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Xiaomi launches Android-powered Mi TV 3 with 60-inch 4K display for less than $800

Xiaomi launches Android-powered Mi TV 3 with 60-inch 4K display for less than $800 | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
Xiaomi, on Monday, unveiled the Mi TV 3, a 60-inch TV with 4K display at a price point of RMB 4,999 ($780). Much like the Mi TV 2 and previous generation television sets from the company, the Mi TV 3 has been launched in the company's home market China.

The Mi TV 3 sports an LG-made 60-inch 4K display with lossless quality, MEMC, and color gamut. The display comes with full aluminum frame running along the sides. At 11.6mm, the Mi TV 3 is pretty sleek too. It is powered by a MStar 6A928 processor consisting of Cortex-A17 and Mali T760 GPU. An 8GB eMMC 5.0 flash is used as the internal storage. The company hasn't revealed any information about the RAM module.

On the connectivity side, there are three HDMI ports, two USB ports, one VGA port, one Ethernet port, one AV in, an output for Subwoofer, and a standard RF Modulator. On the audio front, the Mi TV 3 features Virtual Surround technology, deeper bass, and dialogue enhance tool with auto volume balance support. The company says that acoustics for the TV has been put together by Grammy award winner Luca Bugnardi, and former research head at Philips acoustics Wang Fuyu.

The speaker bar, which sells separately at RMB 999 ($160), is made of four mid-range 2.5-inch subwoofer, and interestingly comes with the main board of the TV. The company says that it has separated the processor board from the screen, as doing this significantly reduces the replacement cost of internal components. This also increases the life cycle of the TV, the company claimed.
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Comment voyait-on l'an 2000 en 1900 ? La réponse en 11 dessins étonnants

Comment voyait-on l'an 2000 en 1900 ? La réponse en 11 dessins étonnants | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
Au début des années 1900, le peintre français Jean-Marc Côté s’associe à d’autres artistes pour imaginer dans une série de toiles comment l’on vivra en France un siècle plus tard. Imprimées pour être présentées lors l’Exposition universelle de Paris, elles ont ensuite été transformées en carte postales. Wedemain.fr publie les plus étonnantes de ces visions tantôt farfelues, tantôt prémonitoires.
En raison de difficultés financières, ces cartes de Jean-Marc Côté n'ont jamais été vendues. De nombreuses années plus tard, elles ont été exhumées par l'auteur de science-fiction Isaac Asimov, qui en a publié et commenté certaines dans son oeuvre "Futuredays: A Nineteenth Century Vision of the Year 2000"Aujourd'hui, elles sont passées dans le domaine public.
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Au delà du camping-car (la dernière image) et d'une appétence prononcée pour la robomécanisation, je crois que le plus étonnant reste le postier volant, surtout lorsqu'il fait du surplace...

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All Along the Fractures - NASA Unveils Incredible Images of Martian Sand Dunes

All Along the Fractures - NASA Unveils Incredible Images of Martian Sand Dunes | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter often takes images of Martian sand dunes to study the mobile soils. These images provide information about erosion and movement of surface material, about wind and weather patterns, even about the soil grains and grain sizes. However, looking past the dunes, these images also reveal the nature of the substrate beneath.

Within the spaces between the dunes, a resistant and highly fractured surface is revealed. The fractured ground is resistant to erosion by the wind, and suggests the material is bedrock that is now shattered by a history of bending stresses or temperature changes, such as cooling, for example.
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

This slug shape is actually a sand dune on Mars captured by the HiRISE camera.

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La NASA dévoile de superbes photos de la Terre vue de l'Espace

La NASA dévoile de superbes photos de la Terre vue de l'Espace | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
Les images qui suivent vont vous offrir un spectacle magnifique que l’on a pas assez l’occasion de découvrir.

Ce sont des photographies fournies par la NASA où l’on voit notre belle planète Terre vue de l’Espace. On y découvre différentes villes, différents continents, différents reliefs et on y découvre également la vie à travers les lumières que l’on produit à la surface.

Update : ce sont bien des photos qui ont été fournies par la NASA à la base, puis Anton Balazh a ensuite fait un superbe travail de post-prod afin d’améliorer le relief, les couleurs, la lumière, etc…
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A voir absolument. Le travail de mise en relief d'Anton Balazh est stupéfiant

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Selfies Have Killed More People Than Sharks This Year

Selfies Have Killed More People Than Sharks This Year | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

A 66-year-old Japanese tourist has died, and his travel companion has been injured, after falling down stairs while attempting to take a selfie at the Taj Mahal.

The man's death raises the selfie toll this year — to 12. To put that in perspective, in 2015 there have so far been eight deaths caused by shark attacks.

 

It sounds like a joke, but unfortunately it isn't: The deaths are a tragic reminder to travelers that focusing on a phone screen instead of unfamiliar surroundings is not safe.

 

Four of the selfie deaths this year, like the tourist, identified as Hideto Ueda, were caused by falling.

 

The next leading cause of deaths involving selfies was being hit or injured by trains, either because the individual was taking trying to get a photo with a train or because the photo they wanted involved getting on dangerous equipment.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

The #DarwinAwards are back ! Selfies : 12 - Sharks : 8. Selfie + Shark unconfirmed.

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Miguel Moran's curator insight, September 22, 2015 7:53 AM

Aunque suene a broma es una realidad. El afán por hacerse selfies en los lugares más insospechados está causando más muertes que los ataques de los siempre temidos tiburones. El último, un turista japonés de 66 años en el Taj Mahal. Las caídas son la principal causa, aunque le sigue de cerca los impactos desde un tren. A partir de ahora, cuando alguien nos enseñe las fotos de su viaje a Australia y nos diga, en esta surfeando con tiburones, siempre podemos sacarle nosotros una de un selfie con nuestro cuñado en la barra de un bar! ¡Eso sí que es ahora un deporte extremo!

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24h de la vie d'une femme

24h de la vie d'une femme | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
Je partage le quotidien des gens durant 24h, je photographie leur vie. Je témoigne de leurs beautés : celle de ce quotidien, celle de leur vie telle qu'elle est. La beauté de leur être. Ici se sont les 24h de Odette, je suis arrivée chez elle à 17h le jour de son 95 éme anniversaire et repartie le lendemain à 17h. mars2015
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24h de la vie d'Odette, 95 ans, par la talentueuse Géraldine Aresteanu. Superbe, délicat, poignant, vrai.

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In 1975, this Kodak employee invented the digital camera. His bosses made him hide it.

In 1975, this Kodak employee invented the digital camera. His bosses made him hide it. | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
In 1975, 26-year old Kodak engineer Steve Sasson presented his prototype digital camera to the company’s technical, marketing and business development departments. The latter two hated it.
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These 1975 Moore's Law predictions by Kodak's digital camera inventor proved true - and killed Kodak.
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First high resolution image of Pluto causes concern

First high resolution image of Pluto causes concern | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
Looks like @rpaulwilson has uncovered something #NewHorizons #IamYourFatherLuke
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French Student Sets Internet on Fire with Animation Inspired by Moebius, Syd Mead & Hayao Miyazaki

French Student Sets Internet on Fire with Animation Inspired by Moebius, Syd Mead & Hayao Miyazaki | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
The internet over in Japan was lit ablaze last month by a student film. Titled “Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux” (“Girls and Guys from the Summits and the Skies”), the short is a gorgeously animated trailer for what looks like an amazing yet-to-be-made feature film. Created by Gwenn Germain, who is studying at the French art school Créapole, the animation is also a love letter to legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki.
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:
Beautiful and peaceful tribute to sources by a future animation master. French Creapole school rocks !
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Lennon's 'Imagine' as seen and painted by Synesthetic Artist @melissamccrack en

Lennon's 'Imagine' as seen and painted by Synesthetic Artist @melissamccrack en | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

As she writes : "But the most wonderful "brain malfunction" of all is seeing the music I hear. It flows in a mixture of hues, textures, and movements, shifting as if it were a vital and intentional element of each song.
Having synesthesia isn't distracting or disorienting. It adds a unique vibrance to the world I experience."

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Wondering whether I prefer the song or its synesthetic painting

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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.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

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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New Horizons Finds Blue Skies and Water Ice on Pluto

New Horizons Finds Blue Skies and Water Ice on Pluto | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

The first color images of Pluto’s atmospheric hazes, returned by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft last week, reveal that the hazes are blue.

“Who would have expected a blue sky in the Kuiper Belt? It’s gorgeous,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Boulder, Colorado.

The haze particles themselves are likely gray or red, but the way they scatter blue light has gotten the attention of the New Horizons science team. “That striking blue tint tells us about the size and composition of the haze particles,” said science team researcher Carly Howett, also of SwRI. “A blue sky often results from scattering of sunlight by very small particles. On Earth, those particles are very tiny nitrogen molecules. On Pluto they appear to be larger — but still relatively small — soot-like particles we call tholins.”

Scientists believe the tholin particles form high in the atmosphere, where ultraviolet sunlight breaks apart and ionizes nitrogen and methane molecules and allows them to react with one another to form more and more complex negatively and positively charged ions. When they recombine, they form very complex macromolecules, a process first found to occur in the upper atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan. The more complex molecules continue to combine and grow until they become small particles; volatile gases condense and coat their surfaces with ice frost before they have time to fall through the atmosphere to the surface, where they add to Pluto’s red coloring.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Fascinated by NASA's ability to convey and share their findings through these stunning images.

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Eye-Popping Veil Nebula Colored Image released by NASA

Eye-Popping Veil Nebula Colored Image released by NASA | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Eight thousand years ago, around the time humans were just getting good at farming, a star 20 times as big as our sun blew up about 2,100 light years from here. This feathery ribbon is the aftermath.

NASA just released this eye-popping image of the Veil Nebula taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The nebula, which looks a little like the Nexus from a certain forgettable Star Trek movie, spans 110 light years across. It's so huge that this image is merely a mosaic of Hubble pictures that together cover about two light years. As is typically the case with Hubble's unforgettable nebula pictures, the colors you see actually represent the stuff it's made of. Here, red is hydrogen, green is sulfur, and blue is oxygen.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

A supernova blew up 8000 years ago. H2, O2, and Sulfur form the red, blue and green stuff. NASA has created a flyover visualization of this stunning structure that reminds us that we are all made of stars...

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Light's L16 camera challenges DSLRs with 16 lenses in one package

Light's L16 camera challenges DSLRs with 16 lenses in one package | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
Photography startup Light has launched L16, which the company's calling a "a multi-aperture computational camera," at the Code/Mobile conference. It's named L16, because it's equipped with 16 individual lenses, though unlike bulky and heavy DSLRs, Recode says it's just about the size of a Nexus 6 that's double the thickness. When you take a picture using the camera, all 16 lenses capture photos simultaneously at different focal lengths in order to "capture more data in every shot." Light's technology then combines all of them into a single 52-megapixel image -- you can adjust the photo's depth of field, focus and exposure after it's been captured.

The L16 runs on Android and has built-in WiFi, allowing you to post pictures directly from the device. It comes with an integrated 35mm-150mm optical zoom and a five-inch touchscreen display. If you think you'll be able to save money switching to this from an entry-level or mid-range DSLR, though, you're sadly mistaken. It might not cost as much as high-end cameras, but it'll still set you back $1,299 when you pre-order from today until November 6th from Light's website. When it starts shipping in the summer of 2016, you'll have to shell out $1,699 to get one.
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

After Pelican Imaging, Light.co explores the plenoptics, array camera space with a slightly different approach and promise yet still huge challenges to address.

First one being the price: would you go for one ?

Then if what you want is to refocus after shooting then there is also Lytro's Ilium light field camera introduced in 2014 in the same price ballpark.

Finally, remember that Apple has acquired array camera startup LinX in April of this year so that competition could come from one of the next iPhones...

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The Blockchain Might Be The Next Disruptive Technology

The Blockchain Might Be The Next Disruptive Technology | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

To process a transaction, you need first to make sure the sender owns the asset he wants to transfer, and make sure he will not trade it twice.


In the blockchain, information is stored in blocks that record all transactions ever done through the network. Hence, it allows validating both the existence of assets to be traded and ownership.


To avoid double spending, the technology requests several nodes to agree on a transaction to process it. A validation is also artificially difficult to achieve: miners leverage computer power to solve complex cryptographic problems (the proof-of-work). Every time a problem is cracked, a block is added to the chain, and all the transactions it includes are thus validated. The updated chain, including the new block, is shared with other nodes and becomes the new reference; this process leverages cryptography to prevent duplicate transactions.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Very clear summary of Blockchain's principles, potential and pitfalls as seen by a financial institution's strategic venture arm. Must read if you are allergic to tech.

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Philippe J DEWOST's curator insight, October 6, 2015 10:52 AM

Very clear summary of Blockchain's principles, potential and pitfalls as seen by a financial institution's strategic venture arm. Must read if you are allergic to tech.

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Nouvelle image à haute résolution du globe de Pluton

Nouvelle image à haute résolution du globe de Pluton | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
Le globe de Pluton à haute résolution. Mosaïque d’images prises par la caméra LORRI de la sonde américaine New Horizons, le 14 juillet 2015, peu avant son passage au plus près de la planète naine. Cliquez sur l’image pour afficher une version en très grand format sur laquelle vous pourrez zoomer et détailler les multiples formations spectaculaires visibles sur ce monde lointain.
Crédits : NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute.
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Quelques mois après son survol de Pluton, la sonde américaine New Horizons vient de nous faire parvenir de nouvelles images des confins du Système solaire qui permettent de voir Pluton avec une résolution inégalée à ce jour.

La NASA diffusera certainement dans les prochains jours la version officielle de ce nouveau portrait de la planète naine Pluton, mais @GuillaumeCannat vous propose de le découvrir en avant-première grâce à la mosaïque qu'il vient de réaliser à partir des images brutes mises en ligne il y a quelques heures sur le site de la mission.
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Can You Actually See All The Colors?

Can You Actually See All The Colors? | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
One color is always slightly different. Can your eyes spot it? Take this quiz to find out.
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:
I scored 100%. Remember that 99% of displays are never calibrated. 99.5% if we include smartphones :-)
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Île de Ré | Jean Bornens, peintre

Île de Ré | Jean Bornens, peintre | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
Nouveaux tableaux exposés à La Couarde à partir du 14 Août
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Jean Bornens, peintre et beau-père #WhoElse?
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Le zoom bien trop puissant du Nikon P900

Le zoom bien trop puissant du Nikon P900 | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
Voilà, on en est finalement arrivé à ce moment gênant où les technologies sont tellement puissantes qu'elles nous effraient. Le zoom du P900 de Nikon ?
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On a zoomé sur la lune ... Video a voir du zoom 166x du Nikon P900
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Want a paper-thin OLED TV that sticks on the wall with magnets? LG's got it

Want a paper-thin OLED TV that sticks on the wall with magnets? LG's got it | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
LG display's latest wonder is a 55-inch ultra-thin OLED display that can stick on the wall with nothing more than a magnet
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Rolling TV's are coming. Buying magnets right now...
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This blue sunset is what @elonmusk will see if he reaches Mars

This blue sunset is what @elonmusk will see if he reaches Mars | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover recorded this view of the sun setting at the close of the mission's 956th Martian day, or sol (April 15, 2015), from the rover's location in Gale Crater.

This was the first sunset observed in color by Curiosity. The image comes from the left-eye camera of the rover's Mast Camera (Mastcam). The color has been calibrated and white-balanced to remove camera artifacts. Mastcam sees color very similarly to what human eyes see, although it is actually a little less sensitive to blue than people are.

Dust in the Martian atmosphere has fine particles that permit blue light to penetrate the atmosphere more efficiently than longer-wavelength colors. That causes the blue colors in the mixed light coming from the sun to stay closer to sun's part of the sky, compared to the wider scattering of yellow and red colors. The effect is most pronounced near sunset, when light from the sun passes through a longer path in the atmosphere than it does at mid-day.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

This beautiful color sunset captured on Mars by Curiosity a month ago is what @elonmusk would like to contemplate in person.

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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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