Ultra-Thin Liquid Crystal Zoom Lens

May 24th, 2005 | Filed under: Fabrication Tech, Future, Photography, Products, Technology | 1 Comment »

Scientists at Canada’s Universit√ɬ© Laval have invented a new lens that is five times thinner than a piece of paper that zooms by realigning liquid crystal cells with an electric current.

See also University of Central Florida’s Liquid Crystal Lens with Tunable Focus.

via Digital Photography Review

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Microscope Imaging Station

May 23rd, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Photography, Technology, Video | 1 Comment »

The Microscope Imaging Station at the Exploratorium has a gallery of some amazing images and movies taken from research-grade microscopes using time-lapse photography and staining techniques.

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Classifying Very Small Objects

May 20th, 2005 | Filed under: Internet, Mapping, Photography | 3 Comments »

The Collier Classification of Very Small Objects is a system created by Brian D. Collier to catalogue the world of Nelipart Machapplielectro greneroundeshiniplantliks and Onliwhol Porchecrecrawli brownecurvecruncaniliks. Add your own findings to the growing database.

High Speed Video Using a Dense Camera Array

May 18th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Mapping, Photography, Programming, Technology, Video | 1 Comment »

Using a scalable array of cheap CMOS cameras and compensating for their angular and temporal distortion, the high speed video device can capture multi-thousand frames per second in low light. In this case a 52 camera array captures 30 frames per second, giving a final output of 1560 fps (52×30=1560). Watch the video of a balloon popping at 1560fps. [pdf]

via MAKE

Nanomovies : Rapid Atomic Force Microscope

May 7th, 2005 | Filed under: Mechanical Tech, Nanotech, Photography, Technology, Video | No Comments »

Moshiur Anwar and Itay Rousso have demonstrated an atomic force microscope (AFM) that can take images of periodic processes with a time resolution of microseconds. Instead of sampling a surface by moving the microscopic probe, the probe is kept stationary in “force-sensing” mode as it records changes in up and down movements over time. The technique can only record repetitive nano-scaled movements which allow the microscope to move over and continue sampling the same movement for every pixel of the final constructed movie.

via physicsweb| Tech Review

Silver Superlens : Nano-Scaled Optical Imaging

April 22nd, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Future, Nanotech, News, Photography, Technology | 1 Comment »

Optical microscopes today can focus at about 400 nanometers (enough magnification to see the nucleus of a cell). By using a film of silver and UV light, the superlens can focus at about 60 nanometers. Sharper optics produced by enhancing evanescent waves as they pass the silver superlens, will allow nano-scaled visualization of living materials such as the movements of individual proteins in real-time. The technology would also bring imaging in various industries such as data storage and satellite imaging to a new level.

via Eurekalert | Thanks, John.

Forests Forever : FujiFilm Interactive Gallery

April 11th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Internet, Photography | 1 Comment »

via Treehugger

We Have Decide Not To Die : A Daniel Askill Film

April 8th, 2005 | Filed under: Photography, Video | No Comments »

We Have Decide Not To Die is a beautiful ultra-surreal short film capturing and extending 3 ritualistic moments of imminent death. Watch the preview.

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

March 8th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Internet, Mapping, Photography | 2 Comments »

NYPL’s new contribution to the public comes as an open access digital gallery to a collection of over 275,000 digitized images of illuminated manuscripts, posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrations, an incredible archive of maps, and more. Spend a few hours, maybe days skimming through history.

[NYPL Digital Gallery]

Bodies Unfolding

February 28th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Mapping, Photography | 1 Comment »

Selfportrait.map by Bill Outcault and Lilla Locurto, explores the process of unfolding and creating 2-dimensional projections of the 3rd dimension using full body scanning technology which collects a complete image maps of their full bodies along with thousands of associated Cartesian coordinate points. In an animation and a series of images, the fragments of the scanned bodies become gestural strokes, arranged and distorted through their own cartography software.

via Journal of Arch. + Comp.

more images at MIT | Pamela Auchincloss