Paul Kohlhaussen, a Richmond student, decided to create a fully-functional 3D-printed camera, when he realized his dream cameras were way out of his budget. Even more impressive is the fact that he had no prior knowledge in CAD software, and managed to teach himself everything from scratch. This custom-built creation combines the features of the Mamiya 7 (medium format photography), Hasselblad XPan (panoramas), and last, but not least, the Leica M Series. What he ended up with, is the "Cycloptic Mustard Monster," which is designed to shoot 6 x 14 negatives on 120 film, and features an 8-part modular design that easily pairs with camera gear. Continue reading for some sample shots and more information.
The DJI Spark is a miniature drone that doesn't lack in features. What really sets it apart from the competition is a special "Gesture Mode," which enables users to control it in "The Force" like fashion, while more complex functions can be accessed from a smartphone or the Spark controller. It also features a "3D Sensing System" for obstacle avoidance, especially since the drone has a top speed of 31 mph. As for images, its 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor is capable of 12-megapixel photos and 1080p video, all stabilized with a 2-axis gimbal. Get one here now. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the world's heaviest weight.
The all-new Nike Unlimited Stadium installation in Manila, Philippines lets runners race against a digital avatar of themselves. Simply place a radio frequency identification sensor on your sneaker, and then run a lap on the track. Once the first lap is completed, a digital avatar appears on large LED screens. This 200-meter installation was built by global advertising agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty's (BBH) Singapore and spans an entire city block. It's modeled after Nike's new LunarEpic running shoe and lights up in a host of colors while featuring the same circular drawings found shoe's sole. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.
UC Berkley researchers, lead by Richard Zhang, have developed an innovative app that uses artificial intelligence to colorize black and white photos near instantly. It begins by automatically colorizing the image, and then offers "suggested colors" to let users manually fix any mistakes, while the computer analyzes the markers in real-time to create the final product. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Turkey's ingenious tow trucks in-action.
Photographer Joshua Paul experimented with a 1913 Graflex 4x5 view camera by taking it to shoot Formula 1 races, and the results are spectacular to say the least, in a vintage kind of way. This 104-year-old camera is capable of shooting up to 20 exposures, thanks to a roll film adapter. To make things even harder, setting the focal plane shutter speed requires selecting both a slit width and a spring tension. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Krubera Cave is currently the deepest-known cave on Earth, located in the Arabika Massif of the Gagra Range of the Western Caucasus, in the Gagra district of Abkhazia. The Ukrainian Speleological Association expedition reached a depth greater than 6,600-feet, and explored the cave to -6,824-feet. The original name "Krubera" had been assigned to the cave by Georgian speleologists who explored the entrance pit in 1960. This name was given after the noted Russian geographer Alexander Kruber. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.
The Bow Wow Challenge is one thing, artist Vatsal Kataria takes fake travel photos to the next level, all from the comfort of his home studio. "I created all of this miniature landscapes here in my studio with help of very basic products. I used old cardboard, plaster, polystyrene sheets, newspapers and acrylic colors. I always wanted to do something different so I created this series. Creating set is important but for me painting is the real challenge because it's the paint job which brings life to my art," said Kataria. Continue reading to see more of his amazing work.
Birdie is a simple accessory that lets you take amazing aerial shots using only your GoPro, without requiring a drone. Launch it into the air while your camera takes continuous photos or videos on the way up to maximum altitude, and on the way back down. Best of all, the gadget floats, so you can play safely with it at the pool or at the beach. Get one here now. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an incredible Star Trek and TRON: Legacy mashup.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft took its final dive into Saturn's rings on April 26th, showing them like we've never seen before. Now, the agency has revealed the first true color images of Saturn's North Pole, created by astroparticle physicist Sophia Nasr. In this region, there's a never-ending hurricane with 300+ mile per hour winds, and previous images showed the area in a reddish hue. These images were created by using three separate photos that Cassini captured using Red, Green, and Blue filters. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the most recent awe-inspiring SpaceX Falcon landing.
Many already know that a person's physical traits are determined by genetic combinations from both parents, but these can be broken down into dominant and recessive categories. The former require only one copy of a dominant gene to outwardly express that trait, like brown eyes, dimples, naturally curly hair, etc.. However, for recessive traits to be expressed outwardly an individual must have two copies of a recessive gene, one from each parent. Examples include: grey / green / hazel / blue eyes, blonde hair, and height. Continue reading for more side-by-side photographs that show genetics at work. Click here for a few bonus images.