Archive for February, 2016

Gizcam Redfox helps you to shoot professional looking videos with your smartphone

gizcam-redfoxLet’s just say that you have a great love for all sorts of video recording devices, and the camera is one of them. While carrying a camcorder with you can be a rather bulky endeavor, this does not mean that there is no practical solution for the preservation of perfect moments. A smartphone, especially the high end models and flagships of today, do sport some pretty great sensors in their chipsets to shoot fantastic looking photos and steady videos, thanks to the presence of OIS chips in their devices. However, not all smartphone cameras come with an OIS chip, and this is where the Gizcam Redfox steps in – to do away with blurry and shaky video footage shot on a smartphone.

Smartphones are not the only devices that the Gizcam Redfox caters to, as it also comes in another variant that supports action cameras. The entire device would tip the scales at 430 grams, but if you opt for the action camera version, then it would be close to a hundred grams lighter with a 338 gram reading, ensuring that you will not end up with a strained back or hands at the end of the day.

Not only that, the Gizcam Redfox also comes with a built-in 3,000mAh battery, and that is more than capable of ensuring that the Redfox ends up working for the better part of 10 hours before requiring a recharge. Not only that, it will also be able to double up as a power bank just in case your smartphone runs out of juice and there is no power outlet nearby to zap it back to life. As the Gizcam Redfox resembles that of a selfie stick, it will also allow you to snap portraits from your smartphone without the need to touch your handset.

There are three different modes that the Gizcam Redfox offers: Locking mode, Heading follow mode and Pitching mode. Whenever you shoot video in challenging conditions where the wind is strong or there is plenty of movement on your part, then the control accuracy of the motor is around 0.02 degrees, letting it adapt accordingly to the surrounding environment so that it can capture the best footage possible.

Bluetooth connectivity is also thrown into the mix, where the smartphone compatible $299.99 Gizcam Redfox will play nice with the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. For those who prefer to rock to an action camera, the Gizcam Redfox action camera compatibility list would be the GoPro Hero 4, GoPro Hero 3+, GoPro Hero 3, Xiaomi Yi action camera, and basically just about any other kind of action camera that carries similar dimensions to the ones mentioned, and this one will be more affordable at $259.99 a pop.
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Reuge Musical Starship is no Star Wars merchandise

musical-starshipThey say that music soothes the soul, and this I do not deny. After all, how many times have we been feeling really, really down, and then comes along a tune that simply lifts up our spirits from the miry clay of despair and self pity? Well, there are some pretty unique music box examples in the past, such as one that has been amalgamated with an espresso machine, and here we are with one that is more expensive than that of a regular car – the $22,000 Reuge Musical Starship.

You can say that this is the heirloom music box crafted in Sainte-Croix, Switzerland by renowned horologists, where Reuge will bring a listener beyond Earth’s bounds thanks to a suite of mellifluous melodies. It does look like a TIE fighter prototype of sorts, where the music box plays 35-second excerpts from the themes of Star Wars, Mission Impossible, James Bond, and The Godfather in layers of rich sound that implies galaxy-spanning sentient design. There are twin horizontally mounted, nickel-plated brass cylinders which will rotate within each wing thanks to precise Cartel 3.72 movements, with its wire pins plucked by a 72-note tempered-steel comb in perfect time. Each individual tooth in the comb has been tuned to a specific frequency, and there will only be 33 of these handmade bad boys available.
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The dokiWatch is a smartwatch for kids that’s actually useful

If you’ve never taken care of a child or puppy, which is essentially the same thing, it’s a pretty terrifying experience. They get into everything, put all nearest objects in their mouth, and unknowingly attempt suicide every five minutes because they just don’t know what anything is. While you can train a puppy as they grow up, the same is not so easily done for kids. Human intelligence makes them crafty, sneaky, and much more prone to danger. That being said, we want to keep watch on the little boogers and make sure they’re not getting into too much trouble.

Of course, they’re not going to be too happy with you if you try to slap a homing beacon on them. Just like it is with cleaning and brushing their teeth, you have to make things fun! This dokiWatch will seem like a cool smartwatch and phone combination to your kids, but will actually keep you close at hand even when you’re cities apart. This is a smartwatch that does video calling, GPS tracking, fitness tracking, and instant messaging.

In addition to being able to talk to you and their friends, there’s an electronic pet they can take care of (Tamagochi!), and an SOS button in case they need help quickly from an injury or a bad scenario. You’ll be able to keep track of where they are while being able to check in from your phone, and they’ll get a cool watch. This is meant for 6-12 year olds, available in mango yellow, dazzle pink, sonic blue, and shark grey. Each watch costs around $149, and is currently available for pre-order from their successfully ended Indiegogo page.

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The Mattel ThingMaker 3D Printer – Your kid’s creativity will become their toys

Children have unyielding energy and creativity. It’s a bit harrowing to think of how many times you’ve played make believe in the last 2 years versus how many times they’ve done it in the last five minutes. Up until the angsty teen years, children are looking to create non-stop and try to  make their imaginations come to life through drawings or Play-Doh. Thanks to 3D printing, an idea can be input and a physical object will come out.

While it is a bit more complicated than having an idea, the people at Mattel figured out a way to make it more understandable and fun for kids. The ThingMaker 3D Printer will not only let kids print pre-designed toys, figures, and jewelry, but they’ll be able to make their own on a free app. They’ll be able to send in their designs straight from a tablet or web browser. Of course, while this machine is extruding hot plastic, hands should not be anywhere nearby, so this has a retracting print head to keep things nice and safe.

Just for safety’s sake, there’s also an automated door lock so once things are started you have to stop them to get at anything inside. This is a $299.99 purchase, and will likely come with some starter plastic, though you will undoubtedly have to get more. For those interested, this item will be released in mid-October of this year, a fine holiday gift for aspiring makers next December.

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Video Recording Solar Security Light offers added peace of mind

It looks like the world is far from being a safe place these days, but does this mean we should all simply move into a cave and barricade ourselves in it to avoid danger? Who knows, there might be a bear in the cave instead! Having said that, we can always do our bit to gain some added peace of mind with the inclusion of security cameras around the home, as well as added lights. How about merging the functions of both ideas in a single device – that of the $299.95 Video Recording Solar Security Light?

The Video Recording Solar Security Light is a weatherproof video recording security light which will, as its name suggests, is powered by sunlight. Hence, it makes perfect sense to have it mounted on a place where it would be a huge hassle to send electrical power that direction, and yet has plenty of access to the sun. Whenever its motion sensor detects movement from up to 40′ away day or night, it will begins to record video across a 110º angle so that it can track the comings and goings of those who pass beneath. There will be 16 LEDs that bathe the area in 879 lumens of bright white light which can be set to stay on 10-60 seconds after motion ceases. An included 16 GB microSD card is capable of stashing up to four hours of time-stamped video, while the rechargeable batteries offer up to 110 minutes of continuous use and will be juiced up through the solar panel.
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Garmin announces vívoactive HR GPS smartwatch

While Garmin is well known for their range of GPS-enabled devices, this does not mean that they should just keep to their regular line of navigational tools that help you get from one point to another. No sir, there should be innovation always to push them forward, and rather than sit and rest on their laurels, the folks over at Garmin have decided to take the plunge into the smartwatch market, except that with Garmin’s expertise in GPS technology, you can be sure that their vívoactive HR GPS smartwatch will be different from the other models out there in the market.

First of all, the vívoactive HR GPS smartwatch will sport Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology, allowing it to keep track of active moments throughout the day, as it does the difficult and mundane job of counting the number of steps taken and floors climbed, the intensity of minutes, monitoring sleep and featuring built-in GPS-enabled sports apps for walking, running, biking, swimming, golfing, paddle boarding, rowing, skiing and snowboarding.

The vívoactive HR will make use of the 24/7 wrist-based heart rate data collected in order to calculate the amount of calories burned in addition to the intensity of fitness activities, offering proper credit for users’ array of workouts. Thanks to the Connect IQ store, users are able to easily personalize their vívoactive HR with free apps, widgets, watch faces and data fields.

This unique smartwatch will boast of up to eight days’ battery life in watch/activity tracking mode (with 24/7 heart rate monitoring, no GPS) or up to 13 hours using GPS, in order to have it keeps up with users’ active lifestyles while ensuring they remain connected as well. It is capable of sending any notification from a compatible smartphone, where among them include incoming calls, texts, emails, calendar reminders, and social media alerts, making sure that you do not miss what’s going on in your digital life.

Expect the vívoactive HR to start shipping some time in the second quarter of the year for $249.99 a pop, as it arrives in regular and extra-large fit black bands.

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Kii delivers Snowfox portable tracker for children

Children are very precious – regardless of where they are, their exuberant spirit and natural optimism is always a joy to watch and be with. Having said that, their sense of curiosity also brings them on various adventures, and this might at times, end up in them getting lost around a particular area or place. This would indirectly cause a sense of distress to the parents as well, so why not live out the mantra that prevention is indeed better than cure? While there are devices like the LG KiZON for the little ones, here is yet another child tracker that works great if you would like to keep up with the times – the Snowfox from Kii.

Kii is one of the leading Internet of Things (IoT) cloud platform provider, working alongside Haltian, a high technology electronics design and production house, to deliver their latest portable tracker and communication device that is known as Snowfox. This is a next generation tracking solution that comprises of a durable and portable device with voice calling, GPS tracking and an app, with all of those functions backed by Kii’s IoT platform. This particular collaboration between Kii and Haltian ensures that there is a viable solution that will address the highest priority for any parent – their child’s safety.

The Snowfox is rather special as it comes with an embedded SIM card and is ready to work right out of the box, and it will also carry some key differentiators which would help it to stand apart from the rest of the crowd, including powerful two-way calling feature, a simple button that can double up as a panic button or a simple check-in button, accurate GPS tracking, rugged all-weatherproof design that is impact-resistant, multiple geo-fencing zone capabilities that enables a parent to see the tracker’s most recent location, the ability to create no-go zones and receive notifications when a tracker reaches or leaves a specific place.

With a simple design that can be used by children and parents alike with little help, expect to see more of the Snowfox at MWC next week – with a commercial release tipped for a Q2 2016 rollout. There is no word on pricing as at press time.

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RC Flying Car merges both the old and the new

rc-flying-carDrones do seem to be all the rage these days, and with so many different kinds of models to choose from, which particular one should you decide to settle for? Perhaps you might want to settle for something different this time around with the $99.95 RC Flying Car from Hammacher. The RC Flying Car can be best described to be a remote controlled vehicle which is capable of making its way over ground, and when you feel like it, you can have it take off to the air.

It gets up and around by swiftly rolling forward/backward on a quartet of 1.75″ diameter foam-tired wheels when on the ground at 67 mph scale speed, while the drone executes sharp lefts/rights from up to 130′ away when issued commands from its 2.4 GHz radio remote. One will be able to choose between two ground and air speeds, and a lot of it will be based on operator experience. Whenever there is an obstacle that requires airborne circumnavigation, the drone will respond nimbly with up/down, left/right, or side-to-side flight, as it is powered by a quartet of 4.25″-long high-efficiency propellers. Being capable of 360° movement that includes spins, loops, and rolls, the drone will boast of six-axis motion-sensitive gyrostabilizers that provide optimal flight performance; the remote also provides trim adjustment with audible feedback so a pilot can stay focused on the drone’s flight versus the remote. The rechargeable battery delivers up to five-minute flight times from a full charge using via included USB charger, while the remote is powered by a quartet of AA batteries.
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Logitech GROUP lets you collaborate in a group remotely

logitech-groupThere is power in synergy, and a whole lot more gets done in a teamwork style than if you were to fly solo – except perhaps, if you are painting a masterpiece like the Sistine Chapel and would not want any other artist’s input in the matter. Well, modern day businesses dictate that working as a group will reap far more benefits than being a lone ranger, which is why Logitech decided to furnish one with the relevant tools to get the job done – in the form of the Logitech GROUP.

The Logitech GROUP will offer crystal-clear audio and high-quality High Definition video conferencing for groups of up to 14 people, or up to 20 with the optional expansion microphones. Logitech GROUP will not break the bank in these economically trying times, where it is affordable and enables organizations to use the same room system configuration for whichever unified communications, web conferencing or video conferencing application that is being used at the moment. The solution is so simple that it can be deployed in a matter of minutes, enabling any meeting space to be a flexible multi-use video collaboration space.

The Logitech GROUP also happens to be the successor to Logitech’s popular ConferenceCam CC3000e, where it will boast of a full-duplex, sleek speakerphone that delivers sound that is crisp, clear, and can be heard by everyone in the meeting. Boasting of a metal case which will help improve acoustic performance, it also isolates the microphone and speaker in order to deliver premium audio quality. The combination of a quartet of omnidirectional microphones, acoustic echo and noise-cancelling technology ensures that conversational realism is achieved, and conference participants are able to converse within a 20-foot diameter around the base, or extend the range to 28-feet with optional expansion microphones. It can also play nice with Bluetooth enabled mobile devices for audio calls.

Other features include 1080p video quality, a wide 90-degree field of view and smooth pan and tilt controls, while it will be accompanied by the likes of on-board H.264 with scalable video coding to free up bandwidth. Expect the Logitech GROUP to arrive worldwide next month for $999 a pop, while expansion microphones will be sold at $299, and if you would like to pick it up in a bundle, where you get the GROUP with two expansion microphones, that will retail for $1,249.

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Swann keeps a record of your driving

swann-dashcamDash cameras in vehicles are nothing new, but it is nice to see how technology makes things safer for just about every single one of us. For instance, rear view cameras that has a built-in camera are not uncommon, and Swann would like to expand their portfolio in the realm of DIY security monitoring has shown off its new range of High Definition dash cameras: namely the Navigator HD Dash Camera and Economy HD Dash Camera. Regardless of which model that you decide to bring home, it offers drivers a new level of protection, as the full HD cameras come equipped with G-sensor accident detection, a vehicle safety system that detects sudden acceleration, collisions and safeguards from fraudulent insurance claims.

Specially designed to offer peace of mind on the road, the Navigator HD Dash Camera will feature a wide angle 140° lens that records full HD 1080p video, photos and audio in real-time, not to mention the ability to capture license plates. This means that drivers will never miss an incident, as the camera performs recording automatically the moment the engine is turned on and whenever motion is detected. In addition, the included GPS locator would be able to track exact movements and places, while detailed time and location data are stamped on the footage. With the Navigator GPS software seeing action on a computer or tablet, users are able to check driving routes and speed information on the map in a jiffy.

Setting it up is a snap, thanks to the unobtrusive suction mounting that will hook up to the vehicle’s windscreen. USB connectivity enables easy transferring of footage to their computer and recharge their device’s battery using the included mini USB cable. Each $149.99 purchase comes with the Navigator HD Dash Camera, a car suction mount, a car charger, a 13-foot cable and USB to Mini USB cable.

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