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Insta360 Camera Review

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the Insta360 will write you a novel.

This is the next best thing to actually being there: go to the beach, explore mountains, experience skateboarding, all from the comfort of your screen. This small, nifty gadget paints a pretty picture — literally, with the whole 360 degrees in it. What the Insta360 offers is a whole new interactive perspective.

Plug and play

The Insta360 Nano camera is easy enough to use. Just plug into your phone, download the Insta360 app, and you’re ready to go!

You have the option to shoot 360 photos or videos and post them on your social media accounts. There are also time-lapse and photo-countdown settings.

It should be noted, though, that the camera is designed to connect to the Lighting port at the bottom of the iPhone. This means your phone is upside down while you’re using the Insta360. Although this is no problem when you’re in the Insta360 app which automatically flips, switching to different apps with the camera on can be quite cumbersome.

An all-around camera…

… literally! It’s not called a 360 cam for nothing; it leaves no area unphotographed! (Well, except for that small blind spot where the camera is mounted.)

The 360 on video is a whole new experience altogether. You can swipe around to change perspective or move your phone around to explore.

The above video was shot with the Insta360 Air, which is the Android-compatible version of the camera.

Choices, choices

Although admittedly very cool, the Insta360 does not limit its output to just these 360 photos and videos.

The app allows you to post your photos and videos in ways other than the 360 interactive format, which result in cute, unique photos such as this:

Sharing the photo in “Tiny Planet” format

Options even include a square video format:

The best part? You can now go on Facebook Live with the Insta360. Imagine all the possibilities!

Is this your GadgetMatch?

Though the Insta360 camera may be too much for just selfies and group photos, this is definitely a useful gadget for the connected traveler. Imagine scaling mountains and finally being able to share the whole view with people who weren’t able to make the trip!

Regrettably, these cameras won’t work without a phone, and for some people, plugging in is one extra step they just cannot be bothered with. Then again, the phone connection allows you to view your photos and videos in real time, ensuring you get the shot you want, ready for sharing.

I believe that part of every adventure are the stories you come home with and the tales you live to tell about. If you’re anything like me, you’re going to like the Insta360.

The Insta360 Nano (for iPhone) retails at $199 and the Insta360 Air (for Android) retails for $129.

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BAUBAX 2.0: A travel jacket for all your needs

Pockets for all your gadgets!

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Traveling can be a pain with all the gadgets and gizmos we carry around. One company sought to solve all these problems with a travel jacket that will cater to your every need while in transit.

The BAUBAX travel jacket, with 15 different utility features (including dedicated pockets for your phone and your tablet), was born for this. Backed by almost 50,000 people with a total of US$ 9 million pledges on Kickstarter, this travel jacket has shipped out and is hailed as the “Swiss Army Knife of travel jackets.” Yep, it’s that good.

But now, BAUBAX is back with a new travel jacket and it has even more functions than the last one. Introducing, the BAUBAX 2.0:

Aside from our favorites which include a dedicated phone pocket and power bank pocket…

… there’s also a tiny pocket for your AirPods.

As if that wasn’t enough, there are built-in AirPods straps so you’ll never have to worry about losing them.


There’s even a dedicated Apple Pencil pocket! Don’t worry, there’s a pocket for your iPad, too.

Other cool features include a retractable keychain, a zipper pen, a foldable water bottle, travel blanket, and a whole lot more.

Despite all these amazingly useful functions, the best part is it actually looks good. It comes in four styles: vest, windbreaker, bomber, and sweatshirt. There’s a perfect one for each of your different travel itineraries, whether it be a camping trip, road trip, long plane ride, or just everyday wear.

Women are not left out! The four designs also come in women’s sizes which is a great thing because as we girls know, there’s a different fit that looks better on women’s bodies.

You can check out more of what the BAUBAX 2.0 can do on their Kickstarter page — there’s still a few days left to pledge!

Travelling will never be the same again — and in a good way. I’m definitely sold on this jacket. I want one of each color. 😛

SEE ALSO: Drones fly luxury Dolce & Gabbana handbags on the runway

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Xiaomi announces Mi Crowdfunding program for products in India

Mi Bluetooth Audio Receiver and Mi Selfie Stick Tripod are currently available

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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has announced a new program called Mi Crowdfunding in India. Under this program, Xiaomi will post a curated list of innovation-driven products and the company will start selling these products only when a specified number of people support the product.

Crowdfunding is used by companies to test consumer interest for unique products, usually when companies aren’t sure of the product’s success. Under this program, the interested customers show their support by paying the product’s price in advance.

However, only after reaching a certain sales number will the product be shipped to the customer. In case the product fails to meet the targeted sales in the set timeline, customers will get their money back.

To kick off Mi Crowdfunding, Xiaomi has introduced two new products: the Mi Bluetooth Audio Receiver and Mi Selfie Stick Tripod, which are priced at INR 999 (US$ 15) and INR 1,099 (US$ 17) respectively. The first is a headphone amplifier that connects to smartphones via Bluetooth 4.2. The tripod selfie stick does exactly what it says — it’s a combination of a tripod and a selfie stick. It also comes with a Bluetooth shutter remote control.

Mi Bluetooth Audio Receiver

Mi Selfie Stick Tripod

 

The platform accepts payments via most online payment methods, but Cash on Delivery (CoD) is not accepted. Online payment methods include credit card/debit card, internet banking, and payment wallets. Further, in the event that the price of a certain product is changed, those who have already paid will not be affected.

Xiaomi India’s Online Sales Head Raghu Reddy said that the crowdfunding platform, which was only operational in China until now, will help Xiaomi gauge what products buyers want. Xiaomi will bring new products to the platform every quarter.

SEE ALSO: Mi MIX 2S hands-on: Xiaomi’s pride and joy

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Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset First Look

It ‘hears’ audio in 3D — just like how our ears work

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Sennheiser has once again proven its authority when it comes to audio equipment.

The German company recently launched its inaugural Sound Forum in the Philippines following Indonesia and Thailand. This comes as their very own audio education initiative that offers insights based on Sennheiser’s expertise from years in the industry.

Things like selecting the right headphones for you, the right microphone for video-related production, proper maintenance of gear, and more are tackled at the forum.

A slew of audio solutions were also on display, but one of the products that caught our attention was the Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset. It was made available towards the end of last year and not only does it offer high fidelity audio, it also features noise cancellation, speech enhancement for calls, situational awareness, and true binaural sound recording.

In layman’s terms: True binaural recording means it records audio just like how your ears perceive sound.

Sennheiser teamed up with American digital audio company Apogee Electronics to come up with this device. It basically uses microphones embedded in each ear to mimic how the ears hear sound. With them around, you can shoot a video on your phone and audio will be recorded just like how you hear things at that moment.

We tried it for a short while and we’re actually impressed at how faithful it reproduced sound happening around us with extra depth and space.

We weren’t able to save the short video we took but above is a sample of the Sennheiser AMBEO at work.

As of the moment, this headset is only compatible with iPhones through a Lightning connector. Although the company says it will also be available for Android devices in the future.

Sennheiser believes 3D audio is the future of enhancing users’ listening experience and the AMBEO line might just be a step in the right direction.

The Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset retails for US$ 399.

SEE ALSO: Sony WH-1000XM2 hands-on: A new experience

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