Tuesday, September 30, 2014

GoPro Hero 4

So we all know that HERO3+ is quite nearly the mother of all cameras – no news there, just a little reminder that GoPro still holds the top place on the list of premium camera gear despite all the innovative designs and tech solutions that keep popping out every now and again in an attempt to parry the equipment sold by the world-famous corporation. And now they will certainly have to up their efforts if they still want to stay in the game – rumor has it that the company is about to reveal their next generation of personal cameras, HERO4. According to a recent thread on Reddit accompanies by photos that seem pretty legitimate, GoPro is preparing to launch their new product with a handful of improved features, some function upgrades and revamped design. So if you’re interested in HERO4, here’s the info that has leaked so far.

According to the Reddit thread, HERO4 will be available in two different versions, the Black and Silver model. Thanks to its dual A9 ARM Core ® CortexTM-A9 processor 1GHz with FPU accelerator, HERO4 Black powerhouse action camera will reportedly be able of capturing 1440p videos at 80fps, 1080p footage at 120fps and 960p clips at 120fps, as well as 2.7K at 50fps. (Unfortunately, HERO4 seems to lack 240fps capacities but with other advanced camera upgrades, you won’t even notice the difference.) On top of these, there’s another handy option likely to become popular in no time at all, especially with the growing 4K video and display trends worldwide – according to info leaks, HERO4 will feature full-motion 4K video capture capabilities at up to 30fps, which is twice the rate found in the previous camera model (HERO3+ can capture 4K footage at 15 fps) and outputs extremely high-quality footage that can be used for a range of new applications.
Also, Black will probably sport better image quality with twice as powerful processor as the one found in HERO3+, topped by an improved audio capture with double the HERO3+ dynamic range. When shooting in photo mode, HERO4 will be able to capture 12 megapixel stills at 30 frames per second through the front ultra-wide angle glass lens, and you will be able to record your images in three different field-of-view settings, i.e. Ultra Wide, Medium and Narrow. Plus, you will also have the option to manually control the settings for both photo and video modes and adjust color, ISO limit, exposure and other options. Reportedly waterproof down to 131 feet (40 meters), HERO4 Black will also pack a bunch of other useful features, such as 13-megapixel photo sensor, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, nighttime shooting exposure settings, a “HiLight Tag” feature to mark key video moments, a QuikCapture option to power up and record footage with a one-button press, Multi-Exposure, electronic image stabilization, HDR WDR tone mapping, and an improved MCTF, as well as auto low-light capacities.

The other HERO4 model, the Silver edition, will not feature 4K video capture capabilities but it will be the first GoPro camera with a built-in touch display on the back, allowing you to control the camera and view image and video content by a simple tap and swipe of the LCD screen. Footage-wise, HERO4 Silver will record 4K videos at 15fps, 2.7K footage at 30fps, 1440p at 48fps, 1080p at 60fps, 960p at 100fps, and 720p clips at 120fps. When it comes to other specs, the Silver will match Black with 12 megapixel still capture capabilities at 30 frames per second, as well as the waterproof design, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, HiLight Tag and QuikCapture features.

As for the camera size and accessories, both HERO4 models will be approximately the same size as the HERO3+ and earlier editions for full compatibility with all GoPro mounts and other extras. The producer should reportedly offer a removable battery pack for extra juice on the go, a separate grip to keep HERO4 afloat, as well as matte black finish blackout housing for stealthy shooting, a wearable waterproof remote control and a dual battery charger to reduce the GoPro battery recharge time.

Of course, this is all still just at buzz-level – but given that the company released all its previous camera models in fall, we may yet see HERO4 hit the market before long. The official announcement date for HERO4 Black and Silver is expected on October 8, with first shipments starting soon thereon so stay tuned if you want to grab your new GoPro gear as soon as it arrives.

Nike Skylon Ace Sunglasses

Nike is no longer only about sportswear. The company has branched out into quite a few different retail segments which now include eyewear and, just as expected, they are successful at that too. Nike has very hip sunglasses out now, perfect for all you active, outdoorsy, fun-loving people out there. They are called Nike Skylon Ace and are a kind of glasses that adapt to virtually any light conditions, fulfilling almost all of your visual demands.
Nike Skylon Ace have interchangeable lenses, a light frame design, a secure-wrap temple arms with rubber tips for stability and comfort, and a ventilated nose bridge. Apart from being ideal for any kind of outdoor activity (golf, tennis, jogging), these are also great for motorcycle reading. Skylon Ace will not only give you superior vision, but will also fully protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. Another great feature of these sunglasses is that they have very low distortion across the lens curve.

Skylon Ace sunglasses also have a very good symmetry, provide great high definition and they sit comfortably on the face. They come in a microfiber pouch and are covered by one-year warranty. These sunglasses are soft and firm at the same time, quite durable, and, hey, as superficial as it may sound, you will look pretty well with them.

Get it from Amazon here: Nike Skylon Ace E Sunglasses

Porsche Design JewelBag & Agnodice

“ZenTech” is the motto of the Porsche Design fashion collection for Spring/Summer 2015. The ready-to-wear collection for women and men was presented at the Spring | Summer 2015 runway show at the New York Fashion Week. As part of the show, Porsche Design also presented two special highlights for your look! The JewelBag – subtle elegance for a stylish appearance. This soft calfskin bag will delight customers with the outstanding quality of the material, its first-class design and unique details. With its gold or silver-coloured chain, you can carry the bag on your shoulder, diagonally across your body or in your hand. The exquisite, bejewelled clasp gives the bag an air of refinement.

Agnodice – a new model of women’s handbags, which supplements the two iconic TwinBag and CosmoBag models. This exclusive showpiece will be initially available in classic black. In the future, customers will also be able to personalise this puristic women’s bag, choosing from a wide range of leathers and a number of different metal fittings. The classic black version of the Agnodice will be available from mid-November 2014 in Porsche Design Online Shop and in Porsche Design Stores.

Gresso Protective Case for iPhone 6

Gresso – one of the world’s leading luxury smartphone and fashion accessories manufacturers, is currently in the process of patenting its solution to the iPhone 6’s bending problem. The Gresso Case features innovative design and protection unparalelled in the industry. Due to the Case’s patented magnetic lock system, no assembly is required, allowing for easy and convenient use. Gresso’s engineers have reinforced the Case’s construction. The results show that the amount of force needed to deform the device was increased from 70 lbs to 300 lbs.

The Case’s durable front frame and 2mm back panel are made from CNC machined aluminum, and is highly resistant to stress, compression and bending.
The Gresso Case features a minimalist design that fits and complements the original design of the iPhone 6. Decorative engraved lines and the Gresso logo are featured prominantly on the back panel.
Currently, the Gresso Case is being packaged for mass distribution. The protective Case for iPhone 6 will be available for purchase October 2014. The Case can be ordered through the Company’s official North American distributors, D&H and TechData, or online at official store.

New Apple’s Spaceship HQ will be the Greenest Building on the Planet

Apple is building giant new ring-shaped campus for its headquarters in Cupertino, California. Its design and overall futuristic qualities have inspired the nickname “the Spaceship campus.” Although construction on the campus (actual name Campus 2) has barely begun, Tim Cook says new Apple ‘Spaceship’ HQ will be the greenest building on the planet.

“We’re building a new headquarters that will, I think, be the greenest building on the planet. It’ll be a center for innovation, and it’s something clearly our employees want and we want,” Cook said.
The under-construction building will be a “net-zero-facility”, which means it will produce its own energy to power its premises “using 700,000 square feet of solar panels, creating 8 megawatts of power”, according to CBS Local.

The campus will rely on natural ventilation instead of temperature control during 75 percent of the year. Apple will also be installing more than 300 electric vehicle charging stations on the campus and planting more than 7,000 trees on the grounds.

Even the glass used in the windows will be special, made in a curved form by a German company that had to double its factory capacity to finish the project, which will require 6 square kilometers of glass.

Opening of the Cupertino facility has been delayed by almost two years, and the cost has increased from an initial $3 billion to the estimated $5 billion since Steve Jobs announced it at what would be his last public appearance, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

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