Reviews

Reviews, comparisons, hacks, tips, tricks, and mods of the techs and toys useful for creatives.


How I Got the Bragi Dash to Work for Me

I was hesitant to back the Bragi Dash on Kickstarter due to the high cost and risk in such a daring project. However, I could not resist when the price for refurbed dropped to 1/3 of retail and continual firmware updates made it more stable (reviewed with OS 3.0.1). While it is not perfect, I managed to find some workarounds to make it usable for me. Bragi Dash Contents The […]


Hercules! Hercules! The Little Big Dolly

I have tried several motion control (MoCo) devices: Ikea kitchen timer, Spinpod, and Panoramic Rotator. Unfortunately, these previous devices are all limited to basic rotation. That is why I decided to back the Kickstarter for Rollocam Hercules. The Rollocam Hercules and all its contents. The Hercules consists of two primary parts: the mechanical tube and the wheels. Many more accessories are available. I got the rotatable model and optional larger […]


Mobile MoCo Part III: Panoramic Rotator

My first two attempts in motion control rigs were the Ikea kitchen timer and the Spinpod. While they can do the job, they are more of a toy. For those needing a more professional tool, the Monoprice Panoramic Rotator fills that role while maintaining a relatively small footprint. Monoprice Panoramic Rotator, charger, and hard case. The good: Intuitive Interface. Reliable professional tool. The bad: Hefty device and power suppy. Short […]


Quest for Perfect Travel Tripod

If you’re like me, you will go through a series of tripods before finding the ones that work for you. This is the journey I took over about ten years as a traveling videographer. The Progression I started off with the inexpensive plastic variety. The kind you can pull off the shelf at Target or Walmart. They typically have twisty pan handles that control tilt. They work fine if you are […]


Mobile MoCo Part II: Spinpod

As a traveling videographer, compact motion control (MoCo) rigs are crucial in my business. This is the second of my motion control rig. My first entry in the MoCo rig is the Ikea Kitchen Timer. My second foray into the MoCo arena is the Spinpod. The Spinpod with all its contents. The good: Slim and compact. The bad: Cannot support much weight. Non-intuitive controls. The fuglee: Cracks forming all over […]


Mobile Power Solution: Maha Battery Charger Power Bank

I used always keep an universal battery charger with me. It would charge AA/AAA batteries, camera batteries, and most importantly, mobile phone batteries. However the trends with phones now are internal batteries thus causing me to re-evaluate my mobile power solution. This is where the Maha MH-C204U comes in. Contents included with the package. Contents and Design The package I got includes four 2600 mAh AA battery,  battery case,  AC […]


Lightening the Load with Titanium

One thing I keep in my outdoors/emergency bag is a little bit of cookware. Since I do not intend to make anything complex, I try to keep it as light and simple as possible. Here I have the Keith Titanium folding sport and 650ml cup.


Below the Surface: Tablet Things that Make Me Tick

I have a love hate relationship with the Surface Pro, or the entire Surface Line rather. One device being portable enough for sketching and powerful enough to edit video seems ideal for mobile creatives like myself. However there a few shortcomings I would like to see addressed: Competing for lap space. The good: Lightweight drawing tablet. Stand alone device. The bad: Only one USB and MicroSD. Fan gets louder over […]


Tayogo WB02 2

For those unfamiliar, conduction is another method of delivering sound but instead of through your ears, it is through your bones. It is particularly effective for swimming. Tayogo sent me their latest conduction headphones and it is worth trying. Tayogo WB-02 Tayogo WB-02 with semi-hard case and charge/data cable. The good: Best audio under water. No need for earbud tips. Situation awareness. The bad: Placement of the buttons. The fuglee: […]


Tayogo Amp

If you read my earlier posts about the XXY H20 Headphones and the Megafeis E350, you will know one common issue I have with both is that neither fit firmly around my ear and wish they offer a design that hang loose instead. Lo and behold, I found the Tayogo Amp which seems to fit the bill. Tayogo Amp The Tayogo Amp (W11) is currently on Kickstarter and attempts to be […]