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Projector Brought Into the Forest Turns Nature Into a Glowing Wonderland

3D projections are often used nowadays to create eye-popping visuals on flat surfaces such as the sides of buildings or on basketball courts, but could the same concept be done out in the wild where things aren’t flat and orderly? Photographer Tarek Mawad and animator Friedrich van Schoor recently decided to try it out.

What resulted is the video above, titled “Projections in the Forest”. The two artists spent six weeks illuminating various things in nature with a powerful projector and then capturing the results on camera.
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Selfie Bots: Students Create Robot Snappers That Use Sight and Sound

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Cornell offers a course on designing with microcontrollers, and this year’s final project submissions featured a couple of groups who decided to build robotic photographers that help capture selfies.
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A DIY Time-Lapse Camera That Can Shoot for a Year on 4 Alkaline D Batteries

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Want a simple battery-powered time-lapse camera that you can leave in locations for up to a year? A hacker who goes by “val3tra” is trying to build one. The goal of his project is a camera that can continuously photograph a scene for months or years on time while powered only by a handful of ordinary batteries.
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Samsung’s ‘Look At Me’ Camera App is Designed to Help Autistic Kids Make Eye Contact

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People who have autism often have trouble making eye contact and reading facial expressions but enjoy using gadgets. Samsung wants to change that with a new camera app called “Look at Me” that’s designed to help autistic children become better at communication skills.
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Google+ Can Now Apply Its Auto Enhance Magic to Your Home Videos

Back in May 2013, Google+ began offering auto enhancement to improve the quality of users’ photos. Now the magic has arrived for video as well.

Open a video through the Google+ website or through the Photos app on Android and you’ll see a new “Auto Enhance” feature that can automatically help correct lighting, color, stability, and speech.
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Hacker Creates Custom Firmware for the Samsung NX300 That Can Auto-Encrypt Photos

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Want a camera that can automatically encrypt photos after taking them? A hacker named Doug did. After having this idea for years without seeing camera companies offer it, he decided to take matters into his own hands and make it happen himself.

What resulted is a new custom firmware for the Samsung NX300 that adds photo encryption to the camera.
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Casio SynchroShot Lets You Use Up to 7 Cameras for Perfectly Synchronized Capture

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Casio has announced a new Android app called SynchroShot that lets photographers perfectly synchronize up to seven of its new Exilim EX-100PRO cameras for photos or video.
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Fyuse is a ‘Spatial Photo’ App That Lets You Capture and Share Your World in 3D

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Fyuse is a new “spatial photography” app that wants to be the Instagram of 3D photos. Capture a dynamic photo by moving your phone around during capture, and viewers will be able to explore your 3D photo by tilting their phone in their hands.
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Camera Shake Could Be Used to Identify the Person Behind the Camera, Researchers Say

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Camera shake could one day be used to help track down people who record footage anonymously. Researchers say that footage captured by wearable cameras contain a “motion signature” that’s unique to the wearer — a hidden “fingerprint” of sorts.
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New Report Shows Solid State Drives Can Take Over 1,000 Years of Data-Writing Abuse

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Media storage has come a long way since the days of the room-sized 3.75MB hard disk drives (HDDs) you had to carry around with a fork lift. Most recently, solid state drives (SSDs) have taken over, providing a much more durable means of storing your media, since there are no moving parts inside.

But just how durable are we talking here? It turns out, very. The Tech Report recently put six different drives through the wringer, and it’s been concluded that today’s SSDs will last a thousand years of use — long enough to last until we find the technology to start literally storing data in the clouds.

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