Anyone who grew up in the 1980s probably knows of Bo Jackson. Unlike most professional athletes, Jackson played both baseball and football, managing to become an all-star in each. Nike even ran a very famous “Bo Knows” ad campaign pitching the idea that Jackson could do anything, which very well could have been the case if a football injury hadn’t eventually slowed him down. Jackson’s popularity stemmed from the fact that it’s hard, and often downright impossible, to be that good at several things at once. And the same is often true with gadgets. But a new camera called the Flir FX is trying to do just that. It’s a home monitoring camera that can also be a GoPro-like action camera, dash cam for your car, or an outdoor security system — all depending on what kind of case you’ve inserted it into. The premise of the Flir FX seems to be that the guts of all these devices are basically the same, so why buy a completely different gadget for different types of activities? Why buy several gadgets when the guts are the same? That’s a pretty great take on how our electronics should serve us, though it comes with several major caveats — mostly that you end up having to spend more money on accessories to live that dream. Also, that removing your home security camera from your house means it’s no longer doing what you bought it for, and that there are inevitably compromises you’ll have to live with compared to dedicated gadgets for each type of activity. But more on that later.
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