27.05.16 by Staff

Google Cultural Institute’s New Art Camera

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It took the Google Cultural Institute five years to archive 200 artworks in super high resolution (we’re talking gigapixels). Now they’ve scanned 1,000 in just a few months all thanks to a new camera! The device, dubbed the Art Camera, has cut down capture time from a full day to around 30 minutes. With 20 cameras built, Google has been lending them out to major institutions in cities across the globe free of charge!

It is pretty incredible how far you can zoom into the artworks; have a look here. Watch the video below.

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12.04.16 by Staff

Nostalgia of the Day: New Instant Camera Reverse Engineered from Polaroid Technology

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For those of you still mourning the loss of Polaroid pictures after the company stopped producing instant film in 2008, you’re in luck! The new I-1 instant camera from Impossible Project is a combination analogue/digital camera reverse engineered from the original technology. While the style of the camera also pays homage to the retro version, it comes with all the latest conveniences: Bluetooth, remote trigger and filters galore. Check out more images below!

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07.01.16 by Jeff

Kodak Announces New Super 8 Film Camera For Digital Generation

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This feels like April Fool’s Day in January! At CES on Tuesday, Kodak announced plans to release a new Super 8 film camera with features including, USB port, built-in mic, digital viewfinder, SD card-slot, and interchangeable lenses. Will this excite a whole new generation of young filmmakers about the film medium? Kodak hopes so!

According to the Wallstreet Journal, the cost of the camera releasing in the fall of 2016 is expected to be between $400 – $750, with a cheaper version following in 2017. Apparently the purchase of film cartridges ($50-$75) will also include the processing and creation of a digitization of the footage!

Kodak had a whole slew of A-List Hollywood directors weighing in on the importance of the film camera so it appears this is really happening. Have a look at more images of the prototype, created with industrial designer Yves Behar, below.

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25.11.15 by Jeff

This Pop-Up Book Folds into a Functioning Camera!

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After numerous prototypes, Kelli Anderson perfected a sequence of cuts and folds that could turn an ordinary piece of paper into a fully functional camera. The Book is a Camera is the ultimate pop-up experience: a book that not only explains how cameras work but actually becomes one!

The coolest part is you can support Kelli and purchase the book here but she specifically designed her pinhole camera under a Creative Commons share-alike license so you can also download the template yourself, build it, examine it, and use the knowledge to even make your own variant!

Kelli and I both spoke at Blend here in Vancouver and her talk was one of my favourites. She spoke about a wide variety of her past work including her counterfeit New York Times newspaper (she produced hundreds of thousands of copies and distributed it on the streets of New York), her amazing stop-motion tribute to the Eameses’ iconic film “Power of Ten” using images sourced from Google Images, and her paper record player/wedding invitations.

She’s the kinda person it’s almost hard to write about because she’s doing so many wildly different things. She’s currently working on a music video so stayed tuned for that!

More images and a video of her book/camera below!

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07.11.14 by Jeff

Future Technology: “Nixie” Wearable Selfie Drone Camera

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The days of having to hold a camera, or anything, in order to snap a selfie are numbered. Introducing Nixie, the wearable drone quadcopter that just won Intel’s $500,000 Make It Wearable prize. The product is still in development but the video below demonstrates how users will be able to wear a drone around their wrist and simply let it fly whenever they want to take a selfie. The quadcopter will lift off, snap some photos, and return.

Watch the video below.

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26.08.14 by Jeff

“Paris Through Pentax”

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The city of Paris as seen through the viewfinder of a Pentax 67. I guess this is cheaper than actually shooting the film! Watch “Paris Through Pentax” below!

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20.11.13 by Jeff

This Crappy Camera Took These Stunning Macro Snowflake Photos??

Photographer Alexey Kljatov Tapes Lens To Camera To Take Incredible Macro Snowflake Photos

Photographer Alexey Kljatov Tapes Lens To Camera To Take Incredible Macro Snowflake Photos

Photographer Alexey Kljatov Tapes Lens To Camera To Take Incredible Macro Snowflake Photos

Photographer Alexey Kljatov Tapes Lens To Camera To Take Incredible Macro Snowflake Photos

File this under ‘D.I.Y.’ and also ‘awesome’. Photographer Alexey Kljatov took an old lens from a Russian Zenit camera, flipped it around backwards, and taped it to a crappy point and shoot camera. Based on that description you would expect some pretty mediocre results, but his macro images of these snowflakes speak for themselves.

Lots more images below!

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22.10.13 by Jeff

Workshop: “Build an apparatus that produces videos the world has never seen before”

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Earlier this year Dutch designer Roel Wouters led a week-long workshop for Media & Interaction Design students at ECAL. The brief for the workshop was simple: “Build an apparatus that produces videos the world has never seen before”.

The results were fantastic. Watch the video below!

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