ONAUK Gadget Night – Your guide and links to the gadgets

By popular demand, below please find the full list of gadgets and goodies that were demoed at our ONAUK Gadget Night, December 14, 2010 at MSN UK offices in London. Follow @onauk and @ONAUK/onauk to continue the conversation. Here are some of the photos from that night. http://www.flickr.com/photos/onauk/sets/72157625477241139/

Tom Cranstoun, (twitter @ddttom)


The star of the evening: the flying helicopter/camera Parrot Ar.drone. The device, yes it really flies – has two cameras (one front facing, one downwards) controlled by the accompanying iPhone app. (http://ardrone.parrot.com/parrot-ar-drone/usa/how-does-it-work)

Pico HDMI projector (pocket battery operated LCD Projector) that connects to the iPhone, projects video images onto surfaces such as your wall for group viewing.  (http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=415688)

Portable projection screen (http://www.projectorshop24.co.uk/table-top-screens/table-top-screens_celexon-table-top-screen-81-x-61cm_1.html. Same idea

Livescribe digital pen (http://www.livescribe.com). It records audio and also records what you write. So reporters have a record of the voice of the interview and a digital record of the notes.

Apple TV, linked with iPad both with IOS4.2 (latest operating system) gives airplay video sharing between devices (www.apple.com)

Google TV by Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) (http://www.logitech.com/en-us/smartTV/revue)

‘Viewsonic Viewpad 10’ tablet with Windows 7 ultimate edition. (http://www.viewsoniceurope.com/uk/products/viewpad/)

‘Samsung Galaxy Tab’ tablet (http://www.samsung.com/uk/galaxytab/)

Steven Wilson-Beales, Entertainment Content Manager, MSN UK (twitter @stevewb)

Steve’ showed us his video report on learning to surf in Cornwall, shot on the WP7 and edited on Windows Movie Maker. http://him.uk.msn.com/time-off/articles.aspx?cp-documentid=155235833



Paul Brannan, Editor Emerging Platforms BBC.co.uk. (twitter @paulbrannan)

Over the ear digital camera with iPhone app connection. http://www.looxcie.com/

Fisheye, macro and wide-angle photo lenses for iPhone. http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/cell-phone-lenses/

The Owle Bubo, a stabilizer frame for taking pictures with the iPhone http://www.wantowle.com/.

The Vericorder digital video editing apps and the Vericorder mini-mic for iPhones. http://www.vericorder.com/products

Lorna Garrett, LiveU, 3G Mobile Uplink System (twitter @garlandpartners) http://www.gpl-uk.co.uk/LiveU_Applications.htm


In use by the BBC and other media groups, the LiveU kit allows reporters to live stream events to their websites from the front lines of action using available 3G networks.  Lorna gave us a live demo at gadget night. It was very impressive!

And finally:

My colleagues in the Microsoft Xbox Live group kindly let us play the Adventures game on the Kinect in our Customer Experience Centre. http://www.amazon.com/Kinect-Sensor-Adventures-Xbox-360/dp/B002BSA298. Lots of giggles!

About Katie King

Literary Translator, Journalist, Media Professional, Professor. Currently working toward PhD in Hispanic Studies at the University of Washington.
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One Response to ONAUK Gadget Night – Your guide and links to the gadgets

  1. Frank Wales says:

    Here’s Tom and Paul flying the ‘copter:

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