When it comes to the world of digital cameras, there are hardware refreshes that happen from time to time – and most of the time, it would be an annual event that occurs like clockwork. Hence, you do not see that many digital camera models in the market, at least not as many as what some of us might notice where smartphones are concerned, and one reason for this would be the fact that you do not need to change your gear once every couple of years, unless you are a professional who wants nothing but the very best in the market. Having said that, the folks over at Nikon has just announced the Nikon Coolpix P610, which is a brand new model that will combine advanced functions with simple operation.
Just what kind of goodies will the Nikon Coolpix P610 bring to the table? For starters, it is a shooter that supports full-scale photography with a 60x optical zoom (up to 120x when Dynamic Fine Zoom is used) NIKKOR lens which will cover the wide-angle 24 mm to super-telephoto 1440 mm angles of view (equivalent focal lengths in 35mm  format), Dual Detect Optical VR, that delivers the best compensation for camera shake, which happens to be the equivalent to a 5.0-stop increase in shutter speed. To see all of these features being thrown into the mix of a Nikon compact digital camera is definitely a testament to their engineering capabilities, don’t you think so?
Apart from that, the Nikon Coolpix P610 will also have a shooting time lag of approximately 0.12 s, and the Nikon Coolpix P610 also happens to be one of the smallest cameras in the 60x or higher optical zoom class, which delivers better basic performance and more advanced functions than ever before thanks to its high-performance NIKKOR lens that makes use of a super ED lens element for superior chromatic aberration compensation. Not only that, it carries the distinction of being the very first Coolpix camera from Nikon that comes equipped with an electronic viewfinder with a built-in eye sensor.
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Nikon Coolpix P610 delivers advanced functions and simple operation
If a company were to remain the same without new product releases from time to time, you can be sure that it is not going to last too long, even more so in this day and age where technological breakthroughs and innovations happen at a breakneck speed. Well, here we are with the Nikon Coolpix AW130 digital camera – which will be an improvement over its predecessor, the cool looking Nikon Coolpix AW120 that was announced a year ago. Yup, it is that time of the year again, where major camera manufacturers roll out new editions of their shooters, packing in more megapixels, and, er, well, that seems to be the case at the bare minimum.
Taking in plenty of punishment in its stride, the Nikon Coolpix AW130 is one rugged camera that is certainly able to shrug off the kind of abuse that you throw at it – including being waterproof to depths of up to 30 meters, not to mention the capability of being able to withstand the shock of falls from approximately 2.1 m, in addition to braving the frigid temperatures when the mercury drops to as low as -10°C
In other words, the Nikon Coolpix AW130 is waterproof to depths that would enable folks who have with a recreational diver’s license equivalent to the PADI’s Advanced Open Water Diver license to be able to record photos and movies while diving to approved depths, all without the need to make use of a separate underwater housing. Apart from that, the shockproof capability and cold proof ability makes it a decent candidate to bring with you wherever you travel.
In a nutshell, the Nikon Coolpix AW130 will cater to those who indulge in leisure activities as well as hard-core outdoor activities, and there is also an accompanying accessory (which is sold separately) – the extremely portable, compact and lightweight Underwater Speedlight SB-N10, which would let you shoot stunning photos at depths of 30 m where little surface light reaches. Sounds like an interesting shooter, don’t you think so?
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Now here is a digital camera that you would certainly fall in love with, especially if you also have plenty of interest in the field of astronomy. The Nikon D810A happens to be the company’s very first ultra high-definition model that has been specially designed for astrophotography, where it is capable of capturing vivid reds in photos of nebulae that emit H-alpha light! This is certainly a first of sorts in the industry, and this Nikon FX-format digital SLR camera handles full-scale astrophotography with remarkable aplomb.
While pricing details have yet to be determined, here are some of the hardware specifications that you might want to check out before dropping your hard earned coin for it. Offering an effective pixel count of 36.3-million pixels, it will be equipped with a Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, and the latest image-processing engine, EXPEED 4. Making use of an optical filter that has been adopted to enable beautiful reproduction of vivid reds in images of nebulae that emit H-alpha light , this puts it above the rest since normal cameras find that very difficult to work in such a manner.
The optical filter on the front surface of the image sensor is touted to be capable of four times greater transmission of H-alpha light than is that used with the vanilla D810. In other words, you end up with clear and vivid reproduction of the strong red H-alpha light that are emitted by the likes of nebulae and galaxies.
Other modifications to the Nikon D810A include the addition of a long-exposure manual (M) mode that supports exposure times up to 900 s, alongside a live view preview function that makes focusing and composing images all the more easy, where you can check out a preview at a shutter speed of 30 s when an exposure time longer than 30 s is specified. Any takers for the Nikon D810A?
Nikon D810A aims for the stars
Whenever you’ve got a hilarious or amazing video you want to share with a group of friends, it’s hard for everyone to see what’s happening on a tiny smartphone screen. The same is true when it’s just a few people who want to watch a movie on a tablet together. Going to a theater is expensive as all get out on a regular basis, and you can’t control what’s playing or when.
The PicoPro is a projector that is ultra portable, being only half an inch thick. It will always focus on its own, so you don’t have to worry about manually adjusting anything. The resolution is 1920×720p at a 16:9 wide screen, and doesn’t have to be far away to give you a large viewing area. As it is fan-free, it runs rather quietly when in use, and can go for 2 or more hours on the internal battery, or 3+ hours when connected.
While it’s best to connect this to your device via HDMI, there are wireless solutions as well. This is perfect for those that love sharing ideas or videos at a moment’s notice, but you should know that this comes at a rather hefty price. This will cost you $349.99, which is no small chunk of change for a teeny projector. You’ll be able to choose a black, white, gray, or gold casing for aesthetic purposes. If it lives up to the hype, this would be a fun gizmo to keep around for creative types and movie lovers.
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It does not matter whether you love computers or A/V equipment – just about all of them happen to come with some sort of cables that you need to hook up to – even the power cable is part of the equation. Until wireless technology has improved to the point where power as well as data can be transferred without missing a beat, you can be sure that there will be a need for cables to remain in business, and along with it, its slew of problems – with a tangled mess being the main one. Orange Amplification intends to change the future by doing its bit with the announcement of a tangle-free Twister Cable
Touted to be the first of its kind in the world, Orange Amplification has laid claim to having solved the perennial problem of instrument cables tangling and kinking, thanks to the spanking new Orange Twister Cable. This is an age old problem, and no doubt it has done its fair bit to frustrate musicians and inventors ever since electrified music made an appearance. Orange Amplification decided to think outside the box in order to come up with this creative solution which delivers freedom of movement on stage, all sans the need for a digital wireless unit.
The innovative Twister Cable would incorporate a unique patent pending Twister module, where it will rotate freely in order to prevent the cable from tangling and kinking. The Twister module itself has been specially machined from high quality, lightweight, aircraft grade aluminium, incorporating a trio of sealed internal precision ball races that ensures a robust and reliable cable for performing musicians.
The signal transmitted will not be affected or interrupted – and this is because of the unit’s extremely low noise factor. It also boasts of the highest grade of oxygen-free copper cabling, letting the new Twister Cables achieve a similar level of high performance of signal transmission as that of Orange’s very own Professional Cable range. Sounds like a dream, no?
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I suppose the reign of Full HD TVs are about to come to an end – if they haven’t yet done so already. After all, 4K Ultra HD (UHD) TVs are starting to catch on, although their pricing might just make them out of reach for the ordinary person on the street at the moment, but rest assured – just like Full HD TVs in the past, we do expect to see a higher level of adoption down the road as broadcast technology also moves in tandem. Sceptre is a name that is commonly known to deliver quality TVs without breaking the bank, and their latest effort is cutting edge in the form of the Sceptre U550CV-UMR+ 55-inch 4K UHD TV.
This unique 4K UHD TV will arrive packed with cutting-edge technologies for amazing image quality and theater-like surround sound. In fact, one of the major reason as to why the Sceptre U550CV-UMR+ is capable of delivering an outstanding visual experience is its ability to show off a screen that is 4 times sharper and clearer than traditional Full HD units, making it sharp and clear enough to spot the edges of a snowflake – or perhaps to play the role of a ninja with heightened senses as you see a single leaf move – of all places, in the forest.
All of these are made possible thanks to a flawless Ultra High Definition (UHD) 3840×2160 resolution panel, in addition to SRS TruSurround HD that delivers immersive audio so that your ears, too, will not be neglected along the way. As for connectivity options, fret not – there will be a fine selection of HDMI ports that delivers maximum connectivity, as well as MHL technology, so that consumers can display their MHL enabled smartphone’s content to a larger display while charging the device. Not only that, the U550CV-UMR+ also boasts of UHD Upscaling, which is a new technology that enhances non 4K content to increase image quality – similar to Full HD upscaling that we have seen in the previous generation of TVs. There will be a quartet of HDMI ports that will keep this TV company.
Sceptre U550CV-UMR+ 55-inch 4K UHD TV unveiled
In this day and age, technology has more or less progressed to such an extent where it is possible to be able to bring along what used to be extremely bulky – right in the tight confines of our pockets, of course. Take a look at the computer – older generation computers with vacuum tubes literally required an entire room to house them, and now the smartphone that you hold in the palm of our hand which is no thicker than your wallet, carries processing power that is many times over that of its ancient forefathers. Having said that, radio technology, too, has evolved, and the $39.95 Shirtpocket Shortwave is a pretty good example.
For starters, the Shirtpocket Shortwave happens to be tiny enough to fit in the palm of your hand, and it tips the scales at a mere 7.5 ounces, making this the shortwave radio that is easily packed for travel. It will operate at 5.9 – 18 MHz, where it sports a couple of shortwave bands which are able to pick up stations from as far away as Swaziland, hence making it ideal for brushing up on the local situation before heading abroad or for staying current on the news at home while you are on your travels. Digital tuning as well as internal and external antennas aid reception, and station numbers will be clearly listed on the large LCD display for your eyes to see. The radio will also be on the receivinng end of AM and FM stations, and best of all is, it doubles up as an alarm clock. All of that, and it runs on a pair of AAA batteries.
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Shirtpocket Shortwave is ideal for traveling
Technology has advanced to such a degree these days, so much so that circuitry has shrunk to a level where you can incorporate a video camera sensor in just about anything, and place it nearly anywhere. Here is a Kickstarter project that you might want to check out – and it is no ordinary camera, but rather, being touted to be an intelligent wearable camera. I am referring to the QindredCam.
The QindredCam claims to be able to let the wearer to live their moments, at the same time sharing them privately with those whom you have decided to. How does the technology behind the QindredCam work? Well, it will, for starters, be a complement to traditional point-and-shoot cameras, and it is capable of snapping the precious moments in your life spontaneously, which could very well make it the “next big thing” where lifestyle technology is concerned. Right now, the current selection of wearable cameras on the market falls are nothing much to shout about, and the QindredCam intends to fill this potentially explosive niche market with built-in intelligence, alongside with a Cloud Service so that one can curate, edit, and share your photos.
The QindredCam will also be different from the other wearables on the market as it will capture photos as well as videos using an array of sensors alongside the help of intelligent software, where all of them will work in tandem so that it captures only photos that matter. When hooked up to a WiFi network, all of the captured videos and photos will be sent to the cloud, and from there, they will be organized and edited.
There is a “Highlight” option on the app that will depict only the very best photos or videos, as it will have been refined by the Cloud Service beforehand. Not all will need a QindredCam to login, since you would be the one giving them permission to take a peek. It will feature an 8MP Sony camera sensor with a 140° wide-angle lens, a pair of microphones with noise cancellation, an integrated speaker for alerts, comfort music or communication. Sensors include those that sense the wearer’s motion, lighting conditions, and what is in front of the camera, while GPS will organize photos via their location. Of course, it has 4GB of internal memory, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity to boot.
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Children are exposed to the digital world earlier and earlier these days, and there does not seem to be any stopping them to boot. Well, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, right? Parents will nod in agreement, but then as parents, at the very least you have the responsibility to ensure that your child’s well being is taken care of – especially when he or she happens to plug in a pair of headphones most of the time when using the smartphone or tablet, mainly to enjoy whatever audio or music that is being played back. Well, Puro Sound Labs knows that such a habit could see the risk of cranking up the volume level to unbelievably high levels – which is why they intend to stop the potential rot before it ever starts with the first ever studio-grade Bluetooth Kids Wireless headphones.
Known as the Puro Sound Labs BT2200 Bluetooth headphones, these happen to boast of built-in volume optimization. We are talking about enjoying premium quality, hearing-healthy, contemporary designed on-ear and over-ear headphone monitors without a price level that will break the bank – after all, consumers are a whole lot cost conscious these days.
The Puro Sound Labs BT2200 Bluetooth headphones was specially created for children, not to mention designed with the health and safety of a child as a top priority. This marks an industry milestone, since it is the first ever and only studio-grade Bluetooth headphones on the market made especially for children, and it boasts of volume limiting ear protection to boot. After all, research has shown that volume levels over 85 decibels (dB) have been known to cause hearing loss over time, while the special headphone design would protect children’s ears, at the same time delivering studio-grade sound – which means quality is not compromised. In fact, as an added incentive, Puro Sound has decided to donate a portion of every sale of all Puro Sound products through 2015 to the Hearing Health Foundation.
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There’s something about having a wall clock that is both comforting and terrifying. When you’re constantly aware of the time, minutes seem to drag on like years. On the other hand, there are also moments where minutes and hours alike skip away from you if you so much as blink. While we wish we didn’t have to care so much about schedules and exact times, it is rather inescapable.
If you’d prefer to view the time only when you feel like it instead of having it constantly within your field of vision, the Click Wall Clock may be able to help. While this seemingly blank wooden circle will add some warmth to your work space, it can also be a digital LED clock that will reveal the time in green digits whenever you snap your fingers. Over a few seconds the numbers will fade away into nothingness. Of course, any loud jarring sound is going to set this off, so there will be times where it will activate when you don’t want it to.
There is a rechargeable built-in lithium battery, but there is no note as to how long it can last before needing to be juiced up again. This is no paltry purchase, coming in at $90-100. If this doesn’t fit your aesthetic, there are always other clocks that are certain to dazzle any who enter your domain. Of course, none of us really need a wall clock what with smartphones sitting in our pockets, digital time on our computer screens, and time pieces on our wrist, but what’s one more clock in a sea of time-telling devices?
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