Here’s a cool kickstarter project that let’s you put a small action camera, like the GoPro on an arm that will let you shoot cool third person view action footage. The kik consists mainly of three items:
- A curved carbon sandwich backplate that is worn with a waterproof adjustable sports belt.
- Adjustable camera pole.
- A locking/release mechanism.
The whole system weighs around 950 grams and can fit in a backpack when you are done filming. The project will run until February 18 and they are currently funded around 70%, so it will most definitely get funded.
3rd person view action camera [kickstarter.com]
h.265 also known as High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) has finally been approved. The cool thing with this new codec is that it reduces the needed bitrate to produce a high quality stream by nearly 50%. It requires more CPU power that is less of a problem nowadays.
It will of course take a few years until the new standard is available on all devices but it’s certainly a very good step that we’ve at least got a standard.
More about this over at Techcrunch.
Here’s a cool camera gadget that looks like a lens but actually is a humidifier. You fill it up with water and it generates moisture by ultrasonic waves. It’s powered by USB and measures 106 x 102 x 175mm. It can be yours for $25 over at Brandos.
Here’s a quick review of the camera in the brand new Sony Xperia Z vs the iPhone 5 (and the Oppo Find 5). Since the Xperia Z features a 13 megapixel camera that is supposed to be really good, I’m a bit surprised that the difference isn’t bigger. The Sony Xperia Z is by the way the first phone in years that made me even think about switching from my iPhone 5.
Even though getting a 1080p television set was a big jump for many people, a few people have started saying that getting a 4K screen in your home is a bit pointless since you can’t see the smaller pixels anyway. A quote directly from the article I’m linking to below:
“If you bought a 60” television, you’d have to sit about four feet away from it before you’d perceive the full benefit of 4K over good old 1080p.”
Perhaps the 4K revolution won’t come after all. Check out the article over at prolost.com.
Here’s a custom 12th century helmet made into a trash can, if you feel like getting a a bit medieval. It’s made out of cast resin finished in faux metal style. It measures 9″ x 10″ x 12″ (23 cm x 25cm x 30cm) and weighs 6 lbs (2,7kg). It can be yours for $60 over at thinkgeek.
The ‘PaperTab, developed by the Human Media Lab in Queen’s University, Canada, is just a concept that was shown at the CES 2013 in Las Vegas. But it’s a quite cool concept and even though the 10.7″ screen is connected to the processor via a cable, tablets like this one will be a reality in the next few years. Check out the video for more information.
Here’s a cool USB bomb alarm clock you probably shouldn’t pack in your bag when going on an airplane. The USB is mostly used for powering the device so plugging it into an ACDC-USB adapter is probably wise. You can get one for $35 and it measures 230 x 100 x 90 mm.
USB time bomb clock [brando.com]