Archive for July, 2009
Researchers suggest that this technology could eventually be as a uniform. The person wearing the uniform could use a HUD to see in all directions simultaneously. Imagine being able to see behind you, and in front at the same timeâ€¦
How many times have you taken a video, or picture for that matter, saved it off to a hard drive somewhere not to look at it for several months, if not years?
When you find it good luck remember where you were. Well here comes GPS to the camcorder. I sure hope that those videos when posted online will retain the location information. That way when the folks at BotTrax.com are stalking you they will know exactly where you were and when. This will be great for stalkers, law enforcement, and personal use.
SAN DIEGO, July 7, 2009 â€“ Sony today announced its new HDR-CX520V and HDR-CX500V HandycamÂ® camcorders, which capture full1920Ã—1080 high-definition video and up to 12-megapixel photos on a 64GB or 32GB internal flash memory, respectively, offering up to 25 hours of HD video (LP mode).
â€œThese models combine the best in digital imaging technology, strengthening Sonyâ€™s industry leadership and meeting demand for both quality camcorders and HD video,â€ said Kelly Davis, director of the camcorder business for Sony Electronics. â€œExpanding our lineup to include Handycam camcorders with large capacity embedded flash memory allows us to offer consumers flexible recording solutions concentrated in a very portable, compact body.â€
Advanced Features and Performance
For optimal playback, the HDR-CX520V and HDR-CX500V camcorders feature 60p output, which automatically converts content to 60 progressive frames per second when connected to a compatible high-definition television.
Another notable feature, Optical SteadyShotâ„¢ with Active Mode (which allows a moveable lens element to shift with greater range of motion during camera shake) now offers 3-Way Shake Canceling. This feature reduces hand shake in three directions â€“ vertical and horizontal shake corrected by optical image stabilization and the third, by way of electronic image stabilization, facilitates correction for lateral-roll shake. By employing a wider camera shake correction angle and improved compensation algorithms, blur caused by rolling wrist movements is reduced so users can shoot smoother movie footage on the move.
Sonyâ€™s powerful BIONZâ„¢ imaging processor is adding a Face Touch function. With Face Touch, users can select a person to be prioritized by the camcorder simply by touching a detected face on the screen. The camcorders prioritize and optimize focus, skin color, and brightness for the selected individual, even if they leave the scene, for the entire recording session. This new feature is a function of Face Detection, which also incorporates Smile Shutterâ„¢ technology to capture candid smiling photos while simultaneously recording video. When Face Touch is activated, the Smile Shutter feature only activates automatically in response to the smiles of the selected person.
These models also have a back-illuminated â€œExmor Râ€ CMOS sensor to provide stunning low light performance with approximately twice the sensitivity compared to Sonyâ€™s existing front-illuminated CMOS sensor at F2.0. The sophisticated G lens fuses advanced optics and low dispersion aspheric glass elements for accurate color reproduction and sharp, detailed images. A six-blade aperture produces circular â€œbokehâ€ defocus effects for creative shooting possibilities.
To effortlessly track your destinations on a map, the camcorderâ€™s built-in GPS antenna and NAVTEQÂ® digital maps geo-tag your videos and photos. Geo-tagged content is marked by a virtual push pin at each shot location and can be played back on the camcorder map index display on the three-inch (measured diagonally) wide touch panel LCD.
Introducing new technology to down-convert from AVCHDâ„¢ to MPEG2, Sony eliminates the need for a PC and allows for simple DVD creation with the optional DVDirect Express (VRD-P1) DVD writer.
When the camcorders are connected to the DVDirect Express (sold separately for around $150) via a USB cable, they will instantly burn HD video footage onto a DVD. The camcorder can even down-convert content and burn DVDs in standard-definition picture quality, providing familyographers a way to â€œfuture proofâ€ their memories. The down conversion feature allows owners of standard-definition players to capture video in the highest quality and have the option of playing in standard-definition now or saving HD content for when they upgrade to a Blu-ray disk player at a later time.
Other powerful features include a built-in zoom microphone with DolbyÂ® Digital 5.1-channel surround sound and an instant power-on feature when the LCD is opened that lets you capture the moment without delay. The camcordersâ€™ advanced user interface features a new operation bar, which allows scroll searching for all menu items, and a customizable shortcut menu. Improving upon the Highlight Playback feature that personalizes video footage by generating a video slideshow with theme transitions and background music, Sony introduces Highlight Scenario, which saves up to eight highlight scenes for viewing again later. These models also include Picture Motion Browser software to easily view, edit, organize and upload images to many major video and photo sharing Web sites. Mac users can transfer AVCHD recorded data and edit video clips in HD image quality using iMovie software.
In addition to built-in flash memory, the models can record content to optional Memory Stick PRO-HG Duoâ„¢ HX media (currently sold separately in capacities up to 16GB, a 32GB card will be available in September). Using Sonyâ€™s PRO-HG Duo HX format, consumers can transfer nearly two hours of full high-definition video to a PC in approximately 13 minutes (using supplied adapter).
Price and Availability
The HDR-CX500V and HDR-CX520V will be available in September for about $1,100 and $1,300 respectively. They will be available at Sony StyleÂ® retail stores, online through www.sonystyle.com and at authorized dealers nationwide.
An Italian company, name yet to be determined, is using the remote controlled submarine the Neptune SB-1 from Thunder Tiger, about $600, to run fiber optic cables through the sewers of Milan. Below are some images from the Italian Language website that first broke the news, here.
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Funded by DARPA, this research is building a new class of air vehicle systems for indoor and outdoor use. Using biological mimicry on a super small scale these little robotic devices can be deployed for reconnaissance and surveillance of a target.
Look for Nano Air Vehicles stuck in your car grill in the not-too-distant future.
Now how will this integrate with your iTunes? Probably another paid updateâ€¦ Or you can hack it.
Once in the picture have a look around for Han Solo frozen in time, R2-D2, C3-PO, Yoda, Darth Vader, something I think is a Power Ranger (aahhhh), a bunch of arcade games, Batman, and a whole bunch of other bad ass stuff.
Sadly much of the stuff from this fantastic room of geek prizes was auctioned off earlier this year.
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