Swann is a familiar name to us here at Latest Gadgets, but usually it’s in association with security-type cameras, so we were quite surprised to discover that the company has launched a mini video camera aimed at anyone who films sports and recreational activities.
Be that as it may what does Swann’s SportsCam Mini Video Camera offer you? ‘Built for the adrenaline junky in all of us’ says Swann, it comes in a shockproof and waterproof (up to 20m) case, has 640 x 480 video and offers up to five hours of recording time.
Cyclists, skiers and other active types will be glad to know that the Swann SportsCam waterproof camcorder comes with a host of mounting options, including Velcro straps, sport-clip, double clipper, and multi-clip.
You can upload your action-packed videos to your favourite sharing sites such as YouTube, Facebook and Myspace, and the SportsCam can also double as a webcam for use on messenger services such as Skype, MSN and Yahoo.
Video is recorded to Micro SD card (which you’ll have to buy separately) and transferred to a PC via USB connection. The lithium-ion rechargeable battery is charged via PC USB and offers up to 2.5 hours of recording time per charge.
Here’s one sure fact. If it wasn’t for motorsports, the world would be a lot less safe than it is today. The technology behind making motor racing safer, has eventually found its way onto our roads and that’s a good thing. However, whilst all this lovely innovation has made our cars safer, it has to be said that motor bikers have had a pretty raw deal so far.
Up to now, the best solution for bikers to see behind them has been some rather ungainly clip on mirrors that are anything but fashionable. Well they can be pretty pleased now that Reevu has decided to make its revolutionary motorsports helmet technology available for domestic traffic use. The Reevu 2011 motorbike helmet lets riders see behind them for the very first time using state of the art in-helmet optical technology.
The helmet allows riders to maintain awareness of traffic conditions behind them in the same way as a car driver uses a rear view mirror, but the challenge was to achieve this despite the very limited space available within your helmet. They cracked it using a set of bullet-proof coated optics that riders could adjust to their own preferences to enable a fully bespoke fit.
There are no electronic systems, cameras or screens, just an ingenious reflective polycarbonate device that ‘bends’ the view of the road behind and presents a clear image to the wearer. Almost like using a HUD but the image sits just at the top of your vision, so you can see the road ahead normally and the road behind by a gentle look up. After a while it becomes second nature, or so company founder Graham Steele says, himself a lifelong campaigner for increased safety for bikers. So much so that it’s taken over ten years of research to launch this innovative helmet.
Many people will tell you running is tough on the joints. For people with back and knee problems running can be an issue. However, this should not confine you to cross trainers in the gym. Sometimes you just want to get outside and get some fresh air. Well enter the Elliptigo.
What’s an ElliptiGo, you ask? Well it could be the next big thing. Simply, it is an elliptical trainer for outdoors. Studies show that people tend to exercise for longer and more intensely when outdoors. It works by being propelled on 2 wheels by an elliptical motion that emulates running. Developed by runners, you stand just like you would on a cross trainer and off you go. In terms of speed and handling, it performs like a road bike. It is quite large, think the size of a cross trainer, so you may need to store this is a garage.
It has a lot of comparisons to a bike so why have an ElliptiGo over a bike? Well the ElliptiGo uses different muscle groups to a bike as it designed to resemble running. Also cycling can cause back pain due to the hunched over position during cycling. When cycling you come across all sorts of obstacles like potholes which will test your balance. The ElliptiGo claims to be more stable as when you stand you have more balance. I once saw a cyclist fall over badly in the middle of a busy road as she lost her balance so I recognise how important balance is when exercising.
It is safe to assume there is nothing quite like the ElliptiGo. When out and about on this you will definitely draw a few glances. But do not think this is for outdoors only! You can use a stationery trainer to ride your ElliptiGo for those rainy days. At a hefty £1599, it is definitely pricey. But this can help people with bad joints enjoy the outdoors again. Perhaps you can persuade your gym to invest in one?