Back in 2014, a guy named Brigham Arce developed an inexpensive and versatile teleprompter, very useful for YouTube videos or for small interview setups. Now, almost two years after its release, he is about to launch a kickstarter campaign for a successor, the Parrot 2. Meet the Parrot 2 When it comes to creating professional-looking YouTube videos or interview setups where you want your subject to look straight into the eyes of the audience, you’ll probably need some kind of teleprompter. This allows you to read the lines from a semi-translucent mirror which sits right in front of the lens. Normally these devices come at a price, but this tiny one is a lot more budget-friendly. The Parrot 2 telepromter with closed front cover The original Parrot teleprompter is now on sale if you can’t wait for the update: you can get one here for $99. Watch the Kickstarter campaign video, which explains in detail the evolution that led from the original Parrot Teleprompter to the Parrot 2. Features of the Parrot 2 The specifications of the Parrot 2 are more or less the same as the original Parrot teleprompter, but a lot of details have been improved in order to create an even better device. For example, larger phones are now supported, as the whole device is just a little bit wider. This is good not just because the average phone size has increased over the years, but also because you get more screen real estate which results in better readability. left: original Parrot Teleprompter. right: new Parrot 2 Dimensions: 120mm x 100mm x 83mm (about 4.5″ x 4″ x 3.25″) Weight: 180 grams or .4lb, which is a little over half a pound with most smartphones Mirror: Professional 30R/70T teleprompter glass. Coated with a vapor deposition process to ensure even coating and superb optical clarity Clamp: Adjustible spring loaded clamp to hold a smartphone in place. It also has a rubber grip pad to ensure the smartphone does not slip out Mount: Common size filter adapters are included to ensure universal lens compatability. Ø49mm, Ø52mm, Ø55mm, Ø58mm, Ø62mm, Ø67mm, Ø72mm, Ø77mm, Ø82mm wireless remote Please note that the teleprompter itself is kind of just the mount for your phone, which is an essential part of the setup. You’ll also need the parrot teleprompter app, available on the App Store and on Google play. With all that you can control the app via your phone or with the wireless remote. Another neat trick is if you are about to conduct an interview with your subject looking straight into camera: you still can use the Parrot 2 for this purpose. Just replace the Parrot app with a Facetime call, for example. That way, your subject will look at your face (and straight into camera) while you are sitting somewhere else with a phone in your hand. Learn all about the new Parrot 2 campaign over at kickstarter.com. The campain will launch at noon (pacific time). For $110 you can get a pro pack with the Parrot 2 itself, all the adapters, a cleaning kit and the wireless remote. Shipping is due for September 2016. What do you think? Are you already using devices like these, or do you think this could be useful? Please let us know!Read more
It’s 2015 and it seems like you can’t play with the cool kids anymore if you haven’t built your own camera drone or gimbal and started your own Kickstarter project. Here we go, in come two new multicopter projects looking for crowd funding. The first of them is the Aexo, which encapsulates the rotors in something that looks like a pizza box, protecting it against crashing within an instant when touching anything like a tree, rock, or … human. The other one is called Sprite and looks like a flying … tube. Or something. It’s a completely different concept which is kind of refreshing, but let’s try and take a closer look at both ideas. Aexo tries to solve a real problem when flying drones – you actually need to have flying skills before you start, otherwise it can get messy. Rotors are sharp and move fast, so you want to stay away from them. Also, when they touch anything, they will most likely crash and destroy the drone. Aexo seems like it’s doing a good job at protecting itself against things and staying air bound, however their claim that it’s safer to fly close to humans with that thing is a dangerous, if not idiotic statement. I doubt that the Aexo would cause less pain if it crashes into your head. The guys from Aexo offer various versions of the concept, even the bare protector kit itself, in which you can your DJI Phantom (1-3) drone. They also offer models which include the drone, different models for different payloads. Aexo is on track of reaching its modest crowdfunding goal soon on Kickstarter. Sprite is a totally different concept but also claims that ruggedness and portability is one of its biggest features. It looks like a flying you-know-what and has two rotors. It is definitely portable as you can put it into your backpack and off you go. It also looks quite rigid. However, judging from the very brief glimpses of footage that we get from their Kickstarter promo video, the footage unfortunately doesn’t look particularly stable … unsurprising considering that it has only one primary rotor (with a smaller stabilizing motor below), it’s definitely more affected by wind than other solutions. Sprite comes with its camera built-in and is about to reach its much higher funding goal on Kickstarter very soon.Read more
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