Saturday, 13 July 2013

Throwable camera takes awesome in-the-air images

A bit larger than a cricket ball and smaller than a baseball, the Squito, a throwable panoramic video camera provides users to capture stabilised full "360° spherical panoramic video and high-resolution images over the course of its airborne trajectory."

Although the inventor, Steve Hollinger, says his device is packed with sensors, one is given to speculate that there is in all likelihood,  accelerators and gyroscopic sensors housed in this device merely because it knows which orientation it's in when spinning and or drifting thru the air. Simultaneously as it's flying through the air, the device at any given time is reorienting and stitching individual frames into panorama's, not only but also on the fly, captured footages are being sent wirelessly to a smartphone.

Click through to view a well made demonstration video.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Bone conducting Spatial audio sound tracks via vibrating windows

Bone conduction occurs when sound is channelled to the inner ear through the bones of the skull. World famous Classical music composer Beethoven went completely deaf in his later life and relied on creating his compositions, by dismantling his piano, laying out on the floor then leaning the side of his face on the floor. This was possibly the first documentary evidence of someone listening to sound by bone conduction.

These days bone conduction techniques are becoming more commonplace with advances in signalling technology giving rise to  headphones, and hearing aids, among which there are specialized communication products such as a bone conduction speaker that is used by scuba divers. More recently is the Google Glass device for the relay of information to the user through a microphone that sits beside the user's ear.

But BBDO Germany is taking this technology a step further with highly specialized device attached to the windows of public transport that silently transmits high-frequency oscillations that your brain converts into sound.

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