Gadgets & Gear

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3 Legged Thing create innovative, versatile tools for photographers, including the world’s most functional and capable Travel Tripod.

A travel tripod is designed to be portable, lightweight, compact and as strong as it possibly can be, taking in to consideration the constraints of the nature of their design. 3LT’s travel tripod systems all have counterfolding legs, that fold back on themselves through a 180 degree arc, to minimise the folded length. They have been measured against airline regulations for hand luggage, and conform to the dimensions of these to enable them for air travel. View their full range at: www.3leggedthing.com

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James Bond wishes he had a “Q” like Walter Boggs. A mechanical engineer, Boggs has been at National Geographic for 32 years, developing technology to help photographers get the shot on their most challenging assignments—from remote-controlled camera cars to a life-size hippopotamus suit.

Read more about Walter and his work.

See some of Walter’s inventions at work in the field: a Remote-controlled camera car used to photograph tigers and a Life-size hippopotamus suit.

Premium merino clothing brand, Icebreaker, has collaborated with seven artists to develop unique designs for their premium summer t-shirt line and now you have the chance to win a $1000 Icebreaker wardrobe just by voting for your favourite!

Inspired by the outdoors and ecology, seven artists from Icebreaker’s home of New Zealand and around the world have designed graphics for brand’s merino t-shirt line, all of which are being sold online and in store now. For example, artist, Sam Clarke, finds inspiration in the nature and landscapes around him, which translated to intricate markings and patterns to give his pieces a contemporary New Zealand feel.

As with Sam, Icebreaker has aligned with artists who share the brand ethos reconnecting with nature merino that is‘born in nature’ is‘worn in nature’.

Other artists lucky to showcase their designs on Icebreaker’s merino t-shirts include Portland-based Ed Hepp and Megan Geer, and New Zealand artists Amanda Cranston, Sam Clark, Penny Stotter, Stu Forsyth and Jacinta Mauga—all of whom echo the brand with designs calling on nature, comfort, freedom and the outdoors.

The Icebreaker ‘Best T-Shirt In The World’ competition invites fans to vote for their favourite design with the chance to win a grand prize of $1,000 worth of Icebreaker clothing, or one of the merino t-shirts every week until the competition ends on December 15.

Head to www.facebook.com/icebreakernz to enter and hear more about the artists.

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Journey’s are richer when shared.

Celebrating the unique storyteller within us all, GoPro enables us to capture life as it unfolds. Every emotion, encounter and enriching experience preserved in high definition for all to enjoy!

This video montage showcases the latest camera in the GoPro range—the HERO3+ Black Edition. 20% smaller and lighter than its best-selling predecessor, it delivers improved image quality and powerful new features geared for versatility and convenience. SuperView™ is a new video mode that captures the world’s most immersive wide angle perspective, while Auto Low Light mode intelligently adjusts frame rate for stunning low-light performance. Combined with 30% longer battery life, faster built-in Wi-Fi and a sharper lens, the HERO3+ Black Edition is the most advanced GoPro yet.

Read a review by Jimmy Chin (Adventure-Photographer)

Explore the range at GoPro.com

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Ink that conducts electricity; a window that turns from clear to opaque at the flip of a switch; a jelly that makes music.

All this stuff exists, and Catarina Mota says: “It’s time to play with it”.

Mota leads us on a tour of surprising and cool new materials, and suggests that the way we’ll figure out what they’re good for is to experiment, tinker and have fun.

A maker of things and open-source advocate, Catarina Mota is co-founder of Open Materials, a collaborative project dedicated to do-it-yourself experimentation with smart materials. This is a new class of materials that change in response to stimuli: conductive ink, shape-memory plastics, etc.

Her goal is to encourage the making of things; to that end, she teaches hands-on workshops on high-tech materials and simple circuitry for both young people and adults–with a side benefit of encouraging interest in science, technology and knowledge-sharing.