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Joby Gorillapod Focus Tripod

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cameras, Misc. Tech

Gorillapod FocusJoby has debuted their new Gorillapod. The Focus bendable tripod was made for SLR cams that have larger lenses or digital camcorders and can support up to 11 lbs. This is Joby’s fifth product in the line, and the Focus is made with an anodized gunmetal finish and aluminum sockets for durability. Wrap the tripod around trees, railing, or stand it up and use for regular shots, time-lapse, long exposure, or night shooting. You can pre-order the Focus, which has a $149.95 price.

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Woman in Legal Battle with UMP Over YouTube Clip

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Music

Stephanie Lenz uploaded a 30 second clip of her toddler son dancing to Prince’s song “Let’s Go Crazy” to share with family and friends back in February 2007. Universal Music Publishing insisted the music was “not authorized by the copyright owner” and asked that it be removed. To make a long story short, Stephanie is now involved in a lengthy legal battle, backed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The clip has received almost 700,000 hits because of the publicity.

We know how she feels. We were recently notified that a video we shot of the Village People was taken down from YouTube after it was considered to be a copyright infringement. Considering they only have one surviving member singing in the group, you think they would have appreciated the extra publicity.

 

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RIM Blackberry Pearl 8220

BlackBerry 8220RIM has announced the flip version of its BlackBerry Pearl. At a size of 3.98 x 1.97 x .69-inches and a weight of 3.6 oz., the 8220 smartphone features video and music player, a 2 megapixel cam with flash, WiFi, video streaming, and Web browser. The handheld also has an abridged keyboard with SureType technology and Spellcheck. Look for it sometime this fall, with T-Mobile as the U.S. carrier.

By the way, Co-CEO of RIM, Jim Balsillie, said that 70% of mobile phone users in the U.S. use a flip phone. That seems reason enough for us.

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LG HT33S Home Theater System

LG HT33S

LG has revealed its home theater system, the 2.1 channel HT33S. The glossy black exterior houses iPod docking, an optical port for sound, and the ability to convert standard def DVDs to HD1080p through HDMI upscaling. DivX, DVD, CD, MP3, WMA and JPEG are all compatible via USB. Finally, CD files can be converted to MP3 and saved as well. Presented at the IFA 2008 and tuned by audio expert Mark Levinson, look for an October release of the system.

 

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Portable iPod Video Enlarger/DVD Player

iPod EnlargerSlide your 5th gen iPod into the front of this DVD player and you can watch video on a 8 1/2-inch, 16:9 widescreen LCD, about 2 3/4 larger than what is shown on the iPod. There is a clear plastic cover for protection, dual headphone jacks, and an AV port for TV output. At a size of 10 1/4 x 2 3/4 x 6-inches and a weight of 2 3/4 lbs., it comes with both AC and DC adapters, and a remote. Supporting DVDs, VCDs, CDs, MP3 CDs, and iPod video/music files, think $269.95 price with an expected ship date in the next week or so.

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Panasonic DIGA Series Blu-ray Player/Burner

Panasonic DMR-BW930Panasonic has come up with 3 DIGA Series Blu-ray disc players/burners. With built-in HDD, each has a dual digital TV tuner, a USB port, an HDMI output, a SD/SDHC card slot, and supports DTS-HD Master/ Dolby NR TrueHD/Dolby Digital plus codecs. Available September 1, the DIGAS have a writing speed of 6X in AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) format. Select between the DMR-BW930 model with 1TB, the BW830 with 500 GB, or the BW730 that holds 320GB. Prices start at € 900 (~$1,328.00.)

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Freecom MediaPlayer XS

MediaPlayer XMConnect Freecom’s MediaPlayer XS to a USB 2.0 hard drive or stick, put the other end into your TV and you got game. The remote-controlled device is palm sized at 91 x 67 x 21mm and is compatible with most AV files including MPEG-1, 2 or 4, DivX, Xvid, and MP3/WMA/WAV audio files. Have a digital slide show or watch a movie or music video. Included in the deal are firmware upgrades and free helpdesk support. The XS comes with connection cables, power adapter, and a price of € 89,000 (~$132.00.)

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Inside, Outside Car Camera

Car CameraThe cops will have nothing on you when you get your own Car Camera. Designed for capturing AVI video for insurance or legal reasons, it will record both inside and outside occurrences. The cam supports SD cards up to 2GB and features LED indicators for low power and working status. After capture, you can play your incriminating video on PC or TV with included AV cable. Easily adjustable, it runs on 12V DC or 3 AAA batteries (not included.) At a size of 100 x 46 x 23mm and a weight of 55g, it attaches by a sticker on its mount bottom and has a MSRP of $69.00.

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ZRAD Digital Video Camcorder

ZRAD CamcorderThe ZRAD Digital Video Camcorder really is an all-in-one. With built-in mic and speaker, it can serve as a point-and-shoot, a digital audio or video recorder, or you can use it with your PC. With a 3-inch LCD screen, it has a 8x zoom, a 12MP CMOS image sensor, and a memory card slot to increase up to 4GB SD/SDHC. And of course it will clean up that nasty red eye. The cam comes with a mini-USB cable, a TV-out cable, a hand strap, pouch, and two starter AA batteries at a price of $179.99.

(Thanks, Maggie)

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Researchers Chart Swimmers with Flow Measurement

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, Science

Swimmer

We don’t suppose we are telling any big secrets here by divulging that researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute developed a technique last year that uses stop motion video to help the Olympic swim teams. Professor Timothy Wei and team’s Digital Particle Image Velocimetry video-based flow measurement helps trainers analyze how much energy is exerted by a swimmer and how their body affects the water. Whew. Check out the video to see how it’s done.

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