Companies have tried smartwatches with cameras built into their bands before (hello Galaxy Gear), but the fixed position usually leads to you contorting your wrist to get a good shot — and you can forget about video chats. Apple might have a solution to the problem. The company just received a patent for an Apple Watch band whose built-in camera is designed to be positioned almost any way you like. It looks like one of the company’s loop bands, but includes an extended segment with at least one camera on the end. You’d just have to pull, retract and twist this section to capture your ideal shot.
Microsoft’s Kinect, the depth-sensing, motion-tracking technology, might be dead as a product, but the hardware lives on, and is being used for far more than just video games now. This experimental film by Marcin Nowrotek mixes 3D footage of jazz musicians with 3D animations to create a music video where the musicians almost appear to leap off your screen. Continue reading Feel Like a Part of This Jazz Band Captured With a Depth-Sensing Microsoft Kinect Camera
It’s a little bit sad that phones have replaced cameras because after watching this animated history of cameras by Portero Delantero, you start to miss all that fun camera hardware with quirky designs and lovely character you just don’t get from a thin rectangular slab. Sure, the best camera is the one that’s with you (blah blah) but damn, come on, I’d love to be able to lug around a 1947 Graflex Pacemaker Crown Graphic today.
camera really does add 10 pounds. Here’s a good look at the effect that different lenses and barrel distortion can have when it comes to making you look fat on camera. The gif from Jim Zub starts by showing a person’s face with a 20mm lens and then goes all the way up to 200mm, you basically watch his face and hair expand right before your very eyes.
In the never-ending quest for great mobile photos, it can be tempting to ditch the camera app that comes with your phone for something far more advanced and exotic. However, if you know what you’re doing, you can get some high-quality results from the default camera app on your iPhone or Android device—and here’s how.
After successfully bringing Polaroid 600 instant film back from the dead, the people behind the Impossible Project realized that hunting down a working Polaroid camera for the film wasn’t always easy, so they’ve designed their own. Except this isn’t your parent’s Polaroid.
Polaroid proper is no more, but its brand-name and identity are still around in various reanimated forms—and today at IFA in Berlin, the company that owns those assets is releasing a new rendition of the old Polaroid’s classic instant camera.