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Rice University details Theia distributed image search solution

Rice University details Theia distributed image search solution

The thought of a system that could search the photos taken by a bunch of strangers on the smartphone looking for one specific person seems scary and creepy at first. However, there is a lot of good that can be done with something like this as well. Think for instance about all the people you see shooting photos with smartphones at a theme park. Consider if a child goes missing and all of the photos being taken there might show what happened to the child to help parents or police locate the missing little one.

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LA-EA2 Sony Lens Adapter Leaks with Mirror and Speed-Boosting AF Sensor

LA-EA2 Sony Lens Adapter Leaks with Mirror and Speed-Boosting AF Sensor

What you're seeing here in this rather confusing set of images is a leaked product from Sony, a brand new lens adapter with a brand new twist - a mirror! This is the LA-EA2, a lens adapter that allows you to put Sony's Alpha SLR lenses onto all of its smaller NEX cameras. While this sort of situation generally just has a few jimmyrigged bits making the lens not quite as awesome fitted onto the camera that's not normally meant to have the lens, this new piece of equipment has a translucent mirror inside to collect a tiny bit of light from the image as it travels into the camera, this light then sent to a phase-detection autofocus sensor in the base.

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Instagram Hits 150 Million Photos

Instagram Hits 150 Million Photos

The photo sharing app phenomenon that is Instagram has announced today a new milestone. Posting to its blog, the company revealed that it is now hosting over 150 million photos. This is quite an amazing feat, considering the company launched just nine months ago and is exclusive to the iOS platform.

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Photovine is Live, Time for some Futuristic Google Photo Sharing

Photovine is Live, Time for some Futuristic Google Photo Sharing

What on earth is Google thinking? Don't they already have a photo sharing service called Google+? Or better yet, Picasa? Then there's that other service by the name of Pool Party. Isn't that something that Google has whipped up as well? Turns out all these things are sort of true in one way or another, Google has its hands deep into more than one photo-sharing or otherwise social networking with photos site, Photovine only being the most recently uncovered.

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Exploding water balloons make awesome pictures

Exploding water balloons make awesome pictures

It's already reaching summer-like temperatures here in Texas with temps of 91 degrees not counting humidity here over the weekend. That means that driving through my neighborhood, I enviably see kids playing in a water hose, using water guns, or tossing water balloons at each other. I was constantly picking up water balloon shards last year out of my yard with the kids all playing with them constantly. An artist has taken some water balloons and used them to create some really cool photos.

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Networked Police – Facial Matching Glasses

Networked Police – Facial Matching Glasses

Brazilian police have come up with a system to scan the faces of people in crowded areas, checking them against a central database to see if they're wanted bad-duded. I love this. Truly, these are like the grandpappy of the wearable systems from Snow Crash. It's a set of glasses with a camera fitted to them. The camera can grab 400 faces per second out of a crowd and send them all to a central database. If there's a match, a notifier pops up on a screen and lets the officer know that there is a wanted criminal afoot.

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