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Regular commuter mugs are fine for short trips. But if you're going to be on the road for more than 30 minutes, you'll appreciate this Electric Car Kettle that plugs into a standard 12V accessory outlet.

IMG_1185.jpeg Hot coffee heating up in the cup holder of the car.

I recently used one on my roadtrip from Santa Rosa, CA to Sedona, AZ, and this $35 commuter keep me swimming in hot coffee and soup.

Here's an overview of its features:

  • Portable And Multiple Temperature Options. Set the temperature range within 86-203 degrees F.
  • Quality Materials & Enhanced Security. Made with food-grade PC plastic material (BPA-free) and 304 stainless steel inner liners to ensure the safety of drinking water. Travel electric kettle has a sealed rubber ring design, will not leak water when placed upside down.
  • Upgraded Smart Screen. Equipped with a large LED display. Smart touch panel buttons to set the temperature to your preference and a clear on-screen temperature display.
  • Unique Design. Wide-angle flip-lid design and a small-caliber water outlet. Side plug design of the small electric kettle makes it easy to fit into a car cupholder. The integrated design means you can take it anywhere.
  • Dual Voltage Switching. Automatically detects 12V-24V voltage and switches automatically, cigarette lighter plug and play, suitable for various cars and trucks.
  • Intelligent keep warm function. The temperature can be adjusted from 86-203 degrees F, and after heating to the set temperature, it will automatically maintain long-term keep warm status.

IMG_1177.jpeg Can also be used outside the car with a portable power station.

One of the things I very much appreciate about this kettle, compared to others, is that it only draws a maximum of 96 watts. Neither my car, nor my Jackery power stations had any difficulty with the voltage.

When I brewed pour-over coffee in the morning, I raised the temperature to 190 degrees. On average, the kettle needed 15-20 minutes to reach this mark.

When I was in the car, I packed a large thermos with premade coffee, then used the kettle to reheat it one serving at a time. Generally speaking, I set the temp to 170 degrees for comfortable sipping. If the coffee was already lukewarm, it only took 5-10 minutes before ready. Its 13.5 ounce capacity is also enough for making a cup of noodles or preparing dehydrated meals.

The electric kettle fits nicely in my car cup holder, the side plug is positioned perfectly, the top lid works great for sipping, then easily secured when necessary. I also used the kettle in my hotel room by plugging it into my Jackery portable power station.

The Electric Car Kettle is available for order on Amazon.com for $35.99. Highly recommended.

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This is The Digital Story Podcast #949, May 28, 2024. Today's theme is "A Massive Lightroom Update Featuring Generative Remove." I'm Derrick Story.

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In terms of workflow, it's always nice to have the tools you need in one application instead of having to bounce around to different bits of software. With Lightroom 7.3, Adobe has taken a big step in that direction with the addition of Generative Remove. I'll explain how it works, plus some of the other goodies, in today's TDS Photography Podcast. I hope you enjoy the show.

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A Massive Lightroom Update Including Generative Remove

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Cynthia-Wine-Tasting-AI.jpg Edited version using Lightroom's Generative Remove. Photo by Derrick Story.

I'll be talking about Version 7.3 of Adobe Lightroom. I've been using this version of the app, instead of Classic, because it has evolved enough for my needs, and it's a bit more modern.

The big news is that Firefly, Adobe's top-tier AI technology, comes to Lighroom. And its debut is Generative Remove.

The Content Aware Healing Brush is now called Remove. You can still use it as the old Content Aware Healing Brush, which is good for small objects, faster processing time, and up the road no spending of your credits. I will get into that later.

In Lightroom 7.3, you also have some additional options in the Remove panel. First, you'll see Generative AI with a checkbox and a Early Access label. Second, there is Object Aware with a checkbox.

There are also checkboxes for Show Overlay on Hover and Visualize Spots. I use Show Overlay on Hover when I want to delete a selection and do it again. It makes it easy to identify it.

So, the progression for removing objects from your photos could be something like this. If it's simple, then just use the Remove Brush without Generative AI. When you get into more complicated adjustments, especially large objects, then check the Generative AI box to turbo charge your Remove Brush.

For items that are irregular, such as a group of people, you probably want to enable Object Aware too. This can improve the masking and leave the right amount of information outside of your selection to give the application the data it needs for the fill.

When it works well, Lightroom will correctly identify the objects for removal and add the appropriate amount of feather to enable a seamless fix.

After the mask is created, you do have the ability to fine tune it with add or subtract. I found that I didn't have to do this often, but there are times when the software doesn't include an item that you want as part of the fix.

Once you give Lightroom the green light to generate the fix, it works fairly fast, depending on the processing power of your computer. On my M1 Macbook Pro, most fixes were about 15-20 seconds. Was even a bit faster on my M2 Mac mini.

Lightroom actually creates 3 variations of the correction, and displays the first one. I've found that it's usually the best. But you can click through all three versions using the Variations arrows.

You can also tell the app to regenerate an entirely new correction. My experience has been that subsequent fixes were not as good as the initial effort. It seems to get worse with every iteration.

During the Early Access period, you can play as much as you want with this feature. There are no limitations. This is the time to learn it and refine your skills with it.

Why?

Because once Adobe removes the Early Access button, you will be alloted credits, based on the plan you have, for Firefly based technologies.

Right now, when I go to my Creative Cloud account, I don't see any mention of credits. I have my $9.99 a month photography plan, 20 GBs of cloud storage, and the apps included in the plan.

So I'm guessing the credits aspect will come into play up the road. But the point is, that now, during Early Access, you can really learn Generative Remove and play as much as you want.

Up the road, the workflow will probably evolve into using Remove for the bulk of your work and small items, and saving Generative Remove for the bigger, more complicated challenges.

During this Early Access period, when Adobe is refining the Generative Remove tool, feedback on how it works is important. So, after you've worked on a picture, click the Feedback button, and let them know how it went.

If Firefly creates something totally random and not fit for your picture, then click on Report Variation, and let Adobe know what happened.

A Few Other Goodies to Mention

Lens Blur has improved and is no longer in Early Access. It's in the Edit panel, near the bottom and it works quite fast.

Once you click the Apply checkbox, you can set the Blur Amount, the type of Bokeh, and play with the Focus Range.

As part of this bargain, be sure to take a look at the Presets panel. Click on the icon on the right side that's above Edit. In Presets, click on the Premium tab and scroll down to Adaptive: Blur Background. Now you can get seven different looks just by clicking on Strong, Subtle, Circle, etc. You can see those changes in the Lens Blur panel, and tweak them to your tastes.

Lightroom 7.3 now has the Slideshow function. It's basic, but I find it helpful for reviewing an album of images, especially my pick set.

Go to View > Start Slideshow

One last little thing that I want to mention is that the File Names are now viewable on each thumbnail in Grid Mode. They are on the upper left side, and the File Extension is on the upper right.

If you decide you don't want to see the File Name or the File Extension in Grid Mode, you can turn them off independently in the View menu.

Adobe Lightroom 7.3 is quite impressive. For me, it has the tools I want without the extra cruft I don't.

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