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Shawn Steen with his ergonomically-designed guitars

Guitars like Gibson's iconic Flying V, just about any BC Rich model, or Bob Wiley's Ministar travel guitars may well stand out in any crowd, but they're not exactly built for comfort. Guitar maker Shawn Steen has spent the last two years tweaking and testing an instrument designed to comfortably fit the shape of a player's body, while looking good and sounding great. The final adjustments have been made, all the choice components selected, and the first show models created. Now it's launch time for the new line of hand-made ergonomic guitars.  Read More

The SEIL LED grid signaling system installed in a bag

Cyclists wanting to notify other road users of stopping or turning intentions can use their arms, but it's not always convenient or safe to do so. Bike-based blinking technology like the Spooklight system is a good way to go, but having to detach and carry your lights between rides to keep them out of the hands of opportunist thieves can be a bit of a pain. A sleeker idea would be to integrate a wirelessly-controlled lighting system into your backpack? That's precisely what SEIL from Myung Su Lee does. Bright directional arrows, stopping signals or custom animated text messages shine through the fabric at the back of the bag at the press of a button on a bar-mounted wireless controller.  Read More

The new Moog Minifooger analog stomp family

Moog Music has announced a new range of versatile and expressive analog effects stomps for electric guitar and bass. Each of the five affordable and compact Minifoogers features an expression pedal input that can be CV-controlled (just like an old Moog synth), and gives the player control of one predetermined parameter for the chosen unit, expanding the stomp's sound beyond what's available via the knobs up top.  Read More

Acer joins the Haswell party with the launch of the C720 Chromebook

When Google announced a new batch of Haswell-based Chromebooks at last month's Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, HP was first off the mark with its Chromebook14. This was followed by the colorful Chromebook11 a few days ago, and now Acer has joined the Haswell party with the launch of its third generation Chromebook. The thin and light C720 promises faster performance and longer battery life than previous models and sports a daylight-friendly anti-glare screen.  Read More

The Archos Platinum Series tablets

Back in February, Archos announced three new Platinum tablets that appeared to offer top-shelf specs for wallet-friendly price tags. Sadly, only the two smaller models enjoyed a brief limited release in mostly Middle East regions, until now. The French portable consumer tech manufacturer has spruced up the Elements devices and issued a direct challenge to top-brand tablet makers like Apple and Samsung with the launch of the new Platinum Series tablets. The 116 Platinum of old has been swapped for a 10.1-inch device, which joins a 9.7-inch Retina rival and an 8-inch model. The three Android slates each feature a HD touchscreen, a quad-core processor, powerful graphics, and dual-band Wi-Fi.  Read More

The Pentax K-3 DSLR from Ricoh Imaging

Ricoh Imaging America has taken the wraps off a new Pentax K Series flagship camera that's been described by Executive VP Jim Malcolm as the most complete and capable APS-C offering in the history of the company. The K-3 high-end 24 MP enthusiast DSLR features a brand new sensor, the latest image processor and a sensor shift image stabilization system that's been persuaded to impersonate a low pass filter.  Read More

Bang & Olufsen's new IWS speaker range may soon be heading for listening rooms like this o...

Denmark's Bang & Olufsen (B&O) has revealed that it's the first high-end speaker manufacturer to incorporate technology based on the recent Wireless Speaker and Audio Association (WiSA) open standard. Instead of using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi in the heavily-populated 2.4 GHz frequency band, the forthcoming speakers will be capable of wirelessly receiving audiophile-pleasing, high definition, uncompressed audio over the U-NII radio frequency spectrum.  Read More

The Mighty Minnie hybrid single channel guitar amp

There are times when packing a full rig for a small venue tour is just not practical and sacrifices have to be made. When the topic of being forced to use awful-sounding back line amp rentals came up in a conversation between slide guitar master Sonny Landreth and veteran amp maker James Demeter, an idea for an amp small enough to mount on a pedal board began to take shape in the latter's mind. The Mighty Minnie hybrid single channel guitar amp that resulted is now being made available through Demeter's Custom Shop.  Read More

The Seaboard GRAND from ROLI

When we first brought you news of a new instrument prototype from London-based ROLI back in March, there was talk of a limited production run of just 88 instruments following later in the year. That time has now arrived, but ROLI has announced not one, but three new Seaboard GRAND instruments. The flagship 88-key GRAND is joined by a 61-key GRAND Stage, and a 37-key GRAND Studio.  Read More

The Loop wireless speaker from Libratone

Gizmag was introduced to the Libratone Beat wireless speaker at CES 2010, and left mighty impressed. The Danish company has now raised the bar even further by unveiling a disc-shaped new addition to its FullRoom family called the Loop, which is claimed by CEO Tommy Andersen to offer "unparalleled sound quality."  Read More

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