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Google Patents Tiny Cameras Embedded In Contact Lenses

Hand holding - zoomed in Google has a new patent application with the USPTO (via 9to5Google), which takes one of the basic concepts of Glass and extends it even further, embedding tiny cameras that could be embedded in contact lenses for various uses, including photographing what a wearer sees, or providing the basic input for a contact-based assistive device for the visually impaired. Google has previously detailed a… Read More

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Ricoh’s rugged WG-4 and WG-20 are its first cameras to drop the Pentax badge

Ricoh acquired the Pentax brand over two years ago, but you almost wouldn’t know it when the badging has largely remained the same. However, that’s changing today — Ricoh’s new WG-4, WG-4 GPS and WG-20 compact cameras are its first to ditch the…

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Ricoh’s rugged WG-4 and WG-20 are its first cameras to drop the Pentax badge

Ricoh acquired the Pentax brand over two years ago, but you almost wouldn’t know it when the badging has largely remained the same. However, that’s changing today — Ricoh’s new WG-4, WG-4 GPS and WG-20 compact cameras are its first to ditch the…

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New York City police install 200 security cameras to guard against Super Bowl terrorism

New York City police commissioner Ray “Get Used to It” Kelly is out of office, but the department’s zeal for surveillance persists. Police have installed 200 temporary security cameras around midtown Manhattan in order to guard against terrorism during the city’s Super Bowl activities, reports the Associated Press.

The department has plenty of experience with events that draw large crowds, including New Year’s Eve in the same area. Police used a similar strategy during the New York City marathon when they covered the finish line with cameras.

The temporary cameras will supplement thousands of permanent ones

The temporary cameras will supplement the thousands of permanent ones the department already monitors as part of its “Domain…

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New York City police install 200 security cameras to guard against Super Bowl terrorism

New York City police commissioner Ray “Get Used to It” Kelly is out of office, but the department’s zeal for surveillance persists. Police have installed 200 temporary security cameras around midtown Manhattan in order to guard against terrorism during the city’s Super Bowl activities, reports the Associated Press.

The department has plenty of experience with events that draw large crowds, including New Year’s Eve in the same area. Police used a similar strategy during the New York City marathon when they covered the finish line with cameras.

The temporary cameras will supplement thousands of permanent ones

The temporary cameras will supplement the thousands of permanent ones the department already monitors as part of its “Domain…

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HTC One sequel rumored to have two rear cameras for better focusing and image quality

Last year’s leak of the HTC One’s follow-up, the M8, seemingly raised more questions than it answered. When will it ship? And what’s the deal with that second hole on the back? We may have a much clearer picture today, though. Bloomberg sources now …

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MaxStone Kickstarts A Remote iPhone Shutter For Digital Cameras That’s Also A Bluetooth Tracker

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A new Kickstarter project is hoping to combine some popular recent gadget trends with commonly sought after DSLR and pro photography features for a Bluetooth gadget that’s unique and more versatile than most in the same category. It’s called the MaxStone, and it’s a smartphone controlled camera shutter, Bluetooth device locator and remote smartphone shutter trigger all in one.

The MaxStone is a small device powered by a single watch battery that you affix to your camera via a simple loop strap. It attaches in touch a way that it covers the camera’s shutter button, and hands down a small, pebble-like main body in front of your camera’s IR sensor. This actually contains an IR blaster that connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth, so that you can remotely trigger the camera’s shutter from your device. It’s a lot more low-tech than using Wi-Fi or something like that, but it means MaxStone is much more broadly compatible with a range of camera brands and models.

You can use the MaxStone apps to either trigger the camera’s shutter instantly or via time delay, or program it to take photos at intervals for time-lapse photography spanning nearly a full year, according to MaxStone’s Kickstarter page, and maintaining operation even if your phone is powered down or loses connection. It can also handle video start/stop recording on some models of camera.

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That alone would be pretty impressive in a device that’s priced at a $ 29 pledge to start for backers, but it also offers a Bluetooth proximity alarm sensor, which makes it possible to set a location gate so that you can receive alerts if you move away from your camera, or whatever else it’s attached to. It can also be used the other way, to located your phone, thanks to functionality that allows it to trigger an alert on your device when you press the MaxStone button. Finally, it can operate as a remote shutter for your iPhone camera, too, which is crucially important for the selfie generation.

The MaxStone was created by Will E and Lia Zhang, a husband and wife team who did the original prototyping and design. Radio engineer Will Griffith helped refine RF communications, and Shawn Han developed and continues to build the MaxStone iOS app. The New York-based team is seeking $ 50,000, and has raised around $ 6,500 already, with 59 days left in their campaign. Should everything go as planned, they plan to ship the MaxStone by March, 2014.

I have yet to plunk down any cash for a lost-and-found style Bluetooth tracker, but MaxStone’s versatility and price point might make it the first such device I do back, and yet that’s not even its main function. The team here has the right idea though: bundle a number of smart device features that make sense together, and suddenly people have more than one reason not to look elsewhere or pass on the idea altogether.

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Engadget’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Cameras

Welcome to Engadget’s holiday gift guide! Head back to our hub to see the rest of the product guides as they’re added throughout the month. With smartphones like the Nokia Lumia 1020 offering outstanding photo performance, you may wonder why you’d want a standalone camera at all. Leave it to the …

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Sony’s full-frame A7 cameras pose for clearer leaked shots

We caught a glimpse of Sony’s A7 camera series just a day ago, but the low-resolution image didn’t exactly show much. Thankfully, Digicam Info has just posted two leaked press shots that reveal considerably more of the full-frame mirrorless shooters. The images support rumors of a built-in …

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Spec Sheet: Nikon’s D610 lowers the price on full frame cameras

A lot of products come out each week — we don’t highlight all of them, but all of them make it into The Verge Database. In Spec Sheet, a weekly series, we survey the latest product entries to keep track of the state of the art.

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