Monthly Archives: March 2016

“Magical weapon for ultimate selfies”: Yours for just $1,000

In the land where beautification app Meitu “has acquired a user base of over 900 million,”

[T]he obsession has spilled over into the virtual world with a selfie camera that automatically perfects your face in every photo you take. The camera, made by Casio, is nicknamed zipai shenqi (which means the magical weapon for ultimate selfies) in China. It gets rid of blemishes and makes your face slimmer, skin whiter, and eyes bigger. You can see it in action in the video above.


Tour Ireland’s 1916 Rising with Google

At Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in SF, the 1916 commemorative floats helped us educate our sons a bit about the Easter Rising of 1916. 100 years after the events, you can tour Dublin and learn more about the participants through this beautiful tour powered by Google & narrated by Colin Farrell.

At each location, visitors to the website can see how the area looks today in Google Street View, while also having the option to view photos of how it looked during the rising, with supplementary audio options also available at a number of different locations.



Amazing time lapse ages a child 65 years in 5 minutes

Intriguing work by Anthony Cerniello:

Kottke writes,

Last Thanksgiving, Cerniello traveled to his friend Danielle’s family reunion and with still photographer Keith Sirchio shot portraits of her youngest cousins through to her oldest relatives with a Hasselblad medium format camera. Then began the process of scanning each photo with a drum scanner at the U.N. in New York, at which point he carefully edited the photos to select the family members that had the most similar bone structure. Next he brought on animators Nathan Meier and Edmund Earle who worked in After Effects and 3D Studio Max to morph and animate the still photos to make them lifelike as possible. Finally, Nuke (a kind of 3D visual effects software) artist George Cuddy was brought on to smooth out some small details like the eyes and hair.


Photographing a solar eclipse from space

There’s a little black spot from the Sun today…


PetaPixel writes,

[NASA satellite] DSCOVR snapped its first photo in July 2015, so this view of a total solar eclipse is the first of its kind. Since the DSCOVR has a fixed view of Earth as it rotates on its axis, this is the first time the shadow of an entire eclipse has been documented in a series of photos.

In August 2015, DSCOVR also captured an amazing series of images showing the moon passing across the face of the Earth.

“It’s kind of like Google Cardboard—with fries.”

The “fine” motor skills of a young child’s greasy fingers? Yes, that’s just what I want applied to the expensive, fragile phone on which I’m trying to retreat into my own reality. :-p

Still, kinda cool:

AdWeek writes,

The push is tied to the Swedish “Sportlov” recreational holiday, during which many families go skiing. With this in mind, McD’s created a ski-themed VR game, “Slope Stars,” for use with the oggles (though they work just as well with any mobile VR experience). The game can also be played in a less immersive fashion without them.