Welcome to the OWLE Bubo

The OWLE (Optical Widget for Life Enhancement) Bubo is a camera mount; stabilizer, repositioned microphone, and 37 mm wide-angle lens built for the iPhone 3GS that improves the quality of mobile video.

The simplest and yet most effective feature of the OWLE is that it’s built for to be held just like a standard camera. Taking photo’s and video is as much about the device as it is the subject. The OWLE give you the feeling that you can shoot any scene or cover any story with confidence.


The OWLE Bubo constructed of anodized billet aluminum and is basically indestructible. The Bubo is being introduced at a special price of $99.95 (MSRP $129.95) and will include a high quality Vericorder microphone, an aluminum .45x wide-angle/macro combo lens, a rubber iPhone case and an instruction booklet with recommended apps.  This discount will be extended to all of our customers for as long as possible.  We feel that is very important everyone has the ability to get the benefits of an OWLE for under $100 so we will try to make that price work until the plastic option is ready.

The information and pictures above are from the wantowle.com website.

Okay, why am I commenting on this device you ask. I have an iPhone 3GS which I find extremely functional. It is a very good photography platform. I think the OWLE BuBo raises its picture taking ability several notches [audio, lighting, & stability]. Given this functionality, I’m sure we’ll see lot more from innovative users. I’ve read lots about the product and the excitement in its availability [they started taking orders 10/27/09]. The developers Graham McBain & Harold B. Smith IV went from the prototype you see above to shipping in a little over 4 months. Lots of information at their website. And, yes I have one on the way.

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Potential interesting data~ANT+ Technology

I think this will be a curious walk into technology [I mentioned it earlier] as I try to maintain better fitness in 2010 than I did in 2009. Mind you, I have cycles [7 of them] and I have a Tanita IronMan BC-554 Scale.

But, this is different…

FR60 Train Indoors or Out

In the gym or on the road, Garmin FR60 tracks all your workout data, including time, heart rate, calories burned, lap times and averages, and more. FR60 boasts advanced training tools, such as training alarms and Virtual Partner™, which lets you race against a virtual training partner to improve your performance.

At the heart of its success is FR60’s wireless ANT+™ technology, which allows it to connect to other ANT+ compatible devices, like the included heart rate monitor, optional foot pod, or even ANT+ compatible fitness equipment.

Monitor your health

You can also track weight, body fat, body water and six other measurements when using the FR60 with the Tanita BC-1000 body composition scale. The readings are stored on FR60, then automatically sent to Garmin Connect when in range of your computer.

Add the Tanita BC-1000: 

bc1000 When using the Garmin FR60 or Forerunner 310XT Fitness Watches and their wireless technology, the readings of weight, body fat and body water are wirelessly displayed on the watch, while all nine readings are stored in the watch. When in range of a consumer’s computer, the information is automatically transmitted to the computer using the wireless USB Stick and captured with Tanita’s HealthyEdge Software and Garmin Connect.


A FootPod:

FootPod This tiny foot pod is small enough to attach to your shoelaces or fit in the mid-sole pocket of compatible shoes. It’s always ready to use, and a small, replaceable watch battery powers the foot pod for a year of training. Unlike simple pedometers, this foot pod uses advanced MEMS inertial-sensor technology to analyze your movements and is responsive to stride-length changes to achieve 98% accuracy for speed and distance. Additionally, this sensor measures running cadence to help you optimize your training.

Interesting combination of technology. All the data can be maintained in Garmin Connect [like magic—no wires—no uploads]. The FR60 is not a GPS watch—so no tracking of walking or running route. Call the iPhone 3GS—ready to meet that task with its array of running apps. At this point, I’ll probably do more walking than running [and I use to be a fairly serious runner]. I’m saving what left of my feet.

I do like the idea of recording my weight. In the past, I weighed frequently—just didn’t write it down and never body fat data. Those days will soon be gone. Again, this is an interesting combination of technology.

I’ll keep you informed. –jim