Rhodri Marsden on three of the latest must-have gizmos currently putting the prog in progress…
If someone with a glazed look on their face ever asks you if you can “feel the music”, they’re not speaking literally. BodyRocks, however, makes that a real possibility. “Let the music you’re hearing vibrate all over your body,” they urge us. How? By using adhesive tape to attach small wireless devices to our chest, limbs and goodness knows where else, and then assigning various frequencies in the music to each device using an app.
You’d like the bass drum to make your bicep twitch? No problem. Cymbals to massage your stomach? Done. How have we ever managed without them?
Given that every cell in the human body holds genetic code that’s six billion letters long, it’s clear that nature is very good at squeezing information into a very small space. As a result, DNA is now being used as a storage medium; you could fit every movie ever made into a space the size of a sugar cube, all the information on the internet into a shoebox, and, more specifically, a million copies of the Massive Attack album Mezzanine in a spray paint can. Yes, it’s possible to encode an album in DNA, and spray it on a wall.
Guitarists who wear a harmonica on a holder around their neck, rejoice!
The distinctive sound of a hand-cupped blues harmonica, as demonstrated so beautifully by the Sonny Boy Williamsons of this world, has never been achievable by guitarists. The Dyna-Mic, a combined harmonica holder, microphone and “gasket” (which simulates the cupped hands) is now available, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, and it promises to banish feedback-laden, weedy harmonica sounds to the dustbin of history.