What we really have to ask ourselves is, what is the screen for? What is its purpose? And for us, it’s just another element that chewed through a lot of power. Everybody’s got a smartphone, tablet or PC nowadays, and they are built with very, very high definition screens.
[There are] two things happening here – one is with the surprise or delight of not actually viewing the subject matter you’re taking photos of, and the other is transferring via Bluetooth to your smartphone, to your tablet, and viewing photos that way.
Here’s a video that shows the camera as well as his explanation.
If you remember the Instagram Camera concept we posted before, it looks like it’s coming a reality!
Today we can update you all on the much anticipated Socialmatic Camera by ADR Studio. We first presented the Instagram Socialmatic Camera concept in May, it resulted in such high demand, that ADR Design actually went out to look for a production partner. They found one and expect to produce the first prototype end of this year, with an official product launch to follow mid 2013. With these news they also present an updated design of the Socialmatic Camera, this time in a slick black version. If you mix the design of the Instagram logo with the general icon look that ADR Studio has given the camera and the new iPhone 5, the result is pretty much the new black version of the Instagram Socialmatic Camera.
Here is again the list of functions initially presented:
- 16 GB mass storage - Wifi and Bluetooth - 4:3 touchscreen - 2 main lens, first for main capture, second for 3D filters, webcam applications and QR Code capturing - Optical zoom - Led Flash - Internal printer to make your Instagram photos real - Paper cartridge with Instagram Paper Sheets - Dedicated 4 colors ink tanks - InstaOs 1.0, which put together Facebook and Instagram App feature
Apple should come out with a camera you say? Well they have. For those of you that don’t remember, here’s the Quicktake 200
The Apple QuickTake (codenamed Venus, Mars, Neptune) is one of the first consumer digital camera lines. It was launched in 1994 by Apple Computer and was marketed for three years before being discontinued in 1997. Three models of the product were built including the 100 and 150, both built by Kodak; and the 200, built by Fujifilm. The QuickTake cameras had a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels maximum (0.3 Mpx). The 100 and 200 models are only officially compatible with the Apple Macintosh, while the 150 model is compatible with both the Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows. Because the QuickTake 200 is almost identical to the Fuji DS-7 or to Samsung’s Kenox SSC-350N, Fuji’s software for that camera can be used to gain Windows compatibility for the QuickTake 200. Some other software replacements also exist.
Time Magazine profiled QuickTake as ‘the first consumer digital camera’ and ranked it among its ’100 greatest and most influential gadgets from 1923 to the present’ list.
This is an image of a gigapixel camera currently being developed by DARPA’s Advanced Wide FOV Architectures for Image Reconstruction and Exploitation (AWARE) program. As part of the program, DARPA successfully tested cameras with 1.4 and 0.96 gigapixel resolution at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, DC. The gigapixel cameras combine 100-150 small cameras with a spherical objective lens. Local aberration correction and focus in the small cameras enable extremely high resolution shots with smaller system volume and less distortion than traditional wide field lens systems. The DARPA effort hopes to produce resolution up to 10 and 50 gigapixels—much higher resolution than the human eye can see. Analogous to a parallel-processor supercomputer, the AWARE camera design uses parallel multi-scale micro cameras to form a wide field panoramic image.
Even though it’s for space use, it’s fascinating to see what’s going on in the world of image capture.
A 3.2 billion-pixel digital camera designed by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is now one step closer to reality. The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope camera, which will capture the widest, fastest and deepest view of the night sky ever observed, has received “Critical Decision 1” approval by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to move into the next stage of the project.
The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will survey the entire visible sky every week, creating an unprecedented public archive of data – about 6 million gigabytes per year, the equivalent of shooting roughly 800,000 images with a regular eight-megapixel digital camera every night, but of much higher quality and scientific value. Its deep and frequent cosmic vistas will help answer critical questions about the nature of dark energy and dark matter and aid studies of near-Earth asteroids, Kuiper belt objects, the structure of our galaxy and many other areas of astronomy and fundamental physics.
With 189 sensors and over 3 tons of components that have to be packed into an extremely tight space, you can imagine this is a very complex instrument,” said Nadine Kurita, the project manager for the LSST camera at SLAC. “But given the enormous challenges required to provide such a comprehensive view of the universe, it’s been an incredible opportunity to design something so unique.”
They say autism is a disability, but he is special. What an amazing gift.
Stephen Wiltshire has been called the “Human Camera.” In this short excerpt from the film Beautiful Minds: A Voyage into the Brain, Wiltshire takes a helicopter journey over Rome and then draws a panoramic view of what he saw, entirely from memory.