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Panasonic Lumix GF7
Panasonic Lumix GF7



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20 January 2015 | 0


Lumix GF7

Panasonic Lumix GF7Panasonic are trying to have it both ways with the GF7, a system camera with interchangeable lenses that also wants to be the best selfie taker in the world. Spec-wise it has a 16MP Micro Four Thirds Digital Live MOS sensor with Venus Engine and a 3″ 1040k dot touch screen, tiltable by 180 degrees.
It can shoot 1920×1080 Full HD video in AVCHD Progressive (50p) or MP4 (MPEG4/H.264) format and has a variety of creative and automatic modes including the aforementioned selfie mode (hence the tiltable touch screen), jump snap, and 32 built-in filter options.
Also included are autofocus options with face/eye detection, a stop-motion animation feature and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Price: €499

Mintbox MiniMintBox Mini

While devices like the Raspberry Pi have already enabled Linux in small packages, the MintBox Mini should be a clear step up in performance. According to the Linux Mint blog, it’ll pack an AMD A4 6400T processor with Radeon R3 graphics, 4Gb RAM, and 64Gb of solid state storage. As the name suggests, it’ll include Linux Mint out of the box.
As for size, the MintBox Mini will measure 0.95″ thick, five times smaller than the original Mintbox from 2012.
Connectivity options will include two HDMI ports, two headphone/microphone jacks, MicroSD and five USB ports. It’ll also have an Ethernet jack and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.

Price $295


WaratTell is a sensor that’s based on 10 years of “laugh-detecting technology” – but it’s not a joke. Developed by Masafumi Matsumura of Osaka Electro-Communication University, the prototype can tell when you’re laughing, talking or coughing, as well as whether you’ve fallen down and can’t get up.
The target users are elderly people living apart from their loved ones. If they’re too busy to pick up a phone and call, family members can monitor how happy seniors are via an Internet connection and an app that shows how often they chuckle or if they’re in distress. During a demo, audio-processing software linked to the sensor automatically distinguished between vocal sounds such as a cough or a guffaw.
Equipped with a microphone, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modules and an accelerometer, WaratTell is housed in a bright orange casing adorned, appropriately enough, with a smiley face. It clips to a lapel or hangs around a user’s neck. It’s expected to sell for about $89. In the meantime you’ll have to settle for just asking people what kind of form they’re in.

Price: $89

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