Snowy mountaintops and sheer dirt tracks are just a couple of locations fitting for an epic action cam segment, but they’re not places you’re likely to find a good WiFi connection. Without putting extra hardware at significant risk of destruction, livestreaming just hasn’t been possible in many desirable situations. At CES, however, Liquid Image is mixing things up with the introduction of its new Ego LS camera, which we believe is the first to feature LTE connectivity. It’s capable of transmitting WQVGA (400 x 240; bummer) video at 30 fps for up to two hours, or still images over 4G. Otherwise, the 8-megapixel cam has WiFi, Bluetooth, and can partner with iOS and Android devices via the Liquid Image app like the outfit’s other models. A microSD slot supporting up to 64GB cards keeps you recording at 1080p/30 fps or 720p/60 fps while disconnected, and like other members in the Ego line, it’ll be accompanied by various mounts. Two variants of the Ego LS, both with new motion detection and continuous-photo modes, but one with LTE and one without, are slated to launch in June this year with an estimated price tag of $200.
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Why drop the cash for both a Roomba and Scooba when you can get a device that does it all? Of course, it’s far too early to say if the RYDIS H68 Pro comes anywhere near the efficiency of either of iRobot’s flagship lines, but Moneual certainly talks a big game. The sequel to the RYDIS H67 features a large water tank and is capable of capturing nearly all particles that are 0.3 micron or larger. There are 42 omnidirectional sensors on board and it uses something called Smart Vision Mapping to determine the best routes to cover a room as it mops and vacuums at the same time. The RYDIS H68 Pro is set to drop just in time for your spring cleaning.
Eton has a bit of a thing for music plus solar power. We’re not complaining though. Its latest eco-powered music machine is the rukus Xtreme, and brings potentially non-stop daytime jams to the great outdoors. The Bluetooth (4.0) device has five speakers (two main, and the rest for “bass radiating”) and has a built-in 6,600mAh battery than can be charged either by Mother Nature (in around five hours), or a good, old outlet (in three). Either way, you can use that juice for prolonged listening, or use that battery to power up your phone/tablet — so it’s effectively a solar charger too. There’s NFC for easy pairing, and you can even link up two units for, well, we imagine, Xtreme loudness. The IPX4 water-resistance rating also makes it good for those who like to dance in the rain, and frankly, who doesn’t? The rukus Xtreme will be ready to soak up those rays come springtime, costing $230. There’s also a rugged rukus II model for $130, if you don’t need quite so much onboard battery (1,600mAh instead).
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Can’t make it to CES to see the Snapdragon 805 processor flex its muscles? You won’t have to. Qualcomm has posted a slew of videos showing what the chip can do for photography, including automatic close-ups through OptiZoom, continuous focusing on a subject through Touch to Track and natural-looking low-light shots through Chroma Flash. The CPU can even begin recording video as soon as a subject crosses a line, such as at a race. As a bonus, the company has also demonstrated Ultra Sound NotePad, a refinement of an earlier technique that uses microphones to translate a pen’s ultrasonic vibrations into on-screen handwriting. It could be a while before you’re trying any of these features on a shipping device, but the clips should at least prepare you for the real thing.
There are several people here at Engadget that might actually die (or at the very least be unemployed) if it were not for their Evernote accounts. Which makes it all the more painful when the service lets us down by failing to sync notes or falling prey to hackers. Jason Kincaid, formerly of TechCrunch, posted a rather lengthy tirade on his blog about such an instance, in which the iOS app produced corrupted audio notes that were completely unplayable. And during the troubleshooting process with Evernote support, Kincaid came across a bug that captured entire notes in plain text in its log files — the very files that a support person request when trying to diagnose a problem. Let’s just say the self-proclaimed power user was understandably incensed.
Well, the post caught the attention of Evernote CEO Phil Libin, who admitted that perhaps the company had focused too much on adding features and expanding its user base at the expense of the core experience. But those days are over Libin proclaimed. In fact, he says the staff quietly shifted its focus back to squashing bugs and improving stability a couple of months ago, but that there was still plenty of work to be done. In addition to boosting performance and fixing broken features, he says updates will be rolling out over “the next few weeks” that will greatly improve and simplify the user experience. He specifically said the engineers and designers will be targeting note editing, navigation, search, sync and collaboration features across all platforms.
2013 was a big year for Evernote, and it’s safe to say it endured some growing pains. Lets just hope that 2014 is the year it grows up — without getting too big for its britches.
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The iPhone 5s can already capture photos at a brisk 10 frames per second, but that apparently isn’t fast enough for Apple. The company has confirmed to Recode that it has acquired SnappyLabs, a one-man outfit best known for its popular (and now withdrawn) iOS camera app SnappyCam. Cupertino isn’t outlining its plans following the buyout, but the software’s party trick is its extremely high-speed photography; it takes full-resolution shots at up to 30fps, and scales up to 60fps. You don’t need an oracle-like insight to predict that future Apple devices could snap pictures at a rate that puts many professional cameras to shame.
Have you ever wanted to find a specific piece of furniture or homeware that fits into the theme of your room, but can’t find it at your normal go-to stores or online? Well, in true mobile fashion, there’s an app for that, and its name is Couchelo. The Sydney-based startup is headed up by its three Co-Founders, William Fan, Fei Yao and Si-Si Dai who have identified a growing trend, one which involves unique pieces of furniture, such as vintage or upcycled gems, that are almost impossible to source unless you happened to stumble across a local flea market or bric-a-brac store.
Couchelo wants to be go-to furniture marketplace to bring together a community of creative artisans and craftsmen. “A lot of the really nice stuff you’d find is through walking around the boutique stores and flea markets in Rozelle, Redfern and Balmain, and there are just as many in Melbourne. These sellers don’t use existing online platforms like eBay or Gumtree because they’ve become too commercial, and there’s just no community aspect”, says Co-Founder William Fan. That’s where Couchelo steps in, by providing a mobile platform that allows individual sellers to advertise their unique and creative pieces locally and for buyers to have a simple, streamlined interface to browse and discover their dream find.
The app takes your geolocation details and shows you the search items that are closest to you so that buyers are not only assured that you won’t have to journey too far to get theirs hands on what they want, but the sellers can be sure that it is convenient for people to connect and physically find out more. “Furniture, unlike fashion, is something that you need to see and feel in person before committing to the purchase,” says Fan.
Couchelo has been warmly received by many furniture and homeware suppliers who otherwise have no unified platform to connect with their prospective buyers. “Some sellers are already using social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to sell their items, we’re just making it easier to bring this community of furniture enthusiasts together.”
Couchelo’s iOS is currently in a closed beta test which will hopefully result in the launch of the app in Sydney and Melbourne very early in 2014. The team has also planned an Android app in the works which will be released some time after the iOS launch.
If you’re interested in finding out more or receiving updates on Couchelo’s progress, you can sign up to their snazzy website at www.couchelo.com or you can follow their Facebook page and Twitter account.
If the average portable Bluetooth speaker doesn’t pack enough audio punch for your liking, Ion’s just revealed a titan that just might meet your needs. Dubbed the Road Warrior, the firm’s 200-watt wireless stereo system packs a duo of ten-inch woofers paired with two one-inch tweeters. In addition to Bluetooth streaming capabilities, the box also boasts an AM/FM radio and an 1/8-inch jack. When it comes to power, the package can rely on its built-in battery, a wall plug or the 12 volt outlet in your auto. The kit was designed for occasions like tailgating events and cookouts, so it’s fitting that the speakers are contained in a cloth-covered box reminiscent of car audio gear. A price tag and release date are MIA, but expect more information as CES — and 2014 — continues.
Two days before the official kickoff of CES 2014, and it already seems safe to declare this the year of the fitness device. Tao Wellness’s rhyming WellShell wants to be a bit of a one-stop shop for all things portable fitness. The handheld’s primary function is isometrics – offering you resistance as you workout, while helpfully coaching you with built-in audibly encouragement. The device is built for 50 different isometric exercises, recording results by way of your Android or iOS device. It can also track your steps, caloric intake, heart rate and sleep patterns – so pretty much everything but the cool down massage.
Filed under: Peripherals
Source: Tao Wellness
If you think that the best part about making music is twiddling the knobs, then Griffin’s CES announcements will be right up your alley. You see, the company is updating both its StudioConnect portable iPad studio and the PowerMate jog dial for movie and music editors. The StudioConnect HD now features a pair of XLR inputs, USB and five-pin MIDI support, dedicated monitor controls and can handle both 30-pin and Lightning-based iPads. The PowerMate Bluetooth, unsurprisingly, breaks free from the tyranny of cables, offering iMovie and GarageBand users the chance to cycle through files without the need of a mouse. Naturally, the clickable wheel is also highly customizable, enabling you to craft a wide variety of utilities that can use the hardware. The StudioConnect HD will, a little annoyingly, not arrive until the fall, where it’ll set you back $200, while the PowerMate will be here in the summer, priced up at $60.