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Epson Home Cinema 3700 offers a comfortable home entertainment experience

epson-home-cinema-3700When it comes to watching a movie or a big game back at home, most of us would settle for a regular TV. However, there is the option of having a projector to get the job done, which ought to be able to deliver a far larger viewing experience — assuming you have a wall or projection screen that is large enough, that is. How about catching the upcoming Academy Awards live on a larger viewing area compared to your regular TV with the Epson Home Cinema 3700?

It might still be bitterly cold on the outside for those of you living in the northern hemisphere, so you might as well kill time by staying indoors and enjoying the latest movies and TV shows in the warm indoors. The Epson Home Cinema 3700 will be able to get the job done, and then some. Perfect for big-screen family movie nights, it can also be used to host gaming tournaments in the man cave, or perhaps to let you binge on streaming TV shows in the living room, not to mention set the perfect tone for a romantic big-screen date night at home.

Small enough to be carried around easily, the Epson Home Cinema 3700 will offer flexible installation as well as 3,000 lumens of color brightness and 3,000 lumens of white brightness, ensuring that it can deliver in a spectacularly bright manner regardless of the viewing environment.

It does come with integrated sound and color modes, making the setup process a snap even in extremely tight places. You can place the Epson Home Cinema 3700 on a bookshelf, or even to mount it on the ceiling. It also has a 1.6x zoom that ensures easy installation in virtually any room, allowing one to project a 110-inch image from just 10.5 feet away. With wide vertical lens shift and zoom lens, positioning is a snap for a range of environments. The Epson Home Cinema 3700 will retail for $1,499 a pop.

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Video Streaming Robotic Projectionist

Projectors are nothing new these days, although the kind of technology that goes into them have definitely improved by leaps and bounds. As we get to enjoy clearer, brighter images with a higher resolution count, all rolled into a body that is more portable, how many projectors do you know out there that are brave enough to explore a form factor that is very different from that of a regular rectangular box? Enter the $2,500 Video Streaming Robotic Projectionist.

The first question that most people will ask when they set their sights on the Video Streaming Robotic Projectionist would be this, “Is this a robot first and projector second, or a projector first and a robot second?” The answer to that question is a silent one, you simply will need to spend time with it yourself and then draw your very own conclusions.

The Video Streaming Robotic Projectionist is a mobile robot that has the ability to wirelessly project images and streams videos from the Internet. It can project an 80″ picture on any surface from 9 3/4′ away, and this would free a crowd of viewers from having to huddle around a tiny smartphone screen so that everyone is able to view social media content or perhaps the latest trending YouTube videos. There is also a free app for Apple iOS and Android devices which will allow users to remotely control the robot, allowing the user to command its every roll, pitch, and yaw.

Do take note that the kind of money you pay for this will not offer that much in terms of video resolution, since it maxes out at just 720p HD projection. It is also best to hook it up to another sound system, since the integrated 5-watt speaker is not going to impress anyone. I suppose most of the money would have gone into its robotics than anything else. The app is versatile enough for the user to alter the image’s orientation, adjust the volume level, change content, and schedule a specific time and place for a pre-planned picture show. Connectivity options include USB, HDMI input and media connections.

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Zero Zero Robotics reveals the Hover Camera Passport

Drones do seem to be dime a dozen these days, but how many of us have already decided to settle for a particular model that suits our needs? It really depends on our needs and of course, pricing. There are some high end drones out there that can capture 4K video without missing a beat, but you will definitely need a fair bit of practice in order to obtain good shots. Zero Zero Robotics has their portable solution in the form of the Hover Camera Passport, which will cost all of just $599. The Hover Camera Passport is touted to be the first truly consumer-friendly and self-piloting flying camera, making it as an essential travel accessory in the future for the avid shutterbug.

The Hover Camera Passport has been specially tailored to the personal travel experience, where it will merge the portability of a smartphone alongside the point of view image capturing capabilities of a drone. Touted to be the only truly self-flying camera on the market, the Hover Camera Passport will pave the way for a new category of consumer flying robotics, making it simple and easy to use, letting you remain in the moment at all times.

It does not matter where you are — in a bustling city or in the outskirts, or even in the great outdoors, the Hover Camera Passport is not restricted by the restraints of controllers that interrupt the moments which you would like to remember. All that you need to do is to unfold the flying camera, power it on, and the Camera Passport will take off. It can steadily frame the perfect shot thanks to Zero Zero Robotics’ proprietary Embedded AI technology, as it goes about capturing memories effortlessly in 13MP photos and 4K video.

The Hover Camera Passport tips the scales at just 242 grams, and arrives fully enclosed in carbon fiber while boating of AI-based safety mechanisms to ensure the user and their surroundings are unscathed despite being flown indoors and out.

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LyfieEye delivers spherical 360 capture for smartphones

lyfieeyeeCapture Technologies recently announced a Kickstarter campaign for its LyfieEye device, which is something that will cater for those who have a penchant for snapping photos with their smartphones wherever they go. Of course, there are different ways and methods to shoot something in a creative manner with but a smartphone, but it would not hurt to be able to have a unique camera accessory to go along with your shots. The LyfieEye is touted to be the first truly affordable camcorder that plugs straight into Android phone ports — it works across USB 2.0, USB 3.0 or USB Type-C types.

With the LyfieEye, you can preview, record and playback immersive spherical 360º videos and photos. These recorded media can subsequently be shared directly to Facebook and YouTube for 360º Spherical Views. Not only that, it will be able to synchronize flawlessly with any VR (Virtual Reality) headset that is currently available on the market, all without the need for any kind of technical lag. The direct microUSB plug-in will also make a solid connection without any kind of interference. In other words, the LyfieEye will be able to plug, record and share seamlessly.

The LyfieEye can be used on Android smartphones with the supporting app enhancing it. Known as LyfieView, this app is a snap to use, and its elegant UI will enable users to capture spherical 360º content using their LyfieEye. This allows one to experience spherical 360º video first-hand. Viewers are able to check out beyond what their viewfinders are aimed at, as well as experience immersive, spherical 360º content on their smartphones.

In order to make the LyfieEye possible, there are proprietary technologies which empower it. Among them include an innovative, seamless LyfieSense architecture which optimizes several specialist technologies: among them include optical lenses, semiconductor image sensors, an image processing IC chip that was created specifically for synchronizing LyfieEye’s two lenses, the USB connector for USB 2.0 / 3.0 / Type-C, and software integration with smartphones.

Targeting long term use, the LyfieEye will come with a recommended retail price of $149 a pop, but the first hundred backers can pick up it up as a discount for $109.

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GoPro’s first quadcopter drone is the Karma

gopro-karmaGoPro is a name that we are all extremely familiar with when it comes to HERO action cameras, and for good reason, too. They are not only tough as nails, but they also do their bit in capturing great videos and photos of a particular adrenaline-pumping stunt. Well, GoPro would like to extend its reach in the action camera market through the introduction of a spanking new product that is known as the GoPro Karma.

The GoPro Karma is not another action camera, but rather, a quadcopter drone that will be able to let you capture stunning videos and photos from afar. The GoPro Karma has just been launched, and it is a whole lot more than a regular drone since it comes with Hollywood-caliber aerial, handheld and gear-mounted image stabilization. Each purchase of the $799 GoPro Karma will arrive with a backpack that allows you to tote it around without missing a beat.

Not only that, the GoPro Karma comes with an image-stabilization grip which can be removed whenever you want to use it as a handheld device, or opt to have it mounted to vehicles and gear, among others. The game-style controller will boast of an integrated touch display to make controlling the Karma fun, and it is fast and easy to fly without the need for a separate phone or tablet to see what your drone sees. With its removable 3-axis camera stabilizer, you can be sure that even handheld shots will be shake-free.

Those who are interested will be able to pick up the GoPro Karma from October 23rd onward, and apart from it being a standalone device, it can be bought as a bundle. The GoPro Karma bundled with HERO5 Black will retail for $1,099.99, while those who have the patience to wait until early next year can pick up the GoPro Karma that arrives bundled with the HERO5 Session for $999.99.

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Hover Camera is an autonomous flying camera

There are drones, and then there are drones. The Hover Camera would fall under the latter category which is more often than not a unique device that will be able to capture videos and photos from afar and high up, but also carries the distinction of being an autonomous flying camera. Zero Zero Robotics is the company behind the Hover Camera, which is the first truly consumer-friendly autonomous flying camera that has been specially designed to be safe and portable, and yet allowing just about anyone to effortlessly capture exciting moments indoors and out, from creative new perspectives.

This is made possible thanks to the embedded AI that will intelligently navigate its environment, assisted by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight drone platform. It does not matter whether the Hover Camera captures exciting moments by snapping an aerial family vacation photo, or to archive the perfect shot from above the rim at a basketball game, or even recording your wedding as you walk down the aisle, the Hover Camera will be able to get the job done with aplomb.

The Hover Camera is all the more special as well courtesy of its innovative protective, and foldable carbon fiber enclosure design, making it safe and easy to use right out of the box as there is no learning curve whatsoever required. All that you need to do is to unfold the Hover Camera and power it on, and it will lift off of your fingers, before going about doing its stuff – capturing thrilling video and photos from unique angles as it hovers steadily in place.

As for the hardware specifications of the Hover Camera, they include the ability to capture 13MP photos and 4K videos for posterity, with the capability to track your face and body so that it can always keep you in the picture, even while you are on the move. Shaky moments are a thing of the past thanks to Electronic Image Stabilization as proprietary technology intelligently and digitally stabilizes photos and video, correcting camera shakes or jitters from the final footage.

Tipping the scales at just 238 grams, it is below the FAA 250 gram Hobbyist Drone Registration weight limit, and can spin while in a fixed position to capture 360 degrees of panoramic video footage. Anyone interested?

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Xtreem Gravity Pursuit 1080p Video Drone does killer shots from the air

Drones do seem to be all the rage these days, aren’t they? After all, it is definitely cool if you were to have something that shoots from the air, especially where professional photographers are concerned, in order to pick up some of the more interesting angles for their clients – especially at a wedding or some sort of high end social function. Well, the Xtreem Gravity Pursuit 1080p Video Drone might not be one of the smallest drones around, but it will certainly be able to get the job done – and in style, too.

Do bear in mind that Xtreem is no stranger when it comes to remote-controlled toys, and their latest addition would be the Gravity Pursuit 1080p Video Drone. The Gravity Pursuit 1080p Video Drone happens to be the perfect gift for the little ones as well as the young at heart, as it boasts of lightweight yet durable construction, and has been specially designed for outdoor use. For instance, users are able to put their skills to the test, flying this four-axis drone in any direction and performing 4D stunts, tumbles and advanced flight moves. As its name suggests, the Gravity Pursuit 1080p Video Drone will feature a full HD video camera, letting you shoot some really great looking photos and videos of your favorite flying adventures.

The asking price of the Gravity Pursuit 1080p Video Drone stands at $299.99 a pop, where it measures 19.69” and tips the scales at a mere 1.34 ounces, making it an easy grab-and-go toy regardless of whether it is a family trip to the park or a play date in the backyard. It will rely on the latest 2.4GHz frequency for a strong wireless signal up to 100 feet and a unique 360-degree flying experience. The onboard full HD video camera is detachable, where it is accompanied by a 4GB microSD card that is located in the undercarriage, giving it enough space to record around 30 minutes of color (1080p resolution) video and photos. Any takers?

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Lost in Space B9 Electronic Robot plays its role well

There is just something about an on-screen persona that becomes larger than life when it ends up being produced as a toy, and that the toy itself would be an above average make where build and quality are concerned. Having said that, anyone remembers the robot B9 from Lost in Space? The folks over at Thinkgeek have managed to come up with the $49.99 Lost in Space B9 Electronic Robot that will not only boast of lights and dialogue from the show, but it will also sport claws that can open – as well as close, in order to have that wee bit of mean streak in it.

Interestingly enough, the Robot in Lost in Space never really had a name. It was more or less just called “Robot,” plain and simple, although if one were to dig deeper, then the full designation would be: B-9, Class M-3 General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot. This particular purchase is cute in its own aspect, as it stands at 10″ in height and will boast of lights and sounds that have been taken straight from the classic sci-fi TV show. There will be lights on his head and chest that blink all the time B9 is on, and extra lights and dialogue will be triggered with the push of a button, including: “I will accompany you, you may need protection,” “Cannot compute, programming data insufficient,” and his famous cries of “Danger!”

A trio of AAA batteries will power this, where you can also have fun opening and closing his claws, extend his arms, and turning his torso to the left and right. Heck, the B9 robot also comes with wheels in order for him to get rollin’!
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For the Young Programmer in Your Life

Whether you or someone you know, I think it is safe to say we have all known someone in our lives who was or is an amateur computer programmer, coder or robotics fan. These are the ones that build their own computer from scratch for fun. Motherboards, processors and graphics cards are their language. Ever wonder how these people got their start? What item, device or experience triggered their passion for programming? Well, for any young up and comers that may have interest in computers and robots we have found a tool that should pique their interest.

Meet Ozobot, an interactive tool to help teach children the basics of coding, programming and robotics. Ozobot is a small (1 inch x 1 inch x 1 inch, .5 ounces) battery powered robot. Through its bottom sensor it is able to read lines and colors which help it determine where to go, what color to turn or what action to take. Essentially Ozobot has a color language. Draw a ‘path’ on paper or an electronic device with different colors to tell Ozobot what to do…speed up, slow down, turn and go the other way, spin and many more. It truly helps youngsters with logical thinking and deductive reasoning. You can even program it to dance to your favorite song via an app. Unveiled at CES this year, Ozobot runs $49.99 on Amazon.com. And a two-pack for $99.99 means kids could play games against each other.

If that is not enough, you can go to Ozobot.com and download STEM/STREAM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math/ Science, Technology, Reading Engineering and Math) lesson plans to help kids engage and learn more. And of course there are games on the site too! Coming soon to Ozobot will be Google Blockley compatibility too. Kids will then be able to develop their own commands and upload them to Ozobot. And before you know it these Ozobot users will be programming the technologies of our lives.


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Build Your Own Jumping Robot ought to help you kill some time

During the holiday season, the weather might not be all that great for those of us living in places where snowfall amounts to the feet – and not inches. Well, being cooped up at home does not mean that you should not indulge in a few rounds of video games, but neither do you need to remain glued in front of the TV all day long. What about tickling the imagination and brain with the $49.95 Build Your Own Jumping Robot?

This is one interesting kit which will be able to teach children the basic ins and outs of robotics and mechanics, and this is achieved through the construction of a robot which is capable of jumping. Well, better jump around than to actually lop off someone’s head due to an AI that has gained self-awareness and figured out that humanity is a threat that needs to be exterminated, right? This unique project will feature clawlike hands and a blue helmet, complete with a central spring and a couple of snail-shaped cams located within each arm. When turned on, the cams will rotate and compress the spring; storing up enough energy so that when released, the robot will bounce off the ground. Running on a couple of AAA batteries, this jumping robot does sound like fun – just like any other robot projects that we have seen in the past.
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