Last week at the Podcast Expo, I was greeted with a common problem, gadget envy. I try to keep myself on the other end of this issue, but in this case I was toast. My friends John Furrier and Leo Laporte each whipped out Sanyo Xacti HD1a’s, a hand held camcorder. Not the greatest video camera on the planet when it comes to quality, but it has a particular feature that puts it over the top and was the reason I bought: It fits in your pocket. This thing is tiny, does SD and HD and easily fits in your front pocket. For me – that sells. If it requires a bag I’ll never use it, when I can slip it in my pocket, it becomes attractive. Look for video coming to the site soon. I’ve spent the last few days familiarizing myself with the controls. Fun little device.
Congratulations to John Furrier and PodTech who just closed a Series A funding for $5.5 million. You can read the details over on PodTech. I’ve run into John at a number of conferences, but finally got the chance to really spend some time talking with him at the Podcast and Portable Media Expo last November. It was clear that he had a plan and I am glad to see that it is taking shape. I look forward to seeing what PodTech will do now that it has this infusion of capital.
This is just one more sign that there is a lot of exciting movement in podcasting. All boats rise as they say.
P.S. John Furrier is also one of the instructors at the upcoming Podcast Academy.