Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a technology called "Interactive Dynamic Video," which essentially allows viewers manipulate objects in videos. It uses traditional cameras and algorithms to examine the invisible vibrations of an object, thus creating video simulations users can interact with in real-time. "This technique lets us capture the physical behavior of objects, which gives us a way to play with them in virtual space. By making videos interactive, we can predict how objects will respond to unknown forces and explore new ways to engage with videos," said MIT PhD student Abe Davis. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a Star Wars speeder bike battle in real-life.
Photographer Kurt Moser wasn't happy with the photos from his custom glass plate camera, nicknamed "baby" (bottom photo). So, he decided to go big, literally, using a 45-year-old Russian military truck as his starting point. This truck camera uses an extremely rare APO Nikkor 1780mm lens, one of ten in the world, to capture images up to 4.9-feet in size on large glass plates that weigh nearly 90-pounds each. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
Priced from $2600, the Chronos 1.4, powered by a 1280x1024 CMOS image sensor with a 1.4Gpx/s throughput, costs only a fraction of a Phantom Flex ($25000) and is capable of capturing motion at 1,057 fps (full-resolution), all the way up to 21,649 fps at lower resolutions. It also features a touchscreen interface, complete with jog wheel, and is fully compatible with C and CS mount lenses out of the box, while drawing power from Nikon EN-EL4A batteries. Continue reading for a Phantom comparison video and more information.
A monowheel is basically a one-wheeled single-track vehicle similar to a unicycle. However, instead of sitting above the wheel, the rider sits either within it or next to it. The wheel is a ring, usually driven by smaller wheels pressing against its inner rim. Hand-cranked and pedal-powered monowheels were patented and built in the late 19th century; most built in the 20th century have been motorized. Some modern builders refer to these vehicles as monocycles, though that term is also sometimes used to describe motorized unicycles. Continue reading for more amazing colorized historical photos. Click here for a few bonus images.
Seeing a reflection of a tree isn't something out of the ordinary, but having its fallen leaves perfectly reflected back onto the branches is an entirely different story. Like many things in life, occurrences like this are simply pure luck, or being at the right place and time to experience them. Other examples include faces, flowers, and more. Continue reading to see some mind-boggling reflections. Click here to view a few bonus images.
Photographer Melvin Nicholson captured a beautiful white rainbow, also known as a fogbow, at Rannoch Moor, Scotland, this past Sunday while preparing for a workshop. As its name suggests, it appears as a bow in fog rather than rain. Because of the very small size of water droplets that cause fog - smaller than 0.05 millimeters (0.0020 in) - the fog bow has only very weak colors, with a red outer edge and bluish inner edge. "As soon as I saw this wonderful isolated windswept tree, I knew that it had to be framed by the fog bow. Freshly fallen snow set the scene all around. It was just beyond magical and one of those days that you'll remember for a long time to come," said Nicholson. The photo was captured with a Canon 5DS and a Canon 16-35mm f/4 lens at 16mm, f/8, 1/1000s, and ISO 100. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone who has a "bye" sound unlike any other.
Photographer Mathieu Stern isn't an expert in the field of 3D printing, so he decided to create a cardboard DSLR camera lens prototype using glass from an 1890s model he found. Once he took the measurements, creating a 2D design was next. France-based 3D printing company FABULOUS then turned his 2D design into a 3D model and sent it to a printer for prototyping. The final product is a 135mm f/1.8 lens that uses a single glass element in the front. Continue reading for more sample images he took with the lens mounted on a full-frame DSLR camera.
During her time on The X-Files, Gillian Anderson won numerous awards for her portrayal of Special Agent Scully, including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She is also the first actress to win an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award in the same year. Anderson's character on X-Files initiated a phenomenon referred to as "The Scully Effect"; as the medical doctor and the FBI Special Agent inspired many young women to pursue careers in science, medicine and law enforcement, and as a result brought a perceptible increase in the number of women in those fields. Now seeing a banana in her nose on the set of X-Files is definitely something out of the ordinary. Continue reading for more rarely seen celebrity pictures. Click here for a few bonus images.
Photographer Chris Porsz spent countless hours in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, walking around Peterborough, Cambridgeshire (Great Britain), capturing hundreds of people he encountered. He decided to track some of these people down and capture them in similar poses at the same location. The examples range from punk rockers to lovers, siblings, and even policemen. These images can now be found in a book called "Reunions," with accompanying stories of the people by writer Jo Riley. Continue reading for more. Click here for a few bonus images.
Photographer Tomas van der Weijden captured a once-in-a-lifetime photo of the erupting Klyuchevskaya Sopka volcano in Kamchatka and a streaking meteor, both being reflected in a lake. "We had set up camp nearby and hiked out to the small lake to get a good view of the volcano. We were extremely lucky with the circumstances (not just the meteor, but clear skies and the active volcano!), as it had been a couple of years since lava streams had erupted from this particular volcano," the photographer told PetaPixel. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why the ocean is much deeper than you may think.