Posts Tagged ‘research’

Your Future Camera Might Be Powered by Hemp

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In an interesting development in the world of batteries, researchers have discovered and demonstrated a way to make extremely efficient carbon electrodes by heating up the fibers of hemp in a two-step method.

The resulting carbon electrodes hold as much energy as the super-material graphene, are more durable in extreme temperatures, and come at a much lower cost — pretty much the ideal material to make batteries out of. Read more…

Did You Know: Studies Show People Believe They Look Like the Retouched Version of Themselves

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Remember the “Dove Real Beauty Sketches” advertisement? It was the ad that brought in various women, and then had those women and a stranger they had just met describe them to a forensic artists. This, in the end, showed the original participants that they were far more beautiful than they saw themselves.

It was an admirable advertisement that went viral, but according to a series of studies performed last year by psychological researchers Nicholas Epley of the University of Chicago and Erin Whitchurch of the University of Virginia, the Dove campaign might just have it backwards. In other words: they found that we actually think we’re MORE attractive than we really are. Read more…

Game Changing Algorithm Turns First Person Videos Into Incredibly Smooth Hyperlapses

Researchers at Microsoft just changed the POV video game — there’s no doubt about that. Using a newly developed algorithm, they transform long, boring first person videos shot with helmet cams into super smooth hyperlapses that look like they were shot with a steadicam. Read more…

MIT Researchers Develop a Drone that Can Automatically Light Your Subjects for You

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A group of researchers from MIT want your next lighting rig to be autonomous and airborne. Set to be on display this August at the Symposium on Computational Aesthetics in Graphics, Visualization and Imaging, they’ve actually developed a drone that automatically and dynamically lights a subject (living or otherwise) for a photographer while he or she focuses on getting the shot. Read more…

New Chemical Iris Technology May Change the Way Smartphone Apertures Work

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As smartphones have gotten smaller and smaller, the need for the cameras inside of them to shrink has become more pressing. One area where there’s a lot of room for improvement is in the traditional mechanical aperture.

As we begin to hit the physical limit of the overlapping blades, researchers at the University of Kaiserslautern have designed an exciting new ‘micro iris’ that uses small chemical rings rather than a physical blades, dramatically shrinking the size of the aperture components in the camera. Read more…

Study Shows that Even Subtle Changes In Portraits Drastically Alter Our Perception

05-misleading-first-impressions-1.w1120.h1382-542x670A fascinating new study on the perception of profile photos reveals some very interesting (and perhaps a bit nerve-wracking) results: even the slightest of changes from one portrait to another can dramatically alter how people perceive you in that photo. Read more…

MIOPS: Smartphone Controllable High Speed Camera Trigger

MIOPS is a new smartphone-controlled camera trigger that combines all of the features photographers want in a high-speed camera trigger into one convenient device.

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It’s Scary How Easily Photos Can Reveal Things They Weren’t Intended To

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If you regularly share snapshots of your life online, turning off geotagging isn’t a very reliable way to keep your location private. Everything seen in the photo — including faint reflections — can be used to figure out where you were with scary accuracy.
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In a Photo Rut? Stanford Study Finds That Walking Improves Creativity

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Feel a bit dry when it comes to being creative with your photography? Try taking a walk — or, more specifically, a photo walk. A study over at Stanford has found that walking around can give you a significant boost in creativity.
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Researchers Find a Way to Show 80 Years of Aging by Morphing a Single Photo

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In crazy-bordering-on-creepy-but-also-super-fascinating news, researchers at the University of Washington have found a new technique to simulate the aging process of human faces over the course of almost eight decades … using nothing more than a single photo. Read more…

IMGembed White Paper Claims that 85% of Images Shared Online Go Unsourced

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IMGembed, a start-up we initially mentioned just over a year ago, has just released a report they conducted that predicts that around 85% of the images shared online go entirely uncredited. Read more…