Carnegie Mellon University announced a $300 robot designed to easily enable people to create super-high-resolution panoramic pictures–and a Web site to let anyone in the world dive into them.
The GigaPan robot, built by Charmed Labs, can accommodate most compact cameras and is designed to be relatively inexpensive, said Illah Nourbakhsh, a Carnegie Mellon associate professor of robotics. Images then are uploaded to the new GigaPan website. They also can be viewed through the Google Earth software.
Generally whenever I buy any gadget, I tend to check up reviews from friends and on internet. Today I came across a web site called TestFreaks, which will be helpful whenever you plan to buy digital camera, camcorder, gaming consoles, mobile phone or any other electronics gadget.
TestFreaksTestFreaks aggregate all possible information about a particular product like manufacturer description, specifications, expert and user reviews, ratings and including deals on the rates. Other good thing about this site is its video review for each and every product. Every time when we see a product in advertisement or in a poster it resembles different from real so in that case video review of each product would help a buyer understand the product.
For example, if you are thinking to purchase a new digital camera but you can’t decide which one is the right one for you? Just check out the Digital Cameras category on the site, you will find expert reviews, buyers reviews, video reviews for every product as well as links to site that sell the that product for the lowest price.
There are many categories of gadgets available like Camcorders, Mobile phones, Digital cameras, Dvd players/recorders, Home Cinema Systems, Monitors, Mp3-players, Multi-functional printers, Nintendo Wii Games, Playstation Games, Printers, Projectors, Xbox 360 Games.
Everyday there is a new mobile phone model is being released in to the market. Some are trendy, some are smart and well designed and loaded with hundreds of features.
Did you ever wanted to have a phone that’s just a phone. Here comes the lightest and smallest phone: Modu Mini phone. You can think of Modu as an expanded SIM card. It can make a call, send text messages, and hold a contact list—the bare minimum required to be a mobile phone. That is why it is so small—about the size of an iPod Nano.
This Modu Mini Phone is a modular phone, that can be slipped into different device jackets —like an MP3 player, a GPS device, a bigger cell phone, car stereo, or a digital camera. (Although, it will initially only support GPRS, which is slow. Another drawback—there is no WiFi.) In a camera, for instance, Modu can be used to send pictures over the wireless network. (Although, it will initially only support GPRS, which is slow. Another drawback—there is no WiFi.)
Many times we leave our gadgets Mobile phones, PDAs, MP3 players, Cameras, Laptops etc with charger plugged in overnight. Lets check if this is a major waste of energy..
What happens if you leave the mobile phone plugged in all night?
According to measurements from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the average cell phone draws 3.68 watts of power from the outlet while it’s charging and 2.24 watts when charged. Let’s take the worst-case scenario and assume that you’re over-juicing a charged battery for the entire night. Leave the average phone plugged in for eight unnecessary hours, and it’ll use about 0.018 kilowatt-hours of electricity. Do that every night for a week, and the figure rises to 0.13 kWh; every night for a year, and you’re looking at a grand total of 6.5 kWh of electricity.
What if you leave your phone charger plugged in all the time, even when the phone itself isn’t attached—how much vampire power would that suck up? Again using the Berkeley Lab figures, if the average charger is plugged in for the entire 8,760 hours of the year, it’ll use about 2.3 kWh of electricity.
Your iPod or Zune probably isn’t worth worrying too much about, either: According to Chris Calwell, the founder of energy efficiency consulting firm Ecos, digital music players only draw about 0.25 to 0.4 watts when fully charged.
What about laptops? If you got yours in the last few years, it may not be much of a nighttime energy hog. According to figures from the University of Pennsylvania’s IT department—which looked at several laptops purchased between 2005 and 2009—today’s laptops draw between one to three watts when switched off but plugged in, and roughly the same amount in sleep mode. That puts them in about the same ballpark as cell phones. A laptop that’s idle, but not asleep, will draw closer to 15 to 20 watts.
Given that the average American’s residential electricity consumption is more than 4,000 kWh each year (PDF), the Lantern doesn’t think that a handful of kilowatt-hours are worth much tossing and turning. You could do way more for the planet, for example, by swapping out a single incandescent light bulb in your home for a compact fluorescent one; as the Lantern pointed out in a previous column, that simple action alone can save 126 kWh a year. Plus, charging your gadgets while you sleep has the added benefit of shifting a tiny fraction of your energy usage from the daytime, when demand is highest, to the nighttime, making things just a bit easier on your local grid.
Look at this tiny projector which is so tiny that can quietly rest on the palm of your hand. It’s definitely a handy gadget for those who always travel around and presentation is always a need in your daily job.
Carrying such a little projector will not make you sweat a single drop. This pint-sized projector had actually hit the market a month ago, and the price is commonly affordable for most professionals. It costs about $200 only.
The device measures about 6.7 in x 3.9 in x 3.5 in, which is kind of qualified to be called Micro projector. The device can only throw an image of a maximum of around 30-inches diagonal before the image gets distorted. But, 30 inches should be more than sufficient for any presentation that you need for your job.
The tiny projector is compatible with both NTSC and PAL devices. It connects to any device with a composite video output. It comes with built-in speakers, which definitely helps so much while you’re watching movie, which at least lets you hear the sound. The projector can even play movies, music and display photos directly from a SD card. But the light source of this projector would not be as bright as others, as it’s powered by a high-power LED light source instead of a discharge bulb. It shouldn’t give you much problem, as long as you dim all the lights in the room, to get a better quality of projection. And the best is this projector can run on AA batteries for about a 2.5 hours at a time.
BenQ has got a new digital camera in its line, the T850, which is claimed to be world’s thinnest camera. How thin is the world’s thinnest camera? It measures 14.9mm in thickness from front to back with the lens tucked away.
Being the world’s thinnest making its highly pocket-friendly. It’s also equipped with the Pentax lens which is capable of 3x zoom and it can reach shutter speeds up to 1600 ISO. One of the cool features of the camera is it’s equipped with a touch screen which allows gesture operations, which is unlike others which present you with those boring arrow keys and a OK button.
The gesture-operable touchscreen allows you to just tap, circle or swipe the screen to get the camera to perform as what you want. Some other cool features including Smile Catch, face tracking, Z Lighting, photo art, scribble & scrawl etc.
The price of this camera still remains unknown. It’s worth to be kept with an eye for its availability, so you can grab it on time. It’s especially good for those who will always need to travel around due to it’s so slim and offers pocket-friendless. Before I forget, it’s capable of a resolution of 8-megapixel, which should be more than sufficient for an average shooter.
The Casio EX-Z9 is a pretty easy to use camera that carries a 8.1 megapixel for the resolution and equipped with 3x optical zoom.
The camera gives you all sort of easiness. Once you just get it out of box, you can have a very quick start of using it after the first charging on its included charging station. The easiness is what Casio emphasizes on this camera.
One pretty outstanding feature is it’s made super handy for uploading videos to YouTube. The video recorded using the Casio EX-Z9 needs only three simple steps for uploading to YouTube.
The camera boasts a 2.6-inch screen, which presents easiness for you to navigate through the menus for various operations. The camera also gives you up to 23 Best shot modes, which include preset shooting modes such as for shooting fireworks and pets, meant for users to take best shots of different scenes. This has shown that Casio has spent pretty much effort into studying how people are photographing, has designed this camera to suit all the possible ways of doing the shooting.
The camera also includes features such as Anti Shake DSP for reducing photo blur, Easy Mode that simplifies camera settings in just three simple menus for adjusting or setting image size, flash and self timer. It’s also equipped with face detection technology, making it much easier to take pictures than ever.
The easy Casio EX-X9 comes in four colors, which are pink, black, silver, and orange. It’s available now for a price of $159.99.
The Nikon D700 camera seems to have got pretty much rumors about it before. And now it’s been officially confirmed that it’s available now. The Nikon D700 is a full frame (24×36) DSLR camera, which sounds pretty threatening to its rivals such as Canon and others.
The Nikon D700 makes full use of the D3 technologies, which features a 12.1 effective megapixel Nikon FX-format sensor, that measures only 23.9mm x 36mm and nearly the size of a 35mm film. Besides, the camera is similar to some of the latest cameras, which boasts a 3-inch screen.
And also various goodies such as Nokia’s renown 51-Point autofocus system with 3D focus tracking, active D-lighting for more contrast, Live View, GPS support, scene recognition, four-speed active dust reduction, an ISO sensitivity of 6400 (up to 25,600), compact flash card slot, HDMI out, and 5 to 8 fps full-res shooting etc.
The Nikon D700 is expected to hit Europe in July for about 1,900 Euros. We’ll probably some reactions from Nikon’s rivals pretty soon, to produce another great shooter to challenge the Nikon D700.