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Samsung NX1 camera gets update

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Samsung has announced a firmware update for the NX1 mirrorless Smart camera designed to deliver improved performance and give an better overall camera experience.

The Samsung NX1 version 1.3 upgrade features a number of enhancements for photography such as improved autofocus and better low light performance. It also has video functionality with several advances and upgraded Wi-Fi connectivity.

“At Samsung, we want to enrich the consumer’s experience by making sure that our constantly evolving technology is seamlessly available and to give the best possible product experience,” said Craige Fleischer, Director of Integrated Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa.

The latest firmware update incorporates the following improvements:

Improved Movie Recording

For aspirant cinematographers, the upgrade includes “1920×1080 (120)” mode within the movie settings. The microphone has an automatic on/off control and histogram and level display during recording to help create more professional movies.

Still Photo Enhancements

The NX1 1.3 firmware update also brings better-quality still photographs as well as image quality with better autofocus for superior performance in low light, backlit and spotlight conditions.

Increased Connectivity

Remote studio software adds even more connectivity features to the Samsung NX1; allowing users to transfer JPEG and RAW files and Videos via Wi-Fi to their Samsung Tizen Operating System enabled televisions with one touch.

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Win Funko Fortnite in Vinyl

Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to three readers.

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A Funko Pop figurine based on a character set is indicative of reaching the heights of pop culture. It is no surprise, then, that the world’s biggest online game, Fortnite, has its own line of Funko Pop figurines. The Funkos are modeled on the characters in game, including Drift, Ragnarok, Dark Vanguard, Volar, Tracera Ops, and Sparkle Specialist.

Now, local Funko distributor Gammatek has released the Fortnite figurines in South Africa. To celebrate, Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to each of three readers. To enter, first follow Gadget and Gammatek on Twitter. Then click on your favourite Funko Pop on the next page and post the Tweet that appears.

You can put the tweet in your own words, but entries must have the competition’s hashtag (#FunkoFortnite), mention @GadgetZA and the link to this article (bit.ly/FPFortnite) to be considered valid.

Click here to see the Funko Fortnite characters and to select the one you want to tweet.

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CES: ThirdEye X2 mixed-reality glasses

The X2 mixed reality (MR) glasses, unveiled at CES last week, are the smallest mixed reality devices yet. They boast a 42-degree field of view, HD resolution, and run on the Android platform. The glasses are not connected to wires or tethered packs, and boast a built-in VisionEye Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) system for accurate environment tracking. The UI allows the user to wear it while completing tasks indoors and outdoors.

Click through to read how the software makes these glasses a reality.

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Nick Cherukuri, founder of ThirdEye, said: “The goal of the X2 was to integrate SLAM into a small glasses form factor – that is the future of making MR Glasses mass produced.”

ThirdEye has also partnered with a major manufacturer, which will enable the X2 to be shipped in mass scale, which is currently a significant hurdle for many startups.

The glasses have built-in software like the ThirdEye App Suite, which provides a full MR software platform built into the units. The App Suite includes live audio and video streaming, AR data communication between remote users in the form of a “see what I see” application, and 3D scanning capabilities.  The glasses run on Android 8.0, creating a platform for a worldwide community of developers to submit AR, VR, and MR applications to the ThirdEye App Store. 

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