Photokina 2014 highlights

Paul Ridden

The Les Paul Reference Series will come in three flavors when released later this year (Ph...

Other than being known as a virtuoso guitarist and constant tinkerer, Les Paul also had a consuming passion for sonic excellence. Of course, his name graces the headstock of a certain iconic guitar that's carved its way into the rock history books, too. Gibson brought pre-production versions of some new high-end speakers to IFA 2014 that sport the great man's signature, and Gizmag stopped by for a look and listen.  Read More

The new accessories on display with some 3Doodles (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag) WobbleWorks has launched a small range of accessories to enhance the 3Doodler user experience. There's a 3Doodler stand, a foot pedal for extrusion control and a set of nozzles.  Read More

The Woburn features vintage-inspired grille cloth with the immediately recognizable Marsha...

Marshall Headphones brought four new products to IFA in Berlin this year. The Woburn and Acton join the Hanwell home audio thrower launched two years ago, which has now reached the end of its production run, and the current Stanmore model. Meanwhile, the new Mode EQ and Mode earphones team up with the Major, Minor and Monitor headphones.  Read More

The Reference Class system ready for a listening demo (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

Technics is back. Panasonic has unveiled the first new hi-fi products from the highly-regarded brand in 6 years. The first two premium ranges out of the starting gate are the Reference Class R1 Series and the Premium Class C700 Series. Both ranges including a stereo amplifier, a network audio streamer and speakers (and the C700 also gets a CD player).  Read More

The bright AMOLED touchscreen display is fast and responsive (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

Asus has today announced the ZenWatch, the company's first wearable powered by Android Wear. The 7.9 mm-thin smartwatch features a 2.5D curved glass face that's said to cater for more natural and responsive swiping gestures. As well as pairing with any smart device running Android 4.3 or higher courtesy of Bluetooth 4.0, the ZenWatch can also act as a "wellness manager."  Read More

The Alienware Area-51 desktop gaming system with all-new Triad chassis

For almost 20 years, Alienware has been churning out benchmark-setting performance beasts for desk-bound and mobile gamers, and the new 2014 Alienware Area-51 desktop gaming system is no exception. Dell says that the new flagship gaming system has been designed for state-of-the-art performance, scalability and ease of use. It features a brand new chassis design that's sure to be a talking point for some time to come, is built around Intel's latest Extreme Edition Core i7 processors and is capable of supporting three full-sized video cards for 4K gaming visuals.  Read More

The Openmix mini music mixer

Budding DJs grooving on the move who are looking for a much less bulky crossfader for impromptu portable parties on the patio than the likes of the iRig MIX may soon have their wishes granted. The Openmix is billed as the world's smallest audio mixer, and crams a miniature audio crossfader into a plastic or aluminum case not much bigger than an iPod shuffle. It puts an end to the abrupt stops and starts of fixed, pre-prepared playlists by allowing anyone to smoothly mix tracks from any pair of audio source devices sporting output jacks, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops or MP3 players.  Read More

Aalberg Audio's Ekko and Aero

Norway's Aalberg Audio has developed what's billed as the world’s first remote-controlled effects pedal for electric guitars. The first part of the equation is a delay pedal named Ekko that's cabled up somewhere between the guitar and amp pretty much like any other floor stomp. Things get interesting when its Aero companion enters the picture, which can be mounted onto a guitar or attached to a strap or belt and wirelessly controls the Ekko effects on the fly.  Read More

The new Digital Drum 2.0 from UNICEF and partners

For the past couple of years, UNICEF Uganda and partners have been designing, developing, prototyping and rolling out youth-focused community computers that can operate on mains power where available, or solar-power in remote rural areas. Work has just finished on the design of the second generation Digital Kiosk, and the UK's fanless computer specialist Aleutia is now working on a new open source, low power computer system to squeeze into the table-topped repurposed oil drum that will become the Digital Drum.  Read More

The Sunrise 3D-printed guitar is one of three stock models available from Customuse

Whether you're new to the guitar or a seasoned git-fiddler, chances are that the shape, color and hardware of your go-to axe have been determined by the company that produces it. The cost of having an instrument made to your exact specifications can cause the heart to skip more than a few beats, and the bank manager to question your sanity. 3D printing technology has the potential to help create your dream guitar for a fraction of the cost of a Custom Shop model, and that's precisely what's on offer from the UK's Customuse. With three stock designs already available, the company will shortly open a browser-based platform for full customization.  Read More

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