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Kiwi Wearable Technology

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

kiwiwearableKiwi Wearables is wearable technology that can be clipped on or worn on the wrist. It works with both bluetooth and wi-fi. The device can interact with both your phone and connected devices within your home network. It has motion, temperature, magnetic and barometer sensors. The Kiwi Wearable also includes a microphone which listens to the environment around the users. The users can also use the microphone to issue commands. You can also issue commands using custom designed gestures. In the video on the website, the user writes an S in mid-air and brings up her Shazam app to identify the song playing over the loud-speaker. The device is not waterproof, but it is something that they are working on. The API is open to developers. The Kiwi Wearable will come in white, silver and black and should be shipping in July. It will be $125 plus shipping. I have to say I am really curious about this device and I am thinking about preordering one. I only hope that it works as advertise

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Elmo USA Introduces Qbic-MS1 and the BOXi-T200

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Elmo USA Elmo USA which has been around in the United States since 1973 and in Japan since 1921, offered two new products at CES 2014. The Qbic-MS1 a wearable action camera and the Elmo BOXi T-200 Projector.

The Qbic-MS1 is a wearable camera which can be used to take both videos and photos. It has a standard mount and can use most action camera tripods on the market. It has a wide-angle lens and can take pictures at 120, 145 and 170 degrees. It is WiFi enabled and connects to a free app which will be available in the iTunes app store upon release. An Android app is currently being worked on . You can watch live videos from the camera through the app. You can also control the camera using the app. The Qbic-MS1 will last two hours on a fully charged battery. It uses a micro SD card to store the content. It should be available in spring 2014 for between $200-$300, price is yet to be established.

The Elmo BOXi T200 is a light and compact mobile projector. It is 3.7 inches x 6.0 inches by 1.4 inches and weights only 0.6 lb.. It produces 1080 resolution. You can project a 50 inch image with only three feet of room. The Elmo BOXi T200 has HDMI input, and audio output. You can also listen to audio directly from the device. The device is available on the website for $429.

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Garmin VIRB Action Camera

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Garmin VIRBGarmin are well known for their satnavs and GPS-based devices but a new range of wearable action cameras were announced at this year’s CES. Todd chats to Maddy about the new cams.

Garmin’s VIRB range of action cameras are 1080p HD video cameras in a ruggedised and waterproof (IPX7) case, with a built-in 1.4″ display and around 3 hours of recording time. There’s full range of accessories and the VIRB camera comes with an industry mounts compatible adaptor so existing gear can be potentially re-used.

The basic VIRB is $299 and the VIRB Elite is $399. Available now.

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Beam introduces video chat robot

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

beamVideo chat has become common in today’s world, especially in the workplace. Robotics, though, still has a tendency to sound a bit futuristic. Beam, however, has found a way to combine the two, with a robot that sports a video display, allowing for both face-to-face chat and mobility.

All of this functionality is controlled by the person seen on the screen, who controls the robot from a desktop or laptop computer. This is done by an app the company provides to the buyer for installation on any computer. The Beam, which comes from Suitable Technologies, is available right now. It’s geared towards corporate use, as the price comes in at $16,000, but that includes setup and support.

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GeoNaute shows off 360-degree action camera

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

geonauteWe’re all familiar with the wearable cameras on the market today, most notably the GoPro. We even see them being using on TV to capture action during mountain bike and skiing events. But one thing none of those do is capture the entire 360-degrees around the wearer.

GeoNaute is changing that with its new 360-degree Camera Pack. The device contains three lenses place around it, so can capture action in all directions. The device automatically stitches these images together, so there is no need for post-production when you get home. The camera is set to retail for $499 and will be available in the coming months. You can pre-order now.

Interview by Jamie Davies of Health Tech Weekly and Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network

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Better motion-focus for DSLR video with Canon’s EOS 70D

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

20130702_hiRes_dafTech_frontShooting DSLR video has often had trouble with auto-focusing on moving subjects. But Canon‘s EOS 70D is a game-changing camera with “dual-pixel CMOS AF” for continuous, smooth, auto focus.

With the EOS 70D’s touchscreen LCD screen, you can tap on any visible subject for the lens to maintain focus on the subject, even when the depth changes.

This brings DSLR video production up in line with standard camcorders, which have often been used for better action focusing.

Without “dual-pixel CMOS AF” and Canon’s new Stepping Motor (STM) lenses, a digital SLR would shift focus back and forth on moving subjects (and sometimes even stationary subjects, too). With this new combination from Canon, amateur and professional videographers and podcasters can now get smooth auto focus.

Also don’t forget that the Canon EOS 70D is an amazing DSLR for still photography, too!

The EOS 70D is a cropped-sensor digital SLR that can record up to 30 minutes of 1080p HD video at up to 30 frames per second. The Canon EOS 70D  camera body is priced competitively for professionals at $1,199 ($1,099 on Amazon.com) and is available today.

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