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  • Insert Coin: LineCam is a high-flying cable car system for your camera

    In Insert Coin, we look at an exciting new tech project that requires funding before it can hit production. If you’d like to pitch a project, please send us a tipwith “Insert Coin” as the subject line.


    Father and son team Nick and Larry Braun want to build a portable zip line system for cameras. Problem is, predictably, design and manufacturing cost a lot of money. So, the two have turned to Kickstarter and are asking for a little help in getting their LineCam project off the ground. The duo are actually building two different models: the simple, gravity-powered Glide and the motorized Flow. Both are wheeled carts that attach to a cable and have mounts for various cameras, including standard tripod mounts for shuttling DSLRs through the air. The Glide is capable of using smaller gauge line and has a simpler rigging assembly, which helps keep cost and weight down. The remote controlled Flow, on the other hand, requires a much more robust setup.

    The Flow is definitely the more interesting of the two products. Rather than simply riding the cable under the the influence of physics, it features an RF remote with speed control and the ability to run in reverse. And the 10,900mAh battery is charged in part by a regenerative breaking system packed into the shuttle. Having all this machined aluminum made here in the US isn’t cheap however. The Glide platform alone (that includes none of the rigging or cabling) will require a pledge of $510. The Flow? A jaw dropping $4,535. And if you want all the necessary equipment to film your exploits from the air you’ll have to offer support totally $5,600. Still, if you’re serious about your photography and video, it might not seem like that absurd a price. Heck, the GoPro guys seem to like it. Check out the video pitch for the LineCam after the break.

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    Via: GizMag

    Source: Kickstarter

  • HTC First pictured ahead of Thursday's Facebook event

    HTC First pictured ahead of Thursday's Facebook event

    The mysterious Facebook event is quickly approaching, and as luck would have it, @evleaks is hooking us up with an image of the device that we’ll be introduced to on Thursday, known as the HTC first. If this is indeed accurate, the press render you see above is what was previously known as the HTC Myst (as well as the Opera and Buffy, if you go back in time far enough). We still don’t have any confirmation on specs, but there are whispers that it will feature a program called Facebook Home, which will serve as the phone’s home screen and launcher. While we can’t glean much from the image itself, it at least seems as though the first will offer the same three-button capacitive key layout as most Android devices — this is important to note, as HTC’s last attempt at a Facebook-integrated smartphone featured a unique button specifically for the social media service.

    In terms of actual specs, Android Police leaked quite a few: it’s a midrange phone with dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 processor, 1GB RAM, 5MP rear camera, 1.6MP front-facing cam, Sense 4.5 on top of Android 4.1.2 and a 4.3-inch 720p display. We’ll have a lot more info coming your way on Thursday morning, but this is a good taste to get you going in the meantime — if you have a love for smartphones with deep Facebook integration, at least.

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    Source: @evleaks

  • York announces pay-as-you-go EV charging network, beats London to the punch

    The city of York just announced a plan to install a network of pay-as-you-go charging stations for electric vehicles, the first such system to launch in the UK. York is already home to 12 free charging points, but these are located in lesser-known areas such as private parking lots. The new stations will be installed in public lots in the city center as well as near supermarkets and hotels.

    According to the City of York Council, the charging technology can add a 30-mile range to a car’s battery within a half hour of use. EV owners will be able to track energy usage and find nearby charging stations from their phones — via an app, we can safely assume — and by registering their credit cards, they’ll be able to pay instantly by phone or text message. It remains to be seen whether other English cities will follow suit. The capital has Source London, which requires an annual fee of €100 for use of 900-plus charging points in the city, but there will be even more drivers in need of power-ups when the Tesla Model S hits Old Blighty’s shores.

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    Via: The Next Web

    Source: City of York Council

  • Kobo finally makes its e-readers available through its own site

    Strange, but until now, if you were aching for a Kobo reader, the company’s site would redirect you to a third-party like Best Buy or select independent booksellers. The tablet / e-reader maker has finally opened up direct sales of devices like the Kobo Glo, Mini and Arc directly through its site to interested parties in Canada and the US. Of course, if you’re so inclined, you can still buy those products and a number of accessories through the aforementioned partner sites. There’s a press release after the break to help you decide.

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