Fitbit one unboxing

Can technology help you lose weight?

I am very much hoping that the answer is yes. After spending £60 on the fitbit one I am hoping that a simple piece of technology will help measure my activity and help me lose weight.

The fitbit one measures:

* Number of steps walked in a day
* Distance covered
* Calories burned (based on both distance walked and BMR)
* Stairs climbed

In addition it records and evaluates your sleep (when worn!)

* Hours of sleep slept
* Times woken up
* Sleep quality
* Includes a silent (vibrating) alarm clock

It connects to a range of Bluetooth devices including:

* Computers
* iPhone 4S or newer
* Certain Bluetooth devices

The integrated iPhone and PC tools help you reach weight loss and fitness goals

I have been using this for two days now and have been really impressed with both the motivation and analytics available. I honestly thought that I didn’t do any exercise whilst at work - this turned out to be quite the opposite!

I will post more as I use the one and share if it is actually doing the job!

Check out our interview from Gadget Show Live 2014


Rotolight Sound and Light kit

Product review: Rotolight Sound and Light Kit

I recently bought the Rotolight Sound & Light kit whilst at the Gadgetshow live 2014. For around £150 you get both a lighting and microphone system which will complement any DSLR / Camcorder with hot-shoe and microphone input.

The kit comprises of:

* The Roto-mic shotgun microphone
* Dead kitten and foam windshield for the mic
* Carry case for the mic
* Additional rubber bands for the shock-mount
* Rotolight RL48-stand mount
* The Rotolight accessory pouch
* The Rotolight RL48 Ringlight system
* Filters for the Rotolight


Roto 2

Roto 3

The Roto-mic shotgun microphone

The specs of this little shotgun mic are very good. I am really pleased with the audio quality and have tested it under several different conditions. It is the perfect mic for interview recording in a crowded noisy environment when a Lavalier microphone is not appropriate or needed.

* Uni-directional, 40Hz - 20kHz
* Gain adjustment -10dB, 0dB, +10dB
* High pass filter (80Hz or Flat)
* Powered by internal 9V battery (up to 100 hour life)
* Shockmount
* Fits onto a Hot-Shoe
* 3.5mm mini-jack connection cable

The foam wind shield can easily be removed and replaced with a fluffy dead kitten which when tested on a windy afternoon reduced most of the noise. The design is very similar to other DSLR shotgun microphones and looks very professional mounted on top of a DSLR.

The Rotolight RL48

I was looking for an LED based lighting system and when I came across the combined light and sound kit I was confident that this was a product I was going to find very useful!

* Equivalent to 100w
* Continuous flicker-free light
* 140 degree beam angle
* Adjustable colour temperature (via filters)
* Dimmable (via filters)
* Powered by 3AA batteries for up to 4 hours use.

I was pleasantly surprised by the light levels provided by the light. The use of filters to adjust both the colour temperature and brightness is very simple and reduces any additional electronics or control buttons.

The light can be used in two positions, firstly in the photos above I have the microphone and light separated on an accessory bar. It is also possible to remove the inner ring from the light and place this over the microphone giving a combined light and sound kit. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that in this configuration the ring also blocks out unwanted sound from behind the camera.

Overall, I have been very pleased with this kit and think it will make a valuable contribution to my home and outside recording. It is a good price, with the combined kit costing less than comparable microphones.

The kit can be purchased from Amazon here: