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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Now you can play files stored on any USB drive on a stardard or HDTV with Iomega’s Screenplay TV Link. Connect via USB, then to your home theater system or television with HDMI, RCA, coaxial, or composite connection. It will also upgrade your picture from 720p to 1080p. With support for MP3, AC3, WAV, WMA, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and JPEG formats, the Link also comes with remote, power supply, and a one year warranty at a price of $99.95.
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And yet another cheapy mini-cam hits the market. The Busbi Video Digital Camera is made for those who want simple. It features only 4 buttons: on/off, delete, playback, and record. With a 2-inch LCD screen, attach by USB to play back on your computer or hook up to your TV with the included AV cable. The Busbi comes with a 1GB SD card for about 60 minutes, and you can upgrade to a 2 GB card for making those epic 2 hour videos. Send them to YouTube or other social networks. The cam is available at Firebox’s London site for £34.95 (~$68.00.)
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We dig that PMPs are finally becoming smaller and more affordable. iRiver has finally released their Spinn with its 3.3-inch AMOLED screen. It supports MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, and ASF audio, MPEG4, WM9, and WMA video, DMB, radio, and flash. The Spinn weighs a mere 70g and is available in both a 4GB model for 259000 (~$255.00) and an 8GB version for KRW 299000 (~$294.00.) Contact iRiver for availabilty in your area.
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Korea’s Jaty Electronics has released their JTNV-DR7200 GPS with a Sirf3 antenna and is powered by 533MHZ CPU. In addition to being useful in a car or golf cart, it also has a mobile phone charger, an MP3 player, video playback, picture display, and is e-book capable. Available for KRW 296,000 (~$292.00,) if you use it on the 19th hole at your golf course, you can take advantage of its clever drunkometer function to see if you should be driving home.
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Sony has released their new VAIO FW Notebook and you know that this one is for those who love their videos. Available in various configurations in a series, the premium model weighs about 6 lbs., is powered by Intel Centrino 2, and plays Blu-ray Disc HD in full 1080 resolution when connected to an HDTV. It has a 16.4-inch LCD with HD, and their XBRITE-HiColor LCD technology. That extra width minimizes black bars on the screen. The FW comes with MusicBox and Click to Disc/Editor software so you can become the moviemaker you always wanted to be. Choose between titanium gray and powder white. The standard notebook carries a $1,000.00 MSRP while the premium has a $1,750.00 price.
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Next time the spy in you rears its ugly head, try using the equally ugly but functional Scout Guard SG55 Digital Camera. At a size of 3.2 x 2 x 5.2-inches, the shots are triggered by any moving animal or human with a PIR motion detector. It will take images up to 3 megapixels with a maximum resolution of 2560x1920 or video clips up to 70 seconds. The infrared cam has a low battery LED indicator, TV out jack and comes with A/V and USB cables and a belt, in case you want to take it with you on your next case. The Scout Guard goes for $299.99.
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Claiming to be the thinnest MP4 player on the planet, Chinavasion’s device is only 4.5mm wide and holds 4GB of internal flash memory. It also features button control, a mic recorder, and FM tuner. Fluent in almost 20 languages, it is USB 2.0 and 1.1 compatible, has a 1.8-inch (160x280 resolution) screen, and a bit rate of 32 to 320Kbps. Compatible with Windows and Mac, it supports MP4s, MP3s, WMAs, ASFs, and WAVs. The MP4 Player comes with a USB cord and earphones at a price of $39.38.
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Transcend has unveiled their T.photo 720 Digital Frame. The device features a 800 x 480 hi-res 7-inch widescreen TFT display, internal speakers, and can hold up to 2GB internal memory. The T.photo supports JPGs and BMPs and can create video playback. Make custom slideshows with its MyShow function and utilize NaturaTone to enhance color for a more “lifelike” appearance. The AOS (Automatic Orientation Sensor) is the part that we like best. It automatically detects whether to display the image horizontally or vertically. The frame also functions as an alarm clock, MP3 player, and FM tuner with 20 presets.
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Europe’s fave site for wannabe singers, RedKaraoke, has been launched in an English version. They claim they are the largest site of their kind with over 14,000 songs and over 400,000 users. You can record both audio and video, compete with rankings, and a Tone Control Tool will make you sound even better. The site utilizes MIDI and KAR files, which can convert almost any song into a karaoke track. Created last year by brothers Miguel Angel and Richard Diez Ferreira, the site is free since it generates its funding through advertising and sponsorships.
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