We all know that the music we download nowadays is compressed and missing a lot of the nuance that the original artist wanted us to hear. With compression comes loss of detail and that emotional attachment that we felt from analog formats like vinyl records. PonoPlayer ($300) hopes to change all of this with its Kickstarter. Pono is looking to provide high quality digital music through its online store which will be playable on its portable PonoPlayer. You will be able to download and play 192kHz/24 bit music that has about 6 times more musical information than a standard mp3. The player will feature two output jacks. One is a standard mini-stereo output and the other is a mini-plug analog output for listening on your home audio system. Check out their Kickstarter today.
I had never really thought that Google Glass was going to be something I would use. I just got the feeling that wearing them was some what voyeuristic. But after seeing the new app, from GlassFit, Race Yourself ($TBA) I'm starting to see the light.(more…)
The Shure MV88 IOS Microphone ($149) allows you to capture studio-quality sound on the go with any Apple device that has a Lightning connector. The Shure MV88 mounts with a 90-degree hinge to provide flexible microphone positioning. It also comes with five DSP preset modes that can be accessed via the Shure Plus MOTIV recording app. You can make real-time adjustments with the app including mic gain, stereo width, and 240bit/48 kHz recording. And if you want to take a hands-off approach the app will automatically adjust EQ, compression and limiting for the best results.
Looking for something cool for your home office or library? Check out these 3D Printed Skeletons of Mythical Creatures ($45-$75). There are twenty creatures in the set including such favorites as the Grey Alien, Chupacabra, Vampire, Centaur, Unicorn, Fairy, Mermaid, and Jackalope. Each model is 3D printed and made to order in the USA.
The Everlane Filled Shirt Spring Jacket ($88) is part shirt, part puffer jacket. It is the perfect addition to any wardrobe to fill the space between spring and summer when the days are warm, but the nights are cool. The jacket features a 100% polyester shell, lining, and fill. It also includes on-seam zip pockets, an interior velcro pocket, snap closure, and a quilted lining.
As a prelude to the official release, Volvo is having a special event for the 2015 XC90 First Edition ($TBA). This limited edition first run will only sell 1,927 vehicles. They will all be numbered, come only in Onyx black and only be sold online. The interior will include Nappa leather seats, walnut inlays, panoramic roof, and a leather covered dashboard. The sound system will be delivered by Bowers & Wilkins and include 19 speakers, a cabin-facing tweeter and an open-air subwoofer. The power plant will be a 320 horsepower engine that is both super and turbo-charged giving you plenty of power across the entire range. Update your calendar, because the online store for the first run will open in five days.