For Wired I reviewed the FLiR One Infra-Red camera, which fits onto the iPhone 5.
The FLIR One is certainly an interesting product, but I found myself constantly saying “if only” when writing this review. If only the charger could recharge both the device and the phone at once, it would be easier to keep both charged. If only the temperature range of the sensor was a little wider, I could use the spot sensor to check how far below freezing the food in my freezer is. If only it could be used to take IR photos of small objects. If only the final images and videos didn’t have a FLIR logo in the corner all the time…
I assisted one of my cats in writing an article about how to take better lolcat photos.
Listen up, humans. Us felines are sick of being mocked with the things you call LOLcats. I’ve seen the greatest kittens of our generation reduced to tired clichés by incompetent photography and poor typography. Frankly, we are sick of it, and it needs to stop….Now, that was simple, wasn’t it? Frankly, we as a species are somewhat disappointed that you needed this sort of guidance. But we will, as always, forgive you in return for a nice head rub and a big bowl of noms. Or perhaps a nice cheezburger.
Videoconferencing is great, but you don’t always look your best. Here’s how to look great in Skype.
Whether it’s for a job interview, meeting the in-laws or talking to friends, video services like Skypeare making it easier to connect with people all over the world. They are also good ways to give a bad first impression, though, by making you look unattractive and inattentive. Fortunately, there are a few simple tricks that can help you look (and sound) better online. Here’s how to look good on Skype.
I just reviewed the Printrbot simple, a $350 3D printer that is, well, simple…
Until recently, the idea of a 3D printer that costs $350 producing anything decent would have been laughable. Now it is a reality, though you’ll have to live with compromises — such as the lack of a display or controls on the device, the small build area, the limitation of only one printing material, and the device’s tendency to jam.
Just posted: my review of the Lulzbot TAZ 3 3D Printer review.
The TAZ 3 is designed for the serious user who is looking for a flexible 3D printer with a large build volume. Lulzbot uses an open-source design, which means it releases all of its designs and software for anyone to download. You can build your own TAZ 3 if you want, with off-the-shelf parts costing about $950.
Just posted on Toms Guide: a review of the Sense 3D Scanner, from 3D Systems.
If you have a 3D printer, you have probably downloaded and printed a few objects, and then moved on to building your own — only to realize that 3D modeling is difficult. Often, it is easier to model an object in clay and then scan it, or just scan an existing object. That’s what the $400 Sense 3D scanner from 3D Systems does: scans an object and creates a 3D model that can be modified on a computer and printed from a 3D printer or online printing service.