X-ray Vision: Not just for Superman anymore

This next device is for those who, as children, shelled out their allowance money for “X-ray Specs” only to find that these paper goggles could not see through clothes at all. All they could do is make some illusion of bones on your hands, but you had to get the light just right.

The David Steele catalog has apparently discovered the secret of X-ray vision, without the use of harmful radiation. The X-ray Vision Camera Lens attaches to most camcorders, and works as an infrared filter.

Apparently, most clothing can allow light and infrared light to pass through the fabric, and this light is reflected back through the clothing. We normally see the reflected normal light mixed with the infrared light, and the lens can filter the normal light out. This allows the clothes to look transparent, or at least give a semi-transparent effect.

I included a picture of the effect after the jump. It has the appropriate black bars over the eyes and…other areas.

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DXG-579V available in Holiday pack from Kohl’s

I have covered the affordable video camcorders from DXG before, such as the DXG-567V and DXG-569V. Now, there is the DXG-579V, an upright digital camcorder with 720p video capture and shoot still pictures up to 8 megapixels.

The DXG-579V is a vertical form factor with a 2.4 inch rotation screen. It records H.264 video, or MOV file format, at up to 1280 x 720 at 30 frames per second. The user has the option of using High Capacity SD cards.

I regularly use the DXG-569V, and I find it simple to use and easy to upload videos to YouTube. The DXG-579V looks to be a step up from the 569V, and it looks like it has some sort of weird gauge where the SD card is inserted.

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Extech i5 IR Camera

I’ve never really played with infrared photography before, unless I wanted to make a shot in the dark. However, if I ever really wanted to get frisky with the infrared, I would definitely want to get the Extech i5 IR Camera. It allows for a “point and shoot” and get a thermal image of your subject matter.

This handheld IR camera is designed for the serious repairman as it can “detect hidden problems, make quick damage assessments, check for overheating in electrical panels and transformers, avoid electrical failures, identify faults in heating and cooling systems, and find problems with motors, fans, and bearings”.

Another thing the handheld IR camera allows is for “studying different physics phenomena”. I have no idea what type of physical phenomena you can observe with this little gadget here, but it has definitely piqued my curiosity. Something tells me it could open up new scientific worlds like a microscope or a telescope.

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Red ready to release epic redesign

The latest chapter in the Red One Scarlet saga has been announced. You may recall last September when CG reported that Red One head honcho Jim Jannard decided to scrap Red’s affordable 3K Scarlet video camera due to “changes in the state of the industry” and promised a new design which would have more the feel of a 2nd generation camera than a brand new, first generation design. This is after Red locked down the design of Scarlet and was on the verge of shipping it. They dumped Scarlet, and the Epic still camera, for a brand new design from scratch. What were these “changes” which prompted such a radical and costly decision? I think it was the upcoming release of the Canon 5D Mark II which shoots HD video in 1080p and makes it look like multimillion dollar blockbuster. Now, we see why. Jannard probably got a sneak look at the 5D and saw the handwriting on the wall and the word was “convergence.”

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Hand Camera Concept Design

Sometimes, I will see something that is worth photographing. If I don’t have a camera on me, I take my two fingers and make an L-shapes and frame the subject in question. It’s the same thing you see directors do on television. I always wondered if real filmmakers do that in reality. They probably don’t.

A Japanese designer named Mac Funamizu is currently designing a camera of the future that works on this age-old finger principle. The camera is put in a pair of sunglasses, and what you see here is what the user is seeing through the sunglasses.

Funamizu’s camera works by putting your fingers in the place where you would want to frame your subject. Then you take your picture with a wink. That is a literal wink by the way, as in you shut your left eye, and the picture is taken in your literal hand frame.

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Target Gift Cards get into the digital picture for the holidays

Target is known for its colorful and interesting gift cards. And whn you consider the logo is a set of circles, who can blame the company for trying to spice up their gift cards with strange and innovative designs? This holiday, Target is going beyond strange with a gift card that doubles as a digital camera. You read that right. A gift card that gift givers can take pictures with.

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Upload your photos on the Buckle or the Bracelet

I think all of you seen those cowboy guys with their belt buckles as huge as their hands, so it stands to reason that someone should put a picture on a belt buckle.

A company called Kimbra Studios has figured out a way to do this with some new technology that they were showing off at the PhotoPlus Expo in New York. All a user needs to do is go to the Web Site and select the belt buckle option.

By the way, you can also request other pieces of jewelry such as a bracelet for your photos. The company website allows you to upload the photos, and you should receive your photogenic buckle or other piece of jewelry at your door within two to three weeks.

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Sneakey allows you to duplicate a key from a mere photograph

The Sneakey sounds like some spy technology plucked out of a James Bond movie, but it is close to becoming real.

The Sneakey uses teleduplication, which is a way of extracting a normal key’s complete and precise “tooth pattern” at a distance using optical decoding and then cutting precise duplicates. In other words, a camera can take a picture of key from a distance, and from the high resolution photo, the photographer will have the information necessary to make a perfect copy of the photographed key.

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Take a photo, ID a logo, go to website

I just got finished reporting on some new augmented reality that uses books, and I have discovered another type of interesting technology that isn’t really augmented reality by definition, but it is just as cool.

See this nice-looking model in this picture? You don’t have to be a detective to notice the odd looking logo on her back. Apparently, if you have a specially upgraded camera, you can take a picture of the logo, then you can upload the logo onto the Internet, and you’ll be instantly transported to a certain website.

This website could be a Myspace or Facebook profile, personal blog, or any URL that the logo is programmed to go to. This concept is under the work by a company known as W-41, and it has a long way to go before you can take a picture of everyone’s personal logo and identify them on the Internet.

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