Music on a Roll – UE does it again

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Following on from the success of the UE Boom and its big brother the MegaBoom, UE have released the UE Roll.

How would you describe the shape of this Bluetooth connected music pumper?  From above it’s a perfect circle but in profile it looks like a flying saucer.  Despite it’s name it’s not designed to roll.

What it is designed to do is to play music anywhere.  And by that I mean anywhere you wouldn’t normally be able to take a speaker.

It’s waterproof and dustproof so you can take it with you with you while kayaking, skiing or mountain biking.  It has a built in bungee so you can attach it to almost anything, a backpack, a belt-strap, the handles of a bike.

As you can see from the promo video below, the UE Roll can be used to pump out the jams in outdoor locations.

I might not be a cool kid but even I found a use for it.  Because it’s waterproof I was able to listen to my favourite Spotify playlist while in the shower, continue to listen while preparing for the day, then keep it playing in my car, just hooking it over the rear view mirror before driving to work. Simple.

Expect to pay $169.90 when it goes on sale in July.  Available in a range of colours.

Tech specs are below the video.

Website: http://www.ultimateears.com/en-us/roll

 

 

Pics from the launch event at Seeby Woodhouse’s cool house on Auckland’s North Shore:

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TECH SPECS:
DIMENSIONS
Diameter: 135mm
Height: 40mm
Weight: 330 g
WATERPROOF
IPX7 rated: UE ROLL can be immersed in liquid up to 1m for up to 30 minutes.

AUDIO
Maximum Sound Level: 85dBA
Frequency Range: 108Hz – 20kHz
Drivers: One 2” driver and Two ¾” tweeters

POWER
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery for up to 9 hours of battery life between Micro USB charges. Actual battery life will vary with use, settings and environmental conditions.
Charge time: 5.5 hours

WIRELESS CAPABILITIES
Pair up to 8 Bluetooth ® enabled devices – Connect up to two source devices at the same time.
Wirelessly play (stream) to 2 UE ROLLs from one source.
Mobile range of play is up to 20m or (65ft).

COMPATIBILITY
For Audio Playback – Smartphones, tablets and other devices that support Bluetooth® wireless audio profile [Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)] or 3.5 mm audio output.
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Super Sonic Gadgets (see what we did there?)

If you’re a Doctor Who fan, you’ll know that the ultimate timelord gadget is a sonic screwdriver.

Well, today’s manufacturers haven’t quite perfected that piece of technology, but there are a few helpful sonic accessories on the market.

But today we looked at some super gadgets with sonic powers, from filling a room with sound to helping keep your teeth clean.

Logitech Ultimate Ears (UE) Brand

The Ultimate Ears brand is well known amongst professional musicians.  It began life in 1995 when one of Van Halen’s sound engineers invented a new in-ear monitor to help block stage noise for the band.  Fast-forward 17 years and Logitech is bringing the Ultimate Ears brand to the masses.

UE 9000 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones: Wireless listening no longer means sound-quality compromises. The UE9000 wireless headphones use the highest quality codecs and advanced digital signal processing to get the best out of a Bluetooth music connection.

The custom drivers produce a great sound and a remarkable level of power, punch and clarity.  An optional, detachable cable is included for when Bluetooth isn’t an option (i.e. on planes).

UE Boombox: A powerful portable music solution, the UE Boombox allows you to use your smartphone or tablet to stream clear sounding music from across the room or across the street. Bring it to a party and connect it with multiple phones so everyone can take turns playing music.

 

Product Website: http://ue.logitech.com/en-nz

Price: UE 9000 Headphones $599.90, UE Boombox $349.90

Availability: Leading electronics retailers such as Noel Leeming and JB HiFi

Philips Sonicare

Philips has introduced two new Sonicare products that push the boundaries of personal oral hygiene − the DiamondClean power toothbrush and a unique alternative to flossing, the AirFloss.

Powered by patented sonic technology, the DiamondClean is the most advanced power toothbrush in the Sonicare range, with a dynamic cleaning action that drives fluid between the teeth and along the gum for healthier gums and whiter teeth.

The toothbrush, which has won numerous design awards, features an advanced dual charging system. Users can either use a glass charging unit or a USB travel case that can plug into a laptop to charge on the go without the need for plugs and adaptors.

The innovative AirFloss makes flossing easier and more effective than using traditional string dental floss. It uses microburst technology that delivers a quick burst of air and water through an innovative nozzle guidance tip to clean between teeth, dislodging hard to remove food and forcing plaque and bacteria out.

The AirFloss is quick and efficient, taking only one minute and using only one teaspoon of water per session, and is proven to be easier to use than string floss.

Price: Philips Sonicare DiamondClean (HX9332) $389.95, Philips Sonicare AirFloss (HX8111) $199.95

Availability: From leading electronic stores nationwide.

Website: www.philips.co.nz/sonicare