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Humans have the advantage of stereoscopic vision. It gives us depth perception, as both our eyes give us a different view of where an object is, and thus a slightly different perspective, enough for our brain to work out depth perception.
Stanford researchers have developed a super 3D camera that has 12,616 lenses, so compared to the human eyes where we have only two lenses to make a depth judgement, the 3D camera chip has a whole lot more, with each one of the 12,616 lenses at a slightly different perspective and all the images combine to a single image giving the ultimate in depth perception.
Uses for such a device are endless, including robotic eyes for very fine tuned work, biological imaging, 3D printing, creation of 3D objects or people to inhabit virtual worlds, or 3D modelling of buildings.
The photos created by this camera have almost everything in focus in the combined picture, of objects both near and far, but the beauty of this product is that each layer, or lens perspective can be filtered in or out, giving a "map" or contoured outline of objects, allowing computers to map them in new ways.
The team from Stanford comprise of Keith Fife, a graduate student working with El Gamal, and H.-S. Philip Wong, two electrical engineering professors. The multi-aperture camera could be as cheap as modern digital cameras and could even be mounted into a mobile phone.
Read more about it at the Stanford website.
Camera identifies your age and gender in real-time stemming from the technology rich country of Japan, an invention of an intelligent camera which can identify a person's age and gender real-time on the monitor to varying degrees of accuracy is going to become available to the public.
While face recognition technology is not very new to science and to the world at large, it still lacks the ability to know things about you, unless they have been previously recorded and inputted manually.
What this technology does, is it compares your face with thousands of other faces, and works out your age within a 10 year age variance and highlights you with the information on the monitor. In addition, it can, based on the information stored, evaluate your gender or if it has a copy of your face it will match them up.
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The days of George Orwell's "1984" are a little over twenty years late, but they are definitely on the horizon. People's lives are being monitored more and more, with little room left for privacy
A Reuters news clip has captured a unique dinosaur, apparently attracting a lot of attention at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany. The annual computer show is the perfect time for gadgets and gizmos to make an appearance, but this device seems to have a life of its own.
According to the report, the robotic dinosaurs are designed to emulate the behavior of a Camerasaurus. You can be forgiven for not knowing what that is, but once you see these cute cuddly "household designer pets" you might just want one of your own.
The report states that there are close to 2000 parts, more than 100 gears, 14 motors and a complex sensory network designed to respond to your touch, and other Camerasaurus' proximity. Furthermore via an infrared camera it collects direct feedback to the "Life" Operating System so it can actively recognize its surroundings and act as if alive and responding to your touch. This is supposedly the significant selling point, making "Pleo" the Camerasaurus stand out from the crowd.
The memory card slot on the belly gives software fiddlers and hackers the ideal opportunity to wreak havoc on the poor extinct creature. If I were a betting man, I would say a channel dedicated to these creatures antics on YouTube is a foregone conclusion.
A trio of new mice for notebook users has been added to Microsoft's line-up this week, as well as a couple of new webcams.
Looking quickly over the webcams, there is the LifeCam VX-7000 which is designed for desktop use; this webcam boasts some pretty neat features such as a 2.0 MP sensor and ability to take stills at up to 7.6 MP interpolated. The lense is a 71-degree wide angle type.
Next up is the LifeCam NX-3000 which is a more compact offering designed for mobile use with notebooks. This model can handle a max resolution of 640 x 480, shooting stills at 1.3 megapixels. The lense can be swiveled for more flexible positioning and a carry case is also provided by Microsoft.
The most interesting of the three is the 8000 model as it is the first ever to include 1GB of embedded flash-storage, this built into its multi-talented transceiver.
You can read more about the complete new lineup over at the Dailytech folks.
Today Microsoft has announced a pair of new LifeCam webcams and a trio of new mice aimed at notebook users. The new webcams include the LifeCam VX-7000, which is intended for desktop use with its universal attachment base.
The trio of new mice Microsoft announced starts with the Mobile Memory Mouse 8000. Microsoft is billing the mouse as the industry's first notebook mouse to include 1GB of flash-based storage. The flash memory is inside the USB wireless transceiver. The mouse uses a magnetic recharging cable that connects to the end of the USB adapter and to the mouse allowing for charging without the need for a dock.
Casio has showed of a new digital Exilim camera based on Sony's latest CMOS sensor which is capable of shooting 300 frames per second in VGA resolution, or 60fps at 6 Megapixels. Although it is limited to a maximum resolution of 6 Megapixels, but this shouldn't prove to be too much of a problem considering the high frame speed of this camera. Although it's only a prototype for now, we doubt that the final version will look all that different to the one showed.
The lens on the prototype features 12x optical zoom, equivalent to 35 to 420mm on a 35mm film camera. It stores pictures on SDHC cards and it has CMOS-shift image stabilization which should help handheld shots with the long optical zoom. Around the back you'll find a 2.8-inch LCD display and an electronic viewfinder with dioptre adjustment.
The camera measures 127.5x79.5x130mm (WxHxD) and weighs 650g without batteries. No release date has been announced, nor any pricing, but we don't expect this one to be too cheap. You can find out more here
Samsung has released its latest i-series digital camera, the i85, which features an 8 Megapixel sensor and 5x non-protruding optical zoom. It also features a high resolution 3-inch LCD display and it's only 2cm thick. But these are just a range of features that you'd find on just about any decent camera these days, so Samsung has turned the i85 into something a bit out of the ordinary.
The i85 will allow you to watch MPEG, AVI, MOV, WMV and ASF movie files on it an thanks to a built in 2.5mm headphone jack, you can use it as a PMP. It will also play MP3 and WAV audio files. It also has two stereo speakers with SRS 3D audio.
You can also use it to shoot video at 800x592 pixels in MPEG-4 and you can edit the video on the camera. The zoom also functions while you're shooting video, which is great for tracking moving objects.
Samsung has also added digital image stabilization (it increases the ISO setting, but this also means more image noise), 14 scene modes and face detection. The i85 has 256MB of built in memory, which is just massive compared to what you normally get and it will take SDHC cards up to at least 4GB in size.
The i85 should arrive later this autumn and should retail for around US$349.
Fujifilm has announced its new prosumer camera, the S8000fd which features no less than 18x zoom. To be able to take advantage of the cameras amazing zoom abilities, Fujifilm has added a mechanical CCD-shift image stabilizer. The CCD captures pictures at 8 Megapixels and it shoots video at VGA resolution at 30fps.
It can also shoot a continuous burst of 15 shots per second at 2 Megapixel resolution. Furthermore it has a 2.5-inch LCD screen with a 230,000 pixel resolution and an electronic viewfinder. With Fujifilms move to support the SD memory card format, the S8000fd accepts xD, SD and SDHC memory cards and the camera has 58MB of built in memory.
It also has an intelligent auto flash that should help prevent washed out pictures. For those that know what they're doing, it also features full manual control. It operates of four AA batteries, just like many other Fujifilm cameras, which means you don't have to worry about running out of juice if you're away from your charger, as a set of alkalines will do just fine.
The S8000fd is expected to be available in September with a retail price for around US$400 which seems quite reasonable for what you get.
Samsung has launched four new digital cameras today, the L730, the L830, the L83T and the S85. Starting with the L730 and L830, which has 7 and 8 Megapixels respectively, these two entry level models features 3x optical zoom, a 2.5-inch LCD and 16MB of built in memory. Both models also features Samsungs face recognition system and video capture up to 800x592 pixels. Both cameras accept SD memory cards up to 4GB in size and both models have an aluminium body.
The L83T is a more stylish version with a none protruding lens, but it still has 3x optical zoom. The L83T has an 8 Megapixel sensor, a 2.5-inch LCD display and 19MB of built in memory. It also accepts SD memory cards. Again, it features Samsung's face recognition technology, but it adds Samsung's ASR image stabilization system. As with the previous two models, the L83T will record video of up to 800x592 at up to 30 fps in MPEG-4.
Finally we have the S85, which again features 8 Megapixels and a 2.5-inch LCD display, but this time we're looking at 5x optical zoom. It has 20MB of built in memory and it's compatible with SDHC and SD cards for memory expansion. It also features Samsung's ASR image stabilization technology and face detection system. The S85 will also record video, but it's limited to 640x480 at 30 fps, but the 5x optical zoom can be used while recording video.
You can find out more by visiting Samsung cameras
High-def output is all the rage these days, so much so it's even carried through to webcams etc. - Logitech have added a couple of new ones to the market which are capable of recording 720p HD resolutions at 30FPS. There is the QuickCam Pro 9000 model for desktops and also the QuickCam Pro suited to notebooks.
Both models use a high-quality Carl Zeiss Tessar lense which make for very sharp crystal clear images. The webcams are also capable of taking up to 2 megapixel stills.
Reg Hardware reports that both webcams will shift in the UK soon for around £49/$100.
Everything is going HD these days, it seems, and the latest gadget to take advantage of high-def imaging is Logitech's latest line of QuickCam Pro webcams.
The Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 and Logitech QuickCam Pro for notebooks video capture at 720p HD resolution at up to 30 frames per second.
Both models have Carl Zeiss Tessar lenses to make images exceedingly sharp, apparently. Each is also capable of taking up to two-megapixel still s and include specialist technology to help you sound just right on that video call.
Logitech has announced two new web cameras, the QuickCam Pro 9000 and QuickCam Pro for Notebooks, Both cameras can record video at 960x720 at 30fps, although these aren't the first cameras from Logitech to be able to do this. The big news here is that both these cameras use Carl Zeiss optics, which Logitech claims will improve the overall picture quality.
These are also the first web cameras from Logitech to feature auto focus and this should provide for superior quality to past cameras in itself. For still images these two new cameras features 2Mega pixel resolution and they will take still images at 1,600x1,200, although this can be software interpolated up to 8Mega pixels. Logitech's RightLight technology is also part of the package and it makes it easier for the camera to adjust to varying light situations automatically.
The new designs look rather stylish and both models have built in microphones with Logitech's RightSound technology. Both cameras connect via USB 2.0 and to capture HD video you need quite a beefy system, as Logitech recommends a 2.4GHz Pentium 4 or faster, but suggests a 2.8GHz CPU for the best experience.