Firm debuts flashing 'phones
Blinking LEDs visualise the beats
Playing music loudly is the universally accepted way for iPod-clad commuters to annoy other passengers. But there’s another way: a pair of earphones that flash in time to the beat.
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The aptly named Blinx cans have LEDs on each earpiece – and on a music-controlling in-cable medallion - that flash in time to the output signal of any audio device connected through the pair's 3.5mm jack.
So, listen to some fast-paced trance music and your headphones will flash extremely quickly. But stick on some Katie Melua and the lights will slow down.
According to manufacturer Andrea Electronics, the earphones already have their own patent and the technology, officially called AudioOptic, creates “a brilliant visual of the sonic activity” that enable you to “see the music”.
Blinx headphones cost $25 (£17/€20) and are available online, with several different LED colours to chose from – including blue, green, pink and orange. ®
Brilliant!! a Chav indicator.
We will now be able to see the social underclasses approach and take avoiding action.
it's bad enough...
...hearing the tinny sound from people without noise-cancelling and the volume up too loud, without having the irritation of trying to guess the tune from the flashing lights!
Theres a patent on that?
I'm sure I've used chemicals that enabled me to "See the music" before.
Not only tinny noise for us to listen to but also flashing lights to irritate the fuck out of us!
I can see a lot more people getting a punch in the face through the use of these!!
Thumbs down - Hell no!
Can't wait for the inevitable lawsuit from some epileptic sufferer you has a seizure over this.