Thursday, January 19, 2006
DESIGN: Don't sit still, do play
As if video games weren't intense enough, the Pyramat PM220 chair transfers the rollicking action of the screen to your stomach.
This rocker is actually a large subwoofer and speaker system that vibrates and pulses in time to the on-screen action. The seat, ergonomically designed for hours of gaming, has built-in audio ports and can hook up to any device with audio outputs.
The PM220 is compatible with almost any device, from the Xbox 360 to the Nintendo DS. It also has a side connector for piping music from an iPod or other MP3 player through the three internal speakers.
Two of the speakers, rated at eight watts, are on the sides of the chair and a 28-watt subwoofer is hidden inside the chair. The chair hooks up to the television using an RCA cable that is included.
The PM220 has a washable seat, folds for easy storage and comes in black with blue piping. You can even connect several chairs together for group play.
— John Biggs (NYT)
Bluetooth wireless technology will be in more than 140 million cellphones by the end of this year, according to IMS, a market research firm, and the leading Bluetooth accessory is the headset, with 32 million expected to be shipped this year.
To win a share of that market, headset makers are competing on design and size, hoping to lure buyers with headsets that are practically fashion accessories. Jabra, one of the top mobile headset makers, even commissioned the Danish design firm Jacob Jensen to design its new JX10 model.
The silver JX10, one of the smallest and lightest headsets on the market, barely extends beyond the ear. It is available online and at major electronics retailers for under $180.
The JX10 also has digital signal processing, which automatically adjusts sound quality in noisy environments.
Jabra says the JX10 can provide up to six hours of talk time and 200 hours of standby time. The headset can be charged on a cradle, which is included, or through a USB cable, also included, which connects to a PC or Mac.
- Stephen C. Miller (NYT)