Build your own gramophone [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]
(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) WHEN it comes to listening to music, the digital era might be more accurate in its reproduction, but there is this particular school of thought that claims a record player has a far "warmer" sound. To each his or her own, I say.
With the US$79.99 (RM252) Premium DIY Gramophone Kit, this is definitely the ideal gift for that audiophile in your life. It comes in the form of a classy Do It Yourself (DIY) kit that lets you build your very own gramophone from scratch, where it is not only able to play records, but also record them, now how about that? The Premium DIY Gramophone Kit will be able to play SPs, EPs and LPs. It is also interesting to note that in this day and age, vinyl records are still being made, showing just how long lasting they are in the annals of music history. The stylus itself is made from bamboo for playback, while you can also opt for the metal stylus to cut a record of your choice. Other bits and pieces that are thrown into the mix with each purchase include recording sheets, and with variable speed control built into the Premium DIY Gramophone Kit, this is one DIY project that you simply cannot wait to get started on! It also relies on a wound spring for power, so even if the electricity gets cut off, you can still hum your happy tune and get on with life.
LED there be light!
The term audio-visual has been thrown around for quite some time already, and the Harman International has introduced JBL Pulse, allowing you to enjoy music at home with a brand new dimension - light. With JBL Pulse, it will allow your favourite tunes to not only be heard, but seen, thanks to a programmable LED light show that makes up part of the portable speaker. Now, not only do you get to bring your music with you wherever you go, but also allows everyone else around you to enjoy a Multi-LED light show to boot.
The JBL Pulse will of course, be wireless in order to keep up with the times, as it streams your music from any compatible portable device that has Bluetooth connectivity enabled. If you are too lazy to program your own light themes, you can let it run the default configuration. The JBL Pulse is small enough to be carried around everywhere, and it also has enough battery power to deliver up to 10 hours of wireless music playback or five hours of music and light show. It retails for US$199 each.
More byte for nail care
IN case you find yourself in a situation where you need additional light to perform your manicure or pedicure ritual, the US$149.95 Illuminated Manicure/Pedicure Set would definitely fit the bill. As its name suggests, this is a nail-grooming set that comes equipped with a light to offer an easier view of detailed work during manicures and pedicures, wherever you are. The motorised wand comes with a bright LED on the end which is able to illuminate your work area to deliver careful shaping, filing and buffing without experiencing any accidental nicks or chips. Half a dozen detachable tips have been thrown into the mix, where the set itself is accompanied by a pair of cylindrical and two pointed diamond grinders to shape your nails perfectly, in addition to sloughing hard skin from fingertips, heels and soles. Included also are a polishing felt and a soft brush attachment to smooth the nails and sweep away filings.
ARE there situations where you absolutely have to wear a pair of gloves, but also need to access your smartphone or tablet frequently? Those who happen to have had that experience would know just how irritating it can be to remove your glove to perform a few functions, and then to put it back on later. It is basically a waste of time, and is far from practical.
The BearTek Gloves will change all of that, delivering wearable technology for outdoor and action sports enthusiasts who love to enjoy their sport with the safety of intuitive single hand control. Bikers would understand this, as well as ski and snowboard enthusiasts. Other than offering touchscreen capability, the BearTek Gloves also come integrated with Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, giving you instant connectivity so that you can control your smartphone, music player and other media devices without having to physically touching them. Just how do the BearTek Gloves work? Simply by tapping your thumb to various finger touchpads that are embedded along the sides of the fingers, and a signal will be sent to the connected device.
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