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Ad celebrates 100 years of Leica with stunning recreations of iconic photos

Leica isn’t very humble about its sterling reputation in the camera industry, and, depending on who you ask, the German outfit has every right to be proud of its accomplishments. To see just how highly the company thinks of itself, check out this wonderfully-produced new spot celebrating the firm’s 100th anniversary. “We didn’t invent photography, but we invented photography,” muses the narrator. The ad recreates some of the most legendary stills in photographic history — many of which came from cameras produced by other manufacturers. The narrator offers that “the most iconic images in history, even the ones that weren’t taken with a Leica, were taken because of a Leica.” How many shots can you identify?

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This artist waterproofed a scanner to create stunning ocean art

“In my ongoing series of “Compressionism” prints, I strap a desktop scanner, computing device and custom battery pack to my body, and perform images into existence.” That’s how artist Nathaniel Stern describes his collection of unconventional images…

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Turning pulp sci-fi spaceships into stunning 3D art

For the past two years Grant Louden has been building a 3D model of his favorite spaceship design — the Star Dweller, painted by Colin Hay for David Estes’s pulp paperback novel The Star Dwellers. For decades Louden has been transfixed by the fascinating covers of 1970’s sci-fi from the likes of Hay and Chris Foss. “I used to browse second hand book shops,” he tells Sci-fi-o-rama, “not for the novels but their cover art.”

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Turning pulp sci-fi spaceships into stunning 3D art

For the past two years Grant Louden has been building a 3D model of his favorite spaceship design — the Star Dweller, painted by Colin Hay for David Estes’s pulp paperback novel The Star Dwellers. For decades Louden has been transfixed by the fascinating covers of 1970’s sci-fi from the likes of Hay and Chris Foss. “I used to browse second hand book shops,” he tells Sci-fi-o-rama, “not for the novels but their cover art.”

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Z Vector Takes Live Kinect Feeds To Create Stunning Video Art

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This is a bit of a niche product, but it’s still interesting nonetheless.

Artist Julius Tuomisto believes that VJs are the next DJs. Just in the same way that a DJ shepherds music lovers through a thoughtful selection of tracks, video artists can guide audiences through live visualizations that respond to music.

He and his Helsinki-based firm Delicode have created a new software platform, called Z Vector, that can take data from a Kinect or the PrimeSense Carmine to create live video feeds and visualizations that rotate around 3D forms and people captured by the camera. It’s a tool for live performances, not for programming.

You can see how it works in this music video he created with the band, Phantom.

Z Vector takes the raw 3D data from the Kinect, and puts effects or filters on it like different geometric textures and lines (like in the Phantom video).

Or it also can put in distortion fields like in the video below (or particle trails and gradients too). They’ve used it during live dance performances to broadcast visualizations behind troupes of modern dancers have recently demoed it at the Venice Biennale, Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and SXSW.

The beta is free, but it’s a possibility that Tuomisto might charge down the line. The feed from Z Vector can also be broadcast into other devices, even ones like the Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset that has hardcore gamers salivating and that recently picked up funding in a round led by Spark Capital.

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HTC shows off stunning 5-inch 1080p J Butterfly phone in Japan

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The rumors were true: HTC has actually been dealing with a brand-new crown jewel phone with a 1080p display, and we got to see it in Tokyo today. It’s the HTC J Butterfly, and it’s set for a release this December on AU / KDDI. A follow-up to the previous HTC J, the Butterfly uses the very same red and black color pattern and Rhyme-inspired skin,though this time it’s running on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Inside there’s a 1.5 Ghz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, and an 8-megapixel camera.

The genuine destination, however, is the 5-inch complete HD Super LCD 3 screen– it’s really a sight to behold. The Super LCD 2 seen in HTC’s previous crown jewel One X was arguably the greatest panel on the marketplace, however we think its successor is the brand-new champion. Color …

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Kickstarter: Meet The Vers 1Q, A Stunning 2-inch Battery-Powered Bluetooth Speaker

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I ’ m in outright love. From the beautiful wood cabinet to the technical abilities, the little Vers ’ 1Q is merely right. The $ 120 cost ($ 99 for Kickstarters) is merely icing on the cake. It ’ s rather refreshing to see a hot, almost alive gadget in our globe that ’ s normally filled with modeled plastic and faux chrome trim.

Merely put, the 1Q is a battery-powered Bluetooth speaker. A 2-inch driver offers the audio while, stuffed inside the walnut or bamboo case, a 6.5 W amp powers the audio offered from either Bluetooth or the 3.5 mm jack. The consisted of battery fees by means of microUSB and must last 10 hours on a cost. Just what more can you request from a little speaker?

As shown by the pictures, the whole package is of a modest size. It suits the hand, yet the developer brags that it “ can easily deliver enough sound to fill some fairly large rooms. ” Because it handles Bluetooth or an aux input, it ought to work with almost every tool.

This isn ’ t Vers ’ first individual digital device. The company already offers the Vers 1.5 R radio/alarm, Vers 1E ear buds, and iPhone/iPad instances — all out of bamboo and walnut.

The project is currently moneyed on Kickstarter however they are still taking orders for 18 even more days. Pledge $ 95 for a 1Q made out of either bamboo or walnut. Or, pledge $ 30 for the limited edition red beech edition. Greatest yet the Vers guarantees these things will be delivered well before the vacations.





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Bioware artist builds stunning replica of Obi-Wan’s lightsaber

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Brad Lewis is a senior visual-effects musician at Bioware, where he spends much of his time working on Star Wars: The Old Republic. He’s even the guy behind Slothfurnace, a weblog committed to Lewis’ other pastime– structure incredibly in-depth lightsaber replicas. His newest project is a reproduction of the lightsaber Obi-Wan Kenobi flourished in Star Wars: A New Hope, a daunting venture he explained in a current interview with CNET.

Lewis’ latest style, imagined above, is really a more complicated iteration of a saber he created earlier. Unlike its precursor, this lightsaber is a “disclose” or detachable-blade variation– something that’s posed a major obstacle to Lewis ever since he began constructing style sabers years ago. It doesn’t …

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Kids Send 3D GoPro Cameras Into Space, Get Back Stunning Footage

Whip out the out the old anagylphs, folks, because you’re going to want to watch this. Some kids at the Wonderland Elementary School sent up a weather balloon mounted with a carbon fiber frame carrying six GoPro HDHERO2 cameras. Four of the cameras were set in 3D configuration and, after editing, they were able to create the first stratospheric 3D video shoot using a balloon. You can watch it in YouTube with red/blue glasses.

The resulting footage, while fun, is actually a testament to the durability and low price of modern HD cameras. I remember shooting Estes rockets with a tiny camera in the nose to get blurry photos of my friends standing on the ground. Now you’re literally taking in hours of HD video data. In space.

You’ll also notice they attached a model of Space Battleship Yamato in front of the cameras. In layman’s terms, they did this because that ship is badass.



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