Attention runners: we’ve found you the best music app ever

iOS app called “Cruise Control” adjusts beat of music to help users reach goal

Hot damn — Cruise Control is an awesome running app!

Cruise control app

Available on iOS (for now), the iPhone app adjusts music in a user’s library in real-time to help control one’s running pace. That is, it speeds up / slows down the song to help keep a runner on track with his or her desired pace, heart rate, etc.

Happy runners

Furthermore, it matches the runner’s pattern, and can synchronize beats with each time the foot touches the ground:

“We call it Cruise Control because it works a lot like cruise control in your car,” explained researchers from the Locomotion Lab at Simon Fraser University, the minds behind the app. “You set your target, and the music will keep adjusting its rhythm, just like the car adjusts its throttle, to get you to your target and keep you there.”

What’s really cool about this app is that it doesn’t necessarily have to work through headphones only: You can pocket the phone and stream the music via Bluetooth through one of our portable speakers while you exercise: The app just needs to be open on the phone, which needs to be on you to detect body motion, rhythm, etc., so that it can collect the data and input it into algorithms that help control the rate and intensity of the music / exercise in real time.

Baby working out

There are four ways to control an exercise with this app, with the “free” option allowing the app to automatically adjust the music to the exercise rhythm it detects through the phone. It can also be set to a target pace, heart rate, or cadence, all three of which will adjust the music accordingly to help the user achieve their goal.

Cruise Control is available through iTunes app store for $4.99.

Say Hello to the Boombotix Artists Series

 SketOne, Uberpup, and DGPH put a graphic assault on the Boombot speaker


This winter we are excited to be launching a new incarnation of Boombots: the Artist Series. By teaming up with a group of designers from around the globe, the Artist Series has given a brand new look to ultraportable speakers. UberPup (London) incorporated graphic mayhem to her piece to exemplify her propensity towards mass chaos. DGPH (Argentina) rolled out an entire set of post-modern abstract work in three amazing palettes. Sket One (Los Angeles) delivered a pad print design called Mr. Grimey that completely put a new face on wireless audio. For a product that originated from urban vinyl toy design, the Artist Series salutes the design roots of the product.

The Artist Series Boombots come in Bluetooth enabled versions (UberPup and Sket One designs) and wired models.  Housed in ruggedized ABS shells and featuring an integrated clip, Boombots allow your music to be taken with you, anytime, anywhere.  Boombots include medical-grade rechargeable batteries, dynamic frequency response, and a no-matter-what one-year warranty.  The Bluetooth models retail for $79.99 and wired models for $54.99.  The Artist Series is available through and select retailers.

A portion of all sales will go towards the hungry artists.  Help us feed them.

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The most pointlessly awesome gadget this side of the Internet

I don’t know why there’s a cassette to iPod converter, but dammit, I want it

Cassette to iPod converter

Mercy me oh my — what will the Internet come up with next?

Case in point: This here gadget, gizmo . . . thing, it’s a cassette to iPod converter. Why anybody needs one, who knows, but I’m not going to lie — I want the thing.

The device does exactly what you think it does: it converts cassette tapes into MP3 files and stores them right there on your iPhone or iPod. It’s like one of those record player converters that baby boomers can hook up to their computer to “download” the records they’ve been keeping in the basement for the last 40 years; only this thing is built for people who grew up in the 80s.

Cassette tape to iPod converter

The app to make the whole thing work is free, and the actual conversion process takes no time at all: just insert the cassette tape, dock the iPhone or iPod into the device, and press play. The tape can be listed to with a headphones jack or by connecting it to a stereo system like, oh I don’t know, one of the best portable speakers on the market.

Cassette iPhone converter

Cassettes can also be converted on a PC that runs Windows 7 or higher using the software that comes with it.

The thing’s not bulky: 4.5 x 3.25 x 1.25 and weighing in at a svelte 8 ounces, it’s pretty easy to carry around.

All that’s standing between you and finally putting that Backstreet Boys cassette tape to use again are two AA batteries and $80.

VOTE: Who has the better start-up idea?

Check out these two music-based Kickstarter campaigns: which one do you think is better?

fight versus photo

Okay, so here’s the deal: the Boombotix family has two friends who have Kickstarter campaigns live on the site right now. While they’re vastly different in concept, their common ground is the fact that both are built around the guitar.

Being that our audience is pretty friggen music savvy, what with the fact that they’re reading the blog for the most badass and best portable speakers in the universe, we’re interested in finding out what YOU think of these two ideas.

you rock photo

Check out the details on both campaigns and let us know which one you think is the better idea (don’t worry, feelings WILL be hurt here and grudges are likely to be set once the results start to come in from the vote). Details on both campaigns are after the jump and at the end, let us know in the comment section which one you think is better.

Oh, and by the way, if you go to the Kickstarter site for either / or, please try not to be swayed by the success of one over the other (one is doing considerably better than the other right now . . . by, like, a lot. A real lot.)

So, here we go: The Unlimited Electric Guitar vs. gTar.

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Check it: Tasty iPhone App Designs

Graphic designer gets creative with how hIS iPhone apps look, leaving us hungry for more.

Julian Burford is a Netherlands-based graphic designer.

Wait, no. Let’s try this again.

Julian Burford is a super-talented Netherlands-based graphic designer. Yup, that’s better. And after you check out some of his work below, we’re pretty sure you’ll agree.

The following are some visually tasty treats that Burford concocted. They are, essentially, specially designed iPhone app covers that she came up with to replace the otherwise boring-looking apps that populate our iPhone screens.

There are eight different food products in total and what’s interesting to note is that Burford had to meet a series of Apple’s unnecessarily strict icon guidelines in order to actually do this project.

Weird, right?

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