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360cam Takes To GoPro’s Turf With 360 Degree Action Video

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The action-camera market is crowded, but is largely dominated by GoPro, and for good reason. They’re great cameras with amazing video quality and tons of features. One thing they don’t have, however, is the ability to shoot in 360 degrees. That, the 360cam does by cramming three cameras with 185 degrees of lateral vision together in one package. The overlapping views are then stitched together on the device before being output to h.264 at 30fps in FullHD, geotagged with the included GPS chip. Gyroscopic image stabilization takes care of the shakes, while a WiFi chip allows you to stream your footage directly to a smartphone or tablet. A lightbulb socket adaptor lets you stick the camera on your ceiling somewhere and serve as a security camera. And it takes 8MP stills at 3fps, in case you’re not in the mood for moving images. Oh, and it’s waterproof!

It’s really a full featured camera, and the company understandably blew past its Kickstarter goals in a matter of hours. You can still get yours for $329 right now, which is a good deal cheaper than the expected $529 retail price.

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“Shoot Now, Focus Later” Camera Maker Lytro Releases Illum, A New Model With Fancy Lens

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Lytro made a huge splash two years ago with the introduction of their “light field photography” camera, which captured images that could be refocused after the fact. It was groundbreaking innovation, although its functionality has since then been replicated in smartphones with software trickery. The Illum being released now, however, raises the bar again. Aside from it’s slick futuristic looks, it packs a new 30 to 250 mm lens with a f/2 aperture across the range which contains only 13 pieces of glass, in contrast with an equivalent lens from Canon that contains 22. The result is a lighter, smaller lens that captures equally splendid pictures thanks to the complexity of its sensor and advanced algorithms.

It’s a futuristic camera that opens up a world of possibilities not previous available to photographers. Owning one will obviously cost a pretty penny, and in this case it’s $1,599. That’s a lot of dollars, but you’re also getting a lot of camera.

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Justice Cap To Elude CCTVs

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We live in a surveillance state, not to say a police state. There are cameras pretty much everywhere and while some may argue that this is fine as long you don’t have anything to hide, the erosion of liberties and privacy this state of affairs entails is depressing to others. The Justice Cap pictured above simply tries to restore some balance by having 9 forward-facing red LEDs right under the brim. Turn them on whenever you want and your face will become mostly unrecognizable in night surveillance footage, even if passersby don’t even notice them. It won’t work in the daytime however.

We’re not advocating you do anything illegal with this, just as us reporting on knives or guns doesn’t mean we’re advocating you use these to do illegal things, even though you could. Be smart and know that the $15 Justice Cap is only meant to make you feel better about being filmed 24/7, not to give you a criminal tool.

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The Only Thing Better Than Shooting With A GoPro Is Shooting With Two GoPros

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More is better, as they say, and this seems to apply to GoPros just as well as pretty much anything else. The Dual HERO System is a waterproof housing that lets you use two of the popular HD actioncams simultaneously. You can set one to record video while the other takes pictures, or have them both take video and convert it to 3D later on with some free software. The included sync cable means you only have to control one interface for both cameras, and the entire thing is waterproof up to 197 feet, or 60 meters. It’s $200.

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Mind Reading Camera Only Takes Pictures Of Things That Interest You

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With Google Glass starting its slow rollout into the wild, the idea of being able to capture anything anywhere anytime is becoming increasingly accessible. Not to say that it isn’t already with the ubiquity of cellphone cameras, but there’s something to be said about “always-ready” gear; sometimes that moment is gone by the time you whip out your phone. Well, the Neurocam being developed by the Tokyo-based Neurowear team constantly scans your brain waves and assigns them activity levels from 1 to 100. Then, when the detected levels exceed 60, it takes a 5 second GIF of whatever is in its line of sight. No need to press a trigger, or fumble around with your phone’s controls as Big Foot makes his escape yet again. If or when this ends up working right, it’ll be amazing. For now however what you have is an unwieldy prototype which uses a cradled iPhone as the camera. There are plans to change that, obviously. Also, there are questions about whether their tech actually works:

The analytics algorithm is based on the sensitivity vales of “interest” and “like” developed by Professor Mitsukura of Keio University and was co-developed with the neurowear team especially for the neurocam. The hardware is a combination of Neurosky’s Mind Wave Mobile and a new customized brainwave sensor with the newest BMD chip.

The team is behind other mind-controlled products like the “Necomimi and Shippo – moving, wearable, mind-controlled cat ears and a tail, respectively”, so it’s not like they’re new to the field. There is no word on eventual commercialization or project readiness, but we’re confident this kind of technology will eventually make it into the hands of consumers, from these guys or someone else.

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Bird Photo Booth Lets You Take Up Close Pics Of Flying Feathered Friends

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If you’re going to go to the trouble of getting a bird feeder, you’re probably the type of individual who wouldn’t hate having a couple of high quality pictures of the animals you feed. That’s not always easy to do, since birds are easily spooked, but the Bird Photo Booth can help you out. It’s basically just a bird feeder with space for an iPhone or GoPro. Yeah, you have to provide your own camera, but at least it’ll be protected from the elements inside the feeder. And once it’s in there, you can access it remotely either through Wifi or Bluetooth, and use something like this wireless camera application to watch in real-time, and snap pictures when you want. Ok, $150 is a lot of money to ask for a watertight bird feeder that doesn’t even come with its own camera, but hey, it’s not like there are a ton of other alternatives like this out there. At least they’ll throw in a macro and a polarizing lens to help you take better shots.

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Control Your dSLR Remotely With Your Smartphone

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Getting that perfect shot sometimes means putting the camera in an angle that doesn’t leave any room for your big head. It’s for situations like that that the Weye Feye adapter was created. It connects to most Canon and Nikon dSLRs through the USB port, and allows you to sync up with your iPhone or Android handset running the associated app. Once connected, you have much more than a remote trigger.

It’ll transmit the live view straight to your phone, allowing you to control most of the major camera settings at the same time. ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance and more can all be adjusted remotely, as you trigger your camera from up to 262ft (80 meters) away. You can also browse and download the photos you’ve already taken within the app’s gallery.

Chances of missing that perfect shot are also diminished because of the 0.2 second latency, which the company claims is the lowest on the market. That, combined with an 8h-14h (depending on operation mode) battery life, and you have an indispensable accessory for any serious photographer. It’s roughly $332, with a September release in the UK. No word on stateside availability.

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OhGizmo! Review: The DR500GW-HD Dashboard Camera

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If you’ve spent any time on the Internet lately, you will have probably noticed the increase in dramatic video footage from in-car dashboard cameras depicting everything from road rage incidents to asteroids breaking up in the sky. Most of these come from Russia, where owning such a device is common in light of the frequent insurance fraud attempts. But it’s a good idea to own one anywhere, because you never know when having video proof of what happened in front of you will come in handy. With that in mind, we set out to look for the “best” dashboard camera and kept coming across the Blackvue DR500GW-HD camera from Korean company Pittasoft. So we reached out to them for a review unit and the following article will look at how it performs. Hit the jump for details. Out here we’ll tell you this: it’s an outstanding product of superior build quality, with a few relatively minor flaws. Whether that’s enough to justify its high price is up to you.

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Super Strong Dual Suction Cup Mount For Exciting Driving Shots

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The casual driver probably feels no compulsion to record his morning commute. But there are those with the need to push things to the limit (hopefully legally), are not content with recording their feats through a windshield with a GoPro, but don’t quite dare stick a fancy camera out the window for fear that it fall to the pavement and shatter in a thousand little pieces. The Dual Suction Cup Camera mount pictured above is rated at 130kg (286lbs.) in a vertical position and 150kg (330lbs.) horizontally, which should be more than enough to support even the heftiest of recording devices. We’re trying to get more information on the type of mount but are having a bit of trouble with the Japanese on the page. We can however tell you that it’s $250, which is a small price to pay to secure a camera that can cost upwards of ten times that amount.

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