Posts Tagged ‘technology’

New Tech Could One Day Beam Invisible Ads Directly Into Your Camera

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Just in case you weren’t feeling media-saturated enough already: there’s word of an emerging technology that could decorate your photos with ads only a camera can see.
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Researchers Reconstruct Highly-Accurate 3D Scenes Using High-Res Photos

3D modeling for movies and video games is often done using lasers. The modeler scans whatever it is they are trying to reconstruct using a laser and then ends up spending a good bit of time cleaning up the results in post. In contrast, a new method developed by the folks at Disney Zurich promises to generate much more accurate results by replacing the lasers with photos. Read more…

Cassini Snaps New Photographs Showing Earth Next to Saturn’s Rings

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Were you smiling a lot Friday afternoon? Hope so, because that’s when you and your 7 billion planetary neighbors got a rare portrait session from the Cassini spacecraft. Orbiting above Saturn almost a billion miles away, the craft turned its camera towards to Earth to capture some spectacular images of our planet foregrounded by Saturn’s rings.

It was the first time in nine years that Cassini has been in orbit and taking scheduled photos of our planet, prompting NASA and friends to promote a “The Day That the Earth Smiled” event via social media.
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Sony Patent Reveals Plan to Start Tagging Photos with Vital Signs

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Have you ever looked back at a photo and wondered “what was my heart rate and blood pressure when I took this photo?” Yeah, neither have we. But on the off-chance that you have, a new Sony patent application might pique your interests.

The technology specified in the application intends to enable the company’s cameras and mobile devices to tag your photos with vital sign information — allowing you to not only ask those questions, but have them answered as well. Read more…

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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Get Ready for Photo Editing in Photoshop Done with Hand Gestures

You know those computers in Minority Report and Iron Man that are completely controlled through hand gestures? One day soon, we may all be using Photoshop in the same way.

The video above is a short demo showing a Photoshop plugin that introduces some introductory gesture controls to the image editing program.
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Photo Legend Don McCullin Discovers the Potential of Digital in ‘Seeking the Light’

Don McCullin is a photojournalism icon. He’s spent his life chasing haunting images that, more often than not, he’s succeeded in capturing. And even though his career has taken him all over the world — to Cyprus, the Congo, Biafra, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, El Salvador, and the Middle East among others — one thing has sed the same throughout his journeys: he’s always shot film.

In this short documentary put together for Canon Professional Network by ICE Productions, he takes his first go at using a digital camera and discovers the potential (and potential pitfalls) of the technology. Read more…

Slow Motion X-Ray Cameras Offer Insight Into How Bats Fly

Wildlife researchers now have a much clearer idea of how bats fly, thanks to the wicked-looking X-Ray video above that shows the animal’s skeleton at work.
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CrowdCam: A Photo App That Lets You See a Scene from Multiple Angles

First Lytro tried to make focusing irrelevant, and now an MIT project wants to make choosing a camera angle a thing of the past.

Aydin Arpa, a reserarcher at MIT’s Media Lab, recently presented a paper on CrowdCam, an app in development that would combine images taken from multiple perspectives into a seamless visual field where you could change the perspective just by swiping your finger on the screen.
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Cardboard Leica Replica Symbolizes Our Unhealthy Relationship with Technology

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For his project “Ordinary Behavior,” illustrator and product designer Kevin Lck wanted to explore the relationship between humans and the technology that is devouring our souls has become such a large part of our lives. To do so, he chose five household objects and set about creating special cardboard replicas.

One of those objects (although it doesn’t exactly quality as a “household object”) was a Leica M3, and his black and white rendition is impressive even before you turn it around.
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