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Telescopic Fun

For those thinking of holiday gifts for me: hint, hint.

by Christopher Heiser on November 25 15:36

Wraparound Camera for Panoramic Vehicle Visibilty

As processing power continues to grow and become cheaper, more systems like this novel 360-degree-view of your car that's created from four cameras on your car will be possible.

by Christopher Heiser on November 25 14:48

Restored Moon Images

Related to the moon watch is NASA's new effort to digitally remaster images from lunar missions from the original magnetic tapes. The first such image released is breathtaking.

by Christopher Heiser on November 25 14:45

More On Laser Offensive Weaponry

Friends and readers know about my thing for the space laser. So through the transitive property of coherent light destruction, my interested is piqued by terrestrial lasers too. The new system by Northrop Grumman promises a 100kw laser by chaining 2,100 pounds of equipment together and placing it on a weapons platform, probably a tank. Hard to believe it's getting even less fun to be on the opposite end of US military hardware. Pew pew!

by Christopher Heiser on November 25 14:43

Watch Has Actual Moon Dust

The design of this new watch is really awful, but I must admit I'm still captivated with the idea of having moon dust and parts of the Apollo spacecraft on my wrist.

by Christopher Heiser on November 25 14:38

RED Releases First Pictures and Specs on Revolutionary Camera

Every so often an industry is blessed with a company that so surpasses it rivals it is embarrassing to all the others in the marketplace. RED is such a company. The have officially released (initial) specs and renderings of their new product line, and boy are they nothing short of amazing.

Highlights include a completely modular system, support for DSLR lenses, 120 FPS rates, minimum of 5 megapixel video with highly efficient codecs, and the ability to gracefully upgrade from a prosumer camera to a full professional rig.

The price of the entry model, called 'Scarlet', is about twice that of a current HD video recorder, so this will still be a niche play. But presently only the new Canon 5D Mk II can be used in both a still and video context, and the RED system is years ahead in terms of technology, flexibility, and innovation.

The largest sensor RED offers is a completely mind-blowing 261 megapixel sensor that's 186 x 56mm, or roughly 20 times bigger than even the best professional HD cameras. And more importantly, by using a physically large sensor (with pixels about four times the area of most cameras) RED will push the limits of low light photography far beyond where it is today.

All in all, this is a stunning and revolutionary leap in camera technology. Can't wait 'till it starts shipping!

by Christopher Heiser on November 25 14:30
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