It’s simple, really. A headlamp with many distinct operating modes: strobe for emergency situations, dual-LEDs for even light coverage, and a single, bright 110 lumen LED that will literally blind you — or just pierce the void of darkness you happen to be facing in the woods or during a natural disaster. Or perhaps, just the lighting piece to your doomsday kit.
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There is no reason not to review a cool microphone on a technology news website. MXL Microphones design a variety of professional and easy-to-use microphones, fit a for a variety of recordings. Not attempting to flesh out my inner vocalist, MXL sent the Studio 24 USB microphone, which weighs a lightweight 0.75 pounds: all the sensitivity, range, and quality you’d want, but with a portable carrying case, windscreen, stand, cleaning cloth, and USB or 1/8″ headphone jack connection.
Basically, this is your first step to becoming a singer, or realizing that you haven’t the talent, whatsoever.
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When Valve cut-off a ton of their employees, dubbed the “great cleansing”, two specific engineers not only left the company, but left with their project as well. Ex-Valve engineers Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson created the CastAR, which takes a whole different approach to modified-reality tech by placing tiny projectors the shades.
The way it works is that the projectors display images to a specialized, reflective screen, which then projects them back at your face, and then is split into left-eye and right-eye images for your 3D viewing pleasure. To ensure that the 3D image is always in the right perspective, even if you move your head, tiny LEDs track and help calculate the right angles.
From a consumer standpoint, this could be used to play games, having characters pop in and out of your field-of-vision, or display helpful information. It’s all very much glued silicon and messy parts right now, but there is a possibility of it becoming a real product; The Verge had a chance to use them in-person, in case that’s interesting.
Via: The Verge
General pre-orders for NVDIA’s Tegra 4 portable gaming console with up to 1.9GHz of processing power have gone live on the internet, priced at $349. Based off of Android Jelly Bean with a console-quality controller, a 5-inch 720p HD retinal multi-touch display, micro SD card slot, 2GB RAM and 16GB of onboard storage, it’s no doubt that NVIDIA is actually pretty good at putting together hardware, despite only being a graphics card and system-on-a-chip company. Plus, you can stream games through any GTX-powered computer, lag-free, thanks to integration. And on the side, the Google Play Store and NVIDIA Tegra Zone can provide all the games you need.
The pre-order link takes you to the $349 order page, with a ship date near the end of June. Taking the plunge?
Via: Project Shield
If you’re one of the special Google Glass Explorers (then first of all, I dislike you, because I don’t have one myself), then you’re going to be happy to know that an update exists for your Glass. The major new feature is Google+ integration, but the following is also included:
- Change to sync policy: require power + WiFi for background uploads
- Crash reporting
- Incoming G+ notifications (direct shares, comments, +mentions), including ability to comment and +1
- Incoming Hangout notifications
- Transcription of queries & messages is now wicked-fast
- Long-press to search from anywhere in the UI (no longer just from off)
- International number dialing + SMS
- Hop animation on disallowed swipes in the UI
- New On-Head Detection calibration flow
- Show device Serial Number on Device Info card
- More reliable estimation of battery charge remaining
- New recipient-list mosaic
For those of you wondering, the update is called “XE5″, and should be available immediately. Who said you couldn’t teach a prototype product new tricks?
Bang & Olufsen invited New York City press to come in and see a couple of different stuff — most importantly, for now, the B&O H6 headphones. Made with cow leather from New Zealand, and sheep’s wool for cushioning, the ear cups even have memory foam to boost the comfort. Aesthetically, they’re probably the best headphones ever. Using them in-person on a Galaxy S 4 with Spotify’s “Extreme quality” is actually a pretty relaxing experience, but they’re not the best cans I’ve ever used.
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The long list of developer innovations for the Google Glass dev program is growing. From rooting, to a lockscreen, and now a new app that allows you to — wait for it — wink to take a photo. Google Glass user and developer Mike DiGiovanni created and app called ”Winky.” Once activated and calibrated, a simple wink of the eye allows you to capture a still of whatever you’re looking at, in high contrast to pressing the camera button or making a gesture on the Glass touchpad; DiGiovanni says that the aforementioned solution, “takes you out of the moment. Currently, the app only exists as source code, to protect users’ persona info, so if you happen to have Glass, you’ll need to compile and run the app as an APK first.
Via: Mike DiGiovanni (Google+), Eng
There’s no doubt Google Glass is the hottest gadget that isn’t a smartphone that people talk or wonder about. Ever since the initiation of developers and Explorers — as Google calls the individuals who pay $1,500 for a developer unit and are hand-selected by Google — units of Glass have been floating around in the wild. Enter the LG press event in New York City, where among many familiar faces (and some new ones), I encountered Glass in-person, and also had the chance to make quick use of it.
Google Glass Hands-On!
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This is actually monumental, in a way. For months, we’ve heard about Glass, seen it (either on blogs or in-person), but haven’t used it, and most assuredly not seen the software interface through a how-to video, like the one Google has published today.
Of course, the Explorer Program that developers and friends of Google have access to will further refine the software for consumer use, when Glass comes out next year, in 2014. What this means is that everything in the video is subject to change, but it’s safe to say it won’t be drastically different than current Google Glass models.
Check the video out, after the break.
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There’s been a lot of MadCatz gear appearing on LaptopMemo recently, and that’s totally fine because the engineers and designers at MadCatz seem to be completely hell-bent on creating a variety of gaming accessories that could make anyone happy. In that quest, the have launched the GameSmart initiative – a variety of accessories designed to work on many different platforms. The RAT M is one of them; it’s compatible with the latest iPad, Microsoft Surface, PC and Mac. A Bluetooth 4.0 gaming mouse which takes 2 AAA batteries as a power source is actually better than it sounds, and not only because with that whole package you also get a carrying satchel.
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