CES is a madhouse of technology and toys. And I love it. Previews of stuff that we can enjoy now and things that won’t be out for quite a while. Noisy, crowded but full of creativity and hope!
Click HERE to go to “CES 2016 with Cirina Catania” on YouTube to see videos of some of my favorite finds.
Some of the technology that appealed to me most were the sound solutions from Sennheiser and glass from Zeiss!
SENNHEISER’S AMBEO 3D VIRTUAL REALITY MICROPHONE:
The Sennheiser booth was wall to wall with people trying out the new gear and it was all impressive, but I had the opportunity to speak with Sebastian Chafe, Sennheiser’s Strategic Innovation Manager, about the Ambeo 3D Virtual reality ambisonic microphone. It’s four capsules allow us to capture an entire field of sound with one microphone. It works with the new 360 degree cameras so prevalent in gaming and VR films and is planned for release mid-2016. Why shoot VR if you don’t have great VR sound to go with it?
APOGEE/SENNHEISER’S iCLIP MIC:
Also at Sennheiser, I walked by the new iClip Mic and came to a dead stop. A partnership between Apogee and Sennheiser, this little guy is every journalist/field producer/interviewer’s dream. Using technology from both companies and accompanying it with a free app, it allows the user to control rumble, hiss and levels and the built-in pre amp process the sound so there are no drop-outs. The big surprise was the lightning connector that allowed me to do the interview with Apogee’s Rob Clark using his iPhone. I could have used my iPad Pro but didn’t already have the app installed. Click on the link below and you can hear how clear the audio is from a lav, even in a very noisy booth at CES. The sell for just under $200 and are well worth the cost.
ZEISS VR ONE:
And, we all know what a big fan I am of Zeiss glass. I use it whenever I can and have gotten some great shots with it, but this is a different category that I haven’t tried yet…VR. Everywhere you looked in Central Hall there Occulus rift glasses, Google Cardboard compatible products, but leave it up to Zeiss to take the viewer to the next level. But Dave Hodgson, North American Sales & Distribution, introduced me to the Zeiss VR1 that lets us experience and control our VR environment from the cockpit of our drone. It can control a drone’s point of view using a live video stream (compatible with several models of the DJI Phantom and others). Another nice feature – you can put the headset on over your glasses.
You can check it out on Amazon here.
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