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Obviously Kinect hacks have been the new "cool thing" to do - the applications they're being used in at the moment is expanding quite rapidly, which is great. Intel on the other hand has something new from their Seattle research lab - they have been working on a range of projects using what it describes as "Kinect-style" cameras.
There's an augmented reality video below which shows Intel bringing Lego to life - while the second video shows a whole new degree of interactivity with everyday objects. This tech is very new, but with the right nurturing - it could become tomorrow's technology very easily, especially with Windows 8 approaching in the next two years.
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One of the ways that our devices can get smaller and smaller is by having smaller components available. while we want smaller devices, we also want higher quality components and cameras as well.
A company called OmniVision has unveiled what it claims to be the world's smallest 1080p HD camera solution known as the OV2720. The camera is the world's first 1/6-inhc native 1080p 30 fps HD CMOS image sensor designed for netbooks, notebooks, and webcams.
The device doesn't scale or crop video shot in 1080p resolution and uses 1.4-micron OmniBSI pixel for low light sensitivity. The sensor has a z-height of only 3.5mm.
I bet that most of us are familiar with those old Polaroid cameras that took the picture and then shot it out the front instantly for us to watch develop. Most grandparents and parents had one of those things lying around.
Polaroid has unveiled the modern version of that old instant camera called the 300 Instant Camera. The device sells for $89.99 and spits business card size images out for you to share. The camera is offered in several colors.
It has a flash and runs off rechargeable and AA batteries. The film needed for the camera is $9.99 for a package with ten exposures. The pics now come out the top rather than the front.
BenQ has just introduced a new point and shoot camera into its compact series dubbed the E1260 HDR (short for High Dynamic Range).
This camera houses a 12 megapixel sensor and can record video in 720p resolution. Other features include 4x optical zoom, HDR image enhancement technology, Super Shake-free function, auto face tracking, blink detector, smart focus and more. Its LCD screen size is 2.7-inches.
The E1260 HDR can be purchased in Metallic Gun-Metal Gray and Metallic Blue. BenQ is planning to release it to market worldwide in late May.
I pre-ordered my iPad the day the order banks opened and have really enjoyed the device so far. It has so many features and the much larger than the iPhone screen is great for surfing the web from the couch and gaming.
The iPad also has a bunch of official accessories that are available as well. One of these accessories is the iPad Camera Connection Kit. The kit comes with two adapters with one offering a USB port and the other a SD card reader.
It turns out that the USB port adapter will work with other USB devices like keyboards and USB audio. The USB audio even works with VoIP according to reports. You can also connect a USB keyboard to the iPad using the adapter.
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I'm not big on making things myself aside from computers and messes. When it comes to large DIY projects like car work or building things, I farm them out to people I can yell at if things go wrong. If you are the DIY type who likes to take digital photos this may be a good project for you.
A research engineer from Industrial Light and Magic has conjured up a very ugly fisheye lens for his DSLR, but the thing works well and was cheap. The guy used a single element film projector lens, peephole, foam, hose clamp, and a lens adapter from eBay to cobble the lens together.
As you can see it is ugly, but the images it takes are impressive. The whole works cost under $20 apparently. If I made it the thing would be even uglier and be coated in blood where I cut myself on the can.
There are a number of micro four thirds cameras on the market today. These cameras all have interchangeable lenses and cost about the same as some of the DSLRs on the market. The difference is that the DSLR has a mirror inside whereas the micro four thirds cams don't.
Sony is rumored to be getting ready to enter the micro four thirds market with a new Alpha camera supporting the format. The new camera is said to have a snap on lens mount system that needs no twisting for faster lens changes.
Along with the camera three lenses are rumored. The lenses include a 16mm f/2.8 lens, an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, and an 18-200mm zoom lens is rumored as well. The launch date for the camera is supposed to be May 11.
Back in February, I mentioned that a school district in PA had been accused of taking images of students using webcams on school provided notebooks without the student knowing. Reports are now coming in that the spying issue may be much more widespread.
The student who filed suit against the district, Blake Robbins, and his attorney has announced that the school had 400 images of Robbins alone. District school board president David Ebby has stated that a "substantial number" of photos of students have been recovered.
Robbins' attorney claims that thousands of photos were taken and is seeking a court order to investigate the notebook of Carol Cafiero. Cafiero is the district technology coordinator.