Tech Toy Tuesday 04/23/13
4/23/2013 8:08:00 AM
A pair of remastered releases from Electric Light Orchestra today, ELO’s Zoom and ELO Live. Zoom was Jeff Lynne’s 2001 release, but the prize here is ELO Live which was released on DVD a decade ago but has never seen a CD release, it’s basically a Greatest Hits Live collection, ELO fans will want to grab it for sure. Also, Queensryche has a new album out called Frequency Unknown. Geoff Tate teams up with Rudy Sarzo and Simon Wright, this comes as the band gets ready to tour the entire Operation: Mindcrime album as that album turns 25 this year.
On Blu Ray, Jurassic Park 3D is out if you want to have a Velociraptor spit on you rather than spit at you. Also on Blu Ray, Gangster Squad the Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling cop/gang movie set in post war LA.
And the Tech Toy of the week is the Muji Splash-proof Speaker for Smartphones. It is a portable speaker and case for your smartphone. Now when I say case, I don’t mean a neoprene sheath, this is going to be a little too big to fit in your pocket, but the Muji’s entire case IS the speaker, it fits any smartphone with an input plug that goes directly into the phone’s headphone port so you don’t have to worry about compatibility issues.
Muji is the same company that makes the smartphone winter gloves, and they’ve transferred that technology to a film that covers the screen that will let you use the phone while it’s covered. Now it’s splash proof, not waterproof, so don’t expect to take it swimming, but a little bit of rain won’t hurt it, and even if the screen or your hands are wet you can still use the screen.
The Muji is incredibly simple, there’s no real bells and whistles, it’s just a protector and a speaker and it runs on three AAA batteries that give you 30 hours of playback. The Muji will set you back $69.50.