Time to think about design

Lately, I’ve been talking to you about the new X100 prototype : How it works, the research I’ve been doing  in order to  create , and understand technology.

Today it’s time to think about the design, and see how can I build a prototype that will encourage people to  buy it. I was thinking of  creating a futuristic design, but in the same time a practical one. A  good example is the  Canon Wonder Camera Concept that was  displayed at Expo 2010.

In the same time, I want the design to be as simple as possible and  the size of my X100 to be a pocket size. ( here are a few unusual concepts of design that I found wile I was researching ) ” http://www.designswan.com/archives/12-innovative-and-unusual-camera-designs.html ”

Paul Rand, said about design,  that “is the method of putting form and content together. Design, just as art, has multiple definitions; there is no single definition. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated. “



In the picture above you can see  the ”  LEICA i9 for iPhone4 ” , The WVIL concept camera by Artefact combines a (wireless) lens with a body that has all the feature of a smartphone. This could be a good idea  for x100 prototype,  but it will take a long time for all the components of my technology to be  incorporated in a camera that small.

I started working  on my  design in  Photoshop, and I will use  3DSMAX to create a video that will promote my idea.

Let me know what you think about design so far.

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 )


“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.

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.



‘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 .


Video Pitch Development

      Let’s start by knowing my idea which is a new media product, that will use the same principles, as the real-world technology cameram 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  3D holography to   create the hologram.
  As for 260MC , we need to create a video pitch  that will show the development and the idea, I’ve decided that I have to research more about  my idea, see  is there is  another prototype out there, is someone though about it before, or just to clear my mind around what exactly I should  know when creating a such bold project, and the process I’m going thru. 
   I’ve asked myself if there is a need for my idea, and in the research below, I think that the world is ready, and in a few years, if not 10 then 50, my idea will be  real and everyone will hold my camera in their hands.
  In order to build an audience for my new idea, I had to do some research, and find out how many people are interested in technology, cameras, media, holography,e.t.c, so I’ve created an ad  using Facebook, witch allow me to  see that 5,400,000 people share the same interests, and they could be my audience for my new idea , just in Uk, and more then 34,000,000 in US, which I think it’s more then I could ever imagine. As a new prototype  I think that my audience will  get engage, fast,  as I think we all want to know what future brings, and  how things will be different. From ÉTIENNE-JULES MAREY, which begins his initial studies into the possibility of analysing the motion of birds in flight in 1870, to ADWEARD JAMES MUYBRIDGE, which used a battery of 24 cameras to photograph a race horse,  and was the beginning of what would become known as stop-action series photography. Muybridge would continue the study of motion and the theory of locomotion using animals, and later, humans.
ImageOne set of stop-action-series photographs
We can see how the way we see things changed, and now  having a camera that uses laser to  photograph across the corner. Looking up the CNN.com website to  find out more about Ramesh Raskar’s camera, witch is  similar to my idea, I find out that ” The speed of light isn’t infinite: light travels about a foot per billionth of a second ” , the process that he’s been thru with his research, and   I realised that  I need to  do more research into the in ultrafast lasers and photonics, but what I know for sure is that  is possible  to build it into a camera.

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.