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Monthly Archives: June 2012

HP RED Z820 Workstation Is A Large Caliber Video Editing Machine

By David Ponce

You can take videos with your iPhone and try to do fancy things with iMovie, and you’ll get some cute results. But make no mistake about it, you’re not going to win any photography awards that way. If you’ve got the bankroll to do things right, you might have purchased a RED camera. Whether it’s the Scarlet, the Epic or even the One, you made the right decision. But you might also have noticed the reams of data that even a few minutes of shooting produces. This serious data needs a serious machine for editing and if you already splurged on a RED camera, why not go the extra mile and drop a few more dollars on the HP RED Z820 workstation? A partnership between HP and RED, the Z280 packs some raw horsepower:

It comes equipped with up to two RED Mag card readers to make things plug and play, as well as a RED Rocket booster card allowing any would be Ridley Scott’s to create an immersive 3D world. Processing power comes in the form of twin Intel Sandy Bridge E5-2687 chips resulting in 16 liquid cooled cores, configurable up to 3.1GHz with Turbo boost to kick things up to 3.91GHz. While 32GB of RAM is standard, you can turn that into 128GB with the tick of a box. A single SSD boot drive is standard as well as an NVIDIA Quadro 5000 video card, with upgrades available. You can even option a Blu-Ray burner for straight to video releases.

Pricing has not be announced yet while availability is set for July. It looks like one of those “if you have to ask…” kind of products, but then again, so are the cameras. So, well heeled cinematographers, below are links you could find useful.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gear Patrol ]

The Swing Table

By David Ponce

It’s summer and you could be outside eating your BBQ foodstuffs like a regular schmoe, on a patio set with the weighted parasol and the plastic chairs. Or you could class it up a few notches while adding an element of challenge to the affair with the above Swing Table. Featuring a powder coated steel frame, the eight chairs hang on wires and will swing around like pendulums as you try to sit still and eat, probably causing you to knock into your immediate neighbours repeatedly. This sounds both fun and stupid simultaneously, which is known to be one of the best combinations of adjectives in relation to just about anything.

The Swing Table is a very respectable $7,790, which means we’ll be purchasing a total of none at all for our offices. Expect an 8 to 12 week waiting period.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ IncredibleThings ]

Glowdoggie Lets You Keep An Eye On Your Pooch, Even In The Dark

By David Ponce

Like that TV commercial used to say, “It’s 8 o’clock. Do YOU know where you kids are?” We suppose that good dog owners should apply the same logic to their canine friends and keep an eye on them at all time. That’s hard enough during the day, but at night can be downright impossible. You can get a little help from something like the Glowdoggie. It’s a waterproof (not just water resistant) LED dog collar. But not just any LED dog collar. Made from “Superflux LEDs which have a lifespan of about 150,000 hours (roughly 17 years) and are of the same high quality as are found in many premium German cars such as Mercedes Benz and Audi.”

Glowdoggie™ lighted dog collars have a patented, built-in motion sensor that automatically turns on the LEDs when the battery section is facing downwards or sideways, and slowly turns them off when the batteries are held in a motionless, upwards position for over 45 seconds. It’s as simple yet as technically advanced as that. You just slide it on over the dog’s head and off you go.

The only catch is that it’s not a collar in the traditional sense; you can’t tie a leash to it and are still supposed to use a separate collar for that.

It’s $50 and comes in a variety of colours, Neon Green being the most popular apparently.

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BC Man Breaks Speed Record On Skateboard, Tops 80mph, POV Films The Entire Thing

By David Ponce

While we think this happened over two years ago, Engadget has a video of BC native Mischo Erban breaking a record with panache. This dude knows how to go fast on a skateboard. We imagine it’s not that hard though: find a big long hill, make sure there aren’t any potholes, grow a gigantic pair of balls and get going. That’s what Mischo did, although he was wearing some cool gear that made his record breaking run not just impressive but also interesting from a tech standpoint. He was wearing a customized version of the Recon heads-up display, which also sported a camera to immortalize the event on video. The HUD also kept Mischo informed of his speed as he was doing the run, so he knew the moment he topped 129.94 km/h (80.74 mph) that the record was his. That’s mighty fast while standing up on a wooden plank with wheels. If you care to know what it looks like from Mischo’s point of view, hit the jump.

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Get That Air Right Under The Blankets With The Bed Fan

By David Ponce

We’re going through a heat wave up here in the Great Not-So-White North. A/Cs are blasting and kids with pools are very, very popular. Sleeping, even with the A/C on can be difficult, but we think that something like the Bed Fan could help. Granted, if you’re really hot, just don’t put the blankets on, right? But there are those that grow attached to being under them, so being able to tuck the mouth of the fan right under the sheets and dissipate your body heat is a valuable feature. The Bed Fan sucks the air from under your bed (which is often cooler than just a couple feet higher) and blows it right where you need it most. There’s also a remote control so if you decide you need a different amount of cooling halfway through the night, you don’t even have to get up.

It’s $100.

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Beer Mug Makes Foam At The Press Of A Button

By David Ponce

It’s generally accepted that a good two-finger head of foam atop your beer is a good pour. Something about it bringing out the aroma. But it’s not easy getting that perfect pour every time; you have to tilt the glass at the right angle, and pour at a particular rate, and finally straighten the glass at the right time and finish pouring. It’s hard. But the Japanese have it all figured out. Screw all that stuff and just pour. The above mug has a spring loaded mechanism that generates a bunch of bubbles at the press of a button, even if you completely failed to make any head. From what we gather a hammer will tap against the bottom of the mug, releasing the foam. If the excited folk in the video below are to be believed, it’s quite the fun activity. At $22.50, we’re tempted to try one ourselves…

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Everyone Is A Pac-Man Ghost!

By David Ponce

We can’t say for sure that artist Dash Coleman loves Pac-Man. For all we know, spending a good deal of time creating the above graphic of other famous characters represented as Pac-Man ghosts was a cathartic way of dealing with some childhood gaming trauma. Or maybe it was just a fun weekend project. Who knows? The point is that we like it, what with us being geeks and stuff. We can spot a few characters up there, but not all. We see a Storm Trooper, Bender, Sonic The Hedgehog, even Superman. Have fun figuring this out and if you need some help, hit the link below to check out Dave’s Flickr page with all the answers.

[ Dash Coleman’s Flickr Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

The Hone Lets You Find Your Keys Up To 150ft. Away

By David Ponce

Bluetooth 4 is pretty cool for number of reasons. One of these is the low power consumption that allows gadgets like The Hone above to stay functional for up to 6 months without needing a charge. It’s a keychain that pairs with your iPhone 4S and iPad 3 (the only iOS devices that support Bluetooth 4, by the way) and makes it easier to locate your lost keys. With a range of roughly 150 ft., simply launching the application will let you do two things. For one, a press of a button will make it emit a sound. But if that’s not enough to find it (if it’s not within ear shot), you can also play a game of “colder” or “warmer” by using the signal’s perceived strength, until you’ve located The Hone and your keys. Or whatever else you’ve chosen to attach it to.

It’s currently on Kickstarter and well on its way to achieving its funding goal. If you pledge $49, you could expect to get yours by October of this year.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ CultOfMac ]

Geeky: Here’s How To Make Crystal Clear Chips

By David Ponce

What you see there are potato chips. They’re see-through, but allegedly taste just like real chips. The future, as they say, is now!

Apparently “Hamid Salimian, Diva at the Met (a restaurant in Vancouver) chef, serves the ‘glass’ potato chip as part of an amuse bouche. He puts a dab of creme fraiche on a plate or stone, tops it with chopped chives and finishes with a heap of rasped truffles and the glass potato.”

Ok… maybe there’s a bit of cheating involved. There’s no actual deep fried potato slices there, but rather a potato-flavored stock mixed with potato starch, then turned into a gelatin which is dried flat for several hours before being fried. But the result allegedly tastes just like the real thing and has the added advantage of being, you know, freaking crystal clear!

So you want to make your own? Hit the jump for the full recipe.

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