Walyou » Gadgets http://walyou.com Cool Gadgets, New Gadgets, Tech News and Geek Design Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:15:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Kodak’s Sports and Action Camera Shoots 360-Degree Videos http://walyou.com/kodak-sports-and-action-camera-pixpro-sp360/ http://walyou.com/kodak-sports-and-action-camera-pixpro-sp360/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:30:47 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180649

GoPro’s supremacy in the sports and action camera department started being disputed recently, as both Polaroid and Kodak have launched similar products. The latter’s addition to this sector can shoot 360-degree videos and has a lot of connectivity options.

Once a popular brand of photography-related products, Kodak went out of the spotlight and gave way to manufacturers of digital cameras. Now, the American company makes the news when launching innovative products such as the AstroZoom AZ651, which has the largest optical zoom (65x) available in a consumer compact camera. The newly-announced Kodak Pixpro SP360 Action Camera, however, targets a different audience than the one interested in shooting pictures and videos at a distance. This little gadget was built with lovers of extreme sports in mind, but it might prove suitable for action scenes shot by casual users.

What really sets Kodak’s sports camera apart from its competitors is the unique 360-degree curved lens that lets you shoot more action in more angles. As any reputable device that gets to be used in all sorts of environment, the camera can withstand physical shocks, extreme temperatures and humidity. More precisely, it is 2m shockproof, -10 degrees Celsius freezeproof, dust- and waterproof.

In terms of technical specs, the SP360 includes a 16 megapixel sensor, is capable of recording video in 1080p, as well as shoot still photos in 10 MP at 10 fps. As far as connectivity is concerned, there are Wi-Fi and NFC sensors included. Both of these are used for pairing the camera with smartphones, so as to have a larger viewfinder when shooting photos and videos.

The PixPro Remote Viewer is a companion app for the SP360 camera that’s currently available both for iOS and Android devices. It’s particularly convenient when you want to control or view the videos shot with this action camera.

The Kodak PixPro SP360 Action Camera can be purchased on the manufacturer’s website for $349. That’s a lot less than the $499 you would have to pay for a GoPro Hero 4, but you need to keep in mind that Kodak’s camera also has fewer functions. Still, for the purpose it serves, Kodak’s product should manage to attract some of the people who have been considering buying an action camera, but can’t afford a GoPro.

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Microsoft Band: it exists, and it is grand http://walyou.com/microsoft-band/ http://walyou.com/microsoft-band/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:00:36 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180641

The internet was abuzz with leaks, mentions and concepts for Microsoft’s new fitness tracker / smartwatch. Turns out, it was real after all, and called Band.

We had been talking about Microsoft releasing their own wrist hardware, allegedly a smartwatch in the past. Yet, what came to light today was something else entirely. The Microsoft Band got officially announced, and it’s so very interesting as it is a 10-sensor fitness tracker that costs just one cent below $200.

Band will more than track your heart rate, as it also keeps track of sun exposure thanks to its UV sensor, stress via another one (a galvanic skin response one), and also has a built-in GPS amongst other goodies. The band is only 18.5-millimeter long, made of “thermal plastic elastomer”, and sports a small touchscreen capable of 320 x 106 resolution in 1.4-inches. The benefits of this? The battery life is really long, and it can go for a couple of days without needing to recharge.

Just like a smartwatch, the Band is capable of giving the user notifications for e-mails, Facebook, Twitter, and similar social media, but the focus is clearly the health side of things. Microsoft’s attempt is to measure the users data so they can use it to their advantage: for example, does a certain breakfast make you run faster? That’s the literal example they give. They made this video to explain what we’re up for.

Via Gizmodo

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Oppo R5 Is the Slimmest Smartphone Yet, But Not for Long http://walyou.com/oppo-r5-worlds-slimmest-smartphone/ http://walyou.com/oppo-r5-worlds-slimmest-smartphone/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:24:35 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180624

At 4.85mm thick, Oppo R5 is the official record holder for the world’s slimmest smartphone. Rumor has it that this record will be broken again very soon by another Chinese company that wants to blow everyone’s minds with a 4mm-thick device.

There is a limit smartphone and tablet manufacturers won’t be able to cross, though, as it’s impossible for such devices to get paper-thin. Considering the components that need to be crammed in there, it’s very unlikely that the smartphones will get slimmer than say 3mm. Batteries and chips can only be that thin, after all! For the time being, Oppo R5 takes home the title of the world’s thinnest phone, and as though that wasn’t enough, it is also the company’s first 64-bit device.

Topping the scale at 155 grams, the R5 measures 148.9 x 74.5 x 4.85mm, and all of this in a 3D-welded aluminum alloy frame. Its technical specs are great, but not exactly revolutionary, as the smartphone only comes with an octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU clocked at 1.5GHz, along with an Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB RAM. While not mindblowing, these specs make sure you’ll be able to run any app flawlessly on the 5.2″ FullHD AMOLED touschreen display.

Unlike the N3, which comes with a single motorized camera that switches from back to front in two shakes of a lamb’s tail, the R5 sports two of them. The one for selfies has 5MP, while the rear-facing camera sports a 13MP Sony IMX214 sensor and an f/2.0 aperture. The back camera is fairly potent, being able to record 2160p video at 30fps and 1080p@60fps, as well as a 120fps slow-motion mode (at 720p).

As far as the battery is concerned, the Oppo R5 comes with a 2,000mAh Li-Polymer one that’ll charge rapidly thanks to the VOOC mini rapid charge tech support. In terms of connectivity, the world’s slimmest smartphone packs everything, up to LTE. The only thing it’s missing is a 3.5mm jack, since this would’ve made the device bulkier, so you’ll have to stick to Bluetooth headphones.

Here’s a video showing a timeline of the world’s slimmest phones, from Motorola V3 Razr to Oppo R5. The only problem I have with this clip is that it has been uploaded in glorious 340p, a resolution that should have been dead, buried and forgotten by now.

As mentioned before, some other Chinese company (namely VIVO) is rumored to launch a 4mm smartphone in the near future, so Oppo’s record won’t stand for too long.

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ChronodeVFD, the Steampunk Watch: who needs smart when you got steam? http://walyou.com/chronodevfd-steampunk-watch/ http://walyou.com/chronodevfd-steampunk-watch/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:00:14 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180428

Steampunk is back, and it never should’ve left! This is a Steampunk VFD wristwatch, with fantastic retro looks and modern usability

Between the Nexus and iPhones, PS4 and Xbox Ones and stuff, we got a whole new batch of gadgets, yet the steampunk mods are lacking. What happened? We used to get them so often… because we are still not ready to move on, here’s a new creation called ChronodeVFD. It’s a steampunk VFD wristwatch made by J. M. De Cristofaro, better known as “johngineer”. His blog even details the materials and building process so you can recreate your own, which sounds like a fantastic plan for a slow weekend.

Via Gadgetify

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B4RM4N Smart Cocktail Shaker is the ultimate cocktail tool http://walyou.com/b4rm4n-smart-cocktail-shaker/ http://walyou.com/b4rm4n-smart-cocktail-shaker/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:00:47 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180431

Love drinks but have a hard time preparing them? You don’t have to fret over it anymore, technology comes to the rescue once again.

Cocktails are great, and we all enjoy them, but there’s a difference between liking and knowing how to prepare something. B4RM4N is a gadget that will attempt to ensure your cocktails are pure quality. By pairing with a smartphone via Bluetooth and a companion app, B4RM4N taps into a library of cocktail and helps with preparing them every step of the way. Users need only to pour the drinks until the app changes the color of the LED on the cocktail shaker, and that’s that.

B4RM4N is currently being Kickstarted, but users can get their hands on it already for $89. Doesn’t sound bad at all, especially if you’re serious about becoming the next cocktail hero.

Via Geeky Gadgets

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Amazon’s $39 Fire TV Stick Is Everything Chromecast Should Have Been http://walyou.com/amazon-fire-tv-stick/ http://walyou.com/amazon-fire-tv-stick/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:59:51 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180417

When Google launched Chromecast last year, it offered a simple and intuitive way to stream content from mobile devices to TVs. Its product was good, but lacked some important features that Amazon’s newly launched Fire TV Stick comes with.

Seeing how it failed miserably in the smartphone department with its Fire Phone, the Seattle-based e-tailer wants now to focus on a category of devices that were better received by the consumers. Launched almost 7 months ago, the Fire TV digital media player and microconsole became a great alternative to Apple TV, especially since the e-tailer’s device runs Android. The Fire TV Stick comes to complement the TV box, while promising to offer a smoother experience than Chromecast.

How is the Fire TV Stick better than Chromecast? It comes with 4 times as much storage (8GB) and twice as much RAM (1GB), for starters, which means that it will be able to run more apps at the same time, while also being able to store more digital content.

On top of that, the Fire TV Stick features Dolby Digital Plus certified surround sound (this was also one of the main selling points of the second-gen Fire HD tablet), voice search via a remote app or a voice remote that’s sold separately (seeing as this feature comes after the launch of Google’s Nexus Player, this feature doesn’t seem that revolutionary after all), access to Amazon Instant Video and Bloomberg TV. On the downside, Fire TV Stick users won’t have HBO GO.

One of the most important aspects, however, is the dual-band/dual-antenna Wi-Fi. Chromecast only operates in the 2.4Ghz band, which is virtually useless in major cities because of the great number of Wi-Fi routers. The 5Ghz band, on the other hand, ensures you that your content will stream without glitches and interferences, just as it should.

The Fire TV Stick is available for pre-order for $39, as mentioned in the title, thus taking the middle ground between Chromecast (which normally sells for $35, but is also available on sale for $28 with a $5 credit) and the Roku Stick. There is a catch, though, as Amazon Prime members will be able to get it for $19 in the next two days. Try beating that, Google! And to think that until a couple of years ago people considered video game consoles the only form of entertainment on the small screen…

No matter how great the Fire TV Stick is, some still think that it may be too little, too late. There’s no pleasing some people…

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Amp iPad speaker case enhances the iPad experience http://walyou.com/amp-ipad-speaker-case-enhances-the-ipad-experience/ http://walyou.com/amp-ipad-speaker-case-enhances-the-ipad-experience/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:17:57 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180361

At some point in history, it seemed an iPod was utterly useless without a good dock or bay to recharge it and enjoy tunes. Is the iPad gearing the same way?

iPods, iPhones and iPads all sound fantastic and are great products in their own right. That is, until you have to take off your heaphones because you want to share the experience with those around you. It’s there where docks, speakers cases and the like become a necessity instead of a luxury.

This case is called Amp, and was created for iPad users who are willing to share in the joy. It is being marketed as “the first premium wireless iPad Air case of its kind”, and by pairing the device with its speakers via Bluetooth provides a great audio solution, doubling the iPad’s volume. The project is currently being crowdfunded at Kickstarter, where $129 USD can get you an Amp iPad Case before anyone else, cheaper than the $249 it will cost once it hits retail.

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Dexmo F2 Haptic Exoskeleton Grants You Control Over Virtual Matter http://walyou.com/dexmo-haptic-exoskeleton/ http://walyou.com/dexmo-haptic-exoskeleton/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:30:53 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180365

Being able to actually feel objects in virtual reality is a game-changing fact. Dexmo is a hand exoskeleton that is able to do just that, and more.

Dexta Robotics, the Shenzen, China-based company that developed the Dexmo haptic exoskeleton, is confident that Virtual Reality still has a long way to go. If Dexmo will ever get in a commercially viable form, Dexta thinks it could find its way into music production, drawing, rehabilitation, animation, and obviously immersive gaming in the VR world.

In a Reddit AMA, a Dexta Robotics spokesperson pointed out that the Dexmo F2 uses force feedback (and not just vibration) to help you feel the shape and size of digital objects. I guess the next step is to look for a way to feel texture. After that I wonder who’ll ever need the real world again…

The creators of this haptic exoskeleton are currently looking to crowdfund their project on Kickstarter, where they want to raise $200,000. At the time of writing, backers had pledged a bit over 25 percent of the needed money, but the campaign still had 27 more days to go. This actually has a good chance of becoming a real product. The concept is great and I hope that Dexta Robotics gets to patent it before a tech giant picks this up and turns it into an uber-expensive gadgets for their video game consoles.

Unlike other VR devices or exoskeletons, Dexmo is extremely affordable, also because it comes in the form of a DIY kit that you need to put together using just some basic tools. To secure a Dexmo virtual reality exoskeleton for yourself, in the event that the campaign is successful, you need to pledge $65 as an early bird or $75 as an early backer. The Dexmo Development Kits are expected to ship in May 2015. Mind you, these prices are for the Dexmo Classic Development Kits, which only allow you to control robots from a distance. If you’re not so much into bomb disposal or other similar potentially dangerous sensitive tasks, you’ll have to get $179 out of your pocket for the Dexmo F2, the version of the exoskeleton that comes with all that haptic feedback goodness. Limited edition versions made entirely out of metal are also available, but that are a tad bit more expensive, costing you $2,000.

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Carvey 3D Carving Machine Makes It Easier to Personalize Your Things http://walyou.com/carvey-3d-carving-machine/ http://walyou.com/carvey-3d-carving-machine/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:25:35 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180344

Carving machines are obviously more than just about personalizing things, as they help makers create all sorts of objects based on custom designs.

What’s truly revolutionary about the Carvey 3D carving machine is its form factor. Since it fits on a desk, makers have just a few minutes to wait between the moment when they finish their design on the computer and the time the carved objects are done. Created by Chicago-based Inventables, Carvey is a tool that could prove equally useful for artists and industrial designers or makers.

When it comes to sculpting, there are two possible main ways to do it. Either you start from scratch with a malleable object that you model according to your wishes, or you have a massive block that needs to get carve to obtain the desired design. While 3D printing can be used for the first method, 3D carving is the way to go in the second one.

Carvey is extremely versatile, in that it works with a great number of materials, including:

  • Circuit boards
  • Cork
  • Hardwoods
  • Linoleum and other stamping materials
  • Plastics such as acrylic, HDPE, Delrin, Corian and PVC
  • Plywoods and MDF
  • Soft metals like aluminum, copper, brass, silver and gold
  • Softwoods
  • Waxes and foams

With so many options, you can start the 3D carving machine as soon as you’re done designing the object on your computer.

This 3D carving machine is currently featured on Kickstarter, where Inventables looked to raise $50,000 for mass-producing Carvey. At the time of writing, backers had pledged $581,620, which is nearly 12 times the initial goal, so there’s no doubt that Carvey will become a reality. Early birds had to back the project with $1,999 to secure one carving machine for themselves, with an estimated shipping date in September 2015, while the regular folk who pledged $2,399 will get theirs in October 2015.

The following video should give you an idea about what Carvey is capable of:

3D printing and 3D carving become more popular with each passing day, and since devices using these techniques become more and more affordable and easier to use, more people are getting a chance to express their artistic selves. Making complex art creation mainstream doesn’t necessarily mean that the quality of the design will drop in time, but that it won’t require as many skills.

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Seek Thermal Camera Gives You Night Vision on the Go http://walyou.com/seek-thermal-camera-night-vision/ http://walyou.com/seek-thermal-camera-night-vision/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:30:38 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180339

There are plenty of situations when you wish you could see in the dark, and the Seek Thermal Camera was built with those exact situations in mind.

Available as an accessory for iPhones and Android smartphones, Thermal is a camera that enables to feel at least 33% like the Predator. Let’s face it, thermal vision is not only useful when hearing noises while walking down an empty street, but also when confronted with household problems. In fact, Seek Thermal suggests that the camera they developed could have such applications as safety and security, home improvement, cooking and boating. Pet owners

Seek Thermal Camera is by no means the first, nor the only device of its kind, as the Flir One personal thermal imager provides the iPhone with similar features. There surely are other manufacturers of similar devices out there, but for the time being, only Seek and Flir are fighting for the top spot. Obviously, as the competition stiffens, customers feel more appreciated, since companies are striving to come up with innovations. On top of that, the price of the components used for building such devices drops in time as the demand increases.

“Seek’s breakthrough technology lets people see heat for the first time, something that only
government agencies and companies could afford in the past. The Seek camera not only gives average consumers the capabilities in home improvement and safety and security that only professionals used to have, but we are also especially excited about the hundreds
of new use cases for thermal that our camera will enable,” pointed out Seek Thermal CEO, Robert Acker.

Since it is available in a portable format, Seek Thermal Camera is compact enough to carry in your pocket, when you don’t use it. The manufacturer makes no difference between iPhone and Android users, and offers the camera at the same price – $199. The difference is made by the connectors, as the iPhone one comes with a Lightning plug, while the Android one sports microUSB, and the companion apps. Both can be purchased on the Seek Thermal website. It should be noted that the camera is not compatible with some cases. If that happens, you need to either remove the smartphone’s case or use an extender.

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