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Elmo USA Introduces Qbic-MS1 and the BOXi-T200

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 10:25 PM on March 1, 2014

Elmo USA Elmo USA which has been around in the United States since 1973 and in Japan since 1921, offered two new products at CES 2014. The Qbic-MS1 a wearable action camera and the Elmo BOXi T-200 Projector.

The Qbic-MS1 is a wearable camera which can be used to take both videos and photos. It has a standard mount and can use most action camera tripods on the market. It has a wide-angle lens and can take pictures at 120, 145 and 170 degrees. It is WiFi enabled and connects to a free app which will be available in the iTunes app store upon release. An Android app is currently being worked on . You can watch  live videos from the camera through the app. You can also control the camera using the app. The Qbic-MS1 will last two hours on a fully charged battery. It uses a micro SD card to store the content. It should be available in spring 2014 for between $200-$300, price is yet to be established.

The Elmo BOXi T200 is a light and compact mobile projector. It is 3.7 inches x 6.0 inches by 1.4 inches and weights only 0.6 lb.. It produces 1080 resolution. You can project a 50 inch image with only three feet of room. The Elmo BOXi T200 has HDMI input, and audio output. You can also listen to audio directly from the device. The device is available on the website for $429.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Garmin VIRB Action Camera

Posted by Andrew at 9:56 PM on March 1, 2014

Garmin VIRBGarmin are well known for their satnavs and GPS-based devices but a new range of wearable action cameras were announced at this year’s CES. Todd chats to Maddy about the new cams.

Garmin’s VIRB range of action cameras are 1080p HD video cameras in a ruggedised and waterproof (IPX7) case, with a built-in 1.4″ display and around 3 hours of recording time. There’s full range of accessories and the VIRB camera comes with an industry mounts compatible adaptor so existing gear can be potentially re-used.

The basic VIRB is $299 and the VIRB Elite is $399. Available now.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Ford Electric Concept Car

Posted by Andrew at 9:53 PM on March 1, 2014

Ford LogoTodd takes a look at Ford’s C-Max Solar Energi concept car, which amongst other things, features a solar panel roof that uses a special light concentrator lens similar to a magnifying glass to improve the efficiency of the photovoltaic cells. Ford reckons that a day’s worth of sunshine is enough to charge the hybrid’s battery, which is good for 21 electric-only miles.

This is good news for the environment as it would reduce yearly carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions from the average US car by as much as four metric tons – the equivalent of what a American house produces in four months. This probably assumes a perfect sunshine record and maximum electric mileage each day, but, hey, every little bit helps.

Review by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Brinno – Looking through the Peephole

Posted by Andrew at 1:16 PM on February 25, 2014

Brinno LogoDon looks through the peephole with Chris Adams from Brinno at their latest home security cameras. Brinno are known for their time-lapse and motion detecting digital cameras and this is the latest addition to their PeepHole Viewer range.

The PeepHole Viewer digital camera is designed to fit over standard door peepholes to record activity on the outside of the door, either as short videos or else as still photos on a micro SD card. Connecting the camera to the peephole is very straightforward and a new peephole is included with the camera just in case the existing peephole is damaged or dirty. Footage can be reviewed on the camera itself or else transferred to a laptop or PC using the memory card to look at visitors in more detail.

Interview by Don Baine, the Gadget Professor.

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Beam introduces video chat robot

Posted by Alan at 1:10 PM on February 25, 2014

beamVideo chat has become common in today’s world, especially in the workplace. Robotics, though, still has a tendency to sound a bit futuristic. Beam, however, has found a way to combine the two, with a robot that sports a video display, allowing for both face-to-face chat and mobility.

All of this functionality is controlled by the person seen on the screen, who controls the robot from a desktop or laptop computer. This is done by an app the company provides to the buyer for installation on any computer. The Beam, which comes from Suitable Technologies, is available right now. It’s geared towards corporate use, as the price comes in at $16,000, but that includes setup and support.

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YurBuds introduces Inspire Limited Edition Wireless earbuds

Posted by Alan at 1:08 PM on February 25, 2014

yurbudsEarbuds have become commonplace in today’s world — we have grown accustomed to seeing people on the street and on public transit using them. But they can also be a major nuisance. How many times have you moved only to have them ripped out of your ears by the ridiculously long cords which tend to catch on everything?

Wireless is the obvious answer and YurBuds recently showed off its latest model. These are actually meant for exercise, but they will work just fine in your home as well. The design is such that the earbuds stay in, regardless of activity — even a gymnast could use them, the company claims. YurBuds also claims the Bluetooth connectivity is good to up to 100 feet, and that water and sweat repulsion is no problem. Retail is $169.95 and they device is available now.

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Monoprice shows off its latest line — monitors

Posted by Alan at 1:13 PM on February 19, 2014

monopriceIf you are not familiar with Monoprice, then probably you should be. For those who frequently need computer and home theater cables, which is likely everyone who reads a tech news site like this, it the place to shop. But the company isn’t just about cables anymore. I bought outdoor speakers from it a while back, and it sells things like switches as well.

Now Monoprice in branching out further, this time encompassing monitors. The company shows off both a 30-inch monitor, as well as a 29-inch ultra-wide. The big one is available now, and retailing for $682. The monitors also come with some impressive guarantees from the company, that allow for easy replacement if there is any problem whatsoever.

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iRing the First Motion Control Device for iOs

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 6:22 PM on February 15, 2014

ir2iRing is the first motion control device that works with the iPhone and iPad. It will work with various music apps including The Groovemaker and VocalLive  and more. The iRing FX/Control app runs in the background and talks to the other app, meanwhile the iOs camera picks up and follows the motion. The ring has controls on both sides. Instead of moving your fingers back and forth on the apps. You control the beat by moving the ring back and forth over the apps and the pitch by moving it closer and farther away from the app that you are using.

The iRing can be used by someone who knows very little about music but also by an experience musician. Although right now the ring  just works with music apps that IK Multimedia has created, but according to IK Multimedia there is no reason it shouldn’t work with other types of apps. They are offering an SDK and licensing to app developers in hopes that more apps will be built that use the iRing. The iRing will be available starting the 1st quarter of 2014. It will cost $25.00 for two rings and the utility app.

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Isonea shows off new medical technology for asthma sufferers

Posted by Alan at 6:15 PM on February 15, 2014

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Jerry Korten, CEO of Isonea stopped by to visit the CES in Las Vegas, where he talked about the company’s latest product. It’s some amazing new medical technology utilized to help those who suffer from asthma.

The technology works with modern smartphones and utilizes a sensor that monitor breathing and upload the data to the cloud for quick analyzation, then send the information back to the user. The data is all stored within the app, making it easy for users to share it with their doctors. It can even generate reminders about medication. It also monitors the weather based on GPS location to try and pinpoint causes, such as changes in the weather or pollen levels. All of this information can then be crowd-sourced to make recommendations, such as “bring your inhaler with you today because there is a large amount of asthma in your area”.

The device isn’t part of your phone, but is separate small product that communicates with the smartphone. The device is already available in Australia, and is expected in the US within six months. No price was given.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network and Anne Montera EmsRadio.com

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Dexcom shows simple glucose monitoring

Posted by Alan at 6:12 PM on February 15, 2014

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Diabetes is a major health risk on today’s world and easy monitoring of it is essential to the well-being of everyone who suffers. The company produces a tiny handheld electronic sensor to help with this.

The little device can easily monitor blood-sugar levels and even sound alerts if it detects a problem. Users can also set thresholds to generate customized warnings. It goes further, allowing the customer to set up remote monitoring for family so that others can monitor your health, for example — keeping an eye on your child while he or she is i school. Dexcom also talks a bit about plans for the future of this technology. The device is available now.

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