The Kahn Academy shows in a step-by-step process what’s inside a low-cost digital camera and why these cheap cameras are providing such a bad quality. Through this tutorial video each of the electronics components of a digital camera is shown and explained in detail. Components such as the CMOS chip, CPU as well as the digital memory and their purpose within the image capturing process are explained. A really useful video tutorial if you would like to know what’s inside your camera without opening your own 🙂
A clever move by Samsung, after they lost over a billion$ to Apple in court, is to spread Google’s Open Source Android operating system to as many different devices as possible. One of these devices was published this week in form of a new Samsung Galaxy Camera. Samsung is the next big vendor after Nikon and Polaroid that publishes an Android based Camera device. Samsung Galaxy Camera offers a 16 magapixel cmos chip and 21x optical zoom. Samsung Galaxy Camera already ships with the recent Android version Jelly Bean 4.1.
Due to the fact that Android offers access to a large amount of software and apps, the Samsung Galaxy Camera offers a collection of software features, such as to allow users to organize their photos in folders directly on the camera.
I just released a tiny and quite useful Android app that is able to open a HTTP server socket on your Android device, in order to serve you a simple HTML5 page that shows the actual smartphone camera output. This is a really simple possibility to get the camera output of your smartphone where ever you can open a browser. If you register a dyn dns name for your smartphones IP you can even refer to your smartphones camera worldwide. I wrote this tiny app in order to get the camera image of an old Android device that is sitting on top of my NXT Lego Mindstorms mobile robot! The HTML5Cam Android app is completely free, so try it for yourself from here.
Have you ever wanted your very own Street View camera to capture the places not yet covered by Google Maps? With this DIY Street View Kit from German designer Jan Martin, you can now map your favorite walking trail, camp site, or remote location. The kit can be mounted on a car or worn as a backpack and comes with image processing and player software. [via TechnaBob]
SoftKinetic announced world’s smallest HD gesture recognition camera and releases a middleware for far and close interactions. A professional developer kit will be available in order to start to develop new generation gesture-based user interfaces and applications.
SoftKinect is one of the pioneer providers for 3D vision and gesture recognition systems. They announced the DepthSense 325 (DS325) sensing device which is a mini HD camera that senses in 3D (depth) and in HD standard 2D (color). The DS325 uses a time-of-flight (TOF) cmos sensing camera system to detect gestures in 3D space. This camera is able to operate from as close as 10cm and includes a high-resolution depth sensor with a wide vield of view, combined with 2 microphones.
This compact remote controlled underwater vehicle can record live video and capture photos in HD, streaming them to your iPad and allowing you to share with family and friends. The vehicle’s features includes LED lights, HD camera, Standard 75 foot cable, Waterproof carrying case, Topside box which produces vehicles Wi-Fi. This underwater bot is perfect for studying marine life, checking water depths or inspecting under your boat. Stay dry and safe from topside while recording videos and snapping photos to upload and share on social media sites.