Open your eyes to the future everybody! Sony has been awarded a patent which describes a contact lens camera that can be worn by the user. Everything you see will be recorded, so from now on you’re kind of both, the camera and the camera operator. A wearable contact lens camera As technology progresses and devices become smaller and smaller, it’s obvious that new fields of applications become available. One of these new fields could be the human body itself as back in april, Sony has been awarded a patent which describes a very very small camera within an actual contact lens. Everything you need is build right into this contact lens camera It’s still only a patent of course but you get the idea. The device has some neat tricks build in such as piezoelectric sensors which transform the natural movements of your eyes into energy. It’s even possible to control the camera with a blink of an eye – literally. The device is capable of distinguishing the difference between voluntary and involuntary blinks. For now this contact lens camera remains a dream (or nightmare?). The necessary parts are still way too big for such a small thing like a contact lens. But still, it will be possible and it won’t be long, I guess. Sony vs. Google Sony is not the only company out there researching the possibilities of tomorrow’s tech. As the Google Glass wasn’t exactly a huge success the next approach is to implant the whole camera/projection system right into your eyeball. To me, that’s even a bit scarier than just wearing a contact lens camera as you would have to undergo an actual operation and you won’t be able to switch off that thing in your eye… Again, this is only a patent for now, filed in October 2014 and approved two weeks ago. If you want to read more about all this, check out Computerworld’s article on the matter. What do you think? Is it the future we’re seeing here?Read more
GoPro 360-degree camera solutions are expected to usher in the next big step in the world of digital video. At this year’s CES, YouTube CBO Robert Kyncl held a keynote explaining how this platform is situated in a world of abounding digital video. It truly is an interesting watch. If you haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, we recommend you take a look – you might have to go to YouTube to see it as there seems to be some content restrictions in some countries for the embedded version: In the framework of this discussion, GoPro is positioning itself as a big player in the innovative field of 360-degree video. We have known since last year about the Odyssey, where the Google Jump video assembler works in tandem with the 16-camera GoPro array. This is pricey and only available to a select few of those who apply online. However, GoPro CEO Nick Woodman hints that the company is already working on a smaller 360-degree video solution that reduces the rig to a simpler, consumer-friendly format. Unfortunately, there is no information available about the product, except that it will incorporate 6 GoPro cameras and will come in 2016. The question that springs to mind is whether this decision to branch out into other markets will play to GoPro’s favour. The emergence of many competitors at lower price points capitalizing on the popularity of action cameras has understandably translated into a big hit for GoPro. Also, the company’s latest action camera—the GoPro Hero4 Session— has seen big price drops since its release, after a starting price of $399 failed to convince consumers. Factors like these seem to have caused a loss of confidence in investors, with recent reports revealing that the company share prices have plummeted up to 70% in the last year. As a result, a significant number of their employees are being let go, and the company has suffered severe losses due to restructuring, as well as price-protection, manufacturing and excess inventory costs. But the world of video is advancing, with the mass adoption of newer technologies such as 4K and 360-degree video clearly dictating what the next steps will be. And this company is showing that, with their new GoPro 360-degree camera arrays and the recently announced GoPro Karma drone, they are not afraid of stepping outside of their comfort zone in the way to innovation despite the bumps along the way. Large names are clearly positioning themselves to facilitate both creation and consumption of a new kind of video experience. With products by household brands like GoPro, support from the YouTube platform, and simple solutions like Google Cardboard, the adoption of this relatively new medium seems imminent. And when these tools become available to everyone everywhere, it will be interesting to see what it will mean for the future of video, and for us as creators. What kind of project would you do today if you had access to an affordable, compact 360-degree video capture solution like the GoPro 360?Read more
Taking a scientific approach of course, Google teamed up with researchers at the University of Washington to create more than 10,000 timelapse videos, utilizing millions of (royalty?) free photos available on the Internet. These are videos of very popular landmarks, and the scientists merged photos from all kinds of different viewpoints into one perspective, using the power of software image interpolation. This is reminiscent of the technology Microsoft is developing to produce hyperlapses (which we reported about here). The results are amazing as they show landmarks changing over long periods of time, something that would take an extreme amount of effort to shoot from a single perspective as a timelapse – this is not saying it hasn’t been done before, but it’s hard considering changing weather conditions, powering and protecting the camera gear, and so on. We get to see glaciers melting, excavations progressing, seasons and even skylines changing. If you are interested in the science behind all this, head over to Washington University website for the paper that explains the process in detail. The entire project will be presented in detail at the Siggraph conference taking place in Los Angeles in August.Read more
Cadrage is a new viewfinder app for iPhone/iPad and Android phones that enables you to preview shots more conveniently and very accurately with all the indie cameras we like. Read on to win a copy at cinema5D Cadrage comes from the startup company distantblue and was released on iTunes today. Cinema5D had a chance to test it in advance and when we really like something we tend to write about it. You might have been using a director’s viewfinder app to plan your shots before. I’ve had several on my phone since they came out, because they are very useful when it comes to location scouting, choosing lenses and previewing a scene quickly. Basically they use your iphone camera and digital zoom to accurately preview a certain lens/sensor combination and help you find the right focal length to get your shot. The nice thing about the Cadrage app is that all the cameras we know and love are included and the design / ergonomics finally fulfill a certain standard. Additionally there’s a function to effectively calibrate your phones camera to deliver perfect results. Neat. Among the more famous viewfinder apps so far is the worthy Mark II Artist’s finder that goes for $19.99 for a limited time, the famous Artemis Viewfinder that was the first of its kind and still goes for $29.99 and the D•View Digital Finder that would also cost you $29.99. Cadrage is at $10.99 currently the most affordable of the pro finders. Get it here If you would like a free copy of Cadrage we have 10 iOs promo codes to give away and we will pick the winners among the newsletter subscribers who sign up within the next 48 hours: Subscription on the right hand side column on our front page. The winners of this promotion are: Cineguz, laurensneels, Michael.j.mehlhorn, robertdivall, jfrajotte11, randolphrudie, wiseguy, adrian, martin.gardemalm, hedron00 If you’re on Android you can get the app here. via distantblueRead more
[See Update below – Nitsan got his account back! – click here to jump down] Nitsan Simantov is a young filmmaker and avid video reviewer of filmmaking gear. You might have seen his work before as he posted over 200 video reviews on YouTube over the course of about 3 years, with a total of half a million views. It has happened to others before, and this time it was Nitsan: YouTube has terminated his account without prior notice or proper explanation. If you head over to what used to be his YouTube channel, it says, “This account has been terminated due to repeated or severe violations of our Community Guidelines and/or claims of copyright infringement.” According to Nitsan, he never knowingly broke the rules anywhere, and I believe him that thinking back to all of his videos I saw.Read more
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