Meet Chappet, the talking yellow button with a voice babies must love. It can be affixed to any object and allows you to communicate remotely, or it can communicate for you. When sensing a baby is crying, Chappet will start playing lullabies to soothe it, and parents can talk to the baby through the iOS and Android app. Black Mirror applications include spooking friends at a party or bugging a meeting in states where wiretapping is legal. Battery life is 1.2 hours and the app is compatible with iOS 9.0 and Android 55.0+. Available on Amazon for $54.99. I have yet to try the one the company gave me but was able to get this demo at the booth: Japan-based comfortbot, Qoobo, the pillow with a tail, was also on the show floor, featured here playing with Sony’s robot dog, Aibo. Qoobo with Sony’s Aibo, photo credit: Qoobo Geekazine...
Sound Devices is a good ole Wisconsin company that works in sound. These are high-end audio devices that are used in pro recording of music, video projects, and more. If you know what a Dead Cat is, you probably have heard about Sound Devices. But they decided to travel to SXSW and show everyone else what their new MixPre multi-track recorders do.
What is MixPre-3 6 and 10?
Small, lightweight, and can record up to 10 audio tracks. That is the MixPre-10T in a nutshell. Weighing in at under 2 lbs, the 10T can be placed under a DSLR camera, or attached to a mixing board to record interviews, panels, live concerts, and more.
Sound Devices will be bringing out the 10M if you need to sync time code with video.
Each MixPre comes with Kashmir microphone preamps inside. This gives you a -130dbV noise floor, 32-bit A-to-D converters, and powerful USB-C recording. Battery packs available if you need to run off portable power.
Add the Wingman app to your iOS device to control your MixPre, 688, 664, or 633 devices. This will give you a better metering and timecode display.
I record a Song
To show how straightforward it is to make a song on the go, I create one on the fly. Using an original song I wrote, I perform the chorus with drums, guitar, vocals, and harmonies.