Look up from your screen from a moment and see what all is encompassed by your field of vision. Now pick up your phone and try to take a picture. It’s only a fraction of what you can see in front of you, which is oftentimes the problem with trying to share our experiences with friends, family, and others when we take video or photos.
While VR is certainly picking up steam in popularity, it’s usually for digital worlds. If you want to share the real world with everyone you know and the Internet, you’re going to want a camera that can capture the world as you see it so it doesn’t feel like you’re viewing it through a lens. The LucidCam is a 3D VR Camera that offers 180 degree vision and spacial audio so it doesn’t feel like you’re the only one able to see and hear everything in real time.
The LucidCam is pocket-sized, point-and-shoot, and has 1080p footage at 30fps. You can also live stream with an HDMI out, and it has a battery that will let you record up to an hour’s worth of material. Flipping a switch will let you change from photo to video, and you can see the playback on a VR headset or your phone! This is going to cost you $399 to get the LucidCam, 3 cardboard boxes that turn your phone into a VR headset, and a selfie stick.
Available for crowdfunding on Indiegogo
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When it comes to earphones and headphones, one of the names that we have seen frequently in the past would be V-MODA, where they have come up with their fair share of offerings that would certainly suit just about every budget and need. This time around, however, it looks as though V-MODA has outdone themselves with the V-MODA Zn in-ear headphones that are touted to offer unrivaled sound quality and unmatched durability in an elegant Italian design for the modern and mobile audiophile.
This will be no ordinary pair of headphones, but rather, it is a limited edition model that will be called the Zn (after the zinc element symbol), and best of all is, it has been tuned to exceed V-MODA’s relentless standards. Needless to say, the V-MODA Zn is packed with luxurious yet impossibly durable materials which have been designed to produce the best headphones in its class.
You can be sure that every single Zn component has been carefully selected and vigorously tested before it is sold on store shelves, and the core happens to comprise of the outstanding 8mm dynamic driver which will boost tonal accuracy with very low distortion. Not only that, the zinc alloy metal housing which has been casted by a patented process, will enable it to be shaped in a unique manner, accompanied by microscopic precision that delivers consistent acoustic quality.
There are also acoustic filters which have been installed between the driver and the housing, and that will control the airflow mechanics, which happen to be the gatekeepers of golden acoustics. Not only that, four ergonomic sizes of patented BLISS 3.0 (Bass Level Isolating Soft Silicone) buds will help to isolate the audio to enable tighter bass for the best fit, stability and sound.
The asking price of the all-new V-MODA Zn with 3-Button SpeakEasy Remote Mic will be $180 a pop, although there are plans to roll out the Zn with 1-Button SpeakEasy Remote Mic soon.
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Monkey see, monkey do. It seems that our children love to pattern their lives after us, after all, what better example do they have than their parents or guardians? It is either that or the world that will shape the way the think, act and speak. Having said that, if you are an avid golfer and have brought your little one around the course before in a golf cart, then chances are pretty high that he might grow up thinking that he would want one of those fancy golf carts for himself. While his friends get presents of small electric cars, how about surprising him with the $299.95 Junior Golfer’s Electric Golf Cart?
The Junior Golfer’s Electric Golf Cart happens to enable budding golfers to play 18 backyard holes in comfort. It works in more or less the same manner as that of an actual golf cart, allowing riders to travel forwards or backwards, as well as to relax between holes on the cushioned seat under a nylon canopy. There is the plastic putter, iron, and driver which are stored conveniently in a golf bag, which in turn will rest in the back of the cart. The cart itself travels at a safe 2.5 mph and even boasts of a working horn just in case the family dog needs to be alerted. A 10-hour charge provides up to 40-minute rides.
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Children – they are particularly active and full of life most of the time, and parents will soon discover that leaving children alone to their own devices is a recipe for disaster. Here we are with X-Doria having stepped forward to help tired parents keep tabs on their little ones all the time – with the user-friendly KidGPS. The KidGPS happens to be a palm-sized tracking device which can easily be tucked in a child’s pocket, or to have it clipped on their backpack in order to make sure that they are always in a safe location.
With this particular device, parents will be able to easily track their children directly on their smartphones through an iOS and Android app, where it will pinpoint the exact location of the child. For instance, the KidGPS app will enable parents to set up “Zones” or “GeoFences” for the child, and the app will also send notification to the parent through SMS text whenever the child arrives or leaves certain locations.
The KidGPS also boasts of a handy “Panic Alert” button which will be able to send the current location of the child to multiple devices; making sure that children are always safe and can discreetly send a signal to parents if they happen to be in trouble. Boy, hasn’t child tracking technology come a long way since its early days?
Users are able to set up multiple devices in order to receive the KidGPS alerts on their handset, which means that not only parent, but also, grandparents, babysitters or just about anyone else who is taking care of the particular child, will be able to be aware of the their location. The battery in the KidGPS lasts up to 7 days, where it can be easily recharged thanks to an integrated micro-USB port. Expect it to cost $99.99 as it comes with 3 months of tracking service at KidGPS.us.
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If you don’t have a massive amount of money to blow on fancy gaming gear, you still want to find something that isn’t terribly expensive but will do the job. If it looks and feels awesome, that’s always a plus too. Most of the time those ultra expensive mice and keyboards are really only useful to the pros anyway, so there’s no use in paying triple the price if your skills can’t utilize the nanoseconds you’ll save.
By this point Mad Catz has made a good name for themselves in the gaming world, and they haven’t stopped making new goodies for us to drool over. Today the R.A.T.1 Mouse is on the docket, and it’s looking like it could do well for gamers on the go. This is a lightweight gaming mouse with 6 programmable buttons and detachable parts to make your long gaming sessions comfy.
It consists of three parts, including the tripod chassis which will act as the foundation, the sensor module which can be a mini mouse for travel when used by itself, and the adjustable palm rest. The latter will give you two positions to fit your hand comfortably. For those with access to a 3D printer, Mad Catz will also be making the CAD files for the palm rest available soon so you can tweak it to make your own! Its DPI range is 250-3000, and it comes with a 6 foot long cable. This is currently only available for pre-order, and will cost you $29.99, coming in color options of white or green.
Available for pre-order on MadCatz
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It goes without saying that children would definitely be enthralled whenever they enter an arcade – the bright, blinking lights, the kind of realistic sound effects that the games make, as well as it being an escape from the dreary days at school and it being a break from boring old homework. However, there is the downside of getting addicted to such games, which is why parents would do well to control the amount of screen time that their little ones enjoy. Just in case your wallet is feeling nice and fat, here is the $6,900 Arcade Mini Roadster Simulator that might just keep junior happy this Christmas.
The Arcade Mini Roadster Simulator is a children’s single-player arcade game which will pitch and roll as drivers zoom their mini roadster around a simulated racecourse. With this, youngsters will be able to have a more entertaining and immersive racing experience as opposed to computer games that remain physically static in front a monitor, as the rally-striped roadster’s chassis will sway as the driver leans into turns and gently bucks when it hits rough terrain. It will be operated as though one was driving an actual roadster, through the pressing of the foot pedal to accelerate and turning the steering wheel to navigate the course. Definitely not a gift for those who are on a tight budget!
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Ah, the power of commercialization. I am quite sure that you are well aware of Star Wars: The Force Awakens arriving at a cinema near you this coming middle of December, and even the pre-sales of the tickets themselves have caused the Internet to crash – at least for the websites offering such tickets. This is to be expected, considering how popular the movie franchise is that has captured the imagination of generations, and here we are with a Star Wars take on Germany’s 1994 children’s game of the year – the £29.99 Loopin’ Chewie will take over from Looping Louie.
How does Loopin’ Chewie work? Well, Chewbacca pilots the Millennium Falcon in a bid to pick off them pesky Stormtroopers, and basically, the last Stormtrooper standing wins. This is truly an exhilarating game for 2 or 3 players. Playing it is a snap, as all that you need to do is to swing the lovable Wookie known as Chewbacca around in an attempt to take out Stormtroopers. Best of all is, there are no batteries to worry about with Loopin’ Chewie, and neither do you need to fret about your children getting screen time with this.
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Some people listen to music and get songs stuck in their head. Others can’t stop coming up with melodies they’ve never heard before. If you’re one of the latter, and aren’t yet good enough at an instrument to create a song in a way that fully encompasses what’s happening in your head, I bet you can tap out the drum line decently enough. If you can keep a beat and want to start capturing the tunes in your noggin before they’re gone forever, then you’re likely looking for a way to do so digitally without having to record yourself humming it first.
If you want to open up your world of creative possibilities, then you’re going to love Mogees. This is a sensor that you can attach to just about anything, and it will capture the unique sounds of the world around you. You only need to attach the Mogees to whatever object you want to play, plug it into your phone, and record your gestures. It is completely customizable, as you can associate certain gestures to individual sounds or MIDI notes.
There’s not a whole lot of setup as this is quite literally a plug and play device. Of course, customizing will take a good deal of time, but that will come with learning the ins and outs of what your preferences are. You can sync Mogees with exising tracks, use it as a MIDI controller, and it should play nicely with a variety of digital audio software you’re already familiar with. It comes with 3 re-washable adhesive pads that are made of PU polymer to give you maximum acoustic clarity. This is going to cost you around $147, and is currently part of a successfully funded crowdfunding campaign.
Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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Nobody 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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You 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