Inspected Gadget: iPad Stereo Docks, or lack thereof

The iPad’s screen interface is great for audio control, so I went searching for decent stereo docks for the device that would also serve as a charging station, etc. There’s not much available: The Philips Fidelios DS8550 looks pretty nice, if not slightly on the pricey side, and has an app that controls some of the dock’s features, like the alarm. The iHome IA100 is another option. And that’s it – just two – unless there is a massive wave of them on the way.

Inspected Gadget: Parrot AR.Drone Quadricopter


Up ’til now, prototype videos of the  iPhone-controlled Parrot AR.Drone Quadricopter have been floating around, but it’s now available for purchase. Pretty slick quadricopter design allows for multidirectional movement. While it’s obviously cool that the app for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch serves as a remote control for the drone’s movement, it’s even cooler that it displays a video feed from the front of the vehicle, and even better are the game apps that track scoring in dogfights and other types of augmented-reality battles.

Via a few sites

Inspected Gadget: AAXA M1 Ultimate Microprojector

AAXA’s M1 “Ultimate” is an update to their “M1” line of micro projectors. It’s got a nice new aluminum case, light output rated at 75 lumens, SVGA resolution, and a built in SD card slot. While not a hardcore projector replacement, consider how portable this thing is and the multiple possible non-intrusive uses (photo projector, temporary video setup, etc).

The prior version is also still available, though case is plastic and total light output is 66 Lumens.

Via OhGizmo!

Inspected Gadget: Nikon Coolpix P7000

Nikon’s answer to Canon’s G11 (G9 and G10 before that) is the Nikon Coolpix P7000. The industrial design is so absolutely similar that at first glance it’s hard to tell the two apart. The real differences lie in the target user. These ‘higher end’ point and shoot models offer the same interfaces and software setup as their much larger professional DSLR siblings, which make them a great lightweight alternative for photographers who don’t want to lug a big expensive unit around, but want familiarity with the interface, and want to stick within Nikon’s camera system. Alternate use: a cheaper way to figure out which pro brand interface and software flavor you prefer, before you invest in a larger DSLR. Pics of top and back after the jump.

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Inspected Gadget: Logitech Revue for Google TV

History is repeating itself in the digital space…. Google TV promises to be what Web tv (a.k.a. MSN TV) was hoping to be in years past, but with a newer take on search implementation that can work with your existing tv and video content. It needs some hardware – either an internet ready television with the Google TV app installed, or a setup like the Logitech Revue which is available for preorder, which is most notable for its keyboard and (yet another ~$300) box to hook up to your television. The techier amongst you might find this somewhat pointless, as you probably store your stuff in your own formats and locations, and might have a computer already hooked up as a media center…. but it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Inspected Gadget: Samson Zoom Q3HD Video Camera

The Samson Zoom Q3HD is befitting of my obsession with flip cam-style HD cameras that can actually record audio well. Two microphones angled at 120 degrees for good live music recording, and it even uses two regular AA batteries instead of a dedicated battery pack. Records in full 1080P HD and uses SDHC cards up to 32GB. No release date on this version as of yet, though the old non-HD version is still available.

Inspected Gadget: Aiptek 3D-HD Camcorder

The Aiptek 3D-HD 3D Camcorder is getting some decent reviews even though it’s the first-gen item of its kind. Think about it- for a price similar to the newest flip cams you get the ability to shoot actual 3D video and still photos… and review them through a small built-in 3D parallax display (which means you don’t have to use special glasses). Outputs to 2D for regular viewing and 3D formats for viewing on larger screens that have the capability, and they’re even readying an 8-inch diagonal 3D photo/video viewing frame. Worth experimenting with for sure.

Inspected Gadget: Homemade Space Camera

What have you done with your HD camera lately?

Inspected Gadget: mophie juice pack air for iPhone 4

The newest version of the mophie juice pack air for iPhone 4 protects your phone and greatly extends power for all your smartphone needs via its built in battery system. This version is pretty sleek and matches the shape of the device quite nicely – wrapping the corners and adding a small curved bump shape to the back of the phone (the prior version for the 3G phone nicely matched the curved shape, but thickened the phone somewhat more).

Inspected gadget: Painting With iPad Light

Dentsu London worked through a 3D modeling process, long-exposure photography and video to create some beautiful work using an Apple iPad as a light painting device.

Inspected Gadget: Nikon D7000

Engadget has a sweet hands-on video of the forthcoming Nikon D7000. DPreview has one on hand as well, and has a pretty good writeup of their experience so far.

Inspected Gadget: Panasonic 3D Camcorder

Check out this monster: Panasonic’s 3D camcorder (a.k.a. the HDC-SDT750K). It claims to be the “world’s first consumer 3D camcorder.” Attach that crazy lens unit in the front and live the glory of 3D for your home movies.