Tiffen shows off home and pro media devices

tiffen logoIf you are looking to produce media at any level then you will likely want to check out some of the products from Tiffen. The company has solutions for both amateur and pro.

The first thing the company showed off was a very small teleprompter that can be used by a home broadcaster. Tiffen also produces the Steadicam — however, the company now has a consumer branded Steadicam Smoothee which retails for $149 and can even work with a smartphone. Different mounts will cost extra, but are affordable. You will also learn a bit about the mobile photo apps in the video.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine and Scott Ertz of F5 Live

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Striker introduces new line of hand tools

striker logoStriker may be a name you are not familiar with, but the company has a line of small products that you will certainly want to check out. These are not “hand tools” for your work shop, but more for every day life.

Starting out, there is the Simple Sucker, which Jeffrey has fun with in the video below. This is a small device for holding your smartphone in place and at different angles. It can work on a desk, in your car and, apparently on skin as well. Striker also showed off rare-earth magnets with LED lights that can be placed at any angle, making them handy for working in tight spaces. It can sit on any surface, but since it is magnetic it can stick to things like the underside of a raised hood and shine down as you work on an engine. It comes in two sizes. Striker also unveiled a flexible light as well as a garage parking sensor that eliminates the need for the old practice of hanging a tennis ball to know where to stop.

Best of all, all of this retails for anywhere from $6.99 to $29.99. If you are interested then you can head over to Striker to learn more and shop for the products.

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GNC-2013-02-25 #838 Chicago Retreat

Had a great trip down and back to Chicago for the annual RawVoice winter retreat. We locked ourselves in a Hotel Suite for 3 days and planned the next years development and company planning schedule. Glad to be back where it is warm. Two full shows this week.

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Rocstor Encrypted External Hard Drives

Rocstor LogoRocstor specialise in data storage and secure encryption solutions: that’s encrypted external hard drives to you and me, but it’s an increasingly important market. Andy and Scott talk to Anthony Rink from Rocstor about how their products can keep your data safe.

Rocstor offers a range of external data storage products with real-time encryption built-in as standard. The encrypted drives meet FIPS Level 2, meaning that it’s hardware-encrypted (not software) and that any tampering of the drive to get at the crypto keys is obviously apparent. To suit different circumstances, some models use tokens, others PINs and some use both with ruggedised and waterproof units also available. Depending on features, $250-$300 gets you 1 TB of secure external storage.

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SOL Republic shows off headphones like no others

sol republic logoSeth Combs from SOL Republic stopped in to visit with TPN in Las Vegas and show off some new headphones that are like no others you have ever seen.

The new set is called Master Tracks. This is the company’s first “over the ear” headphones and, as you will see in the video below, seem to be virtually indestructible. the headphones come in different colors and the parts are completely interchangeable. That means if an earpiece on one side stop working then you simply by another — not a whole new headphone set. Tat includes the cable as well.

The headphones shown in the video below retail for $199, but the company also offers cheaper models as well.

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LifeProof Cases and Accessories

LifeProof LifeProof showed off its cases at CES 2013. Life Proof makes cases for iOs devices including iPhone 4, 4s and iPhone 5, the iPod Touch (4th generation) and the iPad (2nd, 3rd and 4th generation). What makes the LifeProof cases special is although they are thin they are also extremely durable. They have been tested to meet military specs. LifeProof cases are shock proof, dirt proof and water proof. They are certified to be water proof up to 6.6 feet and has been tested up to ten feet. With these cases you can bring your iPhone or iPod into the shower, while swimming and boating without having to worry about it getting wet. The cases are intelligently designed so there is material only where it is need. Bumpers are placed only where they make sense and the rest of the case is sculptured, to make it thin and light as possible. The case has real glass over the location where the camera lens is so there is no distortion when taking a picture. There are removable covers for the speakers, and headphone jack so they are protected when not in use, but easily available when needed. The iPad cover offer similar protection, however because to use the iPad properly requires touch there is no coating or screen over the front as there is with the iPhone or iPod Touch.

To complement their cases, Lifeproof also offers many ways to easily carry and secure your devices. There is the arm band so you can secure your iPhone or iPod to your arm while walking or running. They have the LifeProof bike and bar mount. There is a clip for your belt. For the photographer or podcaster LifeProof offer the iStabilizer line of accessories including the iStabilizer Flex, the iStabilizer Dolly and the iStabilizer monopod. There is even an accessory called the Lifejacket which the iPhone or iPod Touch with the LifeProof case on it fits inside and it floats.

More information about the LifeProof case and accessories is available at the LifeProof website. You can buy LifeProof products on the website, through Amazon and various retail locations

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News and RV News Net, and Daniel J Lewis of the The Noodle.mx Network and the Audacity to Podcast

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Ooma shows off new SOHO product

ooma boxOoma has been around a few years now and many of you may have heard the name — it is a way of cutting the cable, but in this case it is the telephone cable, much the way some people do with services like Skype. In other words, it is home phone service that uses the internet.

This year the company has expanded its service with a new Ooma Office which is targeted at small business and can provide ten extensions and five lines. It can reduce the costs in an office by up to 75 percent per month, if Ooma’s calculations are correct. Of course this can vary slightly based on service level and current pricing of the local carrier.

Ooma is now in over 50 countries and is frequently used by those working abroad as a way to maintain a U.S. phone number. Head over to Ooma to learn more.

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Parrot Zik

Parrot Zik Parrot introduced the new Parrot Zik headphones. The headphones were designed by a French designer who hated buttons, so he designed a buttonless headphone. All the controls are done by touching the right headphone. Slide up and down for volume control, back and forth to change tracks. Remove the headphones and the music pauses, place the headphones back on and the music starts playing again. The headphone’s are noise canceling and uses DSP (digital sound processorr) technology which allows you to use the iOs and Android app to vary the sound field. Instead of hearing your music from the left and right side you hear the music as if it is coming from the front of you, like a concert hall. The Parrot Zik uses Bluetooth technology to allow you to connect hands free to your phone or music device. The Parrot Zik has four microphones two on the outside and two on the inside of the earpiece for more sound clarity. The headphone’s uses two directional microphones and bone conduction technology so your voice to go through but not the background noise. The Parrot Zik is available for $399 through the website,  Amazon and various retail locations.

Parrot is also working on a project that will help people take better care of your plants. It is a stick that you put in the soil next to the plant. It measures how much sunlight the plant is getting, the temperature, health and moisture level of the soil. The Flower Power is still an internal projects and they were showing it off at CES 2013 to talk to people to find out what they were looking for in a gadget like this.

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Matrix Audio

matrix audio logoRobert Daw from Matrix Audio had the chance to visit with TPN in Las Vegas and show off a few of the company’s latest products. These are some tiny mobile speakers that come in a range of prices and power.

The first is a 3-watt that can be used open or closed depending on the sound you prefer — more bass or more treble. In can also be daisy-chained with others to get more sound. There is also a Bluetooth version that looks similar to the aux-versions — it still has an auxiliary jack if you prefer that method of connection. That version is 3.5-watts. Both speakers come in a range of multiple colors.

Finally, the compnay unveiled what it termed as “the world’s smallest 3-watt speaker”. It is Aux-only at this point, but Matrix Audio plans a Bluetooth version that will launch in March. It is available in black, silver and red.

Prices for these speakers range from $30 to $80 and all are available now — except, of course, the one launching in March. You can get more information by visiting Matrix Audio.

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Dynamics ePlates: Credit Card for Today’s World

Dynamics Dynamics Inc has developed cards for Visa that have chips embedded into them. The battery inside the card will last at least four years. There is a user interface including buttons and a magnetic stripe that changes so user can make different choices at the point of sale.  The user can easily change the awards available on the cards through the website. There are currently fifty different award partners that the card can be connected to. You also receive the rewards a lot faster than you do with a normal card because of the system they have establish. These cards are more secure than normal cards due to the fact that the information is stored in an embedded processor on the card

Dynamics Inc is also developing a card that has security code embedded in it. You have to punch in the code for the card to become active. When the right code is punched in the card number appears and the magnetic stripe becomes active After a period of time the number disappears and stripe erases. F’or further information and sign up for a card go to Dynamics Inc website or the UMB Bank website.

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