Archive for June 2015

Gadgets:: MindShift’s complete storage system for action cameras

By Gregg

rotation180¡ Trail 16LView More Photosrotation180¡ Trail 16LBackpack access reinventedÑMindShiftÕs patented award-winning rotation technology is available in this smaller, lighter backpack, the rotation180¡ Trail. Accessing gear has never been easier for outdoor photographers and action enthusiasts. You can hike, mountain bike, ski and birdwatch without breaking stride. No more removing a cumbersome backpack to access camera gear or trail essentials. In one swift motion, rotate the beltpack component and grab your gear without taking your eyes off of wildlife or disrupting your creative momentum. Just have fun out there.The intuitive functionality of the small yet spacious rotation180¡ Trail keeps the dayÕs necessities organized. It fits a 2 liter Camelbak or any 1.5 liter water reservoir, a light jacket and an extra layer, binoculars, compass, trail books, maps and more. This 2-in-1 bagÕs beltpack can be worn on its own for traveling light. So end the tiresome on-and-off again of other backpacks and enjoy the outdoors more with the rotation180¡ Trail.

MindShift Rotation 180-degree Trail 16L backpack

Action camera systems are designed to work in extreme conditions and the MindShift action series is produced with the same mindset.

The series includes 13 products ranging from filter pouches up to backpacks for storing your camera systems in a safe manner with easy access.

According to MindShift, they were designed with organization and ease of access in mind, and after seeing samples from the line it’s a slam dunk that they have achieved that and more.

According to the company website, “All fabric exteriors are treated with a DWR coating while fabric undersides are coated with PU for superior water resistance.” They also feature YKK zippers, 100D shadow rip–stop nylon, 200D polyester, nylon webbing, nylon cord and 3–ply bonded nylon thread.

What that means to the user is that the storage system is top-notch and able to withstand any environment.

When you see the MindShift rotation180-degree Trail 16L backpack you might think it’s big and bulky for such a small camera system, but it’s far from that.

Starting with a weight of just 2.5 pounds, the backpack features the company’s patented award-winning rotation technology. This allows you to rotate the built-in belt-pack 180-degrees from the back to the front while running, walking or even biking to grab the gear you need.

When you have what you need, rotate it back into its compartment in the bottom area of backpack.

There are also endless storage compartments, including room for a 2-liter hydration system, adjustable and padded airflow harness, adjustable side compress straps and outside tripod panel holder.

The exterior is water resistant with a durable water-repellant coating and the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. Rain covers, which fit perfectly for each backpack are available separately ($19.99).

GP Bundle - MediumImagine new shooting and outdoor adventures like never before with the MindShift GP Series. This complete case system is designed to manage all your GoPro® cameras, attachments and accessories.The MindShift GP Series includes carrying cases for single or multiple cameras and provides easy organization for all the mounts, screws and accessories needed to outfit a working GoPro system. Built with flexibility and accessibility in mind, the different size cases are available individually or as bundles offering options for single camera or multi camera users. Craft the GoPro kit that matches your own vision with a variety of convenient carrying options.

MindShift GP Mounts

Adding the GP Mounts storage case (7.1 x 7.1 x 1.2-inches, 3.5 ounces) to the backpack, makes it a complete system. The pouch stores anything from the camera to cables or even your smartphone and accessories.

It’s made with a center divider and clear front panel to see what is where.

Trust me, when ordering the GP Mounts storage case you’ll want more than one of them; they are that cool.

The rest of the line has storage solutions for batteries, cables, filters, an LCD, memory cards, mounts or any accessory you want.

www.mindshiftgear.com $179.99 for the rotation180-degree Trail 16L, $24.50 for the GP Mounts – Medium

House of Marley: Liberate™ XL and XLBT®Over-ear comfort Bluetooth® or standard premium headphones with powerful bass and stunning stainless steel detail  50mm dynamic moving coil driver with neodymium magnetStereo 3.5mm gold-plated connectors provide secure and static-free connectionsAAC and APTX Bluetooth® version available for even more premium listening experience Bluetooth® version includes detachable one-button cord with in-line mic; XL version includes in-line mic with three-button controller for hands-free calls and easy music controlSoft ear cushions with durable fabric-braided cables for tangle-free cordsFeatures FSC-certified walnut and birch wood frame with House of Marley logo for a stylish touchEnclosure, dock and trim rings made from recycled plasticFeatures exclusive REWIND™ cover made from 30% hemp, 30% organic cotton and 40% recycled plastic bottlesHeadband collapses for easy storage with included REWIND™ carry bagAvailable in Midnight and Saddle

House of Marley: Liberate XL

Part of the House of Marley mission is to built on the principles of superior quality and earth-friendliness, all in the memory of Bob Marley.

The Marley Liberate over-the-ear wired headphones (also available in Bluetooth wireless) come equipped with 50 mm dynamic moving coil driver with neodymium magnet.

If that makes your head spin, just know they sound great and look amazing.

An important feature of eye-catching over-the-head headphones is how they physically feel on your head and ears. In this case the Liberates pass the test. After a few minutes you don’t even know they are on your head.

The soft ear cushions feel great and the headband is adjustable to get the right fit. They also have a fabric-braided tangle-fee cable with an in-line mic made from recycled plastic for hands-free calling and music controls.

House of Marley: Liberate™ XL and XLBT®Over-ear comfort Bluetooth® or standard premium headphones with powerful bass and stunning stainless steel detail  50mm dynamic moving coil driver with neodymium magnetStereo 3.5mm gold-plated connectors provide secure and static-free connectionsAAC and APTX Bluetooth® version available for even more premium listening experience Bluetooth® version includes detachable one-button cord with in-line mic; XL version includes in-line mic with three-button controller for hands-free calls and easy music controlSoft ear cushions with durable fabric-braided cables for tangle-free cordsFeatures FSC-certified walnut and birch wood frame with House of Marley logo for a stylish touchEnclosure, dock and trim rings made from recycled plasticFeatures exclusive REWIND™ cover made from 30% hemp, 30% organic cotton and 40% recycled plastic bottlesHeadband collapses for easy storage with included REWIND™ carry bagAvailable in Midnight and Saddle

House of Marley: Liberate XL 

The exterior of the headband is made with recycled aluminum and folds up in a compact design when not in use.

An included fabric carrying bag and the inside of the headband are composed of reclaimed hemp, organic cotton and recycled plastic bottles according to information on the packaging.

www.thehouseofmarley.com $99 for the wired, $149 for the Bluetooth wireless

Gadgets:: Control electric devices with the Satechi IQ Plug

By Gregg Ellman :: #greggellman @greggellman

IQ Plug 1The Satechi IQ Plug is so smart, it can control any device plugged into it. It also shows you how much power is being consumed and even has a weekly programmable schedule for turning a device such as a light, on and off.

Download the free app (Google Play and the Apple App store) and then connect your smartphone with the plug via Bluetooth 4.0; pairing the device takes just a few seconds.

Once the app is running, plug the IQ Plug into a standard AC power outlet (100-120V) and then plug your device into the IQ Plug. Now you can turn your device on and off from anywhere in your home using your smartphone.

What I liked was it replaced an old timer on my wall. It took seconds to program a weekly schedule for the IQ Plug and now it’s smarter than me, or at least a fifth grader.

IQ Plug 2You can use it for lights and other electronics like a coffee maker – program it to make the first cup of the day and also to set a shutoff time so you know it’s turned off when you leave for work.

Another feature lets it measure how much of a power-consumption hog your device is by reading simple charts within the app. Power can be compared in charts for daily, weekly, or monthly energy consumption.

Remember, this is Bluetooth enabled, not Wi-Fi. With the Bluetooth it will be good for using almost anywhere in your home.

www.satechi.net $29.99

PetCube 2If you have a pet, then you have to get the Petcube.

The 4-inch cube shaped device is a video camera so you can check up on your little fluffy friend any time of the day, from just about anywhere.

Features of the interactive Wi-Fi pet monitor allow you to watch your dog or cat live on most smartphones or tablets. A free app is available in the Apple App store and Google play store.

If the video isn’t enough, you can talk to your pet and even play laser games.

The camera is housed in an aluminum housing, records 720p HD video for streaming (no internal memory to record) and has a 138-degree field of view.

PetCube 1There’s also a microphone and speaker built-in for having a 2-way audio connection.

For the setup, you download the app, connect the Petcube to your home Wi-Fi network and register in the app.

I tried it out with my dog and it was nothing short of breath-taking watching my dog sleep for a few hours.

A new feature to PetCube lets you also connect to your pet with the Apple Watch.

www.petecube.com $169

PhiatonThe Phiaton MS 100 BA sound-isolating earbuds were described to me as versatile earphones, which use balanced-armature technology to provide warmth and detail in sound without cutting back on bass.

They sound great especially for the crowd of earbuds in the $100 price point.

They are built with a stylish aluminum body and double-injection ear tips. Extra ear tips are included to get the right fit (XS, S, M, and L).

Internally each ear tip contains a high-quality balanced armature driver with a frequency range of 10 Hz to 27 kHz.

The sound isolating technology is from a Phiaton feature, which prevents sound leakage to make sure the sound you get in your ears does not include sounds from ambient background noise

There’s also an in-line remote for controlling music or cell phone calls.

www.Phiaton.com $99

Contact Gregg Ellman at greggellman@mac.com. Follow him on Twitter: @greggellman