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Here is a nice little Chrome Extension for your browser of choice – Chrome. It’s called “Balloon Earth” and shows, every time you start a new browser window, a new location in current weather condition out of a balloon view. How does this work,? Through combining real time weather data with 3D renderings. Nice little entertaining gadget.

DJI – Introducing Phantom 4 Pro

Hopefully I will own one in the near future. Bookings for both are open by the end of October. That gives me some more time to think about it 🙂

What can I say … Above it’s what I wrote in a comparison I did lately – Mavic vs. Karma. After thinking about it for some time I couldn’t figure out a good reason to not order a drone, or better, the DJI Mavic Pro. It all seemed to be the right choice until yesterday when DJI launched the new Phantom 4 Pro. I understand that the both drones compare in different leagues or fields of application. But now I’m back to my first question, where and how will I use the drone. What is my exact field of application? Personally I’m often on the run hiking or climbing in the mountains, kitesurfing (lately not very often) but being outside with the kids or on the motorbike. Sometimes I do commercial film projects where quality and technical advantage comes first. Something the new Phantom 4 Pro would absolutely deliver. From a DJI marketing perspective it shows us that the drone market is still so big and booming, that even those two quite similar drone models can own their own market territory on high demand.

GoPro Gimbal Comparison – Karma Grip

Here’s a side-by-side view of what the Karma Grip will do for video footage shot on a GoPro. This video compares typical headcam style footage to headcam footage using the Karma Grip. Pretty amazing how stable the picture gets through the gimbal system of the Karma Grip.

Mavic vs. Karma

It’s a crazy week. Last week GoPro unveiled their newest gadget, the GoPro KARMA, to the world and just a couple of days later, DJI comes across with their newest gadget –  The DJI MAVIC Pro!

What meant to be the benchmark of the semi-pro drone market, the DJI Phantom 4, seems to be replaced by the DJI Marvic. For a long time there was no doubt that Phantom 4 is the drone of the drone for semiprofessional users. After last week, when GoPro launched the Karma Pro, it seemed to be a good opponent to fight the Phantom 4 with it’s new drone architecture for better portability. In my latest drone post I tried to compare the GoPro Karma with the DJI Phantom 4, not knowing that there is already a stronger DJI weapon in the pipeline, waiting for it’s launch.

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So next I better hold the KARMA against the MAVIC PRO. So the new segment of foldable drones, which was created and owned by GoPro as of last week, has now to be shared with the market leader DJI. So what are the main differences between both products, keeping in mind that GoPro’s KARMA is much more as a equipment box with the handle grip and removable GoPro camera.

 

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Comparing both drones:

Package Size: Karma/Mavic Pro

 Small size and backpack included but still bigger.

Smallest drone size on the market so far.

 

Drone Size: Karma/Mavic Pro

 Convenient backpack but still bigger.

Almost fits into the pocket of your trouser.

 

Weight: Karma/Mavic Pro

 Convenient backpack but still bigger.

743g

 

Camera: Karma/Mavic Pro

Attachable GoPro Cameras 4/5. More functions, better quality and fps.

Bolted. 4K Ultra HD Video at 30fps or 1080 / 96fps .

 

Obstacle avoidance system: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

 Not available.

Available.

 

Follow me funtion: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

 Not available.

Available.

 

Pre-programmed flight paths: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

 4

Able to record and program

 

Flight time: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

 20 min.

27 min. at 0 wind and 15.5 mph. Normal flight mode 21 min.

 

Speed: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

 35 mph

up to 65 mph

 

Controler: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

Small and easy to use controller. Bright touchscreen works fine even in sunlight.

Small controller which works with cell phone as screen. All important functions will be displayed over the controller display while camera and is displayed on mobile screen. Res 1080.

 

Social Media live stream: Karma/Mavic Pro

 No information 

Stream to Facebook Live, Periscope and YouTube via the DJI companion app

 

Usage: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

The Karma is build on simplicity and easy to use handling. It depends on the consumer needs. Fly paths is a good function to let the drone do the flight job while the consumer can focus on the camera.

With build in beginner mode the drone seems to be very easy to use, also for unexperienced pilots. During your flight time a beginner mode will turn hard movements into soft and guaranty best picture quality.

 

Stabilizer Grip: Karma/Mavic Pro

Removable stabilizer and handle included.

 Not included. DJ Oslo needed as an extra tool for another approx. 300 $.

So, it seems that the DJI MARVIC is the better choice of both drones. But, that is hard to tell as it really depends on the consumer needs. The GoPro comes as an entire removable camera equipment set, holding a high performance outdoor camera (Hero5), a handle grip stabilizer and a drone. Where the DJI Marvic is only a drone. In package size smaller, but with the DJI handle grip OSMO close to what GoPro has.

In terms of functions, i.e. Follow me and Obstacle avoidance DJI will the better choice. I assume that GoPro will provide at least Follow me as an update soon where Obstacle avoidance is maybe harder to implement in the first model.

All insides are taken from various test and reviews which came out lately. Hopefully I will own one in the near future. Bookings for both are open by the end of October. That gives me some more time to think about it 🙂

 

 

Casey Neistat had his hands on both. the GoPro Karma & DJI Mavic, lately. Check out his thoughts about the new DJI gadget.

 

 

 

Looking for Karma?

The new drone on the market, the Karma, designed and developed by GoPro. There are not many reviews out at the moment and information you find on the internet is mostly from the launch event. So, what does GoPro say about their newest tool, which hopefully will help to drive the company into a better future.

Karma gives a first positiv impression as it comes in a very convenient box, which will be used as a backpack to take the drone wherever you want and your way leads you to. Everything you need – apart from the camera – is included in the box. The fold-up drone seems to be a smart solution to downsize the volume and pack-size. The Karma works with the GoPro Kameras from the 4th generation (Hero) to the just released GoPro 5. The cameras are mounted with a 3-axis gimbal, which can be swapped between the drone and the Grip handle. That is a huge selling point as it gives you another great tool straight into your hands for stabilized handheld shots. The Grip has a build-in battery that’s said to last almost two hours. More than my GoPro 4 Hero. The controller has an in-build display which – as GoPro says – works well under sunlight. A nice feature is that you can connect up to 2 or 3 (not sure here) devices to the controller, so that one flies the Karma and another person can control the gimbal (camera).

 

 

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One of the most important questions, which GoPro’s will work with the new Karma? The new Hero 5, Hero 5 Session and Hero 4 Black / Silver will fit in the included gimbal mounts.

So what’s about Flight Time? GoPro says it’s good for up to 20 minutes of flight time. It takes an hour to recharge, while the controller takes 2.5 hours and the Grip 2 hours. Only one of the Grip or Controller can be charged at the same time from the battery charger.

That all sounds very promising and gives you even the chance to build the drone into your already existing GoPro gadgets and safe money. But whats about the DJI Phantom 4? Will the Karma be able to fight against the DJI drone? Let’s compare both with the information we have.

 

Apples-to-apples comparison between GoPro’s new drone and the DJI Phantom 4:

Convenient size: Karma/Phantom

Small size and backpack included.

Not foldable. Extra case needed (approx. 200 Euro).

 

Camera system: Karma/Phantom

Removable camera system. Works with GoPro 4 Hero and 5.
Bolted to the drone.

 

Stabilizer Grip: Karma/Phantom

 Removable stabilizer and handle included.
DJI Osmo not included. Extra costs 300 Euro for handle without gimbal.

 

Follow me function: Karma/Phantom

Not included.
Included.

 

Speed: Karma/Phantom

35 mph
 45 mph

 

Obstacle avoidance system: Karma/Phantom

No, obstacle avoidance system.
Yes, obstacle avoidance system.

 

Pre-programmed flight paths: Karma/Phantom

Only 4
More than 4

 

Flight time: Karma/Phantom

20 min
20 min

 

Usage: Karma/Phantom

Easy to use for unexperienced pilots.
More complex because of more features.

 

Controler: Karma/Phantom

Easy to use controller with build in display.
Controller without display. Extra costs for display.

 

Well, the Karma seems to be an appealing package for some adrenalin junkies — especially the ones who enter remote areas. The fact that you also carry a stabilizer grip and removable GoPro, which then also allows to get attached to other GoPro holders and sticks, is a strong selling point. At the end it will depend the pilot which drone is the better one. The DJI Phantom is filled with much more technology and comes with more features in terms of flying and routing the drone. The fact that the camera is bolted to the drone and the extra stabilizer costs another 300 Euro, makes the Karma very interesting from a budged perspective. If you are not limited to space, you are not the crazy outdoor guy climbing up the rocks but you want to use it in a controlled and accessible terrain, the Phantom 4 is maybe the better choice.

I have not made my mind up which one fits better to my needs. It will be interesting to read some professional reviews in the next weeks. But the concept of the Karma I like and it seems to be a perfect solution for my needs. Let’s see and keep an eye on it.

 

 

Action Module for Edelkrone Slider

Slider effects are always a nice way to push the intensity of a picture or moment. But, slider control can also become quite difficult in setting up the correct shot or handling later footage. I’m personal using a Konovan Slider Kit with a Manfroto mount for DSLR cameras. The Konovan Slider comes in a handy bag and is fine for most kinds of travel. Still, compare to newer slider models it still feels a bit big. Edelkrone launched the SliderPlus last year. A very small and handy Slider solution with an action module for many different recording modes. The slider itself seems a bit short but with the new sliding technology it will get the most out of your shots. The module comes with different settings such as Slide Control, Time Lapse, Stop Motion and Macro Slide. This is a big package in small size and weight.

The only downside of the Slider seems the limitation of use. It works best and only in full lengths if you using it on a tripod. By using it off the tripod directly on a table or floor, it will give you only half of the sliding action.

For most traveling cinematographer the Edelkrone Slider seems to be a home run and best for most shots. Available for approx. 1100 Euro you can get a package with the large size SliderPlus, a Action Module and all needed attachments including a bag.

Here is another video of the SliderPlus.

 

 

 

Nice Slider Tool

Edelkrone stands for high quality photo and video gadgets and holds some cool and handy gadgets in their product portfolio. The Slider Plus is just one of them. For people who try to travel light weight and with small practical equipment this is almost a must have.

Edelkrone PocketRig

The Edelkrone PocketRig is the World’s lightest most portable DSLR rig that addresses all the needs of a professional videographer. With the minimal effort you will shot stable material from all perspectives. With the price of 249 Euro it is still affordable and for the CNC machined highest grade materials a fair deal.

Nixie

 

Nixie is the first wearable camera that can fly. A camera that comes with you everywhere and captures your moment. Nixie is for those moments in life when you really want a picture or video of something you’re doing, but using a standard camera or phone either isn’t feasible or would interrupt the moment. Imagine being able to capture a picture of yourself climbing a mountain or going over an epic jump on your bike. For now, Nixie comes with one mode, but will get further developed to multiple modes in the near future. Within the boomerang mode, Nixie takes your photo or video and flies back to you. It’s all shot in HIGH DEF, 1080p video and crisp images of your greatest moments. As the GRAND PRIZE WINNER at Intel’s Make it wearable award, expectations are high that this gadget will be available soon.

For more information visit – http://flynixie.com/

Watch bad doors!

 

Bad doors are everywhere. Often it can become challenging how to open or use the door in it’s correct way. We all know these doors and start question ourself before we question the door. But, the good news is, it’s not you creating the problem, it’s in most facts the doors fault.

And not only doors can create those usability issues. See how Don Norman, a former Professor of psychology, Professor of cognitive science, Professor of computer science and Vice President of advanced technology at Apple describes the problem. He talks about the principals of Human-Centered-Design, the discoverability and feedback of many daily used things.

Thread Screen

With seven million followers, Forever 21 has one of the most popular Instagram accounts. When it approached production company Breakfast for a collaboration, the design team knew it had to incorporate the brand’s Instagram engagement. The result was a 2,000 pound “thread screen” that can turn Instagrams into instant mosaics using 6,400 multicolored wooden spools. Watch how spools of thread and photos come together on one giant screen.

PostCups

Great idea by Julep x Jenn Perng. Postcards that are only complete after you stain it with coffee. Who wants to avoid getting coffee stain rings on his office desk should consider those postcards. After you completed the drawing with your personal morning coffee string you can send it off and pass your thoughts & wishes to a friend.

 

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THE NEW BICYCLE HELMET

Following comparison with industries standard, this can be a real life safer!

Hövding is the world’s first airbag for cyclists and is the result of intensive research since 2005. Through advanced sensors, Hövding can sense the cyclist’s movement patterns and will react in case of an accident. The unique airbag will then inflate, fixate your neck and provide the world’s best shock absorption.

With costs around 300 Euro still affordable and compared to a proper motorbike helmet cheap. Even it’s double the cost of a good bicycle helmet but also double the fun of a real bicycle helmet.

This short clip showing some comparison to industries standards of bicycle helmets. It will open and change your mind.

For more information please visit – http://www.hovding.com

Responsive FlipBook

 

Just found this nice and handy “Flipbook” plugin for wordpress. This plugin comes with a easy to use customization menu and easy to understand video tutorial. If you have many editorial projects i.e. magazines to show, thats maybe a nice way for your online portfolio. I will give it a try and see how it works. Feedback will follow.

If I already convinced you – here you go! With the costs of 34 Euro not in the low cost segment, but hey, it can boost your business.

Duet – Do more

Nice App for designers, which turns your iPad into a second screen. Nowadays as a freelance designer work is found in many different offices & locations. To have a second screen at home is nice and within the complexity of most graphic– & multimedia software a must have, but whats happen when working somewhere else?  A quick and handy solution comes with the Duet App. You can easily connect your iPAd via W-Lan or wire to your powerbook and thats it. Built by ex-Apple engineers, Duet delivers a Retina Display at 60 frames per second, with absolutely no lag. Take a look and download it from here – Duet Website

TUNING SESSION!

SSD

Apples give’s you that amazing feeling when you hold a new piece of modern hardware in your hands. You walk out of the Apple store and believe that this device is the fastest and most advance technology on planet earth. You think this will last for the upcoming 5-8 years and is still good enough for most of what you bought it for.

WRONG. I’m in the 4th loop of Macintosh Computer. I say Macintosh because when I bought the first Apple Macintosh we still called them like this. It was the first Powermac in new design & concept. The Apple Macintosh Powermac 3G. 1999 one of the fastest machine on the market and with it’s 1GB RAM, 300MB Processor and a 4 GB Hard Drive, I was more proud about this Powermac than my other loved machine, a 1971 Ford Taunus. Different to the Taunus, 2 years later the first iPod was launched and had more power and disc space than my Powermac, commonly known as the “Blue and White G3”. Lucky me, at the time I already finished university and had applied for a job at Leo Burnett. There I had the great fortune of a company computer, the new “Powerbook G4 Titanium”, another state-of-the-art product, which was carefully designed by Apple. At the time the fastest and most advanced Powerbook to order. To cut a long story short, the same loop happened over and over again, every time you get a new Apple product you have this special feeling, until 2 years are gone and you think you are so “old school” with your computer that you would love to take it to a Apple museum or start your own one.

 I bought my latest Powerbook in 2012 and yes, I had the same known uplifting feeling when I unpacked it. 2 years later I worked on a Powerbook with a SSD Drive for the first time. This changed my entire feeling. I didn’t thought I’ve been thrown backwards for 2 years with my computer, it felt more than a time warp. But at the start of SSD drives I found costs of them too high. Now, after another 2 years, costs went down and sizes of SSD drives up. That was enough reason for me to take my 2012 Powerbook with 8 GB RAM and a 500 GB HD, to replace it with a 1 TB SSD drive, the Samsung SSD 850 EVO. I didn’t change the DVD drive with the old 500GB HD, but take it into consideration to replace it. The result is amazing already. Where it took almost 2 min to start my Powerbook before, it takes now 1 min. Applications like Photoshop or other CC programs open almost on click. I haven’t done any rendering on film or 3D but I think this is more based on RAM than hard drive. But the entire operation system is so much faster that it feels like I’ve just been thrown 2 years ahead into the future. [/one_half_last]

Refold

Most designers or creatives will know the feeling of sitting many endless hours in front of their screens. The feeling in their back when they get up or the next morning after a long night at work. We all wish to have one of the fancy standing/sit desk. A research by British academics found out that standing is same worse for you than sitting. So a standing desk is maybe not the best fix for the problem. But I just came across this nice standing table, made from cardboard table, which is flexible, foldable, portable, affordable & 100% recyclable. It’s a nice idea and I’m sure it’s a great tool to carry around with you to different working spaces. With the costs starting at 250 $, the investment is pretty high and for me only accaptable due to the fact that it can get easily carried around. Other than that I would maybe prefer a stand/sit work station at home. If you are interested in getting one – more information here.

Phone Drone

Phone drone let you control your phone over a second device (iphone or iPad) or by using the Apple watch. This is a great Kickstarter project, which is already more than funded. With a 100.000 $ goal on Kickstarter and already 265.000 $ earned and 21 days left, this gadget has great potential to land in your hands as you wish.

Here are only some of the powerful features:

  • Easy to use – No drone experience necessary.
  • Affordable -Your smartphone already has a powerful processor and multiple sensors.  Why pay for all those things over again when buying a drone?
  • Familiar – Our companion app is simple and intuitive.
  • Packable– Pack PhoneDrone Ethos for next adventure.  It will be ready at a moment’s notice.
  • Compatible with all your devices – iOS, Android, and even Apple Watch!
  • Control and video streaming -Easily tether to another mobile device for control and video streaming.
  • Built in charger – Charge from any USB source – or swap batteries for extended flight times.
  • A camera mirror – Shoot straight down, forward, or to the side!

With an Apple device compatibility of 4-6s the drone is made for a wide range of customers. With around 230 $ it is quite affordable. Keeping the small dimensions and weight in mind it is really good for traveling. With a flight time of 15-20min it is not much under the known standards. Would be interesting to see how it’s working in windy or less sunny conditions. If it’s stable enough or does it shake a lot. I believe it’s fine for it’s handy use but if you want to capture more professional and stable material, a bigger and stronger drone like DJI Phantom or 3dRobotics Solo is a must have. If you are still interested wait until September 2016, thats the delivery date for Germany. If you are interested take a look at Kickstarter for the Phone Drone

Second Skin

High-tech clothing leads the next generation of wearables. If you thought that 3D glasses, like the Samsung VR, or Apple watches are big, watch the video above about biomaterials made from living cells.

Initiated from MIT Media Lab, BioLogic is our attempt to program living organism and invent responsive and transformable interfaces of the future. Nature has engineered its own actuators, as well as the efficient material composition, geometry and structure to utilize its actuators and achieve functional transformation. Based on the natural phenomenon of hygromorphic transformation, we introduce a specific type of living cells as nanoactuators that react to body temperature and humidity change. The living nanoactuator can be controlled by electrical signal and communicate with the virtual world as well. A digital printing system and design simulation software are developed to assist the design of transformation structure.

 

 

 

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