Bullet Time How To
Photo credit: Peta Pixel
Technically speaking, bullet time is a visual effect that detaches the time and space of a camera (or viewer) from that of its visible subject, or a depth enhanced simulation of variable-speed action and performance found in films, most notably “The Matrix”. This term is actually a registered trademark of Warner Bros., formally established in March 2005, in connection with the video game The Matrix Online, first been used within the original script of the 1999 film. If you don’t have a high-speed camera, read more to see how you can achieve this effect for free.

Iceberg Camera Lens

Photo credit: Mathieu Stern

Photographer Mathieu Stern just happened to be in Iceland, and loves making unique camera lenses, so what could be better than creating one with real ice from an iceberg? “If glass can focus light, then ice should do it too,” said Mathieu. To make it happen, a custom lens body designed to hold ice within as its main lens element had to be 3D-printed first. Then, an ice sphere maker was hacked to create optical half spheres. Continue reading to see actual images taken with the lens and for more information.

MakerPhone DIY Phone

For just $89, the MAKERphone is an Arduino-based, DIY mobile phone kit that comes disassembled, and once completed, it aims to teach even novices more about programming (Python, Scratch, etc.) as well as basic electronics. The device itself sports a GSM module, dual-core processor, 128×160 pixel color LCD display, antenna, sound module, and yes, a headphone jack. Continue reading for more pictures, information and the Kickstarter page.

Electric Skateboard Cats

Electric skateboards are nothing new, but this one was designed specifically for cats by Kim Pimmel. “For the latest in my Pet Projects experiments, I built an electric skateboard for my cat to ride. Put a treat into the throttle lever, and she pulls it to get a snack and a boost,” said Pimmel. Parts used include: an Adafruit Feather M0, Adafruit Feather Motor Wing, Lipstick USB Battery PackTenergy 12V 2000mAh NiMH Battery Pack, Orangatang Kegel 80 mm, uxcell DC 12V 2000RPM Brushed Electric Motor 45mm, XCSOURCE Pulleys / Motor + Belt + Bracket + Screw Tool Set, and a skateboard deck / trucks from a local shop. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

DIY Camera Periscope

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Alex of the YouTube channel “I Did a Thing” recently uploaded a video showing how you can make a DIY periscope to film underwater with just about any camera for a mere $10. The main components you’ll need are a PVC pipe, PVC elbow joint, a sheet of glass from picture frame, and a bargain store mirror. Simply attach the glass to serve as an underwater window, attach the mirror at a 45° to one end of the PVC pipe, glue everything together, and you’re ready to shoot. Continue reading for more pictures and information.