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Barbie Photo Fashion Doll – Because Fashion and Photos Just Go Together

I played with Barbies when I was a kid, I can’t say it was a very lengthy period of my childhood.I guess Barbie just got a little boring after a while, although I owned a newer Barbie-type concept, it was a doll that came with 3 heads, so you could pop on a different one if you desired a different look. Looking back, it was more than a little strange. Looking forward… isn’t it amazing how far we’ve come?

Check out Barbie Fashion Photo Doll, with a camera lens lodged between her shoulder blades, whatever pictures you snap, Barbie can “wear” on her cool graphic tee! You understood it correctly, you can customize Barbie’s t-shirt by taking photos with the embedded digital camera and those pictures then show up on the shirt, as they are, or customized with some included special effects.

Barbie can hold up to 200+ pictures and the camera controls are cleverly incorporated into Barbie’s belt. For more design options, your little techie fashionista can plug the doll into a computer via included USB cable and have access to more backgrounds and graphics. Then, when she’s done, she simply uploads the pics back to the Photo Fashion Doll and her t-shirt “fashion” is complete.

The 11.5 inch Barbie comes complete with an embedded digital camera and LCD screen, a doll stand, a pink USB cord, rechargeable battery, and instructions, all for under 50 bucks at amazon.com (internet connection required for added editing effects)

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Ego WiFi HD Action Camera

Your friends might laugh at you wholeheartedly when they see you sporting something that looks like a walnut on your head – the £159.99 Ego WiFi HD Action Camera which will come in black, blue, red, white or yellow colors, but they certainly will not laugh any more when they check out the kind of daredevil stunts that you perform, recording all of it from a vantage point of view to show them just how much cojones you have over the rest of your clique.

The Ego WiFi HD Action Camera will basically capture all of your action and adventure in 1080p high definition, and if you happen to own a smartphone or compatible tablet, live video footage can also be streamed onto your screen thanks to the integrated Wi-Fi chip on the Ego WiFi HD Action Camera.

There is a built-in microphone that will perform all the recording of the slew of high pitch squeals and applause amidst the audience who are watching your every daredevil move that drips with adrenaline and courage. Not only that, the Ego WiFi HD Action Camera is also capable of shooting still images thanks to its 12-megapixel camera. A USB connection will allow you to transfer the slew of recorded images and video to a computer at the end of the day.

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The Ultimate Gear Coat

Are you ready to go? Run through the checklist: phone, MP3 player, tablet, camera, spare cards, cords, water, shades, wallet. Do you really want to fit all of that in your pockets? Whether touring the world or just running errands there is usually demand to take a few items along. More and more of those items are electrical gear too. The feeling of filling up your jacket or pants pockets is no fun. “Keep the keys in a separate pocket than the phone. Don’t let the headphones get tangled with the sunglasses.” Yuck.

Scottevest specializes in men’s and women’s travel clothing. Their jackets, shorts, shirts and pants offer comfort, practicality and versatility. The Scottevest Transformer presents the perfect option for gadget gurus needing to conveniently pack their goods and go. The Transformer offers 20 pockets specialized for a variety of devices and uses including:

  • Interior clear touch pockets for mobile phones or other touch devices
  • Pocket designed for camera with memory card holders
  • Headphone conduits to the collar
  • “PadPocket” large enough to carry a Kindle or iPad
  • Sunglass pocket complete with attached chamois cloth

The aptly named Transformer also converts to a vest, which does not seem like a big deal. But Scottevest ingeniously inserts magnets under the fabric meaning a simple pull or connection makes jacket/vest conversion a cinch.

So whether you are a veteran traveler or simply seeking practicality storage, check out the Transformer from Scottevest for just $160.

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The iPhone Lens Dial – for the Serious iPhone 4s Photographer

I admit it, I have a Nikon DSLR and a Sony Cybershot, but somehow I end up taking more pictures on my iPhone. I guess it makes sense since is always available, easy to remember, and takes a pretty good shot, for a phone. But inevitably I will miss quite a few of those perfect pictures, If only I could have been just a little closer… I always walk away kicking myself for not having at least grabbed the Cybershot.

So who could blame me for being intrigued by the iPhone Lens Dial? Not only does this complete 3 lens optical system, made specifically for your iPhone, look cool, but it boasts fisheye, wide angle, and telephoto lens capabilities. The lenses are optical quality coated glass set into an aircraft grade aluminum case with both portrait and landscape tripod mounts.

While the iPhone lens Dial isn’t going to take the place of your DSLR (or your point and shoot for that matter), getting even just a bit closer to your subjects and a few special effects will make iPhone picture taking a whole lot more fun and creative. Simply turn the dial to what you need and it will lock in place, and you can start snapping.

You should be aware that the telephoto lens only provides a 1.5x optical zoom over the unenhanced iPhone lens and it is a bit expensive costing around $249.99. The case, which weighs in at about 10 ounces will also be adding a little bulk to your phone, but better to have and not need, then to need and not have.

Check out the iPhone Lens Dial at photojojo.com

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Cops wear Body Mounted Cameras – Say Cheese!

 

You see it everyday, a police officer involved in some sort of a scuffle that’s been recorded on someone’s Smartphone. It almost always makes the officer look bad. I watch these events unfold on my TV almost every night, and I wonder to myself, what happened BEFORE someone started recording? I mean, surely the “bad guy” wasn’t just walking down the street minding his own business…

Well, in towns all over the country, we wont be left to wonder anymore, cops in many places nationwide have been outfitted with tiny wearable cameras. Unlike the often observed dashboard cameras, these little guys can be worn on a collar, head mount or with the Taser unit shown above, even mounted on Oakley sunglasses. These devices will capture everything from the police officers point of view, not just at the point that some spectator decided to start recording. Police simply activate the device and begin recording evidence that will negate any disputes as to what actually happened.

Most of these HD digital micro-cameras are about 2 inches long, an inch wide and are voice activated. Compatible with Android and iOs, all recordings made by these cameras are date and time stamped and cannot be altered or erased and designed to preserve chain of custody concerns, although the officer is most often in charge of initially activating the camera, and they also have the ability to turn it off.  On TV when the camera goes off, its never a good thing, is it?

So is moving towards a body worn camera for all officers a good idea? Does it put the officers in danger or do more to protect the public? Some folks feel that cameras will lead to better performance and more professionalism on the job, others feel it will safeguard against bogus lawsuits, still others feel as though its a violation of privacy on both sides. The jury is still out on this one for me… but I think you’re going to see them around your town all the same…

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Olloclip iPhone Camera Lens

Everyone and their dog knows by now that the iPhone 4S’ built-in camera is one of the best in the business where smartphone cameras are concerned, and the iPhone 4 follows closely behind. Well, if that is the case, you might want to maximize the potential of your iPhone’s camera with this nifty little accessory, the $69.99 Olloclip iPhone Camera Lens. This is no ordinary fisheye lens, where it plays nice with the iPhone 4S and its predecessor, but is also a quick-connect lens system that will comprise of other lenses such as wide-angle and macro lenses, all crammed in a small and convenient package.

The Olloclip is a snap to use – all you need to do is slide it over your iPhone’s rear camera lens, and you’re good to go. The fisheye lens is good enough in capturing a nearly 180 degree field of view, while the wide angle lens is said to double the field of view there and then. Want to get up close and personal with a particular object? Not a problem, as the macro lens lets you focus the iPhone within 12mm-15mm of your subject.


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Biscotti could begin a new era of HDTV phones

About six years ago, I was at Disney’s EPCOT center and rode on Spaceship Earth so I can see the “world of the future”. In the exhibit, they showed a family gathered around a television, communicating with a video image on the other side.

I scoffed at that, and thought that EPCOT needs to update the ride, as that was a demonstration of present-day webcam technology. Now Biscotti’s TV Phone promises to be “the next generation of home video calling”.

Biscotti is so named because it is shaped like the popular dunking snack sold at Starbucks. You can place it atop your flatscreen, and it has a remote for popping up onscreen menus.

Biscotti allows the user to make free calls to other Biscotti and other devices that support Google voice and video. The user can set the Biscotti to answer calls from select contacts and turn on the TV when receiving a call from the TV.

So, is this the beginning of an age of TV communications, like we all have seen on the Jetsons? Biscotti certainly hopes so, as their press release states that video calling grows at fifty percent per year. The Biscotti is the first device as a home TV phone, and could start a whole new era.

The Biscotti is available now for about $199 at the official site.


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Swann Freestyle HD delivers Full HD video recording on the move

You know what they say – a picture speaks a thousand words, and sometimes, only a video is able to convey what you want to say to someone else. Since we are living in the digital age, why not say it in Full HD resolution? That is exactly what the Swann Freestyle HD sets out to do, capturing all your crazy and adventurous moments in Full HD glory thanks to it coming in the form of a wearable video camera, sporting a detachable LCD viewer so that you too can have a real-time view of what is happening around you.

Not only does it immortalize those zany moments in 1080p glory, it can also shoot stills if that is your cup of tea – and we’re talking about up to 3x digital zoom while snapping JPEG images in 8-megapixel resolution. Seems to be the perfect accessory for adrenaline addicts!

The Swann Freestyle HD will come in a sturdy case which is waterproof up to 65’, where you can wear it on your body or mount it onto a variety of transportation including bikes and cars, or even onto helmets and skateboards among others. There is also a collection of included interchangeable mounts and brackets so that you can find even more creative ways of mounting this. Should you find yourself in a situation where your hands are not free to move around, Swann does their bit by throwing in a wireless remote control so that you can operate the camera while it’s mounted and out of arms reach.

The above-mentioned detachable 1.5” LCD screen offers real-time viewing, letting you immediately see if you’ve captured the shot that you want. You can always review your video afterwards over on an HDTV via an HDMI cable, or you can opt to transfer your video recordings over to a computer using a microSD card reader or the included USB cable. The built-in battery is good for up to 2.5 hours of video recording on a full charge. The asking price for this piece of adventure capturing kit? We’re looking at $279.99 for the Swann Freestyle HD.

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Digimo Camera Concept

As you can tell by the headline, this is a concept camera. The Digimo has three cool features, and even one would be enough to sell it on the existing camera market.

The first is that it can split in two. This comes in handy for situations where you need to take a picture of something remotely. You can even see a picture of what you are taking, as there is an LCD on both halves.

The second feature is that it can do 3D pictures. As you might know, 3D pictures are taken with two different camera lenses. When both halves are put together, this camera can get you the 3D pics that you want, if you are into that type of thing.

The third feature is that the Digimo is very modular. It has an extendable telescopic leg that can reach up to 50 centimeters, and you can see the ball and socket connectors that can stand one half of the camera at an angle.

Sadly, this is not a Kickstarter project, where you can donate money to it and get one of your own. I would seriously give money to have one in my hands, but right now, it is only something for the drawing board. Please make this a reality, someone.

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I Want SCANDY! To scan my documents with my smartphone!

In case you missed the joke in the title of this posting, it is an allusion to a song called “I Want Candy” by 80′s band Bow Wow Wow.

The SCANDY is a very cool device that allows you to scan a document with a smartphone. This is something that I have done before at libraries. I find that when I do this, I can’t help but feel like a cold war spy snapping pictures of secret documents with my spy camera. Of course, I do it with my smartphone, and it does slide together like those old spy cameras from movies.

It is difficult to hold a smartphone camera steady when taking pictures of documents this way, which is why SCANDY can literally screw in to the side of the table. There is a video of it at my Source if you want to see it in action.

I have to admit that what sold me on this was the man scanning pages like he was speed reading a book. Imagine doing that on a scanner!

Of course, I can’t really buy this right now. This is one of those Kickstarter projects that requires funds from users in order to go to the market. You can go to my Source if you wish to donate on it. I believe that $40 will get you your own SCANDY!

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