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Listener fatigue: it’s a condition that affects just about everyone who owns a pair of earbuds and one that myriad manufacturers have tried to mitigate with various configurations. According to researchers at Asius Technologies, though, the discomfort you experience after extended periods of earphone listening isn’t caused by faulty design or excessively high volumes, but by “acoustic reflex.” Every time you blast music through earbuds, your ear muscles strain to reduce sound waves by about 50 decibels, encouraging many audiophiles to crank up the volume to even higher, eardrum-rattling levels. To counteract this, Asius has developed something known as the Ambrose Diaphonic Ear Lens (ADEL) — an inflatable polymer balloon that attaches to the ends of earbuds. According to Asius’ Samuel Gido, the inflated ADEL effectively acts as a “second eardrum,” absorbing sound and redirecting it away from the ear’s most sensitive regions. No word yet on when ADEL may be available for commercial use, but head past the break for a video explanation of the technology, along with the full presser.

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This season, BAPE takes a shot at designing its own version of the classic creeper style. Featuring a thick, black rubber sole and an antique-inspired buckle design, the shoe contains a leather lining and is available in either a suede finish or a leather one with woven detailing on the toe. Priced at ¥18,690 (approximately $230 USD), the shoe can be purchased through select BAPE outlets worldwide.


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Sure, we’ve seen oodles of light pen drawing boards, and e-readers that support doodling, but Toshiba's “R&D project” at SID Display Week just… struck us. Weighing far less than the notepad used to jot down notes about it, this encapsulated device evidently sports a built-in battery, E Ink tendencies, a microSD card slot, proprietary charging port, an on / off toggle switch and support for stylus input. Drawing on it was both enjoyable and simple, and we were actually able to erase our typos with the press of a button (and a bit of eraser work with the pictured pen). Enough chatter — have a look yourself in the video past the break.

Gallery: Toshiba Write-Erasable Input Display hands-on at SID 2011

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