Spotlight: Dainese D-air Misano 1000, SteadXP, Sony Alpha 7S Il and Toshiba Satellite Click 10 all feature this week
Attention tech enthusiasts! Here are some drool-worthy technologies that will be available in the market soon.
Dainese D-air Misano 1000
Aimed at motorcyclists, the D-air Misano 1000 is a jacket that enhances safety with a built-in patented airbag. The leather jacket has six built-in sensors that examine the rider's body 800 times a second -this tech allows the airbag to deploy in milliseconds in case of an accident. Apart from the airbag, the jacket has back & chest protectors to protect the collar bone plus aluminum inserts on each shoulder. An LED indicator on the right arm of the jacket displays the status of the airbag system and there's an onoff button to enable it when you go on a ride. This kind of active safety doesn't come cheap though. The jacket is priced at about US$1,700 and will be available for purchase from November onwards.To order one or find out more, head to the company website http:www.dainese.com.
Image stabilisation and hyperlapse are features that are typically not available on all cameras.SteadXP is a new plug and play accessory that adds 3-axis stabilization to any digital camera video recording (including GoPro and DSLRs). The box has built-in accelerometer and gyroscope that automatically records your camera movement. This data is then used to compensate for movements in the post processing SteadXP software to deliver a stabilized video. There are two variants of the device: SteadXP for action cameras (connects via the expansion port on your GoPro) or the SteadXP+ that connects via AV outHDMI port on standard digital cameras and DSLRs. It has a microSD slot and USB connectivity and can also be mounted on the standard hotshoe on cameras. You can pre-book one on Kickstarter for about US$225 and estimated delivery is from January 2016 onwards.
Sony Alpha 7S Il
Priced at US$3,000, this new professional-grade camera from Sony has the ability to record 4k video internally with full pixel readouts (more details, higher image clarity, less moiré). It's also the first cam era from Sony that can record full HD videos at 120fps. It boasts of a 12MP full frame sensor, ISO up to 4,09,600, 169 focus points and an in-camera 5-axis image stabilisation system. You also get a 3-inch LCD display, electronic viewfinder with 100% coverage, micro HDMI port, microphone, headphone port and a multi-interface shoe for external flash. It weighs 627 grams, is environmentally sealed for protection against dust and water and uses the Sony E lens mount. Other features include built-in WiFi and NFC, a mono speaker, SD card slot, a memory stick duo slot and RAW photo support.
Toshiba Satellite Click 10
This is Toshiba's budget Windows 10 hybrid notebook and it costs just US$349. The screen holds all the hardware and weighs 550 grams -the total weight goes up to 1kg when you dock it with the keyboard. For the price, you get a 10 inch multi-touch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, microSD slot, micro HDMI output port and stereo speakers. Hardware includes an Intel Atom X5 processor, 2GB RAM, the option of 3264GB SSD storage and a 2-cell bat tery. It runs Windows 10 Home edition and features dual cameras (8MP rear, 2MP front), WiFi, Bluetooth and Dolby Digital Plus audio. The key board dock adds a touchpad and dual (full size) USB 2.0 ports.
The makers of HiddenHUB claim that it is the first smart speaker in the world. The 'smart' comes from the auto-adjust feature: it automatically adapts the output according to the shape of your room for an immersive experience. It's a wireless speaker that works via Bluetooth, AirPlay or DLNA and even has the option to create its own WiFi audio streaming network for multi-room audio. The border around the speaker body is a touch sensitive area -you can use it to adjust volume, control music playback as well as adjust the brightness of the accent lights of the speaker. It looks stylish, has four built in drivers and a subwoofer -all encased in fiber-reinforced polymer endoskeleton. It also supports music playback from Internet services like Apple Music, Rdio, Google Play, Soundcloud & YouTube. It has a 12 hour battery life and comes with a protective carry case. You can book one on Kickstarter for US$359 with estimated delivery in March 2016.