Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Coming Soon: 52-Megapixel Cameras in Smartphones

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There’s a stealthy startup in Silicon Valley that’s working to revolutionize photography. It’s called Light, and one of its goals is putting 52-megapixel cameras in smartphones by next year.
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This Self-Powered Camera Can Shoot Forever Using Only the Light It Captures

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Scientists have created a self-powered camera that can take pictures indefinitely without any external power. Instead, it generates its own power using the light it captures with the sensor.
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word.camera Turns Your Photo Into Paragraphs

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word.camera is a curious new website that can magically transform a photograph into words, sentences, and paragraphs that describe what’s seen in your image.
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Live Portrait Wants to Bring Boring School Pictures to Life with Augmented Reality

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Live Portrait is a new service that’s trying to breathe new life into the standard school portrait. Instead of simply static photographs, the company’s idea is to use augmented reality through a smartphone camera to add a video element to every photograph in a yearbook.
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This is What Olympus’ Sensor-Shift Stabilization Looks Like in Action

In 2012, Olympus launched a new 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization system in the retro OM-D E-M5 mirrorless camera. If you’d like a better idea of how the system works, check out the video above, which shows the technology in action.

Micro 4/3rds Photography made the video by strapping a Panasonic Lumix GH4 with a Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 fisheye lens to the front of an Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and pointing it straight into the camera. They then started recording video with both cameras and waved the E-M5 II around to see how the sensor reacts to the movement. As you can see, it shifts around quite a bit to try and stabilize what it sees.

(via Micro 4/3rds Photography via 43 Rumors)

How Astrophotography Has Improved Over the Past 135 Years

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Want to see how much our ability to photograph space has improved over the past 135 years or so? Just check out the side-by-side comparison above. On the left is a photo of Jupiter from back in 1879 as it appeared in the book “A History of Astronomy in the 19th Century” by Agnes Clerk. On the right is a photo NASA shot in 2014.

What’s more, amateur astrophotographers can now capture photos of Jupiter and moon transit events from their own backyard using ordinary consumer cameras and smartphones.

(via Universe Today via Reddit)

Apple Invents a Camera with 3 Sensors and a Prism That Splits Light

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The camera on smartphones is one of the main selling points these days, and Apple is working hard to push its iPhone camera ahead of the pack. A newly discovered patent reveals that Apple has created an innovative sensor design that increases quality by using three separate sensors and a prism for splitting light.
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How Humans Are Teaching Computers To See and Understand Photos

Three year old children can make sense of what they see in photos and describe them to us, but even the most advanced computers have historically had difficulties with that same task. That’s quickly changing though, as computer scientists are developing powerful new ways to have computers identify what a photograph is showing.

The video above is a new TED talk given by Fei-Fei Li, a Stanford professor who’s one of the world’s leading experts on computer vision. She talks about her revolutionary ImageNet project that has changed how computers “see.”
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Catstacam Turns Your Cat Into an Instagram Photog

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If you’ve always dreamed of seeing your cat share photos of its life on Instagram, there’s now a camera being developed that may make your dream a reality. It’s called Catstacam, and is a wearable collar camera that automatically posts photographs to an Instagram account you set up for your cat.
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New Contacts and Glasses Give You 2.8x Zoom with a Wink of the Eye

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Tired of having eyeballs with fixed focal lengths? Scientists have developed new telescopic contact lenses and glasses that can give your eyes 2.8x zoom with a simple wink of the eye.
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