Items tagged with Headset

 In case it wasn't so obvious before, the Sydney Morning Herald would like to inform you that strapping a device to your head with the intent of hitting your brain with a surge of electricity is probably a bad idea. We can tell you that it's definitely stupid. The quick article makes no mention of brand, but the headset is en route and is targeted at gamers. It's probably not difficult to guess why - "Overclock your brain using transcranial Direct Current Stimulation to increase the plasticity of your brain. Make your synapses fire faster." Sheesh, the fact that such a device exists at all is a bit foolish. Gamers have been known to go great lengths to improve their technique and performance,... Read more...
You know G.Skill as a maker of memory products, including system memory and solid state drives (SSDs). The company is also active in the overclocking scene where its modules have set frequency records. All of that is fine and dandy and will continue to be a focus, but moving forward, G.Skill also wants to be recognized as a maker of PC peripherals. G.Skill's enhanced persona will kick off at the Computex convention in Taipei next week. That's where G.Skill "will be making a strong entrance in the field of PC gaming peripherals" starting with newly engineered gaming headsets. Here's a teaser shot the company provided to the press: Unfortunately, that's all the details we have. G.Skill said it... Read more...
Microsoft's Xbox One is set to ship at some point this year, and we all know what that means: accessories and peripherals galore. Turtle Beach, a known name in the audio sector, has confirmed that it'll be amongst the first third-party companies to reveal accessories to suit the next-gen console. The Ear Force X12 is already the best-selling third-party headset, so there's no surprise in the announcement -- clearly, Microsoft needs Turtle Beach producing Xbox One-compatible peripherals. "In Turtle Beach we have a partner that can help Microsoft deliver world class gaming audio experiences to our customers," said Branden Powell Director of Strategic Alliances Xbox Hardware Group. "Turtle Beach... Read more...
Google's consumer version of Glass has yet to even ship -- in fact, many of those who registered to order one at Google I/O 2012 have yet to receive their order form. But that's not stopping the search giant from getting as much information on Glass out there as possible. Wearable computing is likely to have a massive impact on consumers at large in the years ahead, with some apt to select the wristwatch while others create computers that you wear on your face. Glass has captivated the masses, with some being giddy about its potential and others being terrified of the privacy issues. And if you're interested for one reason or another, you owe it to yourself to check out a new video uploaded by... Read more...
Google just started up the production line for the first Explorer Edition Glass headsets, but up until now, it remained a mystery as to what was powering everything. Was it a version of Chrome? A flavor of Android? Something else entirely? Wonder no more. The company's CEO (Larry Page) finally let the world know about the engine behind the wearable computer, saying the following on this week's earnings call: "Obviously, Glass runs on Android, so [Android] has been pretty transportable across devices, and I think that will continue.” He was answering a slightly unrelated question, but nevertheless, the answer is now out there. We don't know yet what version of Android is onboard, nor if... Read more...
Google Glass has become quite the hot topic, even in the mainstream. In a way, this is the device that could usher in the mainstream wave of wearable computing, and a lot is riding on the quality and usability of the Exporer Edition. If you'll recall, Google gave I/O 2012 attendees the ability to sign up for a pre-order of the first edition of Glass. At $1500, these have yet to actually go on sale to those who signed up, but that day seems to be drawing near. This week, Google confirmed that Explorer Edition Glass headsets will go on "next month," giving developers the ability to toy around with things and start producing applications for it. Of course, Google I/O 2013 is next month, so it's... Read more...
Google Glass has suddenly become a runaway hit for the company, and it hasn't even shipped yet. Even the mainstream media has found itself enamored by the thought of wearing a computer on one's face, and the split of people who adore and detest the idea make it all the more TV-worthy. And now, there's even more to talk about. A new Financial Times report is suggesting that the first batch of Glass headsets, dubbed Explorer Edition, will be produced in the United States of America. It's highly unusual for a flagship consumer electronics product to be produced anywhere other than Asia, but Google probably won't be hurting for cash, even with being forced to pay U.S. labor rates. The devices will... Read more...
Corsair today announced the release of a free software driver update that infuses its Vengeance 2000 Gaming Headset with Dolby Headphone 2.0 and Dolby Pro Logic IIx support, improving both surround sound quality and game capability. In other words, a stellar headset just got better, a statement we're qualified to make. We recently tested the Vengeance 2000 as part of a five-way gaming headphones roundup and came away impressed by its build quality and sound performance, especially in relation to its price tag (it streets for around $100). It has a padded headband, sizable earcups, and an aggressive aesthetic that lets other LAN party goers you're not there for the snacks, but to kick some tail.... Read more...
Well, you can't exactly say that you didn't see this coming. Google Glass has raised awareness from the tech-savvy crowd all the way to the mainstream, and while a lot of folks on the cutting edge are keenly interested in seeing how Glass changes our world for the better, there are plenty of skeptics out there who can't wait to pass judgement. Already, a bar in Washington state has said that they will not allow patrons wearing Glass as a way to protect the privacy of its other guests, and now, a legislator in West Virginia has already proposed a law that would make it illegal to drive while wearing a Glass headset. Good thing it's not a law already, as a number of people deep within Google have... Read more...
When it comes to Bluetooth headsets, there really are only a few names left in the industry making new ones that people are actually interested in. Perhaps it's because the whole "talking to yourself" fad never took off, but whatever the case, it's certainly a tough business nut to crack. But that's not stopping a new name from surfacing just in time to showcase a new one at CES 2013. AfterShockz will be debuting a world's first at the show -- it's the first open-ear wireless Bluetooth headphone, and yes, they're of the bone-conducting variety. The company asserts that they're building this due to public demand for a wireless version of their Bluez. It'll be available next month, with customers... Read more...
Gaming headsets are a dime a dozen these days, but Mad Catz is hoping to break through the mire with its new Tritton Pro+ True 5.1. It's a surround sound headset that offers up Dolby Digital technology, and they're said to be an update to the Tritton AX Pro. These new cans will work with the Xbox 360 as well as Sony's PlayStation 3, and best of all, it's available starting today. In other words, you can get a set well before your holiday shopping deadline approaches. Here's a bit more about the tech within, straight from Mad Catz: "The AX Pro pioneered multi-driver Dolby Digital surround sound gaming headsets. We believe the PRO+ will be an important part of our growth and enable us to maintain... Read more...
One of the problems with being a multi-platform gamer that enjoys gaming on a PC just as much as on an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 console is that it gets mighty expensive stocking up on separate peripherals for each one. Can't we all just get along? Sennheiser thinks so, and to prove it, the company released its first pair of multi-platform headphones, the U 320. "The average age of gamers today is 25 years old and ‘mature gamers’ play on consoles more than they play on PC. This is why Sennheiser created the U 320, offering gamers a consistent high-quality sound experience on every platform," Sennheiser explains. "So, if the kids are busy on the Xbox, a user can just plug the headset... Read more...
Monster has made quite a name for itself in the consumer electronics world -- if you asked a pundit, they'd tell you that Monster has made a name for overcharging for typical cords and such. But it also doled out some pretty good gear, especially in the audio world. Now, Nokia is teaming up with a known name to release the Purity Pro Wireless headset. These are cordless cans, where music is transferred over via Bluetooth. They feature one-touch pairing with your smartphone through NFC, but standard Bluetooth pairing is available for those without an NFC-enabled device. As with most Monster items, the color options here are quite vivid, with consumers able to select from red, yellow, white and... Read more...
Well, don't these just look cozy? Perhaps more outlandish than cozy, but we'd sure wrap 'em around our ears. Razer has introduced its newest gaming headset, the BlackShark. It's a stereo gaming headset that's said to be inspired by tactical aviator headsets, and the design similarities are fairly obvious. It comes as a Razer-branded version of the popular Battlefield 3 Razer BlackShark, a headset that the company developed from the ground up for the Battlefield franchise and released earlier this year at E3. The company claims that this thing was developed to make the wearer feel like your average helicopter pilot, with advanced sound isolation, memory foam ear cushions and a microphone boom.... Read more...
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