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Watching live concerts on YouTube is about to get a bit more immersive thanks to some fancy new camerawork that’s currently in the testing phase. YouTube is introducing a new feature that allows viewers to dynamically change cameras while playing back a video. There is currently one video on YouTube that supports multiple camera angles, and it’s a live performance by indie artist Madilyn Bailey. The additional camera angles show up as small thumbnails on the right-hand side of the screen and periodically update to give viewers a reasonably up-to-date view of what’s going on in front of each camera.... Read more...
Just over a month ago, we brought you the amazing story of Les Baugh, a Colorado man that spent 40 years as a shoulder-level double amputee as a result of an electrical accident. Through the help of two Modular Prosthetic Limbs, Baugh was able to perform tasks that many of us take for granted like moving his “bionic” arms and fingers, and lifting/grasping objects. That story hit me right in the gut, and we have another heart-warming story for you today — this one involves former U.S. Air Force Veteran Mark Cornell, who has been legally blind for the past 20 years. Cornell, who serves as the President... Read more...
Investors in GoPro hit the panic button yesterday after it came to light that Apple was granted a bunch of patents, one of which is for a wearable camera design. What they're worried about is the competition that Apple brings to the table -- at present, when it comes to wearable cameras, there's the GoPro's lineup and a handful of non-threatening also-rans. Apple filed the patent application back in March 2012, which describes a camera that can be mounted on things like bike helmets, scuba masks, handlebars of a motorcycle, and the front of a surfboard. The patent application... Read more...
HTC is best known for its line of smartphones, especially its flagship HTC One series; just don't peg the Taiwanese company as a one trick pony. More recently, HTC launched its RE camera. While it's not quite the GoPro competitor as speculated prior to its release, it does look like a nifty device, and it's getting even niftier -- at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, HTC announced that its RE camera now supports live streaming to YouTube. At the moment, only Android device owners can participate in the streaming fun. After applying a free update... Read more...
GoPro has earned a reputation as the go-to brand when you need a camera for recording action on the go, but if you thought the company planned to rest on its past success, think again. Today sees the unveiling of GoPro's HERO4, the title given to the company's highest performance line of capture devices it has ever made. The HERO4 comes in two editions -- HERO4 Black for $499 and HERO4 Silver for $399 (both are MSRPs). Starting with the more expensive device, the HERO4 Black edition delivers twice the performance of its best-selling predecessor and has been upgraded to capture 4K Ultra HD video... Read more...
Whether it's skiing down slopes or navigating the winding roads on a motorcycle, the go-to camera to catch footage of outside activities is the GoPro, at least for now. HTC, a major player in the mobile phone industry and maker of the popular One series of handsets, is reportedly developing its first camera. Like GoPro's models, it will have features that make it suitable for outside use. Citing a "person familiar with the plans," Bloomberg says HTC's camera will be a waterproof model for extreme sports. It will have an ultra wide-angle lens with a 16-megapixel sensor and will communicate directly... Read more...
Have you ever watched a dog at play? They're in their own little world where chasing a chipmunk across the yard is every bit as important as that TPS report you've been tasked to write. And that hole Fido's been digging? He's not sure where it leads, he only knows it must be dug. Ah, the life of a dog -- rather than dress up in a Wilfred costume and freak out the neighbers, you can live vicariously through your pet with GoPro's new Fetch mount. The Fetch dog harness has two mount locations for HERO cameras -- one on the back for an over-the-head perspective and a second on the chest to see the... Read more...
It’s sometimes easy to forget how far camera quality on smartphones has come in a relatively short time; just like point-and-shoot digital cameras did, mobile cameras pumped up the megapixels and then started enjoyed higher-quality optics and manual exposure controls, as well. Samsung’s latest flagship handheld, the Galaxy S5, has what is apparently a very nice camera, as evidenced by a short film called “Sunrise to Sunset”. Unless you knew that the whole thing was shot on an S5, you’d never have guessed. Samsung Mobile created the film, a sort of day in the life bit... Read more...
Sony's overall struggles are very real, but a few areas of the company have remained best-in-class despite huge global competition. Its gaming prowess is hard to question, with the PlayStation line killing it in terms of sales and critical response. Moreover, the company's imaging department has been delivering top-notch mirrorless cameras that largely outclass anything else in the sector. And, as cameraphone sensors become more important (and the selfie craze continues to gain steam), Sony is doubling down on image sensor perfection. The company said that it would invest $345 million to "increase... Read more...
With a GoPro IPO on the horizon, it's safe to say that what started as something that extreme sports fanatics took advantage of is about to becoming a mainstream hit. In a lot of ways, the tiny action camera already is. Now, the BMW Group's Technology Office has partnered with GoPro to build the first-ever in-car integration between GoPro and an automobile. Cars equipped with BMW Apps or Mini Connected platforms will be able to configure and control a GoPro. Starting in July 2014, the integration will be functional on all model year 2012 and later BMW Group vehicles equipped with the BMW Apps or... Read more...
Lytro is doing something that few other companies are these days: launching into a new hardware sector using the conventional means, instead of relying on Kickstarter to simply serve a specific niche. The original Lytro camera was a rectangular device that looked nothing like a camera, but the Illum is easy to mistake for a typical micro-four thirds cam. It's the higher end of Lytro's product portfolio, with a light field mechanism that enables the focal point to be shifted after the shot is captured. Speaking of internals, the company's product page now details a 40 "Megaray" customized sensor... Read more...
The "Poke Wars" have ended folks, as Facebook has decided that nobody really cares about the Poke app, which was only available on iOS anyway -- it was never released on Android. It's the end of a 10 year run from when Poking was first made available. It would launch to mobile in 2012 and offer users a self-destruct timer similar to Snapchat's app. However, the Poke app never became even remotely as popular as Snapchat, for which Facebook reportedly tried to acquire for $1 billion in an initial bid and then for $3 billion in a follow-up offer, which was also rejected. Perhaps with the retiring... Read more...
Lytro tried to flip photography on its head a few years ago with the introduction of its original light-field camera. Sporting a funky design reminiscent of a kaleidoscope, the rectangular-shaped tube-like camera excelled at capturing the entire light field around an image, thereby allowing photographers to refocus photos and change their orientation after they've already been taken. Fast forward to today, Lytro is back with a second model -- ILLUM -- that's more functional (and more expensive) than the original. Whereas the original Lytro debuted at $399, the Lytro ILLUM is a $1,599 camera, though... Read more...
Apple snagged a patent from the USPTO for a bayonet mount for the iPhone that would be used to attach and swap out interchangeable camera lenses. It could be used for any iOS device, ostensibly, but it really only makes sense on a mobile device with a high-quality camera. Apple notes in the patent that problems with existing means of attaching objects to mobile devices have failed to be aesthetically pleasing and also are not designed to release from the device in the event of a drop. Other solutions for interchangeable lenses on mobile device cameras employ measures such as magnets, but Apple... Read more...
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