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Sound Field demo shows Project Tango’s audio potential

Sound Field demo shows Project Tango’s audio potential

While we've seen what Project Tango is capable of visually - we can scan and explore 3D space. What Left Field Labs have decided to do is attach sound to objects in 3D space in a game called Sound Field. This game was first previewed at GDC 2015, and we're getting our first look - and talk - about it here at GTC 2015 from one of its creators. This game requires both a Project Tango device and a pair of headphones (attached to said Tango) to work.

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Mixfader wireless crossfader aims at digital DJs

Mixfader wireless crossfader aims at digital DJs

If you like to make music there is plenty of hardware out there that will let you make your own tracks using turntables and vinyl records or digital devices like the iPad and MP3 tracks. Whichever route you choose, cool music can be made using a bunch of methods. If your tastes lean towards making digital music a new tool is coming soon called the Mixfader.

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Dysonics touts 3D audio with RAPPR app, RondoMotion sensor

Dysonics touts 3D audio with RAPPR app, RondoMotion sensor

Since it seems that mobile display technology is starting to slow down a bit, with 2K screens on smartphones these days, developers, manufacturers, and even users are starting to turn their attention to the next area of immersive multiimedia experience: audio. Some, like Sony, are already banking on what is being billed hi-res quality, but sometimes higher quality just isn't enough on mobile. There is still that distinct lack of "spatial audio" that you experience out in the open. And that is exactly the problem that Dysonics is trying to address with its RAPPR software and RondoMotion headphone sensor duo.

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Plugzee gives any speaker Bluetooth support

Plugzee gives any speaker Bluetooth support

Wireless is the way to go, but the odds are high that not all your devices offer that functionality. Your older portable speaker, for example, may still function perfectly fine and sound excellent, but lack Bluetooth, making it a modern inconvenience. That's where Plugzee comes in, a small square dongle that plugs into the device's audio cable and lends its own Bluetooth functionality, allowing for wireless streaming. This includes car radios that feature an audio jack but don't have Bluetooth.

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Sonos Blue Note PLAY:1 limited edition jazz speaker arrives next week

Sonos Blue Note PLAY:1 limited edition jazz speaker arrives next week

Early this month, Sonos introduced its new Blue Note PLAY:1, a limited edition (a first from the maker) speaker designed to pay tribute to Blue Note Records and jazz in general, including the jazz legends that made it all happen. As you might have guessed, the Blue Note PLAY:1 is blue, but not in the static sense -- it has a fade from dark navy to a lighter cobalt shade, something that results from both hand-painting techniques and, says Sonos, the "strategic use of robots".

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UAMP pocket amp brings bass to your mobile

UAMP pocket amp brings bass to your mobile

Pocket amps certainly aren't scarce -- if you are handy, you can find instructions to make one yourself all over the Internet -- but they're not often stylish, and some of them are more burdensome to transport than some are willing to deal with. Enter the UAMP, a sleekly designed pocket amp that aims to improve the sound quality coming from your mobile device. It does this alongside a small form factor, one that won't get in the way of most activities.

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Sony has $160 microSD card coming for ‘Premium Sound’ lovers

Sony has $160 microSD card coming for ‘Premium Sound’ lovers

It’s all about sound. And noise. Well, to Sony it is, at least. In a bit of a head-scratcher, Sony is releasing a new microSD card, called the microSDXC. This 64GB card is labelled as being “for Premium Sound”, to which Sony hopes audiophiles everywhere will buy it. At $160, it’s a lot pricier than similarly specced microSD cards. That massive price boost (like five-times as much) is explained away, where Sony explains it has “less electrical noise when reading data”.

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MPOW Bluetooth 4.0 Stereo Foldable Headphones Review

MPOW Bluetooth 4.0 Stereo Foldable Headphones Review

If you’re in the market for a pair of Bluetooth headphones, you’ve likely heard about MPOW’s foldable Bluetooth pair. Though no longer a new offering, the headphones have managed to catch the public’s eye over the past year or so and have since found a dedicated fan base hawking the headphones to others. MPOW’s foldable headphones are relatively inexpensive at $30 to $35 (depending on where you get them), and they offer some appealing features like headset functionality and ultra-long battery life. Are they worth getting, though? Read our full review to find out!

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Boombotix launches customization tool for mobile speaker

Boombotix launches customization tool for mobile speaker

This week the folks at Boombotix have released a customization tool for the Boombot REX, a unique portable speaker with oomph. This Boombot REX has been out in several different colors and with custom-made faces before, but now the team at Boombotix have brought the tools to make this happen to the public. There's also a Built-A-Bot collection of artwork created by creative brand Benny Gold. Now your clip-on speaker of choice can also be your ironic accessory of choice - it's up to you what you'll end up doing with it.

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