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Holga D: A Minimalist Digital Makeover for the Classic Camera

The classic Holga camera's cheap construction makes for unplanned vignetting, odd color recreation and unpredictable imaging, all of which made it the analog format du jour in the late aughts. Designer Saikat Biswas's Holga D concept takes the iconic, film-based camera into the digital realm with a full-frame digital sensor, E-ink display and little else. Focusing on film's quality of delayed...

FIFA's Promise to Reexamine Tech Misses the Mark

After steadfastly adhering to a no-tech policy, FIFA's flighty leader Sepp Blatter has acquiesced that -- in the midst of an escalating international furor -- soccer needs to once again "reopen the file on technology." His "technology file" grows increasingly full, though, because FIFA has repeatedly investigated the use of goal-line cameras, video replays and sensor-equipped balls. With each...

Archaic FIFA Taints World Cup With Devotion to Human Error

In 2004, the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) awarded South Africa the privilege of hosting Africa's first World Cup. Based on concerns -- both legitimate and ethnocentric -- over crime, violence and inadequate facilities, some observers immediately proclaimed the tournament doomed. But the World Cup, which is now in its 80th year, is currently enjoying enormous success and...

Kodak Playsport Zx3: Hands on With the Rugged Pocket Camcorder

The market is quickly becoming saturated with cheap HD camcorders that easily slip into your pocket or purse. It really all began with Pure Digital's Flip video camera in 2006, but, since then, companies have been bumping up the resolution and increasing storage capacity until they reach the technological limits of the gadgets. Now, manufacturers really have two options if they want to stand out...

Power Outage Prompts Jimmy Kimmel to Record Show on His Macbook

Share The digital age has smashed the primacy of the all-powerful television camera. Why rely on major networks when we have Twitpics, cell phone cameras and live-streams to make our own broadcasts? It seems that even the networks have recognized that all their fancy machinery can still be bested by a camera on a laptop. When a power failure hit the 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' studio on Monday, the...

World's Largest Digital Camera Searches Skies for Deadly Asteroids

If there's one thing Hollywood has taught us, it's that the Earth will most likely be destroyed by a flaming rock from outer space. Luckily, researchers are hip to this idea. According to Space.com, a massive telescope anchored in Hawaii houses the world's largest digital camera, which scans the sky for asteroids that could eradicate humanity. The PS1 telescope, which sits on a volcanic peak in...

Condoms, Plastic Bottles Double as Waterproof Casings for Gadgets

It's summer, which means your gadgets will be spending some time around water. But a trip to the beach or lake doesn't have to spell doom for a camera or cell phone. Lifehacker recently wrote about some cheap and easy ways to waterproof a gadget (and protect against STDs, too!) Believe it or not, you can use a clear, non-lubricated condom as a waterproof bag for cameras and other hydro-sensitive...

Grassroots Mapping Tracks Gulf Oil Spill With Cameras, Kites

The first step to solving the Gulf Coast oil crisis, as with any problem, is figuring out just how large and expansive the spill really is. As scientists, lawmakers, and Kevin Costner continue to debate the best way to stop the gushing, a group of academics at MIT are doing their part to track the disaster as it unfurls. The project, called Grassroots Mapping, uses camera-equipped kites to...

Lost Camera Reunited With Owner After 1,100 Mile Ocean Journey

Sergeant de Bruin of the Royal Dutch Navy was scuba diving off the coast of Aruba exploring a wreck on the sea floor when he lost grip on his digital camera, and watched it drift away in the ocean currents. Seven months later, his bright red cam, still in its water-proof plastic case, washed up on the shores of Key West, Florida. Paul Shultz found the Nikon washed up against the rocks 1,100 miles...

Gesture-Controlled LuminAR Robotic 'Lamp' Is a Personal, Projecting Assistant

Well, those crazy kids at MIT have done it again. We're pretty floored by this video (after the jump) of student Natan Linder's LuminAR robotic assistant, which looks like a desk lamp married to the Terminator's exoskeleton. And a task lamp was, in fact, Linder's inspiration for this gesture-driven droid, as he essentially replaced the traditional incandescent bulb with a state-of-the-art...

DARPA's Smart-Iris Can Detect Eyes in a Moving Crowd

In 'Minority Report' Tom Cruise's character, John Anderton, has a radical surgery to replace his eyes so that he can get past security systems that scan his retina to identify him. As he's lying in a tub recovering from his black-market procedure, tiny robots sneak into the room and scan his eyes in an attempt to track down the fugitive Future Crime officer. The ability to scan retinas to...

Essential DSLR Accessories for Shooting Oscar-Worthy HD Video

Shooting video with digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras like the Canon 5D Mark II, 7D and T2i can produce some pretty fantastic results -- as a quick tour around Vimeo, or a viewing of films by Vincent Laforet or Philip Bloom will illustrate. But high-quality video doesn't shoot itself, and achieving superb results with a DSLR isn't as simple as pressing "record." Not only do you need to...

Plane-Mounted Lasers Map Mayan Ruins in Detailed 3-D

For archaeologists, the days of trudging through dense jungle to map out ancient sites by hand could soon be over. The New York Times reports that husband and wife team Dr. Arlen F. Chase and Dr. Diane Z. Chase recently used an Airborne Laser Terrain Mapper to provide 3-D images of ancient Mayan ruins in Caracol, Belize. "This will revolutionize the way we do settlement studies of the Maya," Dr....

Crystal-Clear Stills From Substandard Video? Microsoft Can Do It

We at Switched know a lot about the pitfalls of trying to extract a clear image from grainy, wobbly or otherwise substandard video (i.e. every single one of our YouTube screencaps). Even as high definition cameras become more and more commonplace, pulling clear stills from those videos can prove difficult, but Microsoft may have a nifty solution. Microsoft researcher Neel Joshi showed off some...

Green Lasers Show Promise for Healing Scars

Share Rather than cause more damage, scientists say lasers could improve the healing process of scars. According to Scientific American, researchers at the Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital Wellman Center for Photomedicine used a green laser and a pink dye to reconnect nerves, blood vessels, tendons and incisions in the cornea. The study's goal was to find...