Tech T blogs are back by popular demand! In this Tech T we talk about the once popular Flip Video Recorder receiving it’s death certificate papers, the ever-so-popular Nintendo Wii possibly getting a $50 price drop, and the brand new Vimeo video app for Iphone. And with no further a do, lets jump into it.
THE FLIP… THE END…
First, THE FLIP Video recorder. THE FLIP video recorder was introduced in 2007 and became popular with the YouTube revolution. It was a video camcorder small enough to fit in your pocket and not so obtrusive to carry around but yet great for quality HD video recording. It gave users, easy access to connect directly to your laptop or computer to upload video footage.
It was so popular that in 2009, Cisco acquired Pure Digital, the company that made THE FLIP, for a whopping $590 million only to make the announcement today that they will no longer be making THE FLIP.
So why the abrupt announcement of it’s shut down? Cisco is known for it’s IT stuff, not consumer electronics like a video camera. So the harsh reality of it is, it wasn’t worth the time to go in that direction. And furthermore; with competitors like Apple (iPhone, Ipad, Ipod) and other mobile devices carrying just as much video quality and power as THE FLIP, the use for THE FLIP anymore has seem to become more of a hassle. Why carry a Flip and iPhone when your iPhone records HD video? R.I.P. FLIP!!!
THE Wii DROPS IT DOWN LOW!
In 2006, Nintendo re-revolutionized gaming systems by introducing the Nintendo Wii. Targeting almost every generation with it’s easy to play and family oriented motion games, the idea of holding a remote in your hand and controlling your character on a game by the moves you make with your hand and arms was unheard of at the time and became an instant hit on the market breaking record sales for a gaming system in the United States. Starting at $249 in 2006 and now at $199 for a Nintendo Wii, the price is now may be dropping for a third time and this time by $50. That’s right, $149,99!!!
Why another price drop you ask? Two words, XBox Kinect! Xbox Kinect was Microsoft’s response to the Wii, launched just over 5 months now (Nov ’10). In march 2011, Microsoft announced that they had sold over 10 million Kinect systems in less than 4 months. And They are just getting started. For customers who like the more complicated and traditional gaming systems they have the actual Xbox system and for the more family oriented customers, they have the Kinect. It’s a win win for an entire family with different needs! Priced as low as $299 for an Xbox 360 with Kinect or $149 to add Kinect to an existing Xbox 360, Ninitendo Wii sales have slowed rapidly, and after 4.5 years on the market Wii needs to drop the price by $50 to gain some of their gaming market share back from Microsoft.
VIMEO FOR IPHONE
Last but not least in our Tech T we have the wonderful new Vimeo App for Iphone. It’s been a long time coming and Vimeo promised that when they did release the app, there customer’s would not be disappointed and we can actually say, Vimeo did not disappoint. The app does just what it says it will do and does it well.
You can use the app to shoot video-aided by focus control and grid alignment to steady your shots-then combine, edit, and trim videos while adding transitions, titles, effects, music, and other recordings. The edited videos can be saved to your camera roll or uploaded directly to Vimeo’s Website. Video can be uploaded in high-definition or a lower resolution and uploads can be paused and resumed, depending on your proximity to Wi-Fi. You can also add a title, description, tags, and credits to the video’s metadata. Once you’re done, the short movies can be shared with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, WordPress, e-mail, or via text message. You can also queue up other users’ videos in the Vimeo network for watching on your phone. The look, the feel, the ease of use of the app shows that Vimeo put a lot of time and effort in producing quality work for their customers.
Download the app HERE
And that’s our Tech T for this week! See you next week with more T!