Camera uses laser beams to take 3D images from 1km away

Today I found out, that the new technology, known as 3D, is being used for more then just  films, and photography. From Google’s Streetview cars now going to make drive-by 3D models, to instance helping military drones better see targets in combat operations. This new technology, could have a lot of different scientific applications, as Buller said “the system could be placed on airplanes and used to scan the vegetation in a forest, helping to determine the size and health of the plants. The team is also interested in making the camera work well underwater, which would allow people to scan the depth of oceans or lakes and determine their shape.”

“That’s the beauty of this system,” said physicist Gerald Buller of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, co-author of a paper on the system that appeared on 4 April in Optics Express. “Each laser pulse contains many photons, but we only need one photon to return for every 10 optical pulses.”

( below you can see a image that shows how camera works )

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“The superconducting detector has the potential to really be phenomenal,” said engineer Mark Itzler of Princeton Lightwave Inc, who was not involved in the work. It would probably find a wide variety of uses, he said.

This new camera, can produce high-resolution 3D images of objects from 1 Km away.

How it works?

“The technology works by sending out a low-power infrared laser beam, which sweeps over an object or scene. Some light gets reflected back, though most is scattered in different directions. A detector measures how long it takes one particle of light, a photon, to return to the camera and is then able to calculate the distance from the system to the object. The technique can resolve millimetre-size bumps and changes in depth from hundreds of metres away.” said  ADAM MANN  for wired.co.uk

This technology is excellent news for  inventors and researchers, as  it’s a step forward for  new ideas, and science, and in the same time, helping the world, and not just filmmakers or photographers. This will be a good idea for my camera, even thought, I want to keep my idea as simple as it can get, and someday, get in touch with a researchers, and developers  team, to make it  a revolutionary  way to see the world around us.

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Microsoft Kinect + DSLR = DEPTH FILMMAKING

A very enterprising fellow by the name of James George has developed theRGBDToolkit, a workflow that allows you to marry the two tools with some very intriguing results.  You shoot through a DSLR attached to a Kinect, and after calibrating both devices to a checkerboard, you can start creating some incredible imagery.  

The RGBDToolkit invites you to imagine the future of filmmaking. 
Repurposing the depth sensing camera from the Microsoft Kinect or Asus Xtion Pro as an accessory to your HD DSLR camera, the open source hardware and software captures and visualizes the world as mesmerizing wireframe forms. A CGI and video hybrid, the data can be rephotographed from any angle in post.   ( source http://www.rgbdtoolkit.com) 

On their website, you can find  tutorials, and more about how this technology works.” http://www.rgbdtoolkit.com/tutorials.html ” 

Below you can see a video on how this technology works, in a  2 min video recording.

You may now think; What is this doing for me, well it can do  many things for researchers, to  create an environment, where you can actually   film a 3D human body, but  still at this point, this tool, is  doing a lot for experimental filmmakers, as it’s creating some very cool experimental imagery by itself. And here we are, having two off-the-shelf tools along with free open-source software that let us start dipping our toes into that world!

Who knows?  Perhaps volumetric scanning will become a common feature on future cameras, allowing for 3D projections, holograms and other assorted weirdness. Which is the technology I’m hoping to   achieve when my X100 will be available to  be manufactured. Hoping that with this  technology, my camera will come to life, sooner then I thought.

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The camera that can see through skin

A camera that can see through skin and even frosted glass has been revealed.

So far in my posts, I’ve been talking about how art, influences my work, and the progress I’ve been,  to  innovate media, and   create something that  can help the world, especially the  film world. I’ve been doing research to  see what is already  out-there, and how it can influence me in my development. It seems that the world is moving fast, and there are already  a few cameras that are able to use the speed of light, laser, and 3D, but there is nothing like my new camera.

A camera that can see through skin ,  has been revealed,to the world, by an Israel team. It uses natural light rather than lasers, ” The technique uses what is called a spatial light modulator to ‘undo’ the scattering that makes objects opaque or non-reflecting.”  says dailymail.co.uk  , and   Professor Yaron Silberberg of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, who led the research. said ‘If you want to look to see an embryo developing inside an egg but the eggshell scatters everything, or you want to look through the skin, scattering is the main enemy there, and time-of-flight is not a good solution,’ 

In the image below you can see the letter A with no scattering (top), behind scattering plastic (centre) and re-imaged with the new technique.

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‘You can take a piece of wall and effectively turn it into a mirror, and this is the part that makes everybody raise an eyebrow,’ said Professor Silberberg.

The technique is likely to be first used for medical scanning, said MARK PRIGG .

This is something that  shows that my camera, will in the future be something that people can use, but till then  there are a lot of things that needs development.

This camera was the start for  a new inventions witch is  a camera that peers around corners, witch uses laser pulse and was a inspiration for my work. 

How my camera will look like, and the progress I’m going through, will be  shown in my  next post .

Till then I’m looking forward for your feedback, and comments .

 

260MC Future Media T1

“Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.”

Frank Zappa

The Pitch 

         260MC,  the module, witch I thought,  that will be my personal favourite  this year, as  it started, in a very creative way, with the past, and giving us tasks, from which we’ll have to drew  inspiration from  arts, is starting in Term 2, to make us  think of a revolutionary, innovative idea, to explore how the contemporary media landscape is being shaped by technological and cultural change.

        In the first week of this term, we had to came up  with 3 ‘Elevator Pitches’,  and as my  inspiration,  is always drew from arts and nature, I had a hard time, trying to get outside my comfort zone, and think about something that has to do with technology.  

       This being said, my first idea was to  create, a futuristic, experimental gallery, that will use technology in order to make a cultural change in the art world, and in the same time, is trying to bring people’s attention into the art world. My second idea  was to  build a community of arts students around the world, that will be able to  share ideas, donate, and get involved in other projects, plus it will  use a radar,  in order to find  people with same interests, and a chat platform. 

        My 3rd idea, and the one that I’m going to develop is a prototype, and a new media product, that will use the same principles as the real-world technology camera that  can see around corners, but my prototype, is a bit more sci-fi, as I want to create  a camera that is aware of the travel time of light, and  can  analyse the object, and environment, using laser pulse, and  when you watch it back , it will use holograms in 3D. Now  you see why I said it’s a sci-fi idea, but  as the new world is happening so fast and we already know that  2D Holograms are real,  and Ramesh Raskar, the head of Camera Culture research group, at MIT , the man that opened doors for photography with his camera that  can see around the corners, it will not take  a long time since my  prototype will came to life.

      If you want  to know more about my new idea that will change the way we film, and watch a film forever, please keep in touch, and  leave me a feedback in the comment below.