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Papago GS260-US Rear View Mirror Full HD Dashcam - Product Review on CoolPile.com
The Papago GS260-US or GoSafe 260 as it’s also know is a cool dashcam that attaches to your car’s interior mirror and allows you to record your car trips without crowding your windshield.

Why do you need a dashcam in your car? Well … for first … it’s cool! Remember those crazy driving Russian videos all over Youtube? They’re all recorded with car mounted dashcams, just like this one! Second … many insurance companies accept dashcam footage to identify fault in car accidents. Third … high quality dashcams come with G-Sensors and motion detection which can activate the recording feature even if your car is sitting in a parking, so chances are if someone bumps your car it’ll no longer be a hit and run. Four … you record cool trip footage that you wouldn’t be able to record otherwise (unless you’d hold a camera in your hands while you’re driving, but we’re sure you wouldn’t do such crazy things, wouldn’t you?) … And so on …

Now let’s take a closer look at the Papago GS260 windshield dashboard camera. I used this camera for a couple of weeks and here are my thoughts about it:

The camera comes with an impressive set of features:

  • Full HD (1080p) and HD (720p) recording capabilities with zoom in/out while recording
  • Wide angle visibility (it literally covers the entire windshield – check the user videos below)
  • G-Sensor that “feels” the bumps and shocks
  • Auto save feature in case of accidents
  • Motion detection (useful for recording parking accidents) – if the camera detects any movement around the car will automatically start taking snapshots.
  • Multilevel EV adjustment to improve recording quality if needed
  • One touch snapshots (even while recording video)
  • GPS ready – hook up an external GPS unit and take advantage of advanced features such as speed recording, navigation coordinates and so on
  • Large front buttons for easy menu navigation and recording controls
  • MicroSD card for media storage
  • Mini USB for PC and Mac connectivityPapago GS260-US - How To Mount The 12V Car Charger Around The Dashboard
  • Audio-Video out in case you need to output the signal to a TV
  • Recorded movies and in .mov format (can be played with most PC and MAC video players)

ALSO CHECK the Papago GS330, another cool Papago dashcam we featured a while back.

The dashcam is dissimulated in a windshield mirror that clips over your existing interior car mirror. The attachment system is very simple and is powered by two mobile hooks secured by an internal coil to keep the cam safe. Simply pull the two levers, attach the unit to the mirror and you’re ready to go.

The mirror unit is auto-dimming and, being a bit darker then classic car mirrors, takes a couple of kilometers to perfectly get used to it, but, once you get used to it, it helps night driving by automatically filtering the strong back lighting from cars in your back. The right side of the mirror hosts a 2.7in LCD which displays the video being recorded and some recording related information such as video length, current time, recording status and so on … The LCD can be turned off and the entire mirror real estate can be used to monitor back-coming traffic.

The Papago GoSafe 260 is powered by your car’s 12V cigarette lighter plug (a charging unit and cable are included in the package) as well as by an internal battery which also allows recording while the engine is turned off (remember I told you about the motion detection feature and automatic recording even when sitting in parking with the engine turned off?). The cable is long enough to be hidden around the dashboard of your car, and, as it sports an on-wire adapter, can be hooked up straight to your car’s electrical system.

Check the videos in the article for a hands-on review as well as the three real-life dash recordings (day and night) to have a glimpse at the recording quality. Note that the actual recording is better than these samples. Some quality was lost during video editing and Youtube upload.

$164.78 | BUY NOW
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Aug 302014
 

Cool Moto X Interactive Magazine Print Ad That Is Actually ... Interactive!!!
Print ads are somehow boring to create … and even to read. While advertising in magazines and newspapers still brings new business and customers to companies, technical ads possibilities are very limited. Advertisers are blocked using images. No video, no sound, no GIF’s, no moving parts, just simple plain imaging, which limits the impact of ads and makes the advertising agency work harder to be creative and acquire reader’s attention.

Well … this is what I thought until now! Other than the classic “scratch-here-to-smell-this-perfume” there was literally no interactivity in offline magazine ads. But things start to change and advanced technology gets into offline advertising as well. Should we call it Offline Advertising 2.0?

Check out this cool Moto X print ad made by the advertising agency Digitas which allows readers to change the colors of the smartphone by touching various tone choices bellow the image. The ad appeared in 150,000 copies of the Wired January 2014 issue and made use of a slim transparent plexiglass slab, some LED lights, four small embedded batteries and some buttons disguised as color choices.

Let’s hear your thoughts about it in the comments. Also, what’s your take on the future of offline advertising? Will the magazine ads look the same as today in 10 years?

$380 | BUY NOW
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Aug 292014
 

Midland XTC-280 Wearable Action Camera - A Decent Alternative For GoPro Recorders
While the premium quality, the strong build and the extra set of features make the GoPro action cameras the favorite choice for all extreme sports lovers (and many more), we have to admit that lower end models pack just enough power for casual use and for most regular people out-there! You know what I mean, Mr Regular Guy going on a motorcycle vacation with a couple of friends, Mr Family Guy going to the beach with the kids, Mr Student going on a camping trip or the neighbor’s 10 years old kid recording his biking adventure to impress grandma and grandpa …

Let’s take a closer look to the Midland XTC-280. This action camera is small and light enough to be worn without feeling it and packs a lot of power. It records Full HD (1080p) and HD (720p), it sports a large ON/OFF recording button so it can be easily used by someone wearing motorcycle or ski gloves, wide angle lens, microphone, 5.2MP, image stabilization to make sure you get crisp and stable recording and comes with a submersible case (down to 200 feet or 60 meters) and an universal mount which allows users to use it attached to helmets, motorcycles, snowboards and basically anywhere you can stick an adhesive pad.

We used the Midland XTC-280VP for about a week and and the recordings as well as the camera usability and packed features were OK. The quality could have been better at some points, but hey, don’t forget this is a $90 action camera, not a $400 GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition! Check the attached video to see it for yourself.

$89.82 | BUY NOW
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Aug 282014
 

Gunbrella - The Coolest Riffle To Defend Your From … Rain
If the Samurai Umbrella we told you about earlier was not enough for you and you want something more sophisticated to fight the rain, the Gunbrella must be just what you’re looking for. The Gunbrella is shaped as a riffle (dah!!!), sports a 40-in (103cm) canopy mounted on a 11-in (26cm) handle and opens … guess what … when you pull the riffle trigger! The Gunbrella comes with a sleeve which allows you to carry it on your shoulder, just like a regular riffle.

Little disclaimer – as always when we feature such (misleading) gear – wear it and use it with caution. We don’t want you to get in trouble with local authorities thinking it’s a real gun! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

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Aug 272014
 

Coolest 53 Skull Coffee Mugs You'll Find Around - Ceramic Coffee Mugs, Handmade Skull Coffee Mugs

Here’s a cool selection of skull coffee mugs to help you kicks tart your morning like a real Gothic king Boss!
We searched the net for the coolest skull shaped mugs and we tried to stay away from the regular with painted skull designs. It’s not that they’re not cool enough (hey, we even included one or two models in our selection), but 3D design mugs rule! Anyway, enjoy and make sure you share with your friends, they also want to feel the power of Viking kings flowing through their veins and giving them wings in the morning!

P.S. BTW – We were not able to find the cigar skull mug above for sale anywhere. If you find it in your web surfing quests, please make sure you share it in the comments bellow.

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Aug 262014
 

Pizzeria Pronto Outdoor Pizza Oven From Pizzacraft  - PC6000
Making a good pizza is not an easy job, but, having the right tools, can ease a bit your burden!

The Pizzacraft Pizzeria Pronto is an outdoor pizza oven is designed to help you impress your friends and cook delicious pizzas in minutes. The oven is powered by a regular BBQ propane tank, pre-heats to 700 degrees Fahrenheit (that about 370 degrees Celsius) in about 10 minutes and takes about 5 minutes to cook a pizza.

ALSO CHECK the Balcony BBQ and theStuff-A-Burger Hamburger Press.

To make sure your pizza is “well treated” while cooking, the Pizzeria Pronto features a dual-layer interlocking cordierite pizza stone with a heat-diffusing hollow core that ensures an evenly-baked crust while the reflective heat shield that redirects heat onto the top of the pizza, cooking your toppings at the same rate as your crust. A leg kit (costs an extra $55) is available for those of you who want to raise the oven and cook delicious pizzas in standing position, just like any regular BBQ.

Sounds delicious? The Pizzeria Pronto Outdoor Pizza Oven it’s just a click away … give it a try and let us know about it in the comments …

$180 | BUY NOW
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Aug 222014
 

YardStash III - Outdoor Storage For Bikes, Garden Tools , Pool Gear And Anything Else That Does Not Fit In Your Garage!
I know, you, as most people out there, store most of your stuff in your garage! And if you don’t do it it’s only because you don’t have a garage or it’s already full of gear!!! Just joking …

But, for all of you out there who already filled your garages and for those of you who don’t have a garage or simply don’t want to use It as storage space, the YardStash III is a good solution for storing your gear outside while still protect it from the elements.

ALSO CHECK the Interchangeable Picnic Table And Garden Bench by Merry Garden and the BBQ Picnic Table Hammock we featured earlier.

The YardStash III is 74″ wide x 30″ deep x 65″ high (that’s 1.90 meters wide x 0.75 meters deep x 1.65 meters high), it’s made of “Industrial grade, ripstop, vinyl tarpaulin roof with UPF 50+ protection and an even stronger polyester body bonded to interior weatherproof coating“, provides full protection against dust, water and pests, sports reinforced integrated flooring, large zippers with storm flaps, back panel for locking bikes to a fence or pole and a front mesh vent to eliminate condensation.

Pretty cool, isn’t it?

$129.99 | BUY NOW
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