Set Up and Get to Know Your New Camera

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Looking at life through a whole new lens.

Whether it takes photos or videos, and whether it fits in the palm of your hand or has interchangeable lenses, you’ve got a brand new camera to play with. Here’s how to get the most out of your great new gift.

Before you dive right in, here are a few things you should do with your camera first…

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Microsoft Develops 3D Without the Glasses

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Microsoft’s 3-D screen can project multiple images simultaneously.

Today’s 3-D movies are far more spectacular than the first ones screened more than 50 years ago, but watching them–both at the movie theater and at home–still means donning a pair of dorky, oversized glasses. Now a new type of lens developed by researchers in Microsoft’s Applied Sciences Group could help make glasses-free 3-D displays more practical.

 

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Crazy Camera Van

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Captured on film

Obsessed with cameras much?  While you can probably deny it, the owner of this vehicle – the Camera Van – can’t.  Literally decked in thousands of cameras, it’s what the Google Street View cars would have looked like if their designers had some panache.  Or were clinically insane.  Either will do.

First created by Harrod Blank back in 1994, the van has made the novelty art/car show rounds for the last fifteen years (and still has a full book of appearances scheduled).  I guess it’s hard to resist the allure of staring at a monstrous vehicle that sports wall-to-wall carpeting with functional cameras, continually snapping photos of people in awe at its veritable insanity.

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Vision-Restoring Surgery That Used Patient’s Tooth Performed In U.S.

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Sharron Kay Thornton talks with her lead surgeon Victor Perez who restored sight to her left eye.

Doctors in Miami announced Wednesday that they had performed a vision-restoring surgery that used the 60-year-old patient’s tooth.The surgery, the first in the USA, was performed Labor Day weekend at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Afterward, patient Sharron Thornton was able to see for the first time in nine years. “Sharron was able to see 20/60 this morning. She was seeing only shadows a couple of weeks ago,” says ophthalmologist and surgeon Victor Perez.

 

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Mobile Video Glasses for Your iPhone

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Optinvent CEO Kayvan Mirza wearing a prototype of the “Clear Vu”

Optinvent S.A., a France-based venture firm, revealed that it is developing the “Clear Vu,” a goggle-type head mounted display (HMD) that can be manufactured at a lower cost than existing products.

The Clear Vu is an optical transmission type HMD, which is based on plano glasses and casts an image from a microdisplay in the wearer’s vision. A Japanese maker will manufacture the HMD, which is scheduled for release at the end of 2010.
In the past, the video transmission type, which completely cuts off the wearer’s view and shows images from a video camera, was mainstream. However, in recent years, many manufacturers including Konica Minolta Holdings Inc, Olympus Corp and Sony Corp are developing optical transmission type HMDs.
Optinvent defines the Clear Vu as a “portable large-size display,” said Kayvan Mirza, CEO of the company. The optical transmission type was chosen because it enables to develop a small, light-weight and low-cost HMD and to view surroundings and images at the same time.
“When connected to a video-enabled mobile device like the iPhone, the Clear Vu makes it possible to watch movies and TV programs, play 3D games and use navigation on a large screen,” he said.
With a device that can determine the actual location by using a GPS or a magnetic field sensor, the HMD can be used as a monitor-based augmented reality (AR) system, Mirza said. The HMD’s horizontal angle of view, which indicates the size of a superimposed image, is 35°, which is equivalent to the size of a 71-inch TV placed 2.5m away.
“The Clear Vu must have a wider horizontal angle of view than any other optical transmission type HMDs including those currently being developed,” Mirza said.
Lens part costs few dollars
The production cost of the Clear Vu is much less than those of other companies’ HMDs, Mirza said.
Optinvent’s optical transmission type HMD is a “reflective type.” Specifically, one side of its lens is cut to have a saw-toothed surface, where reflection coating is formed seemingly by aluminum evaporation.
Images are sent to the rim of the lens from the microdisplay via a collimator lens. Then, the reflection coating sends the images to the eye.
The lens is made of plastic and can be mass-produced by injection molding. Therefore, the cost can be lowered to several US dollars per lens, and the HMD can be priced at less than $200, Mirza said.
Optinvent was spun off from Thomson S.A. (former Thomson Multimedia) of France when Thomson temporarily withdrew from consumer product business. Optinvent is now developing flat panels and small projectors in addition to the HMD.
Via DVICE

The Clear Vu is an optical transmission type HMD, which is based on plano glasses and casts an image from a microdisplay in the wearer’s vision. A Japanese maker will manufacture the HMD, which is scheduled for release at the end of 2010.

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Floating Liquid Solar Arrays

Floating Liquid Solar Arrays

LSAs (Liquid Solar Arrays)

There’s a lot of surface area on this planet for solar panels. The ocean’s are a vast area to utilize this solar technology.  But,  the weather can make the installation and use of floating solar arrays difficult.  That’s not the case with LSAs (Liquid Solar Arrays) by Sunengy Pty LTD .

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Top 10 Scariest Contact Lenses

Top 10 Scariest Contact Lenses

 Black Out Contact Lenses

The world of eyewear has been forever changed by the introduction of contact lenses, however, not all of them are practical or fashionable; some contact lenses are just downright disgusting, creepy, and especially scary. The top 10 contact lenses mentioned here are in no particular order, because I just can’t seem to decide which ones creep me out more!  (PICS)

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New Laser Probe Developed For Space Program Could Spot Cataracts Earlier

New Laser Probe Developed For Space Program Could Spot Cataracts Earlier 

 A beam of light from a slit-lamp microscope focused on a cataract.

Cataracts are the single biggest cause of blindness and are responsible for almost half of all cases worldwide. A new laser probe, originally developed for the U.S. space program, has been shown to detect the condition earlier than is otherwise possible. Its developers say that the technique can tell that a cataract is forming even when an eye looks perfectly clear.

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Sony Cybershot G3 Camera Offers Direct Web Browsing

 

Sony Cybershot G3 Camera Offers Direct Web Browsing 

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The Sony Cybershot G3 is a true first. It boasts direct web browsing from the camera via WiFi. The camera can upload photos and videos to Web sites through any public hotspot via its built-in Web browser. It comes with complimentary AT&T WiFi access to Sony’s Easy Upload Home Page all the way up until Jan. 31, 2012. It includes Wi-Fi access at thousands of AT&T hotspots across the United States, including participating coffee shops, some bookstores and quick-serve restaurant locations, plus hundreds of upscale hotels and airports. Some specs on the camera include a dedicated WLAN button, direct links to photo sharing sites like Shutterfly and Picasa Web Albums; video sharing sites like YouTube and Dailymotion.

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Silver Glasses For The World’s Poor

Silver Glasses For The World’s Poor 

We revere Santa Claus as our mysterious giver of gifts, but the rest of the world may reserve that spot for Josh Silver. Professor Joshua Silver, to be specific – a retired physics teacher at Oxford University who has developed “Silver Glasses,” which are tunable spectacles that need no optometrist to adjust. That’s because the glasses have syringes filled with silicone liquid connected to each lens, and the wearer only has to inject or suck out the fluid until the view through the lenses looks right.

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