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.
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:
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 $129.
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These noise-cancelling headphones are Filipino-designed
Three stars and a sun!
Three stars and a sun. That’s a quick way to describe the Philippine flag and those exact elements are present on the PH3 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones.
Of course there’s the red and blue colors as well. Those have been carefully integrated as highlights along the earcups of the headphones making for one of the more minimalist approaches to adapting the Philippine flag.
The PH3 is more than just it’s looks. These headphones made by H-Audio Technologies promises to mask out background noise of up to 15-20 dB between 50-500 Hz. Can’t confirm as of publishing how good exactly that is but we’ll let you know when we get a review unit. It has a 20-meter range and has 20-hour maximum battery life.
The PH3 headphones is now available at select The Loop by Power Mac Center branches for PhP 7,480 (US$ 144).
Singaporean designer brand UNIQ brings its stylish accessories to the Philippines
No, it’s not UNIQLO
Yet another designer brand has entered the Philippine market. Originally from Singapore, UNIQ has launched in the Philippines, introducing its product lineup as well as its plans for expansion.
UNIQ produces elegantly designed cases for iPhones, Apple Watches, iPads, AirPods, and even MacBooks. Non-iPhone users don’t have to worry as the brand has Android cases for Samsung, and cases for Huawei is in the works.
Aside from dressing up your gadgets, UNIQ has something for those who want to stay connected and organized. For instance, they have a sleek, smart cable organizer for Lightning and USB-C cables. Additionally, they offer wireless charging pads, power banks, and charging stations equipped with USB-C which supports quick charging, as well.
Furthermore, UNIQ has power adapters and travel chargers compatible with over 150 countries. They also have beautifully crafted pouches, sleeves, and bags to protect your devices while you travel.
Officially distributed by Macpower, a distributor for Globe, Power Mac Centers, and Lazada, the products will become available when they open their first kiosk on June 22 at 4F Cyberzone, The Annex Building, SM City North EDSA. Suggested retail prices range from PhP 1,000 to PhP 5,000.
Pantone accessories are here to complement your style!
We want ’em all!
Over the years, Pantone has grown as an authority and standard for colors. What was once a color guide for designers has become a part of contemporary culture. As people started identifying themselves through Pantone’s colored chips, manufacturers capitalized on this trend by incorporating Pantone into their products.
Through Pantone Universe licensing, manufacturers can apply Pantone’s branding and popular design. I’ve seen different applications, mostly on fashion and lifestyle accessories, but seeing it on computer peripherals and other electronics is a total treat.
Originally manufactured by DataPlus Supplies Inc., this Taiwanese company sells Pantone-licensed accessories that you’ll definitely buy to match your style.
For instance, they sell gaming accessories in different shades of blue. One of their best-looking is the teal-colored one, as it deviates from the usual blue and black combination used by gamers in their gaming setups.
You can also make a statement using these Pantone-colored USB fans and speakers when you’re traveling, especially in hot and humid countries. Fabulous, right?
For those who want to stay connected, stay away from the usual white and black power banks and get a Pantone-colored unit! There’s a rare chance of losing it compared to when you use a more generic power bank. And oh, they also have wireless chargers!
If you truly embrace Pantone’s branding, there’s a bag carrying the color guide’s popular design.
Lastly, there’s a whole line of computer accessories and electronics waiting for you. Pantone really found its way into our lives and yes, we want all of them!
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