Taking the tech to the outdoors
By Tom Wiest | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Electronics technology is creating amazing gadgets for sportsmen and women that may just revolutionize your outdoors experience. Here are three new ones, all focused on photography:
If your vehicle tows a boat or a trailer, this device is meant to insure easy maneuvering, perfect launches and first-time hookups: The iBall, a portable, wireless, trailer hitch camera. Mount the camera to your bumper and plug in the color LCD monitor to your dashboard power to watch what is happening behind you. The gimbal-mounted camera can pivot in any direction and has a strong magnet to firmly attach to bumper, tailgate or trailer hitch. The camera is even submersible.
The iBall is a valuable asset for anything towed, whether it’s a boat, camper, ATV or horse trailer. The iBall works for other trailering applications, too, such as monitoring an RV and backing into a cramped garage. To learn more visit http://www.iballhitchcam.com .
• There is a new field of technology called “digi-scoping” that connects your smart phone to an optical instrument. Here are two examples:
A company called Smart Optix has a device called the Field Guide that allows users to photograph and record video from their cell phone from hundreds of yards away. The Field Guide’s universal adaptor syncs cell phones to a variety of optic devices, such as spotting scopes, binoculars, telescopes, etc. Hunters, birdwatchers, and outdoor enthusiasts can capture high quality photos and videos instantly.
No computer is required, no long wires, no hassle, and no waiting. You can share what you shoot via text, email, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, or even in real time on a video conference call. For more information visit http://www.SmartOptix.com .
Here is another product. The iScope is a rifle scope adapter that enables you to attach your smart phone to the scope’s eyepiece, allowing you to aim, shoot and film your hunts with the smart phone’s camera. The adapter fits nearly every scope on the market, including: Rifles, shotguns, handguns, air guns, and spotting scopes. See it in action with Jeff Foxworthy at http://www.theiphone.com .
• O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., the oldest family-owned and operated firearms manufacturer in America, will soon be represented by another famous family: The Duck Commander clan.
Best-known as the stars of the top-rated reality TV series, Duck Dynasty, Phil Robertson and family have expanded their Louisiana-based call-making company into a national phenomenon and A&E Television Networks most-watched series.
Willie Robertson, CEO of the Duck Commander enterprise, commented, “The Duck Commander franchise was built on hard work, family values and our great American heritage. As an iconic, hard-working American product, made by a family-owned company, Mossberg is a perfect partnership for our team.”
Mossberg will work with the Robertsons to develop a line of branded “Duck Commander” pump-action and autoloading shotguns. For more information go to http://www.mossberg.com .
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