A team from the MIT media lab has created a camera with a “shutter speed” of one trillion exposures per second — enabling it to record light itself traveling from one point to another. Using a heavily modified Streak Tube (which is normally used to intensify photons into electron streams), the team could snap a single image of a laser as it passed through a soda bottle. In order to create the slow-motion film in the video we’ve got after the break, the team had to replicate the experiment hundreds of times. The stop-motion footage shows how light bounces through the bottle, collecting inside the opaque cap before dispersing. The revolutionary snapper may have a fast shutter but the long time it takes to process the images have earned it the nickname of the “the world’s slowest fastest camera.” (via engadget.com)
It reminds me of the time when Apple launched it’s first mp3 Player. The iPod did not look like any other device on the market but changed an entire industry. Mountain View-based startup Lytro, which launched earlier this year and demoed at Brainstorm Tech last July, just unveiled a line of “light field” cameras that capture more color, intensity and light per shot than traditional cameras. That makes for more vibrant photos, but most importantly, it allows users to change the focus within an image after it’s been taken.
Follow Lytro’s company blog here.
Radiolab presents: Moments by Will Hoffman. This films is a celebration of life that was inspired by David Eagleman’s book, Sum.
It doesn’t look pretty but it will definitely find it’s followers. VuHunt, a rewards-based location game that uses the technology on Android phones.
With VuHunt, users can duel with their friends to conquer territory in the real world, as they can with popular mobile check-in service Foursquare. But while users simply check in at a place in order to take it over in Foursquare, the process is more complex with VuHunt.
You can, for instance, take over your friend’s castle at a particular real-world location via long distance means. You can answer a trivia question correctly or solve a puzzle in order to dislodge someone. Or you may have to upload a picture of a physical location, such as a lake, or upload a few seconds of video of a car, in order to dislodge the person. The game capitalizes on location, artificial intelligence, and internet connectivity.
Your friends, meanwhile, can defend their castles by fulfilling their own challenges. If they do so, you may be forced to execute several challenges before you can take over the location.
Each action you take tells VuFind something about your behavior, and the company hopes to target ads from brands to you based on your interests.
The photos you upload can be geotagged. You can go to someone’s castle simply to find out more about that location by viewing the pictures that have been uploaded there.
“We appeal to people who want to use and see photos,” Rashad said. “It’s like a next-generation Foursquare.”
The technology uploads a photo to VuFind’s servers, which use algorithms to decipher what the image is. Then it sends a response back in near real-time, depending on whether the image is accepted or not. If it doesn’t recognize the photo, it says so and the user has to try again. Over time, the recognition should get better and better.
The company is designing more levels where users will be able to purchase virtual currency and use them to buy items in the game. The game has a news feed where you can watch what your friends are uploading. Rashad believes that players can get into pitched battles for control of castles in certain locations. Some of the tougher challenges require users to be at the actual location and check in. A leaderboard will show which users are winning.
Over time, Rashad said he hopes that advertisers will be able to put their ads into the various castles and other locations. But the company is only beginning to engage with advertisers now.
Rashad started working on the technology in 2007. He started VuFind last year and raised $420,000 from angel investors. VuFind first started to create an augmented reality social network based on the ability to recognize places in photos. But that business wasn’t easy to monetize. So the company morphed its plan and entered the game space instead. It now has seven employees and a few more consultants.
Besides Foursquare, rivals include Pixlogic, Digitalsmiths, Scvngr, Gowalla and Booyah. (via VentureBeat)
More on this and a short video at vufind.com
Thanks Tyler Manson (Director) and Intel (Visual Life Series) for this shortfilm about a man visually articulating his vision of style and photography. Enjoyed it very much!
- The Three Muscles of Creativity – Inspiring Short by Intel (aldorf.wordpress.com)
Apartm.net is the location of New Years.They made it so if you check in to Apartm.net on Foursquare the door unlocks. Well, not you. they. So you can’t steal their stuff. Made possible with Foursquare’s Alpha 2.0 API, a local push notification service, an industrial web-enabled relay device, some speaker wire, and knowing about electricity.Vodpod videos no longer available.
TinEye is a reverse image search engine. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions.
TinEye is the first image search engine on the web to use image identification technology rather than keywords, metadata or watermarks. It is free to use for non-commercial searching.
TinEye regularly crawls the web for new images, and we also accept contributions of complete online image collections. To date, TinEye has indexed 1,755,901,479 images from the web.
TinEye developed by Idée Inc., an advanced image recognition and visual search software company. Besides TinEye Idée develops several other image recognition based products and services used by the world’s leading imaging firms:
- PixID – editorial image monitoring for the news and entertainment photo industry. Clients include Associated Press, Agence France Press, Splash News
- Piximilar – visual similarity search for large image collections. Clients include Adobe Systems and Masterfile.
- PixMatch – automated image matching and deduplication service. Clients include eBay, Getty Images, Digg, iStockphoto, M6, SmileTrain, Photoshelter.
- TinEye API – commercial TinEye searching using image identification. Clients include eBay, iStockphoto, Spreadshirt, ClusterShot
Idée is an independent, privately held company headquartered in Toronto, Canada.
- TinEye: What’s in a name? (ideeinc.com)
(Mea Culpa by Norbert Bisky, 2010. Oil on Canvas)
I am always inspired and overwhelmed, in a positive way, seeing all that creativity and artistic work together in one spot. Here just a short list:
Ebbe Stub Wittrup,
Cathrine Raben Davidsen,
UJINO, Sound Sculptures
Lars Teichmann (Works)
BitteBitteJaJa, Cadavres exquis vivants
- More art
- More photography
- You: NEWS Berlin art forum draws 40,000 art lovers – Feature (earthtimes.org)
- Berlin Tie Guy (tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com)