Vigilance Full HD Outdoor Mini Dome Network Camera provides that extra bit of peace of mind

It is said that a man’s home is his castle, and when we bring to mind castles in medieval times, then surely those are places which are definitely well fortified, so much so that they are able to ward off and even repel invaders from afar, but chances are, would fall under a prolonged siege as well. Well, the modern day ‘castle’, so to speak, would benefit from its fair share of security fixtures, where among them include the all important video camera. D-Link is no stranger when it comes to video recording devices and home networking stuff, which is why their latest affordable professional grade Vigilance IP surveillance series device has been revealed, calling it the Vigilance Full HD Outdoor Mini Dome Network Camera.

Also going by the model number DCS-4802E just in case you would like to reference it, the Vigilance DCS-4802E happens to be an Indoor/Outdoor Dome Camera that will be able to deliver Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, where it will come integrated with infrared illumination that allows one to see up to 60 feet in complete darkness, as well as boast of a rugged IP66 weatherproof housing which will ensure continuous performance even in extreme climates. Not only that, it will also come with a unique 3-axis design allowing for precise positioning of the lens, 3D noise filtering for enhanced low light performance and PoE (Power over Ethernet) for convenient single cable installation.

Apart from its rugged design, it is also endowed with a range of capabilities designed for deployment in small, medium, and large enterprises, including a 2 Megapixel Full HD 1080p resolution (1920 x 1080) camera that has wide dynamic range (WDR) video enhancement, infrared LED night vision with viewing up to 60 feet in complete darkness, a 2.8mm lens (that has 108° diagonal field of view), a 360-degree pan, 75° tilt and 360-degree rotation capability, video motion detection, IP66 weatherproof rating, and will retail for $185 a pop if you are interested in beefing up your home’s perimeters. The guard dog comes separately :)

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Nintendo Entertainment System Backpack rolls back the years

If you were one of those who happen to grow up in the 1980s, surely you would have come across the likes of the Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES for short in many homes of your friends and contemporaries, so much so that you bugged your parents to get you one as well so that you can be with the “in” crowd. In fact, the NES proved to be quite the tool that kept you glued in front of the TV regardless of how the weather is on the outside, and now that you are all grown up with an Xbox One, PS4 and Wii U in your home, how about rolling back the years for your little one with the $35.99 Nintendo Entertainment System Backpack?

You would definitely feel as though this is one backpack that is full of power, where the custom zipper pulls do happen to resemble that of controllers, and there are dimensional details located right on the outside as well. In addition, there will be adjustable and padded shoulder straps for comfort, making this piece of officially-licensed Nintendo merchandise a must-have the moment you lay your eyes on it. It has a maximum capacity of 50 lbs. And is made from 100% PU. Best of all is, nostalgia will “power” it rather than a power supply.
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The Cubetto teaches kids ages 3 and up how to code without a computer

If you were asked to learn how to code without any prior knowledge of the concepts, how panicked would you be? Now imagine how terrifying learning to code would be for a kid. The world is run on electronics that they seem to think is powered by magic. They only know how to navigate apps, but don’t know anything about how to create something new.

Providing kids with fun options to learn complex principles is the best way to help them understand, and that is the very aim of Cubetto. This is a game for kids 3 and up which teaches the basics of coding and engineering without a computer in sight. It consists of three parts, which is comprised of the Cubetto robot, the board (a physical programming console), and color-coded blocks which will act as the programming language. The object of the game is to get Cubetto from point A to B on the included map.

The color-coded pieces provide Cubetto with functions of forward, right, left, and function. Kids will be playing with algorithms, functions, and loops through physical pieces they can hold. On the board you’ll have the main sequence, a subroutine, and a Go button which sends the data of the combination of pieces to Cubetto. There are multiple maps and story books to guide Cubetto through, and every adventure is going to be completely unique since there’s no wrong way to play. This child-centered play-learning method will cost you $195 for the full set, and you’ll need 6 AA batteries for 4-6 hours of play time.

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The Canon VIXIA G20 is a camcorder for every event

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We as a society have become very reliant on our smartphones. They have our schedule, address book that we no longer try to remember the numbers of, videos, and photos in ample supply. When you want to record an event or outing though, you’re likely going to be sorely disappointed in the results of your phone’s capabilities. Not many people think of buying a camcorder anymore, but for those who need to make videos of better quality than an iPhone, wading through the options can be a bit mind-boggling.

Usually when you’re at the point of looking for a camcorder, you need something that’s going to do some high-quality work regardless of whether or not you have your own lighting crew. If you want something that’s going to give you a sharp image whether it’s day or night, the Canon VIXIA G20 seems like it’s up to the challenge. It sports a 1/3” CMOS Pro sensor with a 10x HD video lens. You are limited to a default 1080/60i setting, but that doesn’t mean the video won’t look professional to an untrained eye. It’s said to have excellent color reproduction and the ability to capture fine details as well as focus selectivity.

There’s a 3.5” flip-out LCD touchscreen which is likely to be less impressive than the capabilities of your smartphone’s, but it will still get you to where you need to go to fiddle with the settings. The G20 has 32GB built-in flash memory with two additional SD card slots for extra storage, which will make event filming much easier to deal with. The battery is going to last you approximately 111 minutes, which isn’t as great as one would hope, but should be enough for the good bits. This is no small buy at $729, but will hopefully make any videos you shoot look much better.

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Sony DSC-HX80 compact zoom camera revealed

sony-dsc-hx80Most of the time when it comes to digital cameras, many people would want to have a heavy and chunky DSLR in their possession for the simple fact that it offers far more controls and is better able to snap photos with greater precision and clarity than a simple point-and-shoot camera. However, it looks like there is also room for another player in the genre, which would be system cameras that do away with the bulk and yet offer impressive image quality. Sony straddles the entry level market here with the Sony DSC-HX80 compact zoom camera.

The Sony DSC-HX80 is said to arrive with a wide range of advanced imaging capabilities, where among them include 30x optical zoom, a high-resolution 18.2 MP2 Exmor R CMOS Sensor and a retractable OLED Tru-Finder in a class-leading compact body. Not only that, the Sony DSC-HX80 also holds the distinction of being the only compact high-zoom camera that will boast of a retractable electronic viewfinder, which makes it an extremely appealing and flexible solution when it comes to traveling and family photography, in addition to video shooting.

The premium 30x ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T optical zoom lens with 60x “Clear Image” digital zoom capability should be more than capable of snapping great looking shots from afar, while the built-in pop-up OLED Tru-Finder EVF with high contrast and vivid colors ought to let you see what you shoot immediately as though you were right in front of it. Throw in Optical SteadyShot with 5-axis image stabilization and you will be able to minimize the effects of camera shake as well.

Other features of the Sony DSC-HX80 include a high-resolution, 921k dot LCD screen that is able to tilt a full 180 degrees for comfortable arms-length portraits, or “selfies” as we call it, and is Wi-Fi / NFC compatible. Those who are interested in picking it up need not have to break the bank as the Sony DSC-HX80 will be available from next month onward for approximately $350 a pop.

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Braven BRV-XXL outdoor speaker is the bomb

BRAVEN-BRV-XXLWhen one talks about Bluetooth and outdoor speakers, you can be pretty sure that one name will definitely come to mind among outdoor enthusiasts, and Braven would be it. This time around, the availability of the Braven BRV-XXL outdoor speaker makes things ideal for those who would like to take a look at their camping gear and perform an upgrade of it. The Braven BRV-XXL outdoor speaker has been touted to be the perfect speaker as it was specially designed to deliver high-intensity HD sound to any party, retreat or tailgate. Not only that, it has been constructed for any location, indoor or outdoor, as the Braven BRV-XXL showcases a commanding design that unleashes titanic surround sound for a truly stunning listening experience.

With Braven’s BRV-XXL alone, you can say that it is all the gear which is required when it comes to tailgates and backyard entertaining, as you will be able to enjoy a 14-hour playtime as well as a powerful built-in 15,600mAh battery that enables one to juice up smartphones and tablets. Not only that, it has been expertly designed so that it can optimize and maximize sound, where the BRV-XXL boasts of quadruple audio drivers and a subwoofer that fires from both sides of the unit, doing away with dead zones.

With the Braven BRV-XXL, you can also easily bring it with you to just about any sporting event, outdoor festival, or camping trip thanks to a carry strap and tie-down loops which will secure it to any location safely. Throw in IPX5 water resistance into the mix alongside a shock-resistant body, and you can be sure that the BRV-XXL will not be the reason that the party stops. Other features include one touch connectivity with NFC technology; an on-board control to easily adjust bass, treble, volume, and skips tracks; and a 3.5 mm microphone input for impromptu toasts and announcements. The asking price? $349.99 a pop.

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The ProView S3 is a 3-axis gimbal that will let you shoot cinematic-quality video on your phone

3-Axis Gimbal Pro View S3

Just about anyone can become a celebrity nowadays. We can make ourselves look like rock stars in our daily lives just by posting well-framed photos and videos frequently. Of course, whether or not you’re actually accomplishing anything with what you’re doing is what will determine the longevity of your following. For those who are honestly pursuing an end goal and need to carefully tailor their feed to a professional level on a shoestring budget, you have to make everything look good.

If you only have your smartphone as your camera equipment, then you likely know how hard getting video can be. You can’t run or move much with your phone unless you want shaky footage, and panning is only as steady as your hands can be. This ProView S3 is hoping to up your production quality 10 fold, by providing you with a 3-axis gimbal for your smartphone. If you’re not well-versed in what that is, it essentially means steady footage despite how much you move.

This can hold phones ranging in size from 4.7-5.7” with a width from 67-85mm, and will be able to operate in four different modes. You can lock all 3 axes, have the pan axis follow, tilt axis follow, or the pan and tilt axes follow. There’s only one button which turns this on or off, switches between different modes (lights will let you know which one you’re on), and controls vertical tilt and horizontal panning. There’s also a joystick to control what direction your camera is headed in. There are a lot of gimbals on the market for smartphones, but this $140 version seems like it works pretty well.

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Razer Ripsaw capture card launched

razer-ripsawWhen it comes to gaming peripherals, you know for sure that there is one particular name that stands out like a beacon in the dark of the night – that would be Razer. Razer has had its fair share of gaming peripherals released in the past that have been extremely impressive, to say the least, and this time around, here we are with yet another unique peripheral that might just change the way you use your computer. Basically, the Razer Ripsaw is a USB3.0 1080p60 capable capture card that boasts of full PC and console support, and not only that, it will play nice with OBS and XSplit software

The Razer Ripsaw capture card can be considered to be a crucial tool for broadcasting, as it empowers users with high-performance recording and streaming capabilities, all the while bringing game footage to popular platforms such as Twitch and YouTube with remarkable resolutions and frame rates. Boasting of an industry-leading full 1080p game capture at 60 frames per second, one will be able to enjoy crisp, clear and smooth viewing as it takes advantage of the top-of-the-line USB 3.0 standard.

The Razer Ripsaw can stream on uncompressed raw game footage with close to zero latency, and audiences can even enjoy more personalized and fun experiences when broadcasters exploit the capture card’s onboard audio and microphone inputs, which can plug into virtually any music source or microphone for a secondary audio or commentary layer.

It will also be easy to use right out of the box thanks to the necessary cables included, letting it plug-and-play with popular game consoles such as the Razer Forge TV, Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One, Nintendo Wii U, and past-generation devices such as the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The asking price for the Razer Ripsaw stands at $179.99 a pop.

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Samson Go Mic Connect announced

samson-go-mic-connectWhile many of us would equate the name “Samson” with that of the Biblical strongman, do bear in mind that it is also the name of an industry pioneer in computer audio products. In fact, Samson has just stepped forward recently to lift the veil on the Go Mic Connect, which would make it the newest addition to the Go Mic family of portable USB microphones.

The Samson Go Mic Connect will be made available prior to its release to the general public via Indiegogo, which would be a very different channel from what many of us are used to. Just what does the Go Mic Connect deliver should you happen to want to pick it up? For instance, it will attach to your computer monitor, TV or sits comfortably on your desk in order to create superior digital communication and computer recordings in even the noisiest office and mobile recording environments. This is made possible courtesy of Samson’s Sound Deck software that is equipped with Focused Pattern Technology and Digital Noise Reduction. In other words, continuous, repetitive ambient noise will be effectively removed from the microphone input, hence resulting in cleaner audio for podcasting, gaming, and voice over internet communication.

The Samson Go Mic Connect will be made available on Indiegogo at various pledge levels, where it begins with an Early Bird special price of $40 for a unit. You can also target the microphone’s pickup field, by placing your focus on a desired sound source directly in front of the microphone. Not only that, users are able to make adjustments to the width of the focused pattern to significantly reduce sound originating from outside the set area. Being extremely compact in size, the Go Mic Connect features an adjustable clip which allows it to be top-mounted on your TV or computer monitor without blocking the internal or external web cam, and you also have the ability to plug external speakers into the microphone’s headphone output for voice over IP (VoIP), activating Echo Erase technology to eliminate any unwanted feedback.

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Fluance XL5F high performance 3-way floorstanding speakers set to rock and roll

fluane-xl5fThere comes a point in time in a man’s life that he takes stock of the situation at hand, and wonders whether he has done all that he would like to do. Perhaps it is time to embark on a very, very different adventure, and maybe the home needs some remodelling as well. If you are thinking along these lines and realize that the only sound system you have in your abode are your computer speakers, it is certainly time to take stock of the situation and check out the new Fluance XL5F high performance 3-way floorstanding speakers.

The XL5F high performance 3-way floorstanding speakers will make use of only superior components (what else did you expect?) and expert audio engineering, allowing it to be a testament to the performance that can be achieved when passion for sound excellence meets equally dedicated people to see the vision through.

Each component found in the XL5F has been specially tuned and perfected, allowing it to create immersive sound reproduction that skillfully caters to consumers’ audio needs. These speakers are more than capable of producing harmonious listening experiences thanks to a natural sounding 5 inch midrange driver and powerful 6.5 inch polymer-treated woofers, and when merged with high-end Neodymium balanced tweeters, the XL5F will then deliver rich, room filling sound with captivating clarity that far exceed its price point.

The XL5F does best in making sure that users hear the finest details, including that of a calm wind or a soft whisper. Its can reproduce crystal clear dialogue and vocals to ensure a cinematic experience like no other, where audio is always delivered in a controlled, smooth and never too aggressive manner. Not only that, the XL5F has been engineered to satisfy the aesthetics department, as they look as good as they sound, thanks to a meticulously-crafted audio-grade MDF wood cabinet design. The asking price for the XL5F speakers stands at $399.99 for each pair in either Black Ash or Natural Walnut trims.

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