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sharks with frickin' laser beams [Mar. 15th, 2006|12:35 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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I want some headphones that detect whether they're on a head or not (should be easy) and report it back to the computer. It should be USB so I don't hear noise (so common on cheap-o motherboards nowadays), but also so it could show up as two USB devices with only one cable:

-- input device for the head sensor
-- audio device for the headphones

Then my music player can pause when I take the headphones off my head.

Get on it. Give me a link or go make it for me. Thanks.

[User Picture]From: ydnar
2006-03-15 08:46 pm (UTC)

BT headphones with controls on them. Not exactly what you want, but you could probably hack a switch/sensor on the inside to effectively hit play/pause when you don the headphones. They also work as cellphone headset, and pause the music when you answer a call.
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[User Picture]From: livejamie
2006-03-15 09:03 pm (UTC)
don't listen to him! work on a cure for cancer instead!
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[User Picture]From: dakus
2006-03-15 09:15 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2006-03-15 09:38 pm (UTC)
Woah, thats the equivalent of playing emo music for depressed teens!
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[User Picture]From: veroz
2006-03-15 09:04 pm (UTC)
I want shoes that will set the tempo of the song I'm listening to based on how fast or slow I'm walking.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-03-15 09:11 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-03-15 09:12 pm (UTC)
... though I imagine you wouldn't need shoes. The iPod could do it by itself, in the same way a pedometer works.
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2006-03-15 09:39 pm (UTC)
Would have to have some good software to determine beats. Easy with any sort of electronic/rock, hard with classical.
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[User Picture]From: livejamie
2006-03-15 09:17 pm (UTC)
should they play the song backwards if you're walking backwards?
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[User Picture]From: drbrain
2006-03-15 09:53 pm (UTC)
My video iPod automatically performs pause/resume on headphone removal/insertion very reliably when using iPod headphones but almost never when using third-party headphones (in my case, Sony MDR-EX71 in-ear headphones).

Of course this requires you to physically remove the headphones from the device.
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[User Picture]From: sandy
2006-03-15 11:32 pm (UTC)
Our new car headphones for the DVD turn off automatically when you take them off. The ear pieces are on a type of spring loaded mechanism, to put them on they swivel out, and turn on. When they are removed they swivel back in, and turn off. If you had them hooked up with some type of radio transmitter back to the device that controlled it, it would be great. Don't ask me how to make it work though. I will stick with woodworking.
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[User Picture]From: matthew
2006-03-16 12:02 am (UTC)
I have the hardware for a generic USB interface, put that and a hub and the a USB headset together and it would be all software work for you.
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[User Picture]From: henry
2006-03-17 10:48 am (UTC)
you could use a mercury switch to close the "pause" circuit when the headphones were horizontal, provided you don't do much computing laying down.
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