Phonofonics II

July 14, 2007

 

The Phonofonics II looks more like a futuristic Vinyl player designed by Apple. However the Gramophone uses passive amplification to transform any personal music player + earbuds into a sculptural audio console. Without the use of external power or batteries, the Phonofone inventively exploits the virtues of horn acoustics to boost the audio output of standard earphones to up to 55 decibles which is roughly the maximum volume of laptop speakers.

 

Upon connecting active earphones to the Phonofone their trebly buzzing is instantly and profoundly transformed into a warm, rich and resonant sound.

Extract from NewLaunches

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Breathe Air Helmet

July 14, 2007

 

It may look like something out of Return Of The Jedi, but this helmet could help cyclists breathe more easily, according to its designer. The helmet was created to filter out particles which irritate hay fever and asthma sufferers.
It covers the cyclist’s nose and mouth with a shield behind which the filtered air circulates. Used air is expelled via a plastic tube when the cyclist exhales.
The helmet, called Breathe Air, was created by 22-year-old Brunel University industrial design and technology student Luke Pannell.
Mr Pannell is seeking a manufacturer to take on the Breathe Air helmet, which is expected to retail for around £100.

Extract from Lancashire Evening Post