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Telecommuting is a double-edged sword. Sure you can just slide out of bed and saddle up to your computer in your P.J.s, but you miss out on those important water cooler conversations and idle chitchat that helps build working relationships, not to mention spread ideas. That’s where Ambient Communications comes in.
The company, which was on hand during AT&T’s recent Innovation Showcase, is developing a new technology that will give telecommuters the opportunity to participate in the kind of social interactions that can only be found in an office setting.
The system works by essentially tapping into a series of always-on webcams, which are positioned in different areas of your office. The telecommuter’s display is then filled with different nodes that stream images from every webcam attached to the service. Read the rest of this entry »
One of the hazards of riding a motorcycle is that you can’t see what’s directly behind you. Sure, side mirrors help, but a bulky helmet can get in the way, meaning you’re riding a little blind. But with Reevu’s new MSX1, you get a near 360-degree view of the world while still keeping your brains safe. Read the rest of this entry »
Remember Lytro, the Silicon Valley-based startup responsible for creating a light field camera sensor that allowed users to manipulate photos after they were processed? Well it seems Toshiba liked the idea so much that the company is now working on a version of its own. The difference between Lytro’s tech and Toshiba’s is that Lytro’s is about 4 inches in size, while Toshiba’s is far smaller. Read the rest of this entry »
December 13th, 2012 by Aimee Baldridge, LAPTOP Contributor
Things were simple back in the olden days of digital imaging. You could plunk down a few hundred bucks and get a nifty little snapshot brick, double that and walk away with an ergonomically molded superzoomer, or really break the bank and score a hefty chunk of DSLR. But these days the lines between categories have blurred, and there’s a lot more to decide on than small, medium or large. Read the rest of this entry »
Verizon has officially announced that it will begin offering Samsung’s Android 4.1-powered Galaxy Camera on its 4G LTE network. The device, which launches on Dec. 13 for $549, combines the functionality of an Android smartphone with the photo shooting capabilities of a dedicated digital camera.
Previously available on AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network, the Galaxy Camera features a 4.8-inch, 1280 x 720-pixel Super Clear LCD display and sports a 1.4-GHz quad-core Exynos processor. And because it’s an official Android device, the Galaxy Camera includes access to the Google Play store, so you can download apps to your heart’s content. Read the rest of this entry »
Samsung’s Galaxy Camera appears to be headed to Verizon’s 4G LTE network. The device, which we reviewed in November for AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network, combines the functionality of an Android device, with the photo snapping capabilities of a dedicated camera.
November 20th, 2012 by Brad Chacos, LAPTOP Contributor
Do you like to capture life’s most precious moments, no matter where you are? Most video cameras work best when you’re firmly planted on terrestrial soil, clutching the camcorder with your own two hands. The new DVR-FHD560 HD video recorder by Genius, however, takes a vehicle-first approach, complete with a windshield mount, swiveling lens and the ability to charge via a car’s cigarette lighter — but you can also yank it off its mount and use the DVR-FHD560 as a standard camcorder to snag some film far away from your wheels.
Your point-and-shoot camera just got a lot smarter. Fresh off of announcing its Galaxy Note II, Samsung just revealed its new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean-powered Galaxy Camera, a device that the electronics-maker hopes will make point-and-shoot cameras a bit more relevant in the age of camera-equipped smartphones.
On its face, the Galaxy Camera looks like a high-quality point-and-shoot, with a massive 21x optical zoom and 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor. But turn the camera over to reveal its 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD touch-screen display, and you’d swear you were holding an Android smartphone. In fact, the Galaxy Camera comes packed with many of the same features as its smartphone siblings, including 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi connectivity options. Read the rest of this entry »
August 22nd, 2012 by Brad Chacos, LAPTOP Contributor
If you like to share photos on social networks but find the cameras built into smartphones to be a bit too limiting, Nikon has the camera for you. The Wi-Fi-compatible Coolpix S800c is the one of the first Android-powered point-and-shoot cameras, complete with the ability to surf the web or run apps, making it easier than ever to spam your followers’ feeds with high-res photos of your favorite meals.
The camera comes with 4GB of internal storage, meaning you can download photo-friendly Android apps like Instagram, Pixlr-o-matic or Camera Fun Pro and run them directly on the Coolpix S800c, opening up a world of additional filters and social media options. The camera itself ships with 18 photo filters.
Google has been gradually revealing parts of Project Glass, its much anticipated augmented reality goggles. We’ve seen the photo capture feature, and also we’ve seen Google’s CEO, Larry Page, wearing them on stage at Google Zeitgeist. Today, Google released a 15-second, 720p video show from the perspective of a Google employee wearing the glasses while jumping and doing flips on a trampoline.
Although there was no image of how the glasses stayed on the tumbler’s head, the video was relatively steady and you do not see the wearer raising his or her hands to steady the glasses at all. We all see helmet cams that capture the trips of skydivers or zipline adventurers, but those videos always trigger some degree of motion sickness. This Google video is a lot less shaky but is that enough?
This left us wondering what is the maximum resolution that the video will be, and how long it can record at different video resolutions. A takeaway from this video is that we can see the brightness auto adjust relatively accurately as the person looks down and then up into the bright sky. Read the rest of this entry »