personality of their own. Inspero Inc has done just that with Vinci, the first intelligent headphones that truly understand you. Vinci is considered an all-in-one device and that’s because you have the option to listen to music or content without connecting to your phone or tablet at all. These headphones have local storage that can connect to your Spotify, SoundCloud, or Amazon accounts, 3G Wi-Fi capability, and Bluetooth.

Vinci over-ear headphones are very attractive to the eye with a colorful touch screen that allows you to select your music, speak to Alexa, view your health data, and even just show off cool visuals while you’re listening. They come equipped with GPS sensors and a heart rate sensor.

Vinci is certainly a device that will grow with you the longer you have it. It will learn what you listen to when you feel different emotions or do different activities, will keep a track-record of those moments, and will recommend music that is tailored for you.

Find yours at Vinci.im or find them on Indiegogo (30% off) at the retail price of $149 for the Regular or $299 for the Pro. Get them as early as April!

Interview by Daniele Mendez of The New Product Launchpad for the Tech Podcast Network.

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Make Stunning, Exciting Music With Your Hands with Specktr

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

SpecktrModern DJs spend a lot of their time on a laptop keyboard and a small amount of their time on digital turntables. Unfortunately, this means that very little of their time is spent actually engaging with the music itself, and even less time engaging with their audience. Watching a DJ can be about as much fun as watching someone work in Excel.

Here to change that scenario is the Specktr, a Bluetooth glove that is able to control nearly any music application using a MIDI interface. Rather than a keyboard, mouse and scratchpads, an artist uses the motion of their hands in 3D space to raise and lower volume, transition between tracks and even insert samples. The whole experience is similar to watching Mickey Mouse in Fantasia, and it is truly wonderful for both the artist and the audience.

There are currently two different Specktr models: Specktr Play and Specktr Pro. Specktr Play is for beginners and music enthusiast. The Play model allows easy connection to applications and music software to learn, play and interact with your own music in a simple, and fun matter. On the other hand, Specktr Pro is designed for musicians and professional artists. The Pro model can create custom gestures for a unique performance. This unique and fun product looks to be a way to revolutionize music performances by adding more interaction between artist and art.

The models are available from the company’s online store. The Play model runs $194 for a single and $355 for a pair. The Pro models runs $302 for a single and $485 for a pair.

Interview by Daniele Mendez of The New Product Launchpad for the Tech Podcast Network.

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Tech Breakthrough: 3D Printed Violin That Will Blow You Away

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

3DvariusMusic speaks to us all in different ways. The same can be said for the science of design.

This year at CES 2017, we were fortunate to meet up with Laurent with 3Dvarius who is both a violinist and a mechanical engineer. He wanted to combine his two passions, so four years ago, he decided to experiment with building his own violin. It took him three years to achieve his goal. The result: he designed, developed and brought to life an amazing electric, 3D printed violin. They have been for sale in Europe for the last year and have sold about 100 units. They are now looking to expand to the US market.

The violin is printed in one piece using an epoxy resin, which makes it light weight and also offers the best sound quality as the sound is able to flow from the strings directly through the body without being impeded. Not only does it sound great, but the design is beautiful. The head has been removed and those components moved towards the bottom of the violin. There are 30,000 layers and after it comes off the printer, it goes through 20 days of sanding, varnishing, addition of settings, etc. until it is perfect.

The company will be expanding the product line into other types of violins and possibly even guitars and wind instruments in the future. The price of the current model $7000. If you would like more information or have any questions, please visit the website where you can request to speak with the makers directly.

Interview by Daniele Mendez of The New Product Launchpad for the Tech Podcast Network.

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Surge Kids’ Knowledge and Exploration with This Great Toy

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Neil the Little ExplorerLittle ones are spending more and more time in front of monitors these days. In an effort to not only get them out exploring but also learning about the universe in which they are a part, Another Circus is developing an interactive smart toy named Neil the Little Explorer.

Neil is for children between the ages of 3 to 8 and is designed to teach through play and direct interaction. He does this by playing music and sound wiki’s that impart knowledge about the world. Neil will also suggest various activities like going for a walk to keep your kids engaged and away from screens for as long as possible. There are five buttons on Neil’s chest to keep the kids engaged and the “like” button helps him grow with your child’s interests. Parents are able to stay up to date on the topics that the kids are most excited about and they can even insert content of their own. And you don’t need to worry about the kids outgrowing him too soon because Neil is able to grow with your child with specific content for ages 3-5 and upgraded content and more grown up voice for kids 6-8.

Neil comes with a little planet that acts as his docking station, charger and router. If the kids haven’t played with him in a while, he will levitate and/or play music to get their attention. It’s like having a little superhero toy of their very own.

Neil the Little Explorer is still in the prototype stage. The developers are currently securing funding and hope to bring him to the market in about a year.

Interview by Marissa Schiereck of The New Product Launchpad for the Tech Podcast Network.

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A New Soundbar with Beautiful, Crisp Sound

Monday, February 6th, 2017

ZVOX AudioIt seems every time you turn around nowadays, there are new TV’s and new sound bars being unveiled. Each boasting of the newest features and cutting edge technology. So when we tell you that we ran across another new sound bar at CES this year you’ll probably think, “No big deal, right?” Well, in this case you’d be wrong. ZVOX Audio came up with a solution for millions of viewers who have a hard time differentiating the dialog from the rest of the soundtrack in their shows.

In speaking with CEO Tom Hannah, we discovered that there is an epidemic in this country of people who can’t understand what is being said on tv. This is due to a few factors. First, sound mixing technology has changed with the emphasis being on drama, not voice quality. Second, television sets keep slimming down leaving no room for good speakers. Third, there are 95 million baby boomers in this country who listened to their fair share of loud music at concerts and through headphones.

The ZVOX AccuVoice speaker has hearing aid technology built in, making it much easier to understand what’s being said. Even at low volumes, the technology brings the voices forward without affecting the rest of the soundtrack. Customer reviews include high ratings and kudos for meeting expectations in sound quality.

The AccuVoice speaker is currently available for $249 from ZVOX and Best Buy.

Interview by Allante Sparks of PLuGHiTz Live Special Events for the Tech Podcast Network.

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The Captivation of Creativity, Now on the Go

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

WacomLooking for a versatile and powerful tablet that is dedicated to your artwork and all that entails? Look no further. Wacom has topped themselves again with the new MobileStudio Pro.

This new tablets launched in October 2016 and allow an artist to take their studio with them everywhere they go. Limitations you ask? There are none. It allows you to host all of your creative software applications on it. It comes with the new Pro Pen 2, which is four times more sensitive than the previous pen. This makes all of your pen strokes super sensitive and super accurate. With this new tablet, you are able to do everything that you can do with pen and paper and so much more, making this an artist’s dream. If you are an artist who has been thinking about making the switch to digital, do yourself a favor and check out this amazing tablet.

The MobileStudio Pro comes in a variety of configurations in both a 13 and 16 inch model so you can customize it to fit your exact needs. Speed is not an issue as you can choose between an i5 and an i7 processor. And you’ll love the new etched glass and optical bonding process that reduces the lag significantly.

Various configurations are available from Wacom direct or Amazon, with pricing starting at $1,499.95.

Interview by Allante Sparks of PLuGHiTz Live Special Events for the Tech Podcast Network.

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Make Remarkable Music and Own Your Sound with Synthstrom

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Synthstrom DelugeIt’s fun to make your own electronic music but having to be tied to a computer all day and night for work and play gets exhausting and frustrating. Here’s a great alternative: Synthstrom Deluge, the entirely portable workstation that is everything you need to make incredible music anywhere the mood strikes you.

We had the best time hanging out with Ian with this year at CES 2017. Ian is part of Synthstrom Audible, which is a boutique electronics manufacturer in New Zealand. They began their journey 3 years ago to create the ultimate portable music making machine that encompasses a synthesizer, sequencer and sampler. Their first production included about 15 initial units that they sold to friends and local musicians so that they could get feedback and an understanding of how it was working for them, what they liked and didn’t.

This lead the way to the current model, the Deluge, which will be rolling out in March of 2017. This unit boasts of versatility, and rightly so. It is extremely lightweight and goes from fully wireless to plugging in your way with multiple outputs on the back. But don’t let its ease of use fool you, it is a sturdy unit and quite tactile with a labyrinth of buttons and knobs. And let’s not forget the ability to customize almost everything about it, from the color scheme to changing up the presets in any manner you’d like.

The possibilities are endless. You can lay down multiple rows and combine them into your tracts. You will find yourself just getting lost in the waves for hours upon end. Allante said it best when showing off Ian’s abilities. This man’s got the beats right here!

The company provides details and tutorials that better explain the intricacies of the product line. Their pre-orders have concluded, however you can sign up for their newsletter and waiting list for the next availability.

Interview by Allante Sparks of PLuGHiTz Live Special Events for the Tech Podcast Network.

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Full and Vibrant Theater Sound from Your Tablet

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

OIO AmpThe most amazing sound can come from this seemingly simple little accessory for your tablet. That’s right, with Amp by OIO, you will get a full theater experience while watching movies on your mobile device. This case offers a sense of surround sound by separating the left and right channels just like in the theaters.

Even though it appears to be a simple case with speakers, it’s the tech involved that makes it so extraordinary. The front is made of a honeycomb fiberboard so the whole surface creates the sound. And the circular disks on the back are electromagnets that pushes the whole front panel. This combined with the holes in the honeycomb allows the movement of air that creates a deep and encompassing sound that can fill an entire room. This listening experience is the result of over two years of research and development by experimenting with everything from drums, guitars and even cardboard boxes until they got it just right.

The case itself has 10 hinges like a laptop that allows it to be folded in different configurations and even with the speakers to the back of the stand to use in situations where headphones are a must, like on an airplane. The current design is made to fit the iPad Air 1 & 2 as well as the iPad Pro 9.7, however it connects via Bluetooth, so you can actually use any tablet or even a cell phone and still get the full theater sound. Also, upcoming models will include holders for other devices.

The units will be available in a couple of months starting at $249. Check out their Indiegogo InDemand for preorders and a 20% discount. This is something that you truly need to experience to believe. Our team was blown away by the sound when we fired it up at the booth and we can’t wait to get our hands on it.

Interview by Allante Sparks of PLuGHiTz Live Special Events for the Tech Podcast Network.

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Hardware Breakthrough Makes Controllers a Dinosaur in VR

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

USENSIf virtual reality wasn’t already futuristic enough, along comes uSens, a piece of virtual reality hardware that makes it possible to have interaction with your hands, something that wasn’t available before now. It is meant mostly to be used socially rather than for gaming.

The tracking device has 2 infrared cameras and 3 LEDs and uses advanced algorithms to determine the position of your hands in 3D space. This simple approach makes it inexpensive and accurate, a big draw for many consumers. It is very easily installed for headphones and sensors are embedded rather than added-on for accuracy. This makes hand tracking and room tracking a thing very close to reality.

This product is mainly made for developers of headsets at a cost of $100. and will be available in a few weeks.

Interview by Allante Sparks of PLuGHiTz Live Special Events for the Tech Podcast Network.

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Want to Dive Straight into Your Music? Now You Can with OSSIC 3D Headphones.

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

OSSICOver the years, we’ve all had a chance to listen to music on various brands of headphones. We love this one for the noise cancellation and that one for the best bass. Well, it’s time to add another set to the repertoire. OSSIC 3D Headphones are now on the scene to bring your music and gaming into the future.

These are the first 3D Headphones with built in technology to instantly auto calibrate to the listener’s ear. By pairing advanced algorithms with calibration for head tracking and individual anatomy, you will have the sensation of being right in the middle of the music.

These headphones utilize a powerful DSP that sense your head size and ear geometry. This creates a unique spacial experience for your listening that is unparalleled by adding a sense of height and depth that lets you feel the music all around you. The sensation acoustically recreates the way you experience regular sounds around you in the real world everyday. You are able to turn your head in the direction of sounds effect and virtually catch up to it.

And they aren’t just for enjoying music. You will now also be able to immerse yourself in the audio as well as the video of virtual reality and gaming. OSSIC is currently working with FMOD and Unity to bring this amazing technology to life in upcoming video games.

You can preorder OSSIC now and save $200, with delivery expected in March 2017.

Interview by Allante Sparks of PLuGHiTz Live Special Events for the Tech Podcast Network.

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