Our staff photographer puts down his pro rig and discovers the joys of a point-and-shoot
By John B. CarnettPosted 11.06.2008 at 12:43 pm 6 Comments
I’m an old-school SLR guy. I like big, heavy cameras that I can swing from the shoulder strap to scare thugs away. So I was pretty skeptical of a point-and-shoot, even a high-end model.
But when the 14.7-megapixel Canon G10 arrived, I was surprised at how sturdy it is (and still slips into my shirt pocket!). Without glancing at the instruction manual, I popped in the battery and a little SD card from my wife’s point-and-shoot and headed out. Right away I was thrown back to being eleven years old again, taking pictures just because I could. It was pure joy.
An innovative personal flying vehicle tests successfully and gives renewed hope for a Jetsons-like future
By Gregory MonePosted 07.29.2008 at 1:20 pm 23 Comments
Today marked the public debut of the Martin Jetpack, a ducted-fan-equipped personal flying vehicle that could keep pilots aloft for 30 minutes or more. Inventor Glenn Martin has been working on the jetpack—which isn't technically a "jet" pack, given the fans—for 27 years, but he has kept it secret until now. Even his son, Harrison, the 16-year-old test pilot, wasn't allowed to tell his friends that he'd been cruising around the yard back home in Christchurch, New Zealand in a revolutionary flying vehicle.
PopSci staff photographer John Carnett's DIY all-in-one beer brewing device will soon be available for retail purchase
By Mike HaneyPosted 05.22.2008 at 4:05 pm 5 Comments
The only thing better than beer is more beer. And the only thing better than more beer is more beer you make yourself—it saves you a trip to the store. Thus, the NanoBrewMaster—an all-in-one, computer-controlled brewing system that takes your beer from wort boil to frosty pour. It’s the creation of PopSci staff photographer and resident crazy-project-builder John Carnett, who dreamt and built a first iteration of the device that we covered in the magazine last year.
Kids' stuff? Hardly. RC jets are the topic of this week's podcast, but if you think you know model planes, think again. Host Chuck Cage sits down with writer Tom Clynes and staff photographer John B. Carnett to discuss the Air Force pilots, sophisticated machinery and big money behind this high-stakes hobby.
Ever wanted your own motorized off-road skateboard? Listen in on this week's podcast as staff photographer and DIYer extraordinaire John B. Carnett relays the story of his latest exploit. It's a special all things How 2.0 edition as Carnett sits down with host Chuck Cage and editor Doug Cantor to discuss explosions, motors, hacked TiVos and more.
Citizens of Philadelphia, beware: You may see a grown man whizzing by you on a skateboard, doing 20 mph. That would be PopSci staff photographer John Carnett, and in case you don't get a good look, it's a souped-up, motorized board he built from the ground up.
Leaning from a low-flying helicopter to shoot a fast-moving military boat. Zooming in on a tiny bee equipped with a radio transmitter. Feeling the heat while snapping a car explosion just meters away. These are a few of the adventurous scenarios John B. Carnett has found himself in while on assignment for Popular Science.