In another life, a loooog time ago, I used to manage rock n' roll bands, so I spent a great deal of time in recording studios (which are generally not the exciting place you see in the movies, but mind-numbingly boring after you listen to the vocal for the 100th time.)
These Atrio earphones from Future Sonics, known for their professional audio equipment, are the closest I've heard to playback on the monitors in a studio -- they're that good. Musicians, such as Justin Timberlake, reportedly swear by them, but what's more impressive are the testimonials from engineers. Invented by Marty Garcia, a renowned tour engineer and audio production consultant,they were designed just for professionals both onstage and in recording studios, but with the iPod and the demand for good earphones, they are making them available to the public for the first time.
To celebrate the launch, they're giving away tickets to five women (each winner gets to take a friend) to attend the "O You" conference in Miami on September 29th. Revolution Health is a sponsor of the day-long conference which will feature inspirational speakers made famous on Oprah's tv show: Bob Greene (fitness expert), Martha Beck (life coach), Suze Orman (finance expert) and Dr. Mehmet Oz (heart surgeon and - may I add - connoisseur of bodily grossness).
One set of tickets will be given away each week, with this first week's sweepstakes ending on July 21st. All registered Revolution Health users are eligible to enter the contest -- you can submit an entry every day to increase your chances of winning. Just click on the contest link from the resource center.
Check out some of the areas of the O Guide, like Healthy house, which includes tips on eco-living and cleaner indoor air, and Women's health (today, there's an item on the "quarter-life crisis" for you twenty-somethings - did you know there was such a thing?).
Balanced. Simple. Stunning. There's nary another word needed to describe the 9-Volt light from designer Richard Lawson.
Elegantly balanced against its power source, the 9-Volt light is an exact replica of a 9-Volt battery, but instead of a copper top, this 'battery' boasts high-powered LEDs to light up the night. A perfect replacement (or modern alternative) for candles, these can add the perfect touch to your next backyard party. On the practical side, they're great for travel or camping.
Originally designed for a competition held by Mathmos, the hi-tech lighting gurus behind the original Lava Lamp, the 9-Volt light wasn't a winner but got so much "fan mail" after the contest, that Mathmos optioned it.
Available in red or blue (with a white version in the works) from our friends at Charles & Marie.
Now that you've got all your music saved on your computer's hard disk, what are you going to do with it? Well, if you really like adding a personalised touch to all your gadgets, you might want to pick up the USB doorbell so that you can set your own music or other sound file as your doorbell chime.
Setting it up sounds easy enough: plug the USB doorbell into your computer, copy the sound file onto it, plug it into your doorbell wiring - and you'll have your favourite piece of music (or most annoying sound effect) alert you every time someone pushes the doorbell.
There are online social networks for teens, animal lovers, sports fans, fashionistas, and wine experts, so why not one for cookers and cakers? If you haven't already met, we'd like to introduce you to BakeSpace.com, a social networking site for people who enjoy cooking of all kinds.
Though it launched in August 2006, BakeSpace.com appears to be building new momentum through a month-long promotion with appliance manufacturer KitchenAid. Together BakeSpace.com and KitchenAid plan to give an appliance away every day this July.
The partnership is remarkable for both companies for different reasons. BakeSpace.com has minimal advertising and currently accepts user-donations to stay viable, and KitchenAid has never partnered with a social network to promote its products.
We spend Sundays reading the Times, so it seems the perfect day to talk about Shifd, the newest web-app developed by New York Times R&D. Created in about 20 hours at the Yahoo! BBC Hack Day in London last month, Shifd works, but it remains a conceptual product.
Shifd is a mobile application that allows users to easily share web feeds, listings, maps, personal notes, and dates between their desktop computer and mobile phone. In order to sync your computer with your mobile phone, your phone will have to be hacked (RFID-enabled, which might be a little excessive).
Any content added to your Shifd.com personal page (web feeds, Yahoo! Local Search listings and maps, personal notes, and other data) can be transferred to your phone for browsing. Before transporting content, the user can easily organize its order by dragging and dropping. When the user picks up her phone and walks away, her computer will automatically recognize that she's shifted to a mobile environment, sending her a text message with a link to the mobile version of her Shifd.com page.
As you know, at Popgadget we're always thinking of you and the choices you're making, so we try to get our hands on as many new products as we can and take them out for a spin. The downside for the writer is that sometimes you get abnormally attached to a product that you have to send back.
Such is the case with the new Mondo Mint digital sound system we just got. It's Mondo sound on a mini budget. Not only does it sound amazing, like a system easily twice it's price, it also features a beautiful, elegant design, which could go anywhere. At the moment, it only comes in white, but I suspect the company will make a black version as well.
Do you hate the feeling of someone approaching your desk from behind and catching you by surprise? We do. And, it's even worse when we get caught sending personal e-mails, watching YouTube, and scanning the web for a little celebrity gossip fix. We've found a way to avoid this professional blunder. For the modest price of $13.95, you can now afford to have eyes in the back of your head (just like mom used to).
A clever and practical idea, these 3" convex mirrors provide a wide-angle view of the area around your workspace. Simple installation via a snazzy Velcro attachment makes this device PC and Mac compatible. They come in clear or assorted colors.
Visit The Spoon Sisters today to get your own!
Here's an interesting twist on mood lighting: the Aurora Palette by Banpresto. Designed to simulate nature's own awe-inspiring light show, the battery-powered device does its best to recreate the Aurora Borealis by projecting "atmospheric light" variations on walls, ceilings, and just about anything else that isn't the night sky.
With a run time of 20 hours and timer settings to control how long the resulting "mellow mood" is welcome in your home, the Aurora Palette is a steal at just $55.
See it in action here.
Vacation has literally gone to the dogs! Partnered with Travelocity, BringFido.com provides an online directory of pet-friendly lodging to help dog owners across the country plan pooch-perfect vacations.
BringFido.com's database features full listings of thousands of hotels, motels, and bed-and-breakfasts. Most importantly, each listing is complete with a description of the specific property's pet policy (e.g. small Boston terriers and pugs welcome, Great Danes and German Shepard's extra fees apply). BringFido.com also features listings of national pet-friendly events that you can plan your trip around.
Our pups all agreed, they deserve a vacation this year!
To learn more, visit BringFido.com.