Gadgets as gifts are truly great to give and to get but how do you select just the right one from the wave of offerings out there? The truth is it’s tough. So here’s a selection of just a few to give you some last-minute food for thought and help you wade through the sea of gadgetry for this holiday season.
Historically, when home monitoring or engaging in your own do-it-yourself security, the ability to see and possibly hear what was going on was good enough. For the most part, video quality suffered with the trade-off for low bandwidth.
About two and a half years ago I had the opportunity to test-drive Sharp’s 46” Aquos Quattron and gave a review here at Canoe Tech blog. Remember the commercial featuring George Takei (Mr. Sulu from Star Trek) in his white lab coat? At that time 46″ was still considered reasonably large and I really wanted to see whether that one little yellow pixel would really make a difference. Fast-forward to today and Sharp Aquos Quattron has taken a leap forward. Not only have screens increased up to 90”, they’ve also become a lot smarter in the 6, 7 & 8-series models.
As far as I can remember, major theatrical releases first went out to the big screen and the high-priced popcorn-eating crowd. Then, they eventually were pressed to DVD and or Blu-ray disc, for purchase or rental as well as through video on demand, iTunes and then perhaps Netflix and other on-line services. However, for Gosling’s latest flick, this is not the case.
Swann, a company known for providing security monitoring solutions has gone beyond just using cameras for surveillance. They’ve just released Bolt HD, a new high-definition camera that’s both waterproof and wearable, making it ideal for shooting video whether you’re skydiving, motocross racing, surfing, scuba diving or just running in the rain.