Monthly Archives: July 2016

Runcible, a funky, circular wearable camera/phone

Hmm—I’m not quite sure what to make of this thing, but I’m intrigued by its form factor & materials:

Circular & palm sized. As powerful as a smartphone, but designed with a sense of quiet serenity and longevity. This anti-smartphone can do “smartphone things” like make calls, type, take pictures & video, explore the web and get directions. The rest of the time, Runcible is quiet, beautiful, and truly yours.

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[Vimeo] [Via Dan Rubin]

No Google? No problem. Try sheep.

Tired of waiting for Street View cars to capture the beautiful, winding roads of the Faroe Islands, local residents have devised SheepView360! Resident Durita Dahl Andreassen writes,

I gently placed a 360˚ camera, powered by a solar panel, on the back of a sheep that would take photographs as the animal freely grazed the open hillsides of the Faroe Islands. Photos are then transmitted back to my mobile phone so that I can upload them to Google Street View myself, finally putting the Faroes on the map in a very unique way!

Sometimes, in an often dark & sad world, someone—and some sheep—go and make it less so.

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Check out Snapseed’s new built-in tutorial stream

Apply a saved look to your image just by tapping it in a tutorial (stored in the “Insights” drawer at the bottom of the home screen).

Snapseed 2.7 is rolling out today and we’re excited to introduce Snapseed’s new Insights stream on your iOS device! Insights offers helpful editing tips directly within Snapseed: quick tutorials, pro editing tips, and inspiration from great photographers are now at your fingertips, with new content published often.

In addition, both updates on Android and iOS have minor bug fixes and adjustments.

Feedback is, as always, most welcome!

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Demo: An augmented reality sandbox

My Lego dam breach-loving sons would likely dig this thing (literally), especially in a drought:

The Verge writes,

[T]his special sandbox uses a Kinect sensor and a projector to create an interactive topographical map with real-time water simulations… You can use your hands or a shovel to push around the sand to form mounds and valleys, and the software uses the Kinect’s distance readings to overlay a color-coded topographic map atop the sand — red means high elevations and blue the opposite. If that weren’t enough there’s an accurate water simulator: open your hands above the sandbox and you’ll rain down water into the virtual world, which will then flow naturally and gather in the lowest-lying areas. 

Cue my typical invocation of Brave New World.

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Photography tutorial: Creating a rain of sparks with steel wool

Cool stuff from GoPro, though I’d have liked a bit more detail on the actual camera/lighting settings: 

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Please note PetaPixel’s important note of caution:

Warning: This photography technique can be very dangerous and can cause serious bodily injuries and damage to a place if not done in a safe and controlled manner. In 2016 alone, steel wool photography has been blamed for burning down an iconic shipwreck and a 1920s landmark. Thus, it should only be done with appropriate care for surroundings, adequate safety equipment, and permission to use the specific location.

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Choreography: A Kaleidoscopic Chimera

I dig the sharp, split-screen editing of these bodies in motion:

Inspired by the mythological chimera—a fierce hybrid of a lion and a goat with a snake’s head for a tail—director Steven Briand’s balletic short sees dancers merge three unique movement styles through a single sequence, all choreographed by MIA collaborator Cathy Ematchoua.

[Vimeo] [Via]