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A "Lensless" Camera for Flat Phones?

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Caltech researchers claim to create a camera lacking one of the most basic components, the lens. Instead, the "lensless camera" uses what is dubbed an "ultra-thin optical phased array" (OPA).

According to the researchers, the OPA does what lenses do-- manipulate incoming light-- computationally instead of optically. Whereas lenses bend incoming light to focus it on a piece of film or an optical sensor, the OPA uses an array of light receivers to add a tightly controlled time delay (or phase shift) to the light. This allows the camera to selectively "look" in different directions, and focus on different objects.

The principle is actually similar to the way phased communication arrays focus and steer radio waves in a particular direction, only in reverse.

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The Garmin 360-Degree Camera

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The Garmin 360-Degree Camera

Garmin takes on 360-degree cameras with the VIRB 360-- a spherical camera inside rugged action camera casing complete with companion app for video editing, sharing and streaming.

The camera captures 30fps video at up to 5.7K resolution, takes 15MP spherical photos and captures 360-degree audio through x4 built-in microphones. It also automatically stabilises and stitches footage in-camera (instead of offloading processing to smartphone), while a (currently iOS-only) live-streaming feature is compatible with YouTube and Facebook Live.

Recorded videos and photos created by the VIRB 360 are also compatible with most VR headsets, and an augmented reality feature adds a variety of data overlays, including barometer, elevation and GPS, over videos. Voice control is included, with the statement "OK Garmin" waking up the camera to start/stop recording, switch capture modes and even remember specific moments during recording.

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Amazon Judges You With Echo Look

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Amazon Judges You With Echo Look

Amazon reveals its rumoured security camera product-- only it is not a security camera at all, since the Echo Look is actually an Alexa-powered "style assistant" camera.

The Echo Look consists of a depth-sensing camera with a built-in LED light, microphone and base mount. It acts as something of a smart mirror, allowing users to take full-length photos or short videos of their different outfits, before asking Alexa what it thinks of said outfit. No, really.

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How to Turn a Smartphone Into a Bike Rearview Mirror

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How to Turn a Smartphone Into a Bike Rearview Mirror

A startup named Smart Bike claims to have a rearview mirror solution for bicycles with the Hexagon-- a camera and companion app combo users pair with a handlebar-mounted smartphone.

The Hexagon attaches to the bike seat post, with a quick-release system allowing one to easily remove it for charging and the prevention fo theft. It also features red LED clusters acting as turn automatic turn and braking signals thanks to an accelerometer and gyroscope, and users get manual lighting control via handlebar ring.

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The Huawei 360-Degree Camera for Phones

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The Huawei 360-Degree Camera for Phones

Huawei teams up with camera maker Insta360 to launch the Honor VR Camera-- a 360-degree clip-on camera designed for use with the Chinese company's Honor smartphone range.

Not much in terms of details on the Honor VR Camera is known as yet, other than it featuring "3K photography" support and live-streaming capabilities. As one might imagine it works together with an Insta360-developed companion app for the saving and sharing of 360-degree videos and snaps.

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Nikon Cancels DL Series Cameras

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Nikon Cancels DL Series Cameras

Back in February 2016 Nikon announces the DL series, a trio of "premium compact" 4K cameras. However the cameras are not to reach customers, since it has been cancelled.

The three cameras featured the same 1-inch CX sensor found in the Nikon 1 series cameras. They were also supposedly fairly capable, with the DL18-50 and DL24-85 offering variable f1.8-2.8 apertures, 4K video and fast shooting speeds (20fps in with continuous focus, 60fps without).

However, despite showing such promise, the series was delayed "indeterminately" on June 2016 due to troubles with the integrated circuit making the image processor. Nikon does not say whether such issues were resolved, instead citing "concerns regarding profitability" and market "slow-down" as the reasons behind the axing of the DL series.

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Logitech Claims Best Webcam Yet

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Logitech Claims Best Webcam Yet

Logitech states the Brio is its best webcam yet-- one featuring 4K recording complete with HDR support and RightLight 3 technology to improve images in low-light conditions.

Described as the "Tesla of webcams," the Brio has a glass and metal body, and is one the first webcams to take advantage of YouTube's recently announced 4K streaming support. The combination of HDR and RightLight 3 promises better images and video, with RightLight extending the range in lighting conditions and HDR balancing the lighting.

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ZeroTech Adds Gimball in Rollcap 4K Camera

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ZeroTech Adds Gimball in Rollcap 4K Camera

Chinese drone maker ZeroTech announces the Rollcap-- a 4K action camera with a 3-axis stabilisation gimbal built right into the frame, eliminating the need for an external gimbal.

According to the camera the gimbal rolls by +/- 85 degrees, tilts by +/- 30 degrees and pans by +/- 40 degrees, making it suitable for super-stable handheld video recording. It shoots 4K video and 13MP photographs, and offers a variety of shooting modes including HDR footage, slow-motion recording, burst mode and time lapse.

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Polaroid Snaps and Prints Photos With Pop

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Polaroid Snaps and Prints Photos With Pop

The iconic Polaroid brand celebrates its 80th anniverasry with the CES 2017 launch of the Pop-- a square-shaped digital camera featuring Zero Ink technology for instant photo printing.

Like the cameras that made Polaroid its name the Pop produces 9 x 11cm prints, only through the application of heat to special dyes embedded in the paper, rather than ink. Taking the actual photos is a 20MP CMOS sensor, while storage comes through a microSD slot (supports cards up to 128GB).

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A Voice-Control Remote for Voice-Controlled GoPros

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A Voice-Control Remote for Voice-Controlled GoPros

GoPro presents a miniature, voice-activated means for the remote control of its latest titular cameras-- the Remo, a device providing controls for a number of commonly used commands.

The device is small enough to clip on clothing or collars, and like other GoPro cameras it is waterproof. It is compatible with voice-activated GoPro offerings (namely the Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session) and features "easy-to-remember" commands to start-and-stop recording, snap photos, switch between capture modes, set a highlight tag and switch the camera off.

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Logitech Presents C922 Webcam

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Logitech Presents C922 Webcam

Logitech announces a successor to the popular C920 webcam-- the C922 Pro Stream, a webcam able to record 1080p resolution video at 30fps or 720p at 60fps, with dynamic background replacement via Personify software.

Designed for "serious" streamers, the webcam is compatible with broadcast software such as OBS and XSplit, which is comes included in the package in the shape of a 3-month premium license. This allows users to overlay video of themselves on top of the game stream.

In addition the C922 also offers automatic low light correction, sharp autofocus, flicker lighting adjustment and a pair of omnidirectional noise canceling microphones for stereo audio with no-drop streaming.

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