Sennheiser shows off five pairs of sports headphones


Sennheiser, a company with a long heritage in headphone design, has just unveiled five new pairs of headphones that come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and prices. Only one pair – the high-end CX 380 Sport II’s – are noise-isolating, presumably because you often need to hear the outside world, too, when you’re indulging in exercise.

Starting with the low-end, let’s begin at the MX 80s. These are fairly standard earbuds, with a little bit of extra bass and a waterproof and ‘sweatproof’ (eww) design. They’re also pretty tough, and should be able to take a bit of knocking about. £25.

Then there’s the MX 85s which are very similar to the MX 80s but have a ‘twist-to-fit’ system that should keep the buds in your ear a little more effectively if you’re waving your head about wildly, as one is wont to do while ‘sporting’. They cost £35. A tenner for a fit mechanism?

Moving up the range further, there’s the OMX 80s, which are again pretty much the same phones, but with earhooks on them, providing a slightly different way of keeping them on your head. They come with a ‘reflective rear stripe’ too, so you don’t get run over in the dark. Also £35.

Refusing to quit with the different ways of keeping headphones attached to your head, Sennheiser’s also got the PMX 80s, which have an ergonomic neckband to hold things in place, and ensure that just as that power chorus comes in, you won’t get your buds rudely yanked out. They also have the aforementioned reflective strip, and cost £35.

Then lastly, at the top of the range, are the CX 380s. These are more like it – silicon sleeves provide a tight fit for the in-ear design, they’re washable, and have a rather more high-performance driver than the cheaper models. They cost more, though – £50.

My thoughts are that the extra price on these compared to standard models might not really be worth the outlay. It’s only a bit of plastic, after all. That said, I don’t do an awful lot of sport, so if you do, then put me right on Twitter at @techdigest.


Sky launches mobile TV service for 3 customers


If you’re dead keen on squinting at a tiny phone screen to see watch TV, and a 3 subscriber, then you’ll be excited by the announcement this morning that Sky’s Mobile TV service will be coming to a handset near you in the near future. You’ll get Sky Sports channels, Sky News, At The Races and CNN, for a monthly fee of £5, or a daily fee of £1.

It seems that you’ll need a data package to receive the content, too, which will set you back £2.50 a month for 10MB. I suspect, however, that you’ll need substantially more than 10MB if you’re going to watch the service for more than a few minutes.

Nitrogen-infused golf club allows you to pretend to be John Daly


This, ladies and gentlemen, is the PowerBilt Air Force One. It’s a golf club, and it’s full of Nitrogen. Why is it full of Nitrogen? I’m glad you asked. It’s full of Nitrogen because Nitrogen improves the ‘trampoline effect’ when the club makes contact with the ball, and allows the makers to produce a club that gives you optimum distance but retains a large sweet spot.

All in all, you’re going to end up with a drive like John Daly’s. The driver’s going to cost US$500, along with US$350 for a fairway wood and US$250 for a hybrid iron. I don’t know much about how much golf clubs cost, but that does seem rather on the expensive side. Still, for the longest drive in Golf, perhaps it’s worth it.

PowerBilt (via CrunchGear)

Oregon Scientific launches ATC5K Action Camera


Oregon Scientific has launched the big brother of its ATC3K Action Camera, the ATC5K.

This hands-free digital video camera can record at 640 x 480 (VGA) resolution at 30 frames per second, plus still images, and features a 1.5-inch colour LCD screen, is fully shock-resistance, and waterproof up to 10 feet in depth, and can be mounted on helmets, handlebars, and other sports equipment thanks to its mounting grips and straps…

Robopong – for the lonely table tennis enthusiast


Do you ever find yourself staring forlornly at the Ping Pong table in your garage at 3am? Wanting to bat a table tennis ball about, but feeling that it might be a bit antisocial to wake up your neighbor for a quick knockabout? It’s your lucky day. Robopong is a robot that’ll fire up to 200 table tennis balls at you. It’s heavily configurable – you can adjust the angle, speed and frequency of the barrage, and it comes with a remote control that lets you adjust these variables from the comfort of your side of the table…

Meet the British version of the Tesla Roadster: the Lightning GT sports car


We’ve been raving on about the Tesla Roadster in recent months, all the while unaware the Lightning GT was bobbing around on the surface as well.

British made, the luxury sports car is actually packing a whole heap of electric-powered goodness under the hood, including NanoSafe technology, which enables the batteries to hold 85% life after…