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David Byrne appeared with Paul Simon recently at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and according to a report in the NY Daily News, the former Talking Head announced that a new Byrne/Eno album is in the making. "Brian had written a lot of music," Byrne is quoted as saying, "but needed some words, which I know how to do. What's it sound like? Electronic gospel. That's all I'm saying." … Read more
On Sunday, I went to a meet organized by Head-Fi, a national headphone club.
The vibe at the Bayside, New York, event was relaxed as I sampled the mind-expanding sounds of Grado, Sennheiser, AKG, and Stax headphones, driven by awesome headphone amplifiers, some of which were commercial products. Some were one-offs, built by their proud owners.
A few of the amps were portables, and the standout was the superslim MiniBox D ($79) from Head-Direct. This little thing pumps up the power of iPods with amazing gusto, and while listening to Head-Direct's Yuin PK2 earbuds ($79), the sound was remarkably … Read more
For that reason alone, this self-contained garden from the unfortunately named Smeg piqued our interest. No ordinary terrarium, the Smeg Home Garden is a mini-greenhouse that features three micro-climates that can be controlled by the remote, according to OhGizmo. The system can determine the levels of light, humidity, and temperature.
It's not just broadcast quality or resolution that needs improvement, but the level of "telepresence": the sense of increased situational awareness that allows a robot driver to shoot and move and make fast decisions.
One possible upgrade is the three-axis Head-Aimed Remote Viewer (HARV), a dome enclosed, three-axel gimbal-mounted camera that slews around to match operator head movement. Wherever the soldier/operator looks, the unit … Read more
This afternoon, I heard about the forthcoming film, MacHeads, for the first time.
My first thought was, huh, someone has made a movie based on Leander Kahney's book, The Cult of Mac.
I watched the trailer, and sure enough, Kahney--a former editor of mine when I wrote for Wired News--was in it. But it didn't look at all like it was his film.
Rather, it appears to be a similar look at the cultlike community and emotions that surround Apple, the Mac, and all things non-Windows.
For me, the trailer itself was gratifying enough, as from the very … Read more
Small children, folks of a delicate constitution, and persons suffering from PTSD: you may wish to stop reading now. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Perfect for your next Halloween party or reenactment of the French Revolution, this utterly disgusting severed head hangs from the ceiling, rotating slowly to display all its festering glory.
Choose from two: seriously nasty Severed Head #1 or completely repulsive Severed Head #2.
Wickedly unwholesome entertainment or a timely reminder of mortality? You decide.
Apparently the Sanrio empire, growing bolder by the day, no longer feels the need to use more subtle imagery in its universal brainwashing campaign. ("Subtle," of course, is a relative term whenever Hello Kitty is involved.)
Unlike more restrained uses of the ubiquitous HK logo, its newest camera inverts the entire relationship between function and branding: The gadget is part of the cat, not the other way around. Yes, the feline head pictured here is the actual camera, a much more extreme design from that of other models we've seen, including one just a few weeks ago.… Read more
HD Radio looks set to be the key feature for car-stereo makers this season. This week, Sony unveiled two budget stereo head units with HD Radio compatibility. The top-of-the-line Sony CDX-GT520 ($140) and entry-level CDX-GT320 ($100) are both HD Radio-ready, but require the addition of the Sony's clunky XT-100HD HD radio tuners module ($100) to pick up HD channels. Both systems can also be used to play satellite radio and iPods (via additional modules) and generic media players through their as-standard auxiliary-input jacks.
Meanwhile, Dual is launching its own bid for the aftermarket HD Radio crowd with the launch … Read more
Three words you don't want to hear around the Simbex's new shock measuring helmet. "Wait! Wear this."
The U.S. Army has awarded $932,000 to Lebanon, N.H.-based Simbex for 20 Head Impact Telemetry (HIT) System-equipped helmets to be used to "measure the shock from explosive devices." The Army wants to determine the amount of head trauma soldiers receive while in combat.
"There has been tremendous interest in better understanding the biomechanics of brain injury following both blunt trauma and blast events," Simbex founder Richard Greenwald said. The technology is … Read more