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Digital

Seeing Through Walls

Seeing Through Walls

Engineers from the MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) developed a technology which uses RF signals and deep learning algorithms to approximate the movements of people as they go behind a wall or walk in a darkened room.

FlipDot Mechanical Digital Displays

FlipDot Mechanical Digital Displays

Most digital displays are completely solid state, with no moving parts. But check out these nifty (and noisy) Alfa Zeta 7-segment displays from FlipDots, which look digital, but use magnetic fields to change states. Check out more cool FlipDot demonstrations here and here.

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Digital Snowfall

Digital Snowfall

Make: author Caleb Kraft came across this nifty plaything by Mike’s Electric Stuff, which uses sensors and a cylindrical grid of LEDs that simulate falling snow or sand as it’s flipped end-over-end. Mike needs to turn this thing into a toy you can buy. He’d sell thousands.

Tesla Coil and Robot Orchestra

Tesla Coil and Robot Orchestra

One of the more entertaining robotic groups we’ve heard was built by FT Mechatronics, whose electronic band consists of a variety of stepper motors, solenoids, hard drives, oscilloscopes, a robot xylophone, nixie tubes, and a tesla coil. Here, it plays Hello by OMFG.

Lixie Digital Display

Lixie Digital Display
$38/digit  Buy Link Comment

A slick new take on vintage Nixie tubes. The open-source Lixie display uses LED edge-lit acrylic sheets to display different digits. Unlike Nixies they can be any color, and don’t require high voltage to operate. Designer Connor Nishijima explains how it works.

Skagen Hagen Connected Watch

Skagen Hagen Connected Watch
$195-$235  Buy Comment

An modern and minimal analog watch that packs digital integrations with your iOS or Android smartphone via Bluetooth. It offers activity tracking, sleep monitoring, and notifications, and battery life up to 6 months.

ZIIIRO Titan Pocket Watch

ZIIIRO Titan Pocket Watch
~$191  Buy Comment

ZIIRO takes their unique LCD watch display and embeds it in a modern pocket watch. Made from a sturdy anodized aluminum, with a mineral crystal front, and EL backlighting. Comes with a black metal chain and matching carabiner.

Nixon Synapse Watch

Nixon Synapse Watch
$200-$250  Buy Comment

The touchscreen Synapse can tell time in four timezones simultaneously, and looks cool doing it on its dot-matrix display. Available in black, gunmetal, gold and silver stainless steel finishes.

Circle Portraits

Circle Portraits

Previously featured for his pencil/photo mashups, artist Ben Heine has a unique new technique – creating entire portraits from a series of perfect circles with only Photoshop CS4 and his raw talent.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS3

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS3
$269  Buy Comment

Panasonic’s LUMIX DMC-TS3 camera is equipped with GPS and compass and features 3D Photo mode; it creates images by taking 20 consecutive photos and overlaying the 2 best for the final shot.

Polaroid GL30 Instant Camera

Polaroid GL30 Instant Camera

Hearkening back to Polaroid’s roots, the GL30 merges digital camera with ZINK portable printer to provide instant 3″x4″ digital prints. Not a high-end camera, but it could be good for creative projects.

3D Holographic Maps

3D Holographic Maps

Zebra Imaging’s ZScape prints are made using a variety of 3D data sources (like Google Sketchup) that are then rendered as thousands of holographic elements onto a single film-based material.

Pixlr Image Editor

Pixlr Image Editor

Providing the type of sophisticated image editing you’d expect to find in Adobe Photoshop, this online image editor is a great no-cost alternative you can use anywhere you have a web browser.

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Waiting for the End

Waiting for the End

While we’re not big Linkin Park fans, this music video directed by DJ Joe Hahn is definitely worth a watch. Created using laser scanning techniques, the video’s a real stunner. The song… meh.

Fujifilm Finepix Real 3D W3

Fujifilm Finepix Real 3D W3
$499  Buy Comment

With Fujifilm’s new digicam captures 3D video in 720p HD, and lets you view images on 3D TVs, develop 3D lenticular prints, or view them on the built-in glasses-free 3D LCD viewfinder.

Short Film: Tempus II

Short Film: Tempus II

Watch ordinary objects turn into spectacular flying projectiles in these incredible slo-mo shots captured by Philip Heron and James Adair with the high-speed Photron SA1.1 camera.

Fujifilm FinePix S2800HD

Fujifilm FinePix S2800HD

The newly announced FujiFilm FinePix S2800HD camera has a 28mm-504mm high precision lens with 18X optical zoom, a 14 megapixel CCD sensor, 720p HD video and image stabilization.

Nixon Newton Digital Watch

Nixon Newton Digital Watch
$100  Buy Comment

The uncluttered Newton Digital Watch from Nixon has a digital day-date display with light, 30M water resistance, molded polycarbonate case, silicone strap and patented locking looper and buckle.

Where’s Waldo: Extreme Edition

Where’s Waldo: Extreme Edition

We’ve covered Juan Osborne’s digital art before, but this new image deserves a mention, if for nothing else but how dastardly it is. Just try and find Waldo somewhere in the hi-res version.

Digital Cinema Virtual Window

Digital Cinema Virtual Window

Sky Factory’s eScape features a wall-mounted industrial-grade HD LCD monitor embedded in a full-size casement window that brings the scenes and sounds of nature to the indoors in real time.

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MugTug Darkroom

MugTug Darkroom

MugTug Darkroom is the first of a new breed of web-based image editors which run entirely in HTML 5, forgoing Flash, providing handy image cropping, enhancement and color correction tools.

Dubai in 45 Gigapixels

Dubai in 45 Gigapixels

This pixel record-smashing panoramic image of Dubai combines 4,250 individual shots taken with a Canon 7D over the course of 3.5 hours. In the words of Jack Bauer “zoom in and enhance.”

Sony NEX-3, NEX-5 Cameras

Sony NEX-3, NEX-5 Cameras

Rumor has it that Sony’s NEX3 and NEX5 DSLRs are being released in June. The 14.2 megapixel NEX3 has an articulating 2.95″ LCD and shoots 720p video; the NEX5 has AVCHD 1080i video.

Juan Osborne Word Art

Juan Osborne Word Art

We’ve all seen image mosaics before, but designer Juan Osborne has written an algorithm that generates art based on the words and frequency of repetition in books, movies, music and tv shows.

Aerial Capture Camera Kit

Aerial Capture Camera Kit

Matt Clark’s Aerial Capture concept kit combines a lightweight digicam with a helium balloon and kite-like reel of cable connected to the camera, acting as both spool and remote shutter release.

HDR Point and Shoot Camera

HDR Point and Shoot Camera

BenQ’s new E1260 point-and-shoot camera allows you to take High Dynamic Range photographs, thereby eliminating the post-production (and also labor-intensive) work in Photoshop.

Leica V-Lux 20

Leica V-Lux 20
$699  Buy Comment

Leica’s compact digi-cam offers a sharp 12.1 megapixel sensor, and a 12x optical zoom lens. It can capture 720p HD video, and even has built-in GPS for recording location data onto images.

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