January 8, 2016
Kodak Bringing Out A New Super-8 Motion Picture Film Camera!
The new Kodak Super-8 film camera which will hit the market in time for Christmas 2016. It's made from sheet metal and leather. On the front end is a C-mount lens. But apart from that it looks digital. It has a video viewfinder and a removable microphone that records to an SD card. When the 50-foot roll of film is full, you mail it off to Kodak who mails you back your developed film along with a link to a digitized version that you can download.
For this incarnation of Super-8 the target market will not be families taking an automobile tour of the western national parks, but film students who want to become the next great movie maker. Kodak has a list of endorsers that is pretty impressive: Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight), Steven Spielberg, JJ Abrams, Quentin Tarantino, Steve McQueen (from beyond the grave!), Robert Richardson (Kill Bill), and a lot, lot more.
It is expected to be priced for the prosumer market, which means expensive, but not so expensive that you can't actually buy it if you want it bad enough.
But no, they are not bringing back Kodachrome Super-8. It's gonna be Ektachrome and Tri-X.
January 6, 2016
Finally, Real Competition For GoPro
The Nikon KeyMission 360 may do what none of those other supposed competitors ever did: make a camera better than a GoPro. The Nikon KeyMission, to be released this spring at a "reasonable" price has two lenses, front and back. Both are wider than 180°, so the camera is capable of 360° video. One hopes that the 360° stitching happens either in camera or in some very nice to use software to be provided by Nikon.
The camera also has "vibration reduction" which they obviously are not calling "image stabilization." This makes me think it's such a little bit of vibration reduction, they can't honestly call it stabilized.
Nikon offers a video shot with the camera here. Unfortunately, they have not made it interactive, so you can't really experience the 360°. It also suffers from some serious low-res or compression problems. Yet I'm sure Nikon would put up only the best video it could show. Also, it seems to indicate that Nikon did not find a way to reduce the wide-angle weirdness that comes with these lenses, which are wider than anything GoPro offers.
December 29, 2015
You've seen old films like this plenty of times, laughing at these early misguided attempts to fly like a bird.
Laugh no more. They've gone and done it.
Alexander Graham Bell Invented Wireless Telephony
December 21, 2015
60 Minutes Visits Apple
December 9, 2015
This May Have A Use
Cortona is Siri-like software from Microsoft that is for the iPhone! After you have recovered from the shock and horror of the idea, you should know this is probably a pretty good idea for iPhone users who are still using Windows devices. It allows the user to sync reminders and other necessary stuff between the iPhone and a Windows PC.
Here is a link to Cortana that might not help you at all. My searches of iTunes and the App Store on my iPhone turn up zilch for Cortana. I can find it in iTunes using my desktop Mac, but that wouldn't help me get it on my phone, which is where it would be used. If anyone has more experience with iTunes and can explain this to me, that would be nice. I don't think this is a Microsoft screw-up. But it could be. I should never over-estimate Microsoft.
Nevertheless, if you follow the link above on your iPhone, you will be able to get Cortana.
November 15, 2015
You'll Love This
Technology that allows phones and tablets to detect what ads you watch on TV and then set up for some customized advertising on your mobile unit. An ultrasonic sound is inserted into the TV ad and then heard by your mobile. Some apps use it and the developer will not disclose which ones. The user is not permitted to opt out.
Here are some workarounds:
- Don't watch any TV that has advertising.
- Watch TV with the sound off relying on captions.
- Use headphones to listen to TV.
- Put your mobile devices far enough from your TV that they can't hear it.
November 13, 2015
Here’s an Indiegogo for a company that dreams of being the next GoPro, like so many have, but this one is interesting. A 3D stereoscopic action camera and accessories. Think of a GoPro with a full 180° lens and then double it. The LucidCam.
A sample, sort of. I'm able to form a crosseye-ed 3D image in the middle of these.
November 4, 2015
UAVs in China
China is rushing right ahead preparing for a drone boom without wasting time on all that pesky regulation. Well, some regulation I guess. You've got to have a license. This will provide an excellent opportunity for American regulators and insurance companies to learn all the ways things can go wrong at much less expense and risk to Americans. Go China.
October 21, 2015
Stanford's Autonomous DeLorean...
"In our work developing autonomous driving algorithms, we've found that sometimes you need to sacrifice stability to turn sharply and avoid accidents," Gerdes said. "The very best rally car drivers do this all this time, sacrificing stability so they can use all of the car's capabilities to avoid obstacles and negotiate tight turns at speed. Their confidence in their ability to control the car opens up new possibilities for the car's motion. Current control systems designed to assist a human driver, however, don't allow this sort of maneuvering. We think that it is important to open up this design space to develop fully automated cars that are as safe as possible."