Audiobooks used to be reserved for long road trips or viewed as a dummies guide to reading. However, in recent years they have gained a tremendous amount of popularity. As of 2016, U.S. audiobook sales totaled $2.1 billion making it the fastest-growing format in publishing according to Nielsen Book Research.
ENTERTAINMENT WHILE ON-THE-GO!
Because we are all so busy with work, families, and home life finding entertainment and an escape from the daily grind can be challenging. One of the obvious reason audiobooks have gained exponential popularity recently is due to the increase in digital technology, it’s growing affordability, and more importantly due to its mobility.
With the increase in popularity and affordability of smartphones, tablets to laptops, wireless headphones like our HearBands, and Kindles there are more avenues to listen to your favorite book. This coupled with countless audio books becoming accessible wirelessly, reading your favorite book or getting to that recommended novel your best-friend said is a “must read” no longer has to be reserved for sitting down during your free time [insert laugh here.] With the accessibility you can now listen to books wherever your day takes you and can be accomplished whatever you are doing.
Just like one of Audible’s early catchphrases accurately predicted: “You can listen when your eyes are busy but your mind is free.” And we all know finding even a few moments in your busy day can be a challenge. Yet even take a few moments to slip on your favorite Lucid Audio wireless device to listen to a book can bring endless possibilities of entertainment, positive creativity, and provided healthy results as seen with calming your mind by reading your favorite book or binge-watching your favorite show on a lazy Sunday.
CALM YOUR MIND
To recap our blog titled “Meditate Without Meditating” in recent years, “meditation” has taken on a much broader meaning. It is well-documented meditation improves memory, attention, mood, immune system function, sleep, and creativity. All it takes is a few minutes a day to start reaping the benefits. Essentially, you do not technically have to meditate to meditate.
We can probably all agree to calm your mind and drowning out the daily chaos of your day can seem like a never-ending obstacle. Avid audiobook listeners profoundly believe [listening] to a good book (even on-the-go) can manifest results similar to those from traditional meditation. Just like snuggling up to your favorite read to escape into your imagination allows you to be, “in the moment” thus calming your mind, listening into your favorite audiobook can and melting to the sounds of the often-times soothing voice of the narrator can be a rather hypnotic and calming experience.
Whether you recognize it or not, once you understand the importance of being in the present moment, in the now, then you will find listening with the intent to an audiobook you will increase your comprehension and bring you to a calming state of mind.
MULTITASKING YOUR CHORES
Have you been putting off something painfully time-consuming like cleaning out your closet, or sitting in line at the DMV? Do you need something to forget your ultimate disdain for enduring rush hour? Plug into your favorite device and download an audiobook. During the time it takes to cook and clean-up, stand in a never-ending line, you can slip into listening to your favorite book and suddenly the time has passed. Done! And what’s better? You’ve just tapped into and fill your time with a wonderful literary experience while completing a chore, task, or daily commute.
Shop Lucid Audio’s Wireless products before you download your next audiobook. Our amped technology enables you, the listener to enjoy high definition audio without losing awareness of your surroundings. Customize your experience in real time using the controls, which allow you to separately choose the volume of your audiobook and of the ambient sounds around you. With this you are able to multitask, whether you want no outside sound or up to 9x amplification, it’s yours when listening to our wireless products.
With this week, technically, June 21st, being the official start of summer, we hope you treat yourself with some well-deserved travel away from the office (or classroom…or kitchen…) And regardless if you find yourself flying or taking a short road trip, we understand packing for yourself or family brings with it a few frustrating packing challenges.
Thankfully, we have researched a slew of carry-ons designed specifically to ease the travel burden. Should you choose to put the words, “travel” and “burden,” in the same sentence (hmm?), we are confident you will be happy including these carry-on approved must-haves to your packing list. To make things even easier on you we even included links to buy each product below.
1.) CORKCICLE…ANYTHING CORKCICLE
Never lose your cool this summer in any travel situation. Keep your drinks hot or cold on long-haul flights or road trips with any of their insulated stainless steel drink canteens or drink holders. Their designer-inspired and contemporary metallic designs are a great accessory to your travel attire. And what’s better? 5% of all Corkcicle sales go directly toward Charity: Water to help provide clean drinking water to those in need.
2.) OUNNE WATERPROOF CASE (iPHONE) or LIFEPROOF FRE SERIES WATERPROOF CASE (GALAXY)
Protect your smartphone from water, accidental drops, and scratches with a certified waterproof phone case. There is nothing worse than a cracked phone screen or non-functioning camera to hinder capturing your travel memories.
3.) LUCID AUDIO WIRELESS HEADPHONES
If sound quality and battery life are essential then Lucid Audio’s Bluetooth headphones are the way to go when traveling! Designed to be light, travel-friendly, and second-to-none when it comes to comfort, quality, the sound activated compression protects you from distracting turbine and engine noises that can cause long-term damage. Listen to your music, take calls, and with the adjustable ambient volume control, continue to have conversations with your travel companions.
4.) POCKETJUICE CHARGER POWER BANK
This portable compact power charger packs a big punch of power. The slim and compact body will surprise you by how fast it can charge up to two smartphones/tablets fast and includes multiple functions essential for the smartphone traveler.
5.) TRTL PILLOW
This scientifically proven super soft neck support is compact and lightweight compared to the traditional u-shaped neck pillow. Should you find yourself wanting a little shut-eye during your travels, this travel pillow holds your neck in ergonomic position during rest. And with its low-profile features, it is super lightweight and can easily attach to your travel bag. Check out this Trtl Pillow Video to see the comfort for yourself!
6.) BAGSMART ORGANIZER
Save time dealing with unraveling your electronic cables, plugs, adapters, battery packs, etc. There is nothing more frustrating than spending half your travel time trying to locate a charger stuffed at the bottom of your bag or pulling out the knots of your jumbled up chords. And if you are like us, you can also find room in this roomy organizer to add your other travel items such as your passport, tablet, laptop accessories, etc.
It’s #AustinStartUpWeek in Austin, Texas!
What better time to test out Lucid Audio’s HearBand, their set of Bluetooth headband earphones, and it’s ability to amplify outside sounds. Here’s a little bit of my day and the use of the HearBand.
Today, I am headed to try out a new shared workspace in downtown Austin. I am usually not one that works from shared workspaces, I’m more of a coffee shop worker. But since it’s startup week I thought I’d give it a try.
It’s about a 15 min walk from where I live, so I place my Bluetooth headband earphones on. As I walk, I adjust the outside sounds so I am able to hear the traffic on the street and the people around me. It is a lot easier than I expected to toggle back and forth between amplifications. And listening to the outside sounds doesn’t distract from my music like I thought it might. I feel a lot safer being able to hear the noises around me, especially when a biker or person passed by.
I make my way to my spot at the workspace and when I get there it’s pretty empty. I take this time to make some check-in phone calls. It’s great because I can take the calls right through my Bluetooth connection and even turn off the ability to hear the outside sounds so all my focus is on the call. The greatest thing is when turning off the amplification it beeps twice so I know it’s completely turned off and all the outside sound is blocked.
It’s closer to lunch now and the workspace is starting to fill up. Now I decide to turn on the amplification a little so that if someone asks me a question I can hear and respond. I have to say this is where I felt like I really utilized the amplification of outside sounds that the HearBand offers. It was great to not have to remove my ear buds to listen or respond. I know my fellow teammates liked the idea that they didn’t have to repeat themselves once they got my attention. I heard them right when they started asking the question and was able to respond in a quick manner.
Without the need to remove my ear buds, to chat or answer questions, it made me feel like I never got distracted by stopping my music. I was truly able to have it all.
The walk home I again turned the amplification up, a little more than the walk to the workspace because it was rush hour in Austin. It can get a little congested and crazy at this time. But I felt so safe hearing everything while also listening to my music.
At first, I didn’t really think the amplification would be clear enough to not distract me from my music. But after spending a day with the HearBand, I definitely am a fan! The HearBand is easy to use, wireless, 5-hour battery life and is rechargeable, but the most important is it made me feel safer. I walked with confidence knowing I could hear everything and everyone around me.
When you’re at work, you need headphones that are up for any challenge. Below, we’ve identified some qualities that are important in work headphones. We also explain how Lucid Audio’s headphones provide all the functionality you need at work, and more. We’ve distilled optimal functionality for work headphones into the ‘5 C’s’: Clarity, Connectivity, Comfort, Convenience, and Continuity. Read more about each characteristic below:
When you’re on a call, it’s important to hear every word with ease. Ideal headphones will give you the flexibility to work in crowded spaces and still hear the person at the other end of your call. High quality sound is key, and Lucid Audio
delivers. Lucid Audio’s AMPED headphones have Hi Gain omnidirectional microphones on each side that provide clear sound enhancement for phone calls.
In addition, Lucid Audio’s Ultra Low Profile Ear Cups with folding design are form fitting to ensure the best sound quality. The HD speakers and drivers provide a wide range of audio quality for natural sound clarity! All of these features for sound clarity make Lucid Audio’s headphones excellent work headphones!
At work, it’s crucial to remain connected to those in the office and outside of the office. Lucid Audio’s AMPED headphones with Bluetooth Sound technology allow you to facilitate these connections by first connecting with your devices. Lucid Audio’s Low Latency Bluetooth enables high audio quality and wireless media synchronization. When your headphones are connected to your devices via Bluetooth, you can answer calls from your phone or your computer with just the touch of a button on your headphones! You’re likely to never miss a call again while shifting between your devices!
In addition, Lucid Audio’s headphones are great work headphones because they allow you to connect and collaborate with your colleagues with ease. The feature that makes Lucid Audio’s headphones most unique is the ability to hear and adjust both internal audio AND outside sounds! Here’s a scenario: Let’s say music helps you focus, but you’re worried about accidentally ignoring your boss when she comes by to speak with you. Lucid Audio has a solution! With Lucid Audio’s AMPED smart technology, you can amplify the outside world up to 9x, while also staying tuned into your music! This means you can choose to hear your boss or collegues clearly while listening to your favorite tunes (or while you’re on a call). It’s all up to you!
Comfort is crucial when it comes to work headphones. Whether you work a job that requires you to wear an itchy suit, or whether you work long hours in the sun, your headphones shouldn’t be a source of discomfort in your work day. Lucid Audio’s headphones are comfortable and fit snugly around/in your ears.
You can choose between Lucid Audio’s AMPED headphones or the AMPED hearing neckband. The Neckband is a lightweight, flexible alternative to the headphones, which provide more structure and support. Both devices provide maximum comfort, and you might even forget you’re wearing them!
Grab ’em and go! Lucid Audio’s AMPED headbands in particular are a great option for business travel, or even just your daily commute! These headbands are lightweight and flexible enough to fit into your purse, briefcase, or backpack!
With the Lucid Audio AMPED headphones, convenience comes at the touch of a button. You can answer calls and adjust the volume of internal and external sounds with just the touch of a button! Everything you need for your calls and other audio needs is right at your fingertips!
And finally, both Lucid Audio’s headbands and headphones are ready to wear out of the box, providing you with optimal convenience starting at the moment of purchase!
The best work headphones won’t just offer you incredible features now, they’ll also continue to protect your hearing for the future. Lucid Audio’s AMPED headphones protect your ears in two main ways. First, they have ear cups with a folding design that is form fitting to ensure protection from loud noises. And second, some models have sound activated compression that instantly activates to protect your ears from loud, harmful noises!
Lucid Audio’s headphones don’t just give you what you need to hear now, they also protect your hearing for the future.
So, when you’re looking for work headphones, remember the ‘5 C’s’: Clarity, Connectivity, Comfort, Convenience, and Continuity. Have other characteristics that are important to you in work headphones? Tell us about them in our comments section!
Many people do not have the ability to go visit a museum by themselves, so the Smithsonian is starting something cool. On January 5th 2017, NPR ran a story on the Smithsonian museum’s tours for the blind people in our community. On these tours, the artwork or sculptures are described in vast detail so that one can imagine what the art looks like in their mind. In addition to being described, sometimes the museum will allow people on these tours to actually touch the sculptures and get a feel for the artwork that way. The importance of these tours shows that a person’s hearing is key to their enjoyment of the world.
With some form of hearing loss, people might not experience the beauty of the museum at all. Hearing is truly important to people who cannot see so that they can experience the full beauty of the visual world. The ability to hear does not only help with the visual world, but it also helps the emotional stability of a person. Once people start to lose their hearing, they also lose part of their life. People who are hard of hearing stay inside more, and not experience things. When people lose their hearing, they also lose other enjoyable things in life.
Not only does the ability to hear help at museums, but it is also necessary for activities like going to a symphony or a musical. At a symphony, the audience has an opportunity to close their eyes and create an image and experience the beauty of what the music means to them. While during quiet sections of musicals, people with some hearing loss might miss key points. Powered by Lucid could help people who are experiencing some stage of hearing loss have the ability to hear these events. People who have some form of hearing loss no longer are able to hear their favorite music again. Lucid Audio could help people hear the music clearer and therefore create a clearer picture in their mind.
The Smithsonian Museum is not the only place that takes people with hearing difficulties into account. The Alamo Drafthouse and other movie theaters also have visual aids for people who might have some form of hearing loss. With the increase of people in Austin, Texas for South By Southwest, the Alamo Drafthouse’s visual aids were receiving plenty of use. With the use of Powered by Lucid, those starting to lose their hearing could still continue to experience the beauty of the many films and music that debuted over the week.
In addition to during musicals or films, there are quite sounds that compose the wonderful parts of life. With Lucid Audio’s HearBands and Hearing Headphones, these sounds do not have to be missed anymore. This technology can increase the ambient sounds around you, while not taking away from the conversation you are engaged in.
With Lucid Audio’s HearBands, people are given an opportunity to get an earful of a musical or orchestra like they might not have been able to in years.
A person’s hearing effects more than just their knowledge of sounds, it effects their enjoyment of public events. Lucid Audio’s HearBands and Hearing Headphones can help with amplifying the sounds around the wearer, so they can experience things in their intended forms.
Vacations are a time to recharge and rejuvenate, but the packing part is never any fun. Whether you’re headed to a ski trip in the mountains, a beach trip by the shore, or a hiking trip in the canyons, we have you covered with this packing guide for vacation technology!
Here are 5 pieces of vacation technology to remember to pack:
1. Your phone charger
This is an easy one to forget, since our daily routines usually involve grabbing our phones off the charger, but leaving the charger behind. For your trip, check and double check that you have your charger with you (cord and charger)! One tip for remembering to bring your charger is to set the lock screen on your phone to a picture of a note saying “remember your charger!” This is especially helpful if you’re staying at different places during your trip, since every additional stop is an additional opportunity to forget your phone charger! You don’t want to be left with a dead phone during your travels, so be proactive about remembering to pack it!
2. A portable battery charger
In terms of vacation technology, having adequate battery power is high on the priority list. Even if you remember to pack your phone charger, it’s a good idea to have a back-up portable battery charger. This is especially helpful if you anticipate spending long days on the go without easy access to outlets. Having a charged phone is important for the sake of your Snapchat Story, yes, but it’s also an important emergency precaution. You don’t want to be stranded somewhere without the ability to call a taxi, access a map, or alert the police! Check out this article for a list of some high-rated portable battery chargers!
3. Useful Apps
Load up your phone with apps that might be helpful while you’re traveling! Of course, there are the basic apps you should have, like Google Maps, and WhatsApp (if you’re traveling abroad), but there are lots of other apps out there that you might find helpful! Check this article from the Guardian, titled: 10 of the best travel apps…that you’ll actually use. Apps are an essential piece of vacation technology because they provide important information right at your fingertips!
4. Music and E-books
Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or car, you’ll want to have some entertainment with you. Make sure your phone is loaded up with your favorite tunes prior to your trip so you’ll have music to listen to during your down time. E-books are also a great option. You can choose to bring your Kindle or iPad if you have these pieces of technology, or you can load ebooks onto your phone if you’re looking to pack lighter!
5. A Hearband by Lucid Audio
Vacation technology needs to be versatile so you can use it for a wide range of activities. Lucid Audio’s Hearbands use Lucid Audio’s AMPED technology to give you a customizable hearing experience. With the Hearband, you can amplify the sounds around you, like conversations, concerts, or the sound of the waves. You can use it to stay safe by listening to music while staying aware of the background noises around you. The Hearband delivers crisp, clear music and sounds to your ears AND it’ll take up almost no space in your luggage! Its sleek design and its innovative features make it the perfect piece of travel technology for all of your adventures!
What does mindfulness mean to you?
For me, mindfulness means: being at peace with the present moment and noticing sensations, feelings, and thoughts as we allow them to pass. One of the best tools for practicing mindfulness is one we all have within us: our breath. Focusing on our breathing can reconnect us to our natural rhythm and help us feel connected to something bigger than ourselves.
While headphones aren’t usually associated with mindfulness practices like yoga and meditation, Lucid Audio’s AMPED headphones are unique because they give you access to the soft sounds around us and within us. Lucid Audio’s AMPED headphones work by amplifying the ambient sounds that are around us. These ambient sounds, like rustling of leaves, the purring of the cat, or even our own breath, can help deepen our practice of mindfulness. Feeling in-touch with our environments can help us feel mindful, and AMPED headphones do just that. This makes Lucid’s AMPED headphones the perfect headphones for mindfulness.
Amplify your Surroundings & Breath
The first time I tried on Lucid’s AMPED headphones, I noticed that the microphone picked up on my breath, delivering the sound of my breath back to my ears more clearly than ever before. Being able to hear the sound of my breath was soothing, and I kept the headphones on without even playing music.
I could suddenly hear sounds around the house that I hadn’t noticed before. I heard the chair creak as my dog jumped off of it. I heard someone across the house pouring a glass of water. And I heard my fingers tapping against my desk. Noticing all of these sounds helped me feel connected to my environment.
You’re in Control
One wonderful feature of the Lucid’s AMPED Headphones is that you have complete control over how much amplification you hear. You can easily turn the amplification off if you want to fully immerse yourself in a phone call or your favorite album. You have broad control over the degree of amplification you choose. You can hear as many or as few outside sounds as you’d like.
My personal recommendation is to spend a few moments everyday using your Lucid AMPED headphones solely to listen to ambient sounds. In the morning, you might consider sitting in a quiet place with your Lucid AMPED headphones and taking deep breaths to focus on the sound of your inhales and your exhales. For me, it is a truly beautiful experience to notice sounds that otherwise would have been hidden from me.
Check out Lucid’s AMPED headphones if you’re looking for headphones for mindfulness.
NECKBANDS…the PERFECT RESOLUTION!
Happy New Year!
Forty-five percent of Americans will make a resolution for the new year. Unfortunately, only 8% will achieve their goal. The difference between those who dream and those who achieve is perspective and focus.
Clarity and Hearing
Your ability to hear can impact your ability to focus. You rely on your sense of hearing to help you safely navigate the world and accomplish your tasks. However, more than 48 million Americans suffer from some degree of hearing loss.
Hidden Hearing Loss
Hidden hearing loss is damage to the delicate nerve endings in the inner ear. You may have an uncle who turns his television up way too loud, or the friend who hates going out because he can’t have a decent conversation in bars and restaurants. For the most part, their hearing is fine. They simply struggle to hear well when there is a lot of competing background noise.
While it is typically a mild condition, it’s also very common and can obstruct your progress as you pursue your goals. Fortunately, Lucid Audio has the solution. With the power of our patent pending AMPEDTM technology you can customize your sound experience to fit your needs. Turn up the volume of the world around you at the AND Control Center. Turn the volume all the way down when you need to concentrate. That’s the power of headphones and neckbands with amplification!
Enhance Your Abilities, Realize Your Dreams
- Are you trying to get back into shape by taking a walk every morning? Lucid’s headphones and neckbands allow you to enjoy your tunes AND amplify the sound of approaching traffic.
- Going back to school to finish your degree? Touch the button on your Lucid Audio headphones to amplify the lecture so you never miss a single word.
- Would you like to read more or learn a new skill in the new year? Take advantage of that long commute. Turn down the ambient noises, and expand your mind in quiet comfort or increase the ambient sounds to stay aware of your environment while pursuing your own educational goals.
Regardless of whether you need a little help or a lot, Lucid Audio’s headphones and neckbands with amplification can give you the benefit of your own personal listening device. Visit our website to explore the power of AMPEDTM and discover how we can help you reach your new year’s goals.
Bicycles let you exercise almost every muscle in your body simultaneously. Besides being great exercise, they are also a healthy and economical means of transportation. However, bicycle riding can be dangerous. In 2013, bicyclists accounted for 494,000 trips to the emergency room. Whether your path takes you through your favorite local park, or across busy rush hour intersections, stay alert to the sounds around you and remember some good sense tips to stay safe and sound.
Follow the Rules of the Road
- Obey all traffic signals and road signs, including lane markings
- Most state laws prohibit riding against the flow of traffic
- Wear bright, reflective colors
- Install reflectors on your bike
- Consider installing a headlight. It will improve your visibility while making you easier to see.
Stay Aware and Alert
- Keep items you need during your ride, like water bottles, in an easy to reach place.
- Look behind you frequently. Or, consider installing rearview mirrors.
- Consider purchasing a set of high-performance headphones with amplification. Lucid Audio’s headphones and neckbands enable you to turn up ambient sounds, up to 9x amplification. Turning up the sounds around you means you’ll never need to worry about the traffic behind you. Two hi gain omni directional microphones allows you to not only hear but enhance the sounds around you. You’ll never be taken by surprise again! You can enjoy your music, connect to incoming phone calls or check your messages with a simple touch of a button. All while staying aware of everything happening at a busy intersection or in the park. Switch easily between all of these functions without breaking your rhythm and stay safe on the road.
Communicate with Others on the Road
- Give hand signals as often as possible. Make your movements big, so you are sure to be seen.
- Make eye contact with passing drivers. This way you can be sure they see you before you make a potentially dangerous turn.
- A key aspect of communication is being able to hear and respond quickly to what’s happening around you. Lucid Audio’s headphones and neckband allow you to turn up the volume on the world around you so you can communicate effectively with other cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers while staying fit. Hear the honk of car horns and act accordingly. React safely near construction areas and hear those who may be trying to communicate with you while cycling. Hear all these sounds at a normal level or amplify them up to 9X. The choice is yours.
Unlike other neckbands or headphones with amplification, Lucid Audio devices actually increase your safety on the road. The powerful AMPEDTM technology keeps you alert and aware of all the sounds around you, regardless of how focused you are on your path.
Stay safe AND sound with Lucid Audio’s line of neckbands and headphones with amplification. Visit our website to see how this revolutionary technology can improve your riding time.
The beginning of the year is a great time to refocus and prioritize. With some planning, a little effort, and the right tools, you can set and achieve your new year’s goals.
What Do You Really Want?
Setting a meaningful goal can be difficult. Here are some tips to help you create real resolutions that you can actually achieve.
- Grab a piece of paper and spend 5 or 10 minutes writing about the changes you want to see in your life. What you learn could surprise you.
- Saying “I want to compete in a triathlon” may not be realistic. Make a list of the steps you need to take to accomplish your ultimate goal, and concentrate on them one at a time.
- Don’t overdo it! Keep your list to three items, or less.
Stay the Course!
Setting goals creates a strong, but temporary, surge of motivation. To achieve your goals, you will need to keep yourself focused.
- Prioritize your time. Most goals are the cumulative result of smaller, daily actions. Set aside a time every day to work on your ideas. Put it on your calendar or set an alarm.
- Create a quiet space for your work. A set of higher performance headphones can help create calm and quiet in even the most chaotic environment.
- Review your goals regularly, and track your progress to help stay focused.
The Right Tools for a Winning State of Mind
Lucid Audio’s innovative line of higher performance headphones offer the right technology to help you stay focused and reach your goals.
- Lucid Audio’s devices offer clear, stereo quality sound, along with the convenience of wireless connectivity. Maybe one of your resolutions is to read more books this year? The powerful AND Control Center lets you listen to your audio books with clarity and confidence, regardless of how noisy your environment.
- Are you trying to reduce stress? Create your own sacred space, no matter where you are, with headphones that provide up to 21 dB Noise Rating Reduction. The foldable design makes these devices easy to carry wherever you go.
Lucid Audio’s higher performance headphones and personal audio devices are built for comfort, ease of use, and convenience. Each device is loaded with features that can help you stay focused and on track to achieving the life you want. Visit Lucidaudio.com and get the tools you need now for a more focused and effective New Year.