It's time for me to come clean.
A couple months ago, I left my digital SLR on the roof of the car and drove away without it. There was a thumping noise as $1,000 worth of camera equipment bounced off the trunk en route to the road. It was in a bag, but even so I got lucky: the only damage was a lens cap bashed into the UV filter.
When we first saw this wrist camera, we thought it was a joke. Check out the picture on the far right: It looks as if we could have done just as well with any waterproof point-and-shoot and some Velcro.
Granted, Discovery's wrist cam does have some interesting features, such as the ability to shoot 32 10-second video clips as well as take photos. But we just can't get past the design.
The product literature says this "ultra-light" camera weighs "less than 12 ounces"--which means that, by today's standards, it isn't exactly … Read more
The combination of neon colors and its surprising use makes this camera a natural for a recurring role in CSI: Miami.
Aven's iLoupe is a field microscope disguised as a fashion camera that can be used with three interchangeable lenses of 60x, 100x and 150x magnification. The camera itself is a 6-megapixel Canon SD600 with a lens adapter ring and a USB connection that can be used to blow up images on a larger screen. Aven says the iLoupe was made with crime scene investigations specifically in mind, though it can also be used for less glamorous tasks such … Read more
This will bring back painful memories for any parents who have endured the fun experience of having blood samples taken from their kids (or from other adults). It can be an ordeal even under the best of circumstances, when veins are visible, but the situation can get ugly in a hurry when a near-sighted nurse is poking a needle around some sensitive areas.
But an ingenious technology from bioscience company Luminetx can essentially give health care workers X-ray vision by highlighting veins. The "VeinViewer," according to Gear Live, "works by a near-infrared light highlighting red blood cells … Read more
Confirming what the blogosphere so graciously leaked over a week ago, Nikon has officially announced its new entry level digital SLR, the 6.1 megapixel D40. A followup to the company's D50, the D40 includes the same processing engine as the D200 and the same 420-pixel sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering II metering system found in the D80, while sporting a body that makes it the smallest Nikon dSLR to date.
One of the most interesting things about this camera is its new graphical user interface. Rather than the usual text-centric interface, Nikon has developed a cute and intuitive … Read more
If it really works, this may be too good to be true. We offer that caveat because we've read more than a few reviews that say camera binoculars aren't quite ready for prime time, to say the least.
But if this is the exception, even Barry Bonds haters might appreciate having a pair of these handy to capture one of his majestic jacks for posterity. Gadget Universe claims that its $200 new LCD binocular camera can read a license plate 300 yards away, so we're hoping that will solve the blurry problems of its predecessors. If not, … Read more
It's not quite X-ray vision, but this portable radar can penetrate walls to detect people moving on the other side.
A device developed by U.K. technology company Cambridge Consultants provides a 3D image that indicates activity more than 65 feet away, according to an article in New Scientist Tech. (Cambridge provides videos of the "Prism 200" being used for spot checks and for longer surveillance.)
The radar isn't foolproof: Metal beams can present a problem, and a person who remains perfectly still might not show up, though movement from breathing can sometimes be detected. Other … Read more
OK, we're confused (even more than usual). When we first saw the headline for this item on Red Ferret--"Shower Security Cam"--we thought it was something that would keep an eye on the kids or the front door while you bathed. Simple enough.
But then we noticed the image on the device's screen, which appears to be the person in the shower, not those being surveilled on the outside. And the transmission can be viewed wireless on a computer and a VCR. So rather than speculate on its intended (or unintended) uses, we'll just … Read more
The DC 1011 Carat is clad in 24k gold and has a lens that's ringed with 10 diamonds. True, they're small (.02 carats each), but the road to blingdom is a long one, and you've got to start somewhere.
The more boring among us might want to know that this is also a functioning camera, with 2.5-inch display and 32MB internal memory for photos … Read more