Dual-core processors have been a computing mainstay for more than six years, allowing machines to handle two tasks at once without sacrificing speed in either. This year, dual-core chips have begun popping up in app-hungry phones. The next step: cameras. The Olympus PEN E-P3 is the first digital camera running on a dual-core chip, which lets it capture, retouch, and save shots nearly twice as fast as most competitors.
Vision Research, makers of the Phantom line of cameras that we love so thoroughly, just announced two new additions to the Phantom family, the v1210 and the laughably powerful v1610. Want to get a sense of how beefy these new cameras are? Our patriotic fireworks video, taken with a current-model Phantom, was shot at around 1,500 frames per second. The v1610 can take full-resolution video at 16,000 fps.
When you don’t have an advanced flying spy drone, launching a wireless camera 500 feet into the air could be your best option. But most people, even in law enforcement, don’t have access to 40mm grenade launchers, the logical choice for such a task. How about using a flare gun instead?
By Andrew Rosenblum
Posted 08.08.2011 at 10:24 am 9 Comments
In January, at the newly opened $4-billion Cosmopolitan casino in Las Vegas, a gang called the Cutters cheated at baccarat. Before play began, the dealer offered one member of the group a stack of eight decks of cards for a pre-game cut. The player probably rubbed the stack for good luck, at the same instant riffling some of the corners of the cards underneath with his index finger. A small camera, hidden under his forearm, recorded the order.
With enough time and thousands of dollars worth of gear to destroy, you might be able to set up something as awesome as this
By Tim Barribeau for PopPhoto.com
Posted 07.12.2011 at 11:45 am 6 Comments
This video from is the epitome of a Rube Goldberg invention. For four incredible minutes, a warehouse of photography gear is abused, rolled, smashed, swung, photographed, and used in ways the manufacturer never intended in order to get a single portrait shot.
The Phantom line of ultra-high-speed video cameras have held PopSci's rapt attention even before the v12 model won our Best of What's New Award in 2008. So what better way to celebrate our nation's independence than aiming a Phantom v641 from New Jersey's Vision Research at all manner of explosives, resulting in high-definition footage of fireworks going off at a glorious 2,000 frames per second?
A speedboat, submarine and airplane wrapped in one
By Katherine Bagley
Posted 06.29.2011 at 5:00 pm 20 Comments
Outfitted with a 1500cc engine, a watertight cockpit and six dolphin-like fins, the Innespace Seabreacher redefines personal watercraft. The 17-foot vessel can reach 50 mph on flat water, cruise beneath the surface, and launch 18 feet into the air. It’s also got an iPod-compatible sound system and a digital periscope. Summer may never be the same.
Only a lucky few have ever seen what Earth looks like from space, with human impacts all but invisible and the blackness of space just beyond the horizon. Soon, everyone will have a view, via the Internet and a pair of cameras flying on the International Space Station.
Lance Greathouse does not follow football. It wasn’t until last fall, at an Arizona Cardinals game, that the Phoenix dental-laser repairman, who harbors a severe DIY robot-building habit, was introduced to the art of tailgating. There, he spotted cars packed with grills, plasma screens, refrigerators and more. “But I never saw anything that was all-in-one,” he recalls.
By Robin Rowe
Posted 06.21.2011 at 12:50 pm 6 Comments
For all its virtues, digital photography has yet to correct one age-old weakness: If you blow the focus, you’ve most likely lost the shot. An emerging lens system, known as plenoptics, will change that. The product of more than a decade of research from Adobe and institutions including Stanford and Indiana universities, plenoptic cameras capture multiple focal settings in one snap, so users can refocus after the fact. The German-made Raytrix R11 is the first mass-produced plenoptic camera available in the U.S.
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A team of computer scientists at MIT may have just solved one of the digital age’s most annoying occurrences, one that somehow has not been addressed in any real way by major device manufacturers. It’s the I-have-something-on-my-computer-screen-that-I-need-to-transfer-to-my-phone problem, and it plagues everyone. Now, a small software solution has come to our aid, allowing users to throw applications--in their same states--between computers and mobile devices using the smartphone’s camera.
Our sister site, Popular Photography, has an in-depth preview (with glorious sample images) of two of Sony's latest and greatest: the A35 DSLR, and the NEX-C3. The NEX-C3, pictured above, slims down the already teeny NEX-5 (which we reviewed here) to become the world's smallest and lightest interchangeable-lens camera. Then there's the A35, a full-sized DSLR that usurps lots of the features and hardware of the A55, the recipient of PopPhoto's coveted Camera of the Year Award last year--only at an entry-level price. Read more at PopPhoto.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.