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Mars Phoenix Probe Successfully Launched

Iddo Genuth NASA Phoenix interview (78 comments)

We have just published yesterday our comprehensive article/interview with NASA on the Phoenix - you can find it here: Phoenix interview

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Why Did the Camera Market Crashed in 2013?

Iddo Genuth Iddo Genuth writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "2013 was the worst year for the photography industry in a long long time (possibly decades). The official numbers have been published by the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) and they are truly unbelievable.The rise of the camera phones and the global economic crisis all had there share but it seems that there is something more that caused the big collapse in 2013..."
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Pelican Imaging will Put 16 Cameras in Your Smartphone

Iddo Genuth Iddo Genuth writes  |  about 2 months ago

Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Nokia, Qualcomm and even Panasonic already invested in the startup, why? because it has developed one of the most innovative and groundbreaking photography technologies in recent years. By squeezing in no 16 tiny cameras into a single module no larger than a coin which can be fitted on the back of your smartphone Pelican Imaging was able to create a Light-field camera of tiny proportion and high resolution capable of shooting images with depth information (for after-the-shot refocus) as well as 3D videos with no extra cameras required."
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New Domain Names for Photographers

Iddo Genuth Iddo Genuth writes  |  about 2 months ago

Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Photographers rejoice — the ICANN (which regulates domain names) recently introduced a whole host of new domains (including .photography, .camera, .graphics and more). In a time where a good .com domain is harder to find than cheap real estate in Manhattan, these new domains represent an interesting option for photographers who want to use their own name for their website (JamesSmith.photography seems really cool — try finding this with a .com).

Prices are a bit higher than .com domains (check out the link below) but its still far less expensive than trying to buy a .com domain from an existing owner (if he is willing to sell at all)."

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Nokia Wants You to Throw Your DSLR for its Lumia 1020 (and Why they are Wrong)

Iddo Genuth Iddo Genuth writes  |  about 3 months ago

Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Nokia recently published a supposedly comical video advertisement which shows why its Lumia 1020 advanced camera phone with 41 megapixel sensor is better than a professional DSLR.

All jokes aside, is there really any basis for this claim? do we see any situation where a pro photographer or even an avid armature photographer will replace his DSLR for a Lumia 1020?"

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FILM vs. DIGITAL – Can You Tell the Diffidence?

Iddo Genuth Iddo Genuth writes  |  about 4 months ago

Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Film is fading away and almost all of us use digital cameras almost exclusively. But can we really tell the diffidence between film and digital? Photographer Joey Shanks set out to test this question by recording thousands of images with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II (set to ISO 400) and a film camera – Canon 7E with a 400 ASA Fujifilm.

He shot a long series of images which he combined into several short clips he set side by side for you to look at and decide if you can actually tell which is which."

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The Next Thing in Aerial Photography - Robotic Kite

Iddo Genuth Iddo Genuth writes  |  about 4 months ago

Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "A new Kickstarter project is looking to bring a simple, controllable way to shoot images from a kite mounted camera. Shooting images from a kite isn't new but until now creating a rig that can allow you to capture images in an efficient way was pretty hard and quite expensive — Sparrowscope is looking to change that.

Sparrowscope is a lightweight rig controlled from a smartphone (android/iOS based) which is attached securely to the rig and is also used to take pictures. Controlling the rig is done from the ground using another smart device (smartphone/tablet) with the Sparrowscope free app."

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Freezing Time with Super Slow Motion Camera in 360 Degrees

Iddo Genuth Iddo Genuth writes  |  about 4 months ago

Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Former NASA engineer Mark Rober who left the agency to create a high tech Halloween costumes recently released a video of an interesting advanced DIY project for shooting amazing super low motion videos in 360 degrees of exploding objects."
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SR-72 – the Hypersonic Spy Plane is Coming

Iddo Genuth Iddo Genuth writes  |  about 5 months ago

Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Lockheed Martin recently announced plans to developed the SR72 – a hypersonic unmanned aircraft that would be the successor to the famous SR71 BlackBird long-range reconnaissance aircraft developed in the 1960s. The new aircraft will be able to fly 6 times the speed of sound and potentially defeat all known anti aircraft defaces."
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FlameStower: Charge Your Mobile Device with Fire

Iddo Genuth Iddo Genuth writes  |  about 7 months ago

Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "If you love to go on camping trips and want to charge your mobile phone, tablet or even camera there is a new solution on the way which can do that anywhere day or night and all you need to do is light a little fire and have a few drops of water. The FlameStower efficiently captures excess heat from a gas burner or campfire to charge almost any USB-powered device: cell phones, GPS units and even cameras by using the thermal deferential between the fire and water and the whole thing is already collecting money on Kickstarter (and if you are really handy you can even make a DIY version yourself)."
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New - Ricoh Theta – Shoot a 360-Degree Panorama with a Single Click

Iddo Genuth Iddo Genuth writes  |  about 7 months ago

Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Last week Japanese manufacturer Ricoh announced a new innovative device called Theta. This tiny hand held camera lets you capture 360-degree images with a single press of a button.

The Theta is basically two cameras in one – each with its own fisheye lens and a built in software capable of integrating the two images into one 360 degree panoramic image. The Theta has no screen – just a built in 4GB memory and WIFI capable of transferring the images to a mobile device (currently only iOS devices are supported via an app but Android should be ready soon as well). You can check out the two videos explaining (and showing) how the new device works on LensVid."

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British Researchers Induced Out-of-Body Experience

Iddo Genuth Iddo Genuth writes  |  about 7 months ago

Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "A recent study conducted researchers from the UK and Swiss showed that information about heartbeat can be used to change how people experience their own body and self and more specifically that a visual projection of human heartbeats can be used to generate an “out-of-body experience”."
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Shooting Lasers into a Campfire Produces a "Portal" Effect

Iddo Genuth Iddo Genuth writes  |  about 9 months ago

Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "The following video is as amazing as it is dangerous. Several guys decided to use high power lasers in a camp fire and shoot the resulting light show. Using the Kryptonand Spyder Arctic III green and blue lasers (from wickedlasers) + lenses and the smoke coming from the fire they created what some people can mistake for a space portal."
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A Revolution in Mobile Photography? Sony to Launch a Lens with Built in Sensor

Iddo Genuth Iddo Genuth writes  |  about 9 months ago

Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "According to information published online today Sony will announce a completely new type of camera soon – one which actually has no dials or bottoms of any kind just a lens with a built in large sensor with a wireless connection and a magnetic back plate which can be connected to a mobile device."
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DARPA Unveils ATLAS - Super Humanoid Robot Ready for the Robotics Challenge

Iddo Genuth Iddo Genuth writes  |  about 9 months ago

Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Last week DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), unveiled ATLAS — a 330 lbs 6.1 ft humanoid robot to the 6 teams that will compete in the next DARPA Robotics Challenge this December. During the challenge each team will use its version of the ATLAS robot to try and perform a series of complex tasks similar to what might be required in a disaster response scenario."
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New Memory Crystal Storage Technology can outlast the Human Race

Iddo Genuth Iddo Genuth writes  |  about 9 months ago

Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Researchers from the University of Southampton used nanostructured glass to demonstrate recording and retrieval processes of five dimensional digital data using a super fast laser that can write up to 360 TB of data on a single CD sized media and withstand a temperature of 1000 degrees Celsius lasting for an indefinite amount of time."
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Squito – a Throwable Panoramic Camera will Show you the Action Inflight

Iddo Genuth Iddo Genuth writes  |  about 9 months ago

Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Squito is a new design for a throwable panoramic camera inside a ball. The technology was developed by Steve Hollinger – Boston-based artist and inventor who designed a working model of the Squito and is now looking to reach out to manufacturers and developers alike who could help him take the Squito technology to the next level and bring it to the consumer and professionals alike to be used for shooting everything from a basketball game from the viewpoint of the ball to firefighters and search and rescue teams looking for survivors inside collapsed and burning buildings."
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Seeing Through Walls Using... WIFI

Iddo Genuth Iddo Genuth writes  |  about 10 months ago

Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Researchers from MIT are working on a technology which could track humans moving behind walls using inexpensive WIFI technology. The Wi-Vi uses low-power Wi-Fi signals in order to "see behind walls" by measuring electromagnetic reflections and can even track movement in real time inside a room. Applications range from military to search and rescue and even some gaming and home automation uses have been proposed."
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Japanese Researchers Develop a Super Fast Camera Tracking System

Iddo Genuth Iddo Genuth writes  |  about 10 months ago

Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Researchers from the University of Tokyo developed a camera system that can track ultra fast moving objects, keeping them in the center of the screen at all times. The camera system which is still under development can capture Full HD videos and can even be used outdoors.

Ordinarily, to change the direction a camera faces, you move the camera mechanically. But in this system, it’s not the camera that moves, it’s the mirrors. This makes it possible to change where you’re looking really quickly. The system can also be connected to a projector which can even project images on the moving subject."

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Photographer Builds an Amazing DIY Digital Camera Stabilizer

Iddo Genuth Iddo Genuth writes  |  about 10 months ago

Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Videographer Tom Antos developed an advanced DIY camera stabilizer which can hold almost any DSLR or mirrorless camera steady for video photography. Although this surly isn’t as sophisticated (and super expensive) as the professional MVI M10 handheld 3-axis digital stabilized camera gimbal, its still quite impressive especially when you consider it only cost a few hundred dollars rather then tens of thousands — that is if you feel like building it yourself."
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British Architects Develop Open-Source House Building

Iddo Genuth Iddo Genuth writes  |  about a year ago

Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Think of a world where you could simply download the blueprints of your future home for free just like you download any open source software today. A team of British architects developed just that and they are hoping their project called WikiHouse will radically change the way we think about building homes."
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