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CES: 2015: Nvidia Shows Off a Deep-Learning Vehicle Vision | MIT Technology Review

CES: 2015: Nvidia Shows Off a Deep-Learning Vehicle Vision | MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A commercial device uses powerful image and information processing to let cars interpret 360° camera views.
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An Inexpensive, Lensless Camera Can Fit In Just About Any Device | MIT Technology Review

An Inexpensive, Lensless Camera Can Fit In Just About Any Device | MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
An itty-bitty camera could bring sight to the Internet of things.
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EXCERPT--"WHY IT MATTERS

Smaller, cheaper cameras may make it easier to add motion detection and gesture recognition to gadgets."

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Eastman Kodak - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Eastman Kodak Company (OTCQBEKDKQ), commonly known as Kodak, is an American multinational imaging and photographic equipment, materials and services company headquartered in Rochester, New York, United States and incorporated in New Jersey.[3] It was founded by George Eastman in 1888.

Kodak is best known for photographic film products. During most of the 20th century Kodak held a dominant position in photographic film, and in 1976 had a 90% market share of photographic film sales in the United States. The company's ubiquity was such that its tagline "Kodak moment" entered the common lexicon to describe a personal event that demanded to be recorded for posterity.[4]

Kodak began to struggle financially in the late 1990s as a result of the decline in sales of photographic film and its slowness in transitioning to digital photography, despite having invented the core technology used in current digital cameras. 2007 was the most recent year in which the company made a profit.[5] As part of a turnaround strategy, Kodak focused on digital photography and digital printing and attempted to generate revenues through aggressive patent litigation.[6][7] In January 2012, Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.[8][9][10] In February 2012, Kodak announced that it would cease making digital cameras, pocket video cameras and digital picture frames and focus on the corporate digital imaging market.[11] In August 2012, Kodak announced the intention to sell its photographic film (excluding motion picture film), commercial scanners and kiosk operations as a measure to emerge from bankruptcy.[12] In January 2013, a court approved financing for the company to emerge from Bankruptcy by mid 2013.[13]

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There are some interesting facts that come to light out of an exploration into the decline of analog photography, and photography, in general, but one main fact, is that cellphone cameras are replacing digital cameras, despite the significant reduction of image quality between standalone camera and cellphone camera. Why do consumers ignore this difference? Why do they often use their phone cameras rather than carry around an additional camera? For me, it's the convenience of image sharing (despite the reduction of quality). From my phone, I can post images immediately to my social networks. My digital camera has to get home, I have to find the cable, upload the images to my desktop, and send my images to the social network. For some reason, I wanted/want my social network to experience the immediacy of my experiences. Do I think they are sharing in the experience somehow? Some more interesting insights into the demise of analog photography, and now, even the decline of analog music, and the collisions of analog employee physical presence in the workplace imply even more, but one comes from this consumer willingness to accept a reduction in quality as a tradeoff for convenience. It speaks volumes about what we can expect from people using reduced qualities and access to information due to reforms in alternative energies and alternative resource processing. 

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DARPA's New Drone Camera Can Monitor The Globe Like Never Before

DARPA's New Drone Camera Can Monitor The Globe Like Never Before | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
It can see what color shirt you're wearing from 17,500 ft.
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First responders disasters | Homeland Security News Wire

First responders disasters | Homeland Security News Wire | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

Electrical engineers have developed telerobotics technology which could make disaster response faster and more efficient. The researchers aim to combine existing “smart” technologies better to serve society during disaster and crisis response. This includes using teleoperated robots for rescues and safety operations; a high-tech dispatch system that gathers information from cameras and sensors and pushes it out to first responders; drones for damage surveillance and rescues; and vests outfitted with sensors and GPS tracking to be worn by search-and-rescue dogs.

 

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Samsung announced the launch of the GALAXY NX.. first 3G/4G LTE CSC

Samsung announced the launch of the GALAXY NX.. first 3G/4G LTE CSC | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

"Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced the launch of the GALAXY NX, the first 3G/4G LTE Connected Compact System Camera (CSC). The GALAXY NX combines cutting edge optical performance with connectivity capabilities and a galaxy of applications based on the Android eco-system. The result is a new type of connected device that allows users to turn their experiences into a story that can be instantly shared with anyone they choose, from wherever they might be, in amazing color and outstanding detail."


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Become a Camera+ Wizard With These Tips and Tricks

Become a Camera+ Wizard With These Tips and Tricks | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

"If you've heard whispers about the wonders of Camera+ from your iPhone photo editing obsessed friends, you may be wondering what this app can really do. Can it turn skies cyan and trees lime green? And is it worth actually paying for a photo editor when so many free ones are available?

 

The app, in truth, can work wonders for your iPhone snaps, though unfortunately for Android users, it's still just available for iOS. You'll never need your point-and-shoot camera again once you realize how easy it is to edit your photos with a few taps."


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