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Panasonic AG-3DP1 shoots movies in 3D

12 Apr

Panasonic has just announced the AG-3DP1, a new camcorder designed for shooting movies in 3D. The shoulder-mounted camcorder packs a 3D twin-lens, and is designed for users planning to shoot 3D tech gadgets of live events, sports, documentaries and independent films. The AG-3DP1 packs 2 1/3″ full-HD 2.2 megapixel 3-MOS images with enhanced sensitivity, a 20-bit Digital Signal Processor for generating full production quality, native 1920 x 1080 resolution images. The camera also captures 3D footage directly through the dual-lens, without the need for any external equipment or post processing – it is possible to just shoot and cut footage from the camera to make a 3D movie. With functions like variable frame rate to create fast and slow motion effects, users can get creative with the camera itself. The lenses of these tech gadgets can zoom up to 17x and the camera records up to 80 minutes of footage on dual 64GB P2 cards in AVC-Intra 100 1080/24pN and a 3.2″ LCD display for previewing recorded footage rounds things off. No prices have been announced but we can expect to see the 3DP1 on sale in autumn this year. With 3D cameras becoming more accessible to everybody – you can expect a lot more 3D movies to start popping up in the future, especially in the indie movie scene.

Source from ubergizmo

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Harman JBL On Air Wireless AirPlay ready to ship

12 Apr


Harman has announced that their JBL On Air Wireless AirPlay speaker dock is more than ready to arrive at your doorstep assuming you aren’t too miserly to part with your hard-earned money for it. Being one of the latest tools in JBL’s lineup, it will offer music lovers an even more seamless music experience right in the comfort of your own home, and thanks to integrated AirPlay technology, you are able to enjoy music from your iTunes library on Mac or PC tech gadgets. That’s not all, of course, since your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch will also be able to enjoyed over a current Wi-Fi network.

Apart from that, you can enjoy all the hard work that has gone into creating an album artwork as you see it on the bright color display, not to mention song information, too. An included remote control is there to help you play and pause music, including navigating between tracks just in case something that isn’t suitable for your ears pop up on your playlist. Bear in mind that AirPlay requires iTunes 10.1 or later with the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch tech gadgets running on iOS 4.2 or later.

With the presence of three advanced JBL transducers that deliver rich, full-spectrum sound in a uniform manner across a wide-listening area, you can be sure that you as well as your guests won’t be disappointed. Distinct stereo imaging isn’t recommended for desktop sound systems, but the JBL On Air Wireless dock sports a special HALO (horizontal acoustic level optimization) design to ensure it will rock the house by offering clean, powerful sound that is more often than not associated with JBL tech gadgets.

There is also proprietary JBL technology used – we’re talking about digital signal processing, that helps maximize sound quality and output under any listening conditions. For those who are interested, the JBL On Air Wireless speaker dock is ready to rock and roll from this month onwards, carrying an asking price of $349 MSRP over at Best Buy and Apple online and retail store locations in the US.

Source from Coolest Gadgets

Marc by Marc Jacobs metallic iPhone cases

12 Apr

We love these super shiny iPhone cases designed for Marc by Marc Jacobs. Whether you’re an iPhone 3Gs or iPhone 4 electronic gadgets user there’s a choice of two slightly different styles to accomodate your handset and both come in a choice of metallic pink, turquoise or hematite (bronze).

When fashion designers venture into the realm of tech, the result is sometimes a little impractical and (dare I say it) pretentious, but these cases are subtly branded and usable, the only question is which colour should we go for?

They’re both available from Neiman Marcus for $38.00.

Via Chip Chick.

Matrox strikes at NAB, first to market with Thunderbolt products

12 Apr

Word out of NAB is that Matrox, known best for enabling day-traders to run an excessive number of monitors off a single graphics card, will be the first company to market with peripherals designed to use Thunderbolt. All the latest models of its MXO2 family of video I/O boxes will be shipping with Thunderbolt on board, while budding film makers using the current gen MXO2 tech gadgets will be able to push 10Gb worth of pixels per second by picking up an adapter. Matrox didn’t announce a firm release date or price, though we expect it will fall in line with the current products, which range from $449 up to almost $2,400 for the MXO2 Rack with Matrox Max. They’re not exactly must have accessories for the average user, but if you simply can’t wait any longer to put those Thunderbolt ports to use, it’s the only game in town.

sourceMatrox

Review – Raptor M3x Gaming Mouse

12 Apr


When I first saw this mouse I wasn’t too impressed, compared to other gaming mice it was lacking the initial wow factor that draws you to it. The M3x offers an on the fly DPI adjustment, however you must pick between eight predetermined settings (no customizing here). The eight options are associated with a colored LED so you would have to memorize which color coincides with each resolution. The DPI selection is on a cyclic system, in other words you have to cycle all the way through to get to a lower DPI. I found this irritating, and almost counter-productive.

The mouse tech gadgets also feature two buttons on the side which are completely non customizable, I’ve only found them useful for going forward and back on my web browser. The M3x also has a “permanent” fire button, which all I can seem to get it to do is the same as the left click. Another thing that bothers me is when I click the back of the mouse tends to raise up. As for comfort, I feel like my hand sits to high and the grooves where my ring and pinky finger are supposed to sit are two small and not in a natural place. I thought the problem might be my big hands, so I had a friend with smaller hands try it, and she couldn’t reach the buttons to click and when she moved her hand close enough to reach them it almost flipped over.

So now that I’m done ranting about my issues with this mouse, I now get to mention the few things I like about it. It glides over most surfaces with smooth precision. I used the M3x tech gadgets on three surfaces, my oak desk, an aluminum mouse pad and the glossy cover of one of my textbooks. I was surprised to see that it had the same smooth feeling on all three surfaces. There are also four removable weights, but they are not centered, which may be causing some of the rocking issues. The only thing I found the M3x to do well was first person shooters, and it does those with little or no glitz and glamor. The smooth feeling was great for every FPS I tested it on. However what good is a mouse that can only do one thing well?

So what is my final word? After a week of using this mouse I could not wait to be done with this review so I could go back to my normal mouse. The M3x is uncomfortable, has useless features, but has a great smooth feeling on most surfaces and is great for FPS’s but only FPS’s. It’s not the worst mouse I have ever used but it’s by far not the best. For $60- $75 I find it overpriced for what you get. So if you want a new mouse for everyday use look elsewhere…unless all you do is play FPS tech gadgets all day every day.

from GamerFront.net

Microsoft looks at flexible hardware specification for Windows Phone 7

12 Apr

WinRumors has gotten wind of whispers that Microsoft could be exploring the possibility of having flexible hardware specifications where its Windows Phone 7 platform is concerned, and this could result in different hardware companies rolling out more affordable Windows Phone electronic gadgets. Of course, with varying hardware on different handsets, you could end up with a software fragmentation problem that Android is currently experiencing – some games which require a high level of processing muscle can only be played on certain high-end phones, leaving the rest of the Android community in the dark. Is Microsoft willing to follow such a route? Apparently, an announcement on the matter might be made as early as the company’s MIX11 conference sometime later this week. Of course, there are pros and cons to this situation, where the added flexibility lets electronic gadgets manufacturers use cheaper components in order to make owning a Windows Phone a whole lot more affordable. What do you think – should Microsoft maintain a high standard, or can they relax a bit?

Source from ubergizmo

Nike+ SportWatch GPS Review

12 Apr

Review: The Nike+ SportWatch GPS caters to casual runners with loads of options for tracking and monitoring runs rolled into a sporty design.

 

Highs:

Comfortable, smart design
Built-in USB connector
Powerful, intuitive Web-based interface
Long battery life
Accurate GPS by TomTom
Reasonably affordable

Lows:

Not practical for everyday wear
Using Nike+ sensor requires Nike shoes
Little flexibility and zero non-running features

The Nike+ SportWatch GPS is not the first sports watch to plug into a computer, the first to offer GPS electronic gadgets, or the first to put your data online where you can share, compare and brag to friends. So how did Nike saunter back from CES this year with an armload of awards a queue of eager customers?

Like the Apple of the athletic world, Nike’s not looking to do it first, it’s looking to do it simpler, sleeker, and with a marketing budget that would make Kobe Bryant blush. The SportWatch GPS takes the same tech previously wrapped in button-studded watches for diehard competitors and makes tracking runs novel, easy and just plain fun for folks who wouldn’t know Prefontaine from Plantar Fasciitis.

Design

Though Nike makes some sharp conventional timepieces that look as good with khakis as they do with nylon running shorts, the SportWatch is not one of them. From the rigid rubber watchband and overly beefy face to the fluorescent “volt yellow” highlights, this is clearly an athletic watch through and through.

It works. An inch-wide band keeps it firmly grappled to your wrist, a sturdy dual-pronged clasp ensures it won’t unhook accidentally, and the closely-spaced perforations let your wrist breathe while allowing tiny adjustments for just the right fit. The “excess” end of the watchband even has two prongs that snap into the holes beneath to keep it from flapping around.

The display on the SportWatch electronic gadgets uses the same inverted white-on-black color scheme that a lot of trendier sports watches use, which can be easier to read in the sun. It’s also surprisingly dense with pixels, so numbers and even tiny print look smooth and easy to read.

Features

The same running-centric design that dictates the SportWatch’s styling applies to the features Nike has crammed in: If it doesn’t have anything to do with running, the SportWatch won’t do it. Even the most basic features you could find on a kid’s digital watch, like an hourly chime or alarm, have been stripped out. There’s no question Nike could have included these features, but we suspect it was an intentional move to cut the clutter and avoid anything that could interfere with the running settings.

Put it in “run” mode and things start to get interesting. Using an internal GPS sensor (“powered by TomTom”) or the Nike+ sensor you pop in a shoe, the SportWatch GPS will tell you your pace, total distance, total time elapsed and total calories burned, all at a glance, on the move. Though it saves every run in the watch, the real fun comes when you get home. The wristband actually conceals a full-size USB connector which you can pop open, plug into your PC, and push every detail of your run online to a Nike+ account. Your runs are chronicled by date, available for others to see, and meticulously plotted against Google Maps with your pace overlaid in full color.

Setup

Part of the beauty of owning a watch that plugs into a computer comes from actually setting it up on the computer, rather than spending twenty minutes reading a matchbook-sized manual and clicking buttons the size of pinheads to set the time. The first time you plug the SportWatch in, it prompts you to download Nike+ Connect software, a lean and unobtrusive app that interfaces with the watch. Really, you’ll only use it to configure the watch and upload data, the meat and potatoes reside online. Consequently, Connect requires you to create a Nike+ account electronic gadgets the first time you use it, which serves as repository for everything you’ll add from then on. After that, it’s a simple matter of choosing your preferred distance units, entering your weight, gender and a few other specifics, and you’re off and running. Literally.

Testing and usage

Tracking a trip around block with the SportWatch GPS is as easy as selecting “run” from the four options on its main screen. Sort of. Before you start trotting down the driveway, you’ll need to wait for the watch to sync up with a nearby GPS satellite, which took surprisingly long in some cases — up to two minutes. We used the extra time to stretch, but getting amped up for a run then idly waiting by for your watch to get GPS signal can be a buzzkill.

The SportWatch can talk with Nike’s shoe sensors as well, which comes in handy indoors or in areas where the GPS receiver can lose signal, like dense woods. We never had any issue with the watch losing signal, but keep in mind you’ll need a pair of Nike kicks to plant the sensor in if you do plan to use it, cramping your choice of footwear.

As you run, the SportWatch displays four vitals: elapsed time, mileage, pace and calories burned, which are calculated based on your weight input on setup. One “favorite” stat is permanently displayed in huge print that’s easy to read with a quick glance, while the others need to be manually cycled through with buttons. Nike keeps the interface idiotproof: two buttons to scroll up and down and a bright yellow “select” button.

The interface may be dead simple, but it also ends up lacking flexibility. For instance, you can’t pick your favorite stat to display big on the watch, you need to set it on the computer. The pace also always reads in mile times (ex. 4’ 40”), with no option for absolute speeds (ex. 5.6mph). Most runners will prefer it this way, but it seems silly not to offer an alternative like miles per hour, which could come in handy on a bike. No, it’s not a cycling watch, but when it’s only a tweak of the firmware away from serving as one, the rigid bias toward running can be aggravating.

In true Nike fashion, the SportWatch serves as much as a motivational tool as a statkeeper electronic gadgets. When we kicked in our training run at the end, it recognized the boost in pace, congratulating us with a “Nice Finish!” Demolish a previous record and it lets you know. You can even turn on “run reminders” to have your watch nag you to take it for a run if you’ve been slacking.

Fun as it is to see the miles rack up as you pound pavement, the real function comes when you get home. Plug the watch in and it will automatically upload your results to your Nike+ account, where you can probe more into them. You can view a bar graph of mileage by day of the week, see pace plotted linearly like an EKG, and most importantly, see any map overlaid on Google Maps with the route highlighted, mile markers flagged, and color coding (green fast, red slow) to represent how quickly you were clipping along. A shaded-in “heat map” even shows which parts of your city are most popular with other runners, and you can view top routes to get ideas for your next trip out of the house. More intense runners can see their runs dissected with individual mile splits, view elevation gain on a graph, record notes, and flag runs with the type of terrain, weather, and even how they felt. Dig a step deeper and you can set goals, compete with friends, win medals and trophies, and even follow a training regimen set by a real coach.

In short, the SportWatch takes running and turns it into almost something of an online game akin to FarmVille, where every step you take is logged for fun. Companies like Garmin have long offered all the graphing you could want, but Nike takes the social, competitive and training aspects to new highs with an interface that will make even the most casual runners want to get out and start logging more miles.

Battery life

If you’ve ever left a GPS tracking app open on a smartphone only to find it dead in a matter of hours, you know how hard GPS is on batteries. Fortunately the SportWatch electronic gadgets have a built-in rechargeable battery that fills up via the USB plug every time you reconnect it to upload data. After three runs, we saw battery drop from full to about ¾ full, which should be plenty for even the most frequent runners.

Conclusion

Whether you want to start logging your adventure runs, turn your boring neighborhood loop into a race with friends thousands of miles away, or just need a motivational tool to get you off the couch, the SportWatch GPS will do it. Nike clearly knows its audience, and has loaded the SportWatch and its online counterpart with smart features catering precisely to them. Just don’t plan to wear it to your next gala or even check out your max speed on your bicycle: The SportWatch is a single-minded device that does what it does very well, but won’t get much use when it’s not collecting sweat.

Source from digitaltrends

Walking Table

12 Apr

Oh sure, the invention of the wheel was a pretty big milestone in the history of mankind, but let’s not forget that before its creation our good old legs were more than capable of getting us around. So maybe it was designed as an homage to a simpler time before man got caught up in wheel-hysteria, but I have to say I really like this walking table electronic gadgets from Wouter Scheublin which forgoes casters in favor of a set of legs to move it around.

A fairly simple set of wooden mechanics results in a natural walking motion of its 8 legs as you push it across the floor, but unfortunately it’s limited to motion in only one direction. Turning it or moving it lengthwise is out of the question… You win this round wheels!

The Walking Table electronic gadgets is also exclusively available from Priveekollektie in a limited edition run of 8 walnut pieces, so if it’s not already sold out, you can safely assume it’s not going to be cheap.

 

VIA Tuvie

iPhone Photo Printer

12 Apr

So you use your iPhone’s camera a whole lot – what are you going to do with the digital library of images that you have amassed over time? Surely you aren’t going to just let it be stashed away in some hard drive somewhere, do you? How about printing those photos out for physical reminder of those memories? Instead of going through the tried-and-tested method of transferring photos to a computer and using a printer to churn out some copies, here is the self-explanatory iPhone Photo Printer electronic gadgets.

This $159.95 purchase is the first of its kind that delivers photo quality pictures straight from a docked iPhone or iPod touch electronic gadgets, without the need for special software or computer. Of course, the downside is you can’t edit those photos, but then again the iPhone takes pretty decent images in the first place. Heck, there aren’t even ink cartridges to worry about, since it prints crystal-clear 300 dpi resolution pictures with vibrant colors thanks to a patented paper that has been embedded with yellow, magenta, and cyan dye crystals.

These photos printed out are smudge- and tear-proof, fade- and water-resistant, so that ought to deliver some peace of mind to you. It will also play nice with Android phones electronic gadgets (now isn’t that surprising?), the iPad and its successor. Each purchase is accompanied by one paper pack that delivers up to a dozen prints.

Source from Coolest Gadgets

 

The Wrap 920 VR video eyewear puts you in the game

12 Apr

The new Wrap 920 video glasses tech gadgets from specialists in eyewear and display technology, Vuzix, really are incredible. Put these fancy spectacles on and you’ll be transported into your game like never before with new 3D video and head-tracking capability.

These tech gadgets are compatible with a range of PC games including Call of Duty, Batman and World of Warcraft and also has an augmented reality version available.

However, we’d never recommend you wear them out of your front room as you’ll look like you’re an extra on the set of a cheap sci-fi flick.

The Wrap 920 VR Bundle is available for around $499.99 from the Vuzix website.

Via Shiny Shiny.