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I love this idea….

Pillow Talk is a project aiming to connect long distance lovers. Each person has a pillow for their bed and a ring sensor which they wear to sleep at night. The sensor communicates with the other person’s pillow wirelessly; when one person goes to bed, their lover’s pillow begins to glow softly to indicate their presence. Placing your head on the pillow allows you to hear the real-time heartbeat of your loved one.

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As most of my friends know, I am an iPhone geek,…  and a very adventurous one, I use it for almost anything and always try new things.

One of those things is photography & filmmaking. The iPhone is probably the most used camera (at least according to Flickr statistics), and that is for a reason – it makes pretty decent pictures and as somebody once said, the best camera is the one you have with you.

Now, if you equip yourself with a GorillaPod and one or the other advanced photography app (like the free GorillaCam app), you are ready to go wild!

 

 

There is also a specific app I want to recommend, which is iTimeLapse. I experimented a little bit and it is really intuitive and easy to use and yet gives brilliant results at the same time!

Here are three time lapse videos I made, obviously I am far from doing any professional productions, so please see these more as messing around 😉

 

Time Lapse of a ‘Come Dine With Me’ dinner with friends:

 

My personal favorite, a time lapse of how I painted the belly of my pregnant wife or ‘How to plant a shamrock’:

 

And yesterday, I made an experiment.  An overnight-time lapse by using the infrared baby monitor.

Most of you probably heard of the Kindle Fire by now. It is kind of Amazon’s answer to the iPad 2.

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And the chances are probably good that you are thinking of getting one for Christmas. However, if you are living outside of the United States you might want to think twice.

Why? Because officially the Kindle Fire is only offered in the US at the moment. From what I’ve heard they still need to sort some cloud policy stuff in Europe before they can roll it out here.

Anyway, this doesn’t mean that you can’t buy a Kindle Fire and ship it to wherever you live. But be aware that not everything will work!

I happen to live in Ireland and got my hands on one of these devices to do some testing. Not because I’m an IT guy, but because our company bought a few of them as gifts for our employees, however they didn’t research first to see if they can actually use it here so I had to go and figure out what works and what doesn’t.

Now, without further ado, here is what you can do:

– browse the web/check emails, if you are connected to a wi-fi network
– purchase, download and read books from the various amazon stores (Germany, UK,…)
– use the apps that are pre-installed

That’s pretty much it! At least if you don’t have a PC,…

At this point, please note that the device doesn’t come with a USB cable!

So, if you have a PC and a USB cable (micro-b port), you can also do the following:

– transfer your pictures, movies and documents to the Fire via USB and obviously watch them on the device.

Now, what you can’t do is this:
– download apps from the Amazon app store. This is probably the biggest issue for most people, however there is a way to work around that to get apps. *
– use Amazon’s cloud music player (www.cloudplayer.com)
– use Amazon’s cloud storage
– use Amazon’s video services (in my tests I could watch trailers but not buy/rent movies)

According to Amazon’s customer service, you can use all the services if you have an amazon.com account with an US billing address. But I assume most of the people outside the US don’t have that.

When asking if and how soon Amazon will make those services and the app store available in Europe, they couldn’t give me any information whatsoever.

Hope this is of help to somebody, when I did some research I couldn’t really find something useful, hence I am posting it now myself 😉

* Please note that installing third party apps can involve some risks (malicious software), so only do that if you know what you’re doing!

The (arguably) best iPad case

Posted: 9. November 2011 in gadgets
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Let me introduce you the lilypad, probably the best iPad case out there,… which other case lets you use your iPad for 12 days without recharging?

I’ve seen very nice cases like the bookbook iPad case, but this one is ticking almost all the boxes.

The best case would be a combination of the bookbook and the lilypad 🙂

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More details here: www.lilypadcase.com