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Posted on Sep 10 2018 - 9:07am by Lisa C.
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These days gluten and peanut allergies seem to be on the rise. Some allergies bring about skin hives which is mildly annoying, but some are deadly. Now you can see if your food has peanut or gluten in it before chowing down. The Nima Peanut Sensor ($289) about five minutes for the results. Using...

A Florida-based company, Blu3, has launched a KickStarter for what they claim is the lightest and smallest (and cheapest) personal dive system.The Blu3 NEMO consists of a battery powered surface-supplied air (SSA) system with a 10-foot air hose. Dive time is 60 minutes and divers don’t need to...

Spry Waterproof Drone and Remote Control

As much as I love the DJI drones  , they still aren’t waterproof, they don’t float, and they certainly can’t submerge and survive. I have lost two DJI quads to the water and believe me, the feeling sucks.

Spry Submersible Drone

Well this KickStarter team hopes to solve a few of these problems with their orange drone, Spry. Spry flies, floats, and can even submerge. Everything on the drone is waterproof including the remote control. Water performance won’t be great (wireless signals don’t do well in water) but the drone is pretty quick in the air at 43 mph. The camera is 4k at 30 fps and stills are snapped at 12 megapixels.

Other Spry drone features include; Hold Position, Auto Follow, Object Orbit and Return to Pilot’s Position. Check it out at KickStarter. More pictures and video after the break. (more…)

This good looking mouse and rat trap is from New Zealand. It is called the Goodnature A24 and it kills mice and rats without poisons or traps that you have to touch to reset. The video below does a great job showing how it works. The Goodnature A24 has some irresistible bait that draws the mouse/rat in and then a CO2 cartridge powers a neck snapping blow when they insert their...

Remember the 2006 Sony Aibo Robotic Dog? Yeah, me either. Well, Sony has doubled down on this cute little robot dog and released an all-new version today. The AIBO Robotic Dog will set you back $2,899 and it comes with three years of Sony’s AI Cloud service. This service is necessary for the robotic dog to tune its AI with Sony’s servers. Another set of microphones and cameras enters the home. Certainly seems like the gadgets these days with cameras and microphones are on the rise. I will let you ponder that one. ...

The latest MacBook laptop charger is pretty big and just has the one USB-C port for charging the laptop. It works fine. This relatively cheap gadget, the PlugBug Duo, makes traveling with your laptop a bit better. First of all, it isn’t trying to hide, it is bright red. It comes with five different snap on plugs for the following countries; US, Canada, Japan, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and China. The Twelve South PlugBug...

DJI Mavic 2 ProDJI has done it again. They just released two new drones, the Mavic 2 Pro ($1,449) and Mavic 2 Zoom ($1,249). Some of the technology is the same, and some is massively improved.

The Mavic 2 Pro comes with a Hasselblad camera, 1″ CMOS Sensor, adjustable aperture, 10-bit Dlog-M, 10-bit HDR video, and hyperlapse (time lapse shots). Long story short, a badass camera.

Both new Mavic 2 drones have longer flight times (up to 31 minutes), a longer range (up to 8km), full omnidirectional obstacle sensing (about time!), ActiveTrack 2.0, and more.

Damn you DJI. Just when I think the competition is catching up your technology takes another leap forward. My credit card number is _ _ _ _…

Video of the Mavic 2 in action after the break. (more…)

Humans have been salting their meals since the beginning of time. Salt makes food taste better. At least I think it does. Unfortunately too much salt isn’t good for the body and doesn’t play nice with high blood pressure, which 30 percent of all adults have. So it seems like the choice is high blood pressure or bland food. Yikes. Well an assistant professor and director at the University...

Logitech has released a new mouse, the MX Vertical Mouse, in an effort to improve mousing ergonomics. The Logitech MX Vertical Mouse ($100) utilizes a natural handshake position at a 57-degree vertical angle. This angle should reduce wrist pressure and forearm strain. The surface is made of a textured rubber surface for tactile grip. Cursor speed is adjustable on-the-fly and a 4,000 DPI sensor lowers hand movement by up to 4x. Battery life should last a...

Posted on Aug 20 2018 - 10:30am by Russ
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Parrot Anafi DJI competitor

Finally a drone worth comparing/competing with the DJI models (Spark, Mavic Air). The Parrot Anafi is a great drone that is both portable and capable. Instead of talking to all of the points with this drone I will highlight some of the cool/new features and some of the negatives (not too many).

New stuff/Cool stuff –
– 4K HDR camera with 2.8x lossless digital zoom
– 180-degree tilting gimbal
– No props in the video frame (problem with DJI copters)
– 25 minute flight time
– Quiet prop wash for quieter flights
– Automated flight modes for following objects, etc.
– Ultra portable and just 320g
– USB-C charging means no more bulky chargers
$699 price tag

Negatives – 
– The “real life” range isn’t as good as the DJI
– No obstacle avoidance

Great video comparing specs/usability with that of the DJI Mavic Air after the break. (more…)