Thursday, July 30, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - July 29, 2009 – Joby, the world renowned designer of the Gorillapod line of innovative camera tripods, is pleased to announce the Gorillamobile. Representing the first product in a new product line, the Gorillamobile promises unparalleled tripod compatibility for almost all mobile devices. Featuring the critically acclaimed ball-and-socket tripod legs that affix to and balance on any surface, the Gorillamobile provides consumers with a universal system for mounting any portable device. Photo-taking, video-recording, talking and movie-watching have never been easier!

The Gorillamobile is ideal for mobile phones, PDAs, MP3 players, portable gaming devices, GPS units, mini video cameras, pocket projectors and almost any other mobile device a consumer might want to utilize in a hands-free manner. The Gorillamobile pack includes a custom-engineered suction cup mounting system, two removable high-bond adhesive clips and the traditional universal camera adapter to ensure maximum compatibility. Whether the user needs a temporary hold or prefers something more permanent, the adapters provide the solution.

"The Gorillamobile will satisfy the overwhelming demand we've had to develop a portable and delightful product for the person seeking a tripod and flexible mounting system for all his mobile devices," said Joby COO Forrest Baringer-Jones. "The Gorillamobile truly creates endless possibilities and is sure to become a ‘can't leave home without it' product."

The Gorillamobile weighs under 2 ounces, is just under 6-inches tall and has a MSRP of $34.95. The product will ship in late summer and will be available globally.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Professional Flash Set - Soft Diffuser + Honey Comb + Conical Snoot + Barndoor + Mini Reflector + Globe Diffuser

If you’ve spent a lot of time behind a camera, you’ve no doubt discovered just how much of an impact lighting has on your pictures. Sure, you can make do with that built-in flash on your DSLR, but if you really want some great shots, you’ll need to cough up the dough for a decent flash. Once you’ve done that, you can pick up this awesome kit from Brando that will really let you do some cool stuff.

This kit includes 6 different flash accessories that will drastically improve the quality of your shots. I’m still in the learning process myself, and for USD $88, this kit certainly looks tempting.

You get the standard light modifiers: a circular honeycomb grid, a softbox, a set of barn-doors and a neat, extendible conical snoot. You also get the more unusual globe diffusor, which looks just like a lightbulb and should aid in getting the go-everywhere “bare bulb” look, a beauty dish (called a mini-reflector, here) and the odd plastic flash adapter, which itself looks like it could give a nice strong central beam with soft edges.

The adapter is supplied in different sizes and will even fit the monster Nikon SB900 and Vivitar 285HV strobes. The only problem will come if this is just too thin and plasticky to last. Other than that, it looks like a sound addition to any strobist’s kit.

You can get it from here.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Archos 9 PCtablet

Archos is throwing the keyboard out the window for its new netbook, the Archos 9 PCtablet. The 9-inch screen is touch sensitive, so all typing is done on onscreeen. The design allows this netbook to weigh under 2 pounds, and it's only 0.63 inches thick.

It's not just about what's on the outside, though. The Archos 9 uses the new Intel Atom Z515 processor, boasts a 60GB or 120GB hard drive, has built-in Bluetooth, and features two antennas to receive DVBT TV with diversity reception. As a final bonus, this model comes standard with Microsoft Windows 7.

Look for the PCtablet to ship this fall; no pricing information has been announced as yet.