With so many people either streaming live video game play to the web or consuming it, trying to determine the best equipment for your broadcasting needs can be daunting and confusing. What we need are examples.
With a name like "microphone," you'd expect something small—but perhaps not quite as small as this. Scientist have figured out how to use just one molecule to detect the vibrations from sound.
When a loud motorcycle woke up Mark Nesdoly's young daughter, he decided he had enough. Instead of taking a baseball bat to the offending Harley, Nesdoly used his engineering skills to design the Noise Snare, a video detection system for loud vehicles.
Your iPhone is a wonderful point-and-shoot cam, and grabs pretty solid HD video. Not so solid? The audio, unless you're recording something an inch away from you in a soundproof chamber. iRig's mic gives you pro-quality sound, mobilized.
Someday your friend who's always strumming the guitar or singing in the shower or tapping his hands at the dinner table might become a rockstar. Help him, and make sure he remembers you when he's bigtime, with these guaranteed awesome gifts.
Love karaoke, but hate the sound of your singing? Do friends point and laugh when you attempt a warble? Why not buy the Noiseless USB Karaoke Mic for the Wii? They'll even throw in a set of free steak knives!*
Mikey is an external microphone for the iPhone/iPod with three sensitivity settings that allow you to record everything from lectures to rock concerts.
According to a "well-connected Wired's source," Apple's Chinese contractors are already churning out iPod touch units with integrated cameras and microphones. A classic rumor that may transform the smart media player into almost-an-iPhone, thanks Wi-Fi hotspots and 3G-to-Wi-Fi hubs.
Here's a nice one for Mac-using amateur musicians: Apogee's ONE is a multifunctional handheld device that features a built-in mic, preamp, and dedicated input/output. It works over USB and is designed for Garage Band, Final Cut and the like.
Sometimes technology gets the best out of you, specially when your clothes already got the best out of you. With a flip-flap noise. Listen to Britney Spears closely during this video's last few seconds:
Not that the iPhone really needs it, but it and the iTouch/iPod Nano are getting an external mini microphone that plugs directly into the headphone jack. And it's only $15.
Xbox 360's Lips karaoke game is notable for two reasons. One is the Vegas loungy motion-sensitive wireless microphones that trigger bonus scoring opportunities for you as part of the game. The second is the feature that lets you use any DRM-free song from your iTunes/Zune/Amazon library as a base for singing. So what…
An unfortunate man in Malaysia learned the first rule of Karaoke by the painful way of being stabbed to death last week. (This is what he should have done to appease his attackers.)