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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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The Parrot is a compact teleprompter for DSLR Cameras

If you do any sort of video work, you know how important it is to have professional quality. If you’re reading from a script, your options are either to remember it in its entirety hoping you don’t mess up, or read from a teleprompter. You could always remember bits and pieces and record a few lines at a time, but it will add in a lot more editing and makes your video look choppy.

While memorization is great, it also takes more time, where the teleprompter takes money. Well, that was true until the Parrot came into being. This is a compact, portable, and affordable teleprompter that was designed to be used with DSLR and mirrorless cameras. It uses an acrylic 2-way mirror that is less likely to shatter along with your smartphone to provide the text for you to read from. Thanks to a spring-loaded phone clamp and rubber grip pad, you won’t need to worry about your phone trying to escape because of shooting at an odd angle.

This is compatible with a 77 mm lens or third party adapters, and will weigh less than half a pound with a smartphone in place. It is made of ABS plastic and some steel components, which means it should hold up fairly well over time. You will have to use an app in tandem with this to get the teleprompter effect, but the company that made this device currently has that and a remote to control the app in the works. This will cost you $90-100, but those who use fisheye and other lenses with a wide field of view should be aware that some vignetting would occur with this device.

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The Nixie Wearable Camera – Your Life from a New Perspective

Let’s face it, taking pictures or ourselves, and our stuff, has become an icon of our times. Social media has taken over, and we are obsessed with posting images of our best selves, our supposedly ideal lives, and sharing this info with our “friends.” Most of the time, these images of our us with our lunches, or us in the mirror, well, they’re just boring… I want to see some real action! How about a few “Selfies” actually worth looking at?

It might be worth checking out Nixie, a tiny little camera you can wear on your wrist, that transforms into a miniature quad-copter. Nixie allows you to throw the camera out into the air, where it will snap shots of you, even follow you, or take some panoramic pictures, and eventually fly right back to you, boomerang-style. How nifty is that?

Invented by a PhD in experimental physics, and with a team of genius engineer types devoting time to the project, it looks extremely likely that a personal picture-taking wrist drone could be in your future. The Nixie can capture HD images and sync with your smartphone while you’re mountain biking, golfing, skateboarding, or hitting the slopes. So forget about close up head shots of you, with your best friend at the beach, and let us in on some action.

Sadly, the Nixie is just in the development stages, so she wont be flying behind you anytime soon, but as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait… and I’m thinking this could be a very good thing. Visit flynixie.com for videos, and to sign up for updates and information. In the meantime, skip the pictures of your sandwiches, and cocktails… no offense, but you know who you are.
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