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Gadgets on the Go: No More Polaroid Instant Film

Polaroid Film

I can’t believe that Polaroid is discontinuing its instant film, which has been in existence since the 1940s. They’re going to start phasing out the films next year. I believe a lot of artists use the Polaroid film to incorporate in their mixed media art or to use as plain Polaroid film art. I guess they’ll have to do without it or switch to Fujifilm.
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Gadgets on the Go: Flip Video

I’m on my third generation of Pure Digital’s mini-camcorder. This version is called Flip Video; it’s small (2″ x 4″ x 3/4″), portable, battery operated, and easy to use. It comes in a 30-minute or 60-minute version. I have two 60-minute videos, which I use for interviews. It connects to the computer with a sliding USB 2.0 arm and built-in software. Software features:

    Browse, play, and delete videos
    Save videos to computer
    Make custom movies with music
    Capture photos from video
    Share videos online or by email
    Upload videos to the web

Here’s a demo which is a video within a video. I’m using one Flip Video to video the second Flip Video.

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Gadget on the Go: Edirol R-09 Digital Recorder

I use gadgets that are small, portable, user friendly, computer compatible, and easy to maintain. This is a gadget I use when I interview artists.

Roland Edirol R-09 Digital Recorder

I use this recorder, with an accessory pouch with openings for the controls and a belt clip in the back, pinned close to my left shoulder with a large safety pin. It weighs 5.4 oz including two AA batteries. With two built-in microphones, one on the left and the other, on the right, the Edirol measures 4″ x 2.5″ x 1.25″.

Digital Recorder

It comes with a 64MB SD card, which I replaced with a 4GB card. The 1.125″ x .5″ graphic display is easy to read and you can see the sound levels when the 24-bit uncompressed recording takes place. You can play back the recording and listen to it with head phones or use the USB 2 connection to upload to your computer.