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Optoma Pico-Projector at The Gadget Show

Posted by Andrew at 12:50 AM on April 24, 2014

Optoma specialise in digital projectors with a range going from personal pico-projectors all the way up to professional stacking projectors for large-scale installations. Here at The Gadget Show, Optoma were showing off their  ML750, an ultra-compact LED projector about 12 cm square and 4 cm deep. The picture below doesn’t get over how small the unit is.

Optoma ML-750 Projector

James from Optoma runs through the features of the ML750, which with the addition of a small wireless dongle (the little white object in the top left of the photo) allows presentation and streaming directly from the tablets and smartphones over wi-fi to the projector. The feature works with both Apple and Android devices using a downloadable app.

The native resolution is 1280×800 but will show 720p and 1080i video sources. It’ll even do 3D with additional active shutter glasses, though I’m not sure anyone is interested anymore. Still, the feature’s there.

I’m not a big projector expert, but at the event the ML750 was showing a series of film clips and it was very watchable. Obviously nothing like an HD monitor but for a portable device showing a 32″ display, it was impressive.

Available online for GB£400.

Robot Underpants: 04.23.14 (150)

Posted by Langley at 11:33 PM on April 23, 2014

Mat “Langley” Luschek returns from Wondercon, Eric Rice and “Starman” Michael Gaines discuss net neutrality. We discuss Flash Gordon, NYPD fail, MST3K, and more!

* MST3K Reboot
* Watch the new Joss Whedon movie online
* New How I Met Your Mother spinoff
* Life size Darth Vader action figure
* Farscape Movie
* Game of Thrones throne made from toys

Skype TX – Studio Grade Software for Broadcasters

Posted by JenThorpe at 3:59 PM on April 23, 2014

skype-logoSkype has announced a new solution for broadcasters that will be available sometime in 2014. Skype TX is studio grade software that delivers high quality audio and video output to seamlessly connect broadcast and media productions with people from around the world.

This improved offering from Skype was made possible as a result of Skype’s acquisition of Cat and Mouse. Skype has built on the existing Cat and Mouse technology to deliver a high quality hardware and software Skype integration directly into a studio environment.

Studio Grade Skype TX seamlessly adds full-frame Skype video and audio via SDI. It is optimized for broadcast workflow with API integration and call management. It enables a single operator to manage multi-channel calls and to create compelling new formats with HD-SDI Skype video feeds direct to your switcher. Skype video feeds are processed into several audio formats. The most notable is that it will be free of audio/visual distractions such as call notifications and ads.

Skype TX is fully supported by a specialist Microsoft-trained broadcast technical team. For more information, Skype suggests you visit their Skype In Media website.

SunnyCam Video Recording Eyewear at The Gadget Show

Posted by Andrew at 7:00 AM on April 23, 2014

SunnyCam EyewearGoogle Glass might be du jour at the moment, but it’s expensive, unfashionable and of questionable benefit. Undoubtedly, it’ll get cheaper, less obtrusive and have more uses, but until then SunnyCam‘s HD video recording eyewear might be of more practical use. Simply, these are glasses with a tiny video camera in the bridge that cost only GB£100.

The SunnyCam is very much in the style of sports sunglasses. Although you can’t see it in the photos, the camera is in the glasses bridge and records at 720p to a microSD card, making it very suitable for PoV recording when it’s important to see what the wearer is seeing. The lens are easily swapped out for other tints as needed.

SunnyCam ControlsThe controls and storage are on the legs of the glasses and with only two buttons, are easy to use. Battery life is around 2.5 to 3 hours.

Ben takes me through the SunnyCam at The Gadget Show and its use in several real-life scenarios.

 

Livestream Reveals Boldest Product Update in 7 Years

Posted by JenThorpe at 10:03 PM on April 22, 2014

Livestream LogoLivestream has revealed their biggest, boldest, broadcasting tool update in their 7 year history. The Livestream website has a new look and experience, and so does their iPhone app. At NAB 2014, Livestream had demonstrations of Livestream for Glass, Livestream Studio Control Surface, Livestream Studio HD510, Livestream Studio HD1710, and Livestream Studio.

Livestream for Glass enables Glass users to produce hands-free, live streaming video, from their Google Glass. It is the first broadcasting video app for Glass. First, you need to install Livestream for Glass. Next, pair it with a Livestream event. To open the app, say “Ok Glass, Livestream.” Tap the side of your device and you are live!

Livestream Studio Control Surface is a modular control surface with 5 assignable tracks. It has a T-Bar and audio mixer and a USB connection to Livestream Studio. Tactile controls give you quick access to critical functions, including full motorized audio mixing and assignable triggers for current and future Studio features. Studio Surface is compatible with any hardware or software edition of Studio.

Livestream Studio HD510 is the ultimate portable live production switcher. It has a built in touch-screen display and unique form factor. The HD510 gives you flexibility and performance on the go. It can be carried on a plane using the provided carry bag.

Livestream Studio HD1710 is a supercharged rack-mount switcher with bundled control surface. It is designed for control rooms, production trucks, venues and studios where rack mountable form factor is a must.

Livestream Studio has had an upgrade. The free version is now available with multi-camera support and audio mixing. Studio Version 2.0 was previewed at NAB 2014. The full release will become available in May of 2014.

Telestream has Full Line of Vantage File-Based Software Solutions

Posted by JenThorpe at 4:42 PM on April 22, 2014

Telestream logoTelestream, the leading provider of video transcoding and workflow solutions demonstrated its full line of enterprise-class Vantage file-based software solutions at NAB 2014. Some of the highlights included Post Producer, Traffic Manager, and Vantage Cloud.

Transcoding is at the core of the Vantage video processing platform. Telestream showcased its complete family of best-in-class Vantage video transcoding products for multiplatform distribution, including broadcast, cable, VOD, IPTV, multiscreen and OTT.

Post Producer is a new content production and assembly product that automates repetitive production processes that can tie up editors. Based on user-supplied templates, Post Producer automatically assembles a segment or spot, compositing video, graphics, titles, and captions or subtitles and applies audio processing as required. It also accelerates the versioning process which allows more jobs to be completed and billed. New features include support for popular NLE timelines, composition input from Sony Creative Media Services, and Canoe DAI (dynamic ad insertion) asset creation.

Traffic Manager is a complete end-to-end solution for managing the movement of commercials and syndicated content – from ingestion to transmission. It offers broadcast and cable companies a central point of ingest for material received from commercial delivery services, FTP, tape, and USB devices. A Web portal allows regional and local advertisers to upload their assets. Traffic Manager offers all departments a centralized view of the assets. Its rules-based workflow automation reduces costs by reducing the chance of human error and by ensuring legal compliance.

Vantage Cloud is a new product that complements on-premise Vantage systems. It allows users to quickly and easily spin up and tear down transcode farms in the cloud. It offers all the capabilities of Vantage, including automated transcoding, media processing, automated decision-making, and third party integrations – on cloud based infrastructure. It has a global reach and offers pay-as-you-go pricing at Amazon Web Services.

Bespoke Arcades at The Gadget Show

Posted by Andrew at 4:05 PM on April 22, 2014

Geeks of a certain age will remember fondly “going to the arcade” where much time and money was spent on video games. This was a time before home consoles, before Nintendo, PlayStation and Xbox. An era of Space Invaders, Missile Command, Defender, Pacman and Battlezone that has passed into history. If this all brings a tiny tear to your eye, then you might be interested in Bespoke Arcades, creators of “the world’s finest arcade machines” that will take you back to that mis-spent youth.

Bespoke Arcades will hand-build in the UK arcade machines to specification in a range of styles, from the traditional upright cabinet to table-top machines. Everything is customisable from the cabinet finish to the controls and all come with a huge range of games.

Bespoke Arcades

Bespoke Arcades

Bespoke Arcades

Ben tells me about the history of Bespokes Arcades, some of their famous clients and how these might look like old arcade machines but are actually bang up-to-date PCs under the skin. Prices start at GB£2000.

Canon Legria Mini at The Gadget Show

Posted by Andrew at 11:26 AM on April 22, 2014

I have to be honest, I was completely unaware of the Canon Legria Mini digital camcorder until I spotted it at The Gadget Show. Canon describe it as a “Digital Creative Camcorder” and it’s very much designed for bloggers, artists and the selfie generation who want to record themselves doing what they love. It’s different from a normal camcorder as the Legria Mini is designed to be setup and used by the subject of the recording: the 2.7″ flip-up touchscreen is clearly visible by those being recorded and the wide-angle lens captures more of what’s going on. There’s a flip down stand on the bottom as well to help get the Mini perfectly positioned.

Canon Legria Mini

Obviously the Mini can be used as a normal camcorder and specwise, it’s full HD at 25p 1920 x 1080. There’s streaming to smartphones and tablets via wi-fi, with a complementary remote control app on both iOS and Android. Still photos run to 12 megapixels (4000 x 3000)

There are two variants, the Mini and the Mini X. The latter is a “pro” version with CD-quality sound, AVCHD recording in addition to MP4 and SD cards instead of microSD.

Canon Legria Mini X Streaming

I’m sold and Eno gives me a demo at The Gadget Show. Available now on-line at around GB£200 for the Mini and GB£350 for the Mini X.

Contour Returns to POV Camera Market

Posted by JenThorpe at 2:11 AM on April 22, 2014

Contour logoContour is based in the heart of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. Contour is now under new ownership. They have completed a financial overhaul, reorganized their plans for new product innovation, and built a framework for vastly improved distribution. This puts Contour, pioneers of the action sports camera industry, back in position to be a key contender in the Point of View (POV) camera market.

Contour currently offers two POV cameras and full range of accessories. The Contour+2 features crisp HD video, GPS data that helps to bring your adventures to life, and a wireless mobile app that turns your smartphone into a remote control.

The Contour+2 has an Instant-On Record switch that you slide into locking position when you are ready to start filming. You can shoot in four different HD modes including 1080p. It is also possible to use the Contour+2 to create super slow motion video because it can shoot 120 frame per second in 480p.

The ContourROAM2 is incredibly easy to use. It comes in four colors and is waterproof without a case. Slide the Power On & Record Switch when you are ready to start filming and it will start recording video. It offers crystal clear HD video. Contour bumped up the frames per second on the ContourROAM2 to 60 when shooting at 720p. This provides you with very smooth video.

The ContourROAM2 can shoot up to 3.5 hours of footage. The Instant On-Record switch does not have a standby mode that can waste power while it waits to start filming. The battery of the ContourROAM2 is only in use while you are recording video.

Onewheel Electric Skateboard at The Gadget Show

Posted by Andrew at 4:29 PM on April 21, 2014

Continuing the rise of personal electric transportation, on show here is the Onewheel, “the world’s first self-balancing electric skateboard”. Think of it as a skateboard deck with one a motorsport-style slick tyre in the middle. The Onewheel is self-stabilising and it’s simple to control – lean in the direction of travel and the Onewheel will start moving forwards. To turn, it’s like an ordinary skateboard, just lean in or out – apparently it takes a only a few minutes to get the hang of it. With a range of about 5 miles, the Onewheel has a top speed of 12 mph, depending on terrain.

Onewheel

The Onewheel was a Kickstarter project and amazingly raised over $630,000 against a $100,000 goal. Obviously no interest at all but I thought I’d better ask Jack a little bit more about it.

Onewheel Balancing

You can pre-order now for delivery towards the end of 2014 at a cost of US$1500.