This post is packed with TRON goodies including a music video, headphones, and a hotel room [Update: NSFW Playboy photoshoot]
(1) Medicom Toy is celebrating the collaboration between Tron: Legacy and legendary electric duo Daft Punk by producing the masked musicians in Kubrick and RAH (Real Action Hero) form. They will release in late December as part of the Series 21 BE@RBRICK assortment ($4.99). The 400% BE@RBRICK ($199.99) and KUBRICK ($19.99) two-packs will release in mid-January. The RAH figures are expected to come out in April at $229.99 each. All the Daft Punk-inspired toys will feature the same outfits and helmets the duo wears in the cameo they make in the film.
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The Beats by Dr. Dre product line was co-founded by rapper/produced Dr. Dre and Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovin back in 2008 to “reproduce the full spectrum of sound that musical artists and producers hear in professional recording studios.” The brand has branched in two directions: headphones and HP laptops (Envy models). The original crop of headphones included the over-the-ear Studio Beats ($349) and Solo Beats ($199) and the in-ear Tour Beats ($189). In time two new versions of the Solo Beats hit the market–Solo HD ($229) and Solo HD Product RED special edition ($229). Also, a new category called Artist Series Headphones introduced two new in-ear ’phones–Heartbeats (Lady Gaga, $149) and Diddy Beats (Diddy, $179).
On Friday Dr. Dre & Monster unveiled five new Beats branded products, four headphones and a portable iPod dock. The Beatbox ($399) is a digital sound system built to dock iPods and iPhones and features ”proprietary dual 5.25-inch long throw bass drivers for superior bass reproduction and two optimized 2-inch concave high frequency drivers for precise soundstaging.” Beats Pro ($449) relinquishes the Studio Beats as the top-of-the-line Beats headphones. These over-the-ear cans feature an all-metal body construction and are “ideal for in-studio production and ultimate quality music listening.” iBeats ($119) “feature a new sealed in-ear design that literally reduces external noise for a better music experience” and three custom-fit eartip sizes. They are “ideal for exercising and active lifestyles.” The latest edition to the Artist Series Headphones collection is the Power Beats (LeBron James, $179). The new in-ear “performance sports headphone” features a new dual driver design with a built-in subwoofer and midrange tweeter, an adjustable/bendable ear hook with a flexible arm, and a non-noise occluding headphone eartip which allows external noise to be audible during music playback. There are black, red, and white color options for these. And finally there’s the JustBeats, Justin Bieber branded headphones. They will come in two varients, over-the-ear ($199) and in-ear ($119). They are ”specifically aimed at “opening the ears” of young music listeners.” The “eye-catching matte purple finish” happens to be Bieber’s favorite color, as you all should well know.
According to the press release, all the new Beats by Dre products (excluding the JustBeats) will be made available in the US, UK, France and Germany in the “coming weeks.” The purple Bieber cans will sell exclusively at Best Buy this holiday season. Look in the gallery below to see what they all look like. Dre says, “What you’re seeing today is what me and Jimmy set out to do with Beats. It’s not just about headphones it’s about changing the whole game in terms of the listening experience. And it’s still just the beginning…” The new ‘phones are simplistically elegant and I’m sure they produce sound nothing short of crystal-clear magnificence. Here’s what I’m worried about, though. Dre, you brand the Beats product line with the tag “people aren’t hearing all the music.” You’re going to have a hard time selling your passion for pristine sound reproduction to all the people at these exuberant price points.
Stethedphone, designed by Antrepo Design Industry.
They’re headphones in the shape of a stethoscope! They come with a remote and mic and features include listening to music, making/receiving phone calls, and accessing voice control. They’re “made from ultra light and flexible plastic” and comes in an assortment of colors and sizes. “Stethedphone” is a concept design, one that I can’t believe I didn’t come up with.
The Sony Ericsson MH907 earbuds rightly claim to be the first “motion activiated” headphones that feature SE’s “SensMe Control.” What does it do? When you place the earbuds into your ears, your music starts playing, no button mashing required. If you take a bud out of one ear, the music pauses, either to answer a call or to carry on conversation with a nearby pal. How does this work? The bud “requires [a] conductive surface to activate the controls.” Basically, when the buds touch the surface of your ear they know to start playing the tunes. When they are taken out from your ear they “sense” the removal and pause the music. So you won’t have any problems shoving the ‘phones in your pocket; they won’t turn on becuase they are not hitting a conductive surface.
Engadget has received this claficiation from SE: “SE has further clarified that the technology is capacitive in nature. In other words, removing an ear bud isn’t breaking the flow of current between buds (and across your noodle) — it’s destroying the dynamic capacitor formed by the touch of human skin.” Although this tech is not going to change things “forever” (as Sony Ericsson put it before the today’s unveil) it should make some impact in the market. Let’s wait and see if competitors try to up the ante.
The MH907 is available this week for ”most Sony Ericsson phones with a fast port connector” for 39 euros, or roughly 60 US dollars.
Adding to yesterday’s news of Lady Gaga’s Heartbeats is today’s announcement of a smaller, cheaper version of the original Studio Beats headphones. This product finds its home between the Tour Beats ($149) and the Studio Beats ($299). The Beats Solo is smaller and lighter than its older brother and will cost a mere $220. They will be available in black and white this November. According to Monster, the Beats Solo have the same sound quality as the Studio Beats. If Dr. Dre and the team at Monster Cable found a way to create the original Beats in a tinier form factor then all the power to them. However, I’d play it safe and wait for initial reviews before going out to make a purchase.
Fashion and music maven Lady Gaga has teamed up with Dr. Dre and Monster Cable to create her own line of Beats headphones. Heartbeats is designed by Lady Gaga herself. They will be available in October in pink/white, silver, white, and black color variations and price will range from $99.95 to $149.95, depending on body type and jewel design. Included are multiple ear tips, a red travel case, and Monster’s tangle-resistant flat cable design, and Monster’s ControlTalk connection that allows you to swap between music and phone calls. For more information about the Heartbeats, see the press release after the break. Check out the gallery below for some product images and more.
This is a coconut headphone modification created by Iwan Roberts. He used coconut husks and twine to makethis pair of very unique and totally awesome headphones. Check out additional images in the gallery below.
Colorware allows you to send in your favorite gadgets and pay a premium to customize them to your heart’s content. Seen above is the “Stealth Macbook Pro” ($5999) and a customized pair of Dre Beats headphones ($249). You can customize phones, computers, MP3 players, TVs, video game consoles, and more. All customization is done online. You are given the option of sending in your own product or purchasing the product with Colorware and have them customize and ship it to you within 2-4 weeks. Too cool, too pricey.