Archive for October, 2015

Taser’s Axon Fleet in-car video system

taser-car-cameraNobody likes to go through the hassle of an accident. After all, accidents are so much trouble when you have to file a police report, deal with all of the necessary paperwork so that the insurance money can arrive, not to mention the very clear and present danger of actually dying in an accident, or ending up with some really serious injuries that could take a very, very long time to heal from. Taser has just announced its spanking new Axon Fleet in-car video system that will cost one $499 a pop. At that price point, you would end up with not one, but a couple of cameras for the front window as well as the rear seat area. Pre-orders for the Axon Fleet will kick off from this week onward, where shipment is tippedto happen in the first quarter of next year.

Specially designed with connectivity in mind, the Axon Fleet will see the incorporation of Axon Signal technology which will automatically activate during critical situations. Apart from that, Wi-Fi connectivity ensures that it remains connected to the infinite computing power of the cloud with Evidence.com, so that future capabilities can be envisaged within the ride itself. The presence of a wide-angle lens and HD video, married to a flexible design, paves the way for quick and straightforward camera swaps, while a rear-facing camera and a pre-event buffer for up to two minutes will certainly offer additional peace of mind.

Some of the features and benefits that the Axon Fleet would come with include Retina HD Video, where it has been touted to be the industry’s best low-light video which now records in HD, Wireless Activation that will turn camera on with light bar, TASER and other sensor activation. a Rear-Facing Camera to see all that is happening within the car itself, the fact that there is no maintenance downtime to worry about since replacing it is as simple as removing it in a matter of seconds. Not only that, the full-featured solution will be on the receiving end of new capabilities via software upgrades every 30 days, now how about that?

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Polaroid Snap instant digital camera now ships in the US and UK

polaroid-snapYou know what they say – better late than never, right? With that in mind, we did talk about the Polaroid Snap instant digital camera when it was first unveiled more than a month back, but this time around, things are all the more cheerful, taking into consideration how the Polaroid Snap instant digital camera is starting to ship in the US and UK. Just to refresh our memories, the Polaroid Snap will bring back memories of old, where it can deliver the instant simplicity and spontaneity that is synonymous with the brand, all coming in a pocket-sized form factor as well as a price point that does not break the bank, making it perfect for the photography lover on any gift list as the Polaroid Snap brings the world of digital imaging with a Zero Ink Printing platform to the masses. This lets you print and share physical photos at the push of a button, and at the same time, save your image for use later on when you need to upload it to a computer or other social media platforms.

You can bet your bottom dollar that since the Polaroid Snap was announced, there has been a fair number of commotion surrounding the device due to the unprecedented capabilities, while maintaining the rich heritage of the Polaroid brand for more than seven decades. Boasting of a minimalist design, it will come with an updated look that incorporates design elements of legacy Polaroid instant cameras, and this includes the iconic Polaroid Color Spectrum.

The Polaroid Snap would be a 10MP digital instant camera that comes with a built-in printer, and this is made possible through the use of ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology, making sure that whoever is interested can print full color, 2

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Star Wars BB-8 Hologram Projecting Droid is the droid you’re looking for

You know for sure that just about everyone and their dog simply cannot wait for the middle of December to come soon enough – after all, that is when the latest instalment of Star Wars will hit the silver screens, and you can be sure that this is one movie which will achieve its fair share of box office records along the way. One of the things about this science fiction franchise would be its memorable characters, and in The Force Awakens, we have definitely gotten our hearts endeared to the BB-8 droid that rolled across the desert while beeping away. How about seeing yet another iteration of the BB-8 droid in the form of the $149.95 BB-8 Hologram Projecting Droid?

This is a unique smartphone-controlled BB-8 droid which will be able to project holographic messages, as it pays homage to R2-D2 sending a message in loop that Obi Wan Kenobi is her only hope. This rolling astromech droid will project holographic videos from a camera in its head, and it is also full well capable of handling a variety of commands such as “forwards” and “backwards”, while moving in the respective direction almost immediately. The free app will play nice with Android 4.4 and up or iOS 8 and up.
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Corsair Katar gaming mouse ups the ante

Gamers can be a particularly choosy lo – especially when it boils down to the kind of hardware that they use. Most of the time, they would settle for nothing less than the best that is available in the market, in order to maximize their chance at winning the next deathmatch or guild outing. However, once you are equipped with all the fancy gaming equipment and yet still lose a match to an opponent who uses inferior peripherals, then you know for sure it is time to stop your dreams of being a pro-gamer and continue being a programmer instead. Corsair is no stranger to gaming mice, having rolled out the Sabre RGB mouse in the previous year, and here they are with the brand new Katar Gaming Mouse for the masses to try out – and perhaps stick with the brand for a long time after this.

The Corsair Katar Gaming Mouse will deliver a simple and deadly choice for gamers who are on the lookout for the sharpest edge where competitive multiplayer games are concerned. It has been designed with the help of top pro-gaming teams worldwide, where you get to enjoy an ultra-responsive 8,000 DPI optical sensor for extreme accuracy and precise tracking regardless of the speed in which you move the mouse. Katar’s compact and ultra-lightweight 85g ambidextrous design would also make it a snap to use all day long without your hand feeling tired at all, regardless of whether you are a southpaw or otherwise. There are also rubber side grips which ensure you end up with a firm hold at all times, even when you normally sweat bucketloads through your palms.

The Corsair Katar gaming mouse is not only smart but ‘deadly’ as well, where Pro Player Mode lets you take advantage of pre-configured performance and tuning settings which are used by the world’s top players. This provides you with a psychological boost and who knows, might even offer you a professional edge without having to rack up years of practice.

Best of all is, the Corsair Katar gaming mouse will not burn a hole in your pocket if you decide to pick it up, as it costs just $39.99 a pop.

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Coban‘s Echo body-worn camera is one tough cookie

hd-echoAn adventure camera like one of those models from the GoPro series is definitely worth checking out – and even purchasing, especially if you are an adrenaline junkie or an outdoor enthusiast who wishes others to be able to experience what you are going through at the moment, which also lends all the more credence to the saying of “a picture speaks a thousand words”. Well, Coban Technologies, having offered body-worn and in-car video solutions for law enforcement for quite some time already, has just introduced the Echo line of rugged and compact body-worn cameras.

Echo is special, as it was uniquely designed from the outset in order to address the unique operating environment that is discovered in law enforcement applications. It will play nice with Coban’s market-leading video management software suite, where agencies have the option of deploying the Echo body camera system without requiring to implement onerous new processes or training.

Apart from that, those officers who are in the field have discovered that ECHO is intuitive and easy to use, which makes it an indispensable ally to have during critical, high-stress moments. As the Echo camera can capture important events without having to remember complex, inconsistent instructions or button-pressing actions, this will go a long way in helping it be all the more popular. The Echo system itself supports automatic uploads when docked to multiple upload solutions, which can range from an in-vehicle dock that is hooked up to a laptop or in-car video system, all the way to a high capacity 24-bay kiosk that can also double up as a management station for rapid offload.

Some of the Echo’s features include high quality video and audio capture at 1080p, 720p, and WVGA resolution, 8.5 hours of non-stop record time, a rugged IP56 design that helps to protect it against water, dust, vibration, heat and cold, a compact footprint for flexible mounting options, a simple design that places the record buttons on both sides and a programmable button which can be set by the agency in order to have it function as a tag, mute or covert operations button. Definitely sounds like something worth checking out if you are in the market for one of these.

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Thonet & Vander announces Hoch Bluetooth speaker

We live in times that treasure portability all the time, and with this, you can be sure that anything with cables – should there be an opportunity to ensure that cables are not required, then such an opportunity should be seized with both hands. This means the explosion of wireless speakers is not an exclusive phenomenon in the consumer electronics world, where Thonet & Vander have announced the availability of the Hoch Bluetooth speaker.

This signature Hoch Bluetooth speaker that has hit US shores will set one back by $299.99 a pop, where it has been specially designed with structural purism alongside elegant aesthetics in mind. The Hoch BT will be able to offer audio purity and flat response courtesy of its avant-garde developments, such as the patented Hammer Bass and Drone FX.

It will be made from HDAA high density wood which will help to prevent loss of sound and features an antimagnetic shield that would help to block out external interferences, making the Hoch BT the perfect sound system for your entertainment center. With Bluetooth 4.0 technology being thrown into the mix, you will be free to control your sound in an untethered manner. Specially designed with structural purism in mind, the elegant wooden bookshelf speakers would do away with the need for an extra amplifier or receiver, and users have the choice to crank it up to full volume without hearing any cracks, hums or interference.

Apart from that, the Hoch BT will also boast of unique technologies that hail from years of R & D from the Thonet & Vander team, such as Hammer Bass. Hammer Bass enables one to hear bass in a deeper and adjusted way, which will magnify the impact of low frequencies while delivering sound with greater fidelity. As for Drone FX, it will be able to play treble in a clear and natural manner which will further enhance the detail in the entire frequency range. Merging these technologies together alongside a 70W output would let listeners enjoy music at full volume with minimal distortion.

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Libratone ZIPP wireless speakers set the tone

libratone-zippTake a look around you today. Is the office truly paperless at the moment? Not really, and one simply cannot do without paper IMHO under enterprise conditions even as of now, as there is still value to the power of paper as opposed to digitizing everything. Going wireless, however, is another matter altogether – and this is one are of technological improvement that I would love to support all the more. After all, there is no need to worry about tripping over pesky wires and cables if the entire place were to be wireless. Libratone knows this, which is why they have ventured forward with a new range of its top-selling ZIPP wireless speakers. These revamped ZIPPs will ensure that one can enjoy liberating sound through the practical combination of exceptional 360° sound quality alongside portable multi-room connectivity.

Being made to suit what the Scandinavian trend institute, The PEJ Group’s CEO Louise Byg Kongsholm has coined “the elastic lifestyle”, it is explained this way. “We have become accustomed to technology that makes life simpler. Out of this, we have developed a need for environments that can be twisted, expanded, and adjusted to different everyday situations. The elastic lifestyle requires that the elements in our home are functional, flexible, simple, and above all, they need to help us create the perfect mood for every situation,” shares Louise.

This new new ZIPP range will be based on the award-winning design and technology of the classic Libratone ZIPP, and yet the better bit of it all is the fact that it will arrive with a lower sticker price, now how about that when it comes to value for money? The new ZIPP range will include the ZIPP (100 W) and ZIPP Mini (60 W), where both of these speakers will boast of specially designed elements without any standard components.

Sporting features such as 360° FullRoom Sound, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity in addition to a battery life that goes from 8 to 10 hours, it will also include Spotify Connect and Apple Music compatibility as part of the deal. The Libratone ZIPP is gonig for $299.99 each, while the ZIPP Mini will be cheaper at $249.99, soprting a durable white base and a mesh fabric cover available in four colours: Cloudy Grey, Deep Lagoon, Graphite Grey, Victory Red.

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These BeoPlay H8 Wireless Headphones are for rich audiophiles

BeoPlay H8 Wireless Headphones

If you look into buying any kind of product, you know there’s a range of quality available. The hard part is finding the best cross-section of quality and price that will fit you. Some people have so much money that they don’t mind throwing it at whatever the coolest looking option is so long as it seems like it will be worth it.

While buying a new pair of headphones doesn’t have to be a costly endeavor, these BeoPlay H8 Wireless Headphones from Bang & Olufsen shows that it still can be. These are said to be premium on-ear headphones that provide you with active noise canceling that you can turn on or off. They only weigh 9 ounces, and are made of anodized aluminum and leather. The exterior of the aluminum ear cup is where you can control the noise cancellation, volume, track changing, or take a call. It is said to be so sensitive that it will work even if you’re wearing gloves.

You’ll be able to choose between gray and hazel or argilla bright, which translates to most of the world color-wise as gold. Either option is going to cost you anywhere from $468-499 depending on how buddy-buddy you are with Amazon. The battery life is capable of 14 hours of listening, active noise cancellation and Bluetooth, or up to 35 hours with active noise cancellation only. It uses 40mm drivers, and comes with a 3.9” audio cable as well as a micro USB cable for charging.

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Taser Axon Body 2 camera announced

Taser is no stranger when it comes to personal protection ideas and devices, as their name has become synonymous with the self-defense device as much as Coke is to fizzy drinks, or perhaps Colgate is to toothpaste. As for photos, remember the time when Polaroid meant that? Well, the company certainly isn’t resting on its laurels, just in case you were wondering. While we have seen the Taser Axon at work here in the previous decade, the company has certainly kept itself rather busy in recent times, coming up with what it calls the Taser Axon Body 2 camera, where it will retail for $399 a pop and come with unlimited HD storage as long as you pick up the Unlimited pricing tier for $79 per month.

In other words, agencies will be able to now capture great HD video evidence without having to sweat buckets concerning the cost, with Taser anticipating the availability for shipment as well as trials in the fourth quarter of the year. The Axon Body 2 camera is part of the growing Axon platform which will connect cloud, mobile and wearable technologies in order to provide police agencies with a true end-to-end solution. Axon Body 2 will take the powerful simplicity of its predecessor to the next level thanks to a single-unit design that has been specially equipped with even greater capabilities such as unlimited HD video alongside industry-leading security enhancements.

The Axon Body 2 will boast of Retina HD video, which happens to be the industry’s best low-light video which can now do recording in HD. One a single full charge, the battery is able to deliver up to 12 hours of juice at the very least, and it has a pre-event buffer that lets it capture up to 2 minutes before an event just in case you need such footage for evidence down the road. It has Wireless Activation to boot, where the Axon Signal turns the camera on with lightbar and other sensor activation. Looks to be pretty much the complete package for the moment, don’t you think so?

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Fish Guts Pencil Case is not a stinker

I know that going to school, college or even university is a whole lot more different today than it was compared to the previous generation. Back then, nobody brought a notebook (of the electronic kind) to those educational institutions simply because there was no such thing – it was all paper and pen all the way. However, students these days do things electronically, so having a notebook is par for the course if you would like to be effective in your work. A collection of pens and pencils? That’s just too archaic. However, here is the £6.99 Fish Guts Pencil Case that would certainly make things a whole lot more interesting, as you can see above by its design.

This Fish Guts Pencil Case can be said to be the best pencil case ever – although no one is going to stop you from using it to stash away your fair share of pens and other stationery in it. It features scales on the outside while having guts on the inside, and you can even use it to stash away your make up pens if you want to. Best of all is, there is no funny fishy smell whatsoever that emanates from it, so you can bring this with you just about anywhere. Whatever loose pencils you have left with no more space can go into this Digital Photo Frame Pencil Cup.
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