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APEMAN TRAWO – A 4K Action Camera with 20MP Photo that fits your budget

Life is full of adventures. The best way to preserve your memories is to capture them exactly as they are and one of the best ways to capture them is with action cameras. Action cameras can go beyond your average camera, or your high-end smartphone would dare to. With their rugged and waterproof designs they can endure the rigors and extremes of any adventure. The GoPro Cameras especially the GoPro Hero family has always been regarded as one of the best action cameras to take for your adventure, but the team at Apeman is putting up a fight in this space with the launch of their 4K action camera called TRAWO.

Apeman, a premier team of engineers, product designers, and photographers, has announced the worldwide launch of TRAWO, a pro-quality 4k action camera that sets new standards for performance, control and clarity. APEMAN has launched some action cameras already like the APEMAN A80, A77, and A60 but TRAWO will be the best APEMAN camera ever made.

Features

  • 4K video capture at 30fps
  • F1.8 Wide Aperture
  • 20 MP HD still images
  • EIS Stabilization System
  • 170° Wide Angle FOV
  • Wi-Fi Control

The TRAWO camera can achieve 4K capturing, its video resolution is boosted to 4K at 30fps, and epic still images at 20 MP that captures every moment in crisp detail and unparalleled clarity. Ultra-smooth super slow-mo opportunities are possible with a 1080p resolution at 120fps. Still images can be taken in single, burst and time-lapse modes, which can be saved in the memory for post-production editing.

 

Trawo Action Camera
Trawo Camera

The TRAWO is built around the advanced Hisilicon Hi3559 chip and sensitive Panasonic MA34120 sensor which together helps the camera to deliver high reliability and performance for its HD Video. Aside from the 4K/30fps the TRAWO is also capable of 60fps at 2K resolution. The TRAWO features a special lens array with 7 layers of glass, UV protection film, and an IR filter for incredibly accurate colors.

Action cameras are made for sports, travel, and adventure and in these situations, it is essential to capture a wide view and fast-moving subjects. TRAWO handles this with an Ultra-Wide 170° adjustable lens which creates an immersive view that puts the viewer right in action and features a patented EIS anti-shake system with built-in motion sensors that create an image buffer for smooth and steady photos and video. The Camera F1.8 aperture helps to enhance the depth of field and performs better in low light situations.

With added features such as Wi-Fi and smartphone control, the TRAWO allows easy transfer of video and images from the camera to phone so that they can be easily saved and shared from anywhere. With the introduction of next-generation action camera systems like TRAWO, fun and photography are better than ever.

Design and Accessories

  • Simplified design
  • Waterproof up to 130ft (40m)
  • Dust and Shockproof
  • Bigger battery – 1350mAh Batteries x2
  • Mounting tools

No need to worry about running out of power. TRAWO features a 1350mAh battery that ensures a solid 90 minutes of video recording in 1080P, so your camera lasts as long as you do. Even if your battery runs out, the TRAWO package comes with an extra battery to continue your adventure.

TRAWO goes anywhere the action is – even underwater. The included case gives it waterproof and dust-proof cover. The TRAWO remains waterproof to 40 meters without the need for any extra housing. One of another TRAWO’s strengths is its mounts and accessories. Think of somewhere you might want to attach this camera; there are enough mounting and strapping tools to help you achieve that. The action-ready features of TRAWO make it the perfect choice for extreme sports such as snowboarding, cycling, surfing, scuba and any activity with challenging video conditions.

The Apeman team is pushing innovation in the camera technology and shaking the table some companies are sitting comfortably. With the launch of TRAWO, the Apeman CEO said –

“Our goal was to create a true 4k action camera that could combine top performance with creative modes such as slow-motion and time-lapse so that users can effortlessly capture their incredible adventures at the push of a button. TRAWO is the culmination of that effort. It is a go-anywhere action camera with smartphone control that delivers perfect photos and video every time.”

Apeman has already launched their TRAWO campaign on IndieGoGo, and the camera is available for pre-order now. The TRAWO camera package is starting at $69 for a single TRAWO camera package and to about $195 for a double TRAWO camera package. The TRAWO gives anyone the ability to capture epic adventures and perfect pictures with intuitive controls and powerful performance.

PacketMonitor32 – An ESP32-Based Packet Monitor with OLED

Wi-Fi Packet Monitors are usually a computer program or sometimes a piece of computer hardware that can be used to intercept and log traffic over a Wi-Fi network. My favorite software tool of all is the popular Wireshark which I have used several times for hacking Wi-Fi based hardware, like integrating the common Wi-Fi smart socket with OpenHAB. Packet monitor tools give the possibility of seeing what type of data is being sent out by a wireless device and provides us with the chance of conjoining that data for our purpose.

ESP32 Packet Monitor

Apart from the use of software for packet capture, we can also leverage hardware for this. The Espressif Systems ESP8266 and the ESP32 modules have been a go-to module for a lot of makers regarding Wi-Fi/IoT applications. Stefan Kremser aka Spacehuhn who first launched an Esp8266 based packet monitor, earlier last year has released an improved opensource ESP32-based packet monitor which is available on Tindie and Aliexpress for purchase.

The original Packet Monitor board put together by Spacehuhn is based around the ESP8266 and allowed you to see data packets flying around you in real-time. It tells how many Wi-Fi packets are sent every second and on which channel. It is also able to display the result on a small OLED Screen. The ESP32 version comes with some new features.

Then new ESP32 Packet monitor includes some new features to the existing ESP8266 Packet monitor. It adds an SD card support for capturing and saving traffic data with the possibility analyzing that data at other time, unlike the ESP8266 which shows only the current packet only, the ESP32 version displays an average RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indicator), and of course offer an improved performance due to the increased power of ESP32. It is built around the ESP32-Wrover module, which has 4MB Flash and 4MB PSRAM.

Like it’s predecessor ESP8266 PacketMonitor, the ESP32 PacketMonitor32 has a 1.3-inch OLED for displaying the traffic data. It can be powered via its micro USB jack or with a Lipo battery that also includes both over-charging and over-discharging protection. The board comes in two different versions, the one with an external (IPEX) antenna support, and one with a PCB antenna support. The one with the IPEX antenna offers increased range but won’t work without the antenna connected. It is possible to run on your code on the board or use the Spacehuhn packet monitoring software.
The PacketMonitor32 board is avaiable now for purhase on Tindie, and on AliExpress, with a price tag of $19.

Comma AI’s Panda is a Car Hacking Dongle for Self-Driving Possibilities

Comma.ai is a self-driving car startup founded by George Hotz, the American hacker known for unlocking the iPhone and the PlayStation 3. Comma AI who originally wanted to build self-driving car kit, canceled their initial project due to safety concerns from NHTSA but later open-source their project and has now launched a Panda, an On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) II adapter that is expected to expose a car sensor data with the hopes of turning that information for self or assisted driving application.

Panda OBD-II Dongle

Panda is a small size OBD II dongle and will plug into the port of most new cars made since 1996 with preference giving to vehicles of 2010 and above. Panda supports 3 CAN (Controller Area Network), 2 LIN (Local Interconnect Network) and 1 GMLAN (General Motor Local Area Network) for access to almost all of the sensors in most of the cars on the road. It also includes WiFi and USB port to help interface with a computer and smartphone.

With a dimension of 34 mm x 50 mm x 27 mm, Panda can read a host of data. Panda will be able to measure the car speed, location (if available), fault codes, braking force, engine speed, gas level, and many more. To help parse all that information Comma AI also launched Cabana a CAN analysis tool.

Panda can be paired with Openpilot, the company’s open-source autonomous driving software and this pairing could be used to take control of a compatible vehicle’s gas, brakes, lights, and steering.

Some Specifications of Panda dongle

  • Dimensions –  34mm x 50mm x 27mm
  • Weight: 32g
  • Car Interfaces –
    • 3x CAN
    •  2x LIN
    • 1x GMLAN
  • Connectivity – USB (with fast charging support) & WiFi
  • Software Support
    • Android and iOS chffr (getchffr.com)
    • Cabana (comma CAN analysis tool)
    • Openpilot (open source self-driving)
    • Python library (pip install pandacan)
    • SocketCAN (Linux can-utils, Wireshark)
    • Wi-Fi ELM327 (Android and iOS apps)
    • Windows J2534 (Car manufacturer tools)

According to Hotz,

“the real point of shipping Panda out to people is to create that interface that cars don’t have. We want to plug cars into computers.”

Panda is available for ordering at about $99 on the comma AI product page and a GPS with no Wi-Fi variant available for $199

Particle Mesh – A Mesh-Enabled IoT Development Kits.

Particle, which has been known for its collection of  IoT focused development boards, and its Internet of Things (IoT) platform (Particle Cloud) has launched a new set of mesh network-enabled IoT development kits called Particle Mesh. Particle Mesh is expected to provide developers more insight into implementing mesh networking technology. They help to collect sensor data, exchange local messages, and share their connection to the cloud.

Particle Mesh Hardware
Particle Mesh Hardware

Particle Mesh features a new family of mesh-ready devices with Wi-Fi, BLE and LTE connectivity and also integrated with the Particle device cloud. Particle mesh consists of three main boards: The Argon, The Boron, and the Xenon. Each of these Particle Mesh boards has at least one form of outside connectivity option (LTE/3G/2G, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth) and an onboard mesh network hardware to facilitate setting up a mesh network for local communications between sensors and other particle mesh boards. All three devices are built around the Nordic nRF52840 MCU + BLE + mesh radio and follow the Adafruit Feather specification making it compatible with most Adafruit FeatherWing hardware accessories. (more…)

Turn Your iPad Into A Second Screen with Luna

It is possible now to turn your iPad into a second display using Luna Display! Luna Display is a hardware solution that extends your Mac desktop to your iPad, creating a wireless second monitor maintaining high resolution.

In fact, Luna is one of Astro HQ products, a startup working on delivering tools for designers and animation creators. It is originally  founded by two ex-Apple engineers, a reason to understand the loyalty for Apple products!

With no complicated settings, you can set up Luna in seconds using your already available Wi-Fi. This feature is Powered by Astro HQ LIQUID technology. Anyway if Wi-Fi is not available, USB can be the alternative.

 LIQUID technology provides:

  • Uncompromised image quality
  • Lightning fast speeds
  • Lag-free performance at 60 frames per second
  • GPU acceleration, so your Mac stays fast and optimized
  • Hand optimized ARM assembly to maximize battery life
  • Velocity Control, which analyzes network conditions dozens of times per second

System Requirements

Works with any modern Mac – Luna requires a Mac running macOS 10.10, Yosemite (or later). Recommended configurations: MacBook Air (2012 and later), MacBook Pro (2012 and later), Mac mini (2012 and later), iMac (2012 and later), Mac Pro (Late 2013).

Works with any modern iPad – Luna requires an iPad running iOS 9.1 (or later): iPad 2 (or later), any iPad Mini and any iPad Pro.

 

You can perfectly use Luna Display with the software Astropad, a software that allows you to draw directly into your Mac apps using your iPad and it works over wifi or USB.

“Luna extends both Astropad Standard and Astropad Studio to provide the ultimate drawing experience with the best second screen solution for iPad. If you are a creative professional, Luna has been designed with you in mind.”
Unlike other solutions, Luna uses the raw power of your graphics card, and harnesses it in order to allow you have the full potential of graphics acceleration. Check this video about the technology used in Luna Display, battery use and energy.

To know more about Luna, you can check the Kickstarter campaign they launched earlier.
Fortunately, the 1,450% funded campaign is still running and still has 39 days to go. You can pre-order your Luna Display gadget for 65$, or the Artist bundle for $99, including 1 Luna Display and 1 year Astropad Studio.

For more information and details, you can check the official website of Astropad and Astro HQ. Also, take a look at the campaign video here.