New iPad Pro Cases

It has been a little while since we updated the blog as we have just been rather busy! More detailed post coming soon, but in the meantime this week we have launched some rather nice new iPad Pro cases from STM. Super protective, super stylish, and the usual thought out features we have come to expect from the wonderful designers over at STM. Without any further ado, we give you the Dux, the Atlas and the Half Shell! Ooooo…

Dux: STM dux iPad Pro black front rear angle L Extending the popular Dux range of products, the Dux for iPad Pro is a snap on protective case designed for the iPad Pro. Don’t let the slim and lightweight design fool you – this latest offering in the Dux series has also been drop tested to meet the US Military Spec 810G durability tests, proving the protective polycarbonate and rubberised TPU bracket will brave the bumps of everyday life for even the most accident prone amoungst us! The transparent back shows off the design of the iPad Pro, and the integrated Apple Pencil holder provides storage and protection in a fitted channel. The Dux for iPad Pro has also been designed to work seamlessly with the Apple Smart Cover and Smart Keyboard. RRP £54.95.

Atlas: STM Atlas iPad Pro charcoal viewing A low profile protective case that provides a touch of class and style, the Atlas has a uniquely textured fabric cover. The lightweight design protects from bumps and scratches without adding bulk to the device, and the fabric cover provides a simple wrap around for your iPad Pro. The front cover fold inwards to support multiple viewing modes, and there is a storage slot for the Apple Pencil to also provide protection. The instant on/off magnetic cover activates the sleep and wake functionality of the device to save battery life. RRP £54.95

Half Shell: STM half shell iPad Pro smoke front rear angle L The Half Shell is a sleek case for your iPad Pro. With a translucent, super light shell, it provides protection and allows you to customise the iPad Pro with personal images, a tagging barcode, or simply just lets your pristine new device shine through. The Half Shell provides easy access to all buttons and ports and has been designed to work seamlessly with the Apple Smart Cover and Smart Keyboard. RRP £29.95. For more information please see www.stmbags.com

It’s February already?!

We have already had a busy start to the year, and can’t quite believe that we are already in February. Christmas doesn’t seem like it was that long ago! January saw us heading off to CES in Vegas for a few days where we attended the ShowStoppers event at the Wynn hotel with STM, and spent a few days with the team there. The ShowStoppers event was certainly an interesting one – great to see new faces being introduced to the STM brand, plus we loved getting to see what is going to be on offer from STM in the coming months – watch this space! ces_sign The week after our return from CES saw us head to the BETT show – again with STM, showing off their fantastic Dux case to the education market. It is always great to hear when teachers come up to the stand to rave about how the cases are protecting their iPads in the classroom environment!

Manfrotto launched some additions to their ever popular 190Go! range, with the addition of the 190Go! Carbon Fibre tripod,and kits including either a 3 way head or ball head. They also announced the updated version of the Digital Director App. The App now includes remote control of the Manfrotto LYKOS and Litepanels ASTRA LED lights via Bluetooth, focus peaking and zebra filter and intuitive post production image adjustment. These new features mean that Digital Director performs better than ever! Digital Director App 2 small

Edifier announced their partnership with THX in January. Founded by George Lucas, THX is synonymous with the certification of world class cinemas and recording studios and premium audio systems for home along with high definition and 4K displays. 2016 will also see the launch of the Edifier Ambassador platform – watch this space!

February will see new products launches, as well as preparing for the Photography Show in March. Oh, and also a bit of marathon training thrown in there for Jess who will be flying the Bleat PR flag at the London marathon in April!

Happy Christmas!

It is the Friday before Christmas and we are starting to look back on another great year for us. This year our clients have seen coverage in the Sunday Times, Independent, Cosmopolitan, What Hi Fi!, Telegraph, InStyle, Digital Camera, Photography News, Linux User and Developer, Hello!, iCreate, MacWorld, Computer Shopper and many more print titles. Not to mention all the excellent coverage we have gained across a wide variety of blogs.

We attended The Photography Show in March where we spent 2 days having back to back meetings catching up with the photography press, Digital Summer and Digital Winter exhibiting to tech journalists, the BETT education show seeing all the amazing tech on offer for schools and spent a couple of days in Berlin at IFA, plus the numerous press tours and trips we did!

Next year will bring more of the same, kicking off with CES and BETT, the Photography Show and more press tours and exhibitions. And safe to say we can’t wait! Thank you to everyone we have worked with this year to make it such a success.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Bleat Xmas

New from Edifier – the CineSound B7!

Heighten your home theatre experience with the CineSound B7 from Edifier. A sleek black soundbar with 8 inch subwoofer that ensures quality surround sound at a competitive price.

Edifier, leading innovator of audio electronics, announces the release of the CineSound B7. Enjoy a cinematic theatre experience with the B7 Bluetooth soundbar paired with an 8 inch subwoofer. It’s now time to start watching all those movies in glorious surround sound with this sophisticated system in the comfort of your own home. From Disney to Spielberg, rock to classical, the B7 delivers crisp clear sound detailing every nuance to enhance the armchair watching and listening experience.

B7_3_comp Main Features: Amplified sound Designed with a 2-¾ inch aluminum diaphragm mid-range and ¾ inch silk dome your audio will be boasting. The B7 has been engineered with a tri-amplifying system to expand every sound from your TV or gaming system. Distortion is a thing of the past with the Digital Signal Processing and Dynamic Range Control built-in to the CineSound B7. Smooth and slim the B7 Bluetooth soundbar is designed for elegance and entertainment. Its metre long design incorporates four speaker units and two tweeters for a luxurious performance. A built-in smart feature knows when a movie or TV show finishes and after 10 minutes of inactivity sets Edifier’s B7 on standby mode. Now that’s a smart system.

Regulate every sound Adjust the CineSound B7 to suit your personal taste. With built-in controls on the soundbar you can easily adjust volume power and input selection or use the wireless remote. Edifier’s Bluetooth B7 also features three presets. With a simple click your sound is set for watching movies, the news or listening to your music media.

Multiple connection options Designed for your personal space it easily connects to any device with the versatile options the B7 provides. Its Bluetooth 4.0 capability allows you to connect any device to your speaker. Its 10-meter range lets you place the device anywhere you want without losing connection or depth. Connect multiple devices at the same time through optical coaxial AUX or through 2 RCA analogue audio inputs. You have the freedom to connect your TV and DVD at the same time.

Specifications: • Total Power Output:RMS 16Wx2(Treble)+19Wx2(Mid-range and bass 75W • Signal to Noise Ratio:≧85dBA • Frequency Response:48Hz~20KHz(±6dB) • Input Sensitivity:Line in:700±50mV  AUX:550±50mV  OPT,COA:400mFFs±50mFFs • Input Type:Auxiliary/Line in/Coaxial/Optical/Bluetooth • Bass Driver:2 3/4″(700mm) • Trble Driver:3/4″ (19mm) silk dome tweeter • Subwoofer Driver:8″ (210mm) • Speaker Dimension:1000x79x80mm • Packing Box Dimension:1085x645x351mm

Price and Availability: The CineSound B7 is available at £249.99 inc from Amazon and leading e-tailors For more information: http://www.edifier.com/int/en/speakers/b7

Turn Your XboxOne into a Motion Capture Device!

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Reallusion, leading edge software developer providing cinematic animation tools for PC, Mac and mobile platforms has announced the new Mocap Plug-in for Mocap Plug-in for Kinect for XboxOne, for use with the iClone 6 Pro software.

In 2012 Reallusion became the first mobile motion capture solution provider when they launched the Kinect mocap plug-in for the Xbox 360. With the new high definition Kinect motion capturing tool, users can now use their own bodies to more accurately control virtual actors in real time without having to rent an entire mocap studio or even wear a markered jump suit.

3 New Features for Kinect Mocap Plug-in:

• The Kinect Mocap Plug-in for Xbox One with iClone 6 Pro, is compatible with the new Kinect for Xbox One camera sensor. New additions to the sensor include: Time of Flight sensor that offers unparallel tracking accuracy; 1080p camera with increased field of view that requires less room to operate and a higher light sensitivity.

• Additional trackable skeleton joints enhances neck up/down, upper torso, wrist and knee rotation, and squat movements.

• Improved 3D visualization for better floor and feet contact, including the ability to save floor calibration.

Mocap release_1Main Features:

Floor Detection & Alignment New 3D floor alignment and floor adjustment function helps keep every foot step on the same surface elevation, preventing unnatural floating or sinking foot motion when moving about.

Near Mode & Wider Angle Lens Now you can capture your motions closer to the camera even when sitting in front of the desk. Thanks to the near mode, your motion data can be captured as close as 50cm to the sensor with full accuracy and precision.

Chest Turn, Head/Neck Rotation We’ve added the option of head rotation tracking, which motion captures rotation around the X-axis and Z-axis. This means that you can now make characters nod in agreement, turn their heads to the side, or look from left to right.

Half-body Capture & Mask With this Kinect for Xbox One mocap plug-in you are able to choose between “full-body” or “upper body” to perform half-body captures while in a seated position. On the other hand, you can also mask out specific body parts to combine with already existing motions, or add knee rotation constraints for a more stable motion capture.

Head & Knee Movement The Microsoft Kinect SDK allows end point motion capture, allowing your head and knee movements to be recognized for more natural-looking animations.

Remote Body Commands No need to walk back to your computer to start or stop recording. Now you can use simple gestures to send preview and record commands to the motion capture device.

Quick Switch Rapidly switch between multiple mocap performers captured on camera without having to re-target each time. Do this by directly right-clicking on the tracked body.

Mirror Capture Check on the “Mirror” option to flip your character’s movement from one side to the other.

Motion Smoother Remove annoying motion jitters with the new enhanced motion smoother option.

The Mocap Plug-in for Kinect Xbox One is now available for 79.99 GBP

For more information, please visit: http://www.reallusion.com/iclone/mocap/

Learn more about the iClone Export Pipeline: http://www.reallusion.com/iclone/pipeline/

The iClone-Kinect Mocap Plug-in supports depth sensors for:

:: Xbox 360 :: Xbox for Windows :: Xbox One

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