Let’s forget about folding displays for a bit and admire Insta360’s folding camera!

The idea behind the Evo’s design is a simple, but unique one. 3D cameras and 360° cameras have one thing in common… the presence of at least two lenses. Where those lenses face in relation with each other, and the type of lens determines the kind of media you capture. Lenses that sit side by side (with a rough distance of 2.5 inches between them) can capture two different channels corresponding to the left and right eye, creating a sense of depth, and therefore a 3-dimensional video or image. Lenses (usually at least 180° fisheye) that face in opposite directions can capture an entire scene in 360 degrees, allowing you to create videos or images you can look around in and immerse yourself into. The Insta360 Evo simply creates a mechanism in which these two lenses can fold to either face in the same direction or the opposite, allowing the camera to alternate between shooting in 3D and in 360°.

The Evo can record 3D 5K/30fps video (or 18-megapixel stills) with a 180-degree field of view, viewable using a VR headset that comes in the box, or an innovative HoloFrame case that sits on your phone, turning your phone’s screen into a 3D display. Fold the cameras to face opposite each other and the camera captures 360° videos and stills that you can view in your VR headset, even looking around to see things behind, beside, above or below you.

What’s even more remarkable about the Evo is its ability to not just record, but also stabilize video. Using its 6-axis gyroscopic stabilization system, Evo’s videos are immersive, crisp, and jitter free. The FlowState stabilization system even allows the Evo to capture time-lapses that are incredibly smooth. Whether you’re walking on the footpath or on a bumpy trail, the Evo can capture videos without needing an external gimbal or stabilizer (the gimbal would end up getting captured in 360° videos too). A simple flip/fold mechanism allows you to transition between shooting in 3D and shooting in VR, allowing you to create fully immersive video content, and the Evo even packs kits, headsets, and cases that let you and your audience properly view the content you’ve created!

Designer: Insta360

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Make your smartphone livestream in 360!

Mark my words when I say that there will be a day when an Apple exec walks up on stage and says that the iPhone can shoot in seamless 360°. The future has two wide angle lenses on the front and back of phones and honestly I can’t wait for that future!

However, if you want to skip the line, the Giroptic iO HD simply sits on your phone and uses two rather massive fisheye lenses to capture your world in 360°, both in image as well as video, with seamless stitching. Not only can the iO capture images and videos in HD… it can live-stream in HD too! Designed to be a simple plug-play device, the iO can be used right out of the box along with the Android or iOS app, depending on the variant you own. Besides, the carrying case for the iO even doubles up as a rather wonderful phone stand so you can capture media in 360°, hands-free!

Designer: Giroptic









Deal: V.360° HD Panoramic Camera

Want to shoot 360º video? This panoramic camera shoots content at up to 6480 x 1080 resolution, capturing video which completely wraps around you. The V.360º HD panoramic camera uses a special reflector to work its magic.

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Its videos capture a 60º vertical field of view, and you can also shoot 8 megapixel panoramic stills instantly, and without the need to spin around. It’s also got stereo microphones built in, and is ready to go anywhere, since its dust, shock and water resistant. In fact, you can use it underwater up to 3 feet for 30 minutes at a time.

Everything can be controlled via the V.360’s companion smartphone app, which lets you preview content, and make adjustments to what you’re shooting on the fly. In addition to shooting 360º videos, you can use the camera and app to direct regular “flat” videos where you pan the viewport to match what’s going on in the scene, and there’s also a time-lapse mode.

The V.360º camera has a suggested retail price of $449(USD), but we’ve got it in the Technabob Shop for a limited time for just $299.

The Boss of the Arena


I’m always a fan of good audio. Let me into a room with a Playboy mag and a good speaker, I’ll most definitely go see the speaker first (and maybe then move on to the other stuff!) Designed not as a robust/tech-y gadget, but with more of a soft and beckoning cushion-esque vibe, the Arina bluetooth speaker is truly a class apart.

Under the hood, the Arina is a serious performer. Designed with 6 internal speakers this soft-on-the-outside bad boy delivers high-fidelity, well-balanced 360 degree audio. It can be kept on a horizontal surface or even be mounted on a wall. The speakers put the cherry on the cake by including the ability to charge your phone with it. An in-built power bank ensures that your speakers remain wireless for long, and that your phone never runs out of juice. What’s more, you have the freedom to choose and change the color of the outer fabric cover to match your interiors or mood. I’m sorted for Christmas, but I’m considering getting me a New Year’s gift!

Designer: Muemma (Adin Mumma)






Friday Giveaway: 360° Industrial Design by Arman Emami – 5 Books to be WON

We began Monday morning with a few lessons on Industrial Design and how to survive the whole competition scene and emerge as a winner. We wrap up the week with an incredible interview with the man himself – Arman Emami; and a chance to WIN the book ‘360° Industrial Design.’ Five lucky winners will win the book! Hit the jump for details.

Contest Closes: May 10, 2015 – midnight PST

Contest Question:

  • Why do honeybees do not build quadratic honeycombs?

Leave your answer in the comments below.


  • Because bees like hexagon more than square.
  • Because bees see the world ultraviolet, they are not able to recognize square shapes.
  • Because bees would need ca. 10 % more wax for quadratic shaped honeycombs.
  • Because the bee queen commanded it.


YD – How will you introduce yourself to a new person?

Arman - A lateral thinker and curious designer with a continually eventful and turned life from Berlin.

YD - Who is a better person … Arman the design studio head or Arman the student?

Arman – Both are good. ;-)
Actually there are no large differences. For sure I became calmer in the course of the years, but I belong to people who are still a little childish even when they are pensioners. The children are more authentic and dare to experiment. I try to maintain it.

YD - What excites you the most … a new innovation or retro-redesigns?

Arman – Retro-redesigns is no option for me. We all are not born to repeat the past, but rather to create something new. Of course we have to consider and respect the history of design, but we should look to the future and not to the foretime.
In my opinion, retro-redesign is reactionary and demonstrates a lack of imagination and creativity.

YD - What has been your biggest challenge so far?

Arman – The biggest challenge is not to design or come up with ideas. It is always a big challenge to convince and encourage and conservative decision-makers to invest in innovative concepts.

YD - Tell me more about your book … what inspired you to write it?

Arman – Industrial design is a multi disciplinary matter. You have to think and work like an engineer, an inventor, an artist, a marketing expert and at the least you have to be the aesthete. There are a lot of books about industrial design. There are enough texts out there using unnecessary jargon, philosophical theories or otherwise setting aims that are not concrete. I have been missing a clear and well-laid out description of all relevant aspects from different fields to create an overall picture. I have summarized my experiences in practical and daily work as an industrial designer

YD - What has been your biggest learning experience so far?

Arman – Learning from nature is the best. And it is not limited to bionics and solutions found in nature. We can also learn about colors, form, haptics and much more from nature. But the biggest learning experience is life itself. You can do everything right, but If you don’t have enough life experiences, your designs get lacks of charisma and soul.

YD - What is your daily routine like? A day in the life of Arman Emami?

Arman – I have to confess that I’m not an early bird. Therefore the day begins a bit later with a coffee latte. The rest is different, appointments, meetings, designing, preparation of presentations… everyday occurrence. But the nights are mostly long. So to say, I am a night owl and I get my new ideas mostly in the night.

YD - How do you expect to make a change in the world of design?

Arman – Every designer changes the world of design to a greater or lesser extent. We live in a rapidly changing world that is becoming more complex with every passing second. Natural resources are getting scarcer and the increasingly intense competition on the world market is forcing designers at large to rethink the design process. Decoration for decoration‘s sake has become a thing of the past. Fanciful objects like the pretty paper-weight have had their day. Prettiness is no longer enough! Designers working on sustainable products now have to consider the bigger picture and in short: have to optimize design as a multi-disciplinary work. We are here to make our contribution for a better life and a more beautiful world.

YD - What will your advice be to young designers who wish to participate in the Red Dot?

Arman – Thinking out of the box is a must. First of all, it is important to free ourselves from outdated and narrow thinking. Development needs change; it is the basis for all progress. But likewise it is necessary to recognize that not every cliché is necessarily a bad thing. Design is an evolution, so today’s achievements are the result of a long-term process. Of course you can develop a wheel further, but to be honest, no one needs an angular shaped wheel. Do not try to be different at all costs! A change should always be for the better. And don’t ignore the problems in everyday life. Every problem is an approach for a new solution and a new design concept. And of course you can find more tips in my book 360° Industrial Design.

YD - What is the most challenging part of participating in the Red Dot Awards?

Arman – In a competition is any part the most challenging part of participating. You need a good idea, an aesthetic implementation and a clear presentation.

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Ricoh Theta M15 Takes 360 Degree Photos

Rico Theta M15 CameraRicoh’s Theta M15 is a small, pocket size camera able to take seemeless 360 degree photos in a single snap. These photos don’t just take a wide image, but include an entire 360 degree sphere, top to bottom as well. The resulting images can be viewed like other images, and Ricoh smartly provides some associated software with the camera allowing users to edit the images on a PC, Mac, Android or iOS device.

This is the second generation of the Theta that Ricoh has released with the most significant upgrade in this model being the ability to take short videos with a 360 degree view along with still images. The videos can be up to 3 minutes each, and the videos can also be edited with the included software by modifying the image itself with your finger on touch screens or your mouse.

Ricoh has also announced that they are providing an SDK for the camera so that developers can create custom applications integrating the Theta M15. The Ricoh Theta M15 is available on Amazon for $299.

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The Paradox of the Wearable


Wearable technology is getting and better, but it’s hard to get people to adopt a device that lasts 2 years as a substitute for a device that lasts decades.

We live in an age where technology is challenging our conception of a traditional computing devices.  Desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones are no longer sufficient to complete 100% of the tasks we want out of them, so we are seeing the emergence of the internet of things and wearables such as Google Glass, fitness trackers, and smartwatches.

This trend is embraced by some, but generally frowned on by most people.  Similarly to the switch from “dumb” flip phones and bar phones to smartphones, most people–other than early adopters–tend to be skeptical of new technology.

Some manufacturers, specifically Samsung, attempted to tackle this skepticism head on by promoting the Galaxy Gear smartwatch and selling it in tandem with the Galaxy Note 3.  While it did lead to the increased sale of units, a recent white paper from Endeavor Partners shows that one in ten Americans have purchased a wearable device (typically activity trackers), but half of them no longer use the device.

The paper also states that one-third of Americans that purchased a wearable had already ceased use before hitting the 6 month mark.  One reason for the quick abandonment is the new product life-cycle.  Most tech products are considered “outdated” after around 6 months.  This isn’t normally a problem, because, although there are newer versions out there, the existing generation will function fine for around 24 months of use.  The issue is that a product with the same life-cycle as other technological products was tied into fashion life-cycle.

The typical quartz watch will look great and maintain nearly perfect functionality for several decades.  Many people wear watches that were handed down from their parents or grandparents, because the technology and function of a quartz watch don’t evolve (at least not at the rate of digital technology).

Nobody will think twice about wearing their Grandfather’s watch, because it still performs the same function it did when it was on his wrist.  Flawlessly at that.  Meanwhile, one-third of Americans are ditching their smart watches after 6 months, because their technology (and therefore their fashion) are now out of date.  Even if a smartwatch is able to be built with a classic looking style and form factor, the hardware and software will soon be obsolete.

This makes wearables an extremely expensive choice.  Most people don’t look at you too 
funny if you have last year’s smartphone, because it’s a technological tool and it’s expected for it to be at least partially obsolete.  Once you strap something like a smartwatch on your wrist, though, you are making a fashion statement.  That means if your wearable is out of date, it is also out of style.

This suggests that the key to wearable technology isn’t necessarily the best hardware, or features, but the most simplicity.  Because of this, something like the Pebble Steel will have a longer lifespan than say, the Exetech XS-3.  It looks like Motorola is aiming for simplicity with the Moto 360, so hopefully we’ll see a new age of wearables that have a longer shelf life.

Source: The Guardian

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Google Gives the Smartwatch its Blessing With Android Wear

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I run, but never walk.  I have hands, but no arms.  A face, but don’t talk.  No eyes, though my name disagrees.  Oh, I also just got smarter.  I’m a watch.

Although calculator watches have been around since the 1970s, true mobile computing hasn’t come on a wrist strap until the past couple of years, rising in popularity when the Pebble smartwatch became one of Kickstarter’s most successful campaigns.

The market is still extremely new, though, and most ecosystems have yet to carve out a proper place for the smartwatch.  Watches like the Pebble and Samsung Gear definitely fill a niche, but both lack true integration with our existing cloud services and serve mostly as expanded notification services.

Sundar Pichai–Google’s SVP of Android, Chrome, and Apps–just announced at SXSW last week that Google would soon be dropping a wearables SDK for developers, and Google came through in Spades earlier this week with Android Wear and the announcement of some incoming watches and future hardware partners.

Android Wear appears to be heavily derived from Google Now, just in watch form.  The full range of features has yet to be unraveled, but it appears to be Google Glass on a wrist strap.  Whether it will completely cannibalize from Google Glass, of if each will have their own place in the Google device ecosystem remains to be seen.  Although many geeks will gladly wear both regardless of how many features are replicated.

Right off the bat, Motorola and LG both have devices incoming, but the the Moto 360 was the only one featured alongside the Android Wear announcement.  In addition to LG and Motorola, Asus, HTC, and Samsung are also hardware partners as well as several fashion brands, such as Fossil.

The Moto 360 appears to be a gorgeous device based on the released images.  The 360 features a circular watchface and what appears to be a very vivid display.  More information will be available closer to the launch this summer, but information on the display and battery life should be the most eagerly awaited.

LG’s smartwatch is supposed to launch “next quarter,” but not many additional details were given.  We’ll likely see quite a few OEMs releasing watches this year since we already have a smartwatch incoming from HTC (maybe we’ll heat about it at their event on the 25th).

It’s unclear what Samsung’s plans are in the category since they have the biggest existing watch portfolio and just recently released their new lineup running Tizen instead of Android.  They are listed as a hardware partner, though, so they will either be releasing new hardware eventually, or we will see yet another OS switch for the Gear lineup.

The partnership from Fossil is likely the most intriguing as it suggests the beginning of an industry shift.  This will definitely put more smartwatches on more wrists.  In the same way that smartphones replaced phones, smart watches will replace watches.

We have yet to see anything in this category from Apple, but Jonny Ive and Tim Cook have an uphill battle to fight unless Apple can also establish a large portfolio of watch manufacturer support.  When manufacturers like Fossil are making Android Wear devices, Apple producing their own watch lineup won’t be enough to hold a proper marketshare.

It won’t happen overnight, but our products are all getting smarter.  Provided Android Wear is not too intrusive and doesn’t significantly detract from the simplistic experience the world has expected from analog watches over the last 100 years, we will likely see more than half of watch wearers using a smartwatch in less than a decade.

Source: Android Central, BGR

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Ricoh Theta WiFi camera shoots 360-degree photos for $399 (hands-on)

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It's a big week for LCD-less WiFi point-and-shoots, but today's offering is a bit more unusual than Sony's lens-camera duo. What would you pay for a 360-degree camera that's compact, easy to use and compatible with an iOS app? $100? Maybe a buck fifty? Ricoh's betting big on a figure far higher -- a "consumer-friendly" $399. And we're not sold. Sure, the Theta is a unique device, but 360-degree images have limited appeal, and the fact that you (and your friends) will need to download a dedicated app just to view them without distortion doesn't help to seal the deal. Still, we're always up for trying out something new, and we're guessing you might be a bit curious, too. Click past the break as we go full circle with Theta.

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Insert Coin: BubblePod clockwork turntable lets your phone capture 360-degree images

In Insert Coin, we look at an exciting new tech project that requires funding before it can hit production. If you'd like to pitch a project, please send us a tip with "Insert Coin" as the subject line.

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The problem with capturing panoramic stills with your phone is that you need to keep a steady motion when panning around, but we all know that only a robot can perform such feat perfectly. That's why this little BubblePod caught our attention. The device is essentially a mini clockwork turntable so no battery is required -- just wind it up, slip an iOS, Android or BB10 device into the silicone grip, fire up the BubblePix app and hit the BubblePod's release button for a steady 40-second rewind.

The sample panoramic shots (or "bubbles") we saw have almost no visible stitching, and the app can simultaneously record an audio clip to capture the atmosphere as well. Better yet, in addition to its rubberized base, the BubblePod is also built with a universal tripod mount plus a wine bottle insert mount!

This Kickstarter project will offer a unit if you pledge a minimum of £15 (about $23) for the limited early bird offer or £20 (about $31) later on, plus £5 (about $8) to ship outside the UK. Do check out the demo video after the break, and feel free to grab yourself a BubblePod before funding ends on July 9th.

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Source: Kickstarter