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The world’s thinnest truly-wireless earphones don’t feel like a floss-box in your pocket

In the interest of consumer-friendliness, someone designed what is arguably the most satisfying pair of truly wireless earphones. The CARD20, as they’re called, come with a coveted iF 2020 Design Award for being incredibly slim, pocket-friendly, yet as robust and long-lasting as other truly wireless earphones on the market. They feature a capsule-shaped design that measures a stunning half-inch in thickness, allowing them to slide right into your pocket without creating that unsightly bulge. T...
Tags: Deals, Gadgets, Music, Design, Audio, Product Design, Portable Audio, AirPods, Truly Wireless Earphones, CARD20, Thinnest, YOBYBO


Modular headphones that mix your sound to match your space

Imagine having a sound system so versatile that you can actually play Lego with it! DE-MO, which stands for Detachable and Modular, is exactly that – an ecosystem of replaceable speakers, cables and headband accessories that you can use to create an audio experience based on your needs. It has a minimal aesthetic and a sleek build so you’ll never look like Tarzan with the cords – DE-MO is built for the minimal millennial.DE-MO adapts to your needs so instead of having to keep a track of differen...
Tags: Gadgets, Design, Audio, Lifestyle, Headphones, Lego, Modular, Product Design, Minimal, Portable Audio, Tarzan, EveryDayCarry, Hans van Sinderen, DE-MO


Kohler’s new Alexa-enabled bath-fitting showers you with water as well as music

Kohler seems to have taken a massive liking to bathroom-singers with its new showerhead. With a halo-shaped design, the Kohler Moxie Showerhead allows you to fit in a wireless speaker into its negative cavity, giving you a luxurious Kohler-worthy shower with handpicked (or rather voice-picked) tunes to accompany you as you bathe.Now the Moxie isn’t a new product. Kohler released the quirky showerhead+speaker combination in as early as 2012, but the new update (to be showcased at CES2020 next wee...
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Design, Speakers, Ces, Bathroom, Alexa, Product Design, Portable Audio, Kohler, Moxie, Shower Head, Voice AI, CES2020


Audi meets Audio with these wireless earphones!

It isn’t likely that the German car manufacturer would ever need to enter the audio industry, but owning them would be quite a power-move… like flashing that branded red cap while riding around in your Ferrari. Created as a concept by designer Yonghwan Kim, the Audi Hear (I’d mich prefer if they’d been called the Audi-O) is a set of truly wireless earbuds designed for the car aficionado. They come in a super compact design that sit neatly within the ear, displaying the Audi branding to passers-b...
Tags: Design, Audio, Automotive, Earphones, Audi, Product Design, Portable Audio, Wireless Earbuds, Yonghwan Kim, Audi Hear


This radio from an alternate universe uses glasses of water as it’s remote control!

We’re all used to turning a couple of knobs and pressing a few buttons to operate a radio, but have you ever played with glasses of water to change a radio channel? Probably not. Designers Tore Knudsen, Simone Okholm Hansen, and Victor Permild recently launched their art project ‘Pour Reception’. And it’s beyond anything you can imagine. Pour Reception consists of two internal speakers, an AUX input, a handy guide and two glasses that must be placed on the body of the radio. And no the glasses...
Tags: Design, Technology, Radio, Arduino, Product Design, Portable Audio, Tore Knudsen, Pour Reception, Knudsen Simone Okholm Hansen, Victor Permild, Victor PermildSounding


Anker’s Soundcore Life earphones combine all the best bits of the AirPods designs

It’s almost as if Anker took all the customer feedback people were giving Apple about the AirPods and AirPods Pro, and combined them all into their own earphones. Meet the Anker Soundcore Life F2. They look and feel a lot like the original Airpods, but come with Pro-style silicone tips to secure themselves in your ear so that this doesn’t happen. They perform noise-cancellation like the Pros do, come with touch-based gestures like most earphones do, and offer a pretty stunning 40 hours of use wi...
Tags: Apple, Deals, Design, Audio, Earbuds, Anker, Product Design, Portable Audio, Wireless Earbuds, AirPods, Soundcore, Life F2


This iPod-inspired AirPods case is a music (and podcast) lover’s absolute dream!

I personally believe the audio industry owes a massive debt of gratitude to Apple. The company has singlehandedly caused ripples in the industry ever since the iPod. Whether it’s the tiny music playback device, or the birth of iTunes and the death of music piracy, or the removal of the headphone jack and the ushering of the wireless age of AirPods (or even the fact that Apple literally invented the podcast), it’s undeniable that a major chunk of the past 20 years have been pretty much governed b...
Tags: Apple, Deals, Design, Audio, Ipod, Product Design, Portable Audio, Elago, AirPods, ElagoClick Here, AW6


Your AirPods can now be used to watch in-flight movies with this wireless headphone adapter!

Wireless headphones seem to have taken over the world and I have to say they’re quite convenient! No more 15 minute long sessions dedicated to untangling your wired headphones. However, the boon of owning wireless headphones can turn into a curse pretty soon, once you’re in an airplane or on a treadmill. Airline entertainment systems are equipped with wired headphone jacks, so using your Airpods to watch some in-flight movies becomes impossible. It’s similar to when you want to catch up on som...
Tags: Design, Audio, Sony, Product Design, Twelve South, Portable Audio, AirPods, EveryDayCarry, AirFly Pro, Wireless Headphone Adaptor


YD Editorial – AirPods Pro: Decent tech in a disappointing design

Before you paint me as an Apple Naysayer (and some of you will, I’m sure), I’m a proud owner of not one but TWO iPads which I love, and my critical approach only comes from wanting what’s good for the company. Having said that, the fact that Apple launched the AirPods Pro at a separate, un-televised event says that the company probably doesn’t believe the product deserves its massive reveal. What’s really worth asking is that is this yet another one of Jony Ive’s ‘serving-his-notice-period’ de...
Tags: Apple, Design, Cook, Wearable, Audio, Editorial, Jony Ive, Product Design, Portable Audio, AirPods, YD Talks, AirPods Pro


A Japanese Zen Garden is the inspiration behind this award-winning DJ console!

Today DJing has taken the world by storm, especially when it comes to the younger generation. More and more individuals are looking at it as a tangible career option, rather than a simple hobby or sidelined passion. However many of those interested in this field often end up with cold feet once they get an eyeful of the actual DJing equipment. A result of many complex technological innovations, DJing equipment isn’t the most aesthetic or user-friendly product out there. As a result, DJing seems ...
Tags: Gadgets, Music, Design, Technology, Audio, Product Design, Portable Audio, Dj Equipment, Zen Garden, Whiteout, Japanese Zen Garden, Su hyun Bang, Young Hoon Woo, Byoung Hoon Woo


This suede case gives your Airpods some Midnight Green magic too

Designed to pair perfectly with the midnight green suede iPhone 11 Pro case, this soft-case for the Airpods turns that boring white box-that-holds-your-earphones into a style statement that matches your state-of-the-art phone. The soft-case comes with a midnight-green suede trim that’s certainly on point, and it even packs a keyring so you can attach the Airpods case to your keys, or perhaps suspend it from your belt-loop with a carabiner clip. Plus, it supports wireless charging too, for the Ai...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Design, Case, Product Design, Portable Audio, Suede, AirPods, Midnight Green


Here’s an Airpods case that lets you carry a bit of Apple history around with you!

The AW3 from elago pays tribute to Apple’s original hero product from its heyday. The 1984 Macintosh-inspired silicone sleeve for the Airpods case really gives it less of a dental-floss vibe and more of a cute relic appeal. The white silicone sleeve guards your Airpods case, cushioning it from accidental bumps and scratches, while an outlet at its base allows you to charge it too. In fact, the entire sleeve is compatible with wireless chargers too, letting you use even the new generation Airpods...
Tags: Apple, Deals, Music, Design, Audio, Macintosh, Case, Product Design, Portable Audio, Elago, AirPods, AW3


A pocket-friendly DIY cardboard drum kit to kickstart your music production journey!

“Starting music production can be quite confusing and intimidating. Gears can get expensive. You don’t even know if you’ll be good at it yet to make a serious commitment. What do I need exactly? Which audio workstation software to use? How do I start performing? I mean, what do DJs actually even do?!” These are some of the issues that the guys at Rhythmo know music novices face. They know things can be confusing. Hence, they created the Beatbox.Beatbox is a build-it-yourself MIDI controller dr...
Tags: Gadgets, Design, Technology, Diy, Speakers, Austin, Product Design, Portable Audio, Drum Kit, Beatbox, Rhythmo, Beatbox Beatbox, Ethan Jin, Rhythmo Beatbox


The JBL Jr Pop is a wireless bluetooth speaker just for the kids

“Big Sound for Music’s Tiny Fans” is perhaps the best way to describe the JBL Jr Pop, a conceptual speaker created by Shenzhen-based Kim Hyojin.A winner of both the Red Dot Design Concept Award and the iF Design Award for the year 2019, the JBL Jr Pop is a junior speaker, designed to be child-friendly, and give children their dedicated music-listening device. The Jr Pop is small, light, rugged, and comes with a leash that the child can use to carry their sound with them. A comforting ring of lig...
Tags: Music, Design, Audio, Speakers, Awards, Shenzhen, Product Design, Portable Audio, Red Dot Awards: Design Concept, iF Design Award, Red Dot Concept 2019, JBL Jr Pop, Kim Hyojin, Jr Pop


Turn your wired Bose headphones into a truly wireless headset!

There’s a higher likelihood of your headphone having a 3.5mm jack than your phone having a 3.5mm input… but don’t ditch your headphones for wireless ones yet! It’s exactly what these large corporations want! To have you adopt standards that help them further their vision. Your wired set of headphones are more than capable of being your primary headphones, the only hurdle is turning them wireless. The AirMod by Bolle & Raven helps that happen. Designed here for the Bose QuietComfort QC25 headphon...
Tags: Deals, Gadgets, Music, Design, Bluetooth, Audio, Wireless, Bose, Product Design, Portable Audio, QuietComfort, AirMod, Bolle Raven, QC25, Bolle RavenClick


The Eames Radio is making a modern comeback after over 70 years

After a little over 70 years, Vitra is doing a special reissue of Ray and Charles Eames’ iconic radio design, but bringing it back with a slight modern twist. The Eames Radio, if you look at it, looks quite like the icon of a radio. It’s perhaps the most natural design ever, featuring a use of geometry, proportion, and just pure sense, to make something so clear and so beautiful, it looks stunning even after 70 years. Vitra’s reissue takes that design and puts a modern spin on it. The radio stil...
Tags: Music, Design, Audio, Radio, Product Design, Ray, Portable Audio, Vitra, Eames, Ray Eames, Charles Eames, Eames Radio, Vitra Eames Radio


This colorful, marbled speaker is made from non-recyclable plastic waste

While plastic waste, to a certain degree, can be recycled, it’s just a small percentage of the total waste out there. Certain polymers grow past their ability to be recycled because of additives, impurities, stickers, prints, etc. and this is the plastic that causes the biggest problem because it just can’t be recycled.Brighton-based design studio Gomi is trying to be a part of the solution. The Gomi speaker, designed by the studio, uses these unrecyclable plastics as its primary raw material, t...
Tags: Music, Design, Bluetooth, Audio, Green, Plastic, Brighton, Speaker, Waste, Product Design, Portable Audio, LDPE, Gomi, Tom Meades


What if Apple made hi-end Siri-enabled smart headphones?

Probably the only thing missing from Apple’s product roster is a pair of over-the-ear headphones. Apple has already developed and seen a fair share of success in the Airpods, and the Homepod (although the Homepod’s acceptance has been slightly underwhelming). The two products are immaculately engineered, and feature Apple’s very own Voice AI, Siri. The Airpods work with the iPhone, while the Homepod works independently, like all smart speakers. There is, however, a puzzle piece missing. The Ai...
Tags: Apple, Music, Design, Audio, Siri, Headphones, Popular, Product Design, Portable Audio, Airpod, HomePod, CURVED/labs, Studiopod


Eclipse Zero Sound is an aesthetic hollow

A smart speaker with Bluetooth capabilities, the Eclipse Zero Sound is a very aesthetically design device. Although we are not sure about the specs, the design aspect of the speakers is up for discussion here. Much like a hollow pillow, the ring of speakers helps with the acoustics. I use a Bose Soundlink Revolve + and its tower – lantern shape with a special carry-handle, makes it kinds kitsch. So when I compare the Eclipse Zero Sound as an alternative, I think the square-ring will probably bel...
Tags: Design, Technology, Television, Product Design, Portable Audio, Eclipse Zero Sound


Treat YOYO Self To a Sweet Speaker

The YOYO speaker earns its namesake for the innovative strap design that makes it easy to carry. The strap can be concealed simply by wrapping it around the middle and released with one swift pull. Once released, the wireless device can be hung on your bicycle handles, a tree while you picnic, or a backpack during a hike. Covered in a waterproof tweed-like fabric that comes in a variety of vibrant hues, there’s one to match every user’s distinct taste and style.Designer: LASCH+PRILLWITZ DESIGN ...
Tags: Design, Audio, Speakers, Speaker, Product Design, Portable Audio, Yoyo, Lasch, LASCH+PRILLWITZ DESIGN, YOYO Portable Speaker


The Accessport Air brings Bluetooth 5.0 to your trusty wired headphones

The world changed as we knew it in 2016 when Apple announced that their phones would no longer carry the 3.5mm headphone jack. They were obviously pushing for wireless audio, as they also launched the AirPods that year. As with everything Apple does, the entire industry followed, dropping the jack from their smartphones, resulting in an awkwardly high amount of wired headphones now becoming undesirable. See, wired headphones may be a sort of nuisance, but some of the best headphones in the wor...
Tags: Apple, Deals, Gadgets, Music, Design, Audio, Speakers, Air, Product Design, Portable Audio, Peter Yoon, Accessport, Accessport Air Built, Accessport Air


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


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 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


The Modern-Day Record Player!

This strikingly designed record player beautifully blurs the boundaries between digital and physical media! Packed full of carefully thought out design features, this is undeniably a bold contrast from more traditional record players… and that’s why we love it!The geometric form of the body is aggressively interrupted by the asymmetric cut-out, where the vinyl is positioned, creating a sense of imbalance and suspense that elevates the visual interest of the device greatly! A repetitive and unifo...
Tags: Design, Product Design, Portable Audio, Record Player, Xundi Li, Point Line


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


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


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


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


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