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Duke demonstrates 50 gigapixel camera

Duke demonstrates 50 gigapixel camera | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

"The camera’s resolution is five times better than 20/20 human vision over a 120 degree horizontal field” and 50 degrees vertical, the university reports.

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The prototype takes about 18 seconds to shoot a black-and-white frame and record the data.

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Moon over the Crest

Moon over the Crest | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Canon EOS60D + 70-200 f/4 L - Serre Chevalier Valley, French Alps

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Proud of this one

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The 65 Most Perfectly Timed Military Photos You’ll Ever See

The 65 Most Perfectly Timed Military Photos You’ll Ever See | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
There are bad ass military photos, and then there is this collection of "perfect timing" military photos that are in a class of their own.
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Gun firing slightly overrepresented yet superb parachute and airplane pics !
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Breathtaking Aerial Night Photography of San Francisco Captured From a Helicopter

Breathtaking Aerial Night Photography of San Francisco Captured From a Helicopter | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
San Francisco's famous bridges, prodigious hills, and notorious fog are revealed in stunning aerial night photography in the latest installment of the AIR photo project by photographer and filmmake...
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This is the true meaning of "helicopter view"
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Light photographed as a wave and a particle for the first time ever - Factor

Light photographed as a wave and a particle for the first time ever - Factor | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
For the first time ever, scientists have photographed light behaving simultaneously as both a particle and a wave.
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Photographing light might sound oxymorous, especially quantum wise; here is how EPFL achieved it.
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Simplified Adaptive Video Streaming: Announcing support for HLS and DASH in Windows 10

Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 8.1 introduced support for Professional Quality Video using Media Source Extensions (MSE) and Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). With Windows 10, Microsoft is announcing browser support for HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) and enhanced support for MPEG DASH in the new EdgeHTML rendering engine. These new features automate adaptive streaming, and make it very simple for Web sites to take advantage of professional quality video.


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Microsoft is coming (back) after having lost the WMV battle and embraced open standards. Curisou to see whether they'll achieve in media what they did on XML opening (their) document formats.

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What 100 Million Stars Looks Like: NASA Releases a 1.5 Gigapixel Photo of the Andromeda Galaxy

What 100 Million Stars Looks Like: NASA Releases a 1.5 Gigapixel Photo of the Andromeda Galaxy | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
NASA has released the largest and sharpest photograph ever made of the Andromeda Galaxy, the nearest spiral galaxy to ours that contains an estimated 1 trillion stars.
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"My God it's full of stars!"
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How I Upload My Photos to Facebook or The Photographer's Guide To Photo Formats For The Web | Fstoppers

How I Upload My Photos to Facebook or The Photographer's Guide To Photo Formats For The Web | Fstoppers | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
Facebook receives (no joke) well over 100,000,000 image uploads per day. I'll pause a second to let that sink in. 100 million photos. Every day. And that figure is likely quite a lot higher. So it is no stretch to imagine that Facebook has some pretty significant file serving and capacity concerns regarding images. Therefore, when the average Facebook user (who is usually not a photographer) starts to upload their vacation snapshots at full resolution (because of course they would), the Facebook system kicks in to resize and compress these images immediately upon upload. This function can reduce the overall size of a batch of full resolution, minimally compressed images by as much as 99%, helping file storage and data hosting considerations across the board for Zuck & Co. This works just dandy for 99% of Facebook users because 99% of Facebook users just want their friends to see that they were drunk as a skunk in Bermuda, and how funny that snapshot is. Quality of said drunk image is irrelevant to these 99%, so the image gets uploaded and shown on feeds, the user who posted it is pleased, and Facebook saves a crapchunk of data capacity. Remember, Facebook is simply a website, and web standards apply across the board.
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Insightful tutorial on web image formats and how to maximize photo quality on Facebook.
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Adobe to Acquire Fotolia: Adds Stock Content Marketplace to Creative Cloud

Adobe to Acquire Fotolia: Adds Stock Content Marketplace to Creative Cloud | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Adobe today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Fotolia, a leading marketplace for royalty-free photos, images, graphics and HD video, for approximately $800 million in cash. Fotolia will be integrated into Adobe Creative Cloud, providing current and future Creative Cloud members with the ability to access and purchase over 34 million images and videos, significantly simplifying and accelerating the design process.

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@Fotolia valued by @Adobe at $23,5 per photo or video...

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30+ Must-See Historic Moments In Photographs

30+ Must-See Historic Moments In Photographs | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
The photograph precipitated a dramatic change in how we perceive history. Amazing historic photos, like the ones in this list gathered by Bored Panda, can make it seem like you were standing right there during that historic moment.
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Definitely worth a look if you long for a 5 min peaceful and inspiring moment in your busy day

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Qualcomm Quietly Acquires AI-Based Image Recognition Startup Euvision | TechCrunch

Qualcomm Quietly Acquires AI-Based Image Recognition Startup Euvision | TechCrunch | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Another acquisition in the area of image recognition technology, and another exit for a European startup to a U.S. giant. Qualcomm has acquired Euvision Technologies, a specialist in image recognition applications powered by artificial intelligence, originally spun out of the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Its first publicly released app was Impala — an app for iOS and Android that essentially “reads” and organises photos on your phone into different categories (we reviewed it here) — without needing to work in the cloud. That app, at the time of writing, still appears to be live.

Neither Euvision nor Qualcomm itself have made any announcement of the acquisition directly, although the latter company’s investment arm, Qualcomm Ventures, has tweeted the news (Euvision was a 2014 finalist in Qualcomm Ventures’ seed funding competition, the QPrize). The acquisition is reportedly worth “tens of millions” according to the Dutch blog Startup Juncture.

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In a foggy cloud age, local image processing seems to still make sense

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The FBI's facial recognition system is here

The FBI's facial recognition system is here | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
As of today the Federal Bureau of Investigation's new biometric database is fully operational. Called the Next Generation Identification (NGI) System, the database will collect fingers prints, palm...
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Don't smile...
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Scientists reconstruct speech through soundproof glass by watching a bag of potato chips

Scientists reconstruct speech through soundproof glass by watching a bag of potato chips | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Your bag of potato chips can hear what you're saying. Now, researchers from MIT are trying to figure out a way to make that bag of chips tell them everything that you said — and apparently they have a method that works. By pointing a video camera at the bag while audio is playing or someone is speaking, researchers can detect tiny vibrations in it that are caused by the sound. When later playing back that recording, MIT says that it has figured out a way to read those vibrations and translate them back into music, speech, or seemingly any other sound.

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Throw your bag of chips before engaging in a confidential conversation. And avoid any line of sight.

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"Spooky" Quantum Entanglement Reveals Invisible Objects

"Spooky" Quantum Entanglement Reveals Invisible Objects | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

The images, of tiny cats and a trident, are an advance for quantum optics, an emerging physics discipline built on surprising interactions among subatomic particles that Einstein famously called "spooky."

A conventional camera captures light that bounces back from an object. But in the experiment reported in the journal Nature, light particles, or photons, that never strike an object are the ones that produce its picture.

"Even other physicists say 'you can't do that' at first, but that is quantum behavior for you, very strange," says Gabriela Barreto Lemos of the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information in Vienna, Austria, who led the study.

A 2009 University of Glasgow experiment with a divided laser beam first demonstrated such "ghost imaging." But experts say the new technique, which uses two laser beams of different colors, offers new visualization advantages.

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"The two-color advantage is a cool idea," Lett says. "It happens a lot in imaging that the best wavelength of light for a probe is not the one that makes for the best picture. You can imagine tuning light colors like this to get the best advantages of both."

In particular, the experiment's approach could create images in visible light of objects that normally can be seen only under infrared light, says quantum optics expert Miles Padgett of Scotland's University of Glasgow, who headed the 2009 "ghost imaging" experiment.

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As Einstein himself said, this is "spooky" indeed

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Apple buys camera array start-up - Rethink Wireless

Apple buys camera array start-up - Rethink Wireless | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

LinX, founded in 2009, says its products are "significantly smaller than any camera on the market today, leading the way to DSLR performance in slim handsets". Camera technology has been an important differentiator for smartphones since Sharp and Samsung released the first models in 2000. The vendors have raced to squeeze capabilities developed for dedicated and even professional digital cameras into handsets, with breakthroughs like Nokia's 41-megapixel Lumia 1020, separate image processing units and 3D. Ever-higher resolution is running out of steam as a selling point, so the OEMs are looking to new features such as depth perception and 3D. Intel recently demonstrated its RealSense 3D depth camera, originally developed for laptops, in a 5-inch smartphone. Highly realistic perception of depth, light and motion can be delivered by an array of cameras - a technology pioneered by Pelican Imaging, which is financially backed by Qualcomm and Nokia, and also seen in RealSense. Depth sensing can be used for gesture control (as in Microsoft Kinect) and user identification, among other applications. However, power consumption is a challenge.

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Depth is the next frontier for camera modules and this paves the way for companies focusing on 3D interactions...

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Apple invents 3-sensor iPhone camera with light splitting cube for accurate colors, low-light performance

Apple invents 3-sensor iPhone camera with light splitting cube for accurate colors, low-light performance | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

As granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple's U.S Patent No. 8,988,564 for a "Digital camera with light splitter" examines the possibilities of embedding a three-sensor prism-based camera module within the chassis of a thin wireless device, such as an iPhone. Light splitting systems do not require color channel processing or demosaicing, thereby maximizing pixel array resolution.
Commonly found in prosumer video cameras, and more recently in handheld camcorder models, three-sensor imaging technology splits incident light entering a camera into three wavelengths, or colors, using a prism or prisms. Usually identified as red, green and blue, the split images are picked up by dedicated imaging sensors normally arranged on or close to the prism face.

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Beyond eye-fidelity (private joke for connoisseurs)

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Cameras Were Placed In A Remote Area In Greenland. What They Captured Is Stunning And Terrifying

Adam LeWinter and Jeff Orlowski were in Greenland when they caught a moment on film that no one else in history had ever seen.
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This New Flat Lens Captures Perfect Colors Without Chromatic Aberration

This New Flat Lens Captures Perfect Colors Without Chromatic Aberration | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

A team of researchers at Harvard are trying to revolutionize the world of optical lenses. Instead of traditional curved lenses that suffer from various optical flaws, they are working on a completely flat and ultra-thin lens that overcomes age-old problems and pushes optical quality to the limits of the laws of nature.

We first reported on the lens back in 2012, when the research group, led by professor Federico Capasso, unveiled a prototype to the world. That 60 nanometer lens — about the thickness your fingernails grow in 1 minute — was able to focus light “completely accurately,” but it could only work with a single wavelength of light instead of the entire visible spectrum.

Still, at the time, Harvard boasted that the lens’ focusing power “approaches the ultimate physical limit set by the laws of optics”

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Is Harvard flattening stones ? (french #photo geeks call high end lenses "cailloux")

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Alleged Canon 5Ds Photos And Specs Leaked

Alleged Canon 5Ds Photos And Specs Leaked | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

With the Canon 5D MK II being discontinued, Canon launched the 5D MK III, but even then that was almost three years ago which means that it probably wouldn’t come as a complete shock if Canon had a newer 5D camera in the works. In fact thanks to recently leaked specs and an image from Digicame-Info (via Canon Watch), we could be getting our first look at the new Canon DSLR.

The camera, if the rumors and image are to be believed, will not be called the Canon 5D MK IV. Instead the camera will be known as the Canon 5Ds and there will also be a variant called the Canon 5Ds R. Unless these are cameras are going to be part of a new lineup, it is safe to assume that they will be the successor to the 5D MK III.

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50.6MP full-frame CMOS sensor in Canon 5Ds would mean a new SD Card upgrade round. Storage vendors will love it too...

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Giroptic's 360 Full HD camera is the first with support from YouTube

After raising $1.4 million on Kickstarter for what it calls the world's first 360 degree full HD camera, Giroptic has more news to reveal at CES 2015. The French company tells us that its 360cam will be the first 360 degree camera YouTube will support natively. YouTube, however, tells us it is working on supporting all 360 degree video uploaded to YouTube. "Ever wanted to get 360 perspectives on a video to see everything going on? That's why we're working to support 360 degree videos in the coming weeks," YouTube said in a statement to The Verge. Giroptic says Google will also allow users of its camera to upload videos to Street View, allowing users to fully map locations wherever they go. Most companies who offer 360 degree cameras can only display the video in their apps or in specialized video players in the browser, but with YouTube natively supporting 360 degree video natively, the tide is quickly shifting.
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@giroptic first 360 cam with @YouTube support. Congrats @RichardOllier cc @LaFrenchTech !
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Hikers Walk on Crystal Clear Ice in Slovak Mountains

Hikers Walk on Crystal Clear Ice in Slovak Mountains | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
Tomas Nunuk, from Bratislava, Slovakia, was hiking through the High Tatras Mountains with a friend on November 30 when they decided that the snowy conditions made it a bad idea to continue on their pl...
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Walking on clearest ice in the world...
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A George Lucas Version of the 'Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens' Teaser Trailer

A George Lucas Version of the 'Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens' Teaser Trailer | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
Melbourne, Australia-based filmmaker Michael Shanks (previously) has created a "George Lucas Special Edition" of the newly released trailer for Star Wars Episode VII.
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May George Lucas be with you! After Lego, another great tweak of #StarWars7Teaser
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Google Set to Lead Huge Investment in Magic Leap and Its "Cinematic Reality"

Google Set to Lead Huge Investment in Magic Leap and Its "Cinematic Reality" | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Sources say Google is leading what could be a $500 million funding round for the Florida-based company; Andreessen Horowitz may be one of the other investors in the consortium. Magic Leap already announced $50 million in funding earlier this year.

Google, Andreessen Horowitz and Magic Leap reps declined to comment.

Aside from a few cryptic interviews and press releases, Magic Leap has kept a low profile until recently, but it has drawn increasing interest from Hollywood and Silicon Valley. CEO Rony Abovitz, who previously co-founded a surgical robotics company that sold for $1.65 billion, has said the company is working on “what we believe will be the most natural and human-friendly wearable computing interface in the world,” but has kept it mostly behind wraps.

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Still nothing to see for now from "cinematic reality" except dollars pouring in. Maybe a Star Wars hologram might come out.

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Iconic Portrait Photos Throughout History Recreated with John Malkovich as the Subject

Iconic Portrait Photos Throughout History Recreated with John Malkovich as the Subject | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Upon first glance, the photo above looks like Dorothea Lange’s iconic Migrant Motherphoto captured in 1936. Then you realize that the woman in the frame is definitely notFlorence Owens Thompson, the woman in the original image. Looking a more closely, you start to notice an uncanny resemblance to actor John Malkovich.

Turns out that is John Malkovich you see. American photographer Sandro Millercollaborated with the actor to recreate some of the most famous portraits captured throughout history. The project is titled, “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to photographic masters.”

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Amazing photographs about being John Malkovich (or vice versa)

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Hong Kong in the 1950s captured by a Teenager

Hong Kong in the 1950s captured by a Teenager | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
These stunning photographs of Hong Kong in the 1950s are captured beautifully by a teenager. It’s was the teenager Ho Fan who arrived from Shanghai in…
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See Classic Artworks Come To Life In Spellbinding "Beauty" Video

Animator and filmmaker Rino Stefano Tagliafierro has always found the intensity of the emotions he encounters through classical paintings unmatched by other artforms. And when he sat down to craft his latest short film, Beauty, he sought to convey the emotional impact of that artwork on him to an audience who might not be otherwise moved.

"The idea of Beauty is born from the desire to (convey) the main emotions that every person encounters throughout his life path," says Tagliafierro. "Classical art has always attracted my most intense emotions, so I decided to (let it) represent them."

The resulting project, Beauty, is a tour through the human life cycle--from birth to death--that draws on those classical paintings to tell that story in an absorbing way. By adding subtle animation to the artworks he chose, Tagliafierro actively depicts the motion that's only ever implied in the original pieces. The result is a stunning, haunting series of moving images that makes the work feel alive in different--often surreal--ways.

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Interesting artistic angle and amazing result on most processed paintings. Definitely worth a look.

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We put Instagram's Hyperlapse app to the test in Times Square

We put Instagram's Hyperlapse app to the test in Times Square | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Instagram has a new app out. It's called Hyperlapse and promises to help iPhone owners shoot smooth, professional-grade video clips. You can speed them up and make time-lapse footage, or chose a slower pace to see Instagram's special image stabilization algorithms in action. To keep things steady, Hyperlapse relies on your iPhone's gyroscope rather than searching for traditional scene references like angles and high contrast tracking points. Having to compute all that information would murder your battery, and turning to the hardware's existing sensors is a clever way of avoiding the hassle. Best of all, everything's done through an incredibly simple user interface. There are no accounts to set up or sign into. Not an Instagram user? It doesn't even matter.

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Wondering whether Instagram only got "inspired" by Microsoft Research's demos at Siggraph a few weeks ago, or if there are deeper "similarities" beyond Instagram releasing an iOS "flavor" of Hyperlapse... (see http://sco.lt/91e8vp)

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