Thanks to Our First Plaque Wall Supporters!
Before we get into the news, yesterday Cali told you about our new Plaque Wall! That sounds terrible. Our wall of plaque? Sounds like we need a dentist. Anyway, those artistic things we’re going to hang in the new building with your name on them! And I just wanted to thank John Rush, David Wright and Rodrigo Salas for being the first three to tag our wall! Thanks guys! We’ll plaster your names up there for all eternity. And if anyone has a better name than the Plaque Wall, please tweet them at me. Lord knows we need it.
Put Your Photos on Your Feet
Lots of cool stuff on the photography front today! Let’s start with Adidas, who plans to roll out a photo print app that allows you to map your favorite photo onto a pair of ZX Flux sneakers, which they will custom make for you and ship by mail. No price yet, but Adidas says to expect this in August. Maybe I can get a picture of my feed printed on the shoes?
Photographer Builds a Streaming Backpack
We’ve all heard that dead-tree newspapers are dying dinosaurs, but New York Times photographer Josh Haner didn’t get the memo. When he found himself up against TV crews with cell phone backpacks that allowed them to stream video from breaking news events, he MacGyvered his own streaming backpack and fanny pack that uses a Linux computer to break down the images inside his camera and automatically transmit them to his photo editor through four cellular modems over different cellular networks. He’s still tinkering with the prototypes but we’re betting we see a prosumer version at an upcoming CEA or one of the other major shows. We’ll keep you posted.
Put a Light Meter in Your Phone
Thanks to modern technology our DSLRs have light-meters baked into the hardware and firmware – but a Kickstarter project called Luxi for All hopes to change that. Basically you pop a light diffusion dome onto your smartphone, fire up their app, and Voila! Old School Handheld Light Meter – which is more accurate than the internal light meter in most cameras. Luxi for All is fully funded with about two months to go and will retail for around $30.
“Electronic Nose” Will Sniff Your Food
Speaking of crowdfunding, the Indiegogo community has fully funded what is being called the world’s first portable “Electronic Nose” – a handheld gadget called “PERES” – which sniffs your food to make sure it’s safe to eat. The device has four types of sensors: temperature, humidity, ammonia and volatile organic compounds sensors. Push a button and the handheld unit sniffs the air around your food, then transmits its data by Bluetooth to your smartphone or tablet where its app adjusts for temperature and humidity, crunches all the data and then tells you how safe (or dangerous) the food item is.
The app allows you to share your data (presumably to warn others at the Geek Beat picnic to avoid the mayonnaise salad and recommend the bacon-infused martinis instead) – Look Ma, No Food Poisoning! As we said, PERES is fully-funded, but if your want to be an early adopter you can still score two of the first units AND make a $20 donation to a world hunger charity for $220. (The beta test units for $89 are sold out).
Google’s New Tool Lets You Tell Your Stories
Finally, who else but Google would try to turn an algorithm into your personal photo editor / organizer? It’s called Stories – a new feature within Google+ that analyzes the location metadata attached to your photo files and whatever other info you’ve allowed them to collect in order to organize the photos you’ve stored in their cloud into Photo albums.
Stories is essentially in pre-beta right now and will soon roll out first to Android users with an iOS version to follow. It basically combines Google’s Auto Awesome photo enhancement algorithm with Maps to work its magic.
Sponsored by QNAP
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