by Penny Lane on September 19, 2012
by Summer Muse on July 19, 2012
Some people have an amazing surplus of imagination and ingenuity concerning science, technology and gadgets. These people often become engineers or inventors, like our very own CEO and Founder David Hall. But sometimes their passion lies in some other field, and that techie ingenuity is suppressed. At some point, it comes bursting up to the forefront when some technical problem needs solving, or when that person comes across a really cool record and doesn’t have a record player (or the money for one). When that happens, the person comes up with a brilliant idea for a homemade record player. In this case, that person is Livia Ritthaler.
Ritthaler’s record player is made of a piece of rolled paper, a few pieces of metal, and a wooden board. The only downside is that it runs only by hand, not by electricity, so you have to crank it yourself. But for the relative ease and minimal expense with which the record player is created, having to crank it by hand is not too much to ask. The key is to turn the record at a constant rate.
It works just like any “traditional” record player. The sound is comparable, as long as you have a steady hand. And it’s a whole heck of a lot cheaper. When it costs less than a dollar to make this record player, what’s not to like?
Of course, this record player is wonderful as a novelty, but if you really want to hear some great, all-encompassing sound, the best thing is good speakers and one of Velodyne’s quality subwoofers. For travelling? The vPulse headphones. But at home with some vinyl you found? The homemade phonograph is without a doubt the perfect thing for the job.
Check out this video of her minimalist gramaphone, amazing!
by TheBenevolentSiren on July 4, 2012
- Doing the dishes. My internal monologue without headphones: “God, how long have these dishes been sitting here? That food globule doesn’t look like anything I ate recently.” My internal monologue with headphones: “LA LA LA everything is awesome I’m a rock star! Oh look, the dishes are done.”
- Exercise. Cardio can be a long, cruel exercise in misery if you have nothing but your thoughts to sustain you. With the right pump-up playlist and a killer pair of earbuds, on the other hand, you might even look forward to feeling like a rockstar on your daily run.
- Air travel. Inexplicable delays, intolerable seatmates and long stretches of time away from the internet conspire to make air travel a wretched experience. On the other hand, the right pair of headphones can drown out the crying babies and chatty neighbors with the sweet tones of your favorite soothing songs. Alternatively, a fascinating podcast (such as Radiolab or This American Life) makes a long flight fly by.
- Working on menial tasks or busy work. Endless spreadsheets weighing you down? If you’re allowed to listen to music or other audio media at work, just pop in a pair of headphones and let your mind escape to a better place—like a dance floor.
- Falling asleep. If you’re like me, falling asleep without any external stimulation feels like a chore. My brain just won’t shut up; trains of thought refuse to be derailed unless I listen to podcasts or TV show dialogue.
How do headphones make your life better?
by Penny Lane on April 5, 2012
Personal audio products are invaluable to many of us who can’t live without our music. When I run long distances, nothing keeps me more motivated than invigorating songs. I am fortunate that my current set of earbuds have been with me for over a year, so I haven’t experienced much downtime. Time and time again, I hear of friends complaining that their earphones from all price ranges have stopped working, sometimes after only a few months. Some choose to stick with cheaper brands and go through them like crazy, not thinking twice about tossing them out for a new pair. This practice can become expensive over time. It is ideal to keep them in good working order for as long as possible, especially if you splurged on a pricier set. Here are some tips to keep in mind to give your earphones the best possible chance at a longer life.
- Keep them in a case when not in use. This doesn’t have to be anything fancy, or even specifically for earphones. The goal is to prevent exposure to debris. A roomy pouch or sack that will prevent the cord from getting crimped, caught or tangled is ideal. Avoid stuffing them into your pants pocket, which is very popular, as excessive rubbing and pulling could damage the cord.
- Treat them gently. It seems the most common method of “caring” for earphones – which I don’t recommend – is to wrap the cord around iPods or other listening devices. In general, try to avoid tightly wrapping or folding the cord, and unplug it from your listening device. When unplugging the cord, grasp the plug rather than pull on the cord.
- Replace foam covers from time to time. Some earphones have foam that covers the earbud that is inserted into your ear canal. This material can break down over time and is not meant to last forever. Fortunately, these covers are very inexpensive to replace.
- Keep them away from water. Submerging your earphones or holding them under running water generally won’t end well. Just sayin’.
- Keep them clean. Dirt, oils and earwax may interfere with listening quality. There are different cleaning methods recommended depending on your specific type of earphone, but a soft cloth with a dab of rubbing alcohol should safely remove any debris from your earbud. If your earbuds come with removable parts, such as a silicone cover, cleaning these occasionally will prevent buildup as well.
If your earphones have stopped working, try cleaning them before you give up on them and move on to another pair. Otherwise, check your warranty information to see if you are eligible for a replacement.
How do you store your earphones when not in use? If you have any other recommendations for general care or tips for prolonging the life of in-ear headphones we’d love to hear them!
by admin on March 2, 2012
We’re overwhelmed by the positive responses to our very first foray into mobile audio, the vPulse in-ear headphones. From customer vPulse reviews to professional vPulse reviews, it seems like we’re on the right track. While the details of our upcoming projects are still under wraps, we can say that more exciting things are in the works.
Since so many of you love the vPulse, we want to see how you rock it. Velodyne is offering a $500 cash prize for the best user-submitted photo of someone wearing the vPulse in a way that makes us go, “Wow!!” We want to see you guys get crazy for the camera. You can submit your photo via our Facebook Contest app any time between now and the end of April. After that, a panel of Velodyne judges will select finalists. Once our finalists have been announced, the public will have a chance to vote and decide which wild and crazy photo deserves the $500 grand prize.
If you’re interested in taking your shot at the cash, have a look at our Rock Out and Win 500! vPulse Photo Contest Details. Submit your photo using the Facebook Contest app.
by admin on March 2, 2012
There’s a spring in our step at Velodyne headquarters. The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining, and the fresh March air is invigorating. We’re passing on the good mood to Velodyne fans with not one, but TWO events going on through the month of March. In addition to the two-month vPulse photo contest, we’re including a very special gift with your purchase of an Impact-10: a set of vPulse in the color of your choosing! (Limit one per household; read promotion details.)
Has spring sprung in your neck of the woods yet?
Admin note: This promotion is no longer in effect. Please visit Velodyne.com to learn about current promotions.
by AudiOdysseus on February 29, 2012
Velodyne has just thrown its proverbial hat into the arena of personal audio products. The incredible reception to vPulse is exceeding all of our expectations. And as we gear up for some amazing new releases in the near future, our brains are filled with visions of technology that may have seemed like an impossible dream 100 years ago. But we’ve become so accustomed to technology in our daily lives that it sometimes loses its zing. It’s almost impossible to remember life without it.
How did this evolution happen? Pondering the history of personal audio has started some great conversation in the hallways of Velodyne, as well as blissful reminiscing about the good old days.
The Invention of headphones
Born in 1878, Nathaniel Baldwin was a natural tinkerer and inventor throughout his life. He was also a devout Mormon and reportedly, grew frustrated when he couldn’t hear Mormon sermons over the noise of the crowds at the vast Salt Lake Tabernacle. Baldwin began experimenting with sound amplification , which led to the invention of the first modern headphones in 1910. Baldwin sold his invention to the U.S. Navy. His headphones were made by hand in his kitchen and, despite the Navy’s suggestion; he never patented his invention because he considered it to be trivial.
It’s not incidental that his imagined headphones were first thought of as a way to block out crowd noise. Workers and soldiers have long used them to mute the din of machines or artillery while receiving one-way orders from someone with a microphone.
Baldwin eventually started the Baldwin Radio Company. He became quite wealthy and used his success to help support the post-manifesto polygamous movement in the 1920s. Many officers in his company were leading polygamists who assisted in creating the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Baldwin himself actually only married once. Sadly, this celebrated genius was bankrupt by 1924 and impoverished when he died in 1961.
That last part had nothing to do with headphones, but I found it interesting.
The first audio cassette player
The idea for this product came from Masaru Ibuka, the founder of Sony. He challenged Sony engineer Nobutoshi Kihara to come up with a simple, playback-only stereo version of the small Pressman tape recorder. Kihara certainly met that challenge.
The first Walkman model was unveiled on June 22, 1979. Journalists were invited to Yoyogi (a major park in Tokyo) and given a Walkman to wear. They listened to an explanation of the product in stereo while Sony staff members carried out various demonstrations, including a young man and woman listening to a Walkman while riding on a tandem bicycle. Many journalists predicted the product would never take off since it didn’t include a recording device.
In 1986 the name Walkman was included in the Oxford English Dictionary. By 1995, the total production of Walkman units reached 150 million and over 300 different models have been produced.
A single product that changes the course of music, media, and entertainment
On October 23, 2001 Apple publicly announced the introduction of their iPod line. The initial reaction was somewhat hostile because of the $400 price tag, the unconventional scroll wheel, and the lack of Windows compatibility. It was only a few months later that Apple introduced iTunes, the first legal way for the public to download music. It was the perfect companion to the iPod. A decade later, the iPod is a household name along with a small army of other gadgets attached to its legacy.
The iPod was named by Vinnie Chieco, a freelance copywriter who was called by Apple for advice on how to introduce the player to the public. After seeing the prototype, Chieco thought of the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey and the phrase “Open the pod bay door, Hal,” which refers to the white EVA Pods of the Discovery One spaceship. Chieco saw an analogy to the relationship between the spaceship and the smaller independent pods and the relationship between a personal computer and the music player.
At the unveiling of the iPod in California, Steve Jobs told journalists; “No one has found the recipe yet for digital music. And we think not only can we find the recipe, but we think the Apple brand is going to be fantastic, because people trust the Apple brand to get their great digital electronics from…we’re introducing a product today that takes us exactly there, and that product is called iPod.”
The rest, as they say, is history.
by admin on February 14, 2012
Happy Velodyne’s Day, everyone! We’re still celebrating with an extra-special promo: [promotion] Head on over to Velodyne.com, add 2 sets of vPulse to your cart, enter the promo code BEMYVELODYNE, and [promotion]. Tomorrow’s the last day for this event, so don’t miss out if you’ve been eyeing these in-ear headphones.
If you want to learn a little more about the vPulse, TechKings has an in-depth review of the vPulse. Make sure to click through to all three pages to see what they have to say. Here’s a preview:
Velodyne’s first attempt at in-ear headphones was a success: prominent bass response while maintaining clarity over the entire frequency range. A very durable yet stylish aluminum design coupled with flatwire ‘vPulse’ cord technology ensure the headphones will last a lifetime. [...] I look forward to the next line of ear buds and I can’t wait to see what features Velodyne will come up with in the future.” Read more…
by admin on February 9, 2012
Love is in the air at Velodyne! To celebrate the most romantic of holidays, Velodyne.com is offering two sets of vPulse in-ear headphones for the price of one–so you’ll have a pair for yourself and one for someone you love. Just put two units of vPulse in your cart (any colors), go to your shopping cart, and enter promo code BEMYVELODYNE before checkout to take advantage of this event. Unlike true love, this promotion won’t last forever; the promo code expires after February 15th.
Selected promo details (see promotion detail page for more):
Limit one free pair of vPulse per household.
Cannot be combined with any other discounts or offers; this promotion only applies to vPulse headphones purchased at full retail price.
Offer valid only on orders placed February 6th through February 15th (PST).
Admin note: This promotion is no longer in effect. Please visit Velodyne.com to learn about current promotions.
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Owner of vPulse and vFree and curious for the ventures of Velodyne Acoustics, I will be exploring our headphones and what we do next. Stay tuned as I share what I find.
Really, there’s no deep meaning behind my name. I’m the Summer Muse because I started writing here during the summer, I absolutely adore music, and I often lose myself in my musings. I take walks with my dog, read Yahoo! Finance news, chase seagulls, and am an absolute master baker... of pecan pies. I hope to one day be a New York Times Bestselling Author... or an astrophysicist. I haven't decided yet.
Born and raised in Silicon Valley, I am a student at San Jose State University and Marketing intern at Velodyne Acoustics. I am an avid San Jose Sharks hockey fan and San Francisco 49ers football fan. When I'm not watching sports, I'm listening to music and thinking deep thoughts about sound.