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Brando Beats Sony To The Punch With An Interchangeable-Lens Camcorder – Sort Of

Digital Video Camcorder with Telescope (Images courtesy Brando and property of OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

At Sony’s NEX-5 & 3 launch event on Tuesday the company also had a mockup camcorder, locked away under glass, that used their new E-mount camera lenses. It was an exciting prospect, but if I remember correctly the reps on hand said it wouldn’t be available until later in the year at the earliest. So if you can’t wait that long, this $99 camcorder from Brando kind of provides the same functionality, with a few trade-offs.

Instead of capturing video at 1080P, it maxes out 640×480, and instead of being able to choose from a growing collection of E-mount lenses, you’re limited to either the cameras 7.45mm fixed lens, or the included telephoto add-on which provides 8x optical zoom. It’s also limited to only capturing video as MP4 files on an SD card, where as the Sony alternative will no doubt support AVCHD to SD or Memory Stick. But again, the important thing is that this camcorder is available now! Junior’s not going to wait to take his first steps until Sony gets their version to the market.

[ Digital Video Camcorder with Telescope ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

“Slim” Compact Bluetooth Keyboard From Brando Is Touted As Being The Perfect iPad Accessory

Slim Bluetooth Keyboard (Images courtesy Brando)
By Andrew Liszewski

Apple already sells a compact Bluetooth keyboard that I think is a perfect iPad accessory for those who don’t like using the on-screen option for prolonged periods. It’s extremely thin and lightweight, but since it provides a relatively full-sized QWERTY layout, it’s not necessarily the smallest option.

So as an alternative, Brando is also touting their own ‘slim’ Bluetooth keyboard as the perfect iPad accessory since it manages to cram 52 keys into a form factor no larger than the iPhone. At just over half an inch thick I wouldn’t necessarily call it slim, but it’s slim enough given there’s a rechargeable battery stashed in there. And at just $37 it easily beats out Apple’s own Bluetooth keyboard when it comes to price.

[ Brando – Slim Bluetooth Keyboard ] VIA [ The Gadgeteer ]

Brando’s U-Tube i-Speaker Has Nothing To Do With Online Video

USB U-Tube i-Speaker (Image courtesy
By Andrew Liszewski

It’s hard to find a compact speaker that doesn’t, well, suck when it comes to sound performance. And I can’t say for sure whether or not the U-Tube i-Speaker from Brando continues in that tradition of non-excellence, but it at least includes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery so it’s not just relying on power from the headphone jack of an MP3 player or a laptop. The tube design might also be of some benefit when it comes to this speaker’s sound performance, but with a price tag of just $19 I have my doubts. It’s definitely compact though… I’ll give it that.

[ USB U-Tube i-Speaker ] VIA [ Datensklaven ]

Brando’s Fake Generic Lighter Spy Camera Camcorder

Fake Generic Lighter Spy Camera Camcorder (Images courtesy
By Andrew Liszewski

Ok, it’s cool that we’ve managed to shrink digital video and camera equipment to the point where it can be hidden almost anywhere. But just because we can, doesn’t mean we should! Case in point, this somewhat innocuous looking Bic-esque lighter hides a 640×480 25fps video camera and a 1280×1024 digital still camera. While you could probably get away with snapping the occasional covert photo while lighting up a smoke, how are you supposed to nonchalantly capture a video with this thing? Not to mention when someone inevitably asks you to borrow a light and discovers the USB connector hidden under the cap. Oh and the fact it doesn’t actually produce a flame. $49 from

[ Fake Generic Lighter Spy Camera Camcorder ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

Brando “Spy Ear” Cellular Bug

brandoBy Evan Ackerman

This tiny little box is, in fact, a cell phone. Well, it’s half a cell phone. You stick a SIM card in there, dial it, and the box will silently answer and then transmit back whatever it hears going on around it. There’s a rechargeable battery inside, a single power LED, and no other configuration crap to mess with. $65 is kind of a lot for what is essentially a battery, microphone, and antenna, but for all of you vigilantes (or creepy people) out there, gathering evidence (or eavesdropping) doesn’t get much easier than this.

For an extra $1, Brando also sells the same sort of thing integrated into a working power strip.

[ Brando ] VIA [ BBG ]

Brando Adds A Tiny Mic To Your iPhone


By Luke Anderson

I’ve seen all sorts of gadgets and accessories that help my iPhone with outputting sound, but rarely do you find one for input that’s not just another Bluetooth headset. Well the folks over at Brando decided that they needed to create a very simple microphone with the iPhone in mind.

This is definitely one of those gadgets where its size is both a positive and negative thing. On one hand you wouldn’t want to have some giant mic sticking out of your phone or sitting in your pocket all the time. However, I still lose my car keys on a regular basis, I’d give it a week before I lost this thing. Still, at $13, it’s not a bad deal.

[ Brando ] VIA [ Dvice ]

Brando’s Driver Free USB Data Copy And Internet Connection Sharing Dongle

USB 2.0 Data Copy and Internet Connection Sharing Dongle (Driver Free) (Image courtesy CrunchGear)
By Andrew Liszewski

It turns out Mom and Dad were right when it came to their theory about sharing being a good thing. But they never said it would be easy, and if you’ve ever tried to share internet access on one computer with another without the benefit of a router or wifi network, you’ll agree. Thankfully Brando is now selling this USB dongle that easily connects two PCs via a 2 meter cable, allowing you to transfer data as well as share a network connection without having to install a single driver. The dongle supports Win2K, XP and Vista, and for just $29.99 it will probably reduce the amount of time you spend copying random files to and from USB flash drives.

[ USB 2.0 Data Copy and Internet Connection Sharing Dongle ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

Brando’s 2.4Ghz RF Wireless Multimedia Tiny Keyboard

USB 2.4Ghz RF Wireless Multimedia Tiny Keyboard (Image courtesy
By Andrew Liszewski

When it comes to price, this $48 tiny wireless keyboard from Brando can’t quite compete with their $25 super tiny keyboard I wrote about back in September. But when it comes to functionality, I think the extra $23 is worth it since not only do you get a whole mess of other shortcut buttons making it particularly useful for an HTPC, but it manages to squeeze a trackball in there as well. As one of 5 remaining people on Earth who actually likes trackballs and wishes someone would use them on a laptop again, I definitely like. And while the 2.4Ghz wireless USB receiver definitely isn’t the smallest one on the market, it does allow for a half-decent operating range of about 32 feet. The keyboard can be ordered now on the Brando website, but it won’t start shipping until the beginning of November.

[ Brando 2.4Ghz RF Wireless Multimedia Tiny Keyboard ] VIA [ GadgetGrid ]

Brando’s Super Tiny USB Keyboard

Super Tiny Keyboard (Images courtesy
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’ve gotten used to the tiny keyboard on the Asus EEE and for some reason would like to have the same cramped typing experience on your desktop PC, you’ll want to pick up this Super Tiny Keyboard available from Brando for $25. At just 6.6 inches wide I wholeheartedly agree with the ‘Tiny’ part, but I think ‘Super Tiny’ should be reserved for the type of ‘keyboards’ used on Casio Databank watches. But that’s just my opinion. The keyboard manages to cram 56 keys into its small form factor, including caps lock, num lock and function keys, and features a mini-USB connector on the back. And while I appreciate Brando providing a photo of the keyboard next to the iPhone for size comparison, since it’s lacking bluetooth or any kind of wireless connection, there’s absolutely no way to actually use it in lieu of the iPhone’s own software keyboard.

[ Super Tiny Keyboard ] VIA [ GeekAlerts ]