Disney Invented a Way To Control Your Phone Using the Sounds It Emits

In an effort to bring more functionality and interactivity to a device that is often just a large monolothic touchscreen, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research have come up with a series of accessories that manipulate sound coming from a smartphone’s speaker to serve as an external controller. » 4/20/15 1:30pm Today 1:30pm

Save $34 on Your Favorite Headphones, Plus a Free Case

Today on Amazon, if you pick up the X version of your favorite headphones for a $135 (about $34 less than usual), and you'll also get a free hard carrying case. Just be sure you choose Amazing Deals Online as the seller, and note the promo code. You might remember that this was a Lightning Deal yesterday,… » 4/15/15 9:15am Wednesday 9:15am

This Bluetooth Adapter Streams Music Through Your Record Player

If pressured, Jesse England might have a tough time justifying the existence of his unique creation—known as the Universal Record. What looks like an extra-thick piece of vinyl is actually a Bluetooth adapter for record players. But instead of transmitting sound from a turntable through a wireless speaker, it allows… » 4/13/15 4:44pm 4/13/15 4:44pm

littleBits' Tiny Toy Synth Kit Now Works With MIDI and USB

Launched in late 2013, the littleBits Synth Kit lets you snap together the different components of a synthesizer into an extremely minimal modular instrument. Today, littleBits is adding three new modulates to its lineup, allowing its toy synth to connect with other musical tools like, uh, your computer. » 3/31/15 12:05pm 3/31/15 12:05pm

See If You Can Hear the "High Definition" Audio Jay Z Is Selling

Jay Z’s newly acquired and relaunched streaming music service Tidal claims only one difference from Spotify and the rest: superior audio quality. Is it worth switching? Here’s a simple test that’ll help you decide whether it’s worth forking over $20 a month for the best of the best quality.
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This Wristband's Tactile Vibrations Let Musicians Silently Keep the Beat

During a performance a band is completely reliant on its drummer for setting the rhythm, but what about during rehearsal when a musician is practicing alone? Or when a musical group doesn't have a drummer? That's where this new wearable comes in. It doesn't tell time, it doesn't have notifications, and it can't run… » 3/31/15 9:49am 3/31/15 9:49am

The Best Bluetooth Headphones For Every Discerning Ear

I love headphones, always have. That's probably because for most of my life, I was hearing impaired. Headphones were the only way for me to hear music the way it was supposed to be heard—the treble, the bass, and everything in between. But I don't want to be tethered to my laptop and phone: I want to do it wirelessly. » 3/13/15 2:30pm 3/13/15 2:30pm

The "Harvard Sentences" Secretly Shaped the Development of Audio Tech

During World War II, the boiler room under Harvard's Memorial Hall was turned into a secretive wartime research lab. Here, volunteers were subjected to hours of noise as scientists tested military communications systems. Out of this came the Harvard sentences, a set of standardized phrases still widely used to test… » 3/09/15 1:45pm 3/09/15 1:45pm

Sony Still Thinks There's a Market for Tiny Rolling Speakers

The Rolly, a dancing, rolling, glowing MP3 player, was yet another intriguing product in a long line of curiosities from Sony. Unfortunately, it wasn't intriguing enough for consumers to actually spend $400 on it. But someone at Sony is obviously still carrying a torch for the Rolly, because the company's new rolling… » 3/04/15 9:20am 3/04/15 9:20am

There's No Way Sony's Price-Gouging "Premium Sound" SD Card Is Worth It

Sony's got a new deal for audiophiles, and it's so scammy it's almost impressive. The electronics company that apparently doesn't want to be an electronics company anymore is now peddling a Micro SD card "for Premium Sounds." A 64GB card will cost $160 which is more than five times what you'd pay for a normal Sony… » 2/19/15 10:35am 2/19/15 10:35am

This Century-Old Audio Technique Could Be Key to Virtual Reality

Binaural audio sounds like a no-brainer. Humans have two ears, so we should record sounds with two microphones, right? But the late 1800s technique of sticking microphones inside a pair of life-like ears mounted on a fake head has never been more than a novelty. Which is a shame, because as you're about to hear,… » 2/16/15 9:20pm 2/16/15 9:20pm