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Dash Bluetooth headphones track your workout Dash Bluetooth headphones track your workout(0)

Imagine a pair of wireless headphones that has more to offer than just blasting music to your ears. A Kickstarter campaign is pushing to fund such a gadget.

The Dash Bluetooth headphones connects to any mobile device wirelessly. Not only it can play your music, but it also boasts a wide array of cool features. For one, it has a built-in 4GB storage that can save up to 1,000 songs.

Designed and created by Munich-based company Bragi, Dash Bluetooth headphones also works as a wireless headset, featuring an embedded microphone that picks up the vibrations your ear bone generates as you talk.

It can also keep track of your workout with its multiple sensors, thermometer, and accelerometer integrated into the device. These headphones track your pace, steps, cadence, and distance traveled during your workout. The guys at Bragi even claim that the device can measure heart rate and oxygen saturation.

Users control the headphones with a series of touch gestures. The left earphone controls the fitness options. Tapping or swiping the left earbud allows you to select, start or stop a workout, as well as checking your current health levels. Meanwhile, the right earphone controls sound options, wherein taps and swipes switches between playlists, plays and pauses music, and takes phone calls.

The campaign has since raised over $2.2 million on Kickstarter as of this posting, fulfilling its $260,000 goal many times over. Interested backers have 36 days to place their pledges on the Dash Bluetooth headphones for as little as $199, a hundred dollars off its suggested retail price.

Source: Mashable

Sonomad: The portable universal Bluetooth speaker Sonomad: The portable universal Bluetooth speaker(0)

While we listen to our favorite music suing our smartphones, its audio quality is not the most desirable. We bring along a portable speaker, but the design looks too futuristic.

Filowz, a France-based startup, is giving you a sense of nostalgia with the Sonomad, a hi-fi wireless portable sound system that gives high-end stereo sound and easy portability.

On the surface, it actually looks like a portable radio back in the 1970s, complete with a handle and a shoulder strap. It is compatible with any smartphone, mobile device, and other media players, which can be connected via Bluetooth (within 30 feet radius) or through a standard stereo input. You can carry it around and keep it playing for up to 20 hours straight.

You can also keep your smartphones safely with Sonomad’s universal dock, as long as it is less than three inches wide and 6.2 inches high, which is basiclaly most phones today.

The Sonomad can also be used as an alternative battery pack for your smartphone, connecting the two devices using a USB connector to give your phone an little more boost to keep the music playing.

This portable Bluetooth speaker is being funded on Indiegogo, with a $90,000 goal. You can have an early bird model for $339.

Nokia BH-121 Bluetooth earphones Nokia BH-121 Bluetooth earphones(0)

The Nokia BH-121, previously identified as Nokia Guru, is officially introduced. This square-shaped audio device looks kinda familiar, like an iPod Shuffle perhaps?

Anyway, this gadget comes with a pair of earbuds that connect to the main unit’s built-in 3.5mm jack. You can also plug other headphones into the unit if you prefer. The main module also contains NFC connectivity for easy one-tap pairing, or pair it with your smartphone via Bluetooth. The tile-shaped device also sports a single button to play tracks and even take voice calls.

The Nokia BH-121 is expected to arrive before the year ends at €39 (about US$53). You could even score yourself a free unit if you tell Nokia why you want one. Details are at the source link.

Source: Nokia Conversations

DEMOCRACY Bluetooth portable speakers DEMOCRACY Bluetooth portable speakers(0)

Not all wireless speakers are built the same. Some of them have specs that are above and beyond its traditional usage. Case in point: DEMOCRACY Bluetooth portable speakers.

These wireless speakers connect to your media player via Bluetooth by up to 33 feet. You can leave your smartphone running your Thanksgiving playlist in your bedroom while you take your DEMOCRACY Bluetooth speaker in your bathroom as you shower. You can even talk on the phone and let the music play on the background, which the speaker blares out as well. It works with iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and tablets, BlackBerry phones, Windows Phone devices, laptops, and other Bluetooth-enabled devices.

The DEMOCRACY Bluetooth speaker features a patented Revolving Axis System that moves the speaker into three positions just by twisting it from its base. No need to place your speaker in awkward positions that do not stand long.

This wireless speaker not only plays music from your media device, but can also be used as a speakerphone. Its built-in microphone makes it a convenient tool for crystal-clear conference calls whether in your office or at home. You can use it with video chat apps like Skype and Google Hangouts. It also has NEOMAG technology, consisting of a neodymium motor structure within the speaker’s 50mm driver. This holds a much stronger magnetic field compared to ceramic magnets found in other speakers and leaves high-quality audio with the least possible distortion.

This gadget also comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can last for up to 8 hours in a single charge, so there is no need to plug it into a wall outlet while playing. It also comes with a built-in 3.5mm AUX cable that you can plug into non-Bluetooth devices. All of these are encased in weather-resistant polyurethane coating.

The DEMOCRACY Bluetooth portable speakers is available online for $69.95. It comes in three models: black, white, and pink.

Zune Marketplace shuts down November 22 Zune Marketplace shuts down November 22(0)

The Zune, Microsoft’s attempt to beat the iPod, is slowly becoming irrelevant. The company has announced it will stop selling and renting media content on Zune Marketplace beginning November 22, and will no longer allow the remaining Zune users to browse TV content as well.

The only trace left of Zune after the Marketplace shutdown would be the remaining hardware that Microsoft tries to sell and the Zune desktop software. Microsoft confirms to TechCrunch’s Alex Wilhelm that Zune users could still keep using both and listen to music they outright own.

Meanwhile, if you have remaining Microsoft Points in the Zune Marketplace, you can convert it into local currency and spend it in Xbox Video and Music stores.

The Microsoft Zune had a lot of promise when it was first released in 2008. However, not only it became a victim of the iPod, but also of the iPhone and its built-in media player. The launch of streaming apps such as Spotify further crushed Zune and its Zune Marketplace.

On that note, it has been nice to know you, Microsoft Zune.

Source: Xbox.com, via TechCrunch

Flips Headphones instantly turn into speakers with a flip Flips Headphones instantly turn into speakers with a flip(0)

There have been countless headphones in the market from cheap plasticky to the luxe models endorsed by rappers. However, all of them cannot do what this pair of headphones can do. The Flips headphones has a unique “Solo 2 Social” feature that instantly converts into a pair of speakers by just flipping the audio cups.

This transforming feature enables you to instantly turn up a party without having to bring a separate pair of speakers. The audio quality also changes without having to adjust the volume, as it blares throughout the room when Flips headphones is in social mode.

Flips sports a pair of neodymium magnet speakers measuring a 40-millimeter diameter. The vented audio cups are coated with memory foam on every contact surface. It runs up to three hours (in speaker mode) on a 3.7V, 500mAh lithium ion battery, and can be charged via micro USB.

These cans work with any media device with a standard 3.5-millimeter audio jack, which includes smartphones, tablets, and iPods. It folds up when not in use, and comes with a carabiner, audio cable, and micro USB charging cable.

Flips headphones are available online and on Wal-Mart stores across the United States, costing $120.

Source: ThinkGeek

Nokia Guru leaked: Looks like iPod Shuffle Nokia Guru leaked: Looks like iPod Shuffle(0)

Nokia apparently has something up its sleeve, if this latest tweet from @evleaks is true (which we think it is).

Evan Nelson Blass has leaked what he claims as Nokia’s upcoming audio gadget called the Nokia Guru. The device has glaring similarities to the iPod Shuffle with its volume buttons at the side, the belt clip, the microUSB port, and the absence of a display screen.

Evleaks also claims the Nokia Guru also comes with near-field communication, which allows owners of Nokia devices to connect with it wirelessly. The leak also shows the gadget in neon blue, a possibility that the Guru will be available in different colors (most likely yellow, black, and white).

A spokesperson for Nokia opts not to comment on the leak.

There is some grain of truth to it, however. Nokia recently unveiled the Nokia Music+ service for its Lumia devices, which serves as an add-on to the phones’ existing radio capabilities.

The Nokia Guru leak comes just hours before Nokia’s upcoming press event in Abu Dhabi, wherein the phone manufacturer is expected to unveils the Lumia 1520 phablet.

Source: PC Magazine

Vibroy portable vibration speaker Vibroy portable vibration speaker(0)

There are a lot of portable speakers available in the market, catering the people who love to bring their music wherever they go. Most of these speakers, however, are not pocket-friendly.

Thankfully, this little thing can bring in the loud and sweet tunes in a nifty kind of way. Vibroy is what they call a “portable vibration speaker”. Created by South Korea-based Xenics Creative, this pocket-sized device turns any object into a loud speaker and we mean any… thing. Got empty milk cartons? Slushie cup? Small table? Business card? Good! Just stick the sound-emitting mobule into any surface and the track is amplified ten fold. You can even use the box that goes with the Vibroy as your speaker!

Once you are done with your sound tripping, just pull the module off at a 45-degree angle and wind the capsule body to put the wiring into place before sticking the speaker end into its original form. You can use the sticky speaker over and over again!

Based on demonstration videos, this portable vibration speaker works best with open boxes or small laminated cards as they emit the music loud and clear at the same time.

The Vibroy comes with a wrist strap, USB power cable, 1/8-inch extension cable, and two extra magic stickers in case the sticky speaker wears out. It works in two AAA batteries and is compatible with any device that uses a 3.5mm headphone jack. (Of course, you need a media player to blare that vibration speaker with, whether it is your smartphone or your desktop computer.)

The Vibroy portable vibration speaker is available on ThinkGeek for only $29.99 and on Amazon for $19.99.

Korg KR Mini: Your portable back-up band Korg KR Mini: Your portable back-up band(0)

You cannot help it but feel sorry for one-man bands, doing all those instruments by themselves. I mean, don’t they have musically-inclined friends to lighten his load? You can hand him this Korg KR Mini and that loner musician may be inspired enough to write a song about you.

The Korg KR Mini rhythm controller provides back-up beats that adds spice to one’s guitar session. It features nine presets namely 8-beat, 16-beat, rock, R&B, pop, metal, Latin, jazz, and dance, therefore covering most genres of contemporary music. You can tell that sad musician he can chain the presents together and create his customized backing track.

The device’s 16 velocity sensitive pad can also perform finger drumming, so he can create more layers of loops. It is like having a full band by himself without the misery. He can also plug effects pedal boards and foot controls if he is into that. Oh, and its small size makes the Korg KR Mini very portable and convenient to carry anywhere.

It also comes with built-in speakers and can be powered with just three AA batteries, in case the rinky-dinky bar has no wall outlet available.

The Korg KR Mini will be available starting November for $79.99.

Source: Engadget

Djoclate II Portable Music Mixer Djoclate II Portable Music Mixer(0)

Wanna be a DJ, but don’t have enough funds to purchase bulky turntables and mixers? Might as well pledge on this Kickstarter campaign. The Djoclate II (that’s “chocolate” pronounced with a Dutch accent) is a portable music mixer that easily fits a large pant pocket.

It enables wannabe Tiestos and Guettas to turn any house party into a VIP club by mixing tunes from any portable music storage device, whether it is a laptop, a smartphone, tablet or MP3 player. Everyone in the party can pitch in by plugging their devices into the Djoclate II, so you can be sure there is no sick tune left unplayed. You can blast the party mix either by plugging a stereo speaker or transmit to a Bluetooth-receiving sound system.

The Djoclate II sports two 3.5mm jacks to connect with two different music storage devices, as well as an input for the headphones so you can pre-listen to the next track before blasting it to the speakers. The virtual record box also has two faders and a bass kill on each channel. It will be shipped with two 70cm 3.5mm jack cables and a mini-USB cable to charge the device itself.

As its name suggest, the Djoclate II is the second generation of the virtual mixer. The first iteration of the device was released for retail last December and over 2,000 units have been sold in The Netherlands as of this posting.

Pepperdecks, the creators of Djoclate, wishes to raise $30,000 on Kickstarter to bring the second version to a bigger market. They have raised close to $15,000 with only 21 days to go. The creators are also asking its backers to suggest a name for their new mixer, as they plan on shipping it as “Djoclate (new name)” instead of Djoclate II.

Early backers can still pledge for their own Djoclate II for as low as $55.

Source: Kickstarter, via TechCrunch

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