William Ray Jr.

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE smartwatch review

REVIEW – The Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE is not your grandfather’s wristwatch. OK. I have nine grandchildren, so there is that small possibility. Julie knew I was looking for a smartwatch that has fitness tracking features. Mobvoi offered their latest model up for review and I jumped at the chance to try it out. What …

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Zano Zano – Drone cameras get smaller and smarter

Zano drones pack a lot of intelligence and mobility into the palm of your hand. This little guy has built-in obstacle avoidance and digital image stabilization – pretty high-end features for such a small affordable quad copter. The Zano is controlled using a smartphone app which features a simple control for altitude, image or video capture, …

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Into the abyss – underwater photography goes 360 degrees

The people at 360Heroes offer a variety of products for mounting multiple GoPro cameras to generate 360 degree photos and videos. They also sell the software used to stitch the output from multiple GoPros into usable 360 degree formats without a lot of post production headaches. The 360Abyss pictured above mounts 6 GoPro Hero cameras …

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The ApeCase ACPRO2000 has the capacity for a whole lot of gear

ApeCase ACPRO2000 Pro Digital SLR and Video Camera BackPack has the capacity to carry enough gear to meet even the most demanding needs of photographers and videographers. The main interior compartment can be reconfigured to custom fit your gear. The bag has an integrated sleeve that can accommodate up to a 16 inch laptop. This means my …

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Filter Forge 4.0 Photoshop plugin review

I owe Julie a long overdue review. OK, OK, two long overdue reviews and one that I can probably still call “on time” at this point. I am going to start with my review of something from one of my favorite product categories — Photoshop plugins. I really can’t seem to get enough of these …

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Alien Skin now offering updated plugin for Photoshop – Eye Candy 7

Alien Skin has come out with a new version of their unique and popular Eye Candy plugin for Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Version 7 features a revamped interface that simplifies the process of applying these effects to your graphics. They have also added new effects, including a very realistic lightning generator. The melted version of …

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Alien Skin Snap Art 3 Photoshop Plugin Review

Well, it has been a long time since I have written a review for Julie. I fear I may have forgotten how it is done! Shabria, at Alien Skin, asked Julie if she would be interested in reviewing Snap Art 3 — their latest version of the Photoshop plugin that converts photographs into drawings and …

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DropZone HangTimer

Recently, Katie at BLAST Outdoors sent Julie one of DropZone Corporation’s new HangTimer extreme sports watches for review. Of course this review required the services of The Gadgeteer’s extreme sports and aberrant behavior specialist – Seth (my son). Seth gravitates towards activities known to cause skin loss, bruises, and the occasional broken bone. In a nutshell – he is nuts.

Bikeboard AG Bikeboard Offroad

The bikeboard, a new product from Bikeboard AG, is an extreme sports recreational vehicle based on a bike fork and frame. This original concept has been expanded to include land, water, and snow based recreation. Bikeboard AG is based in Lucerne, Switzerland and their products are distributed in the United States by Bikeboard North American, a division of SI Health and Fitness, Inc.

Spire Torq Backpack

Cory at Spire USA contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I would be interested in reviewing their latest product: The Torq – a laptop backpack. Although I currently use a backpack bag for all my camera gear – the Crumpler Karachi Outpost backpack – and I only have one back, I thought I would give it a try. What could it hurt (aside from my back)?