Product Review: Nikon Coolpix S1000PJ 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera with Pico Projector

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Nikon Coolpix S1000PJ 12.1

After years of repetitive digital cameras with similar specs on all levels, Nikon has released a truly radical, if not the novelty, the digital camera that demonstrates just how far technology has advanced in a few short decades. Though at first glance it might seem that the Coolpix S1000pj is just another small square camera, a quick foray through the menu will reveal one huge feature: a built-in pico projector, which can display videos and pictures taken with the camera onto any surface.

Whether you’re in the market for a new camera and looking to update to the latest and greatest in camera technology, or you’ve been waiting for just such a feature as this, read on to find out whether or not the Coolpix S1000pj digital camera with an embedded projector is right for you.

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Design

The S1000pj features a design very similar to the rest of the short Coolpix product line. The body is slim and completely square, with the normal top controls (mode dial, power button, shutter button, etc.), front lens, flash, and microphone, a tripod slot on the bottom, and an LCD with menu buttons on the back.

The front of the camera features a brushed metal faceplate, presumably for extra durability, while the rest of the case is matte painted. The back of the camera is somewhat simplistic and bland; the LCD is left-aligned, and five buttons are available with standard digital camera controls (menu, play, erase, etc.).

Features

First, the simple features. The Coolpix S1000pj from Nikon has a 12.1-megapixel sensor, which is adequate for large photo prints and posters. The lens is a wide angle, allowing users to take 16:9 photos that will fit new monitor and TV resolutions. The S1000pj has a built-in Five-way VR Image stabilizer, with is a combination of both electronic and optical stabilization that keeps photos crisp, clear, and blur-free. The ISO range goes up to a very nice 6400 ISO, which gives it an excellent range of abilities for night shots (though graininess may be an issue).

Nikon coolpix

While those specs are nice, the real feature everyone wants to know about is the project. According to NikonUSA, the projector as a brightness of up to 10 lumens, which isn’t exceptionally bright. The max projection image size is a respectable 40-inches from up to 6 feet away. Running the projector continuously will result in a battery life of approx. 1-hour, so don’t envision using this camera for impromptu movies on the camp night. Likewise, the projector has a resolution of only VGA (640 x 480) so it won’t be adequate for viewing the quality of the pictures you’ve taken (in regards to professionals).

Conclusion

This camera is, in most ways, no different from every other camera. It has a 12.1-megapixel sensor, which is unnecessarily high for the average photographer. The specs are average-stabilization, standard modes, etc. The feature that makes this camera remarkable is the projector which, unfortunately, is little more than a toy given its specs. While I’m glad to see pico projectors being implemented into modern gadgets (and will be especially happy to see them implemented into mp3 players), it isn’t of much use for those who could get the most use from it-professionals who need to view their images on a large scale in the field.

This is, of course, opinion and nothing more. For a camera as unusual and out of the normal as the Coolpix S1000pj, I recommend heading to your local retailer and giving it a test-run. In the meantime, Nikon does deserve congratulations on demonstrating the potential uses of this new, fantastic technology.

The Technological Future of the Cell Phone

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Future of the Cell Phone

Technology is quickly taken in stride when it becomes part of the daily media. When watching a news program, I’m likely to appreciate the new advances being made, but I don’t think about it long enough to let it boggle my mind. Yet if I’d been told fifteen years ago that we’d be talking on small wireless phones, sending instant messages to people in another state, or playing video games in our vehicles, I never would have believed it.

Things that are now mainstream are still being advanced. According to a recent article in

Fast Company magazine, the handiest device of the future is the widely used and still simple cellular phone (Rosenberg, Yuval. “Digital Disruption: Phone Flip.” Fast Company Feb. 2017: 30).

Fast Company magazine

The reference to a cell phone as simple might sound funny. After all, what’s so simple about a device that can surf the net, download ringtones, instant message, show video clips, and play music MP3 style? Fast forward into the future that this article shows the cell phone and none of these functions are as impressive as they seem.

In his article, Rosenberg quotes a member of CTIA-The Wireless Association as saying “They call it a remote control for life.” This statement is about the ways that cellular phones are being used in individual Asian countries. The technology is still being developed, but it won’t be long before Americans begin seeing even more practical uses for this handy device. Some users are already emerging.

Cell phones now offer entertainment on the go. While this concept is still new, Rosenberg projects that it will be standard in 3 to 5 years. Sprint has already jumped on the bandwagon by offering a $6.95 per month pay-per-view service which allows the user to stream a full-length feature film on their cell phone. Forget about the portable DVD players.

Watching TV on the same device, you use to make phone calls will make for greater convenience.

In the works are plans to turn the cell phone into an all-in-one remote control, capable of changing channels and radio stations, dimming the lights, and locking the doors of your house. Again, we’re already catching glimpses of this.; launched a program through Cingular that allows users to monitor their own home security through their cell phone.

For those serious about keeping their property safe, the price tag isn’t even that huge. With a setup fee of $199 and a $9.95 per month charge, users can check live feeds of their home and receive alerts when certain motion sensors are triggered. While not as close as the movie-going experience, Rosenberg gives this function 5-10 years to be an everyday cell phone use.

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With everything that’s already being tapped, what else do we have to look forward to? Plenty. This article focuses on three more future functions of the cell phone, all projected to happen in the next fifteen years. Possibly one of the most important features is the mobile phone as a medical monitor. With particular add-on devices, patients and their doctors will be able to control diabetes, heart conditions, and stress levels. Japan already has a phone that alerts women to when their ovulating.

The cell phone is also likely to replace the card and cash stuffed wallet. A company called Obopay is working to make paying for things credit card style possible via text messaging. Over time, e-cash with a cell phone will be more attractive. How does it work? Like the easy pay scan tags many credit card companies are putting out, all it will take is a wave of a cell phone to make a purchase.

Finally, the article directs our attention to the cell phone as the future in information technology. While search engines can currently be used on mobile phones with internet capabilities, the future will bring us phones with enough storage capacity to have volumes of information right at our fingertips. For those of us who don’t find a hand-held encyclopedia to be that exciting, the cell phone will also be able to interact with things around us, helping to locate lost items for example.

With the mobile phone on its way to being the multitasking machine of the future, will we still have the use of our televisions, credit cards, and medical files? Don’t go making plans to throw them out right away. If past technological advances have shown us anything, it’s that nothing comes without a few bugs in the system. I have no doubt that the technology will be developed, especially because we already see signs of it. It will be a long time though before any of it reaches perfection. Besides, what will we do if we lose our cell phone?

It’s an exciting time in technological advances when we’ve come from big bulky mobile phones for car use to small ones that can play music. Now we’re getting ready to see all-purpose ones that can give us a history lesson and lock our front door at the same time. It’ll be interesting to see not only the people that Rosenberg talked about in his article but all the other things that the tech world will come up with as well.

Belkin Tunecast II FM Transmitter Review

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Belkin Tunecast II FM Transmitter

I was driving away from work with my MP3 player attached to the radio through a cassette tape adapter. It wasn’t anything too high tech, but it got the job done. Suddenly, my radio crackled and faded away. My recording had stopped working. So, I took a trip to my local Wal-Mart. Next to each other were a generic cassette tape adapter, and a Belkin Tunecast II FM Transmitter. The FM Transmitter was only a few dollars more, so I decided to get it.

The first thing I found about the FM transmitter was that it was not as simple as the “plug-and-play” accessibility of the cassette adapter. I had to find a radio station with a weak signal and tune the Transmitter into it.

Then, I discovered that if I put the wire in the seat next to me, the signal faded and the sound of static filled my car. So, I had to drive with it in my lap. Though granted, a cassette adapter doesn’t have HD quality, it far surpasses the sporadic static (and don’t steal that for your band name) that you get with the FM transmitter.

MP3 player

After driving for a fair amount of time, the signal started to fade again. More and more, it faded until I finally had to change the radio station and find another weak indicated position. On long road trips, I have to modify the position several times, searching for a location where my music comes through.

Aside from all that, it also requires either a battery or for you to plug it into your cigarette lighter, which means that it even uses more power than the cassette adapter. While the lighter adapter will keep it running, it takes up something that you may need to use to power something else.

On the plus side, however, you can use it in any car with radio reception. Many cars these days do not have cassette players, so if you’re riding in a friend’s car, you may have to suffer through 5,000 radio commercials for each song.

 5,000 radio commercials for each song

Also, it is considerably more durable than the cassette adapter. My cassette adapter lasted for almost a year, and it was the second one that I had purchased. However, the transmitter has one thick wire, that connects directly to your music player, and it is a solidly-built piece of technology.

Still, I can’t help regretting not just buying another cassette adapter. Even though most of my friends don’t have cassette players, they all have their own mp3 players, so I am safe there. When listening to music, the most important factor to me is sound. Simply put, the Belkin Tunecast II FM Transmitter just doesn’t look that good. My personal suggestion is that you stick with a cassette adapter.

Wireless HDMI Technology Will Make Wiring Your Home Theater System Obsolete

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Wireless HDMI Technology

Anyone who has tried to wire a home theater system on his or her own knows that it can be very nerve-wracking. Countless cables, each of which needs to be wired correctly for the system to work, tangle up and are hard to keep track of, not to mention the aesthetic downside of having to hide this web of wires, so they do not ruin the décor. Wiring a system has never been more simplified.

It’s hard to imagine how things worked when color coding was not yet introduced, and all wires looked the same and had to be selected by the method of trial and error.

Even though color coding simplifies matters tremendously, it still does not change the fact that countless hours have to spend on trying to connect all these wires to the various components of the home theater system.

Wiring a home theater system together can put you in the most uncomfortable positions in most unusual places. And, of course, there are limitations that wires impose on the way you want to put your home theater system components.

Home Theater System

You can’t space your system too widely; some wires simply don’t have the length. You have to bend all around your TV set and crouch on the floor round and about your speakers just to plug in a wire. Wiring your home system requires preparation.

There is a way to avoid all this, though. Wireless HDMI home theater will take away the need to experience all these unpleasant things while wiring your system.

Wireless HDMI home theater is a perfect remedy to all connection problems. With wireless HDMI home theater systems, you will never have to waste your valuable time on component connection again. The only thing you will ever have to plug in is the power cable.

You will be able to place your system components in a way most convenient to you, never having to worry whether there will be enough cable length. Wall speakers will be put as high as you wish on any available segment of the wall.

The TV set and other system components don’t have to be clustered tightly together. And, of course, there will never again be any worrying about that sloppy mess of wires on the floor ruining the ambiance of the room. HDMI wireless home theater is the way to go.

Wireless HDMI home theater

Just imagine the ease of which you will be able to wire your entire home entertainment system within minutes of bringing it home. Just open the box, get the contents out, set them up in their places, set up the transmitter and you are ready to roll. Your wireless HDMI home theater is there and ready to function.

Wiring would be a cinch, no worries. For those who already have a home theater system set up, there isn’t necessarily any reason to immediately throw out all your old equipment and rush to the store to buy a new regime.

If you already have HDMI equipment set up, you can upgrade it to wireless HDMI home theater. Leading developers in the industry promise that there will be adapters available to change the current setup of your system to wireless.

Wiring a home theater system is potentially consumer’s largest fear, which will thankfully be sent into oblivion with the arrival of wireless HDMI home theater.