I’ve spent most of my life listening to music. I am also an audiophile, with an obsession for great speakers. You may be wondering how the speakers are reproduce sound. Well the science is quite amazing and graphic designer Jacob O’Neal has created the perfect in depth “ANIMAGRAFF” to help you catch a glimpse into the science behind the speaker. Check it out here.
Companies that make appliances and electronics for the home will be doing two main things at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on January 6 to 9: exhibiting their smart-home tech products and explaining to people just what a smart-home tech product is.
That’s because while there’s obvious interest, even demand, for devices that allow people to adjust lighting or unlock a door from a smartphone, the average homeowner isn’t quite sure what to make of it all yet. There are so many different products running different software systems, each with its own smartphone app, that it’s hard to know where to begin in making a home more “connected.”
Searching for Connection
For now the smart-home frontier is more like the Wild West, with many developers creating their own operating systems independent of one another or compatible only with certain brands. It’s somewhat good for innovation but sort of bad for the consumer, because it’s hard to make sense of the overwhelming number of products and which ones have the ability to coordinate with others.
For example, you might own a smart thermostat, a smart light dimmer package and a smart door lock, but all three could have very different systems that don’t necessarily communicate with one another. So, you’re left to toggle between different apps, interfaces and panels to control them all. As a consumer, you have to do some serious research before buying smart-home products if you want them to be compatible in the future. For now it can be like having a separate remote for the DVD player, TV, stereo, ceiling fan and so on. At some point you just say, “Well, how is this smart?”
Loud noises can be unpleasant. But how loud is too loud? The World’s Loudest Noises is an interactive infographic from Air Conditioning Company that explains the loudest noises in the world and how much damage they could do to your ears. So next time your air conditioning kicks on and you feel like complaining… Just remember, there is always something louder.
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PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff and Atlantic editor Derek Thompson explore how data shapes the music industry. Read more in Thompson’s recent Atlantic story, “The Shazam Effect.”
Korg, renown manufacture of electronic musical instruments has introduced the Cliphit, a clever device that turns the world around you into your own personal drum kit! Cliphit takes your air-drumming to the next level, simply attach one of the included clips to almost anything and play drums in real time! The portable drum kit also features a footswitch to control kick sounds, built-in drum sound effects, a headphone jack for private practice, and a built-in speaker that delivers great-sounding tone for your drum performance. watch the video