The Grablet

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The “Grablet” allows an iPad  to be held in one hand and used with the other.

The “X Shaped” mount has appropriate holes for the iPad 2’s cameras and ports.  It has a number of strap configurations available, allowing for various “mounts” of the device.

It’s particularly useful for mobile workers as it can be used as a “mit” (handy for fending off angry dogs) or slung from a wall or seat.

The Grablet is not intended to be a case and is only a mount.

Find out more here.

Links

Tuaw – Grablet Review – http://www.tuaw.com/2011/11/22/the-grablet-a-comfortable-and-versatile-ipad-accessory/

iLounge Grablet Review – http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/reviews/entry/grablet-the-grablet-for-ipad-2/

Grablet Strap Instructions – http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cOHcfuoVw_w

Grablet Website – http://www.thegrablet.com/

Buy Grablet on Amazon

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Swivl, the mobile cameraman

 

 

Max the health inspector tours the kitchen, pointing out the water damage on the plaster in each corner of the room.  He then points out the water damage on the floor.  As he does this, the camera smoothly follows him.

Max doesn’t need a cameraman to do this for him.  He uses “Swivl”, the automated cameraman.

Swivl is a small robot that can take your iPhone and film you doing various activities.  It seems ideal for creating evidence videos.

It uses a tiny hand-held remote to track the person being filmed.  This control also has buttons for handling tilt.

This is another example of how commonplace “drone” technology will be.  Real-world automated assistants who will assist in recording and surveillance.

Swivl has just been announced at CES 2012.  There is much excitement about the product among vloggers and sportspeople. It was formerly known as the Star accessory and was crowdfunded into existence on IndieGoGo by Satarii and users in early 2011.

They are preording now (costs around $159), so take a look at http://swivl.com.

Links

The Verge – Swivl Hands On – http://www.theverge.com/2011/12/20/2647710/swivl-hands-on

Swivl – http://swivl.com

Flying Drones – http://www.brightsideofnews.com/news/2012/1/2/military-and-consumer-drones-have-gone-to-the-birds.aspx

To mobility and beyond!

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Mobile technologies are everywhere. Never have so many batteries been carried around by so many people. The centrepiece of the battery carrying revolution is certainly the smartphone and tablet computers.

These amazing devices bring more computing power to the average person than was available in the entire world only 40 years ago. Consider that your device is connected to most of the computers on the earth by our worldwide communications network, the internet. There are literally billions of devices connected to the internet, most of which are accessible to your device via its software.

The implications of this are astounding.

Marilyn Hacker says “I’m addicted to email, but other than that, there are practical things – being able to buy a book on the internet that you can’t find in your local bookshop. This could be a lifeline if you live further from the sources.”

It’s not just books now. Connected devices give access to almost the entire sum of human knowledge in a fraction of a second. Doug Coupland says that “With Google I’m starting to burn out on knowing the answer to everything. People in the year 2020 are going to be nostalgic for the sensation of being clueless.”

Your device is more than an unlimited information source. It can interact with your environment via video, voice, gps and other sensors. This means that you can communicate with your device, information sources and other people in new and interesting ways.

How long have we had these powerful devices? Not long.

There is no "status quo". The pace of technological change continues to advance.

There is a sense that current mobile technologies, although amazing, are only an interim step to something greater.

So what’s the end game? Noone knows, but it’s certainly something that builds upon mobile computing and takes it to a new level.

This blog will act as a commentary on these changes and what these will mean to the individuals and organisations that use mobile technology.

See you there!