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Insta360 ONE hands-on: Stepping up 360 videos

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360 cameras have been all the rage these days, but none of the new camera releases have really excited me — until now. Insta360’s newest device promises a new camera experience, and it may very well be a game-changer in the video department.

The Insta360 ONE is the latest release from the Shenzen-based company known for their 360-degree cameras. With the launch of this new gadget and following the success of their last plug-and-play devices, I was left wondering: What more could they do with the technology?

Insta360 ONE boxed

The answer? A lot more.

The Insta360 ONE is a tiny device that fits in the palm of my hand and is capable of 4K 360-degree videos, 24-megapixel photos, real-time 360 video streaming, and video stabilization.

Insta360 ONE camera

At the bottom of the device, we find a micro-USB port for charging and a small switch to release the Lightning connector for your iPhone. The Insta360 ONE is only compatible with iPhones at the moment, but Android users need not worry as there’s an Android version coming soon.

Insta360 ONE lightining socket

On one side, the Insta360 ONE has a socket for screwing on any standard tripod mount or even selfie sticks. The same side houses the microSD card slot which allows you to take photos and videos even without plugging the camera into your phone!

Insta360 ONE standard tripod mound and microSD card slot

The camera also comes with this handy cover case which may be turned into a stand — pretty convenient!

Insta360 ONE on stand

Plugged into your phone, the camera looks like this. It’s not the most stable mount but, surprisingly, it hasn’t fallen off my phone in the two days I’ve been using it — yet.

Insta360 ONE plugged into the iPhone

The Insta360 ONE comes with the Insta360 app. Once downloaded, you just plug the camera in and start shooting.

If you’ve used the Insta360 Nano, the app interface will be quite familiar to you — it has similar menus and you still have to use it with your iPhone upside down. The whole phone flipping bit still bothers me (as it bothered me when I used the Nano), though I do realize that until Apple decides to relocate their ports to the top of the phone, Insta360 has no choice in the matter.

Insta360 ONE app

What has changed with the app is the new editing tool. This addition may very well be what could revolutionize video shooting on 360 cameras, and I’m not even exaggerating here. ?

Insta360 ONE app

The Insta360 app allows you to go through the 360 video footage you just shot and frame your video according to whatever point-of-view you’d prefer. Think this: You’re reshooting the same scene with the benefit of having the whole 360-degree view, only this time around, you have control of what you see on your non-360 video.

Let’s be real: As cool as 360 videos are, unless you have the patience or the right tech for it, we don’t really watch them as much.

With the Insta360 ONE, that may change. This device allows for a more practical application to 360 videos — one that allows people to create and consume videos shot on the 360-degree format the way they would with normal videos.

Girl taking photo with the Insta360 ONE

In theory, this seems like the most awesome thing ever. Undeniably, I’m very excited to try this new camera out more. Just think of all the vlog possibilities!

The Insta360 ONE retails at US$ 300.

SEE ALSO: Insta360 Camera Review

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Cauldryn Fyre V2 is a smart mug you’ll want to own

This smart mug will make mornings easy

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Imagine a world where your coffee will brew itself upon your command. Well, folks, that world is real.

Of all the cool things we saw at CES 2018, it was this device that totally made our Vegas mornings.

The Cauldryn Fyre V2 is not your ordinary mug. This 16 ounce, stainless steel beauty keeps your beverage hot in a vacuum insulated bottle. The mug itself allows you to maintain a certain temperature all day so your coffee stays hot and your juice cold.

It also has Google Assistant! Now all you need to do is tell your mug to brew coffee and it will.

It’s fully modular — attachable accessories allow you to do so many things. You can choose to attach a blender and grind your own coffee beans; there’s a percolator accessory, a Bluetooth speaker base, and even a lantern with a bug zapper for outdoor adventures with your Cauldryn.

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but true innovation happens when you can talk your water bottle into making you coffee.

MORE ON CES 2018: GadgetMatch LIVE coverage

SEE ALSO: 6 must-have products for your smart home

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Motorola outs new Moto Mods for productivity and health care

New Year, New Moto Mods

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Motorola is keeping their Moto Mod lineup updated with two new accessories: Lenovo Vital Moto Mod and Livermorium Slider Keyboard Moto Mod.

The Vital Mod from Motorola’s parent company is a health accessory which can accurately measure key vital signs including heart rate, respiratory rate, Pulse Ox, and core body temperature, as well as systolic and diastolic blood pressure from the finger. If you don’t want to carry your usual health kit with you, this Moto Mod is a smart alternative as long as, of course, you have a compatible Moto Z handset.

Users who likes to type on a physical keyboard will be fond of the Livermorium Slider Keyboard. This accessory is the grand prize winner of Moto’s first Transform the Smartphone Challenge in partnership with Indiegogo. It features a full QWERTY keyboard and tilts the phone up to 60 degrees for easier typing when on the go.

Motorola will have the Livermorium Slider Keyboard Moto Mod on sale sometime before March for US$ 99, while the Lenovo Vital Moto Mod will be available for purchase in April for US$ 395. If you have a Moto Z, you can also check out these products and more on the Moto Z Market app which is available in the Google Play Store in countries where the phone is for sale.

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LG’s new projector throws a 150-inch 4K screen to your wall

Can play HDR video!

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While TV screens are continually getting bigger, LG hasn’t given up on the projector market. At CES 2018, the company is bringing a new 4K projector that breaks barriers without breaking wallets.

The LG HU80K is the company’s first 4K UHD projector. It promises ultra-sharp and vibrant images that rival those in the UHD TV segment. The tech’s promise has already garnered it a Best of Innovation award at CES.

The home-ready system can deliver up to a 150-inch screen at a blazing 2,500 lumens. At its size, the projector can easily playback videos at Blu-ray resolution. In addition, it’s compatible with HDR 10, allowing for images that will make you reconsider your TV purchases.

Image source: LG Newsroom

Despite its power, the HU80K is designed to be smaller than its competitors. The reduced size allows for a more conservative price that shouldn’t break the bank. Concept images also hint that the projector is capable of short-throw usage.

Its upright design makes the projector compatible with both portable and mounted use. Those who prefer the projector on a stand will enjoy the included carrying handle and Auto Cord feature. The Mirror Reflector may also act as a cover for the lens when the projector isn’t in use. A pair of built-in 7W speakers negates the need for an external sound bar or speaker system.

As for content, the HU80K comes with LG’s webOS 3.5 interface. The system enables access to the standard array of streaming services. The device is also compatible with USB, Ethernet, and HDMI cables. It also includes wireless support for keyboards and mice.

The LG HU80K projector joins LG’s new audio options and smart kitchen appliances on display at CES 2018.

SEE ALSO: LG builds a smart kitchen that ‘talks’ to you and your home

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