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It looks like the wait for plenoptic cameras to hit the market is shorter than we thought when we reported earlier today on Adobe’s interesting demonstration on the technology. In fact, there is no wait — you can already purchase a plenoptic camera. German company Raytrix is the first to offer plenoptic cameras that allow you to choose focus points in post processing and capture 3D images with a single sensor. Their “entry-level” R5 camera shoots at 1 megapixel, while the high-end R11 shoots at 3 megapixels. They can also convert any existing digital camera into a plenoptic camera, creating a lens array for it within 6-8 weeks. Processing the resulting images is done through proprietary software written by Raytrix.
Google just released the latest beta version of its Chrome browser, and created a pretty amazing video to demonstrate how fast pages load. Using a Phantom v640 high speed camera, they film the browser racing random Rube Goldberg-style contraptions at up to 2700 frames per second. For example, in one test Chrome races a potato gun. Sweet. They also have a cool behind-the-scenes video showing how the tests were done.
Surf wear maker Rip Curl recently teamed up with Timeslice Films for an ambitious project of shooting surfers in “ bullet-time “, the effect that many people first saw in The Matrix . They used a crazy camera array of 52 Canon 5D Mark II Rebel DSLRs in order to capture the same shot from 52 different angles, stringing them together for the final footage. Here’s the finished video: To see what they did, check out this awesome behind-the-scenes video they created: (via planet5D ) Update : As many have pointed out in the comments, the cameras used were not 5D Mark IIs, but Rebels.
This is an amazing 1.5 hour exposure taken at the Gippsland Lakes in Australia by Phil Hart , showing both star trails and the crazy blue light given off by a bioluminescent algae called Noctiluca scintillans , commonly known as the Sea Sparkle . The algae glows blue whenever there’s movement in the water, which there is where the waves break onto the shore. Sea Sparkles is going under Northern Lights on my list of things I’d like to see with my own eyes someday.
Students at the University of Tromso in Norway have created an interactive display wall using 28 separate projectors, which creates a 7168×3072, or 22 megapixel, display. Interactive with the display simply involves placing your hands in front of it. Touching the display itself is not necessary, and multitouch is supported. What better way to demonstrate the capabilities of such a system than zooming through a gigapixel photograph? Gigapixel images are great, but navigating them on a regular sized display through a slow web browser isn’t such a great experience.
You’ve probably seen head-mounted cameras that capture point-of-view photos or videos before, but EyeSeeCam takes the POV concept to a new level. It’s a unique gaze-driven camera that focuses on whatever your eyes are looking at, making it the first camera system that records what your eyes are actually looking at. Here’s a demonstration of what the setup currently looks like in action: