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The First Plenoptic Camera on the Market. 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.

The First Plenoptic Camera on the Market

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. Do you think this technology will soon be offered in consumer cameras? (via Photo Rumors) Apollo 11 Launch at 500 Frames per Second. Google Shows Off Chrome’s Speed at 2700 Frames per Second.

Cupcakes Exploding on Faces at 700 Frames per Second. 52 Canon DSLR Cameras Used for Matrix-Style Surfing Shots. 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.

52 Canon DSLR Cameras Used for Matrix-Style Surfing Shots

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. Sea and Star Sparkles Captured Together in a Long Exposure Photo.

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.

Sea and Star Sparkles Captured Together in a Long Exposure Photo

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. You can also check out some of the other photos he shot, and read about the story behind the photograph on Hart’s blog. (via Photojojo) Image credits: Photograph by Phil Hart. National Geographic Cameraman Films Being Swallowed by Giant Dust Storm. 13 Gigapixel Photo on a 22 Megapixel Interactive Display Wall. 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.

13 Gigapixel Photo on a 22 Megapixel Interactive Display Wall

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. This video shows how we navigate a 13.3 gigapixel image of Tromsø, Norway on a 22 megapixel display wall, using a custom, camera-based multi-touch interface and a custom system for high-performance navigation and visualization of high-resolution datasets. Here’s an amazing video demonstrating the wall in action: Ah… A glimpse of the future.

(via Engadget) EyeSeeCam Tracks Your Gaze to Capture What You See. 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.

EyeSeeCam Tracks Your Gaze to Capture What You See

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: Here’s a video created by the camera system showing the wearer reading a book: Imagine the possibilities of this technology if it were made compact and ultra-portable. In a few years we might be beaming our personal memories to some data storage service for future reference. Can you think of any interesting or useful applications of this technology if it were made more practical?