D-Link DCS-935L mydlink Home Monitor HD Wi-Fi Camera Review

Introduction


Today I’m taking a look at a somewhat different product than I am used to and that is a wireless home security camera. Security becomes a bigger and bigger issue for a lot of people and many would like to keep an extra eye on the home while they are away. The D-Link DCS-935L Home Monitor HD allows you to do just that and I’ll be taking a closer look at the hardware and software that comes along.

The mydlink Home Monitor HD, as it is known by as full name, allows you to monitor your home from where ever you are and see everything in full-colour high-definition 720p with sound, may it be from a computer, tablet, or a smartphone. The WiFi camera also comes with built-in night vision that allows you to see up to 5 meters in complete darkness.

One of the places that held many people back in the past and stopped them up from entering the world of do-it-yourself home security was the setup. It could be very complicated and require a lot of running of wires at the same time. That made people hesitate and they rather invested in a commercial and subscription-based security plan. Granted, a camera like this cannot do the same, but in return it can be set up by anyone and it only requires the initial purchase.

The DCS-935L WiFi camera is as easy to set up and connects to your Wi-Fi network, all it takes is the press of a button. Simply press the WPS button and you are securely connected to your wireless network at home. There is no need for extra and additional control hubs or other hard to configure interfaces and router settings.

The DCS-935L WiFi camera is part of the mydlink structure of smart home devices, allowing you to create your own smart home, all without a complicated setup. Those devices include music streamers, Wi-Fi motion sensors, Smart Plugs, and also the Home Monitor cameras as the DCS-935L.

Everything is connected through the mydlink Home app that is compatible with both Android and iOS-based smartphones and tablets. You can view the stream from anywhere you are connected to an internet connection, allowing you to always know what is going on in your home. You can also set the camera to alarm you when sound or motion is detected. Again, everything without complicated setup, installation cost, or monthly subscription charges.

The camera stand on the DCS-935L Wireless camera can be used universally in may ways, allowing you to place the camera in a convenient place and at the same time having it pointed where you want it to. You can turn and tip the camera and also hang it on a wall or ceiling that way. The rear of the stand features a cut-out to route the power cable through and still have it mounted properly.

Whether you want the camera to keep an eye on your kids or pets while you’re away, monitor for possible intruders, or something completely different, the D-Link DCS-935L could be a perfect choice. The smart hardware combined with the smart apps allow you to set up a smart home as easy as it rarely, if ever, has been seen before.

Specifications

The specifications are taken directly from the manufacturers specification page and can as such be subject to change in possible future revisions of the product.

Key Features

  • WiFi with easy WPS setup
  • 720p HD resolution
  • Microphone for sound recording
  • Nightvision for up to 5 meters in full darkness
  • Motion and Sound detection
  • No charges, fees, or complicated setups
  • Monitoring from Smartphones and Tablets

Packaging and Content

The DCS-935L WiFi camera comes in a little box that displays all the relevant information about the product easy to read. Inside you’ll find a power adapter, the camera in itself, and manuals and guides that allow you to get started quick and easy.

The included power adapter uses a universal plug switch as seen below. Even if you bought it in a foreign market or traveling with it, all that’s required is a new plug part. Flip the old out, put a new in, and you’re done. These plugs are used on many power supply units and there is a good chance that you already have one or multiple of the same principle.

ASRock Unveil Impressive G10 Gaming Router

I was excited when I saw pictures of this at Computex 2015; the stunning sharp lines and the vibrant red colour was a nice refresh to something that we could potentially have sitting on our shelves.

From our previous coverage“It boasts all of the usual specifications such as 2.4 and 5GHz WiFi performance channels, a dual core 1.4GHz processor with 512MB DRAM, dual USB 3.0 ports, 8 internal antennae and an HDMI port. The HDMI port is for instant video streaming via a miracast dongle. Along with those hardware features, this router also features self-healing, prioritised gaming profile for the primarily connected device, adjustable power output and much more.”

Since that event, ASRock has added another interesting feature thanks to adding incorporating the IoT. This new feature gives you the ability to control ANY device on your house thanks to an additional infrared sender incorporated into the router. So, for example, your TV; you can control it with your phone over WiFi, eliminating the need for 1. a remote and 2. a mobile phone with infrared. This means you can control it while you are in another room, for real work or to mess with your family and friends.

Here is a short video explaining the new feature.

Sadly it looks like ASRock has dropped the red covers. Will you be looking to purchase this new router once released? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Sony’s PlayStation 4 Finally Gets an Official Media Remote Controller

PlayStation 4 users might be disappointed that they cannot control their media on the console as they did on their PlayStation 3. Sony did not announce a media remote controller for their latest console, but things might be looking up for PS4 users.

It looks like DPD, a video game accessory company, has made an officially licensed PlayStation 4 media remote. The remote has cropped up on Amazon and GameStop and it really looks promising for those who want to control their media content on the PS4 like they do with their TV.

PDP’s remote is said to connect to the console via Bluetooth, but it can do more than just that. It even has a feature that allows it to be connected to up to four devices via Bluetooth. So you can connect four devices, including your console, and have them be controlled by just one remote. However, the good news does not stop here.

In addition to the Bluetooth feature, PDP’s remote control even has infrared technology and is able to control your TV, set-top box, and audio receiver. Also, I know that Best Buy released a similar product, the Insignia, but the remote is not officially licensed like DPD’s version. Besides, the Insignia seems to cost $19,99 and once DPD’s remote gets launched this fall, it’s said that it will come with a $30 price tag. So is it worth the extra $10? What do you think?

Thank you GameSpot for providing us with this information

Scientists Use Squids to make ‘Invisibility Patches’

A group of researchers from the University of California apparently are looking into a way to use squids, namely the proteins found in their cells, to create ‘invisibility patches’ in order to provide a way for soldiers to camouflage themselves on the battlefield.

“Soldiers wear uniforms with the familiar green and brown camouflage patterns to blend into foliage during the day, but under low light and at night, they’re still vulnerable to infrared detection,” said Alon Gorodetsky, assistant professor of chemical engineering and material sciences.”You can draw inspiration from natural systems that have been perfected over millions of years, giving us ideas we might never have been able to come up with otherwise,” he said.

The team is apparently using cells known as iridocytes that contain a unique light-reflecting protein called reflectin. They were able to engineer E. coli bacteria to synthesize reflectin and coat the protein onto a packing tape-like surface to create the material that can be used on uniforms. Also, the stickers are said to change into any colour using a chemical or mechanical stimulus.

“There is a lot of flexibility in how one can deploy this material, essentially, by taking the stickers and putting them all over yourself, you could look one way under optical visualization and another way under active infrared visualization,” Gorodetsky said.

However, there is still a long way to go before you see sci-fi camouflage on the actual battlefield. The researchers now have to work out how to sync all patches together and have them respond to various infrared wavelengths.

Thank you CNN for providing us with this information

Robot Butterflies Could Fool Anyone Into Thinking its The Real Thing

Festo appears to have created a robotic doppleganger that looks and acts as a real butterfly, but you won’t see these things in open spaces just yet.

The company is said to have revealed a small swarm of the robotic butterflies flying laps around its headquarters. When you think of robots moving around, you immediately think they are equipped with sensors to detect objects, but this is not the case for Festo’s design.

In order to keep the lightweight, small and airborne, the company used twelve cameras placed around the room, which kept track of each butterfly using a unique infrared mark on each one.

The cameras are said to have provided data to a central computer, where the information was processed and instructions given to each robot on where to go. While the complex system did showcase how the robotic butterflies could move and act as the real thing, they do not seem to be quite ready to tackle open spaces just yet. Still, it is a step forward.

Thank you Gizmodo for providing us with this information

TRENDnet Announced WiFi HD Baby Cam

There is no doubt that the most valuable thing we have in this world is our children, they are our future as we know. And to keep an extra and easy eye on them, TRENDnet has created the WiFi HD Baby Cam that allows you not only wireless and internet based monitoring, but also to send sound or voice back trough the built-in speaker.

The WiFi HD Baby Cam can be universally placed on either a wall or tabletop. It can record up to 2.5 days continues video onto an added 32GB memory card while it also allows you to save your recorded video onto a connected NAS device for nearly unlimited recording time. The 720p camera comes with night vision to provide you with the video feed of your loved ones no matter how much light there might be.

It further has built-in motion detector to trigger recording, 5 pre-recorded classical music tracks to sooth your toddler, and a built-in thermometer to monitor the room temperature.

“The 720p HD TV-IP745SIC is easy to install and packed full of features,” stated Zak Wood, TRENDnet director of global marketing. “Users will also be excited about the ability to save video to a MircoSD card or NAS device without having to pay a monthly recording fee.”

The TRENDnet TV-IP745SIC WiFi Baby Cam comes backed by a 3-year warranty and should be available now for an MSRP of $139.99.

Thanks to TRENDnet for providing us with this information

Image and video courtesy of TRENDnet

Nanoparticles Could Lead to Cheaper , Lighter and More Flexible Solar Cells

When hearing the name ‘Colloidal Quantum Dots’, minds fly away to science-fiction scenarios and technologies far from reach. Actually, the name has been given to a new form of solid nanoparticles.

It is said that the newly discovered nanoparticles could eventually contribute to the creation of cheaper, lighter and more flexible solar cells. A few examples were also given, having the nanoparticles in question considered to make better sensors, infrared lasers, remote controls, LEDs and even satellites.

The colloidal quantum dots were discovered at the University of Toronto by a group of scientists led by researcher Zhijun Ning and professor Ted Sargent, having the group achieve more efficient light absorption in the material by solving a problem in which a type of semiconductor would lose its electrons when exposed to the oxygen in the air. In the end, the group came up with the new material which remains rich in electrons despite being exposed to the oxygen.

The scientists find a lot of potential in the colloidal quantum dots, having been stated that they could eventually be added to inks or paints. Considering the latter, roofs and other buildings could eventually become solar panels themselves, leading to cheaper solar power and electricity.

However, the technology is not yet fully understood and tested. Considering its potential though, a lot of indie entrepreneurs should be extremely eager to get their hands on the new technology and flood the Kickstarter campaigns with new ideas and gadgets.

Thank you CNET for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of CNET

Two Singapore Based Teams Create Heat Cloaking Device

Cloaking devices have always been a subject up for debate, either shape cloaking, thermal cloaking or any other type of cloaking device. Apparently, thermal cloaking has been a subject more people were interested in, and even brought forth from the imaginary realm to the real world.

Two teams based in Singapore have allegedly created two different types of thermal cloaking devices. Scientists have been fiddling with ways to cloak things for some time, and found out that microwaves can be bent easily. From there, light bending and infrared radiation, as well as sound, were the main topic in terms of testing and creating devices for bending the latter and devise cloaking devices.

Based on these studies, the two Singapore research teams applied the study on heat. Although heat is not a wave media such as the ones previously mentioned, they have stated that heat as well can be cloaked under certain circumstances. The idea behind cloaking heat is to create an environment where heat diffusion does not occur into an object placed into that environment. Instead, like wave cloaking, the heat is caused to stray from its normal path and move around the object instead of into it.

The first team created a heat cloak by binding strips of metal and polystyrene together and then placing the result inside of a block made of thermal conducting material. The arrangement allowed for thermal cloaking of an aluminium cylinder placed inside. The second team created their device by trapping a pocket of air inside a block made of stainless steel, having the air pocket was lined with copper. An object placed inside the air pocket was heat cloaked.

Both teams do not currently have a specific application in mind for their heat cloaking device, but suggest heat cloaking might be useful for managing heat in electronic circuits. One such application might be inside of cell phones as way to prevent batteries from overheating.

Thank you Phys.org for providing us with this information

TteSports Theron Infrared Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


It was only a few months ago that we reviewed the Theron mouse, where we awarded it our Bang For Buck Award. It wasn’t perfect in terms of sensor quality, but it offered performance and quality that far exceeded its price range. Now TteSports have revisited the mouse, given it a new sensor and now it is time to get it back on the test bench and see just what it is capable of.

TteSports have been taking the gaming peripherals world by storm in the last couple of years and they’ve won plenty of awards from us here at eTeknix, but also from many other major review websites and for good reason too. They’ve produced some of the most reasonably priced products on the markets, without compromising on features and performance and we are hoping to see those same values in the Theron Infrared today.

Were not expecting much new with the Theron, after all it is just a new edition of their other Theron mouse, the hardware looks pretty much the same, but the big question is, will the new sensor be a minor change or will it take the Theron to the next level of performance?

The Theron Infrared comes really nicely packed, which is something we’ve seen across the entire TteSports range. There are a few logos along the bottom that detail the major features such as function lock button, battle mode, on-board memory and the IR sensor.

Around the back we have more information on the sensor, weight adjustment and Omron switches, as well as some translated international details.

In the box we found a nice zip-lock padded bag, perfect for keeping your mouse scratch free when travelling to LAN events. There was also a small insert that contained the user manual and other product information.

The mouse comes hard wired with a braided USB cable, a strong moulded jack plug and a small Velcro strip to keep things neat and tidy.