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James Gunn Says “New Technology” Will Prevent Fans From Taking Video at San Diego Comic-Con

San Diego Comic-Con will be using "new technology" to prevent fans from taking video of the Guardians of the Galaxy presentation. How's that going to work?

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Get the First Generation Lytro Camera for Over 50% Off

Unlike standard cameras that produce a flat, static 2D image, the Lytro uses cutting-edge technology to record the direction of 11 million light rays in each scene.

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San Diego Comic-Con Bans Selfie Sticks, Maybe With Good Reason?

Start kissing up to your long-armed friends NOW.

If you're going to Comic-Con this year and like taking selfies, you'd better have long arms, or at least be friends with people who are. Because SDCC has announced that they are banning selfie sticks this year as one of several changes to their technology policies. Who do you think you are, SDCC? The Cannes Film Festival?

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Bad News: “Belfie Stick” Is a Butt Selfie Apparatus. Good News: Selfie Sticks Look Less Dumb Now.

Get the perfect picture of yourbelf.

Always make sure you get your good side backside.

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Get a Look at Conan’s Studio With Its New 360° Camera for a More Interactive Late Night Experience

It's like you're watching the show while awkwardly standing on stage with everyone ignoring you!

Conan O'Brien's got himself a new toy -- a 360° camera for his studio. As you can see in this sample, it lets viewers click and drag their way around the set to look wherever they'd like. It's obviously a bit of a gimmick, but what do you think? Is this something that's actually going to be used by fans?

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Someone Paid Almost $1 Million for a Possibly Fake Apollo 15 Moon Camera

Smile and say, "The Moon is made of cheese!"

Over the weekend, a Hasselblad Electronic Data Camera that went to the surface of the Moon during the Apollo 15 mission was auctioned off and sold for almost $1 million. The only problem is that the camera may not have actually been on the Moon, or near it, or even to space.

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ParaShoot Mini HD Camera Wants to Record Your Life

It's like a GoPro for those of us who don't want to jump off of things from space.

If you want a tiny HD camera, but your life isn't "extreme" enough to justify buying a GoPro, the KickStarter for the Parashoot might interest you. Like the GoPro it's a tiny HD video and still camera, but it's designed for everyday life. They've crushed their funding goal, but you can still back the project to score one on the cheap.

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New Distortion-Free Camera Lenses Inspired by Insect Eyes

Need a camera that can take a clear picture of the whole landscape before you? They're not easy to make and take a lot of technical know-how. Lowly critters like flies and bees, though, come with these complex devices as standard equipment. Now, a team of researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois are taking a cue from those insect eyes to design a next-generation camera lens that can capture extremely sharp images in wide field of view. And before you ask, yes, it's pretty freaky looking.

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Mannequin Spies May be Dressing You With Their Camera-Eyes

Shopping for clothes can be, for some of us, a private affair. Some people will only shop with their closest friends, others prefer to do it alone. One thing is certain: Nobody wants to get caught and judged after finding that a pair of pants doesn't fit the way it should. It may concern you, then, to find out that certain retailers have begun employing a new type of camera to keep tabs on their customers, hidden behind the eye-sockets of mannequins.

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50-Gigapixel Camera Will Help Horatio Caine Catch Killers

Someday, people will look back at all the CSI "Enhance!" jokes and never get them. The picture above was taken by AWARE-2, a 50-gigapixel camera system built by a team led by David Brady at Duke's Pratt School of Engineering. As you can see, it has pretty insane enhance capabilities, even though it hasn't reached its 50-gigapixel theoretical limit, so given enough time and funding, we could catch a killer by enhancing a photo of a license plate.

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Display-Free Camera Lends Digital Photography Some Analog Trappings

Back in the day, there used to be some guesswork in photography. Those of you old enough to remember film will also remember the anticipation of waiting for your photos to be developed and the crushing disppointment of finding out they somehow all managed to be horrendously out of focus. Brian Matanda is trying to bring some of that joy fear excitement and uncertainty to digital photography with an interesting analog-inspired digital design called the Timeless Capture camera. Picture takin' used to be different, kids.

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This Camera Only Prints Text Descriptions Of The Pictures It Takes

Cameras are getting better and better. We've got cameras than can change focus after the fact, smartphone cameras that can shoot actual feature film footage, cameras that can shoot at 1 trillion fps, but what boring thing do these all have in common? They deal in pictures. Matt Richardson's Descriptive Camera is taking the technology in a whole new direction. The Descriptive Camera "takes" pictures like a normal camera, but it doesn't output pictures, it outputs written descriptions. How is that possible? There must be a little guy in there or something, right? Actually yes. Kind of.

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The Avengers Uses Actual Footage Shot With an iPhone 4S in the Final Cut

People have been pretty impressive with the camera the iPhone 4S is packing, but some of those people are influential enough and in the right station in life to show just how impressive the camera is. According to TiPb, Seamus McGarvey, cinematographer director for the upcoming Marvel romp, The Avengers, shot some footage for the film using the iPhone 4S, and the footage was good enough to leave in the film. Not only that, but the footage filmed with the iPhone 4S appears in the trailer as well.

The beauty of photography or cinema is that you make every choice based on the content at hand. On The Avengers, I did a couple of shots on the iPhone and they are in the movie. In fact, they are in the trailer! I understand that sometimes there is no choice and you have to go for the cheapest option, but if you are limited for choice, you can still make poignant decisions that will effect the look of the film.

Check out the trailer after the jump and see if you can spot the footage.

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Thermal Imaging Cameras Are More Effective Way To Steal PIN Numbers

A team of researchers from the University of California at San Diego have found that thermal imaging cameras can be used to steal PIN numbers when people make a cash withdrawal from an ATM. Residual heat from a person's finger when it touches the keypad to punch in their PIN can be viewed with an infrared camera to give away your combination without anyone having to actually see your finger on the button. For criminals, thermal imaging has some advantages. Whether or not the user visually blocks the keypad while they type their number will make no difference, and PIN harvesting can still be automated to provide crooks with a leg up. Researchers Keaton Mowery, Sarah Meiklejohn and Stefan Savage of UCSD studied 21 volunteers punching in 27 randomly selected PIN numbers on plastic and brushed metal keys. The study showed that plastic PIN pads retain the heat signature from the finger the longest showing which numbers and which order they were pressed.

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Papercraft Camera Actually Works

Created by designer Matthew Nicholson, the camera is a papercraft recreation of a Leica M3, a classic camera -- produced by German camera company Leica Camera -- dating back to 1954 that sold over 220,000 units from 1954 to 1966 when it stopped being produced. Nicholson opted to go the cheaper and more papery route, creating a papercraft version of the Leica M3 that actually snaps pictures.

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Lioness Steals Camera, Which Happens to Record the Heist and Getaway [Video]

While taking pictures for a book about endangered African lions, wildlife photographer Roger de la Harpe came across three lionesses while in South Africa's Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve. He placed a digital camera on the path up ahead to see if he could record the lionesses as they hopefully passed by. Harpe got more than a quick pass, as one of the lionesses stopped at the camera, inspected it, then picked it up in her mouth and trotted off with it. Luckily, she didn't damage the camera, and it managed to record the heist from the point of view of the lioness' mouth. Since the camera's lens was unobstructed and inside the lioness' mouth, one can liken the view to what a lioness' prey sees as it hangs from her mouth. After a few minutes, the lioness dropped the stolen item and Harpe was able to retrieve the camera with the lionesses around only 75 meters away.

(The Telegraph via Technabob)

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Pinhole Cameras Made Out of Hollow Eggs, Break Shell to See Picture

Using blown eggs (basically empty, but complete, eggshells), Francesco Capponi made pinhole cameras that capture somewhat creepy negative photos. Dubbed the Pinhegg, the camera can only take one photo, because the eggshell must be broken in order to see the actual photo, thus destroying the camera. Head on over to Lomography to check out Capponi's instructions on how to make the camera, and head on past the break to see a few more of the photos.

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Report: iPad 2 Will Have Front- and Rear-Facing Cameras

Citing multiple sources, Reuters reports that the iPad 2 -- which hilarious-though-sometimes-accurate rumormongers DigiTimes reports will ship in February of 2011 for an April launch -- will have both front- and rear-facing cameras, sourced by Genius Electronic Optical Co Ltd and Largan Precision Co Ltd. You may recall that a teardown of this generation's iPad revealed that it has a slot in the frame that perfectly fits the camera from a unibody MacBook Pro, which Apple evilly didn't include in this generation for whatever reason. Cameras would allow videochat applications such as Apple's FaceTime and augmented reality apps for the iPad. Reuters' sources also say, in accordance with other iPad 2 rumors we've heard, that the "new model would be slimmer, lighter and have a better resolution display." Man, if all of these iPad 2 reports are true -- they jibe with Apple's past product release strategy, but we'd still put them in the 'interesting rumor category' for now -- a bunch of people who got iPads for Christmas or Hanukkah this year are going to be annoyed. (Reuters via BGR)

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School District Allegedly Spies on Students Using Laptop Cameras

The school district of Lower Merion, Pennsylvania is being sued by parents for allegedly using the embedded webcams of school-issued laptops to invade the privacy of students.

School officials claim that the cameras were intended to be used only in the event that a laptop was lost or stolen, in order to facilitate its location and retrieval.  However, parents and students were never informed that the school district had the ability to remotely activate and use the webcams in the computers.  Michael and Holly Robbins, parents and plaintiffs in the suit, say they found out about the cameras' functionality when information from their son's webcam was used as evidence in disciplinary action against him.

The school district has released statements saying that the webcamera tracking software has been deactivated and will not be reactivated without "express written notification to all students and families." 

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