March 5, 2009
The Plustek V100 BookReader is a text-to-speech engine that uses; an optical scanner to scan text, character recognition to covert the scanned text to digital text, and an audio output engine that reads the scanned text. The scanning-to-audio process is triggered by the press of a button, the audio playbacks can be stored as MP3 files to listen to later on any MP3 player. The BookReader is available now for $700.
January 28, 2009
The most affordable and innovative thing at the Consumer Electronics Show this year were ACOUSTIBUDS ($20). They are silicone adapters that fit onto any earphone, and they are acoustically engineered to enrich bass, middle and upper range frequencies. Not to mention they fit your ear better, and are less likely to fall out. More pictures.
January 12, 2009
And that’s not such a bad thing. The Pandora (official site – Written about previously here) is an open source gaming beast. The ship date has been moved back several times, most recently because LCD’s have taken too long to be produced and bank problems with the orders. Things are slowly coming together. Read the rest of this entry »
December 30, 2008
Even though CDs have been around for over 25 years ton of cars are still equipped with cassette decks. Now you can add extra life to the dead format with the Bluetooth Cassette Tape Adapter ($40). Simply pair the adapter with your cell phone with the bluetooth headset profile, then pop it into your tape deck. It allows you can make hands free calls while driving. The only downside is that the bluetooth headset profile is the ONLY profile currently supported, A2DP would make this the ultimate cassette receiver. More pictures.
December 10, 2008
Everyone I know has tried several different ways to transmit music from their MP3 player to their car, yet many of those products fail to live up to expectations. Some reasons why they don’t produce perfect quality audio through a FM reciever are; 1. lack of external power, and 2. lack of antenna. The C. Crane Digital FM Transmitter ($70) has tackled both those obstacles, allowing it to transmit audio from any device with a standard headphone jack to a nearby FM radio receiver in perfect stereo quality. The device even transmits 40 – 70 feet away! Now you can enjoy internet radio, and music from your mp3 player on that legacy audio system. Take a peek at the image gallery.
November 5, 2008
The NAVist III from HS Network is a double-DIN touchscreen GPS system. It features; dual processors, an optical drive, a 2.5-inch SATA hard-drive in a removable caddy, and an SD/SDHC slot. All of this is controlled by a 6.95-inch, 800 x 400 touch display. What would you want in a car stereo? Oh yeah, DivX compatibility, A2DP, and a USB port. Its has all those and more! Gallery and Video.
July 8, 2008
Creative’s latest PMP the Zen X-Fi features; wifi, IM capabilities, SD card slot, built-in speaker, FM tuner, and 9-way d-pad. It also includes software which will allow you to stream media from your computer. We do not have any details on price or when it will be available. The X-Fi will come in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB flavors.
April 22, 2008
The XBi with Bluetooth from Chatterbox ($179) is an excellent motorcycle communication system. It features stereo sound from up to 2 devices at the same time (ex. iPod, Mp3, satellite radio, GPS, cell phone, radar detector). SMART technology in the headset automatically prioritizes the transmissions of paired devices. The XBi can even stream music from one module to the other. Chatterbox XBi also includes: a Li-Pol battery rechargeable battery with 6-8 TRUE hours of power, 1 hour express charge, noise suppression, Hi-Fi headset, and a compact aerodynamic module design.
March 26, 2008
These Italian-made t-shirts feature a pocket for your MP3 player, and a washable cord that runs though the shirt. The top of the shirt has an audio jack and comes with super-short headphones. Music & Sons shirts ($70) are perfect for anyone who gets frustrated by holding their ipod, and for people who hate getting tangled up in their headphone wires.
March 12, 2008
Logitech has made yet another wireless music system. The Squeezebox Duet tops all previous models. It also has support for nearly every operating system and a bevy of media players. The device allows you to stream music directly from your computer to speakers or receiver. You could also bypass your computer and keep your music online, or stream your music from online services such as Pandora, Slacker, and Rhapsody. The base can hook up with its digital optical, coax, or analog audio connectors, features 802.11b/g wireless, and a 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port. The controller looks looks like a compact Logitech Harmony and has a 2.4-inch color LCD TFT display with backlight, rechargeable Li-ion battery, and built-in 802.11b/g wireless. The whole thing costs $399.99 and is available now. CNET has a complete review. See more pictures.