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Aspekt is a Modular SLR Camera System That Lets You Keep On Shooting

Aspekt Modular SLR

Not all cameras are created equal. The same can be said for accessories. Photographers and hobbyists prefer different tools to create and capture their photographic masterpieces, which is why it’s so difficult to choose from only one brand because other lines might have more suitable options.

With this in mind, a team from the University of Applied Science in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany created Aspekt, a modular mirrorless SLR camera system that lets users attach and use different accessories and older lenses that are not normally supported by SLR cameras.
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Teddy Sitter Keeps One Eye On Your Kids, and Another On Your Sitter

Teddy Sitter

Even the most hands-on parents leave their kids with the sitter sometimes, and that’s where gadgets like the Teddy Sitter comes in. It looks like a regular brown teddy bear that you can find in most toy stores, except that it’s got a large and shiny beacon-like nose where I assume the camera and sensors are located. Because while the Teddy Sitter looks like a toy, it most definitely is much more than just that.

It’s meant to double as a babysitter for your kids, but I think it’s always safest to get a human to do that job. But for your peace of mind, the Teddy Sitter lets on-the-go or absentee parents monitor what’s happening at home in a truly novel way.

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DoorBot Shows You Who’s At the Door (and Lets You Tell Them to Buzz Off, If They’re Unwanted)

DoorBot

Fitting your home with an automated security system requires a huge investment. But if you currently don’t have the cash to get one installed, then  it’s a good thing that gadgets like the DoorBot exist to help you out a bit on that end.

The DoorBot is a WiFi-enabled doorknob with a camera cleverly built in it, so you can see who’s at the door without having to get up and actually check since the camera is automatically activated when they press the doorbell. It works in conjunction with an app, which flashes an alert on your smartphone whenever someone’s at the door. It then lets you access the video feed and either unlock the door or talk to whoever has come a-knocking (or rather, a-ringing.)

Check out a video of the DoorBot in action after the break.

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CAMERing Takes Stealthy Photography to the Next Level

CAMERing

People have been obsessed with stealthy gadgets even before James Bond came along. So it was to be expected that interest in these gadgets would soar when he finally did hit the big screen with all the ingenious stuff that Q supplied him with. Pens with video recorders, glasses with homing devices, and guns that only fire if the right person is holding it? Yeah, we’ve seen them all.

But another one to add to the list is the CAMERing. I think its name pretty much says it all, really, since it’s basically a ring with a camera cleverly embedded into it.

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Memoto, The Lifelogger

Some people will hate this device; we love it. It’s a tiny, easy to wear, GPS-equipped 5MP camera that automatically takes a picture every 30 seconds. The picture gets geotagged and uploaded to a server for indefinite and limitless storage when you connect the device to a PC for a battery charge, thus creating a precise log of your life that you can revisit at anytime. Memoto does this as long as it has battery, and its small energy requirements means that this is a period of about two days. There are no buttons: it just takes pictures, tags them with GPS and orientation info (through its built-in accelerometer, so the pictures always come out upright), and uploads. And as long as you’re paying the small recurring fee for the service, you can access the timeline of your life, locate where you were, what you were doing, when, with who… A related application organizes the pictures for you, and groups them into “moments” that you can relive in a stop-motion type of animation. It’s. Just. Awesome.

Of course, there are privacy concerns. To address this, the uploaded pictures are encrypted, and only shared when you choose to do so. There’s also the creep factor. Well, the camera only turns off when you store it away in darkness, so your friends will know that as long as you’re wearing the Memoto, they may be photographed. This takes away the uncertainty that could come with some other similar devices, like Google Glass. If they really hate it, just put it away. As for the legality of it, the company says that as long as you’re not asked to stop taking pictures, it’s ok. We’re not so sure, but obviously there’s a context for everything. Don’t bring these to, say, a gentleman’s club.

It’s a Kickstarter project at the moment, and boy was it funded fast! Within 5 hours Memoto reached it’s goal. It’s now sitting at $243,000 after only asking for $50k. Clearly there’s a huge demand for this. There are still some places left on the second batch of devices at $249, though if you don’t get in on that, you’ll have to pay the full $279 expected retail price and wait until April. The 2nd batch has an expected delivery in March.

[ Product Page ] AND [ Kickstarter Project ] VIA [ TechCrunch ]

Autographer Chronicles Your Day By Taking Snaps Automatically and Randomly

Autographer

Journals are hard to maintain, and you can’t exactly get a sense of what happened during your day outside of the office with just your planner. People often say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case, you can capture enough snapshots worth several hundred thousand with the Autographer.

It was originally meant for people with dementia so that they could remember their day in pictures. But upon the suggestion of a lot of people, its maker OMG decided to release it for general consumers, too. The concept is simple: the Autographer, which is meant to be worn, will automatically take pictures throughout your day automatically, so you can just put it on and forget all about it–until it’s time to check out the pictures, that is. It’s equipped with five different sensors–a magnetometer, color sensor, infrared detector, accelerometer, and temperature sensor–so that the camera can detect any changes in the environment and take pictures when it does.

The Autographer will launch in the UK sometime this November for £399 (about $649), with succeeding launches planned in the United States and Japan afterward.

VIA [ Dvice ]

Luma Loop Changes The Way You Carry Your DSLR

By Chris Scott Barr

DSLRs are vastly superior to their point-and-shoot brethren when it comes to the quality of the picture taken. Unfortunately there is one area where the DSLR will always fall short in comparison, and that’s portability. The nature of these cameras means that they are always going to be bulky. That’s okay, because we’re willing to sacrifice portability to get that perfect shot. Of course that doesn’t mean we can’t find easier ways to carry them around.

This Loop from Luma is an interesting take on the camera strap. It’s designed as more of a sling, which is worn across the chest, allowing your camera to rest conveniently at your hip. What’s more, is that there are a variety of ways that you can attach it to your camera. Sure, you can use the existing strap loops, but if those don’t suit your needs, you have other options. One attachment allows you to mount the strap using your tripod mount (while not blocking access to your mounting screw). Another puts the point of contact on the lens (if you’re using a large telephoto lens). Comfort and convenience in the form of this strap will run you around $70.

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Camera Armor Keeps Your DSLR Safe

By Chris Scott Barr

I have a DSLR, and let me tell you, carrying around something as bulky and expensive as that can be terrifying. Slung around one shoulder and hanging just above my hip, that thing is just one smacked wall away from destruction. Granted, I’ve had it for almost three years now, and it has only managed to take a couple of small scratches from my clumsiness. However, it would be nice if there were a better way to protect it, without keeping it stashed in a protective carrying case.

One company does offer a solution unlike any I’ve seen before. It’s a silicon body armor for your camera, along with a protective armor ring for your lens and cover for your LCD. Each piece of armor is specifically designed for a different camera model, making sure that it is a perfect fit. It might not help it survive in a particularly crushing impact, but everyday bumps and smacks might have a lessened effect on your camera if it has one of these. The best part is that the armor only costs $40. I’d say that’s well worth the money.

[ Camera Armor ] VIA [ PetaPixel ]

Pentax To Release Special Robot K-r DSLR


By Chris Scott Barr
You know what’s missing from most DSLRs? Robots. That’s right, I said robots. Granted, I say that about pretty much everything, so it’s safe to say that I’m a little biased. Thankfully someone over at Pentax is running on the same wavelength, because they’re releasing a special edition K-r DSLR that is robot-themed.

Sadly, this is not what I expected from a robot DSLR. I get the color scheme, as it’s taken from a rather famous ‘bot over in Japan. What I really don’t get is why the face and details are drawn on with a marker. I mean, if I’m going to shell out $1,200 for one of these, I’d like someone to take the time to draw some straight lines.

[ Pentax ] VIA [ Crunchgear ]