Archives for October 9, 2011

Rollei flexes its tripod

The Flexipod 300 from Rollei has the size and stability suitable for SLR cameras, and an adapter for smartphones. “This three-legged creature is especially suited to use with compact and SLR cameras or even mini camcorders,” the company says.

The rubber feet adapt to practically any surface, Rollei adds, which means “laborious tripod alignment is not necessary. Thanks to its rubber tripod, which can be bent and rotated 360 degrees, this flexible all-rounder can even be mounted on a door handle. A mini spirit level is can align the tripod.

The Flexipod is approximately $54.

More information is here.


onOne updates Photo Essentials for Photoshop Elements

onOne Software is offering a new version of its Photo Essentials for Adobe Photoshop Elements.

onOne provides a comparative view.

The $70 collection of five tools helps users correct color, remove and replace backgrounds, add photographic effects, add frames, edges and borders, and enlarge photos. With a “patented process of side-by-side comparisons,” the company says, “new technology corrects brightness and contrast instantly, bringing all detail to life, even in images that initially seem too dark.”

onOne says its mission “has always been to offer photographers of all skill levels easy-to-use tools to make their images the best that they can be. In addition to the new features added to Frame It and Enlarge It, this update to Photo Essentials 4 brings significant improvements to the most popular module, Make it Cool, that include 50 new one-click effects and new brushes that easily allow photographers to make their images look amazing.”

More information is here.

Hot Wheels captures video

Leading toy maker Mattel say its holiday offerings include “tech-infused products that further enhance creative and imaginative play, as well as items that extend the adventure of today’s favorite entertainment properties from the screen to children’s playtime.”

Among the toys:

New race cars capture video.

• The $60 Hot Wheels Video Racer, “the first action video camera encased inside a 1:64 scale vehicle,” the company says. “Boys can capture and produce high quality footage of their driving experiences.” The cars have 12 minutes of storage and a built-in LCD screen for real-time playback. “Boys can produce action videos with preloaded music, scene transitions and special effects,” Mattel adds.

• The $70 Fisher-Price Kid-Tough See Yourself camera is designed to take the guesswork out of picture-taking, the company says, whether stills or video. “Creating a self-portrait is a whole lot easier when kids can see themselves.” The rotating lens swivels from front to back “so even preschool photographers can see just what they’re shooting.”

CoolIris enhances LiveShare social imaging ap

The new version of LiveShare for iPhone from CoolIris has a live news feed.

LiveShare will now show who is near you.

“You can now see updates from your friends, new streams you are invited to, and comments/likes on your photos from one live feed,” the company says. “You can also comment and like photos in-line without leaving your feed. This enables you to stay even more connected with your friends and never miss a thing.”

The service also adds more geo-location features, and users can explore public groups created in their vicinity. “You can share with people in the same context as you,” CoolIris  adds, “without having to be their Facebook friend or in each other’s contact lists.”

More information is here.

Google Earth downloaded more than one billion times

Google Earth — the desktop client, mobile apps and plug-ins that let you “explore the world in seconds, from Earth to Mars to the ocean floor” — has been downloaded more than one billion times since it was first introduced in 2005, Google says.

Google Earth displays satellite imagery and more.

In light of the impressive tally, the company launched  OneWorldManyStories, where it has “collected stories from people all over the world who use Google Earth to follow their dreams, discover new and distant places, or make the world a better place.”

One example: a professor who viewed the satellite imagery to “scan thousands of square kilometers in Saudi Arabia and Jordan… and discover ancient tombs and geoglyphs dating back at least 2,000 years, all without leaving his desk.”

The program was first developed by Keyhole in 2001, which was acquired by Google in 2004.

More information is here.