Sneaky Instruments

Google and Converse challenged the UK company Technology Will Save Us, which specializes in supplying DIY kits, to modify a pair of Converse sneakers with its DIY Speakers Kit. Technology Will Save Us rose to the challenge creating what may be the world’s first guitar shoe, using the laces for strings, then creating a microphone, contrabass, and feedback synth, and using the kit’s box to create an amp. They then brought the challenge to a set of London workshops where participants created everything from a sneaker that “walked” when bass-heavy music played to a sneaker ukulele.

Smart Lapel Mic

RODE Microphones’ smartLav lavalier mic provides convenient, crisp, high-quality audio, directly into a smartphone or tablet. It is equipped with an omnidirectional condenser microphone to pick up sound from all directions and its foam pop filter eliminates vocal plosives. Although designed for the RODE Rec app for Apple iOS devices, any app that accepts input from a headset connection is compatible.

Slim Style ARC

ESP’s Acoustic Resonant Chamber (ARC) thinline electric LTD series guitars have a sharp design and high-end features at an interesting price. The ARC-6 nylon string guitar has a rosewood fingerboard Graph-tech NuBone-XB nuts and saddles. It comes in either black with a maple top or mahogany with natural top with a chambered mahogany body. It includes chrome hardware, Grover tuners, B-band Electronics with three-band EQ and digital tuner. The ARC series is also available in steel string and 12-string models.