D-Link Komfy Smart Home Device is a switch with built-in camera – SlashGear

D-Link Komfy Smart Home Device is a switch with built-in cameraShane McGlaun – Nov 20, 2015

D-Link has announced a new smart home device called the Komfy Switch with Camera that is a smart light switch aimed at creating a safe and smart home. The switch is made to replace a standard one or two-gang light switch. The device is an all-in-one solution that allows users to keep an eye on their home from afar.

The integrated camera has 1080p resolution and Komfy can monitor a range of environmental conditions including temperature, humidity, and air quality. The Komfy Switch with Camera can be purchased in white or black options.

The full HD resolution camera has a 130-degree wide-angle lens and uses an Ambarella HD camera SoC inside for quality video in low light conditions. The device supports sound and motion alerts and the camera aims able to stare unlimited video clips on an 8-day first in first out basis.The video clips can be stored to an internal micro-SD card or uploaded to the cloud for storage. The clips can be viewed and played from anywhere with an internet connection using the Komfy app. The app can send push notifications when changes to the environment are sensed. Komfy Switch with Camera can be pre-ordered now with shipping in December for $299.99.SOURCE: DLink

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A closer look at Microsoft’s new Surface Book laptop | The Verge

A closer look at Microsoft’s new Surface Book laptop By Tom Warren on October 6, 2015 12:33 pm @tomwarren 25 Share on Facebook (16) Tweet (183) Share Pin When I reviewed Microsoft’s Surface 3 tablet earlier this year I simply concluded that Microsoft should make a laptop. I can’t believe I’m typing this, but the Surface Book laptop now exists. I got a chance to take a closer look at the Surface Laptop during Microsoft’s Windows 10 devices event in New York City this morning. It’s gorgeous.Microsoft wants its Surface Book to be a MacBook Pro killer, and while it’s too early to say whether it is, it’s off to a great start. Like the Surface Pro 3 before it, Microsoft is using magnesium on the Surface Book. It’s a laptop, but also a tablet. Like most laptops, it has a hinge. Microsoft’s hinge is insane. It’s like a snake and it folds into place to let you adjust the display viewing angle. The trick of the Surface Book is that everything, apart from the Nvidia graphics chip, is contained within the screen. That means you can hit a button and it magically detaches from the display. Microsoft has added a little prompt that is displayed within Windows to let you know when it’s safe to lift off the display. It seems to work well, too. Once you click the display back into the base unit, it latches into place firmly and it just feels like a normal laptop. I lifted it up and it feels pretty weighty with the base attached, but the tablet part is incredibly lightweight. I literally held it with one hand for a few minutes and didn’t strain my wrist at all. That’s surprising given that it’s a 13.5-inch display, but Microsoft has managed to make it thin and lightweight.Windows laptops have always had awful trackpads, but Microsoft is breaking free from the pack. There’s a glass trackpad, and it feels as good as a MacBook one. We’ll have to test it fully, but there’s signs that the Surface Book might finally have a killer trackpad. Microsoft has also added in special edge palm rejection, so it’s not going to activate when you’re using the keyboard. Speaking of the keyboard, it feels…strange. I typed for a few minutes and the keys aren’t what I’m used to. This is because Microsoft is using similar keyboard hardware that’s found in the new 12-inch MacBook. When you press down it feels more rigid and firm, so it might take some getting used to.While it’s lightweight as a tablet, it feels like a monster laptop with the base unit. The new hinge leaves a visible gap down the entire Surface Book when it’s closed, and the Surface Pen attaches with a magnet at the side. You can even reverse the display, if you want, to make it more like a Lenovo Yoga laptop where the keyboard sits beneath the display. I have a feeling most people will just pull the tablet part off, rather than reposition it like this.

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Logitech’s Circle camera is a portable Dropcam-killer

Logitech’s Circle camera is a portable Dropcam-killerby Devindra Hardawar | @devindra | 14 Hours Ago

If you were disappointed by Nest’s minor update to Dropcam’s home monitoring cameras, Logitech might have just what you’re looking for. The new Logi Circle is a home monitoring camera similar with a unique twist: You can unplug it from power and stream video from anywhere in your home for up to three hours. Logitech is positioning the Circle as as more than just a home security camera, it’s also something that you can use like a webcam, since it has support for two-way voice chat. The company is also one-upping the competition by including 24-hours worth of video rewinding from its cloud service — that’s something you have to pay extra for from Nest’s devices. You’ll be able to snag a Circle for $200/£159 starting in October.

The Circle is the first home camera for Logitech, but it’s also building on its experience with webcams and outdoor security cameras. (This is also the second product in the consumer-friendly Logi line, after its recent iPad cases.) While the Circle isn’t as sleek as Nest’s new camera, it has a bulbous design that’s sort of cute (it reminds me of the new Star Wars BB-8 Droid). And even though its case and charging bay (which the camera latches onto magnetically) are made of plastic, they still feel pretty sturdy.On the software side, Logitech came up with a few unique features to make the Circle stand out. You can have the camera create a “Day Brief,” which algorithmically produces a sped up video of the day’s highlights. Logitech also filters all of the video and surfaces the most interesting segments when browsing the Circle’s iOS or Android app.

After testing out the Circle for a few days, I was surprised by how polished the entire experience was. My phone recognized the camera within seconds of launching the Circle app, and it then prompted me to connect the camera to a WiFi network. After that, I quickly registered for Logitech’s Circle service and the camera was ready to go. It records 720p video at this point — the camera is capable of shooting 1080p, but 720p is easier to broadcast on most WiFi networks.The footage overall looked fairly clear, with a decent amount of sharpness and no major artifacts. There also weren’t any hiccups when I yanked the Circle out of its charging pod and walked around with it. As long as I was within range of my WiFi network, everything worked fine. Like most security cameras, the Circle uses a very wide angle lens, so there’s a pretty big distortion curve with all of your footage. And yes, it also has night vision and motion detection capabilities.

I was particularly impressed with the Day Brief feature. It’s completely on-demand, and it never took more than a few seconds for Logitech’s servers to generate a quick recap of the day’s events. It’s not any way to view your baby’s first steps, but it provides a helpful glance of what’s going on in your home (or wherever you point it). Day Brief will get even more useful when you can jump straight from specific points in the hyper-fast video to the source recording — something Logitech says it’s working on.While Logitech isn’t a brand most people associate with hip new devices, the Logi Circle shows the company can still innovate where it counts. I’ll be putting the Circle through its paces over the next few weeks, so check back for a more in-depth look later.

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Pixelio uses your smartphone to make a 3D scanning turntable – SlashGear

Pixelio uses your smartphone to make a 3D scanning turntableShane McGlaun – Sep 30, 2015 0Twitter26Facebook56GoogleRedditA company from the UK has a new product called the Pixelio that is designed to scan objects in 3D. The turntable uses your smartphone as the major electronics for the scanning system. In addition to scanning objects in 3D, the Pixelio can also shoot 360-degree images and time lapse videos. The company is aiming the device at 3D printers, architects, engineers, graphic designers, and people who sell items on online sites.The device works in conjunction with free Autodesk 123D Catch software running on the smartphone. That software combined with the turntable setup allows the scanning of objects in 3D. A universal device holder on the Pixelio device holds just about any smartphone onto the stand and is a large elastic strap.

One of the big benefits of a device that straps the scanning smartphone into place is that steady position is maintained, increasing the fine detail of an object. With handheld scanners, detail can suffer because of changing position of the scanner.The scanner uses virtual finger tech to replicate the touch of a human finger as the phone moves around the object ensuring that images don’t blur. Pixelio also has a wireless phone charging system, clock, and LED lamp. Pricing is unannounced and the product will debut on Kickstarter soon.SOURCE: 3D Printing Industry

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