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Showing posts from December 22, 2013

Panono Ball Camera Captures 360° Photo Spheres Instantly

As cool as panorama shots and photo spheres are, they have a serious limitation: They need to stitch together multiple still pics, all taken at slightly different times. But to get a true photo sphere — a 360-degree shot of a single moment in time — you'd need cameras pointing in all directions on a device that can fire them all in sync. What kind of camera does that? The Panono camera, actually: a throwable ball-like device loaded with cameras on its outer surface that looks kind of like Luke Skywalker's lightsaber practice ball from Star Wars . The Panono also has a novel way of taking photos: It's programmed to snap its wraparound pics when thrown, firing all 36 cameras simultaneously when the device reaches its highest point (and is thus not moving, minimizing motion blur).

Not In NYC? Ring in New Year's Eve Remotely

New York City’s Times Square is certainly a hot spot on New Year’s Eve . More than a million people flock to the streets near 45th and Broadway to watch the iconic glittery ball — located on the roof of One Times Square — drop. And more than a billion people watch the vent on television. But if you’re out on the town in Elsewhere, USA and not in front a television, you can still watch the ball drop. New York City-based Countdown Entertainment, which organizes the annual event, has a developed a free app for iPhones and Androids. The company’s president, Jeff Straus, told Reuters they developed the app for people who can’t be near a television or who are traveling or working overseas. The app will have a live six-hour webcast, behind-the-scenes interviews, musical performances, Twitter feeds and of course the countdown and the fall of the Times Square Ball.

Glass globe harvests energy from the sun and the moon

From a glass globe that harvests energy from the sun and the moon to a car built of Lego blocks, here are our favorite tech pieces from the week. German architect André Broessel, of Rawlemon, has looked into his crystal ball and seen the future of renewable energy. In this case it's a spherical sun-tracking solar energy-generating globe -- essentially a giant glass marble on a robotic steel frame. But this marble is no toy. It concentrates both sunlight and moonlight up to 10,000 times -- making its solar harvesting capabilities 35 percent more efficient than conventional dual-axis photovoltaic designs.Rawlemon was a finalist in the World Technology Network Award 2013 with the globe's design and afterward produced this latest version, called Betaray, which can concentrate diffuse light such as that from a cloudy day.

Researchers Print eye cells Using an Inkjet Printer

Using an inkjet printer, researchers have succeeded in printing adult eye cells for the first time. The demonstration is a step toward producing tissue implants that could cure some types of blindness. The yellow arrow points to a retinal ganglion cell, which transmits signals from the eye to the brain.