Kodak recently invited me to an event where I was introduced to their Pulse digital frame ($120). The 7-inch display screen can receive photos via your home wireless network and its own email address, meaning all I have to do is email grandma pictures (either from my computer, or more often from my phone), and they will automatically show up on her frame. For hip grandmas who are already networking on Facebook, the frame can automatically display photos posted to friends' Facebook accounts. Given the amount of time I've spent teaching my family how to download photos, taking a few minutes to email their frame photos at the end of each week may spare me a few hours each month.
If you've been following along with all the exciting gadget action coming out of CES, you'd know there's a ton of new products about to hit the market that are smart, sassy, and even kinda pretty. For the geek on the go, there's plenty of ways to wire yourself so you're prepared for anything — check out my picks for the gadget "must haves" from CES so far.
The Playsport boasts a two-inch color LCD display and allows you to upload your videos (or stills) right to YouTube or Facebook with its built in USB and software. Sounds familiar, right? The only difference between this and other mini HD camcorders is that this baby can record in up to 10 feet of water. That's right, water. The Playsport comes in three colors (abyss black, wave crash blue, and rush purple), is compatible with both Macs and PCs, and will hit shelves in April for $150.
After the success of the Zi6 pocket recorder, Kodak has decided to improve their line-up of camcorders by introducing the Zi8, which can easily be compared to Pure Digital's latest — the Flip Ultra HD. Available in red, black, and blue for only $180, the Zi8 offers 1080p recording, a 2.5-inch LCD display, a SD card slot, Facebook functionality, and can capture 5-megapixel stills. Kodak even announced that it'll be able to capture video in low-lighting conditions, something the Flip hasn't been able to do. I'd have to get my hands on one to see if it's better than the Flip in terms of usability and quality, but I'm definitely liking what I'm hearing!
- It's still waiting on approval before it hits the iTunes Store, but there's actually a Swine Flu Tracker iPhone App that will show you threat levels and confirmed and suspected cases. — TechCrunch
- Did you know that today is RSS Awareness Day? Yeah, me neither. Learn what a RSS Reader is and why it will change your life. — Read Write Web
- Find out what the general public has to say about one of our cell phone rant issues: whether it's rude to talk on your cell phone while waiting in line. — Switched
- Kodak's latest camera, the ultrazoom Z980 takes video in full HD and offers 12-megapixel resolution and a 24x optical zoom lens. It's priced at $399.99. — CrunchGear
- Looks like the Internet has been in overdrive since the swine flu was announced. May people are rushing to search sites like Google and Yahoo to look for information and up-to-the-minute news on the swine flu. — USA Today
I spied this collection of vintage packaging the other day, and while I was charmed, I'm sure, I didn't think anything would make me long for the days before digital.
But there you have it — vintage packaging of a Kodak film canister. The white metal can is a million times more fun than a memory card, and it's having me consider becoming a collector of these. They'd be so useful! They could hold jewelry, memory cards, any small goods. . . I feel an obsession coming on.
Wow, the adorable Obama girls are impressing me more and more each day. We already knew that Malia rocked a Kodak M893 digital camera during the inauguration festivities on Tuesday, well the other night, her little sis' Sasha was spotted with a Flip video camcorder at the We Are the Future Kids Ball. Considering Santa brought them a Wii this year for Christmas, I can't say I'm surprised by all their tech toys!
- Barack Obama's oldest daughter, Malia Obama, used her purplish/blue Kodak M893 camera this morning to photograph her dad giving the inaugural address. — Gizmodo
- Ever wonder how the Asus Eee PC Touch UI operates? Now you can watch a video that takes the user interface for a test drive. — CrunchGear
- Here are some sites that will help you find out whether or not your neighborhood is safe. — Switched
- Check out some of today's biggest tech deals, including an all-in-one Epson printer for $60 . — Boing Boing
- iFlyz has just announced a new media stand for the iPhone that costs $30. — Unplggd
At CES this week, Kodak showed off its 7.6-inch OLED digital picture frame that can store up to 10,000 photos on 2GB of internal memory. Usually I don't go ga ga over digital picture frames — I feel they are best suited for parents or grandparents — but I can't help but take notice at the plethora of functions this model has. With WiFi that can connect to RSS feeds, Flickr, and Kodak Gallery accounts, and you can access the news, weather and sports. It also comes with a quick touch border and a 180-degree viewing angle, this is far more than a digital frame.
This OLED frame was on sale on Amazon for $999, but is currently out of stock, but I'd keep checking back if you've got some really rich relatives that are on the lookout for one.
I'm obviously a big fan of the Flip Video camera because of its portability and simple video uploading functions. My YouTube page has never been easier to populate! And of course, since the Flip was first on the scene, there are bound to be challengers pop up with improved capabilities. Enter the Kodak Zi6 Pocket Video Camera.
Coming just in time for the holiday season on Oct. 1, the Zi6 boasts some pretty impressive specs: HD recording at 16:9 aspect ratio, flip-out USB connector, 2.4-inch screen, on board slow motion playback, tripod mountable body, and an expandable SD/SDHC card slot that can hold up to 32 GB, which equals hours of video fun. The Zi6 is priced at an affordable $180 in your choice of black or pink, and will come stocked with video editing software to let you personalize your flicks with text, music, and still-photo extraction for sharing. It's the newest evolution in on-the-go video cameras! I'm definitely adding this bad boy to my Christmas list this year!