Until the release of the GoPro app(iPhone, Android, and Windows) we’d pretty much thrown in the towel on ever figuring out how to use the overly complicated little action POV cameras. With no easy way to review footage or be certain the camera was even on or pointed in the right direction, we left the GoPros to the professional video guys (and the genius kids). The free GoPro app, however, has changed all that.
Now, with the iPhone app connected to the camera, reviewing shots, grabbing photos and video for Instagram, or setting the cameras functions is as easy as flipping a few sliders on our phone. The GoPro camera is now simply an amazing image gathering extension to our iPhone. Today, as GoPro has announced that the Hero3 has been upgraded to the Hero3+, we’ve become even bigger fans.
So what’s the word on the new rig? The Hero3+ camera is the same size as the Hero3, but features a 30 percent increase in battery life, faster WIFI (four times faster) and a new lens for sharper video and stills. They’ve also added a new “SuperView” video mode that is even wider that before. And when the Hero3+ is used with the new GoPro waterproof housing the total rig is reportedly 20 percent lighter. If you’ve put off buying a GoPro because you didn’t want to deal with the details, worry no more. With the free GoPro Studio 2.0 editing app for Mac and Windows grabbing great video and mashing it down into a quality edit has never been easier.
In the consumer electronics world new Bluetooth 4.0 speakers seem to be popping up every time we turn our heads. Even in the action sports space the competition for portable audio solutions is heating up. Nixon launched their Blaster speaker earlier this summer and now headphone maker SOL Republic is answering back with a collaboration with Motorola called Deck.
Like many other Bluetooth speakers Deck turns your phone into a mini boom box. Where the Deck differs is in what SOL Republic calls “Heist Mode.” This Bluetooth setting allows the speaker to pair with up to five different Bluetooth devices at once. When a song is playing, control of the Deck can be stolen by any other paired device. Don’t like the song your friend is playing, press play on your phone and launch something from your digital music collection.
While this control swapping may cause occasional panics at the disco, it’s actually pretty rad once you begin messing around with it. Say you’re skating a spot and are sick of your music. One of your friends can send his songs to the Deck. Or, if you’re just hanging out at the beach with friends you all can share music from your phones without having to pair and unpair or trade songs around. If you’re at home the Deck has mini jacks for both audio in and out so you can play Heist Mode through your home stereo or just blast some music off your phone. [click to continue…]
As if a wooden iPhone case wasn’t custom enough, Grove (makers of the up-cycled yet stylish Skatecase for iPhone) has launched an all new wood print case. If you have an Instagram photo you can make a case.
In less than a minute, customize a case using your own stunning Instagram photos. We use an advanced custom wood printing method, producing a durable, high quality image that lasts. The beautiful maple wood grain of your case peeks through the printed image, like a signature fingerprint, creating a unique look which can’t be achieved with manufactured materials, such as silicone or plastic.
You could have an iPhone case with a picture of you shredding or your girl’s bits right there on there on the back. The downside? The case costs $99.00 or as much as the new iPhone C on a two-year contract. For all the details follow the jump. [click to continue…]
The Sony Xperia Z is one of the first smartphones to be water resistant and who better to use it to save the world than Alana Blanchard. We laughed hardest at the line: “How will I communicate?” Because that’s the question we often have for Alana. . .hang ten, Alana. Hang ten.
olloclip, makers of our favorite fisheye wide angle lens adapter for the iPhone 4s & 5, announced today that they are moving iPhone photographers 2x closer (and giving them some depth of field) with the release of their new telephoto lens.
The olloclip telephoto lens is especially valuable for the serious photographer seeking to achieve certain effects and more professional results. In addition to getting you twice as close to your subject, the lens provides a more creative depth of field so you can use selective focus to make your subjects stand out distinctly from their backgrounds (especially useful when the background is cluttered or distracting).
The telephoto also comes with a circular polarizing lens to allow for light and color adjustments on the fly. The telephoto lens package sells for $99.99 and is available for pre-order on July 30, 2013. The wide angle costs $69.99. Both are well worth the price. For the official word from Olloclip, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
It’s been a while since we’ve been this stoked on a music listening device as we’ve been lately with Nixon’s new, brightly colored, Bluetooth, shock and water resistant Blaster. It’s so much better than headphones. In fact, the speaker is so light and easy to pair with a smartphone that we immediately wanted to throw it in our big back pocket and skate around annoying strangers Survivor’s Eye of The Tiger turned up really, really loud. Truth.
With a custom audio signature, BIG bold sound, a 12+ hour battery life and compact styling, it’s a true portable music experience. A speaker that feels right at home in or outside of the four walls, The Blaster was created for a life well lived and the adventures that come along with it.
Better yet, every time we turn our’s off we hear a short message from Todd Richards. For the official word from Nixon, follow the jump.
Remember those dope iPhone 4 cases that made your phone look like a pair of Vans sneakers? Well, they’re back. And this time they’re built for the iPhone 5 and come in a slew of fancy colors thanks to a partnership between Vans and tech accessory manufacturer Belkin, according to a post on The Full Signal.
The back of the case has the same tread pattern as Vans’ “Off The Wall” skate shoes. It’s not made of the same rubber material, which would probably cause too much friction in your pocket or bag, but it’s close enough and just having the tread pattern there is pretty cool. The edges of the case look and feel like the edges of Vans’ “Off The Wall” shoes, too. The back has a hole through it for the camera and flash, and the bottom has three holes for the speaker, microphone and Lightning charging port.
As it happened last time, they’re going to be difficult to find until sometime in July 2013, but we can wait. Can you?
Ricardo Camargo of Vapor Studio, just tipped us in on a new project he’s working on called Lit, by NZN labs. Lit is an action tracker that no only keeps track of all your walking and running, but also surfing, snowboarding, and skateboarding and pulls it all together for some social competition as well. Camargo and his partners are currently trying to raise $100,000 for the project on a site called Indigogo.
LIT’s advanced sensors analyze your movements 24×7, scoring both activity and action by interpreting steps, distance, duration, intensity, strokes, paddles, jumps, rotations, turns, g-force, airtime, and more. . . Earn points for activity and bonuses for action. Points become the currency used to challenge yourself, your friends, and the world. . . LIT is 24×7 wearable and built to go where you go. Snow, surf, dirt, pavement? No problem. LIT is built for extremes. It’s rugged, shock resistant, and water resistant to 10 ATM / 100 m.
NZN Labs has already raised $27,000 but in the next 30 days they need going to need $70,000 more. To see how you can participate and help make Lit a reality, click the link.
Mophie Outride cameras will be getting a work out at Bells Beach as the 2013 Rip Curl Pro kicks off on March 27, 2013. The Outride cameras turn Apple iPhones into completely protected action POV cameras and Mophie as signed on as an official sponsor of the vent.
“The Rip Curl is an iconic platform for us to gain global exposure for the OutRide iPhone mounting system and add international footage to the community sharing video using the OUTRIDE app,” said Ross Howe, vice president of marketing, mophie. “Our company has grown up in the surf community of southern California and it’s fitting that we have a presence at this legendary event.”
We haven’t tried the Outride yet, but from the looks of the set-up it could be really cool. Follow the jump for the official word from mophie. [click to continue…]
Want to know the future of building objects? In The Diamond Age futurist novelist Neal Stephenson outlines “the feed” from which citizens can create anything they want for free. We’re not there yet, but that hasn’t stopped Signal Snowboards from creating the world’s first 3D printed snowboard in this month’s Every Third Thursday. Check it out.