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Wireless speakers that you can wear over your sneakers

Sneaker speakers

Speakers that you can wear over your sneakers. What a novel concept. Heck—it even rhymes! Sneaker Speakers!

New York design studio Ray Kingston Inc. came up with the idea of wearing a wireless speaker over one’s sneakers. The device maintains its charge via battery power and is held in place with straps that can be moved around the wearer’s ankles to sit in different positions and conform with the shoe itself.

Sneaker speaker design

Sneaker speaker sketch design

As for playing music, the speakers get paired with electronic devices like mobile phones, iPads, and anything else capable of using Bluetooth technology. If, however, you’re still rocking the original iPod, fret not my stone-age techie: the speakers also come with an AC input so that it can connect with a stereo jack.

Sneaker speaker by Kingston Inc.

What makes the Sneaker Speaker even more impressive is the fact that it’s the first product to come out of Kingston studio. Talk about starting off on the right foot! (I had to say it and no, I’m not sorry).

“These futuristic alternative urban devices increase your ghetto vibe, by wearing them onto your shoes,” said Kingston. “[They are] a must-have for urban artists and everyone else who believes in the inspirational power of music.”

We’re certainly believers — after all, wearing a portable speaker is one of the great selling points for our full family of products, so I mean, how could we not support them?

Keep up the great work Kingston!

Coats with speakers in them let everyone in the room know that you’ve arrived — in style

Designer comes up with unique speaker / clothing combination to make head turns

This is what happens when you take someone interested in fashion and send them to tech school. Meet Tesia Kosmalski — she’s the outside-the-box thinker here who come with a concept of wearing speakers in one’s coat for what she’s calling the “Echo Coats” series.

Echo Coats

Basically, the coats are meant for a woman (or man, if he is so inclined) to playfully announce their arrival in a public space. There are two variations: First is the “Adante Coat” which, as Kosmalski describes it, “teases the world around its wearer by uttering sensual cosmetic titles, originally meant to tempt her own purchasing power.” Interesting description — not sure what it means, but interesting nonetheless.

Adante Coat

The second variation is called the “Staccato coat” and it releases machine sounds from the shoulders to urge people near the walking speaker / woman to get out of her way.

Staccato Coat

Now, while the concept is certainly out there, its execution is actually pretty impressive. Technology involved includes mini-speakers — sadly, none of our good looking, ultra portable, super lightweight portable speakers were considered for this project — as well as headset microphones and iPods.

The MP3 players run a program called RjDj, a reactive music app that combines live environmental sound through headset microphone and sound programming within the iPod itself. The coats, in turn, use these mikes as touch sensors and sound detectors to influence the audio playback.

The mini-speakers, meanwhile, are hooked up to the MP3 player and embedded on the outside of the coats to turn any nicely dressed person into a walking sound circus.

It’s no doubt a notable feat, but when you consider that there’s a full line of quality designed portable speakers that you can wear ALREADY available on the market, this all seems a bit trite, no?

Disagree? Enjoy this very artsy video Kosmalski put together on the fashion below:

Need a quick and easy Halloween costume? Use your smartphone

Rocket scientist comes up with fun, innovative way to stand out from the crowd

Meet Mark Rober: He’s a NASA engineer by day, Halloween costume designer by night.

Mark Rober costume

Last year, he gained some internet notoriety when he published his idea on using two iPad tablets to create the illusion of a gaping hole in one’s chest.

Mark Rober iPad costume

This year, he came up with a similar, though far more affordable way to use technology to stand out from the rest of the crowd: use your smartphone. The way it works is like this: you go to his site, DigitalDudz, and download a free Android / iOS app. Then you buy one of his custom made t-shirts (there’s always a catch) and duct tape your phone on the inside it.

Mark Rober shirt and smartphone costume

After that, clean up your face and make sure you look good—because everyone’s going to be staring at you.

Digital Dudz Halloween costume gif

The app offers 21 animations and videos to bring the t-shirts to life, ranging from animated eyes to beating hearts to oozing wounds and more.

Need something even quicker and easier? Try one of our wearable speakers — and go as the life of the party.

Video of Rober describing and showcasing the technology after the jump:

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