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The Selfie Drone captures your best look on its own

Hammacher Schlemmer has been well known to produce some rather stunning devices and put them up for sale, and this particular model is something which not everyone would have thought of. Since drones ended up being all the rage some time ago, and the selfie phenomena continues to grow as many smartphones now feature a front-facing camera that have an equal or higher megapixel count compared to the back camera. Why not merge the two together and you would end up with what is known as the $299.95 Selfie Drone?

The Selfie Drone is deemed to be an easy-to-fly camera which will enable one to share “dronies” instantly to a social network of your choice. Just how large is it? Well, it is roughly the size of a Belgian waffle, where the novice flyer will be able to enjoy a 12MP shooter with an accompanying flash just in case there are some low light conditions that need to be looked into. This Selfie Drone is more than capable of capturing Full HD video (1080p resolution) without missing a beat, and it delivers smooth operation with mechanical stabilization. The best part is, all of its intricate parts can be controlled from a smartphone.

You are now able to take a group photo with family or friends in an easier manner than ever before, and the best part is this: no longer do you need to learn how to master the selfie stick — as you have now upgraded to that of the selfie drone. The Selfie Drone is capable of taking off or landing from your hand, in addition to having a working range of 98′ which should be far enough to capture even the largest group selfies ever. IT even comes with obstacle avoidance to create a stable flight path for this flying tripod.

There is a microSD card slot to stash all of the recorded photos and videos, and it features a free iOS/Android app to work with.
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LG reveals world’s thinnest hotel TV

lg-oled-wBeing at a hotel would mean one thing — you are either there for business or for leisure. Regardless of which particular category that you fall under, you would definitely need to have some downtime to enjoy a break, and this more often than not includes watching some TV. While just about all decent hotel chains have already made the jump from a regular chunky CRT to a flat screen TV of sorts, how about upping the ante? South Korean company LG has stepped up to the plate with the thinnest hotel TV in the world which claims to deliver unmatched picture quality with a unique design.

Known as the LG OLED “Wallpaper” Hotel TV, this special razor-thin display more or less ends up as one with the wall. This is the world’s first 65-inch class OLED Wallpaper Hotel TV (going by the model number 65EV960H) that will merge LG’s industry-leading hotel TV technology alongside the sleek aesthetic and unparalleled image quality of the award-winning LG SIGNATURE OLED TV W.

It sports the special ability to turn pixels completely on or off, which means that the LG OLED TV is capable of rendering perfect black levels. In other words, viewers will end up with an infinite level of contrast in order to enjoy vibrant colors, immersive details and truly lifelike images which regular LCD displays are unable to produce.

Just how thin is it in order to obtain such an accolade? We are looking at a mere 3.86mm (0.15 inches), which would allow the 65EV960H to be easily installed in luxury hotel suites using ultra-slim mounting brackets that come with a magnetic mat in order to create a truly seamless design. This makes it end up as though it is one with the wall. All of its electrical components will be housed in the device’s Media Box, where it is hooked up via an ultra-thin flat cable, so that the panel can lie flush against the wall like a piece of art while making installation a snap.

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The SMOVE is a smartphone stabilizer and power bank

Since YouTube can now be a viable job for just about anyone, it makes sense that we would invest more in our smartphone accessories. The higher quality of videos you put out, the more people will be interested in watching. There is that whole aspect of having content people will actually want to watch as well, but you do want to take into account the caliber of the content you’re putting out there.

For those that like to do daily vlogging and want to use their smartphone to capture their lives, the SMOVE might be something that peaks your interest. This is a combination of a stabilizer and a power bank that will let you get bump and jolt-free footage while simultaneously charging your phone for those long days of shooting. Of course, this would also be useful for people who just like taking videos or photos in general too.

This has a 5200mAh power bank, Bluetooth 4.0, works with iOS and Android, and has a variety of modes to sit at a fixed angle, angle follow, detect and follow faces, panorama shots and more. There’s a joystick for stationary movement, and a button for taking photos and video. These are currently available for pre-order on a successfully funded Indiegogo campaign, and you’ll be looking at $119 if you’re interested in taking it out for a spin. There are many other versions of this sort of thing on the market, so be sure to do your homework before taking the plunge.

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

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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.

Available for crowdfunding on Indiegogo
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The iPhone Lumee Case makes perfect selfies, every time

Your phone has a wonderful little light on the back that is perfect for illuminating group pictures or guiding you around at night. However, when you want to take a selfie, there’s not a light on the front, and the forward-facing camera is usually not as great of quality as the one on the back. That being said, having less light and not as great a camera means you’re going to get pictures that aren’t what you’d want them to be.

If you want perfect photos every time, then you’re going to need extra help in the light department. The Lumee Phone Case can help you get the results you want, as it provides you with a bright light that will fill in all the shadows on your face. It thankfully comes with a variable dimmer, which you can change to fit your surroundings by holding down the on/off button.

This light is powered by a lithium-ion battery inside the durable plastic case which can keep lighting up your face for up to 36 hours on the lowest setting. This could also be used as a flashlight if for some reason the light on the back of your phone isn’t enough. Since this was designed by a photographer for the sole purpose of taking amazing pictures, this is going to cost you a whopping $49.95. There are options for black, white, and rose colored cases, and you can get different models at various prices for different types of phones aside from the 5 or 5S.

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The MokaCam wants to be the GoPro Killer

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We love taking photos, videos, panoramas and more, but sometimes our phones aren’t exactly quick on the draw. The quality and speed of our phones is only so great, but on the opposing side, getting a good quality camera means not being able to upload everything as quickly. Everyone has heard of GoPro, and while it’s great and all, you have a specific period of time to record before needing to recharge. It is pretty top-tier though, and you don’t normally come across contenders that can pull a new trick out of the hat while keeping the same level of quality and convenience.

While it might have some some shortcomings of its own, the MokaCam is looking to become the “GoPro Killer”. This is a 45×45mm camera that is capable of 4k video, but that’s only one small part of what it can do. It uses a battery with magnets so you can not only affix it to surfaces for recording, but also attach an extra battery through magnetism for another hour of use as well as a rotatable screen with another battery in it for even more recording.

This is water resistant, and you can also get a housing that will make it completely waterproof for underwater shooting. It also has a motion detector to monitor your home, voice recording, and a 7-layer glass lens. It comes in black, gold, and blue, and will cost you $169 for a full setup which includes the waterproof housing, a rotatable screen, and a battery module. If this modular camera performs as well as it says, it really might give GoPro a run for their money.

Available for crowdfunding on Indiegogo
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The Monoshot helps you take professional-grade photos on your phone

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With the rise of the selfie stick, we know that people are wanting better ways to take photos. The framing of your picture is decided by the length and steadiness of your arm, which isn’t always the greatest. Not only that, but getting exactly the shot you want if you’re aiming to shoot video or snap a decent shot with specific lighting isn’t easily accomplished with your arm alone.

If you wish you had a tripod for your phone like you would have for a DSLR camera, then you’re going to need a rather specific piece of equipment. There are a million and one ways to do this, but how many of them use mechanisms you’re already familiar with, are sturdy, and small enough to be tossed in your bag for filming on the go? The Monoshot appears to have all the professional aspects that you would find with a tripod for a DSLR, but comes in a very compact package.

The MonoShot uses a barrel style locking mechanism, is made of aluminum, has tripod feet, and can fold down to 16 inches long. It was made by a golf enthusiast who wanted to improve his form by watching footage of himself, but all of the equipment to make it possible was too expensive or shoddy, so he made his own instead and decided to share it with the world. This is only going to cost you around $49, or you can splurge on a complete set with a GoPro mount which will cost you $55. This would be great for improving your form with working out or sports, taking videos for the Internet, or snapping family photos on your phone.

Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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Pearbuds lets you listen to music wirelessly

pearbudsHaving a pair of wireless headphones or earbuds are nothing new – there are already so many different of such models out there in the market, that it can be pretty much a decent purchase regardless of which particular model that you decide to settle with for. Once in a while, something different pops up – an idea that will hopefully improve on what is already in the market, and the Pearbuds more or less falls under this particular category. Basically, the Pearbuds will let you listen to music on the go without tangled cords or bulky over-ear headphones, and it works by merging Bluetooth chips and high-quality audio technology in order to reduce the entire earbud down to the size of a coin, now how about it being compact?

Being wireless would mean it needs to have a built-in battery, so just how long can it last on a pair of batteries? Apparently, the Pearbuds will deliver high-quality sound with a six-hour battery life, arriving in a sleek metallic finish, in order to make wireless earbuds a fashionable and convenient accessory which will appeal to just about everyone. It has just launched last week on Kickstarter, where the Pearbuds project will hopefully be able to raise at least $50,000 in order for it to scale up manufacturing – and to deliver the product to market as soon as possible.

The Pearbuds were specially designed to help people get rid of their bulky, restrictive headphones which are not compatible with today’s active lifestyles. It does not matter if you are a cyclist or a runner, as long as you would want to listen to music while going through the motions of your favorite physical exercise, you can always rely on the Pearbuds to get the job done, as it does away with the issue of tangling cords that restrict free movement.

Pricing starts at $99 at the moment which is 50% off the retail price, and that makes it a pretty good bargain if you have the feeling that it will be realized.

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The Podo scoffs at the Selfie Stick by making a stick and shoot camera

Human beings have always been interested in depicting themselves. We’ve made statues, paintings, drawings, and every other variant of an artistic medium you can think of. It comes as no surprise that when everyone got cameras on their phone that hundred of millions of photos of peoples faces began cropping up. This gave rise to the one and only selfie, however, how we now take these images is changing.

If you go to any sort of tourist area, you have undoubtedly seen the Selfie Stick. This is an extending arm that you can slip your phone into and take a better picture of your face or have your camera far enough away to include a large amount of friends in the frame. There are also shutter remotes so you can set your phone down far away and click a button that will snap the photo wirelessly. The Podo is next up for selfie taking methods, as it is a stick and shoot camera that you can put literally anywhere, and your phone will act as a shutter remote.

This will prevent you from having to leave your phone sitting vulnerable or precariously somewhere far away from you. Not only that, but it will let you take even more creative photos through your phone as it’s not just limited to your arm length or that of a Selfie Stick. Its internal 600mAh battery can last for up to 2 hours of video, and it has internal storage of 4GB if you don’t want it to save only on your phone. Of course, if you use the LEDs for the flash too often the power will drain faster. It can take 8MP photos, 720p video, and doesn’t need any wires to work. If you want one of these for your very own, you can get it in blue or red for $89.

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The Sony Smart Bluetooth Speaker will be your personal assistant

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We have a lot of devices to keep track of. There are our phones, tablets, computers, music players, and various other gizmos and gadgets that act as alert systems. It makes sense that most of us have exceedingly high anxiety levels, since a buzzer or sound is always going off. If you have your gadgets synced, there’s also a good chance you’ll have multiple devices going off at once, which is understandably a little jarring.

If you wish your life wasn’t so busy all the time with bells and whistles going off constantly, then the idea of a personal assistant to manage all of that for you is likely pretty enticing. If you don’t want to pay a human being to do that for you, why not get a cute little robot? The Sony Smart Bluetooth Speaker can do conference calls, take voice commands, act as a smart alarm clock, and will vocalize aspects of your day such as the weather forecast or upcoming appointments. This is all happening without having to get your phone out.

This will respond to your voice, and can immediately start playing music with one touch through 2.5W speakers. There are lights for aesthetic effects, and you will be able to control the intensity of the brightness. This will charge via Micro USB, and the most interesting aspect to this little gizmo is that it will be able to follow you around like a puppy thanks to the wheels under its body. It will need to be on a flat surface though (no off-road assisting). It is said that this will pair with Android devices, and charges via MicroUSB. If you’re interested, make sure you’ve saved up as it will cost you $355 when it comes out in the second quarter of this year.

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