Tools
Tools for Bloggers: Pivothead Video Recording Eyewear

As a blogger, I am sure you have been to an event and thought, "If only my readers could SEE exactly what I am seeing!" Well, here is a solution. Check out these sunglasses that capture audio and video.

MSRP $349 from Pivothead.com available May 2012.  These come in various styles and colors.  Visit their website for more details.

 

Are there other less expensive glasses with video capabilities out there? Yes. You can get some for about $60. Do they shoot video in 1080p - HD video? No.

 

Are you participating in an interactive event, ride, or something that makes you want to share with your readers from your point of view? Try it for outdoor interviews, and your viewer will feel like they really stepped right into your shoes...

 

Here are the specs from Pivothead.com:

OPTICS

 

 

4 Element Glass Lens

LARGAN Glass Camera Lens

Focus

Auto Focus – (AF) 4″- Infinity

Continuous 4″- Infinity

Fixed – 2.8′ – Infinity

Macro – 4″- 28″

Field Of View (FOV)

75°

Image Sensor

8MP Sony CMOS

 

 

VIDEO

 

 

Resolution (max)

1080p@30fps

720p@60fps

720p@30fps

Video Format

MP4 H.264

Video Optional Setting

Black & White

 

 

AUDIO FORMAT

 

 

AAC Mono

44.1 kHz

 

 

PHOTO

 

 

Image Size Options

8 MP

5 MP

3 MP

Burst Options

16 Shot Stills

10 Shot Stills

5 Shot Stills

3 Shot Stills

Time Lapse Option

1 shot at 1 second intervals

1 shot at 30 second intervals

4 shot Bursts at 8 second intervals

4 shot Bursts at 30 second intervals

10 shot Burst at 30 second intervals

5 shot Burst at 1 minute intervals

Photo Optional Setting

Black & White

 

 

STORAGE

 

 

Internal Memory

8GB

 

 

INTERFACE

 

 

USB Cable

USB 2.0 Cable for Charging and Data Transfer

 

 

BATTERY & CHARGING

 

 

Battery

Rechargeable 3.7 Lithium Polymer / 440mAh

DC Power

USB power via Micro USB, 5V DC 500mA

 

 

OPERATING SYSTEM

 

 

OPERATING SYSTEM

MAC

PC

Android

Iphone coming soon

 

 

AMBIENCE

 

 

Working Temperature

+10°F to +110°F

Storage Temperature

-15°F to +115°F

Humidity

5%~95%

 

 

CONTROLS & ALERTS

 

 

Button

Power, Video, Photo

Alert Lights

LED Red, Green, Blue

 

 

OTHER CONTROL SETTINGS

 

 

Mode Settings

Active (Default Setting)

Power Save Mode

Action Sport Mode

Action Sport Mode plus Auto Burst Capture

Spectator

Hands-On Mode (Macro)

Social Mode

16 MM Black & White

Reset

Press and hold down the POWER button for 5sec resets the system.

 

 

CERTIFICATION

 

 

FCC

 

FDA

 

CE

 

 

 

IN THE BOX

 

 

Accessories

EVA Protective Carry Case

Micro USB 2.0 Cable

DC Car Charger

USB to Micro USB Adaptor

Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

Quick Start Manual

Pivothead Membership Card

 
Tools for Bloggers: Photoshop Touch

 

If you have an Android tablet or iPad, you will appreciate being able to edit photos (layers and all) with this affordable tablet version of Photoshop, save them, and upload directly to Facebook or Twitter.  For bloggers, timing is everything.  Waiting until you have time to get back to your laptop or PC to upload and edit a photo taken with your tablet is time consuming.  For what most bloggers need to do to a photo, this tablet version is perfect.  If you have a tablet, and just need to do simple (and complex if you want) editing to photos before you upload them, tweet them, post them, or blog them, this solution is great for around 10 bucks.

Here's what they say in the Android Market:

 

Transform images with core Photoshop features in an app designed for tablets.

Combine images, apply professional effects, share results with friends and family through sites like Facebook, and more – all from the convenience of your tablet.

  • Use Photoshop features designed for the tablet such as layers, selection tools, adjustments, and filters to create mind-blowing images.
  • Use your tablet camera to fill an area on a layer with the exclusive camera fill feature.
  • Select part of an image to extract by scribbling with the Scribble Selection tool. With Refine Edge, use your fingertip to capture even hard-to-select image elements, like hair, with ease.
  • Search and acquire images with the integrated Google Image Search.
  • Share images on Facebook and view comments right within the app.
  • Browse an inspirational gallery for the styles and results you'd like to achieve. Then follow step-by-step tutorials to easily learn techniques the pros use for great-looking results.
  • Sync projects with Adobe Creative Cloud* and open layered files from Adobe Photoshop Touch in Photoshop.
  • Image resolution: 1600 x 1600 pixels
 
Tools for Bloggers: Canon Digital SLR, T3i

Looking for a hardworking SLR camera with video?  Produce high quality interviews, video diaries, and take gorgeous stills for your posts with the Canon EOS Rebel T3i Digital SLR Camera.

 

 

It is about $800 new, $650 refurbished.  Here are the features:

 

  • 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor.
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (expandable to 12800) for shooting from bright to dim light.
  • EOS Full HD Movie mode with manual exposure control, expanded recording [1920 x 1080 Full HD video at frame rates of 30 (29.97), 24 (23.976) and 25.0 frames per second] with Movie Digital zoom and Video Snapshot features for movie shooting options.
  • Vari-angle 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor (3:2) for shooting at high or low angles and 1,040,000-dot VGA with reflection reduction using multi coating and high-transparency materials for bright and clear viewing.
  • New Scene Intelligent Auto mode and Picture Style Auto incorporating the new EOS Scene Detection System to capture beautiful scenes with ease.
  • Advanced imaging features like Basic+ function, Multi-Aspect function and Creative Filters.
  • Enhanced metering with a 63-zone, Dual-layer metering system for accurate metering between exposures, and 9-point AF system utilizing a high precision, f/2.8 cross-type center point.
  • 3.7 fps continuous shooting up to approximately 34 JPEGs or approximately 6 RAW.
  • Feature Guide offers short descriptions of each function and Quick Control screen.
  • Compatibility with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.
  • Compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses.

The EOS Rebel T3i has an 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor. Its APS-C size sensor creates an effective 1.6x field of view (compared to 35mm format).

 

DIGIC 4 Image Processor
The Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor  up the entire EOS Rebel T3i DSLR's camera operations and offers both fine detail and natural color reproduction. It works in concert with the EOS Rebel T3i DSLR's CMOS Image Sensor.

 

Find more information on Canon's website: http://usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/slr_cameras/eos_rebel_t3i_18_55mm_is_ii_kit

 
Tools for Bloggers: ASUS Transformer Prime

 

 

The ASUS Transformer Prime is an Android tablet that is an alternative to the well known iPad.

For bloggers, it has several features that you may find useful.  The optional keyboard has a USB port.

With the keyboard, your tablet becomes a notebook.  Here are the official specs:

Screen

10.1" LED Backlit screen with Super IPS+ (1280 x 800) 10 finger multi-touch, 
Corning® Gorilla® Glass

Operation System

Android™ 3.2 Honeycomb (Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgradable)

Platform

NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 Quad-core CPU

Memory

1 GB

Storage

32GB / 64GB EMMC + 8GB life time ASUS WebStorage

Wireless

802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

Camera

1.2MP (front), 8MP Auto focus (rear) with flash / F2.4 large aperture

Interface

PAD: 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in); 1× micro HDMI port 
1 × Micro SD Card Reader; Internal Microphone & Stereo Speaker

Mobile Dock: 1 × USB2.0 port ; 1 × SD Card Reader

Sensor

G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass

Flash Support

Yes

Multi-tasking

Yes

Special Apps

ASUS launcher, @Vibe Music, ASUS WebStorage, MyLibrary, MyNet, MyCloud, File manager, 
ASUS sync, SuperNote, App Locker, App Backup, TegraZone, Polaris Office

Battery

12 hours; 25Wh Li-polymer Battery 
18 hours pad with dock ; 25Wh(pad) + 22Wh(docking) Li-polymer Battery

Size and Weight

263 × 180.8 × 8.3mm ; 586g (pad only) / 263 × 180.8 × 8~10.4mm ; 537g. (dock only)

 

For more information, visit the ASUS website: http://eee.asus.com/en/eeepad/transformer-prime/features/