If you do any sort of video work, you know how important it is to have professional quality. If you’re reading from a script, your options are either to remember it in its entirety hoping you don’t mess up, or read from a teleprompter. You could always remember bits and pieces and record a few lines at a time, but it will add in a lot more editing and makes your video look choppy.
While memorization is great, it also takes more time, where the teleprompter takes money. Well, that was true until the Parrot came into being. This is a compact, portable, and affordable teleprompter that was designed to be used with DSLR and mirrorless cameras. It uses an acrylic 2-way mirror that is less likely to shatter along with your smartphone to provide the text for you to read from. Thanks to a spring-loaded phone clamp and rubber grip pad, you won’t need to worry about your phone trying to escape because of shooting at an odd angle.
This is compatible with a 77 mm lens or third party adapters, and will weigh less than half a pound with a smartphone in place. It is made of ABS plastic and some steel components, which means it should hold up fairly well over time. You will have to use an app in tandem with this to get the teleprompter effect, but the company that made this device currently has that and a remote to control the app in the works. This will cost you $90-100, but those who use fisheye and other lenses with a wide field of view should be aware that some vignetting would occur with this device.
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Not all vehicles are created equal – there is such a thing known as supercars, whose performance are legendary and would leave just about everyone else in its wake if the throttle is opened to the maximum and one steps on the gas pedal all the way down. Having said that, how about taking a different look at the car, with the EDAG Light Cocoon being one of them? The Light Cocoon is touted to be the ultimate in lightweight construction where vehicles are concerned, and it is set to premiere at the Geneva Motor Show next year – carrying a very important capability to boot, which is to sport a backlight that makes the entire ride look as though it has just driven off from a Tron-like movie set.
Being more than just a concept study of a compact, dynamic sports car, the Light Cocoon will also hopefully, pave the way for future lightweight construction in vehicles where this complete, bionically optimized vehicle structure would merge with a weatherproof textile outer skin panel. The entire shebang ushers in a new dimension for lightweight construction and automobile aesthetics, where the backlight technology involved would illuminate the skeleton-like, organic structure, hence making this ride all the more impressive to anyone who lays their eyes on it.
EDAG’s head designer, Johannes Barckmann, shared, “We are pursuing the vision of sustainability – as demonstrated by nature: lightweight, efficient, and without any waste. The result: the ‘EDAG Light Cocoon’ presents a stable, branch-like load bearing structure from the 3D printer, which only uses material where it is absolutely necessary.”
It will grant you a whole lot more mileage with whoever you come into contact with while driving this, far more than what the Transparent Canoe is capable of offering. This is definitely one concept that I would love to see become reality.
You know what they say – never judge a book by its cover, and in the case of a dog, I suppose the same principle will apply in terms of the size of the fight in the dog. Having said that, what about the zany world of portable speakers, where there are basically dime a dozen different models to choose from? If you are rather tight on your budget with all the shopping that is going on at the moment for this holiday season, not to mention wanting to experience the best bang for your hard earned buck, there is the $39.99 Touch Mini Boombox Speaker that tips the scales at a mere 4 ounces.
Compatible with majority of the other smartphones that are out there in the market, the Touch Mini Boombox Speaker would love for you to slip your portable media player or smartphone into the Touch Mini Boombox Speaker, and see it crank up the volume level where your favorite tunes are concerned. It can be a hit in a small hall, and even play its part at the playground – basically, this wireless and portable Touch Mini Boombox Speaker will be able to amplify your music in a jiffy with its 3W speaker output. The internal 500mAh rechargeable lithium battery will be able to last for up to 5 different hours, as it juices up via microUSB cable.
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Children are definitely a bundle of energy who need their own time and space to run around, and basically being children as they exercise their imagination. Having said that, with the new Star Wars movie coming out next year, not to mention your extended family congregating at your place this coming holiday season, you would definitely need some sort of space to keep them occupied while the adults talk. Since you have not constructed a room with a childrens’ playground or a water park in your backyard, why not pick up the $159.95 Pop-Up Space Station instead?
The Pop-Up Space Station lives up to its name – it is portable, easy to set up, and yet functions as an interplanetary command post for young space explorers. In terms of safety, you need not fret too much since it is made from 190-denier polyester taffeta complete with a polyurethane coating, which in turn makes it ideal for withstanding the vacuum of space (or at least a pretend space) in addition to the rigors of a backyard adventure. There will be four tunnels in the tent that evoke the sprawling modules of a space station. Other “features” include painted viewports and control interfaces, while the screened tunnel ceilings and a screened section of the dome would do their bit in encouraging imaginative play during celestial observations. It even comes with a storage bag for easy storage after playing with it.
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When you’re learning a language, it can be difficult to remember all the words and grammatical points. If you’re in a country and trying the immersion method of learning the native tongue, then you likely have a language dictionary on hand. Of course, it can take a while to flip through the pages and find the one or two words that you need to carry on conversation.
If you wish you could cut down on this time at least somewhat, then the SpeechTrans Wristband Watch might be a useful tool to bring on your travels. Through the corresponding app, it can translate 44 languages. Of course, the main reason for this $99 purchase is the app, which you will receive a “lifetime subscription” to. However, that’s not enough to warrant that kind of money, so it makes sense that it can do a lot more than act as a microphone to pick up foreign vernacular.
This has a full-color LED caller ID-display, a noise-canceling microphone, speakers loud enough for music or speakerphone calls, and a headphone jack. It’s available in black, red, or white, and will give you 3 hours of talk time, or 60 hours of standby. If you stray too far from your phone, it will vibrate to alert you that you’re leaving your lifeline behind. Of course, it can also tell the time, which basically makes this a smartwatch that works in tandem with a translation app.
If you are a huge fan of the Mass Effect video game franchise, then I am quite sure that you would have also amassed quite a collection of knowledge concerning the various weapons that the Mass Effect franchise has – in addition to the backstory of all the characters involved. This holiday season, would you want to be a little bit more extravagant with yourself – by picking up this $974.99 Mass Effect Geth Pulse Rifle?
The Mass Effect Geth Pulse Rifle is a full scale replica device, and it does not just sit there on your shelf looking pretty. In fact, it would tip the scales at a rather hefty 20lbs, so you might want to make sure that your hands are not too sweaty when you pick it up since dropping it is going to cause two cracks – one in your heart, and perhaps another on the replica rifle itself. Apart from that, the Mass Effect Geth Pulse Rifle will boast of LED effects for you to maximize your imagination, but I would doubt that you will be letting your 5 year old nephew play with such an expensive “toy” since it is a Limited Edition with just 500 units of this bad boy around the world. Each one of these will be unique, since they come across in hand-finished and hand-painted polystone.
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When we talk about the brand name Razer, most of the time, if not all, we would have our attention turned to the presence of a gaming peripheral that is deemed to light up your gaming sessions due to the high quality build as well as performance capabilities. However, a microphone is not exactly something that one would think of where the name Razer is concerned – however this has not stopped the introduction of the Razer Seirēn digital microphone that offers studio-grade recording quality for streamers.
In other words, one would be able to enjoy professional level recording and streaming thanks to the Razer Seirēn’s plug-and-play setup. This unique plug-and-play digital microphone has been specially designed for studio-grade recording and streaming, where it boasts of a versatile multi-pattern USB digital connection that is capable of a quartet of different recording pattern configurations alongside a trio of custom-tuned 14 mm condenser capsules. In turn, this would make the Razer Seirēn digital microphone perfect for the needs of professional musicians, streamers and YouTubers who want nothing but the very best clarity.
The plug-and-play simplicity of this microphone is a snap to use regardless of whether you are at the studio or at home. Apart from that, the Razer Seirēn would also enable content creators to switch in a jiffy between 4 different polar recording patterns (Cardioid, Stereo, Bidirectional and Omnidirectional) through the rotation of the main control knob. This would pave the way for greater versatility of use depending on recording applications. The microphone has a built-in headphone amplifier that allows for zero latency, alongside real time accurate monitoring of recordings so that users will be able to sound exactly as they intend to.
Do expect the Razer Seirēn digital microphone to retail for $179.99 where it is going for €179.99 across the pond. There will also be a couple of accessories available, namely the shock mount accessory and the pop filter accessory that will retail for $49.99 apiece.
Sceptre is a name that just about all of us are familiar with when it comes to delivering a wallet friendly LED TV – after all, we have seen our fair share of those in the past. Having said that, while the world continues to look eagerly to the next “world’s largest TV” in some form or another, do bear in mind that there is still a viable market for smaller TVs – especially when you would need to furnish a budget hotel or motel, or perhaps are living in a rather cramped environment. The latest LED TV models from Sceptre happen to come in just 19”’ of viewing goodness – which isn’t very large at all, and there are two variations to choose from – one with a built-in DVD player, while the other being a plain LED TV.
This Sceptre 19” LED HDTV series will offer all the flexibility and compact design required for smaller spaces without sacrificing on the toning down of your entertainment demands. It will offer a 1366 × 768 resolution and a true widescreen 16:9 ratio, where it will also be equipped with MHL technology so that MHL-enabled devices are able to hook up directly to the HDTV via a single cable – letting it transmit 1080P high-definition video and surround sound audio – all at the same time charging up the connected mobile device, now how about that?
In terms of connectivity, you get multiple easy access HDMI ports and a USB port so that you can hook up various compatible devices to the TV for the ultimate entertainment experience. Apart from that, other features of the 19” LED HDTV series will include a slim bezel-brush pattern design, a 15-degree swivel base and an Energy Star V6.1 certificate. Definitely worth checking out if you happen to be extremely short on space, not to mention money to furnish your recently rented apartment.
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During the holiday season, the weather might not be all that great for those of us living in places where snowfall amounts to the feet – and not inches. Well, being cooped up at home does not mean that you should not indulge in a few rounds of video games, but neither do you need to remain glued in front of the TV all day long. What about tickling the imagination and brain with the $49.95 Build Your Own Jumping Robot?
This is one interesting kit which will be able to teach children the basic ins and outs of robotics and mechanics, and this is achieved through the construction of a robot which is capable of jumping. Well, better jump around than to actually lop off someone’s head due to an AI that has gained self-awareness and figured out that humanity is a threat that needs to be exterminated, right? This unique project will feature clawlike hands and a blue helmet, complete with a central spring and a couple of snail-shaped cams located within each arm. When turned on, the cams will rotate and compress the spring; storing up enough energy so that when released, the robot will bounce off the ground. Running on a couple of AAA batteries, this jumping robot does sound like fun – just like any other robot projects that we have seen in the past.
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Just about most of us happen to carry a smartphone with us wherever we go these days – I suppose you can say that life is unimaginable without such a device in our pockets. Having said that, how about sharing our playlist with other people around? After all, good things are not meant to be kept to oneself, right? Sharing a pair of headphones might not be all that hygienic, which is why the $49.99 Touch Dual Boombox Speaker does seem to be the better solution.
The Touch Dual Boombox Speaker will play nice with majority of the smartphone and portable media players out there, where it boasts of a convenient carrying handle to make this a truly mobile device. Not only that, you can use this lightweight USB-powered speaker to amplify your favorite tunes with but a single touch. Tipping the scales at under 2 pounds, the Touch Dual Boombox Speaker has a speaker output of 3W x 2 (RMS), a standard 3.5mm audio jack, an integrated rechargeable battery that offers up to 5 hours of non-stop playback, and can be juiced up via a microUSB cable.
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