Apr 182014
 

PapaGo GS330 - The Car DVR Dashboard Camera That Records Your Trips And Assists You Driving [Product Review]

Dashboard cameras are fast becoming a must-have for drivers. They record footage in case of an unhappy event (read crash), many insurance companies accept them as proofs for identifying accident liability, can be used to record trips for fun and, last but not least, can passively assist you while driving.

There are many car camera models available on the market to choose from, and even more manufacturers are turning to this niche every day. Today I’ll walk you over one of the top mid class DVR models (read packed with features but with a decent price) out-there – The PapaGo GS 330 or USGoSafe 300 as it’s sold in US. If you’re eager to see it in action, scroll down to the bottom of the post and check the 4 trip tests I did (sunny and rainy day as well as clear and rainy night) and an unboxing clip.

PapaGo GS330 - The Car DVR Dashboard Camera Safe File Saving

I used this camera for the past 2 weeks now and it was a pleasure to test it. It is compact, easy to mount and un-mount from the windshield holder (the holding mechanism was a bit stiff the first few tries, but after a couple of uses it worked perfectly), it’s made of solid black plastic (no danger if you drop it), very simple to operate (basically it starts recording as soon as you hook up the power source or start the engine if the charger is already plugged in) and set up. The four buttons below the LCD serve navigation in the menu as well as to use the emergency recording function or turn the screen ON/OFF.

The beauty of a dashboard camera or car DVR as some call it is that once you did the initial setup there is no need to tweak the settings like you would with a handheld camcorder. It simply stays in it’s place and records what’s in front of the car. That’s it. So, as recording quality counts mostly with a such gadget, I’ll let go through some of the dashcam features below and I invite you to check the video tests at the bottom of the post for the real deal – recording in action!

Let’s dive into it. As this camera is fully loaded with features I’ll list them in bullet-list form for easier following:

  • A 5MP sensor matched with a F2.0 lens offers great day time recording and performs very well in low light conditions
  • Three quality recording modes: full HD 1080p recording at 30 fps (frames per second); HD 720p at 60 fps and 30 fps
  • 142 degree wide viewing angle helps recording the entire road in front of the car as well as a good part of the sidewalks (you know … in case some crazy stuntman tries to pull one of his tricks when you pass by and jumps in front of your car!!!)PapaGo GS330 - The Car DVR Dashboard Camera 142 Degree Wide Angle Recording
  • Connectivity – the GS330 offers a regular HDMI plug, a classic AV plug (output available in PAL and NTSC), Mini USB for power and PC data transfers, Micro SD card as storage unit for the recorded videos
  • 2″ LCD screen for playback videos, live recording monitoring and camera setup
  • Motion detection mode – leave your car in the parking and if the G Sensor feels someone bump into your car the GS330 will automatically start recording
  • Stop And Go – this is a cool feature. If your anything like me, your stops at the red light are full SMS and browsing sessions. The Stop And Go feature monitors the car in front of you and when it detects it departed lets you know via a beep that it’s time to let your friends alone and start driving
  • Lights Reminder – Detects low light conditions and let you know via a beep and a visual display that it’s time to turn the lights ON
  • Driver Fatigue Alarm – You can set this feature to remind you to take breaks every now and then to avoid driving fatigue
  • Speed Restriction Signs – this is another cool feature – the car DVR constantly monitors the sides of the road and notifies you whenever it notices a speed sign. The new speed restriction is also displayed on the dashcam’s LCD screen.PapaGo GS330 - The Car DVR Dashboard Camera F2.0 Lens 5MP Sensor
  • Cycle Recording – the dash camera saves the recorded file every 5 minutes and automatically starts a new one. The last 10 files are saved on the Micro SD card and, when recording an 11th file, the oldest one is overwritten. This way, by cycling the files, you always have available the last 10 recording (that’s the last 50 minutes of your driving trip)
  • Auto Bump Files Copy – this features automatically saves the files when a hit/bump/accident is noted by the camera. This way, if you’re involved in an accident, you’re sure the recorded files are not overwritten by newer files and you can use them in your defense
  • Emergency Recording and Snapshots – Simply press the Emergency button on the camera and it will record a new fill which will not be included in the cycling recording
  • Auto Start – If you decide to leave your dashboard camera in the car, simply start your car in the morning and the GS330 starts recording automatically
  • Mounting Options – Windshield mount (included with the GS330) and Dashboard (a dashbag is needed for this option)

Take a minute and check the test recordings below to see the Papago USGoSafe 330 in action and let me know in the comments your take on it or if you have any questions about it.

$135 | BUY NOW
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Apr 122014
 

Heinz Beanzawave - The Worlds Smallest USB Powered Microwave Oven
The Heinz Beanzawave is believed to be the world’s smallest portable USB microwaves ever built!
Ok … don’t run to your wallet to grab you credit card yet! The story behind the Heinz Beanzawave is that the iconic food company wanted to make a micro heater for their Heinz Snap Pot portions and, before releasing it to the masses, they decided to first wait for the public’s impressions …

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Well, the project was initially presented back in 2009, so I guess people did not appreciate the idea as much as Heinz expected as I don’t see the Beanzawave at the electronics shop around the corner! But there’s still hope … regardless it’s already 5 years old, the project is still cool and I really hope they release it to the market one day!

$TBA | BUY NOW
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Apr 092014
 

MyIDkey – Military Grade, Biometric Password Manager And USB Drive
Are you tired of all those passwords you have to remember? Work station, email, bank account, Facebook and the rest of the social world out there and the list goes one and on! I personally use LastPass to manage all my logins. They also offer Android and iPhone apps (paid) which allow you to have access to your credentials while on your mobile device. It’s a good password manager, if you don’t use already it take a look at it and give it a chance.

On the other hand, if you don’t like to keep your credentials and info on the cloud and you prefer local encrypted storage, the MyIDkey is a good choice. The device offers military grade data encryption, biometric locking and unlocking, credentials manager as well as 16GB of storage for your sensitive files. The MyIDkey features a small screen for accessing your logins straight from the device and can be connected to your Android and iOs devices via a dedicated free app by Bluetooth, USB or WiFi. Connecting your MyIDkey to your smartphone gives you instant access to your passwords as well as to the files stored on the USB storage. Simply connect the app with the MyIDkey. swipe your finger on the device to authenticate and you’re ready to roll!

$249 | BUY NOW
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Apr 082014
 

Withings Pulse - The Most Complete Fitness Gadget Out There
The Withings Pulse is a good contender to be the most complete fitness tracker around!
Designed with minimalism and portability in mind the Withings Pulse easily slips in your pocket or clips to your belt or even T-Shirt and tracks a plethora of useful information about your fitness sessions. The information is automatically synced via Bluetooth to the free Withings Heath Mate app (available for Android and iOs) which allows easy stats analysis and graphic display of your data sets.

ALSO CHECK The Basis System Helps You Build Healthy Habits (from MyBasis) and the Fitbit Force -The Wireless Activity & Sleep Wristband for two other cool activity trackers.

The Withings fitness gadget tracks steps, calories, distance and speed, climbed elevation, allows exercising alerts setting, analyses your sleep cycle and allows heart rate monitoring to asses stress, workout intensity or the overall fitness level. The device is powered by an USB rechargeable battery (two weeks battery life on one charge), sports an OLED touchscreen for checking the data on the go and works with over 100 fitness partner apps so you can easily find the perfect setup for your exercising taste.

$99.99 | BUY NOW
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Apr 032014
 

Kisai Console Acetate LED - Futuristic Form Watch From TokioFlash
Here’s another cool wristwatch from TokioFlash.
The Kisai Console Acetate LED Watch, like all watches manufactured by TokioFlash, has a different way of telling the time. With this model, the Japanese watch maker chose LED’s to display the time in a futuristic way: the hexagon digits indicate hours, the gauge at the bottom of the dial screen indicate five minutes intervals and the side level indicates single minutes. You simply ad up the info, and there you are.

While the time telling mechanism seems a little bit strange, it will only take you minutes to get used and you’ll not be left scratching your head when a stranger asks you what time it is!

ALSO CHECK the Minimalist Analog Watch, another cool watch from TokiaFlash.com

On the technical side, the Kisai Console Acetate wristwatch‘s case is made of stainless steel, the strap is made of hand cut, machined and polished pure white acetate (if wonder what acetate is: “Acetate is a special material used in the production of high end sunglasses and other fashion accessories“), the lens is manufactured of smoked mineral crystal and the watch gets it’s power from an USB rechargeable battery (a 3.5 hours charge will keep you running for about one month).

The Kisai Console Acetate is manufactured in a limited edition so, if you felt in love with this model, hurry up to order one as stocks are limited and you risk loosing it for good!

$149 | BUY NOW
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Mar 252014
 

Universal Touch Screen Camera Adaptor For Laptops
Either you like it or not, most last generation laptop models come touch enabled screens. But what to do with older models (read even last generation models), which don’t feature touch technology, when you realize you need it for various tasks or simply for improving the comfort of your online browsing?

Here’s where the Touch Screen Camera For Laptops comes into the game. The adapter is compatible with Windows 8 and higher devices, comes with a stylus pen to help navigation or to completely replace your mouse and even has a built-in webcam for various video recording needs. For those of you asking yourselves how this gadget works – it can’t get simpler than that – simply mount the converter on your screen, instal the driver, hook-up the USB plug and your ready to go.

While the device is a bit bulky to be carried around mounted on your laptop, I can see some more usage advantages for desktop PC’s fix fixed screens (think about those 21″+ screens you have at home and office).

$42.47 | BUY NOW
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Mar 182014
 

Roku Streaming Stick Or How To Stream The Web To Your TV
The Roku Steaming Stick was designed to offer the same goodies as the Google Chromecast and even more. If Google’s smart stick limits wireless content streaming to whatever Google Chrome can run, the Roku gadget turns your TV into a streaming mean machine and allows you to access over 1,000 TV channels, Netflix, Youtube and over 31,000 movies (new content added constantly). You can even stream Netflix and Youtube content straight from your smartphone or tablet via dedicated apps.

ALSO READ: Roku 3 HD Streaming Box and Airtame – Wireless HDMI Connection Between Devices

The gadget streams your content in full HD mode via an existing Wi-Fi network, has a slick design (the stick or the USB charging cable will not be visible from the back of your TV) and comes with a remote controller designed to allow you full control of the device.
Available for pre-order with delivery schedule for the second part of April 2014.

$49.99 | BUY NOW

 

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