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Team Humidor's Most Coveted Gadgets

Team Humidor | 24 Jan 2008 22:33
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This week's gadget issue got Team Humidor's robot parts all a-twitter, and after a heated debate (which was liquid-cooled, thank you very much!) our cybernetic hive mind is happy to introduce to you six of our best loved and/or most coveted gadgets going into the new year.

Here, in no particular order, is what makes our emotion chip go into overdrive.

Bose's QuietComfort 2 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones - Julianne Greer
These are, far and away, my favorite gadget. They live at work beside my desk, and travel with me on long trips. Even as I write, I’m enjoying the musical stylings of Kanye West minus the hum of my computer, the whir of the space heater and the low sound of office din. Why? My Bose noise canceling headphones.

In a couple of weeks, spring conference season starts and I’ll be flying around the country a bit more often. In the past, this would’ve been a source of anxiety and exhaustion – I was never able to sleep on airplanes. But I’ve suddenly become one of Those People who fall asleep before take off and wake up when the plane touches down. Why? Largely, my Bose noise canceling headphones.

The drone of jet engines – you know, that sound that takes up residence in the form of a headache just behind your right eye – fades into the white noise produced by the headphones. Flipping the switch creates an almost eerie silence in which the user can almost hear her own heartbeat, and more importantly, think more clearly.

Bose Corporation was founded by professor of electrical engineering at MIT, Dr. Amar G. Bose. The reason? Bose was searching for the best sound technology to reproduce the experience of a live performance. And due to his success in his endeavor, the name Bose has become nearly synonymous with quality audio technology.

And so, these headphones are great not only for removing unwanted sounds from your acoustic environment, but adding those you do want. Bose’s unparalleled audio technology lives in miniature in the ergonomically designed headset. That along with gold-plated attachments to fit pretty much any headphone jack, including those annoying two-pronged ones in airplanes, ensures that you can have the best audio experience anywhere.

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