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Lenovo’s ultraportable speaker is as slim and small as your phone

The Lenovo 700 Ultraportable Bluetooth Speaker is quite literally the most portable one ever. Most portable Bluetooth speakers are portable alright, but they aren’t slip-into-your-pocket portable. Audio drivers tend to have depth/thickness to them, resulting in speakers that may be small and lightweight, but are almost always chunky too, making them ideal for laptop bags, but not pant pockets.Lenovo’s latest offering wants to be the kind of Bluetooth speaker you carry around with you, the way ...
Tags: Music, Design, Audio, Speakers, Ces, Bluetooth Speaker, Nfc, Lenovo, Portable Audio, Ultraportable, 700, Ces2019

This little speaker-cap hacks your smart speaker to give you back your privacy

Project Alias looks and behaves like a parasitic fungus, in the sense that it latches onto its host, feeding off it and inhibiting its functions for its own gain. It may sound a little extreme, but it does it all for the sake of privacy. Smart speakers now sit in one out of three American homes… and while they’re great in terms of convenience, they’re a privacy nightmare. Smart speakers are always listening in on everything you say or do around your home, and companies create databases and pro...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Home, Echo, Design, Audio, Speakers, Popular, Alexa, Product Design, Brad, Now, Smart Speaker, Google Home, Bjørn Karmann, Project Alias

Evolution of the Wall Clock

Designer Daeun Joung’s latest concept looks like nothing more than a three-dimensional piece of wall art… but it’s that and more. The sculptural design actually triples as a short throw projector and wireless speaker.Disguised as art on your wall, it frees up the surface real estate that most wireless speakers occupy. Working in tandem with the COZY app on your phone, the design can stream your favorite tunes and display a variety of customized notifications on your wall. Sync it up to preview a...
Tags: Design, Audio, Speakers, Speaker, Projector, Product Design, Cozy, Daeun Joung

Guess what Sony’s latest bluetooth speaker looks like…

You may constantly need to explain yourself to your parents or conservative family members when they first take a look at the Sony LSPX-S2 Glass Sound Speaker, because trust me, it looks uncannily similar to something you’d find in a college-going teenager’s room.Mary Jane reference aside, this product, weird as it may look, is classic Sony. Sony as a company is famed for creating products that are state of the art, but also weird (Verge has chronicled most of them down)… and the LSPX-S2 or th...
Tags: Music, Design, Audio, Speakers, Sony, Wireless, Bluetooth Speaker, Product Design, Candle, Mary Jane, Sony Sony, Sony LSPX, Glass Sound Speaker, LSPX-S2

Rock Solid Audio With a Soft Side

The STOCKHOLM speaker/charger/dock is designer Sanjay Yadav’s stab at Danish electronic maker Vifa’s uniquely Nordic aesthetic. The three-in-one unit instantaneously makes the user’s preferred listening application or personal library available for wireless streaming once the phone has been docked. Meanwhile, a recessed top makes for a convenience place to store your keys, wallet, or other small items. Attempting to channel the brand’s minimal yet soft vibe, the design is clad in woven textile w...
Tags: Design, Audio, Speakers, Speaker, Stockholm, Product Design, Vifa, Sanjay Yadav, Sanjay YadavThis

The Modern Day Discman

Things have come a long way from the Sony Diskman from the ’80s! No larger than a watch face, the Skinny Player is exactly as it sounds. Designed for those moments you want to take your music on the run but don’t want headphones and don’t want to lug around a large Bluetooth speaker, it can attach anywhere from your shirt collar to your backpack for quick, light, and easy listening that won’t weigh you down. Synced with your phone’s library, it packs a powerful punch in a pint-sized package that...
Tags: Music, Design, Audio, Product Design, Portable Audio, Ju-Huai Lin, Skinny Player

YD Handpicks: The Top Audio Product Designs from 2018

I’ll admit, I have an affinity for all things audio, so this list was bound to happen at some point! Audio isn’t, however, just a passion of mine… it’s also a massive industry that grows as the smartphone industry grows, because music and entertainment play a major role in the smartphone experience. We’ve seen a lot of growth in the truly-wireless audio wearable department (I even got my hands on the TicPods featured below… review pending) as well as the smart-speaker making its way into the hom...
Tags: Design, Audio, Lenovo, Popular, Product Design, Random, Barky, Eric Guack

YD JOB ALERT: Bang & Olufsen is looking for a CMF Designer

Bang & Olufsen was founded by Peter Bang and Sven Olufsen in 1925, starting with manufacturing radios and growing to become one of the world’s best producers of high-end audio equipment with a design style that’s sculptural, and that puts form on a pedestal, without sacrificing function. B&O has a distinctive design appeal that Wired described as “quality media delivery via striking objects”. The company is looking for a seasoned CMF designer to join their team in Copenhagen, Denmark. THE OPPORT...
Tags: Design, Audio, Speakers, China, Singapore, Designer, Job Board, Product Design, Grasshopper, Portable Audio, Copenhagen Denmark, Olufsen, Bang Olufsen, Peter Bang, CMF, Bang And Olufsen

Turn your Google Home Mini into a Mickey!

Partnering with Disney to make a mount for the Google Home Mini, the Otterbox Den series comes in a shape that’s all too familiar. Designed with the silhouette and colors of the world’s most famous rodent, the mount lets you place a black Google Home Mini into it, turning the smart speaker into Mickey Mouse! The mount reroutes the wire from the back, making it look like the tail, and even comes with tiny cutouts at the base where the speaker’s buttons are. The mount makes the Google Home Mini mu...
Tags: Google, Deals, Gadgets, Music, Design, Audio, Speakers, Disney, Mouse, Speaker, Product Design, Mickey, Otterbox, Smart Speaker, Google Home Mini, Home Mini

Turn your Google Home Mini into Mickey!

Partnering with Disney to make a mount for the Google Home Mini, the Otterbox Den series comes in a shape that’s all too familiar. Designed with the silhouette and colors of the world’s most famous rodent, the mount lets you place a black Google Home Mini into it, turning the smart speaker into Mickey Mouse! The mount reroutes the wire from the back, making it look like the tail, and even comes with tiny cutouts at the base where the speaker’s buttons are. The mount makes the Google Home Mini mu...
Tags: Google, Deals, Gadgets, Music, Design, Audio, Speakers, Disney, Mouse, Speaker, Product Design, Mickey, Otterbox, Smart Speaker, Google Home Mini, Home Mini

Ditch the iPod and put an electronic synth in your pocket

Nobody carries an iPod around with them nowadays. The iPod in the title is symbolic for the ability to have thousands and thousands of songs stored in your pocket… so when I tell you to ditch the iPod for a synth, I actually mean, leave the thousands of tracks on a hard drive for a synthesizer you can play millions of songs on. The Stylophone is a tiny, pocketable electronic synth you can play anywhere you go. Originally invented in 1967 by Brian Jarvis and manufactured by Dubreq, the Stylopho...
Tags: Gadgets, Music, Design, Audio, David Bowie, Kraftwerk, Popular, Product Design, Electronic, Synthesizer, Jarvis, Stylophone, Brian Jarvis, Dubreq Ltd, Dubreq, Ben Jarvis

The Acoustic Guitar gets its first significant design mod in 180 years!

Picture an acoustic guitar and what do you see? The classical guitar with its wooden body and circular sound-hole, right? Yep. That guitar was designed sometime in the 1850s by Antonio de Torres, and has pretty much been the same for nearly two centuries, with the exception of the invention of the electric guitar. Maxwell Custom’s custom-made Infinitum guitar takes that age-old form and applies design-thinking to it… the design brief? How do you make the Acoustic Guitar with a harmonically rich ...
Tags: Music, Design, Audio, New Zealand, Maxwell, Guitar, Product Design, CNC, Infinitum, Maxwell Custom, Antonio de Torres

These Lenovo headphones are (theoretically) out-of-the-box

Titled the SoundCube, Eric Guack’s concept headphones for Lenovo literally come with a hexagonal design. Yes, the cups are hexagons too! The boxy, yet out-of-the-box approach to headphones makes them stand out, while the cube shape definitely helps it stand out from the other circular or elliptical headphone designs.The headphones are pretty straightforward. They come with an on-off switch, and work both wirelessly or with an aux-cable. They even charge using contact-pins at the base, which mean...
Tags: Music, Design, Audio, Headphones, Lenovo, Product Design, Portable Audio, Hexagon, Erik Yongook Guack, SoundCube, Eric Guack

Radio At Its Roots

Despite the rise of digital audio, radio still remains one of the most powerful communication tools of the 21st century, and for some, the simplicity of analog can be quite refreshing in comparison. Designed with this in mind, the 3CIRCLES radio reduces the device to a simple and easy-to-use format. Just as the name suggests, it features 3 dials: one for volume, one for AM tuning, and one for FM tuning. On the other end, a full-size speaker delivers your favorite music or talk stations in crisp ...
Tags: Music, Design, Audio, Radio, Product Design, Estab Han, 3Circles

Dolby’s latest headphones bring the cinema to your ears

Dolby, the company famed and revered for its cinematic audio technology, and the company that practically pioneered surround sound, is now entering the headphone market with the Dimension… a wireless, noise-canceling pair of cans that come with touch-sensitive controls on the headphone’s body.It’s worth noting that while this isn’t the first wireless pair of headphones on the market by a far stretch (or even on this website), this is the first pair of headphones powered by Dolby’s audio tuning...
Tags: Music, Design, Audio, Smart, Headphones, Wireless, Dolby, Product Design, Portable Audio, Dolby Atmos, ANC, Dimension

This Wearable was designed to make you a better musician

The Soundbrenner Core is perhaps the world’s first profession-specific smartwatch (or second, if you consider diving to be a profession rather than a hobby). It comes with features packed to give musicians an edge while they practice or perform, allowing their skills and sense of rhythm/tone to be heightened.Like most smartwatches (or even smartphones) that take external products/experiences and internalize them – case in point, the Apple watch now serving as an ECG – the Soundbrenner does the...
Tags: Apple, Deals, Gadgets, Music, Design, Wearable, Smartwatch, Audio, Watches, Core, Product Design, Musician, Tuner, Metronome, Soundbrenner, Soundbrenner Core

Lexon Terrace: A bluetooth speaker, but also so much more!

What do a Bluetooth speaker, a lamp, and a power bank have in common? They’re all items that you’d want to have around you any and everywhere. They’re also the three items that come together to form the Terrace, by Paris-based Lexon.More than just your average Bluetooth speaker, the Terrace is, in fact, something you’d carry around with you not just because it’s an absolute treat to look at, but also because it’s so useful. The size of an Amazon Echo, the Terrace comes with a Bluetooth speaker a...
Tags: Deals, Music, Design, Bluetooth, Audio, Speakers, Lamp, Paris, Bluetooth Speaker, Popular, Lighting, Power Bank, Product Design, Portable Audio, Terrace, Lexon

It’s Time to Make Smartphone Audio Great Again

The smartphone you hold in your hand may be an incredibly powerful computer, capable of processing data and images with the adeptness and speed that even computers couldn’t match ten years ago… but there’s an area where it lacks. We’ve been pretty vocal about how smartphones can’t do serious heavy-lifting in the audio department. The music you listen to gets downsampled heavily during playback, giving you audio that sounds decent, but when you’re paying for hi-def audio services like Apple Music...
Tags: Deals, Design, Technology, Audio, DAC, Product Design, Sabre, TCXO, Dense, DenseClick, Adapt Digital

Paul Chen’s Radio Speaker quaintly combines analog with contemporary

Chen’s Radio Speaker is the kind of keepsake I’d keep in my home. It’s tech that I vaguely remember growing up with, bundled in an avatar that goes well with my aesthetic sensibilities. It’s also a beautiful combination of old tech with a new, sleek, desk-friendly avatar.The slim radio feels reminiscent of a portable Bluetooth player, albeit with a wood-based construction and the analog tuning knob and a physical frequency meter. It even does come with Bluetooth connectivity and an aux input, fo...
Tags: Gadgets, Music, Design, Audio, Speakers, Radio, Bluetooth Speaker, Product Design, Chen, Paul Chen, Radio Speaker

Honor’s Flypods look slightly familiar, don’t you think?

It’s one thing to have products that look a certain way because ergonomic data or a manufacturing procedure dictates how that product is to be designed. It’s completely another thing to absolutely rip off an existing design and make small changes to it and claim it as yours. Looking at Honor’s Flypods it’s very easy to tell which route the Chinese company took.Clad in blue, with a design that looks like the Airpods grew a beer-belly, the Flypods come with the same earpiece and a slightly thicker...
Tags: Music, Design, Audio, Earphones, Earbuds, Product Design, Honor, Portable Audio, Flypods, Fully Wireless

5 Surprising Places To Steal (What Works)

Museums, nature centers, and other interpretive sites should be thieves. Yep, you read that right. They should scope out what makes other popular industries successful—and steal what works! We promote this pilfering, obviously, with a chuckle. We do not want to see curators in jail and naturalists in the pen! But, imagine a world where we steal from… The Movie Industry Interpretive exhibits become as exciting as the latest Hollywood blockbuster. Special effects—themed lighting, enthralling sound...
Tags: Programming, Music, TV, Hollywood, Design, Exhibits, Television, Movies, News, Education, Film, Audio, Films, Future, Burglary, Journalism

Sound, Visualized

The microphone takes inspiration from a phenomenon known as cymatics in which sound vibrations creates waves in a substance. The visual waves, seen in fine grains on a flat surface or on non-Newtonian liquid on a speaker, are often symmetrical and varied in shape depending on the frequency being resonated.While exploring the patterns created by different wavelengths, designer Magnus Skogsfjord landed on 226Hz and noticed that the associated shape was a great fit for a standalone microphone desig...
Tags: Design, Audio, Product Design, Microphone, Mike, Magnus Skogsfjord, Mike 226, Magnus SkogsfjordImage, Cymatics Group

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow – How To Time Travel

It is 17,000 years ago. Massive sheets of ice cover Canada and the northern United States. You find yourself in the bowels of a large ice tunnel, at the edge of a massive glacier. The cold chills you to your bones. You hear blasts of icy wind whipping around outside the tunnel. At your feet, a trickling stream is choked by glacial till. Creaking sounds and the steady drip of water break the eerie silence. You have traveled back in time—sort of. Taking out your phone, you snap a photo of this inc...
Tags: Design, Exhibits, General, Education, Audio, Indiana, History, Empathy, Museum, Canada, United States, Museums, Exhibit, Exhibitions, Exhibition, Replica

Microsoft built the headphones that Apple should have made years ago

It’s frankly surprising that Samsung owns Harman, and Apple owns Beats, but neither of the superbrands has ever built a proper pair of headphones. Yes, Samsung keeps teasing the Galaxy buds and Apple has the Airpods, but they merely play second fiddle to the smartphone they go with, and aren’t, in themselves, powerful audio gear. So, it’s frankly surprising to see Microsoft step up with the Surface Headphones, a clean, feature-packed, powerful pair of cans.The Surface Headphones reflect a desi...
Tags: Apple, Music, Design, Microsoft, Audio, Cortana, Samsung, Headphones, Surface, Product Design, Portable Audio, Harman

Zungle’s Viper 2.0 is redemption for bone-conduction headphones

I’ve always been a proponent of new technology, but if you’ve read my previous pieces on bone-conduction headphones, you’ll know that I’m a skeptic. The technology has a long way to go before it can replace the airpods in your ear. The earphones I’ve tried before made great promises, but failed to deliver, with expensive price tags and an audio that clearly didn’t match up to the hype. Bone conduction earphones are messy, tinny (with a very higher-frequency-focused sound), and often don’t eve...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Music, Design, Wearable, Audio, Siri, Headphones, Sunglasses, Eyewear, Earphones, Google Now, Popular, Product Design, Random, Portable Audio

Buttoned-down Audio

On initial glance you would be forgiven in mistaking these for a regular pair of headphones, due to their conventional form and recognizable features. However, upon further observation, the intuitive and unique features will slowly begin to reveal themselves!One of the devices most intuitive features centers around the control knobs that can be found on opposing sides of the device. Both their operation and the surface detailing used is reminiscent of the rotary knobs that can be found on both h...
Tags: Design, Audio, Headphones, Product Design, Portable Audio, CNC, Fang-Chun Tsai

JBL’s L100 revives a true classic!

Originally debuted in the 70s, the classic, cuboidal, candybar-patterned L100 is still considered one of JBL’s most popular speakers. For the time, it was quite different, and featured a highly tactile 3D foam front-face with a candybar texture in the company’s signature orange hue.Now, 38 years later, JBL decided its most popular speaker needed a modern revamp. Keeping the exterior looking just the way you’d expect, the L100 Classic pays homage to the L100 visually, but is a completely advanc...
Tags: Music, Design, Audio, Speakers, Speaker, Product Design, Jbl, L100

The Echo Sub brings serious bass to your current Amazon home speaker

The Echo and Echo Dot have never been truly hi-fi audio devices. Their primary (in fact their only) aim has been to facilitate voice-based interaction and to gather data on users to serve them better using Amazon services. Today, at Amazon’s surprise hardware event, that all changed. The company revealed an add-on Echo Sub unit that could be used alongside the Echo and Echo Dot. Its purpose? To bring the bass!Colliding head-on with companies like Sonos (or even Apple’s exorbitant Home Pod), the ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Deals, Echo, Music, Design, Audio, Speakers, Subwoofer, Alexa, Product Design, Sub, Echo Sub

Easy Listening at Any Age

I can’t remember the last time a radio even came across the desk, but there’s something quite refreshing about this throwback to the technology that started it all. Designed with elderly folk in mind, Elderadio (see what they did there?) aims to reintroduce the enjoyment of music in a familiar, easy-to-use way.With an aesthetic that takes inspiration from Grundig radios of yesteryear, the design not only has vintage charm but is purposefully crafted to be more familiar than foreign. Its controls...
Tags: Design, Audio, Speaker, Product Design, Portable Audio, Grundig, Farid Hatami, Shirin Amini, Elderadio, Erfan Sheidai, Kimia Chavoshi

A Virtual Music Studio in Your Ear

Designed for amateur and professional musicians alike, the Amper in-ear monitor offers up an entirely new (and independent!) way to adjust instrument levels without assistance from an audio engineer. The control is transferred to the musician by way of a gesture-based touchscreen that can be operated during performances or simply during rehearsal.With its intuitive touchscreen interface, it also makes it possible to record, edit, and replay clips and tracks with a simple touch or movement of t...
Tags: Music, Design, Technology, Audio, Monitor, Product Design, AMPER, Pedro Villar, Pedro VillarAmper

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