ZTE Axon 40 Ultra takes another stab at the full-screen phone design

We might finally be close to reaching the point where there is little to no sacrifice needed just to hide that unavoidable selfie camera.

When we use our smartphones, 90% of the time, we spend it on the screen, either looking at it or touching it. Even when using the phone’s cameras, we still use the screen as a large viewfinder to frame the perfect shot. It’s not surprising, then, that almost all smartphone users and manufacturers want the front of the device to really be all about the screen and only about the screen. Due to limitations in technology and manufacturing, however, that wasn’t the case until recently. There is no shortage of attempts to banish any and all notches and holes from the phone’s face, but not all of them have ended happily. ZTE hasn’t given up yet, though, and the third time might really be the charm as it tries to prove that it has finally nailed down that elusive Under-Display Camera trick.

Designer: ZTE

There’s something almost disconcerting about seeing a hole or a cutout on your screen. Sure, your mind will eventually filter it out and become blind to it, part of the miracle of our human brains, but every now and then, it will call attention to itself and distract us. A lot of designers and engineers now want to wage war against those notches, but those didn’t exist until just a few years ago. It wasn’t really until smartphone makers tried to be smart and increase the space occupied by screens that they had to resort to cutouts.

Under-display cameras or UDCs are, to some extent, a solution to a problem of our own making. We wanted the best of both worlds, a full-screen phone with a good front-facing camera, but didn’t have the ability to deliver until recently. Even Samsung, a long-time player in this market, walked away with egg on its face for a disappointing first try, especially after ZTE has already seemingly perfected its UDC game.

The newly announced ZTE Axon 40 Ultra, at first, looks almost like more of the same things, just with slight improvements that widen the brand’s lead in this department. The highlight is, of course, the fact that you can’t even see where the front camera is hiding underneath the screen, not unless you inspect it very closely. There is still some debate whether the output of that front-facing 16MP camera will be decent enough, but it definitely can’t do worse than what Samsung put underneath the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s flexible display.

The Axon 40 Ultra isn’t just a rehash of the past two years, though, but you might find its new design oddly familiar at the same time. It finally says goodbye to the flat screens of its predecessors and makes its 6.8-inch AMOLED panel wrap to the sides with a gentle curve, meeting the equally curved edges of the back glass panel. The top and bottom edges, in contrast, are completely flat, so don’t be surprised if parallels to the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra are drawn, especially considering the same suffix.

While the front of the phone is beautiful because of its clean and seamless surface, the same can’t be said of its back. The camera bump looks larger than it needs to be, with lots of empty space devoted to labels. Curiously, ZTE takes it even further with a small “tab” that peeks out of that structure, an embellishment with no other purpose than the have yet another area for branding. Then again, that’s not surprising given today’s smartphone design trends, and, thankfully, we spend most of our time looking at the front of our phones rather than their backs.

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DuoVox Mate Pro camera gives you true color night vision superpowers

Smartphones have been making magic with their cameras, capturing objects and recording memories with a snap of a finger. The hardware inside these pocket-friendly computers has become so sophisticated and their software so advanced that they can sometimes see things our naked eyes can’t, especially in the dark. Smartphones, however, are still limited by the laws of physics, which means they can only cram so much hardware inside their ultra-thin bodies. If you want even better image quality, you’ll want to pull out a dedicated digital camera, which has plenty of room for more specialized hardware, including ones that let you see in the dark far better than any night vision camera can, and in color, too!

Designer: Yuki Otake

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Night vision cameras, like those used for security or wildlife photography, use infrared light to be able to see. While this does work to some extent, it has a few critical disadvantages. For one, some animals can actually see that IR light or at least the camera’s light indicators and get spooked by it. More importantly, however, the images and videos that such cameras produce have your typical greenish or bluish appearance. That might be good enough for military purposes but not for nighttime photography or even security.

Duovox Mate Pro offers a clear, true-color 2K video of your surroundings — without a flash – down to 0.0001 lux, equivalent to an overcast, moonless night sky.

DuoVox combines several existing technologies and techniques to create something new and something more useful for all photographers, no matter their needs or lighting situation. For example, it uses an IR filter that blocks infrared light from messing up your photos and captures only near-infrared and visible light. What this means in practice is that you will be able to see in true, vibrant color, no matter how dark the surroundings are, unlike the almost monochromatic output of typical night vision cameras.

Undisturbed wildlife pphotography. Unlike typical infrared night-vision cameras, Duovox Mate Pro is 100% undetectable at night.

Boating and fishing at night.

Explore a new city at night.

Full-color dash cam (with optional car mount).

Take beautiful nature shots in pitch darkness.

Much more than a home security camera.

The DuoVox Mate Pro also uses a seven-glass lens where the lenses are arranged differently. It takes photos at different resolutions and combines them into a single high-resolution, high-detail photo, similar to how smartphone Night Modes work these days. It also applies noise reduction, color correction, and other processes to improve the quality of the image or video. The result is that you can get a great photo in full color even in lighting as low as 0.0001 lux, which is extremely dark. In fact, the darker the environment, the more impressive its output.

This camera, however, isn’t just for nighttime photography and is full of features that make it a great camera, no matter the situation. It has a 1/1.8-inch sensor capable of 5MP photos and 1080p to 2K video recording, a 16 mm, F/0.9 lens aperture that can take in as much light available, Wi-Fi connectivity to pair with a smartphone, and a 3,000 mAh battery that promises four hours of use. It even has motion detection so that the camera can function as a security camera or night wildlife camera, depending on your mood. Most cameras are designed to work great under perfect lighting conditions but falter at night. Some cameras see perfectly in the dark but can’t deliver the quality you’d expect from color photos. The DuoVox Mate Pro combines the best worlds into a compact camera that can do almost anything in any circumstance, delivering not only a good daytime shooter but also one of the best true color night vision cameras in the consumer market.

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Rota-Strap and Rota-Lock lets you carry your camera with comfort and confidence

If you want to level up your photography, you might want to grab this rope and lock duo that will let you bring your camera anywhere without worrying about theft.

Although there were predictions of doom and gloom in the early years of the smartphone, dedicated cameras haven’t gone extinct and will continue to play a critical role in the field of photography. Despite all the power they offer, however, there’s no argument that carrying a camera along isn’t exactly the most comfortable experience. With the Rota-Strap and its Rota-Lock companion, however, you pretty much have one strap to rule them all, leaving you free to concentrate on what matters the most: capturing moments without missing a beat.

Designer: viiu

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Typical camera straps don’t actually offer much other than allowing you to hang your camera from your neck or your wrist. They’re also trivial to cut, which is a frequent strategy used by thieves to “cut-and-grab” your precious gear. viiu’s Rota-Strap addresses all of those while also giving photographers the freedom to choose how they want to carry their camera.

The Rota-Strap’s secret sauce is Dyneema fiber, a material that deceptively looks like a typical cord but is actually stronger than steel. This material makes the strap nearly impossible to cut but is also lightweight and comfortable on the skin. You’ll never have to worry about your strap accidentally breaking or tearing, potentially breaking your sensitive camera as well. And despite its strength, it’s pliant enough to roll or fold easily into your bag.

That Dyneema cord isn’t the only thing that gives the Rota-Strap its durability, though. The connectors that attach to the ball link on the camera are made from 7075 aluminum alloy, the same sturdy metal used on aircraft. While it’s tough as metal, the connector can also rotate 360 degrees, so you won’t end up with twisted straps. The connector is also covered with a rubber material, so it won’t scratch the surface of the camera. Together, these anti-cut and anti-twisting features make the Rota-Strap already one-of-a-kind, leaving the competition in its dust. It doesn’t stop there, however, and the accompanying Rota-Lock steps up the game even higher.

With these accessories, you can turn the Rota-Strap into a hand strap so that you’re ready to jump into action at a moment’s notice. You can also turn the strap into a wrist strap to let the camera dangle in style. Finally, you can attach the Rota-Lock to backpack straps to take a load off your neck and move it to the stronger muscles of your shoulders. In addition to giving you the freedom to carry your camera the way you need and want, it actually changes the way the weight of the camera is distributed, from a single point of the neck to two even points on the backpack straps.

The importance of being able to offload the weight to your shoulders can’t be stated enough. Almost all camera straps hang around your neck, which poses a real risk to your health, particularly to your spine. Professional cameras are already heavy, but the lenses you often attach double or even triple that weight. After many days of walking for long hours, that weight can do long-lasting harm to your neck and spine.

Preferring a powerful camera over a lightweight smartphone doesn’t mean you have to compromise on comfort and convenience. Thanks to the smart use of super-durable materials and creative product design, the Rota-Strap and Rota-Lock give you the confidence and peace of mind to carry your camera around with you wherever you go, ready to snap up photos or record videos in a blink of an eye. Best of all, a single Rota-Strap and all three Rota-Lock only cost $48 with this Kickstarter exclusive, leaving pro and amateur photographers fewer excuses to keep their cameras at home.

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World’s first Pinhole Lens with a variable aperture brings a retro touch to your modern camera

With as many as 6 different apertures to choose from as well as a variable focal length, the Pinhole Pro Max combines the oldest form of photography with cutting-edge technology. The result is a uniquely retro/vintage effect that transcends anything a filter or software could ever achieve. Fourth in Thingyfy’s pinhole lens series, the Pinhole Pro Max comes with a precisely engineered aluminum body that sports an aperture toggle ring and a manual zoom feature, letting you shoot in a wide variety of settings from indoors to outdoors, and from low-light to brightly lit conditions.

Designer: Forbus Lu

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Designed for both professionals as well as hobbyists, the Pinhole Pro Max is a uniquely versatile little tool that adds a layer of dreamy grunge to your photos and videos. You see, contemporary cameras use state-of-the-art lenses, mirrors, mounts, AF/MF techniques to deliver amazing images, but those images are much too life-like. There’s always a charm to vintage filters, with the way their colors are de-saturated/different, and the vignette around the borders. Rather than relying on software, the Pinhole Pro Max uses a precision micro-drilled pin-size hole instead of a complex array of glass lenses.

20mm with 0.35 aperture

36mm with 0.5 aperture

However, unlike previous pinhole lenses, the Pinhole Pro Max comes with 6 differently sized holes that you can toggle through. Each hole has a different aperture-width which allows varying amounts of light to hit your camera’s sensor. The apertures range from 0.15mm to 0.5mm, allowing you to work in brightly lit or dimly lit scenarios. Given that the amount of light hitting your sensor also affects its ability to capture color, the aperture settings let you go from a desaturated, almost B/W style to a retro-blurry color style of photography.

Unlike past pinhole lenses from Thingyfy, the Pro Max even has a variable focal length of 18-36mm, allowing you to manually zoom in and out of your scene… or better still, recreate the famous ‘reverse tracking shot’ from Hitchcock’s Vertigo!

Each Pinhole Pro Max is precisely machined from aluminum and doesn’t use any glass lenses. This famously makes it much more durable than other camera lenses since there isn’t anything delicate that can scratch or break. The entire lens weighs just 117 grams, comes with a 58mm diameter, and supports all popular DSLR and Mirrorless mounts, like the Canon EOS/EF/RF, Nikon F/Z, Sony A/E, Fuji X, Pentax K, and Micro 4/3. It even comes with optional accessory filters, including a UV filter, a CPL filter, and an ND2 filter to give you better control over the light entering your camera sensor.

Photography enthusiasts can grab their Pinhole Pro Max for a super early bird 49% discounted price of $219 on Kickstarter, or snag the entire bundle for $279 which includes an aluminum lens cap, a carrying case, and the 3 filters. The Pinhole Pro Max ships globally, starting September 2022.

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Savannah Anti-Theft Kit features smart devices that look like minimalist toys

Savannah Anti-Theft Kit System Concept

Savannah is a city in the United States in Georgia, known for its beautiful landscapes and rich history. It is also famous for its well-preserved architecture. We know it now as the inspiration for the Savannah Anti-theft Kit, which integrates safety and security tools more into our domestic life.

Savannah is a line of smart products that are nothing like the devices you see in the market. They are similar in basic functions, but they are made from ceramic. The result is smooth aesthetics with a very evident minimalist appeal.

Designers: Francesco Isaia, Alessandro Pomponio, and Cecilia Veglio

Savannah Anti-Theft Kit System Details

You won’t think these are anti-theft devices as they look like small toys. But that’s the beauty of these products because they are very subtle you wouldn’t think they have other essential functions.

The landscapes and animals of Savannah inspire the Savannah. Several products are available, like a WiFi router (hub controller), siren/Bluetooth speaker, window sensor, smoke sensor, and a camera. The WiFi router looks like a table home decor. It is designed like a landscape with a couple of trees, and it also works as a hub for all the other Savannah devices. The Bluetooth speaker is shaped like a cube, with the top cover looking like a mountain range. We can also imagine this design being applied as an air purifier.

Savannah Anti-Theft Kit Features

Concept Savannah Anti-Theft Kit

Concept Savannah Anti-Theft Kit System

Savannah Anti-Theft Kit System

The window sensors are ready in different shapes. They help detect and report the opening and closing of doors. There is also a smoke sensor that looks like an upside-down character. The camera looks cute in different animal designs and colors.

Savannah Anti-Theft Kit

The Savannah Anti-Theft System is a design by Francesco Isaia, Alessandro Pomponio, and Cecilia Veglio. These Italian designers prove that Italian design is really something more. It goes beyond the aesthetic appeal as it is also about quality, craftsmanship, tradition, innovation, and passion. The Savannah 2021 Collection is likely to have additional products in the future. But first, this project needs to get into production. The devices remain as a concept product design for now but we know the idea can be easily picked up by other designers.

We have featured other anti-theft devices before but nothing cute like the Savannah. The ones we’ve seen were specifically for cyclists. There was the Anti-Theft Collapsible Bike Wheel and those discrete metal tags by Cycling Boom. Special anti-theft bags have been introduced as well—the Bobby Anti-Theft Backpack and the Tribal Anti-theft Sports Bag.

Savannah Anti-Theft Kit Concept

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ILMA lets you carry your lamp, CCTV, and smoke alarm on your travels

There seems to be a trend and a desire these days for products that do more than one thing, especially when it comes to tech gadgets. While minimalist design still informs the external appearance of some products, designers have become a bit craftier in hiding multiple functionalities from view. There are cases when more than one or two features unnecessarily increase the complexity of a product, but there are also times when combining functions into a single device sort of makes sense. Then again, one can also easily justify those use cases, even if they sound a bit convoluted. The jury is still out on which end of the scale ILMA falls, but this portable device might be a literal lifesaver for those who stay at hotels and Airbnb frequently, exactly because it mashes three devices into one.

Designer: André Terchanian

At first glance, two of ILMA’s functions are immediately apparent. It’s a cylindrical lamp sitting on top of a tall circular base with what is obviously a camera right in the middle. Aside from the obvious signs of a recording device, ILMA’s shape and design are meant to be a calming presence in any environment. It runs on a battery that can be charged via a USB-C cable, so it’s actually a portable lamp that you can take with you on your journeys. In fact, ILMA doesn’t actually make sense unless you actually travel a lot and stay at unfamiliar lodging.

That camera serves the purpose of a typical indoor home security camera, except it’s portable. It’s supposed to even have motion detection and tracking so that it can have a 360-degree view of your hotel room or Airbnb whenever you’re out. Alarms can be sent to your phone, just like any security camera, suggesting the presence of an unwelcome guest that may or may not be the cleaning crew.

The idea is that ILMA will be your sentry at your home away from home. There is always a sense of fear and uncertainty when staying in unfamiliar places, and this portable 3-in-1 device attempts to bring some peace of mind, in addition to some lighting at night. Of course, it won’t stop thieves from taking the ILMA itself, but at least you’ll have evidence to show authorities later.

ILMA actually has one other functionality that might come as a bit of a surprise. It is also a fire and smoke detector and can identify harmful gases like carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and paint thinner. The device will similarly send an alert to your phone in case it detects these substances in the room.

The designer also gave a lot of thought to the construction and packaging of ILMA. Its 18 parts are mostly held together by push and snap fits, making assembly and disassembly a lot easier. The box should also be made from 100% recyclable material and reduces the included accessories to just a USB-C cable, just like many smartphones today.

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DIGI SWAP gives your old film camera a new lease in life as an upcycled digital camera

You can now continue enjoying the unique analog experience of a film camera without giving up the conveniences of your smartphone.

Although the camera market continues to survive and even thrive despite the onslaught of smartphones, one type of dedicated shooter has almost gone extinct. Except for pros and hobbyists that are trying to faithfully recreate the intricacies and flaws of the physical medium, film cameras have been mostly left gathering dust, unused, and forgotten. People often keep these old cameras as memorabilia of a time long past, when taking pictures had a certain element of uncertainty and excitement whenever you pressed the shutter button. Now you can relive those moments and reuse your old film camera thanks to this rather ingenious system that combines the feeling of an analog shooter with the conveniences of a smartphone camera.

Designer: Yoshihiro Komori

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DIGI SWAP is actually made up of two parts, two sides of the same coin. On the one hand, you have an adapter that attaches to the back of your film camera and acts as a mount for your iPhone. In a nutshell, the adapter projects the image that goes through the film camera’s lens into the iPhone’s camera, effectively turning the smartphone into the equivalent of the roll of film. Of course, that alone doesn’t complete the experience, which is where the DIGI SWAP app comes in.

That app is almost magical in the way that it seemingly syncs with what you do on the film camera without actually connecting physically with those controls. Aside from adjusting some settings on the app, like the ISO sensitivity, everything happens automatically. You use the film camera’s controls for aperture, shutter speed, and focus adjustment, but the photo is automatically saved to the iPhone’s gallery the moment you press that physical shutter button.

Samples were taken with DIGI SWAP.

This has the effect of recreating both the feeling as well as the visual style of old-school film cameras, which often have a rather blurry quality. You can pull the wind-up lever just before you shoot your picture, just like in the old days. In fact, the app even has a “Film Empty” screen that shows up after taking 36 shots. Of course, it’s just an artificial limitation, and you can keep on shooting by tapping the “Film replacement” button, but it still faithfully recreates the emotions that often run high when you realize you’ve run out of film.

More importantly, DIGI SWAP offers shutterbugs a fun and useful way to upcycle their old faithful companions. Rather than just letting them gather dust or, worse, throwing them away, they can now use that very same film camera in a new way that lets you relive the feelings that even digital cameras today don’t provide. It can even become a way for different generations to connect, where the young and the old meet halfway with a loving and nostalgic blend of the past and the present.

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‘The most advanced night-vision camera consumers can buy’ lets you capture colored night video as bright as day

Do you remember that quote, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”? It’s the kind of quote I believe was reserved for gadgets like the DuoVox Mate Pro. Touted as the most advanced color night-vision camera available to regular users, the DuoVox Mate Pro can capture video in darkness virtually as if it were 4 pm in the afternoon. While traditional night-vision cameras use IR LEDs to see in the dark, the DuoVox takes a different route, using an F0.9 aperture lens for light sensitivity, a Sony STARVIS 2 Back-illuminated CMOS Image 1/1.8″ day-night sensor, and AI that applies advanced noise-reduction, color-correction, and object recognition to capture footage in the dark. The result? A camera that can record crisp, bright video even in light conditions as low as 0.0001 Lux (moonless night), without using IR blasters that allow people and cameras to detect you. Perfect for everything from vlogging to night-time wildlife capture and even the odd covert mission… you know, if you’ve got clearance for that kind of thing.

Designer: Yuki Otake

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Designed with a form that looks no different from your consumer-grade DSLR or Mirrorless camera, the DuoVox Mate Pro is a nifty handheld device with the ability to capture up to 2K videos or even photos in RAW and JPEG. On the inside sits the Mate Pro’s custom-engineered Sony STARVIS 2 back-illuminated CMOS 1/1.8″ sensor, right behind a 7-glass lens system that allows it to computationally capture multiple images and superimpose them to make a bright, hi-res shot with viewing distances of up to 1000ft or 300 meters.

Duovox Mate Pro gives you HD true color night vision in an easy-to-use point-and-shoot setup.

Wildlife Photography

City Photography

Dash Cam

Home Security Cam

Night-Time Content Creation

3 levels of brightness.

What stands out about the DuoVox Mate Pro at first glance is its intuitive design and interface. It looks and behaves like you’d expect, and doesn’t come with controls, buttons, and knobs that would make you want to take out the user manual. The camera’s easy to grip with one hand, and can be mounted on a tripod too. It comes with a 3″ touchscreen display on the back that lets you navigate through its settings, and even syncs with your smartphone using an Android or iOS app. The camera also has its own built-in microphone and speaker, and perhaps its greatest yet most understated feature – a powerful built-in LED flashlight (with 3 brightness settings) to let you navigate in the dark.

DuoVox Mate Pro provides lagless real-time vision of the world around you in full true color.

On the software front, the DuoVox Mate Pro coves a wide range of use-cases. It lets you record traditionally by hitting the shutter button, or even lets you activate a motion-detection trigger, allowing the camera to start recording as soon as it picks up any motion. It even has an instant recording feature that begins as soon as the camera’s powered up, as well as a way-back recording function that saves footage from up to 25 minutes before you hit the shutter, so that you never miss a moment. Similarly, a delay-stop feature continues recording for up to 30 seconds after you hit the shutter, to avoid video loss through accidental button-pressing. A loop-mode setting lets the camera record continuously for 24/48 hours, overwriting the older footage with newer footage, and like any good camera, the Mate Pro also comes with a timelapse setting that lets you take stunning lapses of a bright day transitioning into a well-lit night scene. Footage gets recorded to the DuoVox Mate Pro’s MicroSD card slot which supports storage of as much as 512GB, and a 3000mAh battery gives you 4 continuous hours of recording, with a USB-C slot letting you charge or power the device for longer sessions.

The one standing issue with night-vision tech is that they’re usually specialized gadgets designed to serve a single specific use – a night-vision camera for wildlife photography doesn’t lend itself to being used for home security, and vice versa. The DuoVox Mate Pro doesn’t quite have that problem. Its versatile build lets you use it for outdoor wildlife videography, city-based vlogging, or even as a home security camera (thanks to the motion detection), a car dashcam (with the loop recording mode), or even a regular webcam (thanks to its ability to hook up to a PC and also its facial recognition capabilities). Its rugged build means you can take it anywhere, and its water-resistant construction means your night-vision camera can more than withstand a couple of splashes of water. The DuoVox Mate Pro starts at $599, that’s 50% off its retail price of $1200.

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This indoor camera concept looks like a literal eyeball watching your every move

Unlike the Eye of Sauron, this home security camera looks less frightening and has a secret trick to keep it from seeing you all the time.

Smart home security cameras have exploded in popularity in the past few years, but they have also exploded in controversy. Having something that can see you 24/7 can be a horrifying thought for some homeowners, especially when it involves a third party, like a company that can take a peek at any time, whether you know it or not. At the same time, there is also a real and growing need to keep an eye (no pun intended) on things while you’re out, so both service providers and homeowners need to find a way to strike a balance between security and privacy. This concept tries to do exactly that by providing a quick and easy way to disconnect the all-seeing eye and immediately know when it’s sleeping.

Designer: Maurice Mischo

It’s almost ironic that the design of this indoor Wi-Fi camera is patterned after an eye. Nothing says “I see you” better than an eyeball, which is why connected camera companies intentionally design their products to look discrete and less intrusive. The design thinking behind this camera concept is even more bizarre when you consider that it’s meant to be one of the most privacy-respecting ideas out there.

The theme for the VISIO Wi-Fi camera concept might not exactly be “privacy” but “obviousness” instead. Given its form, it makes no qualms about being a camera and doesn’t masquerade as something else, like a living room decor or digital picture frame. You or your guests are unlikely to be caught unaware that there is an electronic eye that can see your every move within its field of vision.

Likewise, it will also be obvious when the camera is disconnected rather than having you guess its state. Many smart cameras have an off switch that you can only toggle via an app, so you might not be sure when it’s recording or not. Not all cameras have visible and unambiguous status indicators, so some owners might feel the need to just physically cover the camera when they want some privacy. That, however, might not stop it from still recording audio.

In contrast, the VISIO camera is completely disconnected when it isn’t connected to its base, which serves as its wireless power supply. Like any disembodied eye, this electronic optic won’t work unless it’s connected to something, though it would still have a small battery so that it could properly shut down when you remove it from its dock.

The VISIO compact Wi-Fi camera concept is genius in its simplicity. Easy to use and easy to distinguish, it takes a lot of guesswork and stress out of the equation of using a smart home camera. It is privacy-focused without being “in your face,” integrating that privacy feature into its design. Sadly, that might actually be contrary to the business goals of smart camera makers, which is why we’ll probably never see something as beautifully simple as this smart eye.

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Jabra’s triple-lens webcam has a wide-angle 180° FOV, completely crushing Apple’s Center Stage

What’s better than one good webcam? Three of them… and with 4K resolution, no less.

With the ability to fit an entire boardroom into its FoV, the Jabra PanaCast uses 3 individual lenses to capture more in the same small webcam form factor. Quite literally upstaging Apple’s Center Stage, the PanaCast has a dizzying 180° field of view, capturing what Jabra calls ‘three whiteboards’ worth of content, digitally. Equipped with Jabra’s Intelligent Zoom feature, the PanaCast can also detect faces and expand its bounding box to fit multiple people into its frame. The 4K lenses do a phenomenally better job at capturing board meetings in vivid detail (along with the whiteboards behind them), bringing enterprise video conferencing to the next level.

Designer: Jabra

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While the Center Stage is more of a feature for Apple’s customers, the PanaCast is an entire product and solution marketed toward businesses. Companies are still operating online for the most part, with employees working from home, personnel scattered across countries and time zones, and clients too. That’s where the Panacast comes in, allowing people to effectively communicate with each other without being ‘talking heads’. People in the same building can convene at the same meeting table, with the PanaCast capturing the entire FoV.

The PanaCast additionally works with leading conferencing software, including Skype, Zoom, Webex, Microsoft Teams, GoToMeeting, Slack, and even the obscure Hangouts (among many others). Additionally, the Jabra Vision app lets you set up and adjust your PanaCast, and even toggle individual lenses within the 3-lens setup, focusing on any part of the room.

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