Tech Talk- The New Lenovo Yoga Book

I’ve been watching this laptop since it’s announcement at the end of August. The Lenovo Yoga Book, a 2-in-1 laptop/tablet, captured my eye with it’s bottom half and the included pen/stylus.

The Yoga Book specs are not all that impressive, which is normal for Lenovo convertibles, and already makes it hard for me to love this technology. The Yoga Book comes with your choice of Android Marshmallow or Windows 10. They both feature Intel Atom x5-Z8550 processors, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of on-device storage, and 1920 x 1200 resolution displays. The Android version starts at $500 and the Windows version starts at $550.

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What first grabbed me was the bottom half of the 2-in-1. They’ve gone away with the normal keyboard and have replaced it with a Wacom tablet. However with the touch of a button the tablet will light up with a “halo” keyboard. Looking at photos of this in action might make you think of your favorite Sci-Fi movie, I know I did. However because this is the first of it’s kind, the keyboard comes with issues. Many places such as Gizmodo and The Verge have reported issues when using the keyboard, such as delayed response and increased typing errors, most likely due to the non-real keys.

The tablet bottom paired with the stylus can be used as a drawing/writing surface. When placing a piece of paper on top and using the stylus’ pen function not only will you get a physical copy of what you’ve done but also a digital one. Very cool for the inspiring artist/designer.

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As for the rest of the Yoga Book it plays with it’s place in the world. Reviews say it’s a bit clunky and awkward running Lenovo’s version of Android, and it isn’t much better as a Windows unit. Android is awkward with the size of the screen and it’s ability to run multiple apps at once has you leaning in to read what it actually says. With Windows the entire unit is just plain slow, and Lenovo’s predicted 15 hour battery life becomes small.

The shell of this computer looks gorgeous and just needs a thin red string to complete the notebook look.

 

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I have much hope for a computer like this to become something amazing but for now it’s just a show piece and a bit of a circus freak in the world of technology. The two futures I see in this are to bulk up the specs and appeal to the users of Wacom for use with Adobe Products or to push convertible laptops off to the side to die out.

I sincerely hope it is the first and this is the future of mobile computers.

Review of Windows 10 version: The Verge

Review of Android version: Gizmodo

 

-Moira

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Scribe TV – Behind the Scenes

As some of you may know, The Scribe is Hilbert’s very own student organized newspaper (well, under the supervision of the awesome Dan Higgins, that is).

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4K camcorder with a teleprompter. #Crispy

In conjunction with this digital publication, COM 475 is currently in charge of creating Scribe TV. This is where the written digital word is put into the form of digital video.

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This is probably the best place we’ve shot in (IMO).

Everyone working on Scribe TV has a dedicated role into making sure everything runs as smooth as possible. Here’s the breakdown of roles, for those who are curious:

  • Writing – Amanda, Jenah & Amber
  • Production – Jake (audio) & Garrett (video)
  • Post – Moira & Danielle
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Look at those happy faces!

And that leaves me, the one writing this article. I serve as the Executive Producer. That’s just a fancy term that means I oversee everything and help out where needed. I’m mostly on set helping to set up at each location and making sure our news anchors are comfortable.

We don’t necessarily have a studio space, so we’ve shot in multiple locations around campus so far. It adds an interesting dynamic, mainly because each space has its pros and cons.

All jokes asside, there’s a lot that goes into the production of The Scribe and Scribe TV. Everyone who is involved plays an important role and everyone is gaining valuable experience that they can apply to their careers after Hilbert.

You can read The Scribe by clicking here, and you can check out Scribe TV on YouTube by clicking here. If you’d like to contribute in anyway, feel free to contact me at dseifert@hilbert.edu.

-Dave

Sony a6500

Sup, Internet.

If you recall, last semester I wrote an article about the Sony a6300. In September of this year, I went from owning Canon DSLRs for the last 5 years to a slightly proud owner of a Sony a6300.

It’s a cool little camera. I’ve used it on a decent amount of shoots so far. I have run into the issue of overheating, so that’s kind of a problem. The 4K video you get looks nice, and I export in 1080p anyways, so I get a sharp 1080 file.

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My little a6300 and rig that could.

But this isn’t about the a6300… this is about the newly announced Sony a6500. It’s pretty much the same as the a6300, but the a6500 has a touchscreen and 5-axis image stabilization. Both of these features are missing from the a6300.

It is said to release this November and cost “about $1,400.” For what you’re getting in the world of cameras, that’s not bad. The a6300 retails for $1,150 with a kit lens, so take that as you will.

More info: http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2016/10/6/13185920/sony-a6500-a6300-mirrorless-digital-camera-specs

What are you shooting with? Have you moved to shooting video in 4K? We have a few new 4K cameras this semester, including the Sony a7S II. If you’d like to rent one for your production, come see me in the lab.

-Dave