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Day 3 Marie Brown – 28 days of Black History in Technology

Do you have a home security system? Better yet do you have a home video suvallance system?  While the home security system is a very common item in most homes today, Marie Brown managed to do something no one had done before.

In 1966 she filed a patent for a closed-circuit television security system.  The patent was way a head of it’s time, it included 4 peep holes in the front door of a home.  A camera could slide up and down to look out each hole and that would be wirelessly beamed to a televison so the person inside could know who was at the door.  The person looking at the video could then unlatch the door by remote control.

Marie Van Brittan Brown was born October 30, 1922, she died on February 2, 1999 at the age of 76.  Mrs. Brown along with her husband Albert Brown also filed for other patents.

Patent #3,482,037 Filed August 1, 1966 Issued December 1969.

Below is the PDF of the patent with drawings, and explanation of this invention, please take a look at the drawings they are amazing.

Home Security System Utilizing Televison Surveillance

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Samson known for audio wants to now help with video, but truly it’s all about the audio.


Samson the makers of premiere Audio devices is set to make a splash with it’s new Video Recorder dubbed “Q3”.  This device is cabable of recording video at 640 x 480 resolution, althought I don’t see any references to HD quality I’m sure the video image is usable.  Lets face it even if you have have a HD video camera, sites such as Youtube don’t allow you to upload in HD quality, so your audience never gets HD quality. 

Sampson known for audio equipment is trying to take a way the bad audio stigma, that comes with these small video devices. Sampson’s Q3 has True Stereo Sound, which makes for a awesome device that can definitely make bad video much better with quality audio. 

Q3 X-Y mic
This true audio is achieved by the Q3 having two condenser mics on-board, arranged in such a way that gives you the best stereo recording possible. When I see the Q3 it’s look clunky and futuristic but when you think about it, that could be an advantge when holding the device, it probably provides a better grip.  The unit also includes audio meters so you can set and monitor your levels as you shoot, this is an added plus when you look at the other video recorders that don’t give you any choice in the matter when it comes to audio settings.

Overall the Sampson Q3 looks like a winner although I predict that most will overlook the Q3 as a novelty because The Flip, and Kodak Zi units get most of the coverage and are seen in a lot of online circles.

Features:

Built-in stereo condenser microphones with X/Y configuration for true stereo imaging
Get up to 1 hour of video with bundled 2GB SD card
Accepts up to a 32GB SDHC card for 16 hours of recording time
Large 2.4″ LCD display with a resolution of 320 x 240
Video resolution of 640 x 480 at 30 frames/sec
Video Format: MPEG-4 SP
NTSC / PAL TV output
Optics Lens Type: Fixed Focus (0.8m to infinity)
Audio formats with video include 44.1/48kHz 16/24-bit Linear PCM WAV or MP3 up to 320kbps
Audio only formats include 96kHz 16/24-bit Linear PCM WAV
Auto Record Level automatically adjusts audio levels during recordings
Uses two standard AA batteries or NiMH rechargeable batteries
USB 2.0 with built-in cable
Windows and Mac OS compatible
Built-in speaker and tripod mount
Includes on-board editing software, YouTube up loader software, Apple Quicktime, TV cable, softcase, windscreen, 2GB SD card, two AA Batteries

Q3 Accessories
P.S. Promise me if you get a hold of one before I do, you’ll pass it along so I can review this puppy.

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