Unleash the AirDog (at CES)

AirDogWith the advances in drone technology, it’s easy to fly most drones these days. To fly a drone well and record video at the same time still takes a great deal of skill. It’s especially difficult if you are the pilot, cinematographer and star all at the same time. If this is your problem, then the AirDog is the solution. Todd cries, “Havoc” and lets slip the AirDogs of war.

The AirDog drone has two unique selling points. First, it folds up to fit into a backpack and second, it can follow its owner from the air, filming the action. The owner wears a wristband somewhat reminiscent of Jack Harkness which lets the drone track the owner’s position. Various parameters can be set to adjust how the AirDog positions itself relative to the owner, such as height and distance. Seriously cool.

The AirDog will be available later in the year for $1,500 but pre-orders are open for a little under $1,300. You’ll also need to get yourself a GoPro camera.

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

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Steadicam Smoothee Now Available for Apple iPhone 5s, GoPro and others (CES)

Tiffen Tiffen announced it’s Steadicam Smoothee is now available for iPhone 5 and 5s,  GoPro HERO 3/3+,  DRIFT sport cameras, Ghost-S and HD Ghost.

Developed by Steadicam,  the patented Smoothee eliminates shakes associated with handheld video recording, letting users “fly” through their video capture moments, up and down steps, indoors and outdoors, through crowded events.

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“The Steadicam Smoothee continues to hold onto its title as the most popular handheld camera stabilizer for action cameras and Apple iPod Touch and iPhone products,” comments Steve Tiffen, President and CEO, The Tiffen Company. “As the perfect companion to some of the hottest consumer video capture devices on the market, CES is the ideal venue for showing off Steadicam’s latest Smoothee developments. Plus, with our booth located right next to GoPro, visitors can see first-hand how tremendous the movie making experience is when you combine the Hollywood shooting techniques of Steadicam with the action adventure capture of GoPro HERO.”

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The Steadicam was introduced in 1976 and revolutionized the world of film and video. Over the past 30+ years, Steadicam has been an invaluableproduction tool in the industry. New generations of Steadicam Camera Stabilizing Systems have been comprehensively redesigned to unleash endless creative possibilities.

Steadicam Smoothee retails for $149.00. For more information including where to buy, please visit http://www.tiffen.com/steadicam_smoothee_homepage1.html.