We all know about the simple office pastime of bouncing tennis balls off the wall. Much to the chagrin of our coworkers, you can now use the Oddball to make unique drum beats and loops by doing just that. This fun little device is currently funding on Kickstarter and is down-sized drum machine thats been encased in a bouncy ball that you can throw, drop and bounce to activate. The Oddball acts as the percussion trigger and the internal sensors can translate the noises via Bluetooth to the Oddball mobile app. Intensity is control by the force of the bounces and for the more advanced audio mixers the drum machine can act as a MIDI controller used in apps like Pro Tools, Ableton, Logic Pro and Garageband. The ball charges over USB and ships with the companies own app that is preloaded with multiple effects and audio tools.
Oddball Drum Machine
Bose Noise-Masking Sleepbuds
Although they are best known for their line of incredible noise-cancelling headphones, audio mega brand Bose has just released a pair buds designed to help you sleep more soundly and feel more rested upon waking. Dubbed the Sleepbuds, these small noise-masking ear plugs can drown out city and suburb noises including honking cars, loud music, or a snoring partner next to you. Rather than play music, the Sleepbuds will play any one of many nature and ambient sounds such as a running stream, ocean waves or brown noises designed to mask normal sound disturbances. Equipped with a 16 hour battery life and designed to fit securely in your ear throughout the whole night, these are perfect for light sleepers looking for a novel way of reducing mid sleep disturbances. Available now from Bose.
Lumen Metabolism Tracker
Athletes have long been tracking and using the ratio of carbon dioxide to oxygen to modify their diets and achieve optimal performance, however, its been a costly process thats required expensive tools and use of a medical center. The Lumen Metabolism Tracker, which is now funding on Indiegogo, aims to bring this cutting edge tech into consumers' hands for real-time and on the go tracking. Using your breath as the measure, the device can tell you whether you are currently burning carbs or fat and ways to adjust your diet accordingly. This will make sure that you are always performing optimally and have enough energy for later workouts and expenditures. It can also give you insights on how the food you eat affects your performance as well as the right mixture of macro and micro nutrients. The device needs to be charged only once every few weeks and comes with a soft travel case so you can bring it with you everywhere.