Sunday, 21 February 2016

Outdoors with Gadgets

After a long time I was in the city and an Indiblogger event was happening. The event was organised by the Flipkart so the hopes were high. Being the adventurer, I was super excited about the theme #FlipkartOutdoors. The event was to be held at MangoMist resort and by the reviews given my colleagues, it was to be a good one with various adventure activities.

Woke up early in the morning. Enjoying the cool breeze and a long bike ride of 57km, I reached the resort with checking the google maps several times. Yes, the resort is 57 km from my home. I live in the northern end of Bangalore and the resort is much below the southern end. I reached MangoMist at around 8:00am. I love to be punctual. While opening the invitation on the mail I noticed that 8:00am was the pickup point in Bangalore so no one would be here before 9:30. I had nothing better to do so went on another long ride. I reached back at around 9:30 and everyone had come. We were given the tags by the Indiblogger team.

The event started with dividing everyone in teams. Each team had around 10 members and in total of 7 teams. The director of Electronics department of Flipkart greeted everyone and shared his insight about the growing demand of adventure accessories. Various reputed brands like Sony, Samsung, Garmin, Polaroid Coleman, Altec Lansing and Red and Chief were there.

We Started with the Sony Desk. They had brought Action Cam and giving two to each team for trial. They explained the details and specification of the camera and happily resolved all our queries. They had enough cams and accessories to be distributed to each team. As I am planning to buy an action-cam so was super excited to try this out. They also had RSX100 camera and they nicely explained why SLR cameras is not the only option for photography enthusiast.

The Water Zorbing Video I shot from the Sony Action Cam can be checked below. It had an option of 720p and 1080(HD). I shot it in HD. The sound quality is Amazing. The vibration reduction is also great. The above picture shows the hand mount but the Zorbing video has been shot by the head mount. I triend both of them out and they were very stable. It had ultra wide view. The battery capacity should be more but its rechargable and you can always carry an extra battery. I have used hand mount to capture the video from this cam of hot to setup a tent which is at the bottom of this blog. For more details visit - Sony Action CamBuy It

We next stopped at Garmin, displaying its ForeRunner Watches. It would be loved by the athletes. It helps you keep track of your calories and helps you analyze your workout with various charts and diagrams. It works on GPS and I found it interesting. It looked great on the hand and quite handy to use. They even had a touch screen one. It is purely dedicated for adventure enthusiast so it works accordingly giving great results. For more details Visit - Garmin ForeRunnerBuy It.

Next we moved to Samsung displaying its Gear S2 Smartwatches. Samsung as a brand always amazes us. It runs on Taizen OS with 512MB ram. It has got stainless sleek body. The watch face and belt can be easily customized and you don't need to be dependent on Samsung accessories for it. The watches are available in various kinds of colors and they can always be customized. One exciting feature was that all essential smartphone features were available just with a twist of the screen. For those who are not comfortable with the small touchscreen have got two buttons to use it. Play Music, monitor health, get notifications and even make calls, all with the help of a small device on your hand. For more details Visit - Samsung S2Buy It.

Next We moved to Red and Chief's table showcasing its shoes. They had light weight shoes which were good for running and other adventure activities. Buy It.

Now was the turn of Altec Lansing. The music coming form the corner clearly meant that this was going to be exciting. As soon we reached we found a girl playing with water and speakers. An electronic gadget with water is a deadly combination and that is why altec lansing thought of mixing them together. Their Bluetooth waterproof and shock-proof speakers were ruling. He carelessly threw a speaker to prove that they are sturdy enough. They can be dropped in swimming pool and enjoyed in water. These rechargeable speakers starting at mere 7k are a good choice for music lover for outdoor events. They had a waterproof sport earphone which got stuck in the ear and is good for running and cycling. They even had a challenge to get the earphones out in less than 10 seconds without using hands which showed the confidence they had in the product. For more details visit - Bluetooth Speakers. Buy It.

Then we moved to Polaroid section. They were displaying the famous Polaroid cube. The cube with both 720p and 1080p with 124degree wide-angle lens. It has a magnetic base which will make it stick to any metallic surface. Its great for bike/car enthusiast. Its a 35mm cube making it very handy. It is splash resistant and shockproof. It has a single button control and for changing the resolution of videos you need to open the charging point with help of a coin. They had brought various mounts like monkey stand, tripod mount, bumper case, suction mount and body strap mount. They also had Polaroid photo printer. The pocket size light weighed printer connects to any smartphone with bluetooth. It can used for on the go printing photos as it takes less than 60 seconds to print it.
For more details visit - Polaroid CubeBuy It.

The last was from the brand Coleman, famous for its outdoor gears for camping. They had a wide range of products. Tent, compass, cooler, tiffing box, hydrating bottle, torch, bungee cords, folding chair, etc. I already possessed half of the accessories so wanted to know more about the tent. I have never set up a tent before so was even more excited of a competition where we had to setup our own tent. We were given a demo by the Coleman team, you can find the video below. We won the competition for setting up the fastest tent. We put it up in 113 seconds. Yes, it is that easy to set up a Coleman tent. It was spacious enough for two people and even three can accommodate. As a prize for winning the competition I got a Coleman head mount torch. For more details visit - Coleman TentBuy It.

The Mango Mist had various kind of activities and we had lots of fun.

Flipkart made everyone's day with letting us try amazing gadgets on various fun filled activities. We had various prizes like fastest wall climber, paintball winners, best tweet, highest calorie burned, etc. It was great to be a part of the event.