Sing Karaoke with a Toilet plunger? No Thanks

May 9, 2009

Can somebody please explain this to me?

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I found this while taking a gander at Gizmodo. I love the Wii, many of us do. I hate karaoke. I hate to do it because I sound worse than Ashlee Simpson (and you cant lip-sync karaoke) and I hate to watch others try because even if they sound like a choir of angels I still feel embarrassed for them. I know, I know, I’m a giant buzz kill. But can somebody please explain HOW this new peripheral for the Wii is a step up from a regular microphone? Karaoke Joysound Wii (by Hudson) comes with the “Not Noisy Kara Ok” microphone. It’s supposed to keep the noise level down for those who live in apartments and have ornery neighbors. But doesn’t that defeat the whole purpose? Don’t you want to hear your friends make fools of themselves? And as for me, not only do I refuse to sing in front of anyone, but I am absolutely not going to sing into a toilet plunger that has been collecting the spit of every other singing sensation in my living room. I’ll stick with Mario Party 8, thanks.

Published by: Ashley (intern)

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The Ultimate iPod Dock

March 26, 2009

Here at CasterBlog, we’re not above the occasional bit of self-promotion (or rather, promotion on behalf of our clients) every now and then, particularly when it’s warranted, as is so often the case with our clients. So please indulge me here.

Universal Remote Control has a sick new product called the PSX-2 Personal Server that is the ultimate iPod dock. Bar none. End of story.

Universal Remote Control PSX-2 Personal Server

Universal Remote Control PSX-2 Personal Server

The PSX-2 essentially turns your iPod into a full-featured music server.

You know how most iPod docks provide a TV screen interface that basically mimics the iPod menus? The PSX-2 (which you can control via a remote and a TV or, for the real high-end, URC’s swanky MX-6000 touch screen), transforms those iPod menus into a much more user-friendly and much more functional interface that lets you do things with your iPod you could never do before.

For example, with the PSX-2, you can “Play More from This Artist/Genre/etc,” or shuffle on similar parameters (for example, “Shuffle Indie Rock”).

You can create on-the-fly-playlists, which makes the iPod more convenient and social, especially in a party environment.

You get alpha search capability. No more need to get endlessly jiggy with the scroll wheel to find an artist whose name begins with “T”, for example.

You get cover art!

The PSX-2 interface on a TV screen.

The PSX-2 interface on a TV screen.

There’s no longer a need to navigate through seemingly endless nests of iPod menus to get to what you want.

And it’s so much more. But I’ll stop there.

URC’s Mitchell Klein put together a cute lo-fi video that displays some of the PSX-2’s capabilities.

If you’re a serious iPod user and you want to get the most out of the little bugger, I highly suggest you check the PSX-2 out. Here’s where you can get your very own.

And now, back to our regularly scheduled CasterMusings, already in progress.

Posted by Joe Paone


A little pink in my PR world…

October 20, 2008

Here in Caster’s PR land we are rarely tapped by high-end consumer electronics manufacturers to lend our efforts to benefit charitable initiatives. Even more scarce is the opportunity to put our trade to work to benefit a cause that has affected friends, family members, and partners, alike. Today, I have that opportunity and I am excited to announce the Team OmniMount Goes Pink initiative!  

As you are probably aware, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and a number of companies, individuals, and products are adorning the pink ribbon to champion  this cause. OmniMount is one of them!

Today, October 20th, is the official start to Team OmniMount Goes Pink online auction. The week-long eBay auction (ending October 27th) features a one-of-a-kind, hot pink Prism50 from OmniMount’s Karim Collection.  ALL proceeds from the Prism50 auction will be added to Team OmniMount’s greater contribution as a participant in the American Cancer Society’s November 8th “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” event in Tempe, AZ. Approximately 30 OmniMount employees and friends (including me!) will walk in hopes of raising $10K for breast cancer awareness and research.

Caster is thrilled to be involved in this event, so stay tuned for pink updates from Caster on OmniMount’s auction, fundraising progress, and personal excerpts. Also, thank you to our industry media partners for supporting OmniMount’s news-worthy efforts!

For more information or to “Bid for Pink” visit www.omnimount.com.

To check out a list of other pink-friendly companies and products, visit Breast Cancer Action’s think before you pink.

 

Posted by: katie


NuVo Technologies Announces Effective Treatment for Manic Compression

April 15, 2008

I’ve never been a fan of compressed music, even on an iPod. I love the sound of a live band recording in a nice-sounding room. I love round sounds. When it comes to the highly-compressed MP3s and AAC files commonly found on the internet, the cymbals sound so tinny and the guitars sound so invisible and the music sounds so flat and shrill that my iPod has been officially retired, gathering dust with my Intellivision and my cassingles.

Now I can just imagine how I’d feel about taking those selfsame files to their absurd conclusion: playing them throughout my house or, worse, through an audiophile-grade home theater system. Oh, the agony.

This is what 830 CDs now looks like.So when my client NuVo Technologies stepped to me with its new 500GB (that’s a half-TERABYTE) NV-M3-500 music server, I was afraid I’d hear the usual “You can store eight zillion iTunes tracks on here!” spiel. I should have known to trust them, though, because these people are just as deadly serious about music as I am. Instead of the “more of less is more” pitch, NuVo told me, and is telling its customers, to put uncompressed WAV files on the NV-M3-500 to best take advantage of the ample storage space it offers. NuVo’s engineers say you can fit the equivalent of 830 full-length albums of uncompressed, CD-quality tracks on this slim and sexy server, which appears to take up a lot less space than the usual suspects.

I’ll take two, please.

Posted by: Joe