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SoundBarrel is a Concept Speaker with an Aperture Inspired by Camera Lenses

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The SoundBarrel is a concept Bluetooth speaker design that shutterbugs should feel right at home with. Created by South Korean industrial designer SaeJoung Kou, the device looks like a wooden camera lens and features a nifty aperture mechanism that’s used to change the volume.
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Quicklapse: Capturing 8K Video with a Nikon D800 Using Burst Mode and Interpolation

Director of photography Miguel de Olaso, Macgregor and architectural photographer Art Sanchez have been working on a new technique called the “Quicklapse” that allows them to achieve 8K video with cameras such as the Nikon D800, which is normally limited to 1080p. The trick involves capturing 36.3MP still photos in burst mode and then using interpolation in post to turn the images into real-time footage.

The video above shows an example of what a Quicklapse video looks like (it’s at a much lower resolution for web viewing, but the original data was shot at 8K).
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Satellite Camera Being Adapted for Spotting Signs of Cancer in Photos of Skin

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A camera used on satellites to monitor vegetation from space may soon help save lives in the battle against cancer. The special camera will be capable of peering into human skin to see things that are invisible to the naked eye for the purpose of detecting diseases early.
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Mapillary is Building a Crowdsourced Street View with User Submitted Photos

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Google’s well-known Street View service is one of several monumental efforts to document the world’s travel routes through ground-level photos. These projects generally use fancy camera rigs on cars, backpacks, and even camels to capture their images.

Mapillary is a startup that’s trying to do things a little differently. Instead of taking the grunt work of photo-taking upon itself, the service is building a crowdsourced Street View competitor using photos submitted by users.
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An Algorithm That Can Distinguish Beautiful Portraits From Ugly Ones

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Could machines be trained to tell the difference between a beautiful portrait photo and a not-so-pleasing one? Beauty is pretty subjective, but scientists are trying to boil down the common properties of beautiful digital portrait photos so that a computer can be trained to spot them. Along the way, they’re revealing interesting new things about what people look for in portraits.
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Podo is a Stick and Shoot Camera for a Photo Booth You Can Take Anywhere

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Podo is a new wireless and sticky camera that serves as an on-the-go photo booth. Instead of shooting pictures of yourself at arms length, with a selfie stick, or with the help of a stranger, you’ll be able to stick the camera to most flat surfaces and trigger the shot with your phone.
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Watch Flashback Anti-Paparazzi Clothing Ruin Flash Photographs

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Back in January, we reported that a DJ named Chris Holmes had developed a line of “anti-paparazzi clothing” that ruins flash photographs at night by blowing the photos out with excessive reflected light. The idea gained traction, and now the “Flashback” line of apparel will soon be hitting the market.
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Konost Hopes to Launch ‘The World’s First True Digital Rangefinder’

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There’s a mysterious and intriguing new website online for a startup camera company called Konost. From the looks of it, the team is trying to build a simple yet powerful digital camera that it claims will be “the world’s first true digital rangefinder.”
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A Printer That Can Cook a Photo of Your Face Into a Pancake

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Remember that Taiwanese machine that can print a photo of your face onto the foam of a latte? Here’s something along the same lines that’s just as quirky: there’s a new printer that can cook a photo of your face into a pancake.
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This Light Projection Technology Brings Static Photos to Life with Realistic Movements

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Light projectors have been used in recent years for crazy 3D projections on buildings and other large surfaces. A Japanese company is using a similar concept to bring static 2D photos to life.
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