design
The World's Simplest Speaker is Silkscreened On a Piece of Paper

From afar, designer Coralie Gourguechon's work looks a little bit like macaroni art—or at least a very abstract collage. Up close, though, each piece is an extremely simplistic but entirely functional electronic device. Even this paper-cone speaker. Read More >>

science
Touchy-Feely Speakers Hint at the Future of Haptic Interfaces

Touchscreens are flat and hard by necessity, thanks to their dense layers of glass, conductive metal, and capacitors. But as haptic interfaces start to appear in commercial gadgets, touchscreen devices are poised to become even more… touchy. Enter Eunhee Jo, a British Korean designer who’s spending the next year as a designer in residence at London’s Design Museum, and who specializes in haptic interfaces.
You might remember Jo from a project she unveiled last year, called the Tangible Textural Interface, which embedded touchscreen functionality directly on the soft fabric of a speaker system. This year, as part of a residency program at the Design Museum, she’s refining that concept into a workable product. Unveiled on the museum’s website this week, Surface Matters is a new prototype that looks like a set of two circular, desktop speakers. In fact, only one is a speaker, the other is a tactile control system that lets the user modulate volume, track, and audio style by pressing into a soft fabric surface, behind which, a motion sensor captures the gestures performed on the surface. Read More >>

audio
Become a DJ at Any Moment With This Svelte Splitter

The boyscouts pretty much nailed it when they coined the motto "Be Prepared to DJ." And Swedish headphone manufacturer Urbanears wants to make that possible with Slussen, an audio jack splitter and app combo. Read More >>

dealzmodo
An Alien Lander Speaker Dock is Your "I Love Playing the ET Soundtrack on Repeat" Deal of the Day

Fancy a new set of computer speakers that look as though they might have crawled out of some kind of alien landing craft and are hell bent on destroying your mind via your ears? Course you do, you muppet. Read More >>

gift guide 2012
Sweet-Sounding Gifts for a Music Lover's Sonic Snobbery

For people who are obsessed with music—no matter what kind—the gear they use to listen to hot tunes is sacred. Good headphones, speakers, and accessories make a big difference when it comes to sound quality. And that stuff doesn't have to cost a fortune! Here's a batch of Giz-approved gear for your audiophile friends and family. Read More >>

tools
Craftsman's Bluetooth Toolchest Lets Grease Monkeys Keep In Touch

Gone are the days when a rolling toolchest only held tools. At CES Craftsman (which really should be updated to Craftsperson) unveiled its new Contour Powered Series Tool Storage that adds a charging station and a Bluetooth connected sound system. Read More >>

speakers
Bang & Olufsen’s New AirPlay Speaker Likes Music, Picnics, and Walks On the Beach

Bang & Olufsen's stylish AV gear usually gives the impression of wealth and affluence, but having just been revealed by the FCC, its new wireless AirPlay speaker comes across as looking just simple and quaint. Read More >>

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