While it might seem like Contour and GoPro have a hold on the action sports camcorder industry, they're not the only ones making an impact. We already talked about a company called Drift, which makes the HD Ghost Action camcorder. Today, the company announced a mobile app for remote controlling the camera from afar.
It isn't all that often we get to talk about remote-controlled cars here at SlashGear, but the one we're covering today comes with a few cool gadget-related features. Say hello to the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, a new RC car from the folks at Silverlit. While it looks like a normal RC car at first - and largely is - there are a couple key differences between this and other RC cars we're used to seeing.
We've seen plenty of remote-controlled toy robots over the years. We've seen remote-controlled devices that can fly such as the AR Drone and remote-controlled devices that roll around on the ground as well. What I don't recall seeing is a remote-controlled device that combines both ground and air capability into one device.
Apple, Google, and Microsoft are all believed to be circling home automation startup R2 Studios with potential acquisition in mind, as each weighs a push in the growing wired-home market. Established in 2011 by Slingbox founder Blake Krikorian, R2 Studios so far has a single product out - an Android app intended to turn phones and tablets into a universal remote for Crestron home automation kit - but according to the WSJ's sources has already caught the attention of some industry heavyweights.
LG knows you scream at your TV, but now it wants some good to come from it, with a new version of its Magic Remote that can control not only an LG smart TV but other A/V kit in your rack too. The updated lounge wand now supports conversational commands, meaning you can ask for specific content - such as "Show me Call Me Maybe videos" - and it will know what you're asking for.
Sky has updated its Sky+ app for iOS with on-demand listings, turning you iPad or iPhone into a remote control for managing film and boxset downloads direct to your Sky+HD box. The updated app now allows Sky customers to navigate through the Sky TV On Demand catalog, queuing up titles remotely while the set-top box itself is being used by others.
Few things would be as horrific as a flock of parrots invading your hometown astride mechanized vehicles of death and cuteness. The good news is, they can't kill us all, someone has to be around to hand out crackers and change the newspaper. If you've ever been to home where someone owns a bird or if you've ever owned a bird yourself, you know they can be noisy creatures constantly shrieking. A man named Andrew Gray has an African Grey Parrot that was a noisy creature.
Sharp has revealed a new part of its Cocorobo smart home system, the RX-V60 robot vacuum cleaner, which can not only get rid of dust-bunnies under your couch, but send before/after photos to your smartphone. The smaller 'bot is now 29.7cm in diameter - 4.7cm less than the model it replaces - for easier scooting between table legs, and now works with a "Cocorobo Square" app that can be used to lay out floorplans, sketch precise cleaning patterns, and review photos while you're away from home. Meanwhile, an optional remote attachment, the Cocorobo Navi, can give the RV-V60 control over your TV and other appliances.
Sky TV subscribers in the UK can now use their iPhone as a remote control for the Sky+ HD set-top box, with the smartphone joining its iPad sibling in doubling as a universal controller. The updated Sky+ app, released for Apple's tablet earlier this year, now works on both the iPhone and iPod touch, giving smartphone control over channel changing, full access to the program guide and scheduling recordings, and gesture-based navigation through playback.
Colored LED lighting that could be remotely controlled used to take professional installation and thousands of dollars; now, Philips' new hue system makes it as easy as screwing in a bulb. On sale on Tuesday - initially exclusively through Apple Stores - the hue bulbs screw into a regular ES fitting and are remotely controlled from iOS or Android apps over a ZigBee connection, either locally around the home or (handy if you've left the lights on while you're on holiday) anywhere with an internet connection. They're hardly a cheap replacement to a standard incandescent bulb, though, so we spent some time with Philips to find out why hue is special, and how the system could actually make us happier or more productive.