These days as our smartphones are more than capable of playing music, there is really no need to have an external media player. However, despite having come so far, we suppose tribute needs to be paid to Sony’s Walkman, the iconic music player from way back in the day that kind of kicked off the trend of portable media entertainment.
In fact, to celebrate the Walkman turning 40 years old, Sony has launched at IFA what they are calling the 40th Anniversary Walkman, but it’s not what you think. If you were thinking that the company was going to debut a portable cassette player, think again because the device is essentially a modern day media player housed in a case that resembles the Walkman from back in the day.
Attention golfers: Put down that $5 Titleist. You don't want it anymore. At least on the green, it's not the best you can do. Nissan has your back with a brand new golf ball that finds the hole all on its own, so long as you're putting. It's called the ProPilot golf ball, and the video provided is really something (watch above). How does it work? First, you need an overhead camera. This camera detects the position of the ball and cup in real time. We're thinking we could play this one off as wanting to vlog our golf game with our buddies. Pay no mind to the floating camera above, we say. Once the ball starts moving, a monitoring system calculates the correct route needed based on the ball's movement. It then adjusts the trajectory accordingly. We're sure all the computer hardware will fit in your golf cart. Maybe you're worried you didn't hit the ball hard enough? It doesn't matter. There's an internal electric motor in the golf ball that can provide enough force to move the ball on its own. Sure, that's creepy, but it'll also save you the embarrassment of coming up inches short on that next 20-foot birdie putt. At this point, we're sure you all want to be the kid in the video absolutely shredding it on the green. It's now that we have to break your heart, and tell you that this golf ball is only a concept. Nissan hasn't shown any intention to sell a commercial version of its entire setup, which would likely cost thousands if it did. Honestly, though, that may be less than what you'd pay in a lifetime of golfing lessons. The company is going to let folks try it out, so long as you're in Yokohama, Japan. Visitors to the company HQ from Aug. 29 through Sept. 1 will be allowed to feel like a putting god for a short time. Nissan is selling it as ProPilot Assist (its driver assistance system), but for golf. Now if only Nissan could figure out a way to make sure our drives landed in the fairway, too ...
The summer heat can sometimes get so unbearable where even a fan does little to nothing to cool us down, only ending up circulating the hot air in the process. However, if you’re in need of something a little stronger, Sony just might have the device for you in the form of the Reon Pocket, a wearable air conditioner that fits right in your pocket.
Now, the Reon Pocket will need a specially designed shirt in order to be clipped onto, and it can be activated or deactivated by using your smartphone and an accompanying app. It will sit on your neck where it will help to keep you cool during those hot summer days. That being said, the entire setup doesn’t exactly come cheap.
Canon has introduced a small clippable camera called the Ivy Rec. Meant for outdoor use, the camera is built into a keychain carabiner and is roughly the size of a USB drive. It can connect to a mobile device wirelessly through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and show a live preview. The company is crowdfunding this project through Indiegogo.
There’s a 13 megapixel 1/3-inch CMOS sensor in the Ivy Rec which is capable of recording 1080p video at 60 frames per second. It’s waterproof for up to 30 minutes in up to three feet of water. The empty square space that you see is essentially the viewfinder. There’s also a single dial at the back for switching between the modes.