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 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




4 Element Glass Lens

LARGAN Glass Camera Lens


Auto Focus – (AF) 4″- Infinity

Continuous 4″- Infinity

Fixed – 2.8′ – Infinity

Macro – 4″- 28″

Field Of View (FOV)


Image Sensor







Resolution (max)




Video Format

MP4 H.264

Video Optional Setting

Black & White






AAC Mono

44.1 kHz






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






Internal Memory







USB Cable

USB 2.0 Cable for Charging and Data Transfer







Rechargeable 3.7 Lithium Polymer / 440mAh

DC Power

USB power via Micro USB, 5V DC 500mA










Iphone coming soon






Working Temperature

+10°F to +110°F

Storage Temperature

-15°F to +115°F









Power, Video, Photo

Alert Lights

LED Red, Green, Blue






Mode Settings

Active (Default Setting)

Power Save Mode

Action Sport Mode

Action Sport Mode plus Auto Burst Capture


Hands-On Mode (Macro)

Social Mode

16 MM Black & White


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


















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:

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:


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)


NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 Quad-core CPU


1 GB


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


802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR


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


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


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

Flash Support




Special Apps

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


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: