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  • Elgato Stream Deck XL Puts 32 Customizable Buttons At Your Fingertips

We’re big fans of Elgato’s programmable dashboards, which allow you to control livestreams and broadcasts using a simple hub of buttons. Suffice to say, it’s a whole lot more convenient than dealing with multiple menus from various applications and platforms. If you decided to use more than one because the 15-button layout isn’t enough for your needs, you might want to check out the Elgato Stream Deck XL.

A bigger version of the outfit’s streaming dashboard, it has over twice as many buttons as the smaller panel, allowing you to map more than double the actions to make your broadcasts run smoother than ever. Whether you want an easy way to switch between cameras, change to a different layout in OBS, or trigger a sound effect to play on stream, this thing lets you do that by simply reaching to the dashboard and pressing a single button, making your production feel much more professional.

The Elgato Stream Deck XL retains the same form factor as previous versions of the dashboard, albeit in a bigger size that measures 7.2 x 4.4 x 1.3 inches (width x depth x height). Instead of the 15 buttons in the regular Stream Deck and the six buttons in the Mini, this one gets a whopping 32 buttons, all of which you can map to any shortcut, macro, or command on any program that you use. Those buttons are laid out in an 8 x 4 grid, with enough size and separation that should make pressing the wrong key a rare occurrence.

As with the previous iterations, each button has an individual screen that you can use to customize it with icon labels, making each one easier to identify with a quick glance. You can use either static or dynamic icons, too, so you can put an animated gif with blinking lights on there if you prefer torturing your eyes.

The Elgato Stream Deck XL allows you to assign not just individual actions to the keys, it also supports multiple actions that you can trigger with a single tap. You can even choose whether to execute the actions simultaneously or with timed intervals, making this a very versatile tool. Assigning actions is easy, too, with the interface allowing you to simply drag-and-drop actions onto keys. You can even assign buttons as folders, which gives you a new set of 32 keys, allowing you to program endless actions onto the board.

 

According to the outfit, the device is now fully integrated into Elgator Game Capture, OBS, Streamlabs, XSplit, Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, Mixer, and more. It can also work with a lot of other applications, so you can use it with your video editor, image editor, and a whole lot of other software. They also have an SDK available, so it can be further customized to be compatible with not just applications, but even smart objects you use both at home and the office.

Want one? The Elgato Stream Deck XL is available now.

 

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Garmin Autoland Brings Autonomous Landing To Private Planes

Many commercial aircrafts now have automated systems for both flight and landing. So far, though, it’s a system that’s only been implemented in large, commercial airplanes. The Garmin Autoland changes that.

Yes, the same company that makes the multi-sport GPS watch you wear for workouts, off-grid communicator you bring to the backcountry, and golf swing monitor that tracks your every swing in the fairway now has a device that take control of your private plane, too. No more panicking and trying to remember all the things you did in X-Plane 11 when your pilot has a sudden heart attack – just press a button, let the robots take over, and trust it to land you to safety.

Billed as the first auto-landing system for general aviation aircrafts, the Garmin Autoland is designed to integrate with any airplane equipped with one of Garmin’s G3000 integrated flight deck. During activation, the system calculates a flight plan to the most optimal airport, initiates an approach to the runway, and lands the plane autonomously with zero need for any human intervention. That’s right, all you have to do is sit back and relax. No, it doesn’t simply locate the nearest airport on a map and land the plane on there. Instead, it relies on a more sophisticated algorithm that takes every available parameter into consideration. That includes the current location, weather, amount of fuel in the tank, nearby terrain, and possible obstacles, along with which of the nearby airports is most ideal based on runway length and the availability of a GPS approach with lateral and vertical guidance.

After locating a suitable airport within its range, the system takes charge of an aircraft’s controls, taking it from the current position to the chosen runway, then initiating a controlled descent, extending the landing gear, and finally landing it on the runway. Automatic braking is applied while tracking the runway centerline until the plane hits a full stop, at which point the engine is shut down, allowing passengers to safely exit.

The Garmin Autoland also handles all communication with local air traffic controllers and pilots flying in the vicinity, so everyone is aware of your aircraft, its situation, and its real-time position, ensuring it’s able to navigate safely. To prevent panic, it keeps the plane’s passengers informed of what’s happening the whole time by providing verbal communication in plain language. All flight displays also show the aircraft’s location on a map, alongside information such as the target destination, estimated arrival time, distance to travel, remaining fuel, airspeed, attitude, and heading. Passengers also get the option to communicate with ATC using the touchscreen interface on the flight deck.

It works hand-in-hand with Garmin’s Autothrottle, which automatically manages the aircraft speed, engine performance, and engine power, allowing the plane to descend, climb, or hold altitude as needed. The automated landing, by the way, can be canceled at any time by simply pressing the same activation button, allowing a human pilot to take charge of the plane.

The Garmin Autoland will initially be available as an option on the Cirrus Vision Jet and the Piper M600, although it will likely be available as an aftermarket system, too, at some point going forward.

 

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We’re big fans of the DJI Spark and its smaller size, which it makes way more convenient to bring on the road compared to the outfit’s other quadcopters. If that convenience also matters to you, chances are, you’ll love the DJI Mavic Mini even more.

That’s right, it’s a Spark-sized version of the outfit’s flagship consumer drone, bringing much of the same capabilities in a more compact package. How compact? It’s so compact, in fact, that it weighs just 249 grams, putting it at the lowest and safest weight class of drones. That means, it doesn’t require FAA registration like many drones in the market, allowing you to legally fly this thing right out of the box.

The DJI Mavic Mini has a camera that can shoot 12 megapixel stills and 2.7K video at 30 fps (yeah, no 4K), as well as 1080p video at 60 fps if you’d rather have more frames in your footage. Unlike the similarly-sized Spark, it comes with a three-axis gimbal to ensure you’re getting stabilized video even at those times when the drone is maneuvering for a better position, with a mechanical range of -110 degrees to 35 degrees for tilt, -35 degrees to 35 degrees for roll, and -20 degrees to 20 degrees for pan.

It can fly at maximum speeds of 13 meters per second, as well as stay in the air for up to 30 minutes before requiring a recharge, thanks primarily to the greatly-reduced weight. Sadly, the same lightweight construction restricts its use to winds at a maximum of 8 meters per second, all while getting a maximum service ceiling of 3000 meters above sea level. When used with the bundled remote controller, it can fly at distances of up to 4km away and maintain an HD video feed the whole time, so you can see everything its camera captures.

Of course, the DJI Mavic Mini can’t integrate all the capabilities of much bigger drones. While it has sensing capabilities which it uses for hovering and returning to base, for instance, there’s no support for obstacle avoidance, so you will have to use the propeller guards if you plan to use this in any airspace where it can come into contact with any objects like tall trees and posts. The downside? Adding the propellers put the weight above the 249-gram mark, which, technically, disqualifies it from flying unregistered. Yeah, that sounds like a tricky gray area. It also can’t track objects automatically like many drones do, so this isn’t a great aerial camera for solo content creators looking to film themselves without assistance.

The outfit has a new companion app called DJI Fly (iOS and Android, which, they claim, provide flight tutorials and intuitive controls for novice drone operators. Given that this requires more manual controls than the outfit’s larger, more autonomous drones, those tutorials will probably come in handy.

The DJI Mavic Mini is priced starting at $399, although you’re likely better off getting the Fly More Combo, which throws in two extra batteries, propeller guards, and other accessories for $499.

 

Narbis Smart Glasses Dims Its Lenses When You Are Distracted To Help You Focus

 

There’s no shortage of distraction these days. It doesn’t matter whether you’re working on a spreadsheet in the office, writing up a report for class, or trying to understand a professional lecture you paid two grand to attend – there’s always something else trying to steal your attention from the task at hand. The Narbis, a new pair of smart glasses, wants to help you gain more focus.

Designed to recognize whenever you’re being distracted, the glasses will automatically dim its lenses, preventing you from seeing whatever it is that’s taking your attention away from the immediate task. It only clears back up once you’re back to a relaxed and focused state. We know, you can always take off the glasses and remove the hindrance, but we’re assuming the whole reason you’ll even use the thing is to help you recognize those moments of distraction, so that you can swiftly get back on course.

The Narbis uses three sensors: one behind each ear and one on top of the head. As you can imagine, integrating those sensors on a pair of glasses isn’t the most natural thing, so this thing absolutely looks weird as heck, with an arm sticking out of one of the temples to place a sensor on top of your head and large hooks at the end of the temples to accommodate the behind-the-ear sensors. Suffice to say, people will come up and ask you what the heck you’re wearing whenever you slip this on.

Those three sensors use neurofeedback and a custom algorithm to keep tabs on a user’s levels of relaxation, distraction, and focus in real-time, allowing it to identify both those moments when you’re properly honed in on a task and those times  when your attention have begun to veer off. We have no actual idea how it does that, by the way, although it supposedly uses a NASA-patented algorithm to analyze brain activity and make the necessary distinctions. Hey, it’s NASA, so it must be good. We mean, they sent a man to the moon and stuff.

The Narbis comes with a companion app which logs all your sessions with the device, so you can check your focus level at any point in time.  This gives you a way to compare your performance from previous sessions, allowing you to recognize whether you’re improving your focus or getting even more distracted, so you can make any necessary changes on your behavior based on that.

 

From what we can tell, the outfit didn’t designed this to be worn by users at all times (thank God). Instead, they recommend using it two or three times a week for 30-minute periods whenever you’re doing any activity that requires focused attention. That means, wearing it when you’re doing homework, reading a book, or writing a piece of code for the indie game you’ve been hoping to finish for the last year. Basically, the idea is that the glasses will train your brain to control its focus over multiple sessions, hopefully making it so that you can do it unaided soon enough.

The Narbis smart glasses are scheduled to come out in December. Price is $690, although you can preorder now for $100 less.

JamStack Puts A Portable Amp On Your Electric Guitar, So You Can Play Loud On The Go

Electric guitars with built-in speakers have been around for a while, allowing you to play an amplified instrument with nothing but a six-string in tow. It’s very convenient. Problem is, you’re stuck having to play the exact same guitar the entire time – not the most ideal setup if you want to rock out with that Game of Thrones guitar you picked up a while back. The JamStack offers an alternative.

A compact amp and speaker combo, it clips to the bottom of a guitar’s body, effectively integrating as part of the instrument. That way, it goes wherever your guitar goes, allowing you to move freely while playing, whether you’re busking in the streets, rehearsing with a band, or performing on stage.

The JamStack is a portable amplifier that’s designed to attach to your guitar via an integrated clip. From there, you can plug it to the guitar’s output jack and you’re set, ready to shred amplified sounds on your six-stringer just like you do on the practice amp at home. It can fit any guitar’s body between 1.3 and 2.3 inches in thickness, ensuring it should easily install on most electric guitars in the market. When not in use as an amp, the device also functions as a Bluetooth speaker that you can use to listen to music like any mobile speaker out there.

It comes with a smartphone mount that you can use to mount a phone on the same guitar, along with a USB-C slot for hooking it up the phone via a cable (both iOS and Android phones are supported). With a phone onboard, the system converts any signals from the guitar into digital and passes it to the phone, allowing any compatible app to process the sound, whether for recording, tuning, or adding effects, before sending it back to the speaker for output. Basically, this thing, combined with a phone, gets you a full-fledged guitar set-up that can crank out amplified sounds with a whole plethora of effects onboard.

The JamStack is equivalent to a 10W dual-speaker practice amp, which should make it louder sound than an acoustic guitar, giving the sound enough range that you can perform in the streets without being drowned out by ambient noise. It’s light, too, adding just 1.4 pounds to your guitar, so it won’t weigh you down even when playing on your feet for extended periods. Speaking of extended playing times, the integrated battery is rated to keep it in operation for up to eight hours of shredding.

 

The smartphone mount allows you to adjust the phone’s position at a variety of angles, so you can find the perfect angle that lets you play without interruptions while having full access to any app you’re using. While JamStack doesn’t have its own app, the device is compatible with a healthy selection of titles from both the App Store and Play Store, including ToneBridge, DepLike, Garage Band, Clear Tune, Tonestack, Tabs, Ampkit, Bias Amp 2, and more.

Originally a Kickstarter project, the JamStack is available now. Price is $269.

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Watch and discover some of the latest coolest tech gadgets and inventions :

Elgato Stream Deck XL Puts 32 Customizable Buttons At Your Fingertips,

Garmin Autoland Brings Autonomous Landing To Private Planes,

the Garmin Autoland is designed to integrate with any airplane equipped with one of Garmin’s G3000 integrated flight deck.

DJI Mavic Mini Is So Small, It Doesn’t Require FAA Registration , The DJI Mavic Mini has a camera that can shoot 12 megapixel stills and 2.7K video at 30 fps (yeah, no 4K)

Narbis Smart Glasses Dims Its Lenses When You Are Distracted To Help You Focus , the glasses will automatically dim its lenses, preventing you from seeing whatever it is that’s taking your attention away from the immediate task.

JamStack Puts A Portable Amp On Your Electric Guitar, So You Can Play Loud On The Go,

The JamStack is a portable amplifier that’s designed to attach to your guitar via an integrated clip.

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