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Mogees Makes Music at The Gadget Show

Posted by Andrew at 1:05 AM on April 17, 2014

The Gadget Show has all kinds of tech on display, from mainstream suppliers with latest tablets to niche fun products that bring a smile to your face and Mogees is definitely in the latter camp. Many of us will have seen those vibration speakers that turn any surface into a speaker….Mogees does the reverse, converting any surface or object into a musical instrument. Here’s a Mogees on a bicycle.

Mogees Microphone

Mogees on a Bicycle

Developed on the back of Kickstarter funding, the Mogees microphone connects into an iPhone running a Mogees app that converts the vibrations into musical tones and with a bit of skill, a tune. The app does a great deal of audio processing to help produce the music in a tuneful way so learning to play your chosen object is fairly easy, however bizarre the instrument is.

The Mogees will be available towards the end of the year and I interview Bruno about the development of Mogees: there’s a demonstration of the instrument in the audio too.

Voltz Electric Bikes at The Gadget Show

Posted by Andrew at 12:32 AM on April 17, 2014

Personal electric vehicles were very much in evidence at The Gadget Show with bicycles, scooters and skateboards all on show from different vendors. Voltz Bikes covered two of these categories; bicycles and scooters.

First up is the Voltz eTrail, an electric mountain bike which was recently road-tested on The Gadget Show itself. With a range of up to 50 miles, the 1.9 kW motor can give some serious “oompf”, technically speaking. Looking over the bike, the attention to detail and component quality is impressive, which is not entirely unsurprising given that it costs around GBP £8,500, which is not cheap.

Voltz eTrail

Next is the brand new eScoot is a electric scooter with a range of 30 miles and a top speed of 20 mph. A range of accessories will be available including the neat trailer shown in the photo below. Also not cheap at £2000 but I could see myself buying one of these or similar – my job requires me to travel between sites that are usually no more than a few miles apart and a vehicle like this would be ideal for those journeys. No worries about parking either! Both the eTrail and eScoot are made in Britain which is great to see in these economic times.

Voltz Bikes Scooter

Dan, who helps make “awesome fun products”, reviews Voltz range with me at The Gadget Show.

Robot Underpants: 04.16.14 (149)

Posted by Langley at 11:59 PM on April 16, 2014

Mat “Langley” Luschek, Eric Rice and “Starman” Michael Gaines talk tech including Google acquisitions, Amazon’s new phone, and San Francisco’s protest problem. Movies getting the reboot and sequels include Mrs. Doubtfire, Friday the 13th and Alice in Wonderland. We’ll tell you how to watch “The Knobbit” (Hobbit porn parody) for free, plus Game of Thrones, Frozen and more!

* Hogwarts Classes Online
* Mountainview Happiest Place in CA
* Star Wars Photos
* The Knobbit
*Alice in Wonderland 2
* Friday the 13th Reboot
* Mrs. Doubtfire 2

Rabbit TV Announces New Original Programming Network

Posted by JenThorpe at 4:20 PM on April 16, 2014

Rabbit TV logoRabbit TV is the world’s largest virtual library of digital media. They have organized a world of content in order to give people access to over 50 years of popular entertainment from thousands of online services. Rabbit TV is the product of a collaboration between FreeCast and Telebrands.

They announced something exciting at NAB 2014. Rabbit TV will be launching a brand new original programming network that is focused on niche content for highly targeted audiences. They were at NAB negotiating with top web production companies that would benefit from the massive audience and unique monetization models that Rabbit TV offers.

The basic idea behind the new type of network is one that has been “recycled” from the cable industry’s model. As we all know, cable has been putting together shows that focus on a similar topic into one channel for a while now. Food Network is one example – all of the shows on it are about cooking and food.

Rabbit TV is expanding its global content offering to create an unprecedented “One World Media Platform” for over 150 countries. They were seeking international content at NAB 2014. Rabbit TV has a new 100% revenue Content Partnership Program that includes ad-supported, pay-per-view, and premium channel partnerships. They are the first to strike content deals at NAB.

Safe Games for Kids by Toca Boca at The Gadget Show

Posted by Andrew at 12:45 AM on April 16, 2014

Toca BocaAs a a parent with a tablet-loving daughter, I’m always worried that she’s either playing inappropriate games or else building up whopping a credit card bill via in-app purchases. Being tech-savvy, I can easily rectify the latter by controlling the password to my account, but this doesn’t always negate pester-power. The former is still a concern and I’m not alone as these two issues are relevant to parents everywhere.

To help mums and dads, Swedish outfit Toca Boca, “a play studio that makes digital toys for kids” have created a range of open-ended, non-competitive games that appeal to children where the initial purchase cost is the only time you need to flex the credit card. There are over 20 apps available for Apple, Android and Amazon devices, and include games for young hairdressers, chefs, doctors, vets, chemists, scientists and drivers. The themes are very similar to some of the popular “free” games that are out there; the Toca Boca versions usually cost US$2.99 but there are no subsequent in-app purchases.

I chat to Sonia about the Toca Boca apps and how parents can be more confident in what their children playing on their tablets without the worry of an enlarged credit card bill.

Optical Cables by Corning has Rebate Program with LaCie and Magma

Posted by JenThorpe at 11:04 PM on April 15, 2014

Optical Cables logoOptical Cables by Corning offers the first all-optical fiber cables for the Thunderbolt community. They are available in lengths spanning up to 60 meters. The cables enable broadcasters and A/V professionals to connect computers and peripherals at speeds up to 10 Gb/s through Thunderbolt technology and up to 20 Gb/s through Thunderbolt 2. Optical Cables by Corning are 50 percent smaller, 80 percent lighter, and stronger than comparable copper cables.

At NAB 2014, Optical Cables by Corning announced a new rebate program with LaCie and Magma. With the purchase of a Thunderbolt enabled device from LaCie or Magma and a Thunderbolt Optical Cable by Corning, users can save up to $150.00.

Qualifying devices include: the LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 3, LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series, LaCie d2 USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series, LaCie 2big Thunderbolt Series, LaCie 5bigThunderbolt Series, LaCie eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series, Magma ExpressBox 1T, Magma ExpressBox 3T w Storage Bavs and the Magma ROBEN-3 Rackmount Expansion Chassis. Purchases must be made between Apri 1, 2014, and July 31, 2014. Follow the directions on the Optical Cables by Corning website.

EditShare Provides Shared Storage Integration for NewTek Customers

Posted by JenThorpe at 7:15 PM on April 15, 2014

EditShare logoEditShare is a leader in shared media storage and end-to-end tapeless workflow solutions for the post-production, TV, and film industries. They have announced their participation in the NewTek Developer Network. NewTek, as you may know, is the provider of the TriCaster multi-camera live video production solution and the 3Play slow-motion instant replay servers.

The new EditShare-NewTek workflow features EditShare shared storage (Xstream, Energy and Field 2). It also features Flow media asset management and Ark backup/archiving. All of this is integrated with NewTek live production systems.

This combined solution lets users capture media directly to central storage and immediately begin editing collaboratively on any industry-standard NLE with EditShare’s advanced project sharing capabilities. The integrated Flow MAM tools for tagging, managing, browsing, and retrieving video as well as non-video assets allow users to better organize and locate content for production.

EditShare shared storage provides industry-leading throughput and stream counts. A 16-drive EditShare shared storage system can sustain over 700 MB/second in any combination of reading or writing (when working in uncompressed HD or 2K).

Optional SSD and 15,000-RPM SAS drive configurations are available for even greater performance. This provides more than enough bandwidth to accommodate the live event captures from NewTek direct to EditShare central storage, while a number of NLE workstations simultaneously edit the material.

Fitbit Activity Tracking at The Gadget Show

Posted by Andrew at 4:15 PM on April 15, 2014

Fitbit is well-known in the activity tracking space with their diminutive gadgets which monitor the wearer’s every move and snooze. It’s a busy space, with competitors hot on their heels, Fitbit has been expanding its portfolio with new colours, swappable wrist bands, wireless syncing with more devices and pre-installing its app on new smartphones. I chat with Peter from Fitbit about the company’s recent activity and the direction of travel for activity watchers.

Fitbit Range

Teradek has 3 New Transmitters in the Bolt Pro Line

Posted by JenThorpe at 2:53 PM on April 15, 2014

TeradekTeradek has announced that they now have three new transmitters for their Bolt Pro line of wireless video products. They featured the Bolt Pro 300, the Bolt Pro 600, and the Bolt Pro 2000 at NAB 2014.

The Teradek Bolt is a latency-free wireless transmission system that sends 4:2:2, 1080p60 video at up to 300ft or 2000ft. Both the Bolt and Bolt Pro transmitters are housed in a milled aluminum chassis with multiple 1/4” mounting holes. The receiver is enclosed in a durable ABS plastic shell. The transmitter requires 4W of power, while the receiver consumes only 6W.

The Bolt Pro 300 is short range. The Bolt Pro 600 is middle range, and the Bolt Pro 2000 is long range. All three can transmit uncompressed 10bit RGB video at less than 1ms of latency. They now all come with both an HDMI and 3G-SDI input on the TX. Each system is multicast capable up to 4 fan-less receivers. This allows you to send your feed to multiple destinations at the same time.

The Bolt Pro 600 and the Bolt Pro 2000 each have the new receiver with GRAB engine. It offers both 3G-SDI and USB 3.0 outputs. This enables you to ingest Bolt’s uncompressed 10bit RGB video feed directly into a DIT Cart, NLE computer, or live production switcher with no added delay.

The GRAB engine supports the USB3.0 Video Class. That means your Bolt Pro receiver with GRAB engine appears like a built-in video source to your software and will work in any Windows or Mac applications that support video.

GNC #941 Total Eclipse

Posted by geeknews at 12:42 AM on April 15, 2014

I hoped to have a camera on the eclipse tonight but the clouds did not cooperate. Had a great time in the North West but glad to be back in the stucio here. Send your comments about the show or any other info to geeknews (at) gmail.com

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