Hover Camera is an autonomous flying camera

There are drones, and then there are drones. The Hover Camera would fall under the latter category which is more often than not a unique device that will be able to capture videos and photos from afar and high up, but also carries the distinction of being an autonomous flying camera. Zero Zero Robotics is the company behind the Hover Camera, which is the first truly consumer-friendly autonomous flying camera that has been specially designed to be safe and portable, and yet allowing just about anyone to effortlessly capture exciting moments indoors and out, from creative new perspectives.

This is made possible thanks to the embedded AI that will intelligently navigate its environment, assisted by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight drone platform. It does not matter whether the Hover Camera captures exciting moments by snapping an aerial family vacation photo, or to archive the perfect shot from above the rim at a basketball game, or even recording your wedding as you walk down the aisle, the Hover Camera will be able to get the job done with aplomb.

The Hover Camera is all the more special as well courtesy of its innovative protective, and foldable carbon fiber enclosure design, making it safe and easy to use right out of the box as there is no learning curve whatsoever required. All that you need to do is to unfold the Hover Camera and power it on, and it will lift off of your fingers, before going about doing its stuff – capturing thrilling video and photos from unique angles as it hovers steadily in place.

As for the hardware specifications of the Hover Camera, they include the ability to capture 13MP photos and 4K videos for posterity, with the capability to track your face and body so that it can always keep you in the picture, even while you are on the move. Shaky moments are a thing of the past thanks to Electronic Image Stabilization as proprietary technology intelligently and digitally stabilizes photos and video, correcting camera shakes or jitters from the final footage.

Tipping the scales at just 238 grams, it is below the FAA 250 gram Hobbyist Drone Registration weight limit, and can spin while in a fixed position to capture 360 degrees of panoramic video footage. Anyone interested?

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Cyrano digital scent speaker offers a new way to relax

Many of us do happen to take to music in order to soothe our jangled nerves after a particularly long day at work, or if it has been a difficult time at home. Well, music is able to calm down a particular situation, but if you were to couple that with the right smells, then the effect would be all the more impressive. This is what Vapor Communications has done – by announcing the launch of Cyrano, which happens to be a spanking new digital scent speaker as well as mood modification platform.

It is not only small in its form factor that makes it convenient and portable, it is also battery-operated that would mean working wireless, well, at least until the juice runs out and you need to plug it into a power outlet somewhere. Cyrano happens to be a tiny personal consumer electronics device which is able to remotely play sequences of scents known as mood medleys. Each scent in a mood medley will be able to last up to a few minutes, which is just the right amount of time for the scent to be perceived by the user while short enough to avoid the olfactory fatigue associated with traditional scent technology, including the likes of candles and air fresheners.

In other words, you can now “turn on” and “program” scent in the same manner as that of turning on the lights in your home. In addition, for the first time ever, one is able to design and instantaneously modify one’s personal air for relaxation, empowerment, and personal wellness.

Using the Cyrano is a snap – all that you need to do is to place it in the cup holder of your car, on a desk, bed stand, or in any personal space where your live or work. From there, pick your selection of mood medleys, such as “Get Energy,” “Get Relaxed,” or “Get Free” from the corresponding oNotes app, and Cyrano will then play the desired sequence of scents.

Cyrano will be available for order online from today onward, where a limited production run will see up to 500 Cyrano devices delivered through this summer. It will retail for $149 apiece with a starter Natural Mood cartridge, and subsequent cartridges will cost you $19.99 a pop.

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The Codeybot is a robot that makes coding fun for everyone

Learning how to code is not for the faint of mind. It’s logic-based and just about anything can ruin your work, driving you nearly insane for putting a space or bracket in the wrong place. If you didn’t start thinking in these patterns as a kid, it’s hard to start without much prior knowledge and can seem more overwhelming than it actually is. It’s the same as learning to knit but not understanding the movements to create the patterns that have to be executed correctly for it to hold everything together.

We saw the Cubetto not too long ago with aspirations of giving the basic building blocks of coding concepts to kids ages three and up. This is a good starter pack, but when kids grow up they’ll want to move to something more complicated, like the Codeybot. Instead of being made of wood and moving around a map, this little robot friend can not only roll around at will, but can make preset or custom faces, play music, dance to said music, make silly voices, and shoot lasers with an add-on turret in a battle against other bots (no face-melting lasers, sorry).

This uses a mobile app that will let you control the bot by snapping the building blocks of functions together. You’ll also have voice control to do things like change the color of the wheels or have it move. There will of course be more attachments as this crowdfunding bot gains traction, but for $129 to get this device, it’s a great way for anyone of any age to work on learning the concepts and challenges of coding.

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Orcinus Orchestral Digital Grand Piano looks out of this world

orcinusSo, you’re thinking of getting a piano for your home, but are not quite sure which particular model to pick up simply because you have plenty of dough to burn, and would not mind even having a grand piano delivered to your doorsteps? There are many options available then if this is the case, and if you have a seemingly bottomless bank account, then the $105,000 Orcinus Orchestral Digital Grand Piano does seem to be the most perfect platform to usher in tunes to your home.

After all, the Orcinus Orchestral Digital Grand Piano happens to obtain its curved, sleek design from the graceful yet powerful form of the Orcinus orca. One of the reasons as to why it costs so much is because it has been handmade in the United Kingdom in order to suit individual preference, ranging from the polish of the exterior to the upholstery of the matching seat. Everything about the Orcinus has been crafted using components from German concerns Kluge and Renner, who so happens to be provider of the world’s best piano mechanics. It will boast of 88 Ivoplast and ebony keys to provide the same balanced hammer action as a concert grand, while sporting a world-leading 500-tone Roland audio processor that suffuses each note with realistic acoustic character and nuance. Not only that, five built-in speakers that comprise of its 200-watt audio system will work in tandem with a passive membrane that has been integrated into the piano’s bottom that amplifies low-frequency sounds to replicate the sonorous silhouette of a wooden resonance board. Pretty slick, don’t you think so?
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PlayOn streaming video recorder is a first

We have heard of DVRs before – digital video recorders, and here we are with something that has everything to do with video, but approaches the topic from a different viewpoint – PlayOn from MediaMall Technologies Inc. that is also known as the first-ever Streaming Video Recorder or “SVR”. PlayOn’s innovative SVR service happens to be a first-of-its-kind application which would enable users to record streaming TV shows as well as movies, playing them back on a wide range of devices without requiring the viewer to go through advertisements that can be rather annoying, courtesy of PlayOn’s AdSkip technology.

Jeff Lawrence, President and CEO, PlayOn, shared, “Streamers simply don’t have the flexibility and freedom that DVRs offer to broadcast TV consumers. With PlayOn’s SVR, we’re giving those liberties to streamers by allowing them to record their favorite streaming TV shows and movies to watch whenever and wherever they want. Users can ‘set it and forget it’ by scheduling PlayOn to automatically record new episodes of their favorite shows as they become available. This enables them to never miss another episode or movie when they are taken offline.”

PlayOn’s SVR will enable PC users to be able to leverage current streaming services to record, cast, or stream from over 100 sites, where among them include the likes of Netflix, Hulu, HBO GO, Comedy Central, and all of the other major networks. Not only that, users are able to easily record movies or TV shows, or even an entire series, all with the click of a button. Video recordings will then be saved to a user’s computer in order for them to enjoy an ad-free experience on a TV from the comfort of their couch or on-the-go saved to a tablet or mobile device, all without the need for the Internet, now how about that for convenience?

PlayOn is now available as a free download, but if you would like to record and play back media ad-free and to cast streaming media to a TV or device, then PlayOn Plus can be yours for $4.99 monthly, $29.99 yearly or $49.99 for a lifetime subscription.

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The Plantronics Voyager 5200 Series makes any call sound professional

For a lot of people the 9-5 grind seems like a dream come true compared to the workload they normally face. Oftentimes you’ll get business calls while walking down the street, on vacation, or out at a bar after hours. You can’t ignore it, because every time you don’t pick up you’re ruining yourself further down road, or jamming lines of communication. Wherever you are, you want to make sure you’re receiving calls and answering with enough clarity to make sure neither side is being misunderstood.

Whether wind, construction, or rain is trying to muscle its way into your call, it’ll certainly have a hard time if you’re using the Plantronics Voyager 5200. This headset has four microphones that work together to cancel out noise, which is helped by the WindSmart tech which will determine the direction of the wind and respond appropriately. This was tested to make sure it’s comfortable all day regardless of how uncomfortably long some of your conversations might be. You also don’t have to worry about wearing it during a light drizzle, in humidity, or while getting your sweat on running to catch the train as it has a nano-coating to protect it from moisture.

In addition to making you sound awesome and being comfy, this has caller ID that will let you know who’s incoming, and you can say “answer” or “ignore” to manage calls. Through a dedicated button, you’ll be able to activate Siri, Google Now, or Cortana. The portable charging dock will give you 14 extra hours of talk time, which is twice what it’s capable of on a full charge on its own. This is a $119.99 purchase that is likely for those that don’t ever seem to turn off from work mode.

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Casio EDIFICE timepiece simply loves the sun

Casio America, Inc. is more than pleased to announce that they have yet another timepiece that will hit the market, where it will fall under the EDIFICE banner. Targeting the men this time around, the model number of EQB-500DB-2A might be difficult to roll off the tongue, but that is all right, since it would be a whole lot easier to simply refer to it as the all-new Casio EDIFICE watch. This particularly new timepiece will come equipped with Smart Phone Link, Tough Solar Power, a 3D Dial and water resistance up to 100 meters, where the advanced functionality will be merged alongside a modern style which makes Casio’s EQB-500DB-2A ideal for any man’s professional or weekend lifestyle. It does not matter whether he is going abroad for work or a holiday, or is just a local traveler, the watch’s Global Time Sync functionality will be able to ensure that he remains on pace.

Thanks to the integration of Smart Phone Link technology, the EQB-500DB-2A will be able to hook up to a smartphone with a simple push of a button via Casio’s Mobile Link Technology. If you were to download the CASIO WATCH+ app, you can then connect it to a compatible smartphone via Bluetooth SMART, allowing the timepiece to access the correct time in its current location and for more than 300 cities worldwide, which will also offer correction for Daylight Saving Time if required. Users will also gain the capability to swap the specified home time and world time thanks to a simple press of a button, in addition to correct alarms and other time settings. Not only that, it has a handy phone finder function that is self explanatory — you can locate a lost device by connecting to it, letting it emit a sound to help find its location, even if the phone is on silent.

Not only that, the new EQB-500DB-2A will boast of Casio’s Tough Solar Power that does away with the need for battery changes. A full-charge without further exposure to light will allow it to run for approximately seven months, now how about that? To further enhance it, it boasts of a special power save feature which will let it power down when not exposed to light for a certain period of time to further conserve energy. Expect Casio’s EQB-500DB-2A to retail for $410 from next month onward.

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Razer ManO’War gaming headset ups the ante further

Razer has certainly done its fair bit to deliver a number of high end gaming peripherals over the years without any exception, and this time around, they also happen to be able to cater to those who are on the lookout of a gaming headset par excellence. Just in case you are in the market for a new gaming headset that will be able to deliver all of the different nuances regardless of the game genre, Razer steps right up to the plate to get the job done, in the form of the ManO’War headset.

Of course, this will not be a tethered headset, but rather, it will be a wireless one that provides freedom and uninterrupted play for long hours on end, now how about that? Boasting of an all new design that promises to also extend battery life, while you enjoy 7.1 surround sound in a zero lag environment, you can be sure that you will be the envy of the rest of your mates whenever you don the Razer ManO’War headset.

The Razer ManO’War is deemed to be an ultra-compact wireless USB adapter which delivers plug-and-play connectivity from up to 12 meters, but of course, if you think that this is not enough simply because you live in a really, really large mansion, there is the optional extension dock that will be able to offer an even greater 14 meter range. The aforementioned immersive 7.1 channel virtual surround sound in the Razer ManO’War happens to be supported by the Razer Surround software engine, where it is paired with the Razer ManO’War’s custom tuned 50mm Neodymium magnet drivers, allowing your ears to enjoy virtual soundscapes that come alive thanks to 360-degree fidelity.

Hidden in the left ear cup would be a unidirectional digital microphone boom which can be easily pulled out when required, and it can also be adjusted to whatever position that is desired. All in all the Razer ManO’War will arrive worldwide this May for $169.99.

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Riley is a robot companion that will keep an eye on things at home

 

When you’re barely home long enough to sleep, you might begin worrying if you locked up after you left, or took care of everything that needed to get done at home. While you can’t exactly trust a dog or cat to look after things, it’s at least one layer of protection for your home. Getting a camera to help with home security would certainly ease your mind, but those are usually anchored to one spot.

If you want to be able to roam the halls of your home while you’re away, then why not invest in a robot that will let you do just that? Riley is a robot whose “face” is a camera, and its body is built like a little tank. Most crowdfunding projects are a bit iffy since you never quite know what the finished product is going to be. Thankfully, I attended a demo day and got to play with Riley! This little robot is cute and unassuming, which is what makes it the perfect guard dog.

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Not only can you tilt Riley’s head up to 120 degrees, but its 5HD megapixel camera is going to capture anything it sees during the day or night with its night vision. There’s also a mic and speaker so you can talk to your pets or family if you’re away on a trip. It could also be fun to spook baddies who think breaking into your home is a good idea, but hopefully that never happens. If you know you forgot to lock the back door, you can also hide Riley nearby and set it up to alert you if its motion sensor is activated.

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The grippy treads that will get Riley from place to place can handle going up steep inclines and over objects that are in the way without much trouble. The treads also come in a variety of different colors if you have a preference for that sort of thing. If it falls forward, it can pick itself up so one bad fall won’t end its journey for the day. You can control Riley from anywhere in the world by using the app on your iOS or Android device so long as it’s connected to WiFi. When Riley is starting to lose power, you only need to get it about a meter away from the docking station and it will automatically dock itself to juice up its 2600mAh battery. This is going to retail for $229, but is presently available for $159.

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New versions of Razer Hammerhead Pro announced

gallery-razer-hammerhead-pro-v2When it comes to headsets and earphones, there are many different kinds of models to choose from, and it all depends on what you are going to use it for. For gamers who would need something that works in a crystal clear manner without any kind of compromise so that they can know what is going on in-game, then the Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 headset and Razer Hammerhead V2 in-ear headphones would be able to do the trick quite well, taking into consideration Razer’s prowess when it comes to gaming peripherals that they have released over the years. .

The all new Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 and Razer Hammerhead V2 will both arrive with an enhanced chassis that is CNC milled out of aircraft-grade aluminum, while flat-style cables make them ideal for mobile gaming and music use. Specially engineered for improved acoustic clarity as well as more powerful bass for which the Razer Hammerhead series is famous for, the in-ear headset and headphone will also come equipped with extra-large 10mm dynamic drivers, which would be a 20 percent increase compared to the earlier generation.

The Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 will boast of a trio of quick-action control buttons on the in-line microphone, which will play nice with both iOS and Android devices. There is also a trio of ear tip sizes to choose from and an optional bi-flange attachment that delivers superior sound isolation, in addition to customizable comfort for increased versatility. Not only that, an included splitter cable enables it to be connected to devices with dedicated audio and microphone jacks.

As for the Razer Hammerhead V2 which was developed for users who want a streamlined mobile audio solution, it will come with all the features of the Pro V2, although it would miss out on the in-line mic and controls. Expect the Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 to go for $69.99 a pop while the Razer Hammerhead V2 would retail for $49.99 each as they both arrive next month.

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