Posts Tagged ‘invention’

A Tiny Lens That Turns Your Smartphone Camera Into a Microscope

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Are ordinary macro lens attachments for your smartphone not enough for you? Want to zoom in closer? 22-year-old mechanical engineer Thomas Larson has just the lens for you. It’s called the Micro Phone Lens, and is a tiny little attachment that instantly lets you focus on and capture very small subjects.
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Using a Camera’s Rolling Shutter Effect to Create a Display

I’ve got a few days before my big summer vacation, so I thought I’d hammer out an incredibly impractical display technology!
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Brolly Umbrella Has Finger Hole Grip Lets You Shoot in the Rain

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If you’re the type of person who prefers umbrellas to rain ponchos, you might prefer the Brolly rain umbrella to rain covers when using your camera in wet weather. It features a special finger hole grip handle that frees up the fingers that would otherwise be clutching the umbrella, allowing you to use your cameras more naturally without getting wet.
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Squito: A Throwable Panoramic Camera Ball that Captures 360° Aerial Shots

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Boston-based artist and inventor Steve Hollinger has just been granted a second patent here in the United States for his Squito invention, a ball sporting embedded cameras and position sensors that allow for panoramic imagery in reconnaissance and recreational situations. Read more…

Exclusive: Check Out the Winners of This Year’s Photo Hack Day Berlin

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Each year, hundreds of hackers developers descend on Berlin for EyeEm’s hackathon Photo Hack Day in hopes of walking away with the top prize and moving the world of photography forward. In 24-hours, developers have to take a swing at prototyping a brand new photo app and presenting it in front of their peers.

Over 120 developers took part this weekend, and now that the dust has settled (only just) we have the privilege of being the first to tell you which of the 41 hacks submitted last night came out on top. Read more…

Radical New Concept Hyper-Simplifies the Camera as We Know It

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When BBC Future approached design company Conran with a challenge to “redesign any object,” Senior Product Designer Jared Mankelow chose the camera. He believes that the form factor of our cameras hasn’t kept pace with their function, and so his square creation harkens back to the film cameras of old, while simultaneously catapulting the camera into the future. Read more…

The First Webcam Was Invented to Check Coffee Levels Without Getting Up

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Necessity may be the mother of invention, but laziness is definitely its father. Case in point, here’s an interesting tidbit of imaging history: the first webcam ever was actually invented by lazy students at Cambridge University who didn’t want to waste a trip to the nearby coffee pot if it was going to be empty when they got there. Read more…

Rhino Battery Holster Lets You Keep Your Camera’s Power at Your Fingertips

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Holsters are becoming pretty popular for keeping camera gear on your hip and at the ready, and now Washington-based gear company Rhino Camera Gear wants to bring the concept to batteries. It has unveiled a new product that’s designed to cut a few seconds out of the time it takes you to switch out empty batteries for fresh ones.

The accessory is called the Rhino Battery Holster, and moves your juiced batteries from inside your camera bag to your side.
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CamCuff is Half Fashion Accessory For You, Half Safety Strap for Your Camera

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We’re not sure how many punk rock fans moonlight as photographers (or the other way around), but those who do may find the new CamCuff a tempting camera accessory. It’s a fashion accessory wrist cuff that doubles as a camera strap for those of you who aren’t big on the neck variety.
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noPhoto License Plate Frame Flashes to Foil Traffic Enforcement Cameras

Jonathan Dandrow believes that traffic enforcement cameras are “dangerous, invasive, error-prone, and unconstitutional,” so he decided to find a way to turn camera technology against those cameras. He ended up creating the noPhoto, a high-tech license plate frame that makes it impossible for a red light or speed trap camera to snap a useable photograph of your plate.
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