Sony clearly watched Joaquin Phoenix in Her. Its latest announcement is an earpiece that interacts with your phone to inject the sweet mutterings of an AI straight into your skull. Welcome to the future.
Artist Diemut Strebe made a living replica of Vincent van Gogh's ear, grown from genetic samples provided by Lieuwe van Gogh, the great-great-grandson of Vincent's brother Theo. They share about 1/16th of the same genes, including the Y-chromosome, passed down the male lineage.
If you're in the market for a replacement ear, how about one of these wonderful little 3D printed ones?
The South American rainforest katydid is not a human. In fact, it is so very unlike a human, it seems ridiculous to belabor the point with specifics. Six legs, wings, an exoskeleton. You get the picture. Its ears are on its hind legs, for crying out loud.
The world's smallest ear doesn't belong to any animal. Instead, it's a tiny piece of gold suspended in a laser beam. It can hear sounds a million times fainter than any human ear can, making it a powerful acoustic microscope.
Bats rely on their hearing more than any other mammal. After all, bats navigate the night sky by hearing the results of their echolocation, their natural sonar system. Turns out that's just the beginning of what makes bat-hearing amazing.
Harbor is an 8-year old Black and Tan Coonhound with big ears. His ears are so big, he now holds the Guinness World record for the Longest Ears on a Living Dog.
So much news passes before our collective eyes every day that we couldn't possibly cover it all. Mostly because much of it isn't worth covering! But here are a some borderline tidbits we passed on, just in case.
The product engineers at Pioneer know what it's like to pull out an ear bud and find it caked with sticky, gross ear wax. Rather than clean the earphones with your shirt, Pioneer wants you to throw them in your washing machine.
On a planet hosting 6.7 billion human beings, having proof you're unique is of tantamount importance. The ear, it turns out, may be the best identification yet.
New research says your ears are like snowflakes—completely unique in the world. Which is neat! But also means you have two giant finger prints on the side of your face, and airport security wants a look.
This unusual-looking gadget is worn behind the ear, and wakes you up if you start to catch some Z's on the highway. It constantly measures the angle your head is resting at, and vibrates if you tip forward. Of course, if you fall asleep and lean back into your headrest, then it will happily let you careen off the road…
If we're going to look inside our ears, we prefer something like the Ear Scope GXL. Unlike this Thanko USB Ear Scope, there's a pick on the end of it so you can scrape out earwax. This Thanko one? It can only look.
Although the idea of an in-ear alarm clock that doesn't bother your roommates is sound, this implementation is quite poor. The Mini Alarm does go inside your ear, but it hangs out so much that it's bound to fall out when you're flopping around like an injured whale during REM.
Continuing our obsession with ear gadgets, I proudly report on this LED ear-mounted flashlight. It clips on like those Sony behind-the-ear headphones, freeing up your hands so you can easily roam in the dark. Eighteen hours of battery life per ear, thanks to the lithium batteries.
Ever spend five minutes yelling, "SIT! SIT! SIT!" at your DS only to have the other people on the subway get up and move away like you were a psycho? Check out this Ear Force D2 from Turtle Beach. This Nintendo DS headset includes both headphones and a mic, which means you can both hear and speak without bothering…
Save money and spare your child from a trip to the doctor with this EarCheck ear infection diagnosis kit. Just stick it in, press the button, and you'll be able to diagnose on a scale of 1 to 5 whether or not your kid's in any danger.
Taking both the Ear Wax Camera and the LED Ear Wax Cleaner to the next level, this Ear Scope GXL is the last word on cleaning your own ears. If you're not comfortable with (or don't have) someone else cleaning your ears for you, this Ear Scope lets you peep into your own LED-lit ear canal for easy scraping.
My ears are waxy. The gooey kind. Is that too much information? Likely so. Regardless, I tell you because I need you help. This LED lit ear wax scooper was found in a random Korean grocery store, in between the air fresheners and the shower caps, by Andrew at DirtyNerdLuv. (Great name, btw. Nearly as good as …