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Chronos 1.4, High Speed Photography On A Budget

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It’s pretty likely you’ve seen high speed videos before. There are entire YouTube channels built around the technology (like the Slow Mo Guys), and watching these is always fascinating. But of course, making a video like that requires very expensive cameras that easily cost in the five and six figure range. If you’d like to get in on the action but don’t have the Hollywood budget, we’d like to turn your attention to the Chronos 1.4. It’s able to record up to 21,649fps, albeit at 640 X 96 resolution. Alternatively, it can shoot in full 1,280 X 1,024 resolution at 1,057fps. As a matter of fact, it’s called Chronos 1.4 for its maximum data throughput of 1.4 gigapixel per second, meaning that you can trade resolution for speed on a sliding scale while keeping the throughput constant at 1.4 Gpx/s. It looks and works like a normal camera in almost every other respect, compact enough for you to carry around in a small bag, and ready to shoot in an instant. It’s more features that we can possibly list on this article, so we suggest you visit their Kickstarter, where you can also sign up to get one when they become available. Prices start at $2,799, which is about 1/10th the price of a similar camera from the current players in this field.

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3 Must-Have Wearables for the Busy Gentlemen

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When it comes to men’s wearables, probably the only products that will cross your mind are those rugged sports watches. Lately though, we’ve seen an increase in stylish wearables that are designed exclusively for men.

Fashionable wearables, it seems, should not just be for women. After all, the busy gentleman needs to up his productivity without compromising his fashion. In fact, a lot of popular fashion brands like Fossil Q have infused technology into their product lines. Here’s a checklist of the tech gadgets every busy man should have.

The classic, yet smart wristwatch

The wristwatch is the only jewelry most men wear. It wouldn’t hurt if you splurge on a good one. But make sure it’s one of those classic-looking watches with smart functionality — ones that can track your fitness stats and discreetly notify you of important calls or emails. Fossil’s Q Grant is an excellently styled chronograph with smart functionality.

Casual clothing that is actually intelligent

You must be surprised at what smart coats (or smart belts) can do. Elem + Aris has a smart coat with revolutionary heat technology. It produces infrared heat energy that warms your muscles and increases your blood flow. And then there’s Belty, a high-end and stylish belt that helps promote your well-being. It increases your walking pace through rhythms, recommends breathing exercises, reminds you to drink more water, and more.

Hassle-free sports tracking

Increase your focus on your training and push your limits by using fitness trackers that don’t meddle with your activities. We’re talking about comfortable fitness shirts, which track your heart rate accurately and other sports-centered functional trackers like eyewear made for cycling with GPS and integrated sensors.

Men like wearables that do what they’re supposed to and ones that look sleek enough for normal, everyday wear. We happen to have a list of the best ones.

[Check out the Most Stylish Wearables Made for Men]

How to Spot the Best Robot Vacuum Deals This Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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If you are on the fence about robotic vacuum cleaners, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the push that you need. There are really steep deals on this tech line because they’re well-loved. Who wouldn’t love a little robot doing all the dirty job for you?

Before you go randomly picking which robotic vacuum is the best one for you, here are some tips:

There are budget-friendly ones.

If budget seems a bit tight, you can score decent varieties under $200 which has the basic functions like automated scheduling and cleaning settings. Good canditates for these include the ILIFE V3, Rollibot BL100, and Infinuvo QQ-2.

Know how you’re going to use it.

Like a responsible adult, ask yourself first what’s your purpose of buying a vaccum. Got furry friends who constantly shed? The iRoomba 860 has special extractors which prevent the machine from clogging. Got a pool to clean? The iRobot Mirra will save you costs on professional pool cleanings.

Notice the features and compare the price difference.

Take for instance the iRoomba 980 and the 960. The first one runs up to 120 minutes and has a carpet boost feature. The 960 only runs for 75 minutes and lacks the carpet boost feature. Sounds like the iRoomba 980 is a better buy, right? But if you’re living in a small apartment with absolutely no carpets to clean, go for the iRobot 960 and save yourself the extra $200.

You still have time to do your research and know which robotic vacuum will cater you best.

[Which Robotic Vacuum is Right For You?]

How To Score The Greatest Black Friday Tech Deals

How To Score The Greatest Black Friday Tech Deals

 

It’s that time of the year again when people are hustling and bustling virtually to get the best deals on the internet ahead of time. The psychological shopping torture is real, guys.

Am I getting the best bargain at this price? Maybe it’ll drop to 50% tomorrow? Oh what if it didn’t?! Should I buy it right now?

You’re not alone. A lot of people are feeling this way right now. To help you prep up, here are tips on how you can score the greatest Black Friday Deals:

Research early

Big retailers and tech stores have their compilation of the best Black Friday deals weeks before. Tailor the store that you’re following to tech providers for specialized and more focused leads like getting $100 less on Beats, $450 Off a Samsung Smart LED TV, and $50 discount on Nest 3rd Gen Thermostat.

Be frugal, but intentional

Since you’re shopping for tech products, it’s expected that you already have a set of specs in mind. Going for super cheap tech products that cannot meet your demands is a waste. So make sure that the product that you’re buying is everything that you need and want.

Be picky with the apps

In your hopes of getting the lightning deals first, you’ll turn to apps for support. But, be sure that the app you’re downloading is legitimate! You’ll be entering your credit card information and the risk is huge. One red flag is asking too many permissions.

When shopping for Black Friday, be smart and alert. Don’t let the rush of emotions get to your logical way of thinking.

[Browse Black Friday Tech Deals 2016]

3 Smart Light Bulbs That Are As Awesome As (But Cheaper Than) the Philips Hue

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When it comes to color-changing bulbs, the Philips Hue bulbs stand out. There’s no denying in that, but they can be awfully expensive. Also, you need the Hue bridge to control them as part of your smart home automation. If you’re not willing to spend a lot, but still wanted reliable and automation-ready light bulbs, here are some Philips Hue alternatives for you.

For seamless integration into your existing smart home

GE Link Wireless A19 Smart Connected LED Light Bulb

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The one which doesn’t need a hub
LIFX Color 1000 A19 Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb

LIFX Multicolor and dimmable bulbs

 

Lights which also play music
Pulse Dimmable LED Light
SengledPulse Dimmable LED Light with Wireless Bluetooth Speakers

Hope this has shed some light on what smart bulbs you would shop for next!

[Explore More Smart Light Bulbs Options]

3 Cool Things You Didn’t Know Your Wi-Fi Doorbell Could Do

3 Cool Things You Didn't Know Your Wi-Fi Doorbell Could Do

Wi-Fi doorbells are handy. You don’t need to go to your door to tell expected visitors that they can already come in. You’re obviously using your doorbell like this, but there are other cool things that you can do with your Wi-Fi Doorbell. Here are some.

Take deliveries for you when you’re out

If you’re expecting a package, but you’re not home, you can leverage technology. When the delivery guy shows up on your live video feed, remotely open your doorlock and ask him to leave the package inside your door.

The August Video Doorbell in tandem with the August Smart Lock can do this trick seamlessly.

Shoo away burglars — even when nobody’s home

Most doorbells have a motion alert feature that lets you see who’s at your door and a two-way audio for communication. Let sketchy people who are snooping around your door think that you’re home and drive them away.

The Zmodo Torch Pro will play this role nicely, especially when burglars come at night to your empty home. You can remotely switch on the light that comes with the doorbell and talk to them. Plus, you get a snapshot alert of the person at your front door the moment motion is detected.

Immortalize your pranks or surprises.

Use the doorbell to record priceless moments like welcoming your dog after being gone for a few days or trolling your wife by lipsyncing to Zayn’s PillowTalk like what one guy on YouTube did.

If cloud recording is one of your priorities, the Ring Doorbell Pro is the one to go with. It also lets you easily store and share video footages.

There you go. Have fun with your doorbell of choice!

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Behold The Future: Tesla Demonstrates Fully Self-Driving Capability

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If you’re an automotive enthusiast, enjoy the next five, maybe ten years. After that, we suspect insurance prices are going to start getting prohibitively expensive for anyone wishing to get around using meat-based drivers. Tesla, of course, is paving the way for such a future. They’ve recently announced that all Tesla cars, including the forthcoming, relatively-affordable Model 3, will come with the required hardware for full autonomous driving capability. And you just know that these cars will be considerably safer than your text-driving, drunk-driving, distracted-driving selves.

We are excited to announce that, as of today, all Tesla vehicles produced in our factory – including Model 3 – will have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver. Eight surround cameras provide 360 degree visibility around the car at up to 250 meters of range. Twelve updated ultrasonic sensors complement this vision, allowing for detection of both hard and soft objects at nearly twice the distance of the prior system. A forward-facing radar with enhanced processing provides additional data about the world on a redundant wavelength, capable of seeing through heavy rain, fog, dust and even the car ahead.

To make sense of all of this data, a new onboard computer with more than 40 times the computing power of the previous generation runs the new Tesla-developed neural net for vision, sonar and radar processing software. Together, this system provides a view of the world that a driver alone cannot access, seeing in every direction simultaneously and on wavelengths that go far beyond the human senses.

Watch the video below to see what that future might look like. The driver in the video is only there for legal purposes, since our laws haven’t quite caught up with advances in technology. But make no mistake: they will. Despite the odd incident here and there, self-driving cars have already shown to be safer than humans and will be getting even safer as the tech is refined. So go ahead and enjoy what’s left of the era in which humans actually drove themselves.

Full Self-Driving Hardware on All Teslas from Tesla Motors on Vimeo.

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HB Ring Lets You Feel Your Partner’s Heartbeat

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Being in a long distance relationship must suck, but we think it sucks a lot less now in the Information Age than it did back when you had to send a freaking letter by boat. Imagine waiting one month for a reply? Anyway, one of the things you can now do to make yourself feel physically closer to your loved one is to purchase these rings. Called HB rings, they pair with your smartphone and feature a heartbeat sensor. That information is then shared over the Internet, and reproduced on the matching ring, through tiny pulsations, so that each wearer can feel the heartbeat of their significant other no matter where in the world they are. It’s not like the ring beats non-stop either, you have to tap it to feel the heartbeat and your partner won’t be notified each time, so you can be as creepy as you want without scaring them off. There’s also a function that randomly initiates the pulsations, reminding you that your love is alive. Each ring is coated in sapphire which makes them scratch resistant and water proof, and the battery is rated to last 160 hours on standby and 14 hours while active. It’s a cool product, but it’s also one of those pre-production crowdfunded campaigns where you’re not 100% sure you’ll get what’s on the pictures. It’ll cost you $599 for a stainless steel version, and $2,990 for an 18K Rose Gold edition to find out. Shipping is slated to start in December 2017.

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Triton Re-Breather: Artificial Gills Lets You Breathe Underwater With No Scuba Gear

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If this product works as advertised, it’s pretty revolutionary. It used to be that if you wanted to spend any significant amount of time underwater you had to either stay close to the surface and snorkel, or don heavy scuba gear with a large oxygen tank. Well, the Triton mouthpiece changes all that. It contains “Microporous Hollow Fiber” with openings allegedly smaller than water molecules, but big enough to let oxygen through. A battery then runs a powerful micro-compressor that extracts and stores the oxygen in a tiny tank. This gives the wearer the ability to go up to 15 feet underwater for up to 45 minutes at a time with no other specialized equipment, breathing normally while simply biting down on the Triton. 15 feet may not seem like much, but that’s still deep enough to explore coral reefs and a bunch of underwater stuff normally out of reach. It seems too good to be true, but we’ll wait on initial reviews to come out before passing judgement. If it checks out, the $300 asking price is more than bargain.

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