The Ozo Broadcast Camera – created by ESPN and Foglight Entertainment (founded by Jeff Bowler) – is the “first Virtual Realty device to capture 360° spherical video and 360×360 surround sound.” It has eight microphones which record 360×360 surround sound. Each of the interchangeable digital cartridges it comes with provide 45 minutes of recording time, and then saves all video and audio to one file, eliminating the need for numerous SD cards.
Now, the camera is being used by ESPN. Carson Wentz (former North Dakota State quarterback who is expected to be one of Chicago’s top 2016 NFL picks) will be showcased on TV and throughout social media in ESPNs first ever 360-degree video segment. Talking about this new method, ESPN’s Associate Director of Original Digital Video, Lindsay Rovegno explained:
“We saw 360-degree video as one of the next big opportunities for storytelling. In the past we’ve experimented with 360-video clips, but have yet to use the medium to tell a narrative story. 360-degree video allows us to place the viewer in the environment in which we filmed and experience the story as if they were on-site, in this case in the FargoDome with Carson Wentz.”
In 2001 Jeff Bowler founded Foglight Entertainment where he remained CEO for five years. This bi-coastal film and TV production company “believe[s] in truth, integrity and clarity: clear storytelling, clear communication and clear messaging as we bring bright ideas to life on any screen.” The Ozo Broadcast Camera fits perfectly with this philosophy.
In theory we might idealize the notion of our kids playing outside in the dirt, collecting desert tortoises and taking their little brothers to the park until dark, but in practice, the reality is kids these days engage in a lot of screen time. Therefore, the trick is to maximize that time to make it as educational and positive as possible.
With that in mind, Kano – the “computer and coding kit for all” – gives kids the opportunity to put together a computer from the beginning and then learn basic coding skills. Even adults can benefit from this; anyone who is anyone knows how important a skill like coding is, especially in today’s job market. Plus, it’s a great way for kids to bond with their parents. Featuring a Raspberry Pi, case, cables, Wi-Fi dongle, speaker and wireless cables, kids will love this for its similarity for building Lego pieces and parents will get a kick out of learning such a useful skill for their office together with their offspring.
And then there is an old toy that has been reinvented; the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack . Based on the View-Master that was first commercialized in Oregon back in the late 1930s that our parents and grandparents will remember, today, Mattel has joined up with Google to make a virtual reality version of it. In other words, users can now also interact with the virtual reality world, as well as benefit from traditional, old-school enjoyment. And, the good news is, it only retails at $29.99 – probably not that much more (in today’s money) that it was back in those days! Pair it with your smartphone and enjoy an old childhood toy with your kid but in his language!
So gadgets and gizmos are not all bad for kids; they can provide some great bonding experience!
How many times have you gotten to your car and found the battery dead? And there’s no one around to help you jump it? And it’s late and you just want to get home? Well, that problem could soon be a thing of the past. A 12000mAh battery with 600A peak output from Nekteck, prices start at $49.99 (using a $30 off Amazon coupon code).
It has the capacity to jump start both a 3L diesel and a 5L gas engine, up to 12 times on just one charge! It also comes with two USB ports that can be used to charge other gadgets. Featuring an LED flashlight, a 12V charger, a MicroUSB cable, and jumper cables that plug into the power bank, it seems like Nekteck have thought of everything. For those moments when you’re in the dark trying to deal with a dead battery, the flashlight is particularly welcome.
Coming with a full year guarantee and getting a 4.9 star rating, what more is there to be said?
Make your own gadget? What will they think of next. That is the idea behind Nascent’s new products which can be “tweaked and built to [the consumer’s] hearts content.” This renders the device less expensive as well as having the capacity to be “personally crafted for your own life.” All modules (HD camera, speaker, computer device recording real time water use) feature plug and play and work with each other.
It’s all about hardware. Everything made via the Nascent Objects platform starts with a shape. For example, if you want to build a security camera, you start by “uploading a 3D form into Nascent Object’s software, and then drag and drop modules to any location on the object. The software then calculates exactly where the circuitry pathways need to be, and prints those pathways onto a plastic chassis, which forms the skeleton of your gadget. From there, you simply click the electronic modules into place, then add external shell. It’s product design gone automatic.”
The brain behind Nascent Objects – Baback Elmieh (who used to work for Google) – explained that while there is so much versatility with software, hardware is not used in the same vein. Thus a year ago, together with his team, Elmie “took apart 600 products released since 2012 and found that 80 percent of them could be built from just 15 common electronic components.”
The ultimate goal of the product is: “to create a platform that empowers consumers to create products themselves, but the company is launching with a handful of fully-baked designs.”
Ever wanted to go swimming, or workout and listen to music at the same time but kind of ended up in a tangled mess? Now, Bragi is offering Dash earbuds that achieve exactly that. In addition, it features In-ear biometric sensors, gesture controls and live activity feedback, for sports lovers who want details of how long they have been active for, their heart rate and the amount of steps taken. For swimmers these are perfect as they are waterproof up to a meter.
Stream audio through Bluetooth and enjoy the integrated 4GB* Dash music player. You can also silence any surrounding sounds but still hear the environment around you with the audio transparency feature. You know you’ve put them in correctly when it lightens up. Tap on the earbud to get it started. No on-off button and no wires!
Christmas is round the corner, well, it’s here actually. And you’re taking the kids to mom and dad for dinner tonight. Problem is, apart from a lousy bunch of flowers for mom and a poor drawing etched by your 4 ½ year old, you’ve got absolutely nothing in the way of gifts.
So what is there that’ll make mom and dad smile? Is there anything in the way of gadgets for the older generation? Apparently there is. The gift may not be ready quite in time for the turkey dinner but when everyone sobers up by New Year’s, you should have it if you order fast.
Here are some top rated grandparent gizmos. A FitBit Charge is good to get mom and dad out of their couches and moving again. Yes they are designed to track movement, but think about it, they also – by default – track lack of movement. It’s a good way to encourage them to get a bit more active if the record from the FitBit indicates the need.
Next up is the TV Fire Stick. This is great for the older generation who “don’t want to bother” with all that smartTV stuff. A little stick converts their comfortable old TV to a smart one! In addition, you don’t have to call in Harry the Handyman as no installation is required. All you need to do is plug the stick (a bit like a USB stick) into the HDMI port of a standard TV and voila! Netflix, Amazon Video and more are easily accessible. It’s very user friendly too.
The Power Bank is a cool gift for anyone. What’s great about this is that you can re-charge your phone no matter where you are. You don’t need an outlet and it’s small enough to fit into mom’s purse.
So don’t worry if you’re not bringing anything but your gorgeous little offspring to mom and dad’s for Christmas….help is at hand and their cool new gadget will be in their hands if you place your order now.
With Christmas just around the corner, here are some great ideas for educating kids through technology. At the same time, they will have a blast with some of these cool, new, gizmos. A win-win for everyone.
Or something like that. For those who are addicted to their mobile devices and cannot possibly be disconnected for even the two minutes Colgate recommends adults brush their teeth for, help is at hand. Sunstar Inc. just created a device that can be attached to a standard toothbrush that will enable the brusher to continue listening to their favorite music or hearing the scores from the latest football game.
Aptly named G.U.M Play, this device is set to hit the stores in Spring of 2016. It will come with motion sensors and its goal is to make teeth brushing “more enjoyable.” It can be used as a joystick for playing games while brushing too. As well as making the experience fun, it can help in the enhancement of better teeth brushing since the sensors will be able to log brushing habits on smartphones. This will give the brusher tips on whether they are brushing too hard or too soft or are spending too long on one area and not enough on another.
G.U.M Play is to be used will Sunstar’s smartphone applications and connected to Bluetooth technology. Price and release date have yet to be announced.
This small device provides a ton of USB power. At the same time, it delivers mobile device notifications at a glance. It features: a two inch screen (on the back), shoots 3 minute video clips (overwriting old clips as a 64GB card), emergency mode and more.
On the negative side, its battery life is minimal, it is only three megapixels and it has a non-touch sensitive screen. Still, it has been hailed as “revolutionizing the mobile charging category” and does have a colored glowing light alert using Bluetooth Low Energy.
4Now that the summer is in full swing and there doesn’t seem to be any indication of things cooling off, what gadgets are newly available that can possibly counter the sweltering heat?
Well we do want to try and enjoy the summer even if it’s hot. There are the beaches, the outdoors, the pools, etc. But there must be a way that gadgets can alleviate the heat, make the sunshine more bearable and overall the summer holidays a more pleasurable experience? Well, yes, there is. And in this article we look at just a few.
First, there is the SuperStar BackFloat. This waterproof floaty can be used at the beach, in the hot tub or even the bath when the colder nights descend. It has a speaker with shockproof casting that can cope with even the craziest of weathers and adventures, and its built-in Bluetooth speakerphone can be used for those who can’t bear to be disconnected for longer than 10 minutes.
Next up are the BackBeat Fit wireless headphones from Plastronics. These wrap around one’s neck and weigh hardly anything. They also stay in place no matter how crazy your activity is. Their battery life is very long – between 5 and 9 hours – and retail at around $150 from Apple.
Finally the Connected Bikini is pretty cool. Featuring a smartphone app and UV sensor no need to worry about forgetting to reapply sunscreen or seek out cooler climates. You’ll get that reminder from this gadget and it’s not even a one-size fits all get up as it is programmed to identify all types of skins. Manufactured by Spinali Designs and retailing at around $170.
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