Eye-Fi Inc. (www.eye.fi), makers of the world’s first wireless memory card, today announced Direct Mode at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Leveraging a combination of new technology in Eye-Fi cards and new Eye-Fi mobile apps, Direct Mode enables consumers to bring together the imaging quality of a digital camera and the connectivity of a smartphone or tablet in an unprecedented way. This innovative solution wirelessly connects the camera to the mobile device to provide a seamless experience between the moment a memory is captured and when consumers want to browse, edit, save and share their memories.
“For anyone who has ever had to choose between taking great images with their digital camera and theinstant gratification of sharing with a smartphone, Direct Mode is the answer,” said Jef Holove, CEO of Eye-Fi. “New technology in the card combined with a free Eye-Fi app on a mobile device means consumers no longer have to compromise between rich, lifelike memories and saving or sharing those memories from anywhere.”
With Direct Mode, photos taken with your digital camera can immediately be sent to your smartphone or tablet. They can be viewed, used with myriad apps on the device, or uploaded and shared.
In addition, photos and videos can automatically and wirelessly be backed up and organized in the consumer’s private Eye-Fi View account. From there, they are accessible for viewing and sharing from any Internet connected device – regardless of which camera they were taken with.
“We have a diversity of devices we use for different purposes,” continued Holove. “Digital cameras are just plain better at taking photos and videos, especially when lighting, action, or zoom distance affect the shot. But, there’s no doubt that the apps, touch interface and always-connected nature of mobile devices are compelling. With this new technology, we are bridging the gap between the camera and mobile, bringing the best of all the devices that we own to the capture andsharing of memories.”
Eye-Fi also extends the browsing and sharing experience by providing a seamless connected imaging experience through its own ecosystem of partners – from leading digital camera makers like Canon, Nikon and Sony to 45 popular photo sharing sites like Facebook, Flickr and Picasa. The result is millions of photos and videos being effortlessly shared from cameras each month.
Direct Mode will be available as a free upgrade to all Eye-Fi X2 cards later in 2011.
To see more, Eye-Fi will be demonstrating this new capability at CES at booth #3615 in the “Living in Digital Times” section of the North Hall.
For more information, visit www.eye.fi.
Swann Security, the global leader in security monitoring solutions, proudly debuts the SportsCam™ Waterproof Mini Video Camera. Making its debut at the 2011 International CES, this mini camera / DVR combo is housed in a rugged waterproof case and comes with a myriad of mounting options so outdoor enthusiasts can live & relive their most extreme moments.
At the core of SportsCam™ is a color camera that can record 640 x 480 high resolution video or crystal clear still images. The device stores recordings on a removable MicroSD card (up to 16GB), so users can easily swap out cards while on the go. A 16GB MicroSD card will capture approximately 5 hours of video. SportsCam™ is powered by a Lithium-ion battery that recharges via USB and gives the user 2.5 hours of life per charge.
Not only is the SportsCam’s™ case shockproof, but it’s also waterproof up to 65’. Included with the device are a number of mounting options that make it an ideal solution for a variety of sports and outdoor applications. With no dials, gauges knobs or any preferences to configure, users simply turn it on, strap it on and hit record.
Included SportsCam accessories:
Velcro™ straps x 3
Cord, arm & head straps
Waterproof pin clip & case clip
Velcro™ for bracket
Mounting screws x 2
Swann’s SportsCam™ will be unveiled at CES 2011 at Swann’s booth #8660 in Central Hall. SportsCam™ has a MSRP of $99 and will be available for purchase in February through Swann’s network of retailers.
At the first sign of warm weather, men and women alike rush to rid themselves of their bulky winter layers in favor of spring’s lighter and airier clothing and accessories. However, according to spring 2011 trend reports, this tendency won’t be extending to totes, duffles and bags. In fact, as more individuals carry their smartphones, iPads, netbooks, cameras and other technology everywhere they go, carry-all bags are likely to become a trend that’s here to stay. To meet such demands, jill-e Designs carries a wide array of must-have fashion accessory and travel items for both men and women.
According to a recent Fashion Week Finale Accessories Report published by “The New York Times Style Magazine,” stylish additions to the spring 2011 trend list include “generously sized bags” or “a canvas tote” to store all their must-have electronics, business documents and travel items.
Long before Fashion Week rendered its spring 2011 trend predictions, jill-e Designs was already changing how modern, on-the-go people think about the role and possibilities of their carry-all bag. With its chic line of backpacks, sailcloth messenger bags, and rolling duffles, the company has transformed what was once thought of as an unattractive, bulky necessity into a stylish must-have fashion accessory for today’s active, on-the-go woman.
What’s more, the jill-e Designs collection includes plenty of stylish offerings for men. Gone are the days where carrying a bag was considered a masculine taboo. In fact, AskMen.com recently listed six bags for men that “are both fashionable and appropriate to lug around.” Those man-approved styles include the messenger bag, the camera bag and the travel bag. And it just so happens that these are the exact styles jill-e has introduced with its latest Jack line of bags for men. Made with rich Columbian leather, these sharp and resourceful bags are high on both style and function.
Interested buyers or media who would like a hands-on demonstration of jill-e’s spring 2011 iPad, laptop, camera and carry-all bag collection can stop by the company’s showcase at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) (http://www.cesweb.org/) in Las Vegas. The exhibition is slated for January 6–9, 2011 in the North Hall, New Product Marketplace, where jill-e will be located at booth #1035B.
Verizon Wireless, the company with the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless 3G network, and ZTE USA, Inc., introduce the Verizon Wireless Salute™. Available today, the lightweight, slim slider phone offers up to 240 minutes of talk time and up to 220 hours of standby time on a single charge. It is a reliable handset with the most important features customers need in a single device, including a 1.3-megapixel camera, speakerphone and Bluetooth® headset support.
· Stylish slider design
· Large 2.4-inch screen
· 1.3-megapixel camera
· Mobile Web capable
· Messaging options include: text, picture and voice messaging; Mobile Email; Mobile Web Email; and Chat capable
· Bilingual interface: English/Español
· Micro USB 2.0 compatible
· Bluetooth® technology with support for the following Bluetooth profiles: headset, hands-free, phonebook access, and object push for vCard and vCalendar
· Media Center provides access to downloadable games, ringtones, wallpapers, location-based services and more
· Social Beat application – offers a single point for accessing social networking sites, allowing customers to stay connected to Facebook®, Twitter™ and MySpace®, plus more than 50 news, sports and entertainment feeds
· Backup AssistantSM application – saves and updates a copy of the phone’s address book to a secure website
· VZ Navigator® capabilities for customers to receive audible turn-by-turn directions to millions of points of interest and share the directions with others
· Preloaded with Bing Search
Price and availability:
· The Salute is available today at www.verizonwireless.com and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores for $19.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
· For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
JVC announced the availability of a new high definition Everio camera with built-in Bluetooth® wireless technology, allowing the camera to work with a variety of other wireless devices. In addition, the new Everio GZ-HM550 features a 10.6 megapixel CMOS sensor for recording high quality Full HD video and nine megapixel digital stills to its internal 32GB flash memory. An SD/SDHC card slot provides the camera with additional storage.
Among the capabilities the camera’s Bluetooth technology offers is control of the camera using a smartphone, geo-tagging of videos and stills and use with a compatible Bluetooth headset.
With the installation of a supplied application, a Bluetooth-equipped smartphone can be used to control the camera remotely, allowing record, zoom and play operations. Use the camera with a GPS device to record location data of where movie and still files were recorded. The data synchronizes with Google Earth™ when viewing the file on a PC using the bundled Everio MediaBrowser software. The camera can also be used with a Bluetooth-equipped headset to monitor the recorded sound or for voice recording.
Aside from offering built-in Bluetooth wireless technology, the GZ-HM550 provides all the quality and convenience features to appeal to consumers who are looking for a high-performance camera in a compact package. Its 10.62 megapixel Back-illuminated CMOS sensor enables shooting of 1920 x 1080 Full HD videos and real nine megapixel digital stills. The KONICA MINOLTA HD LENS is currently one of the world’s smallest and slimmest HD lenses, and offers 16x dynamic zoom without any degradation of picture quality. All this is further supported by new technologies that ramp-up basic image quality, including Super LoLux and Advanced Image Stabilizer. Super LoLux improves low-light sensitivity to capture clear images with precise colors even in low-light environments. The GZ-HM500 is also equipped with both an LED light and a flash for shooting in dark situations. Advanced Image Stabilizer ensures steady images even while walking, and is especially effective when shooting bright scenes from full wide to 5x zoom.
Recorded content is stored on the internal 32GB flash memory, with an SD/SDHC card slot to provide additional storage. And like many other models in the new Everio lineup, the GZ-HM550 offers new advanced shooting functions like time lapse recording and Auto Recording. Time-lapse recording makes it easy to create a sophisticated effect — simply set the camera to record in intervals ranging from one to 80 seconds. When played back, hours-long segments will be reduced to mere seconds. With Auto Record, recording automatically begins when a person enters the picture — a convenient solution for home surveillance, recording wildlife, and more. Also Motor Drive Shooting (nine megapixel stills up to 15fps) and Ultra-Slow Motion Playback by high speed recording (up to 600fps) are available.
Digital files created can be easily shared in a variety of popular formats with the enhanced Everio MediaBrowser software for Windows®, which now provides automatic conversion of HD videos for immediate sharing on YouTube™ at HD or SD resolution. Files also can be directly exported to iTunes® and synced with an iPod® or iPhone®, or burned to DVD, all with just a few mouse clicks using the same Everio MediaBrowser application.
To make it easier for the user to find and play any desired scene, the GZ-HM550 offers Face Flow Thumbnail, a feature that displays thumbnails from a particular section of a video by automatically selecting and zooming into human faces. And to make shooting and carrying easier, the camera has a redesigned grip belt that works in two ways — as a conventional handle-style grip when both ends are snapped in place or as a strap when one end of the belt is released.
The JVC GZ-HM550 Bluetooth enabled camera is available now for $799.95.
M-ROCK Camera Bags Corp is pleased to introduce the Milan 661 and Paris 662 compact electronic pouches.
The Milan 661 holds point n’shoot cameras, cell phones, MP3 players and other compact electronics up to 1 inch deep and the Paris 662 offers a little extra room for slightly larger items. Both pouches provide stream-line and scratch free storage of your electronic item and are perfect for carrying in a purse or shirt pocket, with a fashionable appearance for a night out on the town.
The Milan 661 and Paris 662 come in glittery gold, silver or plain black and include soft scratch free lining, draw string and lock for secure closure.
The m.s.r.p. is $15.00 for the Milan 661 and $16.00 for the Paris 662. Both are available at http://www.m-rock.com and shortly at photographic retailers across the country.
After playing around with this for a while, I was impressed with the output. I inputted all my features, slid my importance, and to my delight, it recommended I should get a Nikon D300. Thankfully, I bought it in March.
Give Mology a shot when looking for your next camera. I think you’ll be surprised how much better, and less annoying, it is than the kid a Best Buy.
We know our resident DDS reader Dr. Andrew Fletcher (a.k.a. theMangoTimes man) will be loving this. Press release, please…
MacPractice, Inc., developer of MacPractice DDS, and National Dental, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high quality, easy to use intraoral cameras for dentistry, announce the release of the first direct-to-USB intraoral camera solution for the MAC with foot pedal option, comprised of the top selling DocPort Macro Intraoral Camera and MacPractice DR (Digital Radiography/Photo) software.
The new DocPortMacro-U for the MAC delivers exceptionally high image quality with a unique easy to use no focus design that incorporates a patent-pending one touch Macro close up feature enabling the user to quickly zoom in on problem areas in the mouth such as fractures and margins with ease and diagnostic clarity. The ergonomic handpiece design and automatic on/off feature ensure that the camera is always ready to use and easy to manipulate in the patient’s mouth.
National Dental’s 15 years of experience in intraoral cameras has culminated in the development of a product that is unmatched in the industry in all aspects including ease of use, diagnostic quality and system compatibility. With the new release of the Macintosh drivers, MacPractice owners now have the ability to add high quality intraoral images via USB to their operatories.
“National Dental is pleased to be working closely with MacPractice on the release of the newest member of our DocPortMacro line of Cameras, and we believe that our new camera is the perfect fit for Mac lovers that have become accustom to having quality and ease of use….DocPortMacro and the MAC are a perfect fit.,” commented Neil Magneson, President of National Dental Inc.
Dentists are encouraged to view QuickTime demonstration movies of MacPractice DR and MacPractice DDS after registering at MacPractice.com.
2100 doctors’ offices have chosen MacPractice to provide their practice management software and technical support. MacPractice, Inc. also supports the use of DentalMac, MediMac, and ChiroMac for several hundred offices.
Have you noticed the built-in camera lens on the iPhone doesn’t really bring in those far away scenes very well? Well, if you’re adventurous, then you may want to try out the Flexii Telescope-snap zoom lens from Vavolo. This lens will bring objects in your iPhone’s camera viewer up to six times (6x) closer! While Vavolo’s description suggests you can now get a snap of your favorite rock star on stage from way back away from the stage, we do think this will help get a tighter shot in more realistic settings such your kids playing at the park on those fun bridges and slides.
Vavolo’s site continues to tell us that the Flexii will, “Incorporate a new design to allow ray effectively avoid the contortion of image, and makes the super wide angle, the larger luminous flux, the higher visual acuteness, good for color reduction, which makes the high quality of photography. ” That’s a direct quote and we think it means it’ll improve your image, too.
At $19.99 plus $6 shipping, it may not be too costly to be, well, adventurous like we first stated. Who knows, it may very well at least work as a zoom lens and that could be cool all in itself. Plus, imagine all the conversations you’ll get into when people see this thing on your iPhone.