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Must-Have Back-to-School Items

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It’s August now and we all know what that means…It’s time to head back to school. This can be a sort of chaotic time of year as many of us are scrambling to figure out what we need to buy in order to get ready for the first day of school. This post is intended to provide some insight as to what kinds of things you should consider when you go back to school shopping in the next few weeks. Instead of boring you with the obvious necessities like pens, paper, binders and stuff like that I will try to give you some ideas for items that you may not think of right off the top of your head.

The first item that I think everyone needs to consider closely is a new backpack. I know that I promised that I wouldn’t bore you with obvious items, but this is actually something I felt is worth mentioning. When kids go to school they have to lug around books which are HEAVY. When I was in middle school it always drove me nuts having a backpack that hurt my back when it was full of books. Often I would just choose to not bring books with me to school because I didn’t want to carry them around.  This didn’t always go over well with teachers, but I didn’t want to have a sore back at the end of the day. What is my point? Well, when it comes to backpacks my advice is to shop around a bit and invest in a good one.  They even have back packs with wheels on them now which are a lifesaver. You will thank yourself for it down the road.

The second item that I think everyone should have is a reusable water bottle. These come in BPA-free plastic and stainless steel, among other materials. There are convenient sizes and shapes, those that fit in your cup holder in the car, as well as the side sleeve of your backpack. Remember that when school starts it is still actually summer which means that it is still quite hot out. Being a equipped with a water bottle will keep you hydrated to avoid fatigue and other side affects of dehydraton. This is especially true for grade school kids who play outside in the heat during recess. You will also save money with a reusable water bottle as you won’t have to buy individual bottles of water whenever you are thirsty and this is also kind to the environment.

The next item on my list is a pair of headphones and not just any headphones. Get yourself a quality pair of headphones that are stylish, comfortable to wear and above all deliver premium sound. You may, depending on your school and grade, wear headphones while walking to class, waiting for the bus, on the bus, in the library and during free time on campus. The Velodyne vLeve are an excellent choice for those students out there who are looking to invest in a good pair of headphones before heading back to school. As you may already know the vLeve are customizable with our designer skins. The vLeve are also very light weight with soft ear pads and head pads making them comfortable to wear. Finally, the vLeve provide premium sound quality so you can listen to all your favorite tunes loud and clear while you are on-the-go.

Now of course if you are going to invest in a pair of vLeve headphones then I would also highly recommend you download Onkyo music player to get the best sound performance out of your new headphones. For those of you that have never heard of Onkyo music player, it is an equalizer app that works much like the music player app on your iPhone or Android phone with one key difference. It allows you to equalize all your songs either by the presets or by hand. I’ve had this app on my phone for about 6 months now and I love it. By changing the presets for individual songs I can get the best sound performance out of all my Velodyne headphones which makes this app a must have in my book.

There are two more must have items on my back-to-school list. The first of which is a USB thumb drive. Most of you know what these are and what they are used for. Thumb dives are little pocket sized flash memory cards that plug into the USB port of a computer. You can put all kinds of different files on them in order to go from one computer to another. These are handy for research papers, PowerPoint presentations, pictures, music and anything else you might have that is school related on your computer.

Lastly, I recommend a dry erase board for lockers or dorm rooms, or even study areas for those headed back to school. This will allow you to write reminders and have themt posted somewhere that you will see it. These also come in handy to jot down ideas, and rough outlines of papers. You can’t beat the visual impact notes written on a dry erase board have, and the ease of changing those ideas with the swipe of the eraser.

Hope everyone is prepped with all of their essentials. Comment below with your favorite back to school item for a chance to win some Velodyne swag.

 

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Meet The Mowgli’s

The band in San Francisco at Fisherman's Wharf during America's Cup 2013

The band in San Francisco at Fisherman’s Wharf during America’s Cup 2013

Velodyne has recently partnered with The Mowgli’s, an 8-piece alternative rock band with a feel-good message of joy and love. They are best known for their song, “San Francisco”, which reached the 11th spot on on Billboard’s alternative chart in this year. Contrary to popular belief, most of the band hails not from San Francisco but from southern California. Velodyne was initially drawn to this band for their folk,indie-rock sound, rooted in collaboration with their large group of artists, musicians and friends. We saw an alignment to our company values in their support for charities such as charitywater.org, relayforlife.org and URawesome.org and their desire to change the world by performing random acts of kindness and being great human beings. Notably, when a recent Austin City Limits performance was cancelled due to rain, the band held an impromptu concert at a homeless shelter and  encouraged attendees to bring canned goods. The Mowgli’s…such good souls! This year’s tour is aptly named, “Random Acts of Kindness” and we at Velodyne could not be more thrilled to nurture the band on their trek across the U.S., leaving smiles and happiness in their wake.

Currently the band is finishing their tour supporting Walk the Moon, but we are looking forward to spending more time with them when they kick off their headlining tour to promote “Waiting for the Dawn”, their major label debut on Photo Finish Records/Island Records.

Enjoy this song, which was the theme for the San Francisco Giants 2012 season and was prominently played during their World Series-winning year.

Visit our Celebrity Spotlight page for more information and a signed headphone giveaway.

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6 Memorable Moments from the Finish Ticket Concert at the Great American Music Hall

Concerts are a fun way to discover new music and to explore the city. Find shows for new bands coming to your area by staying connected with local radio stations, venues, newspapers, and ticket sale sites which all have webpages dedicated to upcoming shows. Social media sites are a good way to stay up to date with bands you find. Start by checking out Finish Ticket on Facebook!

1. The Great American Music Hall served dinner.

2. The opening band, Local Hero, covered R. Kelly’s Ignition Remix.

3. Michael and Brendan Hoye’s huge smiles during “In the Summer” when fans flung pink bras onstage.

4. Backstage with Finish Ticket when they got the news that their largest headlining performance yet sold out.

5. Finish Ticket’s high energy performance of “Bring The Rain.” In our interview with Finish Ticket they shared it was their favorite live song. The audience loved it too.

6. And of course, Velodyne’s vFree giveaway!

Amanda Christensen won a pair of autographed vFree bluetooth headphones and Finish Ticket merchandise.

Now go get crowd surfing!

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Velodyne at Live 105.3 Ticket Pre-Sale for BFD 2013

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This past Saturday, Velodyne Acoustics participated in an event at  Shoreline Ampitheater in conjunction with the Live 105 ticket sale for the BFD concert which will be held on May 19, 2013. The tickets for this event, which boasts artists such as 30 Seconds to Mars, Silversun Pickups, The Mowgli’s, Atlas Genius, Jimmy Eat World, and Of Monsters and Men were sold at a steep discount ($10.53) for this one day only. Over 2,000 hopefuls flocked to Shoreline in droves and some camped out overnight to get these tickets.  Velodyne was there, with the back of our LiDAR Lexus packed with headphones.

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We held a contest to give away hundreds of pairs of the vFree Bluetooth headphones, as well as our vPulse in-ear headphones. This provided a great opportunity for more people to experience the excellent sound quality, portability and customizability of these wireless Bluetooth headphones and have fun while waiting in line.  Velodyne staff and interns from Live 105 were walking around with pairs of vFree around their necks and some displayed the custom skins. There were two easy ways to enter to win.  The first was an Instagram contest, where you could photograph yourself or your friends trying on a pair of our vFree headphones. and post to Instagram and/or Twitter tagging @VelodyneAudio using the hashtag #VeloBFD. Obtaining 20 likes on your photo would secure a you a free pair of vFree headphones.

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The second way to win another free pair of headphones required a creative flair. Velodyne provided blank headphone skins and art supplies for contestants to design a custom skin for the vFree headphones. Velodyne is currently in the voting process on the designs and will notify winners this week.  There was much excitement as people retweeted and liked their photos people and came to claim their prizes. We had several hundred entries into the drawing and over 200 people left with new Velodyne headphones! All in all, it was a great day at Shoreline!

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“Pin It To Win It” Pink v-Pulse Giveaway

The new pink vPulse are in stock now. Three lucky people will have a chance to win a pair of these highly coveted in-ear headphones which retail at $99. It’s easy to enter – just go to our website,  and pin the pink vPulse image to one of your pinboards to get started. Complete the rafflecopter below and you will be entered to win!

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Velodyne T-shirt Giveaway

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We love these American Apparel 50/50 Velodyne Logo shirts! Even more, we love our loyal fan base. We are getting excited about the upcoming launch of our new headphone line. Soon, every man, woman and child is going want to proudly display the Velodyne name across their chests!

We’ve got so many awesome things coming down the pike, its truly hard to contain ourselves over here. Meanwhile, we’d like to share the Velodyne love by giving a few lucky winners a killer Velodyne logo T, and a sleek reusable water canteen. The winner will be selected by Rafflecopter on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. Winner will be notified via email. U.S. Residents only.

 

The Back - Real Music Pure Sound design

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Enter for a Chance to Win 2 Tickets to our Exclusive Party in NYC!

 

 

If you are in or near the NYC area, you and a friend could win tickets to one of the hottest parties of 2012. Velodyne Acoustics will be presenting a night of “Real Music Pure Sound” at The Avenue in NYC on June 28th, 2012. We will be featuring The Magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff with our Special Guests Kat DeLuna, Ashanti Floyd and DJ Francisco Lozano. How do you win?

Complete the Rafflecopter below. Winner will be announced the morning of Tuesday, June 26. See you in New York!
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Win A Velodyne “Real Music – Pure Sound” T-Shirt!

 

Black short sleeve T. Watch not included.

 

Latest design - Soundwave Logo

Here at Velodyne we always have creative ideas brewing. Check out our latest and greatest t-shirt design. This is a comfortable, high-quality, American Apparel cotton t-shirt with our iconic Velodyne logo on the front. On the back, we feature our unique soundwave design.  Comes in black only and size S, M, L and XL. You want it? You know what to do. Fill out the Rafflecopter below and we’ll announce a winner on Monday, June 25, 2012.  May the most rockin’ person win!

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Many thanks to our Customer Service Associate Daniel Berkley for modeling.

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Travel Back Tuesday! Happy Birthday Mark Wahlberg!

Today is Mark Wahlberg’s birthday! Some of you may not be old enough to remember this talented actor who has starred in many popular films such as “Boogie Nights”, “Three Kings”, and “The Italian Job” got his start in the music business. His brother, Donnie Wahlberg, was part of the boy band New Kids on the Block that rose to fame in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Donnie, who had production skills and an affinity for hip-hop arrangements, helped Mark get started in the music industry. Mark wasn’t incredibly talented, but was easy on the eyes and found his niche as a rap star.

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Soon, Mark made a name for himself as “Marky Mark” with his back up dancers “The Funky Bunch”, releasing such popular dance titles as “Good Vibrations” and “Wildside”.   His music career was short-lived, and he soon turned to acting. Thank goodness because he can act. And, he’s still easy on the eyes.

Let’s celebrate Mark Wahlberg’s birthday by remembering where he came from and enjoythis blast from the past:

http://youtu.be/-eSN8Cwit_s

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