Tagged: Technology

ModMic 5 Gaming Microphone for Your Favorite Headphones

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSModmic is an accessory for your favorite headphones that don’t have a microphone attached. While at SXSW, I talked with Antlion – the company behind the ModMic 4 and ModMic 5. What is ModMic? This is a microphone that can be affixed to many headphone combos to turn into a headset. Using a neodymium magnet and an adhesive attachment for the headphones, you simply let the two click together. ModMic 5 is switchable between a uni-directional microphone, and a Omni-directional. With a single flip of the switch, you can go from high-quality voice recordings, to noise-cancelling goodness if the surrounding environment is a bit noisy. The microphone is modular, with an extension cord, and a mute switch adapter. With the additional adapter, you can plug your ModMic 5 and headphones into your smartphone to take a call. A USB converter is...

Bose AR is Audio Augmented Reality in Your Headphones, Glasses

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen you think of AR/VR, you might first think of video. Bose AR wants to change that with a new idea of Audo AR. The Bose AR system is a prototype that we got to see this year at SXSW. The idea is to give you a full experience without blocking your ears from important sounds. How Bose AR Works We got to experience two forms of it – in a pair of sunglasses, and with in-ear headset. The device would get information on something you are looking at – whether a product, or landmark – and bring back important information. If you get to work, it can change playlists for you, and even turn on noise cancelling features (for headset units). You can go on Virtual tours, where the device will direct you by using Binaural audio. If you need...

Sound Devices MixPre multi-track: I Record a Song at SXSW

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSound 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...

Petting the Aibo Robot Dog at Sony Wow SXSW, Xperia Hello, Air Hockey

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOnce again, Sony Wow pop-up shop at SXSW gave us a look into the future of entertainment, functionality, and AI with some inventive products. I also got a chance to spend some time with Aibo – the robot dog – to see how it interacts. Sony Xperia Hello Robot Coming into the WoW Experience, I saw a fun little group of robots dancing to song. This is the Xperia Hello. It’s a smart speaker that can respond to your voice, gesture, and facial expressions. It’s more than just a speaker, as it can take photos or video, play photos or video, check weather and traffic, news, and many other functions through the add-on apps. The Hello is a little pricey at $1,300, and isn’t out in the U.S. right now. Virtual Air Hockey I am pretty good at air hockey. This...

Cabot: I Play with the Cajon Robot Drummer

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCabot is making a MIDI device you can attach to your Cajon drum. The result – a robotic drummer for your solo gigs. A device that is fun to watch, along with fun to play with. I know – I played along with it at SXSW. How Cabot Works The Robot drummer is controlled via app on your iOS device or via PC using your favorite MIDI software. You can create the rhythms through the app, then send to the device to play. A pedalboard is available to start, stop, and transition the drummer for your need. Cabot is Crowdfunding Soon The prototypes are now set, Cabot will be launching their crowdfund very soon. To get on the list, simply Go to Cajon-Robot.com and choose “News” and “Subscribe”.

Westworld Experience at SXSW: Walk Through Sweetwater With Me

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen I’m at a major conference, I try not to take on anything that consumes 4-5 hours of my time. Of course, I make exceptions – which you have to do from time to time at SXSW. Long lines for movie premieres or major events are a common thing. When I found that Westworld was going to have an experience at SXSW, I knew I couldn’t pass this up – no matter how long it took. The end result was an event I will never forget. How HBO Built Westworld at SXSW About 30 miles northwest of Austin sits the J. Lorraine TX Ghost Town. A theme park open year round and host to many different events. Therefore, it would make sense that HBO and Westworld would use this to set up the town of Sweetwater – the main town in...

SXSW 2018 Interview: CTA’s Gary Shapiro on The Road Ahead for Self-Driving Cars

Gary Shapiro, CEO and President of the Consumer Technology Association, producers of CES, was in town at SXSW for CTA Innovation Policy Day, sharing insights from his New York Times bestseller, Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses. Geekazine had a chance to talk with Shapiro on the future of mobility and the timelines provided by Tesla’s Elon Musk and Waymo’s John Krafcik at the show, in which Musk said 18 months from now self-driving will encompass all modes and will be up to 200% safer than a person driving, and Krafcik said “It’s here now. It’s on public roads now,” as he showed off video of the first rides with no driver at the wheel in the Waymo Phoenix Early Rider Program. Krafcik also announced the program will be rolling out to other cities soon, including those in the Bay Area, and predicted that...

Fan Tone Ceiling Fan Cleans And Cools The Air

These days, people are spending the majority of their time indoors, so that means there are more bad things in our air that we need to get out. There’s already an assortment of products to help clean the air in our homes, but they are usually stand-alone devices that look out of place no matter where we put them. The Fan Tone concept design combines air cleaning with something you already have: A ceiling fan. It will save you some space and keep your air clean at the same time. A ceiling fan with a built-in air purifier seems like a great idea since all of the air passes through your fan already. It will keep you feeling cooler, while also passing air through its HEPA filter system. This will make sure that your home is as healthy as possible, without the need for standalone purifiers that likely...

Samsung S9+ Unboxing and First Look Exclusive

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis morning I unboxed the Samsung S9+ phone, which I got from Verizon (a returnable press review model, but all opinions are of Geekazine). I had the phone for the last 24 hours, and I will be taking it to SXSW with me to record video, create social posts, and more. This is a first look of the device. About the Samsung Galaxy S9+ This phone is all about the camera and it’s features, but it also has a powerful phone behind it. Some settings vary between the S9 and S9+, so check the specs page (and the slideshow) for more information. The camera is only 12 MP rear, 8 MP front, which is no different than the S8. Samsung did add super slow mode (960 fps) in 720p. They also added live focus and Bokeh features (overlays and Augmented Reality...

Relish Swiss Modular Guitars

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at NAMM, I talked with Sylvan at Relish Guitars about their modular options. The Mary, Jane, and Mary Aluminum guitars are a different way to think of building and repairing guitars. What is Relish Modular Guitars The guitars can be opened simply through a magnetic back. Inside, you can easily change out the pickups, change batteries, or add new hardware, then snap on the back and continue to play. The guitars are built using moulded wood veneer in a “Sandwich” construction. The fingerboard is made of Bamboo, with a Maple neck. The pickup touchpad works just like a toggle switch to move back and forth. Some models will have the touchpad, others with the toggle. All guitars are produced in Lucerne, Switzerland, and held high in Swiss craftmanship standards. Guitars will start at $2,500 and will be available in May....

New Features from Avid Pro Tools

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI got to talk with Avid at NAMM about Pro Tools updates. I also sat in on a very interesting demo on MIDI drums. I talked with Adam Lebowski about those new features. What is in Pro Tools HD 2018 Seven new feature sets to help creators make music. Retrospective MIDI record allows you to add a MIDI performance into your timeline so your not distracted. Track Presets allow you to build sessions on the fly. You can create a chain of Effects that you may use on a regular basis. A vocal chain with light compression, and EQ for male or female vocals, a drum chain, a guitar chain, and even an overall chain. Improved MIDI editing with keyboard commands. Nudge a note left, right, trim, and transpose with a keystroke. Of course, Avid is also improving session data with...

aFrame Drum from ATV

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSElectronic Hand Drums can add a lot of new sounds and feels to music while keeping their roots in hand drumming. ATV has come out with a fun drum in the aFrame – a $1,599 device that matches that of a frame drum. About the aFrame Frame Drum To begin with, this drum is diamond shaped. This makes it easier to not only hold and position when you put on the drum strap, but also get different tones by where you strike the drum. The frame is Bamboo, with a polycarbonate surface. On the back is the drum module, with multiple buttons, USB, and microSD card support. The aFrame can be placed on a snare stand when you want to sit. The strap also can hold a battery if you want to be as portable as possible. Simply plug in a...

Playing the Yamaha Clavinova CVP-709 with Piano Room

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at NAMM2018, I was able to try out the Clavinova CVP-709 digital piano. A fun piano that has many options including the Piano Room – giving you options for sounds and backline for practicing. About the CVP-709 A wood key keyboard gives this digital keyboard a realistic touch response. Being a digital piano, you can choose from many voices on the keyboard. Piano Room This is a dedicated area where a player can go in to play. The new features include 2 world-class CFX and Bösendorfer Imperial grand pianos, along with many vintage electric pianos. You can also enter into “jam” mode to play with a virtual band. The band allows you to perform and practice with 40 different musical styles. The Yamaha Clavinova CVP-709 starts at $14,499 and is available now. Check out Yamaha for a retailer.

DDJ-1000 by Pioneer DJ for Rekordbox DJ Controller

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at NAMM 2018, I got to check out the Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000 4 deck DJ controller. This is a device that works with Pioneer DJ’s rekordbox music management software. About the DDJ-1000 This is a two digital turntable DJ controller, with mixer. The jog wheel has undergone some updates, including moving several options to the LCD display in the middle of the wheel. You can check playback time, beats per minute, waveform, playback postition, loop points, and hot cue. You can also adjust the jog wheel so it can be as loose or tight as you need. 16 pad page buttons are available on the unit to add any sound. Add in effects, with some new ones including Mobius SAW. The DDJ-1000 can be configured to any DJ. You can even add 2 turntables for some old skool vinyl sound....

OMB Guitars Gives You a Band Behind Your Music

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at NAMM, I got to try out the new OMB Guitars system that turns your solo acoustic practice or performance into something with backing tracks. The device will tell the computer how to work the Bass and drums around your playing. Change chords, and the device will react to it. Play a rock song, get a rock beat. Play a reggae song, geta reggae beat. OMB also turns your guitar into a multi-tone instrument. Switch to Solo mode and your guitar becomes a piano, accordion, violin, or many other MIDI sounds. All controlled through the app. OMBGuitars was successfully funded while at NAMM. You can get the device to mount on your acoustic or electric guitar, or you can buy a guitar with it already installed. OMB just finalized crowdfunding and will be available soon. Check out OMBGuitars.com for more...

Darbee DVP 5000S Adds Depth and Clarity to HDMI Video

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSEach TV has it’s own color palette which they work off to create the video you see on your screen. You have the ability to adjust, but might not get the desired results. Maybe with a game or movie, you want to see more detail. That is where DarbeeVision 5000S comes in. To enhance depth and clarity. DarbeeVision is an HDR Mode for Your TV By adjusting settings, DarbeeVision allows for detail to come out, similar to HDR photo mode. With the DVP-5000S, you can adjust how much depth you would like to see. The remote gives you three modes which you can choose from. The DVP-5000S works best in up to 1080p 60fps TVs, but I was getting detail on my Vizio Smartcast M50 4k TV using the Roku Ultra. DVP-5000S for Camera Recording I’ve also seen some live stream and...

Sony C-100 Microphone is a Low Cost, Hi-Res, Dual-Element Condenser

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSStepping up your game in recording, podcasting, or whatever you do can be easy if you have this microphone in your bag. This large Diaphragm condenser mic has a lot of features that can help you mic up any instrument – from Tuba to Piccolo. All with a price that doesn’t bring down the house. About the C-100 Condenser Microphone This is an alternative to the Sony C-800G microphone. Inside the cage is a dual-capsule that can cover the spectrum. The 25mm capsule covers 20 Hz to 25 kHz, while the 17mm capsule covers 25-50 kHz ranges. You can select it to be a cardiod, omnidirectional, or figure-8 polar pattern. A low-cut filter and -10db pad are also available options. Other microphones in the High-Resolution series include The EMC-100N (Omni-Directional) and the EMC-100U (Cardioid). The Sony C-100 starts at $1399 and...

Dell Latitude CES Updates 5285 and 7490 series Notebooks

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDell has a few surprises in store at this years CES and that includes their latitude line, focusing the 5000 and 7000 series. Jeffrey sat down with Dell to find out the new Latitude products available at CES 2018. Latitude Gets a Touchscreen One thing Dell announced for the 7000 series is the embedded touchscreen which will help to take away that annoying glare and also help reduce waste, since only one pane of glass is needed instead of 2. It will also help from a battery power standpoint as well as making things thinner. You’ll see that on the 12, 13 and 14 inch models. These models also incorporate carbon fiber as well, which is a nice touch. Their new laptops will also have Intels 8th generation processors on board. New WiFi Antenna in Dell Computers There’s also a new...

Sony’s New Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSONY has unveiled its latest wares at CES 2018, including the world’s first truly wireless Noise Cancelling headphones with a splash-proof design. Since more smartphone makers are ditching the headphone jack, it’s a good time to go wireless. The WF-SP700N are the world’s first truly wireless Noise Cancelling headphones with splash-proof and sweat-proof design. These headphones are made for an active lifestyle. Sony tested them extensively with people doing actual workouts, so rest assured that these headphones will stay in your ear while jogging or working out at the gym. They come in a wide variety of colors and not only will they shut out background sound, but they can also withstand rain as well as a sweaty workout. They have an IPX4 rating so they will stand up to your daily grind. If that isn’t enough, Sony says that the...

The Ricoh (Anajet) Ri100 Garment Printer

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAt CES 2018, Ricoh showed off its new Ri100 T-Shirt Printer which is perfect for your small businesses or anyone who is crazy about printing their own shirts. Do you want to print custom T-shirts? Say, with pictures of people’s pets on them or other custom designs? You are going to love what is coming to the US this Spring. Ricoh’s new T-Shirt printer is under $4,500. You could start your very own T-Shirt business with a printer like this. Or add some versatility to an existing business. It works on a variety of fabrics.The printer works about the way you would expect.You load the fabric in the cartridge, stick it in and print your design. After that you remove the cartridge and put it in the heating unit for three minutes. The cost is estimated to be about 50-60 cents...

Fusion Guitar with Built-In Amp, iOS adapter

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAs we continue to bring guitar modeling through iOS apps, it only makes sense to merge into the guitar. That is what Fusion Guitars did – an all-in-on guitar that you can use for practice, recording, or performance. What is Fusion Gutars A guitar with a built-in amplifier, full range speakers, and a Lithium-ion battery so you can play without being plugged into the wall. The iOS cradle allows you to connect your device right on the guitar to use any iOS app out there. Headphones to play in privacy, and a guitar cable to play a little louder. The guitar itself is a a full scale neck and fingerboard – in Maple or Rosewood. strings are held by an adjustable wraparound bridge. Two high output pickups with coil split switch. In all, the guitar is 8 pounds,9 ounces. You can...

Ford Ojo PLEV Electric Scooter

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFord’s newest offering a an electric scooter called Ojo or as Ford likes to call refer it, a “Personal light electric vehicle”. You don’t need a license to drive it, or registration, or even insurance. It’s perfect for commuters. This scooter will do 20 MPH and has a 25 mile range, which can be doubled with an add-on battery pack. It offers a smooth ride thanks to a suspension system on both wheels and a rigid aluminum unibody structure. You’ll find a touchscreen on the dashboard and two embedded speakers so you can play music thanks to the Bluetooth connectivity. A built-in power cord plugs into a standard wall outlet for power. You won’t have to carry a heavy battery to and fro. Charging takes about five hours from empty. It has a 500w Hyper-gear motor which provides a lot of...

Beatbuddy with MIDI Maestro Pedalboard for a Drummer in a Pedal

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBeatbuddy by Singularsound is adding a new pedal to the arsenal in the MIDI Maestro. I sat down and talked about these items at NAMM 2018. We also got a great demonstration on how they work. What is Beatbuddy This is a personal drummer pedal. It adds drums when you are practicing, doing a solo gig, playing in a band, and more. With the 2-button adapter, you can add stops, and accent sounds such as cymbal crashes or hand claps to the pedal. With the MIDI software, you can setup your pedal for your shows, or even create beats for original songs. What is MIDI Maestro This is a MIDI pedalboard that can do more than just control your Beatbuddy. Set up guitar effects, lighting, or anything else that can be MIDI controlled. The mushroom buttons also help those musicians who...

Sony HT-Z9F Sound Bar is Wireless, 4k HDR 3.1 Sound

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSony showed off the Sony HT-Z9F Sound Bar at CES this year.This sound bar promises total immersion, with exceptional realism, which is exactly what we want in a sound bar. We want to become a part of the movie we are watching and audio is a big part of that. This 3.1ch Dolby Atmos/DTS:X soundbar still has the great horizontal sound engine from previous models, but Sony has added the new Vertical Surround Engine in a soundbar that will fit perfectly in your home. The horizontal engine delivers that virtual sound you already know, while the vertical engine will deliver still richer sounds. Think height, like rain falling, maybe an explosion from up high. This is accomplished with two front speakers facing up. Everything you watch will be in maximum 7.1.2ch sound thanks to digital signal processing that converts any audio...

Roadie Bass Prototype, Roadie 2 Tuner for Guitar

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI sat down with the folks at Roadie to check out their new guitar tuners at NAMM 2018. Roadie 2, which is available now, is the update to their popular guitar / mandolin / ukulele tuner. They were also showing off a prototype for the new Roadie Bass, which will give low string musicians a tuner for quick fixes. How the Roadie Tuner Works Simply choose the string, what you want it to tune to (such as an Open E guitar), then go through the strings by placing the device on the tuning nut. When you hit the string, the tuner will determine the note, and make adjustments. Once you’ve tuned up all strings, you can put it back in it’s carrying pouch to play. Roadie 2 and Roadie Bass are $129 each, with the Roadie Bass available later this year....

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