Being huge Photoshop fans ourselves, we always get excited when we hear about updates to the software. Thusly, we were excited to read about some of the new features from the accidentally leaked press release. A few highlights from the leaked release:
Photoshop CS2 integrates a new set of intuitive tools, including an enhanced Spot Healing Brush, for handling common photographic problems such as blemishes, red-eye, noise, blurring and lens distortion. Smart Objects allow users to scale and transform images and vector illustrations without losing image quality — as well as create linked duplicates of embedded graphics — so that a single edit updates across multiple iterations.
Photoshop CS2 users will test the limits of creativity with new tools like Vanishing Point and Image Warping. Vanishing Point cuts tedious graphic and photo retouching tasks by allowing users to clone, paint and transform image objects while retaining visual perspective. Reinventing work flows such as product packaging development, Image Warping makes it easy to fold, stretch, pull, twist and wrap an image into shape by selecting an on-demand preset or dragging custom control points.
With the NTT DoCoMo binoculars with built-in object recognition technology, you can focus on a passing plane and have a digital readout tell you its flight number and destination; or you could focus on some foliage and the binocs will tell you their garden variety. NTT DoCoMo has plans to put this technology to use for bargain shopper types by explaining that some form of this technology could be used to focus on an item in a shop and get a price comparison. Most likely, these days you’ll get an excellent review and/or an advertisement.
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The Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and Alpha Pi sorority at the University of Arizona are hosting the iPose Competition. Basically, you have members of ten different fraternities and sororities posing with iPod shuffles. Visitors can vote for who they think has the best pose, and the winners will walk away with iPod related prizes. The best part, though, is that for every vote cast 10 cents will be donated to tsunami relief efforts. The winners will be announced live at ASUA’s Spring Fling carnival on Friday, April 8th.
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If you have ever been lost in a huge place, the Melodious Walkabout might be just the thing for you. Using the device, you simply listen to a few songs and are directed to your destination through audio cues without the need to have to ask for directions.
It provides a mobile user with awareness where the destination is located by contextualizing audio contents the user is listening to. The mobile user wears headphones and hears audio contents that reach him from a certain direction. The direction of the virtual sound source unobtrusively tells him in which direction to go.
So you just continue to walk in the general direction of where the music is coming from, and once it you are surrounded by it, you have arrived. The Melodious Walkabout consists of a Bluetooth GPS-receiver, a Geographical Information System that calculates the direction and distance to the destination, and an auditory display that renders personal audio contents in real-time according to the GIS.
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Imagine you’re stumbling back to your apartment late one night, and you stop in an alley to relieve yourself. Suddenly, a bright flash goes off and a loud voice yells at you saying “Leave the area now” and alerts you that your photograph is being taken. The FlashCAM-530 will do just that. It’s there to catch prostitutes, cohorts, vandals and such. The Guardian has an article which questions how the FlashCam distinguishes between these types and innocent folk like you. The FlashCAM-530 senses motion up to 100 feet away. When it detects motion it begins snapping 35mm photographs, flashes light, and yells at you. It was developed over several years with the help of Law Enforcement and anti-graffiti professionals. Anti-graffiti professionals? How do you get that job?
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The time is fast approaching when we will all be upgrading to some form of high definition media. After all, us early adopters have been keeping a keen eye on the HD-DVD and Blu-Ray technologies for some time now. There are some cool advancements being made in this arena, and companies have started picking sides on this issue as well. eCoustics has a great article detailing the battle between the two technologies.
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Mitch Fincher had a lot of time on his hands, so for his senior technical presentation he decided to stack pennies. Now, take a close look at the image. This isn’t easy. The weight of the pennies is what supports the structure - no glue needed.While it may be the most boring hobby in the world, you gotta give the guy props. Check out his site for more penny stacking projects of his. Really nice work there.
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I know, all these deals are too good to be true - but this one is actually worth it. Why? No rebates involved. If you have yet to take the wireless network plunge, or if you just want an extra 802.11g router to mess around with, Buy.com has the Belkin F5D7230-4 Wireless G Router on sale for $25 USD. It doesn’t get much better than that.
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It really doesn’t get much more upscale than this. In what has to be the ultimate mod, a gentleman by the name of “Limo Bob” took a Boeing jet and turned it into a super-stretch limousine. The vehicle no longer has wings or a tail, but you can definitely tell that this was an aircraft at one point in its history. Step inside and you will find a heart shaped bedroom, bathroom, first class, and VIP class areas. The cockpit is still intact as well, and this thing is street legal. If you want it, you are gonna have to grab it on eBay. Current bid is $300,600 USD.
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The Hilton family of hotels will be introducing a new alarm clock this Spring. The clocks will have an MP3 jack, which will allow you to plug in your digital music player to listen to your tracks on the radio. The clock also features four preset music buttons, if you are feeling a bit more random. In conjunction with the launch of the new alarm clocks, the Hilton is also having a nice sized giveaway as well. You can enter at their site, or download their Virtual Alarm Clock, which will tell you when to check back to enter in all four contest phases. They are pushing this one with the iPod twist, and as such, they are giving away a total of 251 iPod mini’s along with a bunch of iTunes music.
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