After proving that a 1080p webcam on USB 3.0 was possible, to the surprise of none, Point Grey’s latest addition is a little more impressive, This “ice-cube sized” camera can pipe 4096 x 2160 images through that capacious USB 3.0 port, using Sony’s new IMX1221 Exmor R sensor. Thanks to its size, the camera is geared toward business-centric applications, including broadcasting and high-resolution optical inspection — which goes some way to explaining the $ 945 retail price. The full technical spec sheet waits in the press release, right after the break.
Gesture control’s no longer restricted to P.K. Dick novels, having firmly broken away from its fantasist scifi roots into practical, everyday use. It’s only natural then that those advancements, typically reserved for computing, would bleed into other areas of consumer tech, like digital imaging. For researchers at Japan’s Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences, that manual dexterity appears to be the next great photographic leap, as the L-squared hand-framing you’re accustomed to seeing photogs mime on TV and film could wind up replacing physical point-and-shoots soon.
The team’s prototype, dubbed Ubi-Camera, may look more like a mini-cube than mini-cam, but it works rather intuitively: simply hook it onto your index finger, adjust the focus by moving the “viewfinder” nearer to your face for wide-angle shots or further away for close-ups and then snap away using the side-mounted shutter button. The project’s not without its hiccups, however, as the in-development unit’s infrared sensor, used to determine range, can be easily affected by lighting conditions. Additionally, there’s no zoom function, as that process is handled entirely in post on a desktop PC. All told, these are really rather small bumps in the road to an inevitable marketplace debut. Next up for IAMAS? Crushing people’s heads with your fingers. At least, that’s on our wish list. Video demo after the break.
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Finished your holiday shopping already? That’s good news, but if you’ve made any purchases from the following list of goods you might just want to think about just going ahead and taping that gift receipt right to the bottom of the box. A survey from the British Video Association shows that digital photo frames are the least-wanted holiday gadget among those who consider themselves worthy of receiving gifts this year, beating out all-time flops like foot massagers, electric shavers, and those poor bread makers destined to make a single, crusty loaf before being permanently relegated to their box. Granted this was a survey of British holiday folks and so Ma and Pa Apple Pie may have somewhat different desires, but a quick poll among Engadgeteers confirms that digi frames do indeed fall squarely in the “no, really, you shouldn’t have” category. Oh, and if you’re wondering what you should get your loved ones this holiday season, we can help.
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AgfaPhoto has just introduced six new digital photo frames that feature a 4:3 aspect ratio and SVGA resolution. The AF5108PS, AF5088PS and AF5078PS are designed for photos only, not video. While the AgfaPhoto AF5108MS, AF5088MS and AF5078MS are multimedia frames that can handle videos and music as well as images.
All of these frames have LED backlight LCD screens and use “Crystal Image HD” technology, which automatically adjustments brightness, contrast, hue, color balance, etc.
These new digital photo frames are priced between €49.99 ($ 69) to €139.99 ($ 195).
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If you are a Disney fan who never grew up or if you have rugrats running around your home, you may want to check out these photo frames from Greenhouse Japan. They just announced three new digital photo frames with some of your favorite Disney characters.
The 3.5 inch digital photo frames looks more like a TV with Disney characters on board. It supports playback of the popular audio and video formats and has a built in FM radio. Onboard speakers deliver an output of 1W×2ch.
They go on sale in early July in Japan for $90.
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