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Picbot: an automated, motorized picture and video bot

I ordered a Picbot for myself and thought you’d be interested in finding out about them too. The details are below. It’s a fun little gadget that should make smartphone video and photography easier and also a little more professional-looking. I for one am looking forward to recording video using the facial tracking feature.

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The Picbot was created to help you bring your smartphone photography and videography to the next level. The advancement of the photography hardware on smartphones has steadily been improved from picture quality to control of the shutters. The Picbot will help you utilize these improvements by capturing the moment. It will be used as an alternative to selfie sticks and other mainstream products for the smartphone recording landscape.

Picbot is a motorized mount that is controlled by the software when connected to Picbot’s App on a smartphone. This allows you to access many great functions to create using your smartphones camera.

Picbot is a solution to creating steady timelapse. The Auto Tracking and Facial Tracking technology eliminates the need to be static when recording videos which brings a new dimension while being hands-free. The interaction is more natural when engaging with the smartphones when recording. There is no need for a camera controller, just yourself and what you are trying to create.

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Self Rotating Facial Tracking – The Picbot Rotates To Center The Subject In Frame While Video Recording Or Taking Photos

Picbot will center the frame on the subject. You can track up to three faces at the same time. Then will automatically take photos or videos.

With Video, the Picbot will track and adjust to center the frame on a moving subject while live filming and can rotate a track a full 360 degrees.

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Capture The Perfect Panorama

After centering the frame, the Picbot will automatically initiate the panorama photo sequence. Capture your surroundings just by setting up the Picbot and jumping into frame. The Picbot does the rest.

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Automated Motor – Capable Of Full Rotation In Either Direction

The Picbot can continuously rotate 360 degrees in either direction. With smooth rotation, you can use automated or manual settings to capture in all directions with steady recordings.

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Use Your Mobile Phones To Create Gorgeous Timelapses

Use the Picbot to create timelapse using preset options or adjusted settings. Set the type of scenery, timing, and degree of rotation.

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Still Motion Capture – When In Frame, Hold Pose and Picbot Will Automatically Countdown For Your Snapshot

When the subject is in frame and still, the Picbot will automatically initiate a countdown timer to snap the photo or start a video. Capturing self and group photos while being in frame could never be easier. Without setting the timer, just jump into frame and pose, the Picbot helps snap away!

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1/4 Inch Thread Standard Mount For Tripods and Stands

Attach your Picbot to standard 1/4″ mounts, adapters or stands.

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Bluetooth Controller

Pair the included bluetooth controller when you want to take manual control instead of the automated settings. You can spin, adjust the zoom, initiate video and photos with the controller.

Edit Your Pictures with Built In Filters and Features

Enhance your photos without ever leaving the app adding your own personal touch.

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iOgrapher filmmaking gear

iOgrapher makes affordable and useful cases and lenses for mobile filmmaking. They’re purpose-built for all iPad and iPhone models, making it easy to create handheld videos for your projects. I have one for my iPad Air and I love it.

Here is their case line-up:

And here is their lens line-up:

All their cases have a tripod mount on the bottom and two or three light or microphone mounts on top. I promise you’ll have fun using their stuff, so what are you waiting for? Go get yourself a case!

Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker

I’ve had the original Bose SoundDock for several years and I love it. Also love the Bose customer service. When I called them after I lost a dock adapter, they sent me one for free. This is why I know the new SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker is great: it’s a great product from a great company which takes care of its customers. It comes in three finishes: nylon, leather and special edition.

You’ve got your music on your phone, and you’re ready to play. Enjoy deeper, more powerful sound than you thought possible from a speaker this small. The SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile speaker II works wirelessly with Apple, Android and BlackBerry devices, or your tablet or laptop – and goes wherever you do for music when you want, where you want.

Buy it here: Bose® SoundLink® Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II – Nylon

If you want an even smaller Bluetooth speaker, Bose has the SoundLink Mini.

Enjoy better sound on the go, everywhere you go, with the Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker. It delivers full, natural sound from an ultra-compact speaker that fits in the palm of your hand. The speaker connects wirelessly to your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth device. A lithium-ion battery gives you hours of unplugged play time. And the included charging cradle keeps the speaker fully charged while serving as its convenient home base. The SoundLink Mini speaker is engineered with a solid, aluminum housing and skid-proof rubber bottom, so it can stand up to everyday use. Take your music, videos and games places they’ve never been before.

Buy it here: Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker

If you have the original Bose SoundDock, then you can still use it via Bluetooth. All you need is a small Bluetooth adaptor from CableJive, called the dockBoss air.

SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive

This is pretty cool. SanDisk’s come up with a wireless flash drive for smartphones, tablets and computers. If you’re always filling up your smartphone’s or tablet’s storage and need space for more media or other files, then this definitely fits the bill. We all know we can’t just plug an external drive into an iPhone or iPad and get instant storage, but with this little gadget, that’s exactly what happens, wirelessly. It comes in two sizes, 16GB and 32GB. (The price displayed below is for the 32GB model.)

  • Wirelessly store, share, stream movies, photos, music, and documents across your smartphones, tablets and computers
  • Simultaneously connect & access data stored on up to 8 devices via Wi-Fi
  • No internet connection, cables or router required, works on all Wi-Fi enabled devices
  • Up to 4 hours of video streaming on a single charge
  • Access with free app, compatible with iOS 5.0 or later, Android 2.3 or later and Kindle devices
  • Access with internet browser, compatible with all Wi-Fi enabled devices
  • Charging and accessing with USB 2.0 connection interface or higher
  • Optional Wi-Fi password protection and 128-bit AES encryption

Buy it here: SanDisk Connect 32GB Wireless Flash Drive (SDWS2-032G-E57)

PowerEx MH-C9000 WizardOne Battery Charger-Analyzer

I’ve been using this advanced battery charger-analyzer for over a year and I love it. You can read my in-depth notes about it here and also see a video where I use it.

The MH-C9000 WizardOne Battery Charger & Analyzer is suitable for the casual consumer users, enthusiast and professionals. The WizardOne is capable of charging, conditioning, analyzing, cycling, forming and discharging one to four AA or AAA batteries, all while digitally displaying the battery capacity and voltage. All four slots can be operated independently in different modes and settings. Those seeing the unit for the first time will be struck by its large LCD screen, backlit by ultra-bright white LEDs. Measuring over 3.5″ by 1.5″, the display is more than three times larger than its closest competition and shows a wealth of information that is easy to read. In addition to the standard charging, conditioning and discharging, the WizardOne charger-analyzer also offers two unusual operations modes. The “Break-In” mode allows the user to input the capacity of the battery and performs a “forming” charge designed to properly break-in new batteries. The “Cycle” mode allows user to charge and discharge batteries consecutively while storing the capacity for up to 15 cycles. There are ten selectable charging and discharging current from 0.2A to 2.0A and 0.1A to 1.0A respectively. The charger also features four independent temperature sensors using Maha’s latest temperature rise detection algorithm in addition to the usual peak temperature detection. It also armed with additional patented termination algorithms found in other Maha chargers. The unit can be operated in a “basic” and “advanced” mode. In the basic mode, the user merely needs to insert the batteries with no further key press. The charger will select the appropriate settings automatically, making it suitable for the casual users.

Buy it here: PowerEx MH-C9000 WizardOne Charger-Analyzer