Prague Metronome from above

Letná Park is a great place for early morning walk, afternoon stroll or a beer. Site of the rather confusing Expo 58 Restaurant (the actual expo was in Brussels), a number of odd art installations (one below) and the Prague Metronome, Letná is a great place to relax and take in the wonderful views of Prague Old Town….

Blink and you won’t miss it!

Finally, another Kickstarter campaign has delivered on their promise – Blink.  The Blink camera package consists of one or more battery-powered home security and video monitoring cameras and a base “Sync Module” that proxies the camera to home wifi to online service.  With both iPhone and Android apps, set up is very easy.  Install and connect the Sync…

Gili Islands and Technical diving

Picture an idyllic island beach setting and then add one of the best technical dive clubs in the world!  That’s Gili Trawangan..  one of the three small islands off the north coast of Lombok. Accessible by local boat from Lombok or by speed boat from Bali (I recommend Blue Water Express), Gili Trawangan is an…

Chilled times on Miami South Beach

Miami is a very colourful and striking city – even arriving at night.  Visiting here as a stop over between Europe and Antigua for a couple of days, I stayed at the Hyatt on South Beach. Given the jet lag and time zone issues, I was happy to find South Beach largely deserted at 6am – except…

Best DJI Mavic Pro backpack 

My first real drone was the DJI Phantom 2 and getting that from A to B was simply a nightmare.  To transport the Phantom, you had to either have an enormous backpack or be prepared to dismantle most of it! Now, the DJI Mavic Pro is significantly more compact and can be accomodated in a…

Instant 360° pictures and video

The panoramic feature of the latest iPhones (including 7 plus) don’t yet capture the complete immersive 360° image or video. The Insta360 from the Shenzhen Arashi Vision Company is both a standalone and designed for iPhone accessory. Kuta Beach, Bali Central Park, New York Emirates A380 First Class

360° filming with the DJI Mavic Pro

The DJI Mavic can be used to take 360° images using a third party application called Litchi.  The example below was captured autonomously using the apps “PANO” mode.  To use it, simply launch the app (not the DJI app) and take off in FPV mode.  Once you’ve established the appropriate height and viewpoint for the…

Droning around the Caribbean

During a recent holiday down to the Caribbean, I had the chance to take some footage in Miami (A stopover from Europe), Antigua & Barbuda and Barbados.  Although the main attraction was the West Indies vs England ODIs, the sights of the Caribbean islands were amazing. For such a small drone, the DJI Mavic Pro…

Home automation with Alexa!

Mr Robot, the Amazon Prime series, introduced me to Alexa.  Although Alexa’s response were somewhat manipulated for editorial purposes it still seemed that it would be a useful addition to my existing home automation devices. To get the most out of Alexa you’ll need another intermediary hub device to talk to some less connected (IOT)…

Technical diving on the Zenobia, Cyprus

On my latest jaunt away to Cyprus I took the opportunity to dive the MS Zenobia. It  was a Swedish built Challenger-class RO-RO ferry launched in 1979 that capsized and sank close to Larnaca, Cyprus, in June 1980 on her maiden voyage. She now rests on her port side in approximately 42 metres (138 ft) of…