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YouTuber uses Gigapixel AI to upscale 1896 video to 4K 60FPS

By Anthony Garreffa | Feb 7, 2020 07:26 pm CST

The internet is an amazing place that I started my journey on back in the dial-up days and 14.4Kbps modems, all the way through to fiber connections and 5G -- but there's not much these days that makes me sit back and think "yeah, holy crap"... but today, is one of those days. Check out this video:

This is 'L'Arrivee d'un train en gare de La Ciotat', a 50-second silent short film that debuted in 1896 (that is NOT a typo), and when it was first showed to cinema-goers, rumor has it that many of them thought the train was going to burst through the screen as they had not (ever) seen video before. The low-quality original film can be viewed in a comparison towards the end, while it is shown in the glorious 4K resolution at 60FPS.

YouTuber Denis Shiryaev used publicly available AI-powered enhancement programs DAIN and Gigapixel AI to upscale the 1896 footage to 4K 60FPS. It looks absolutely awesome in comparison, with the 60FPS side of things really helping smooth the entire video out.

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Next-gen camera that may take images of real-time neuron communication

By Jak Connor | Jan 22, 2020 03:24 am CST

Engineers have stepped the camera game up to a new level with a brand new camera that is capable of not only taking one trillion images a second, but also capturing objects that are transparent.

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Caltech's Lihong Wang developed the world's fastest camera, this device was capable of taking ten trillion images a second. While that might sound incredibly impressive, which it is, that camera did have limitations. Now, Wang has invented a new camera that has a slower speed (one trillion images per second), but can also capture images of transparent objects. This new camera combines the technology of the first camera mentioned (ten trillion images per second) with some older technology called phase-contrast microscopy.

Wang calls this combination of technology "phase-sensitive compressed ultrafast photography (pCUP)". Phase-contrast microscopy is quite old, in fact, its one-hundred years old and was created by Dutch physicist Frits Zernike to observe transparent materials. The method observes light waves that are slowing down as they are entering various materials. An example of this would be if a beam of light was shot into a plane of glass, the light would slow down upon impact of the glass and then speed back up once it has exited it.

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'QooCam 8K' is the worlds first pocket 8K 360 camera and its only $589

By Jak Connor | Nov 8, 2019 05:07 am CST

When I say handheld camera the most likely cameras to come to mind are probably GoPro, Dji Osmo Pocket or even the Insta360, but what about KanDao?

KanDao have announced a new 360 camera, the QooCam 8K. This camera comes in with the highest video recording resolution in its class of pocket cameras, with the capabilities of shooting in 8K at 30FPS. It can also shoot at 4K in 60 or 30FPS, and if you want to capture something in slow motion you can hit the slow motion mode and shoot in 4K at 120FPS.

The QooCam 8K can fit in your pocket but it still isn't that small, I feel as if it were in my pocket it would be uncomfortable due to its bulkiness. Regardless of that though, its a small price to pay for such a powerful portable camera. The camera sports a large 1/1.7-inch 20-megapixel sensor on both sides, a 2.4-inch OLED touchscreen, a 3,600mAh battery with USB PD 2.0 fast charging support, 64GB of onboard storage plus a microSD slot for extra. Pre-orders are currently available, and the asking price for the QooCam 8K is $589, more information can be found here.

World's smallest camera is the size of a grain of sand

By Anthony Garreffa | Oct 24, 2019 11:37 pm CDT

The world's smallest camera has just famously entered the Guinness Book of Records, with the OmniVision OV6948 as small as a grain of sand.

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OmniVision OV6948 measures in super-small at just 0.575 x 0.575 x 0.232mm and is good for 40,000-pixel color images using an RGB Bayer back-side-illuminating chip. This new camera is ridiculosuly small, but it's for specific use cases in surgery.

With the OmniVision OV6948 surgeions can have a camera so small it will fit into the smallest veins inside of the human body. This provides surgeons and doctors that have the OmniVision OV6948 with next-gen camera access for future surgeries.

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You can ask intruders to kindly leave with Amazon's new 'Stick Up Cam'

By Jak Connor | Sep 26, 2019 07:07 am CDT

Stick em up! Is exactly what you can say as either a joke to your kids or even seriously to an intruder that you spot in your house. Both of which are possible with Amazon's new Indoor and Stick Up Cam.

Amazon-owned company Ring has announced a new line of products at Amazon's annual hardware event. This year we are introduced to the new 'Cam' series of cameras, designed to apply a better level of security for users' homes. The new refresh of the 'Stick Up Cam' shoots in 1080p and has night vision as well as motion detection. It also has the ability to be solar, battery, or wired charged. Each of which have a different price point.

For people that are looking at spending less money on security cameras, Amazon and Ring offer the 'Indoor Cam. This camera is more budget friendly, but obviously can only be used indoors and is wired only. Moving onto pricing now, the Stick Up Cam Battery comes in at $99.99, the Stick Up Cam Plug-In sits at $99.99 and the Stick Up Cam Solar finishes up at $148.99. For the Indoor Cam variant it will only cost $59. For more information head on over to the Ring website here.

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Intel will have 3D athlete tracking tech at 2020 Olympics

By Anthony Garreffa | Sep 12, 2019 12:06 pm CDT

Intel has announced that it will be using its new 3D athlete tracking (3DAT) technology during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, with the system featuring 4 cameras that will record athletes in the 100m and other sprinting events.

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During the race an algorithm will analyze the bio mechanics of the athletes' movements, and then display visual overlays during replays. The new 3DAT technology is a first-of-its-kind of technology that combines AI to take viewers to the next level with real-time insights and visual overlays of athletic events.

Intel will be hosting the 3DAT-captured data on Alibaba's cloud infrastructure (powered by Intel) and will team with the Olympic Broadcast Services (OBS). The system uses "four pan-tilt mounted, highly mobile cameras to capture the form and motion of athletes, then apply pose estimation algorithms, optimized for Intel Xeon processors, to analyze the biomechanics of athletes' movements".

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1984: Google's new Nest Hub Max: ALWAYS scanning faces in your house

By Anthony Garreffa | Sep 9, 2019 09:00 pm CDT

Don't worry -- Google having an always-watching camera inside of your house will be totally private. I promise. I won't have to write a story years from now that some data leak has occurred, and millions of hours of footage of random people -- including families with young children, will have their videos from within their living room leaked.

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Google has just unveiled its new Nest Hub Max smart display, which bakes in a front-facing camera and something Google calls Face Match. Face Match uses facial recognition technology to remember what you, and other people in your house, look like.

The company claims it will use captured faces to build personal identities, and then personalizing the data it displays such as calendars and Google Duo messages, to who it recognizes.

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Xbox Kinect sensors being used as cameras in Newark airport

By Anthony Garreffa | Jul 16, 2019 08:34 pm CDT

Microsoft might have all but abandoned the Kinect sensor for its Xbox family of consoles, but that hasn't stopped the TSA from deploying some Xbox Kinect sensors at the Newark Liberty International Airport.

Video game historian and archivist Jason Scott recently tweeted a photo when he was going through the the Newark airport, where we can see Xbox Kinect sensors being used for surveillance. Better yet, the Kinect sensors still have their Xbox logo on display for some geek/gaming recognition in a surveillance scenario.

Microsoft discontinued the Kinect back in 2017, releasing an adapter that let gamers connect the Kinect sensor into their newer Xbox One S and Xbox One X consoles but that adapter was also discontinued, in 2018. Microsoft isn't only seeing its Kinect sensors used at the Newark International Airport, but its Xbox Kinect sensors are being used in some Walmart stores according to a Reddit post from u/docbaily from 8 months ago.

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New camera tech can see 28 miles away, through smog and more

By Anthony Garreffa | May 13, 2019 10:34 pm CDT

A new camera has been designed by researchers using photodetectors, something that is so advanced it can see up to 28 miles away (45km) as long as it is placed high enough off the ground as it will be capturing photos across Earth's curvature).

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The new camera technology has been created by researchers out of the University of Science and Technology of China in Shanghai that is capable of snapping a photo some 28 miles away in a smog-filled urban environment. Technology Review reports that their technique "uses single-photon detectors combined with a unique computational imaging algorithm that achieves super-high-resolution images by knitting together the sparsest of data points".

Zheng-Ping Li and his team made the low-cost, compact camera technology that blends the worlds of laser imaging technologies and AI, with Lidar-based imaging technology capable of shooting photos 10 miles away by bouncing a laser on the subject, this new technology takes it to the next level. Whereas previous camera technology was limited to 2D images at up to 10 miles away, the new camera snaps 3D images at a record-breaking 28 miles away.

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Facebook teams with RED to build new camera for 3D VR video

By Anthony Garreffa | May 1, 2018 10:32 pm CDT

RED might have seen better days with its failed relationship with AMD over the Radeon Pro SSG, but the camera giant has teamed with Facebook on a new "all-in-one" camera.

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The new camera sounds impressive, where it offers six degrees of freedom (6DoF) for 3D and 360-degree video capture. RED will team up with Facebook's depth detection technology, while using RED's low-light performance to capture all of the 3D information in the scene, and not just the well-lit ones.

We don't know when this will happen, as RED and Facebook only announced the news without giving a proper date, but we should expect that you'll need a VR headset with 6DoF support. This means that you can't use VR headsets like the Oculus Go, and instead will need proper VR HMDs like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.