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Geek builds camera rig to see himself in third person

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cameras | Posted: Dec 27, 2010 7:00 pm

This is a really kooky project that a guy has cobbled together DIY style. I am not sure why you would want to be able to see yourself in third person other than because it would allow you to see if your butt looks fat in your favorite jeans. I am not a third person fan in shooters; much less in real life but this strange project is sort of cool.

 

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A guy gong by BigRedRocket on Instructables has used a backpack, a cheap digital camera, video goggles of some sort, and some PVC pipe to build a wearable camera that shows the user and what the user sees for above and a bit behind them as they move. The builder says that you can use any digital camera that will send live video out including some camcorders.

 

The finished product looks really weird and I think that some folks might thing you are up to no good if you build one and then try it out. It looks like something a mad bomber would use in a movie to torment a victim. I think I would just go with one of the action cameras on the market made for filming people on hikes or biking rather than wearing this.

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Nikon Patent app details lens with both manual and automatic zoom

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 27, 2010 6:04 pm

Over the last few years, the ability to record HD video on a DSLR has gone from non-existent to a very common feature. The video quality DSLR cameras are capable of mean that a lot of video pros are using the cameras to record video. Many of those people are finding that it's hard to make smooth zoom transitions using the manual zoom lenses on most DSLR cameras.

 

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Nikon filed a patent applicant back on June 3 2009 that surfaced last week that outlines a cool new lens that videographers and still shooters will really like for their DSLR cameras. The lens has a method to allow for manual focus and to allow for automatic focus on one lens. The automatic zoom would be used for smoothly zooming in on the subject when making video.

 

The manual focus option could be used when taking still photos where speed is more important than zooming smoothly. The lens would be controlled manually by twisting the lens like any DSLR user is familiar with and by hitting a button on the back of the camera body for automatic zoom. At this time, there is no word on when the lens will surface for people to purchase.

LG set to launch 72-inch full LED backlit 3D TV at CES

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 27, 2010 5:06 pm

Next week marks the start of that wondrous time of year known as CES where all things geeky and electronic take the forefront online. The number of new gadgets and offerings that will be unveiled at the show is overwhelming and we are only days from the start so some of the gear is already being talked about by the manufacturers. One of the products that LG will be showing off at CES is a new 3D TV.

 

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This is no normal 3D TV though, LG claims that the set is the world's largest full LED backlit 3D TV. The screen is a whopping 72-inches and it supports 3D content and HD resolutions as well as 2D TV. The set is called the LZ9700 and LG hasn't offer up all the specs at this time. What we do know is that the TV has a 400Hz TruMotion panel for smooth images.

 

It also has Smart TV functionality with support for TV apps and streaming of content from online providers. The TV also ships with the LG Magic Motion Remote control. The full details of the set should be made official at CES next week. LG offers no pricing information and no indication of whether the set uses passive or active 3D glasses.

Monday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Dec 27, 2010 4:18 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - December 27th, 2010

 

Systems

 

- Apple MacBook Air 11" @ tbreak

- Samsung RF510-S01 Notebook @ TechReviewSource

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3 Mini-ITX Motherboard @ OCIA

- ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 AMD 880G mATX Motherboard @ ThinkComputers

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 480 Super Over Clock @ Benchmark Reviews

- 3DMark 11 Performance @ Overclockers Club

- NEC MultiSync EX231W 23 Inch LED LCD Monitor @ Futurelooks

- AMD Radeon HD 6950 @ TechSpot

- ASUS EAH6970 2GB @ Vortez UK

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Dell lowers price of Adamo 13 and ups its geek appeal

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 27, 2010 4:02 pm

One of the coolest computers that Dell offers in my book is the thin and very cool looking Adamo 13. The thin little notebook has been around for a while now and when it first hit stores, it was aimed directly at the MacBook Air (and still is). The Adamo 13 gets more than just a simple price cut though.

 

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The rig gets its prices slashed and while the price is $100 less than the $999 the basic unit sold for previously, you actually get components for the price that are better than the old base machine. A version of the Adamo 13 with a 2.13GHz CPU sold for $1099 before. The $899 price tag now gets you that processor and some other choice hardware.

 

The new $899 machine has the same 13.4-inch screen, 6-cell battery, and 4GB of RAM along with 128GB SSD for storage. The processor is the Core 2 Duo SL9600 and the machine runs Windows 7 64-bit. If you want a thin machine, the new $899 price point makes the Adamo much cheaper than the $1299 starting price of the MacBook Air.

Gigabyte winks at the world with the first glimpse of the G1-Killer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Dec 27, 2010 1:00 am

Gigabyte has as of late been sliding it's skirt up it's knee about it's G1-Killer motherboard and now, we're finally getting that sexy shot of something on the motherboard.

 

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Even though it's a discretely covered in black shot, we'll take it anyway. After all, it's Christmas. The shot is from some G1-Killer themed wallpaper. Gigabyte's G1-Killer is set to launch at CES along side various other Sandy Bridge capable motherboards.

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Facebook becomes world's third largest website

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 27, 2010 12:00 am

Facebook has looked at Yahoo's traffic, laughed and sped past. Facebook has now surpassed Yahoo as the second-biggest website with 648 million visitors compared to Yahoo's 630 million (based on November 2010 traffic).

 

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The top two spots are held by Google and Microsoft with 970 million and 869 million respectively. Microsoft has been increasing monthly for a the last quarter, where Google's traffic seems to be steadily flat-lining. Someone call McDreamy!

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AMD Radeon HD6950 can be unlocked to HD6970!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 26, 2010 11:24 pm

Well AMD, you've certaintly rustled some feathers in the community over Christmas. Reports are flying in that AMD's Radeon HD6950 can be unlocked to a full blown HD6970 with just a few clicks of your mouse.

 

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You are able to safely perform this procedure from Windows - even if something goes wrong, you'll be ok, thanks to AMD's new Dual-BIOS feature on the HD6900 cards. The source has tested 3 cards (AMD engineering sample, HIS media sample and a retail Asus card) - all working as a HD6970.

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What did you get for XMAS?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Dec 26, 2010 11:00 pm

Merry XMAS readers! I'm going to go a bit off topic for my usual news posting job here, but why not spin a bit of change here at TweakTown, eh?

 

 

What did you get for XMAS? Post in the comments section, or our Facebook page and let us know what you got. What's that you say? What did Anthony get? Well, he got various toys for his entertainment room! Ice Crusher, Popcorn Maker, lots of booze (hoorah!), Bean Bag, and various other things. What did I buy myself?

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Skype offering vouchers to apologize for downtime

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 24, 2010 11:14 pm

Tons of Skype fans were left in the dark after a software issue took out Skype's "supernodes," which work as routers for voice, video, and instant messages calls between users. As of last night, Skype is reportedly back to 90% capacity, and hopefully all of you are back to Skyping for the holiday.

 

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Skype CEO Terry Bates has announced that compensation vouchers are going to be issued to both subscribers as well as Pay As You Go and Pre-Pay customers. Subscribers will receive a free one week extension on their subscription, while Pay As You Go and Pre-Pay customers will receive a voucher good for around 30 moniutes of free landline calling. Bates stated in a blog post, "I realize that it's difficult to compensate you for not being able to talk to or see your friends, family, or colleagues, but we're planning to offer Skype Credit vouchers to all of our loyal paying customers to thank you for your continued support."

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